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  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road Drugs Empire
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,011

From New York Times best-selling author Nick Bilton comes a true-life thriller about the rise and fall of Ross Ulbricht, aka the Dread Pirate Roberts, the founder of the online black market Silk Road. In 2011, Ulbricht, a 26-year-old libertarian idealist and former Boy Scout, launched 'a website where people could buy anything anonymously, with no trail whatsoever that could lead back to them'. He called it Silk Road, opened for business on the Dark Web, and christened himself the Dread Pirate Roberts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely gripping

  • By S. Bramble on 23-12-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

This book was utterly outstanding. Well written and well narrated. A must read.
I wasn't sure that I would like this book and I bought it a year ago on a daily deal. I can not believe I left it so long before I read / listened to it.

Like everyone I have heard of the Silk Road but never realised the extent of it or how it grew. The book is absolutely fascinating and really well researched.

The book is captivating and the narration by Will Damron is perfect.

  • Ariana: Love Always Finds a Way Home

  • By: Emma Nichols
  • Narrated by: Jessica Jeffries
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

On the back of an unhappy marriage and bitter divorce, stressed-out Ariana Carter-Cruz returns to the remote Greek island of Sakros, to claim the estate of her late grandmother, Sophia. A straightforward affair - go there, sell the house, get out - and start a new life with her daughter. What she didn’t factor into her plans was that stunning local taverna owner and harbor master Nikki Kefalas would still be living on the island.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the story and loved the narration

  • By Oscarfrog on 11-02-19

Loved the story and loved the narration

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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: 11-02-19

I read the ebook version of Ariana and loved every page of it. I very rarely listen to the audio version of a book if I have read the book but thought I would give it a listen. It's also very rare for me to listen to an audiobook in one sitting. With Ariana I honestly didn’t think it could be improved on then Jessica Jeffries does the narration and proved how wrong I was.

Jessica is the perfect narrator for this book scratch that Jessica is the perfect narrator for any book. Her voice is sublime.

This is fifth Lesfic novel by Emma Nichols which tells two beautiful love stories set in a gorgeous location.

The book is about love, family, loyalty and hope.

Straight from the beginning of the story it grabbed my attention and I was hooked, I couldn’t stop listening.

Emma has the amazing ability to craft a story that immediately captures your attention and compels you to read on … and she makes it appear effortless.

The plot is fast paced and believable with characters who you quickly care about. The location is described beautifully, you can almost feel the sun on your face and taste the sun burnt salty olives. .... And it wouldn’t be an Emma Nichols novel without the mention of food …… oh and a drop of alcohol thrown in for good measure.

A story about timeless and enduring love and makes you believe that love really can conquer all'.

I loved the story and loved the narration.

  • Who'd Have Thought

  • By: G. Benson
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Top neurosurgeon Samantha Thomson needs to get married fast and is tightlipped as to why. And with over $200,000 on offer to tie the knot, no questions asked, cash-strapped ER nurse Hayden Perez isn't about to demand answers. The deal is only for a year of marriage, but Hayden's going into it knowing it will be a nightmare. Sam is complicated, rude, kind of cold, and someone Hayden barely tolerates at work, let alone wants to marry. The hardest part is that Hayden has to convince everyone around them that they're madly in love and that racing down the aisle is all they've ever wanted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • QUEER LITERATURE DONE WELL!

  • By Frances on 19-05-18

Loved it

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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: 10-11-18

It’s not often I listen to an audiobook and dread it finishing , ‘Who’d Have Thought’ is one such book.
From the opening paragraph to the end I loved every bit of it.
G.Benson masters the slow burn effortlessly. Her characters are strong, deep and solid. The dialogue is sublimely natural .
The plot is clever and interesting.
This is without a doubt a five star plus, must read.

  • Alias

  • By: Cari Hunter
  • Narrated by: Nicola Victoria Vincent
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

A car lies crashed below a Welsh mountain road. One of the young women inside it is dead, the other badly injured with no memory of who she is or what just happened. All she has is a bus pass showing her photograph and a name she doesn't recognize. As she struggles to recover from her injuries, a startling revelation shatters everything she thought she knew, forcing her into an uneasy alliance with Detective Bronwen Pryce. With danger closing in from all sides, the two women must work together to uncover the truth - even if it kills them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book from Cari

  • By Oscarfrog on 22-07-18

Another great book from Cari

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

Reviewed: 22-07-18

'Another great book from Cari.
The plot is fast paced and grabs your attention from the first page.
The characters are believable and real.
As expected from Cari the book is filled with humour and some brilliantly funny observations – the whiteboard and photos and trying to put a USB in a computer had me laughing out loud.
Cari has a unique way of writing, she portrays a story in a no holds barred, no nonsense way.
A thoroughly brilliant enjoyable book.
It would be re-miss of me not to mention the outstanding narration by Nicola Victoria Vincent, it’s almost as if Cari has written this book with Nicola in mind as the narrator'.

