stew marsden

Gateshead, England
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  • Paths of Glory

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

This is the story of a man who loved two women, and one of them killed him. Some people have dreams that are so outrageous that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. Francis Drake, Robert Scott, Percy Fawcett, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hillary and Neil Armstrong are among such individuals. But what if one man had such a dream, and when he'd achieved it, there was no proof that he had fulfilled his ambition?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic stuff

  • By Brand on 13-03-09

Not my usual fayre. I have missed out!

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-09

Sometimes when browsing through the books on offer on audible I think "nothing new for me this month".
This book made me realise how closed my mind had become to anything outside my favourite genre and the joys I had been missing out on. I learnt a valuable lesson.
Brilliantly narrated and a story that engages from the first this book takes you through many different emotions. It makes you think and want to know more about the story of George Mallory.
Congratulations Mr Archer and many thanks for a most entertaining and illuminating listen.

  • Dead Men

  • Dan Shepherd, Book 5
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

Former SAS trooper turned undercover cop Dan "Spider" Shepherd knows that there are no easy solutions in the war against terrorism. But when a killer starts to target pardoned IRA terrorists, Shepherd has to put his life on the line to protect his former enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another top 'spider' Shepheard novel

  • By Steven on 19-01-09

Another good one from Mr Leather

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-08

Have read and listened to all of Stephen Leather's books and enjoyed them all. This was no exception.
Excellent narration by Cornelius Garrett who does a great job on a whole host of accents and gets the pace just right.
A good book keeps you listening and this did the job for me.

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  • Last Light

  • Nick Stone, Book 4
  • By: Andy McNab
  • Narrated by: Colin Buchanan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Aborting an officially sanctioned assassination attempt at the Houses of Parliament when he realizes who the target is, Secret Intelligence Service "deniable operator" Nick Stone is given a chilling ultimatum by his bossess: fly to Panama and complete the task, or he and Kelly, the 11-year-old girl in his guardianship, will be killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rubbish narrator. Bring back Thornley.

  • By Mikey on 25-09-14

As boring as it is long!

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-08

Having read and listened to most of Mr McNab's books I was quite looking forward to this one but was so disappointed.
The Sunday times says he researches in detail because McNab's actually been there. And didn't I know it! Most of the book is spent describing his enviroment in such detail it gives you brain freeze. Most of the action occurs in the last hour as an afterthought that 'oh yeah a book is supposed to have some entertainment'.
Unless you are in need of a good sleep give it a miss.

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  • Labyrinth

  • By: Kate Mosse
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 385

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2007.
Winner of the British Book Awards, Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year, 2006.

July 1209: In Carcassonne, a sixteen-year-old girl is given a mysterious book by her father which he claims contains the secret of the true Grail. Although she cannot understand the strange words and symbols hidden within, she knows that her destiny lies in protecting it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Long and Laborious

  • By A Genealogist on 10-01-07

Bored to death.

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-09-07

The narrator more often than not makes or breaks an average story. In this case it broke it for me. She just made me want to sleep and I didn't engage with the story at all. Gave up after a few chapters.
Try a sample before purchasing just in case she has the same effect on you!

  • The Chinaman

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Russell Boulter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

Jungle-skilled, silent, and lethal, he had killed for the Viet Cong and then for the Americans. He had watched helpless as his two eldest daughters were raped and killed by Thai pirates. Now, all that was behind him. Quiet, hard-working, and unassuming, he was building up his South London take-away business - until the day his wife and youngest daughter were murdered by an IRA bomb. That was when the Chinaman, denied justice, decided on revenge...and went back to war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New to Stephen Leather

  • By Glynn on 02-01-10

At last Stephen Leather on audio!

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-07-07

I have read nearly every Stephen Leather book as they have been published and have constantly scoured the net for them on audio.
The Chinaman is in my opinion one of his best and the audio version certainly doesn't disappoint with Russell Boulters narration being a very pleasent surprise. He does it at just the right pace and carries off all the various accents extremely well.
Although a relatively easy listen this story contains enough twists and detail in the characters to keep the interest going.
I look forward to more of his books on audio soon.

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