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  • Nomad

  • By: James Swallow
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986

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

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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 416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

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...

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5 out of 5 stars
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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 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 410

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

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5 out of 5 stars
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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 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 356

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

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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 648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613

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

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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 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

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

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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.

  • The Men Who Stare at Goats

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 492

In 1979, a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US Army. Defying all known accepted military practice - and indeed, the laws of physics - they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A book written the wrong way round.

  • By Neil on 13-04-17

Weird but interesting

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Dreadful author narration. Ronson’s voice is flat and dull but if you persevere there are some seriously odd stories. Much food for thought.

  • Pure

  • By: Andrew Miller
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106

Deep in the heart of Paris, its oldest cemetery is, by 1785, overflowing, tainting the very breath of those who live nearby. Into their midst comes Jean-Baptiste Baratte, a young, provincial engineer charged by the king with demolishing it. At first Baratte sees this as a chance to clear the burden of history, a fitting task for a modern man of reason. But before long, he begins to suspect that the destruction of the cemetery might be a prelude to his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Perfection

  • By Kaggy on 27-10-14

Strange and compelling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Wasn’t sure what a story about digging up a cemetery and relocating bones would work as a fact based work of fiction. Pure is a fast paced, skilfully plotted and atmospheric tale...in literally every sense.

Andrew Millers people are almost visual as is Paris and later rural northern France. They’re dark, sometimes subversive, humorous and totally plausible. The malodour pervaded almost every page and seeps into the story metaphorically and literally. I was totally gripped by a fast moving tale.

  • The Elements of Eloquence

  • By: Mark Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style, from the best-selling author of The Etymologicon and The Horologicon. From classic poetry to pop lyrics and from the King James Bible to advertising slogans, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase - such as 'Tiger, Tiger, burning bright', or 'To be or not to be' - memorable. In his inimitably entertaining and witty style he takes apart famous lines and shows how you, too, can write like Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to to be a better listener.

  • By Swing Swang on 28-08-14

Fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Excellent narration brings the subject to life. Relevant examples, ancient and modern give context. If you love words and reading you’re likely to enjoy this.

  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376

The Husband's Secret is a funny, heartbreaking novel of marriage, grief, love, and secrets. When her husband announces he's in love with her best friend, painfully shy Tess picks up her young son and returns to her mother's house. There she begins an unexpected affair with an old flame. Rachel is a woman in her 60s consumed by grief and anger at the loss of her daughter 20 years earlier. When her son announces he is taking her beloved grandson overseas, Rachel begins a descent into deeper bitterness and pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes you want to listen to the end

  • By Joanne on 10-11-13

Builds slowly

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Starts off slowly, cleverly setting the scene and characters. Then it turns dark and even darker. Enjoyed the slow burn twisted plotting and character development. Epilogue is a belter.