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  • Twice in a Lifetime

  • By: Clare Lydon
  • Narrated by: TJ Richards
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

When her first love walks back into her life, Harriet Locke is thrown - because Sally McCall still looks as gorgeous as ever. The trouble is, Sally doesn't trust Harriet, and with good reason: she hasn't forgotten the past. Sally loved her once, but 17 years later, is that still the case? And if it is, there's just the small matter of living in different states, as well as convincing Sally she's worth taking a chance on again. Will Harriet and Sally be lucky enough to find love twice in a lifetime?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nostalgic, full of hope and love...

  • By CMeadows333 on 14-03-18

Great book & narration

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

Reviewed: 23-03-18

Twice in A Lifetime is another great book by from Clare Lydon. Clare always creates a storyline which is easy to read and even easier to lose yourself in.

What I have come to expect and love about Clare’s books are plots which are credible and characters who are plausible and who you can relate to.

I also love the way Clare inserts a quirky character into the plot who is fun and a lot zany, I mean who doesn’t know or need an Aunt Paula?

Clare adeptly injects humour, angst and passion into her plots in equal measure.

Clare’s ability to describe a scene is brilliant …. ‘Sally’s mom had smelled like cigarettes and sunshine’ and ‘the air seared with the smell of roasted meat and silky gravy’.

The narrator T.J Richards, brings the characters to life and makes the book more enjoyable.

In all a great story and superb choice in narrator.

  • Nothing to Lose

  • A Lesbian Romance
  • By: Clare Lydon
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Baker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Nobody would ever describe Scarlet Williams as a ray of sunshine, but that doesn’t mean she deserves the flood that wipes out her basement flat, making her temporarily homeless. Enter Joy Hudson, local mayor & sunshine specialist, who opens her house to flood refugees and ends up with Scarlet on her doorstep. Two more opposing characters you couldn’t fail to meet, and yet, somehow, they strike up a friendship. But when the rain stops and the sun comes out, could that friendship blossom into something more?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Throughly enjoyed this audio book by Clare Lyndon.

  • By Anonymous User on 30-09-17

Another Great Book from Clare

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

'I read this book by Clare in Kindle format and loved it. Having listened to the audio version personally I was not overly keen on the narrator but that said it does not detract from the fact that this is another great lesfic read .

Anyone who has read any of Clare's other books ( if you haven't then why not?) you will not be disappointed with this book it is what we have come to expect from Clare, characters that we can relate to and care about. Once again Clare has portrayed authentic characters, with depth, personalities that are believable and dialogue that is real. Even the peripheral characters who make fleeting appearances are described in a way that add to the dimension of the plot. (Mark in his terrible animal print fleeces) There is a great balance of humour and wit and an outspoken Gran.!

The book is well paced, (after you catch you breath and recover from the frenetic first chapter!) and an enjoyable read. If you have enjoyed Clare's previous books or if this is the first one you read you won't be disappointed and I guarantee you will be left wanting more.

  • Just Jorie

  • By: Robin Alexander
  • Narrated by: Lisa Cordileone
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Some believe that special someone is out there just waiting to be found. Jorie Andolini is one of those people and has spent a lot of time envisioning that moment. She bumps into a woman at a grocery store, the woman drops a can of peas, Jorie picks it up, their eyes meet, and two souls connect. But it's actually a wasted trip to New York, a snowstorm, and a canceled flight home that puts her in the path of Lena Vaughn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant as always

  • By H on 20-09-16

Pure brilliance !!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-16

What an absolute gem of a book. One of the funniest books I have ever read/ listened to.
It is a bittersweet story. The characters are pure brilliance , the dialogue is genius and at times it's proper laugh out loud. The characters are reminiscent of Armistead Maupin's in Tales of The City. I thouroughly enjoyed this book.
The narration by Lisa Cordileone is divine. I would buy the telephone directory if Lisa was narrating it !!
If you only listen to one book in your life then this is without a doubt the one !!

  • 11.22.63

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,936

What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Return to top form

  • By John on 14-12-11

Outstanding

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-13

Absolutely fantastic book.. And I haven't finished it yet! If you only ever listen to one audiobook in your life this really is the one.