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Brian

Livingston, United Kingdom
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  • In the Cage Where Your Saviours Hide

  • By: Malcolm Mackay
  • Narrated by: Angus King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

The independent kingdom of Scotland flourished until the beginning of the last century. Its great trading port of Challaid, in the northwest of the country, sent ships around the world, and its merchants and bankers grew rich on their empire in Central America.But Scotland is not what it was, and the docks of Challaid are almost silent. The huge infrastructure projects collapsed, like the dangerous railway tunnels under the city. And above ground the networks of power and corruption are all that survive of Challaid's glorious past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Scotland by another name.

  • By Brian on 19-04-19

Scotland by another name.

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

Reviewed: 19-04-19

This story has a good plot. Creating a parallel universe where Scotland has another big city. I'm guessing this allows greater flexibility and creativity in the plot, which works.

  • The Final Minute

  • By: Simon Kernick
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 467

'It's night, and I'm in a strange house. The lights are on and I'm standing outside a half-open door. Feeling a terrible sense of foreboding, I walk slowly inside. And then I see her. A woman lying sprawled across a huge double bed. She's dead. There's blood everywhere. And the most terrifying thing of all is that I think her killer might be me ...'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • one of kernick's best.

  • By Steven on 18-01-15

A good read

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

Reviewed: 31-03-19

The story keeps you interested throughout. The narrator is great . Some nice twists and turns.

  • The End of the World Running Club

  • By: Adrian J. Walker
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014

Do the impossible or lose your family forever.... Edgar Hill, unsympathetic husband and halfhearted father, finds himself in a hopeless situation. Despite all his best efforts, he hasn't managed to keep his family together. In fact they are further from him than ever - 550 miles, to be precise. And in a world near annihilated by a terrible disaster, leaving the UK harsh and brutal, uncrossable by car or bike, his journey to find his loved ones will be fraught with challenges.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great British PA fiction

  • By William L Belfield on 28-03-17

Running from Edinburgh to south of England :-)

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

Reviewed: 26-03-19

As a person from Edinburgh it's good to read a story based at least in the beginning about how the end of the world could happen from this perspective. Normally it's new York or London. The narrator reads it all very well. good story.

  • The Last Dog on Earth

  • By: Adrian J Walker
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris, David John
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Every dog has its day. And for Lineker, a happy-go-lucky mongrel from Peckham, the day the world ends is his: finally a chance to prove to his owner just how loyal he can be. Reg, an agoraphobic writer with an obsession for 90s football, plans to wait out the impending doom in his second-floor flat, hiding himself away from the riots outside. But when an abandoned orphan shows up in the stairwell of their building, Reg and Lineker must brave the outside in order to save not only the child, but themselves....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By girl on 10-05-18

A man and his dog... Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 28-02-19

Another great read, if you like this kind of thing.
Great story about a man and his dog. The book has layers with the story on the surface an underlying emotions and perspectives. The dogs perspective seems aggressive and vulgar but once past this real passion. I know a guy like this dog! The narrator has, for me got the accent bang on with just the right level of emotion and dullness the character portrays. Well done all concerned in the creation of this audible book. Time flies when you engrossed in a book.

  • The Quaker

  • By: Liam McIlvanney
  • Narrated by: Angus King
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

A city torn apart. Glasgow, 1969. In the grip of the worst winter for years, the city is brought to its knees by a killer whose name fills the streets with fear: the Quaker. He takes his next victim - the third woman from the same nightclub - and dumps her in the street like rubbish. A detective with everything to prove. The police are left chasing a ghost, with no new leads and no hope of catching their prey. DI McCormack, a talented young detective from the Highlands, is ordered to join the investigation. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First class story

  • By william tate on 01-04-19

Great story keeps you guessing

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

Reviewed: 19-02-19

As new author to me this was a great start. I now understand the author has at least two previous novels which I will be looking at shortly. The narrator, as usual was excellent telling the story and his accent was bang on. The story was full of intrigue with many twists and turns to keep you interested all the time. I love the way the author manages to bring every thing together in a crescendo at the end. Well done all concerned.

