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  • Find Me

  • By: J. S. Monroe
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay, Leighton Pugh, Daniel Coonan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Jarlath 'Jar' Costello's girlfriend, Rosa, committed suicide when they were both students at Cambridge. Jar is obsessed with the idea that Rosa is still alive and is tormented by disturbingly real sightings of her. When a startling discovery convinces him more than ever that these are not just hallucinations, Jar is thrust into the heart of a larger intrigue that may finally shed some light on Rosa's death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!!!

  • By mandy easter on 24-04-17

Complex and dark

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-10-18

Totally gripped by this book. Various narrative points and it’s difficult to know whose version is correct.

Who’s unbalanced, who to trust. Kept me gripped and guessing.

  • Paul McCartney: The Biography

  • By: Philip Norman
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 30 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

Since the age of 20, Paul McCartney has lived one of the ultimate rock 'n' roll lives played out on the most public of stages. Now Paul's story is told by rock music's foremost biographer, with McCartney's consent and access to family members and close friends who have never spoken on the record before. Paul McCartney reveals the complex character behind the façade and sheds new light on his childhood - blighted by his mother's death but redeemed by the father who introduced him to music.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed biography of a true genius

  • By James on 13-05-17

Informed and balanced

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-10-18

I grew up with the Beatles music and well over 50 years later, most it stands the test of time. I enjoyed Philip Norman’s bio of Jagger and this account of McCartney is bursting with energy. It covers every aspect of his life from birth to 2015. There’s loads of insight into the stories behind the music, working with Lennon , band changes in the early days and his marriages to Linda and Heather. It’s fascinating stuff and I was gripped. And

  • The Cleaner

  • John Milton, Book 1
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,180
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,010
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,013

Meet John Milton. He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder. Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn't want to be on his list. But now, after ten years, he's had enough - there's blood on his hands and he wants out. Trouble is, this job is not one you can just walk away from. He goes on the run, seeking atonement for his sins by helping the people he meets along the way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but oddly unsatisfying

  • By Lucy on 05-11-16

Couldn’t get into this

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Narration is ok but didn’t enjoy the storyline or characters. Implausible and didn’t connect to any of the characters.

  • Rumpole of the Bailey

  • By: John Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

In these witty and comic stories, Horace Rumpole takes on a variety of clients and activities. He, of course, brings each case to a successful end, all the while quoting poetry and drinking claret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun Listen

  • By PB on 02-08-16

Timeless

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-18

Robert Hardy delivers a spot on Rumpole. Humorous, intelligent, cunning and honest to his beliefs. Enjoyed this verbal rerun enormously, with a few laugh out loud moments.

  • Nomad

  • By: James Swallow
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056

Marc Dane is an MI6 field agent at home behind a computer screen, one step away from the action. But when a brutal attack on his team leaves Marc as the only survivor - and with the shocking knowledge that there are traitors inside MI6 - he's forced into the front line. However, the evidence seems to point towards Marc as the perpetrator of the attack. Accused of betraying his country, he must race against time to clear his name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-05-17

Action packed thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-09-18

Enjoyed the story; complex but plausible. Bought into the characters. Narration a big hit and miss; sounded laboured and slow at times, but was able to ignore that.

  • The Meaning of Night

  • By: Michael Cox
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 22 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, 2006

A cold October night, 1854. In a dark passageway, an innocent man is stabbed to death. So begins the extraordinary story of Edward Glyver, book lover, scholar and murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling

  • By Annelli on 12-11-06

One of the best audio books ever...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Narration is convincing and consistent abduction was totally captivated. The plotting is intricate with many twists which make it difficult to know how it’ll all come together.

This is a truly epic work; Dickensian in character, plot,language and themes. A lost inheritance, murder, the underbelly of society and the titled...it’s all there.
This is a story I didn’t want to end. It’s Booker standard; a truly outstanding and spellbinding tale that rattles along at a cracking pace. Near the to of my top 10 all time favourite audio books and I have a few hundred. Don’t miss this and there’s a poignant author interview at the end; I was unaware and saddened to learn that Michael Cox died in 2009.

  • A Perfect Spy

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 20 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 420

Magnus Pym, counsellor at the British Embassy in Vienna, has suddenly vanished, believed defected. The chase is on for a missing husband, a devoted father, and a life-time secret agent. Pym's life, it is revealed, is entirely made up of secrets. The race is on to find the perfect spy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating insight into the mind of a spy

  • By Mr on 13-04-13

Superb

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-08-18

Le Carré at his best. Humour, intrigue, insight. Powerful and compelling storytelling. One of his best.

  • The Blood Strand

  • Foroyar Triology, Book 1
  • By: Chris Ould
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 393

Jan Reyna is a murder squad detective, British by adoption and choice, Faroese by birth and history. Called back to the remote Danish Faroe Islands when his father suffers a paralysing stroke, Reyna is forced to reexamine his decades-long rejection of the past and of his father in particular. But in this now-foreign country, whose language and customs he no longer understands, Reyna is also drawn into a rare Faroese murder case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Faroe - Scandinavian slow lane

  • By Rogayah on 17-03-16

Got bored and abandoned after two thirds

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-08-18

Narration is good but found the story incredibly dull. Kept losing attention and having to rewind. Gave up with about three hours left.

  • Let Me Lie

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan, Clare Mackintosh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656

The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They're both wrong. One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life - a shocking suicide carefully played out to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with her parents' deaths ever since. Now with a young baby herself, Anna feels her mother's presence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened. But as she looks for answers, someone is trying to stop her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Real Maze of a Thriller

  • By Simon on 14-03-18

Twisted and skilled plotting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-08-18

Wow, what a story. From a simple beginning this built up not by bit into a complex thriller that had me reeling. So many unexpected twists as a double suicide turns into something far more complex.

Strong characters, all unreliable narrators, an interesting police officer with his own troubles and an ending that literally made me gasp. Great author q and a at the end of the book. Loved this.

  • A War of Flowers

  • By: Jane Thynne
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

August 1938. British actress Clara Vine is in Paris to film her latest movie, mingling with society and passing snippets of information to her contacts in the British embassy. When Clara is approached by an undercover British operative who asks her to befriend Eva Braun, Hitler's girlfriend, she knows she is putting herself in danger. But Clara will do everything in her power to protect her country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blend of fact and fiction works well

  • By Vicuña on 09-08-18

Blend of fact and fiction works well

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Central fictional characters are well rounded and plausible and the real life figures slot in well. Some twists and turns and enough interest to keep you listening.

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