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  • Warrior of Woden

  • The Bernicia Chronicles, Book 5
  • By: Matthew Harffy
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Oswald has reigned over Northumbria for eight years, and Beobrand has led the king to ever greater victories. Rewarded for his fealty and prowess in battle, Beobrand is now a wealthy warlord, with a sizable warband. Tales of Beobrand's fearsome black-shielded warriors and the great treasure he has amassed are told throughout the halls of the land. Many are the kings who bow to Oswald. And yet there are those who look upon his realm with a covetous eye. And there is one ruler who will never kneel before him. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'Tis But a Scratch!!!

  • By Simon on 15-07-18

As good as the first in the series

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

Reviewed: 19-03-19

Not that any in the series are bad, they are all excellent, but i enjoyed this one better than all the rest.

  • Departure

  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Scott Aiello
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 333

En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind. Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they've crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good story!

  • By Krzysztof on 20-02-15

Good Story and pace, performance patchy

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

Reviewed: 25-02-19

An inventive story with some very good ideas.
Half of the performance was excellent, however the woman's performance I found annoying to the point I almost switched off. Thankfully the bloke doing the other half of the story was brilliant.
overall would suggest a listen.

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,493
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,345

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super-Skippy-Just-Fantastic-Expeditionary-Force!

  • By Simon on 27-09-17

Brilliant Episode in the Series

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

Reviewed: 25-10-17

Recommend you read/listen to the others first or it might be tough to get the names and quirks of the characters.

Overall an outstanding story and performance and very moreish plot with lots of humour.

It was nice to delve into other characters.

I cannot wait for the future stories and will revisit the early ones.

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  • Flashman and the Redskins

  • The Flashman Papers, Book 6
  • By: George MacDonald Fraser
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 138

Harry Flashman: the unrepentant bully of Tom Brown's schooldays, now with a Victoria Cross, has three main talents - horsemanship, facility with foreign languages, and fornication. A reluctant military hero, Flashman plays a key part in most of the defining military campaigns of the 19th century, despite trying his utmost to escape them all. What was Harry Flashman doing on the slopes of Little Bighorn, caught between the gallant remnant of Custer's 7th Cavalry and the attack of Sitting Bull's braves?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can't beat Flashy

  • By R. Harper on 24-04-15

Barnstorming Romp

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

Reviewed: 24-03-17

Just awesome.

Why isn't there a statue of Flashy in Central London?

One of the best stories out of the 12, in fact it's my equal 12th favorite.

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  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,415

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • waste of time

  • By Nicole on 02-10-16

Not sure why but...

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

Reviewed: 24-03-17

I found the insight into the mind of the lead character slightly dull.

I ended up listening on faster than normal speed to get to the end which climaxed well.

Despite that I did wonder what all the fuss was about.

Seemed to be written with a screenplay version in mind all along.

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  • The Painted Man

  • The Demon Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791

The stunning debut fantasy novel from author Peter V. Brett. The Painted Man, book one of the Demon Cycle, is a captivating and thrilling fantasy adventure, pulling the reader into a world of demons, darkness and heroes. Voted one of the top ten fantasy novels of 2008 by amazon.co.uk. Sometimes there is very good reason to be afraid of the dark…Eleven-year-old Arlen lives with his parents on their small farmstead, half a day's ride from the isolated hamlet of Tibbet's Brook.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and Original Fantasy

  • By Dave on 01-06-15

Fiercely Original

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

Reviewed: 24-03-17

A wonderfully painted world.

Characterisation, action and growth of story is great. I am looking forward to tucking into the other books.

Highly recommended.

  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,905
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,411

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping story.

  • By Bernadette on 22-10-15

A Cut Above the Rest

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

Reviewed: 24-03-17

Not knowing the author, I dived in. And was glad.

A fantastic story told very well. Paced perfectly, with great character development. Certainly a Class A novel whichever way you look at it.

Highly recommended.

  • Crossfire

  • Nick Stone, Book 10
  • By: Andy McNab
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

Ex-deniable operator Nick Stone is bodyguarding a TV crew on the streets of war-torn Basra. He seems certain to die when insurgent gunmen attack. Only a reporter's swift action saves his life. When the reporter vanishes within hours, presumed kidnapped, Stone is asked by the Intelligence Service to find him. The trail leads from Iraq to London, Dublin, and Kabul - the brutal city where governments, terrorism and big business collide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, extremely well read!

  • By S.A.L on 28-02-18

Action packed twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 24-03-17

A very enjoyable romp of action...although Mr. Thornley the narrator sounded like he had a cold part way through, which distracted me.

I will be getting more for sure! Mebbe.

  • Domain

  • The Rats Series, Book 3
  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

Book Three in Herbert’s classic ‘rats’ series. The final countdown. The long-dreaded nuclear conflict. The city torn apart, shattered, its people destroyed or mutilated beyond hope. For just a few, survival is possible only beneath the wrecked streets - if there is time to avoid the slow-descending poisonous ashes. But below, the rats, demonic offspring of irradiated forebears, are waiting. They know that Man is weakened, become frail. Man has become their prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By klaserie on 07-11-13

Dramatic Reading of a classic

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

Reviewed: 24-03-17

Classic horror book from my youth.

Held up the test of time mostly.

Found the narrative far too dramatic, although you get used to it.

  • The Serpent Sword

  • The Bernicia Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Matthew Harffy
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Beobrand is compelled by his brother's almost-certain murder to embark on a quest for revenge in the war-ravaged kingdoms of Northumbria. The land is rife with danger, as warlords vie for supremacy and dominion. In the battles for control of the region, new oaths are made and broken, and loyalties are tested to the limits. With no patronage and no experience, Beobrand must form his own allegiances and learn to fight with sword and shield. Relentless in pursuit of his enemies, he faces challenges which transform him from a boy to a man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost a Prequel To Cornwell's King Alfred Books.

  • By Farniboy on 11-04-17

Dark Ages enlightened

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

Reviewed: 24-03-17

A regal story with intrigue, great characters and action.

Take the long way home to listen.

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