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Livingston, United Kingdom
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  • The Second Coming

  • By: John Niven
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

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.

Overall
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 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 61

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.

Overall
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 147
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

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.

  • The Way of All Flesh

  • By: Ambrose Parry
  • Narrated by: Bryan Dick, Louise Brealey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Young women are being discovered dead across the Old Town, all having suffered similarly gruesome ends. In the New Town, medical student Will Raven is about to start his apprenticeship with the brilliant and renowned Dr Simpson. Simpson's patients range from the richest to the poorest of this divided city. His house is like no other, full of visiting luminaries and daring experiments in the new medical frontier of anaesthesia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great historical background

  • By Brian on 15-10-18

Great historical background

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

To begin it takes some time to get into . I was wondering where it is going. I like the historical back ground of Dr Simpson and Ye olde Edinburgh. I guess this ending could lead to a sequel. Is this Chris B writing under a pseudonym?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bitter Water

  • By: Gordon Ferris
  • Narrated by: Angus King
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Glasgow’s melting. The temperature is rising and so is the murder rate. Douglas Brodie, ex-policeman, ex-soldier and newest reporter on the Glasgow Gazette, has no shortage of material for his crime column. But even Brodie balks at his latest subject – a rapist who has been tarred and feathered by a balaclava-clad group. Brodie soon discovers a link between this horrific act and a series of brutal beatings.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good story but should read the first one first

  • By Brian on 15-09-18

A good story but should read the first one first

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

Reviewed: 15-09-18

it's a good story but with references to an earier plot it was just a bit tricky to follow at times. I need to research more before I buy.

  • The Zone of Interest

  • By: Martin Amis
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

What happens when we discover who we really are? And how do we come to terms with it? Can we even meet each other's eye, after we have seen who we really are? Fearless and original, The Zone of Interest is a violently dark love story set against a backdrop of unadulterated evil, and a vivid journey into the depths and contradictions of the human soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amis I wish I had your mind

  • By Ria on 02-02-15

To begin confusing then settled.

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

Reviewed: 31-08-18

As usual the narrator was excellent.well done Mr Barrett. The story was okay once I got into it.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,921
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,909

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Claire on 21-02-18

A well told story of unimaginable times

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

Reviewed: 23-08-18

A sad and yet at times an up-lifting story of a man put into an impossible position. Who witnessed the unspeakable things humans can do to each other. It’s up lifting to know that people can have such inner strength under such horrendous conditions, a need to survive such atrocities.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Blood Road

  • Logan McRae, Book 11
  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382

What drives someone to murder? Logan McRae's personal history is hardly squeaky clean, but now that he works for Professional Standards he's policing his fellow officers. When Detective Inspector Bell turns up dead in the drivers seat of a crashed car, it's a shock to everyone. Because Bell died two years ago. They buried him. Or they thought they did. As an investigation is launched into Bell's stabbing, Logan digs into his past. Where has he been all this time? Why did he disappear? And what's so important that he felt the need to come back from the dead?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Together Again

  • By Mary on 21-06-18

Another classic

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

this story is full of the usual gore and has an additional level of bile. Stuart keeps the reader interested by the plot and the characters wild ways. Keep up the good work.

  • The Amateurs

  • By: John Niven
  • Narrated by: Angus King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

Gary is a sweet and decent man. Only two things would improve his life - having children with his gorgeous wife, Pauline, and a lower golf handicap. Both are unlikely. Pauline is wondering how she ended up living in an ugly little house, driving a second-hand car and making a living dressing up as Tinker Bell. She's planning to leave Gary for a self-made carpet millionaire. Findlay, the Carpet King of Scotland, wants to trade in his obese wife for a younger model.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funniest book I've ever heard/read

  • By Greg on 11-12-15

Colourful realistic language and a gid wee story.

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

What a master piece. John, where have you been! All credit to the narrator Angus King. You read the book so well. The whole book is full of cringing moments that are funny as fuck. This reminds me of early Brookmyre and goes beyond the Welch bloke.

  • Brother Grimm

  • By: Craig Russell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

As Jan Fabel, of the Hamburg murder squad, interprets this twisted imagery at a crime scene, it becomes clear that each new crime is a grisly reference to folk stories collected by the Brothers Grimm. The hunt is on for a serial killer who is exploring the darkest, most fundamental fears hidden in ancient fairy tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Looking forward to the next installment..

  • By Robert on 22-08-08

Good story woven around these tales

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

Reviewed: 15-05-18

I like the way the author takes these fairy tales and threads through these well know tales a baseline, on what these original tales would have been about. Excellent entertainment.