  • The Carnival Master

  • By: Craig Russell
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

A Cologne detective asks Jan Fabel for his help in tracking down the Carnival Cannibal, a terrifying serial killer who kills at the start of the world-famous annual Carnival. Unknown to anyone, Fabel's deputy, Maria Klee, also heads for Cologne to hunt down a different, even more dangerous killer - one with whom she has a score to settle. Taras Buslenko, a Ukrainian special-forces commander, prepares his undercover unit for a "black" operation into Cologne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FABULOUS

  • By Tanya on 02-01-11

Another great story, nice twist.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

Over the series we have heard Jan getting into and out of so many tricky situations. This is no exception a multi layered plot with many twists and turns keeps you guessing until the end. As for the narrator, his voice has become a major part of the character of such writing. well done to all involved.

  • A Life in Questions

  • By: Jeremy Paxman
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Paxman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

The witty, incisive and frank memoir of the best-selling author of The Victorians, Jeremy Paxman, whose career at the BBC included 25 years as the uncompromising presenter of Newsnight. Covering insights on politicians of every stamp over the last half century, reporting from war zones, the state of the BBC, the role of journalism in our political system and much more, Jeremy Paxman's long-awaited and candid memoir is packed with opinions and good humour on every page.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Paxman on Paxman, what's not to love?

  • By Savvyman on 01-11-16

Lucky man

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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: 12-01-19

Useful understanding of a man who works in the media. Sounded like an honest interpretation.

  • The Second Coming

  • By: John Niven
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

God takes a look at the Earth around the time of the Renaissance, and everything looks pretty good - so he takes a holiday. In heaven time this is just a week's fishing trip, but on Earth several hundred years go by. When God returns, he finds all hell has broken loose: world wars, holocausts, famine, capitalism and "fucking Christians everywhere". There's only one thing for it. They're sending the kid back. JC, reborn, is a struggling musician in New York City, trying to teach the one true commandment: be nice!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very funny

  • By P on 08-01-16

A good book - nice.

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

Another great book by John Niven and read so well by Nick Landrum. A great story based in fiction but brilliant in execution . I particularly liked the part where God is sitting around the table after being on vacation and asking about christians and their variations .

  • Let Me Be Frank

  • Tough, Honest and Straight from the Heart
  • By: Frank Bruno, Nick Owens
  • Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 86

Let Me Be Frank is the new book from one of the world's sporting greats. A deeply personal story, Bruno talks about his battle with mental illness, his time inside a mental facility, the impact his illness has had on his family and his career - and his long road back to stability. Now ready to talk about the condition that devastated his world, Frank's story offers his own unique perspective on living with bipolar disorder. His fears, his triumphs and the great affection he feels for the legion of fans he has to this day. His aim is to give others hope and inspiration.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling Story - Awful Narration

  • By Mr C. J. T. Roberts on 05-10-18

Straight up guy, what a story.

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

Reviewed: 19-11-18

Bruno has had a lot to deal with and it looks like and I hope it's the case he keeps positive. it was great to read his perspective on how this metal illness has effected him and his family. Fantastic perspective.

  • Sirens

  • By: Joseph Knox
  • Narrated by: Lewys Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 133

Isabelle Rossiter has run away again. When Aidan Waits, a troubled junior detective, is summoned to her father's penthouse home, he finds a manipulative man with powerful friends. But retracing Isabelle's steps through a dark, nocturnal world, Waits finds something else: an intelligent 17-year-old girl who's scared to death of something. As he investigates her story and the unsolved disappearance of a young woman just like her, he realizes Isabelle was right to run away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Manchester at its darkest...

  • By Mr. A. James on 22-01-17

Good book, good story.

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

From the start the story kept me interested. the twists and turns keep you guessing to what and who is the killer etc. very enjoyable book.

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