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  • Greeks Bearing Gifts

  • Bernie Gunther, Book 13
  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

1957, Munich. Bernie Gunther's latest move sees him working for an insurance company. Sent to Athens to investigate a claim from a fellow German for a ship that has sunk, Bernie takes an instant dislike to the claimant. When he discovers the ship in question once belonged to a Greek Jew deported to Auschwitz, he’s convinced the sinking was no accident. Then the claimant is found dead. Bernie is strong-armed into helping the Greek police with their investigation. Who is behind the murder, and why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly the best of the series

  • By Chantal on 11-06-18

Wrong narrator diminishes enjoyment

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

Reviewed: 28-11-18

This is a story of a German living in Europe and who was a participant in the Second World War. It is read by a narrator with a strong American accent. Does not work. To reinforce how stupid this is when speaking for other European nationals, including a few Germans, the correct accents are used.

This incongruity severely reduces the enjoyment of the book and grates horribly.

This is a pity as Jeff Harding is a brilliant narrator of Jefferey Deaver and Lee Child books to choose but two of the authors he narrates. All those stories are with American characters set in America. Please stick to America Mr Harding.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unnatural Causes

  • By: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 581

As the country's top forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the dead. When death is sudden or unexplained, it falls to Shepherd to establish the cause. Each post-mortem is a detective story in its own right - and Shepherd has performed over 23,000 of them. Through his skill, dedication and insight, Dr Shepherd solves the puzzle to answer our most pressing question: how did this person die?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Authoritative, Authentic and Utterly Fascinating

  • By Mark on 21-10-18

Reading it himself a big mistake

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-10-18

I looked forward to this book and am very disappointed. Biggest problem is that he is a poor narrator. By the end it feels like he is trying to unburden himself not tell a story.

Some of the content is very interesting and worth hearing but is too little IMHO to overcome the negatives.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Damaged Goods

  • By: Oliver Shah
  • Narrated by: Oliver Shah
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

Penguin Audio presents Damaged Goods by Oliver Shah. In March 2015, British businessman and the chairman of Arcadia Group Sir Philip Green sold BHS for £1 to Retail Acquisitions, owned by Dominic Chappell, a serial bankrupt who filed BHS for administration shortly after. By April 2016, BHS had debts of £1.3bn, including a pensions deficit of £571m. Damaged Goods follows Green's journey to the big time, the sale of BHS and the subsequent investigation that concluded with Green paying £363m to the Pensions Regulator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How do they sleep at night?

  • By stevieg on 17-07-18

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 24-07-18

It always stuns me how seemingly intelligent and professional people can be taken in by others. This book is a must listen if you have any interest in how business and more importantly how regulators operate.

Well written, well narrated and eye opening.

I’ll never trust a lawyer, an accountant or a banker again.

  • Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles

  • By: Tom Bower
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

Best-selling author Tom Bower reveals the power, passion and defiance of Prince Charles. Few heirs to the throne have suffered as much humiliation as Prince Charles. Despite his hard work and genuine concern for the disadvantaged, he has struggled to overcome his unpopularity. After Diana's death, his approval rating crashed to 4 percent and has been rescued only by his marriage to Camilla. Nevertheless, just one third of Britons now support him to be the next king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • startling book

  • By cg on 17-04-18

Should be compulsory

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

Reviewed: 13-06-18

The story is absolutely fascinating and the insight into Charles, Diana and Camilla needs to disseminated to all.

The narrator is not the best. Hard to concentrate on and understand when there are noises in the listening background.

Should give it a go.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Pick, the Spade and the Crow

  • By: Bill Rogers
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82

When the body of a man is discovered in woodlands outside Manchester, a ten-year missing-persons investigation can finally be filed away. But this was no ordinary death: gagged, bound and buried alive, he was the victim of a sophisticated and sadistic killer. And there is something else that has the National Crime Agency puzzled. A single character carved into a nearby tree.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Could not stand the weird narration voice

  • By Voyager on 09-11-16

Narration so bad all should get a refund

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

Reviewed: 30-05-18

I have complained about bad narrators before but never have they been this bad.
She is harsh on the ear, puts the emphasis in the wrong place and masks the characters.

Audible you should be embarrassed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Madam Secretary

  • A Memoir
  • By: Madeleine Albright
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Albright
  • Length: 24 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

A national best seller on its original publication in 2003, Madam Secretary is a riveting account of the life of America's first woman Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. For eight years, during Bill Clinton's two presidential terms, Albright was a high-level participant in some of the most dramatic events of our time - from the pursuit of peace in the Middle East to NATO's intervention in the Balkans to America's troubled relations with Iran and Iraq.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My first biography- not disappointed

  • By MagikPen on 17-07-15

A bit of a struggle

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

Reviewed: 13-05-18

This is a very challenging audiobook to review.
The author is a fascinating individual and writes with great detail about her life and the events she was involved in.

However the real issue with this audiobook is that the author is the last person who should be reading the story. She is not good enough and 24 hours of her voice is a real challenge.

Be careful it is hard to concentrate on and at times soporific.

  • I'll Keep You Safe

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Anna Murray, Peter Forbes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,139

Husband and wife Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own Ranish Tweed: a Hebridean company that weaves its own special variety of Harris cloth, which has become a sought-after brand in the world of high fashion. But when Niamh learns of Ruairidh's affair with Russian designer Irina Vetrov, then witnesses the pair killed by a car bomb in Paris, her life is left in ruins. Along with her husband's remains, she returns home to the Isle of Lewis bereft.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing

  • By Michael D Hewitt on 28-01-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

The use of two narrators is in my view a real negative There is zero reason for it.

As to the story it fails to engender any real excitement.

Not as good as other books by the author.

  • The English and Their History

  • By: Robert Tombs
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 45 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509

In The English and their History, the first full-length account to appear in one volume for many decades, Robert Tombs gives us the history of the English people and of how the stories they have told about themselves have shaped them, from the prehistoric 'dreamtime' through to the present day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A big commitment, easily paid off!

  • By m sinclair on 20-02-17

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

This book was well researched, beautifully written and superbly narrated.

I learned more about the history of the English from this book than I dared hope for.

This is the best audiobook I have listened to for quite sometime. It should become required listening.

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

  • Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And this was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant

  • By Ms. Ej Austin on 19-06-17

An interesting story not well told

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

I am not sure if the book failed to please me because it was poorly written or poorly narrated.

The prose style is very heavy and not easy to follow. Requires heavy concentration. The use of three narrators does not work for me. Two were ponderous and one ok. When I read a book I don’t have three “voices” in my head so I find it detracts from the pleasure.

The story is an interesting one and needs telling.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Hour Game

  • King and Maxwell, Book 2
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

Following their collaboration in Split Second, ex-Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have gone into partnership and are investigating the robbery of some secret documents at the residence of the incredibly wealthy Battle family. It seems like a straightforward case of domestic burglary, but soon they begin to suspect links to larger, more terrifying events now shaking the prosperous town of Wrightsburg....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • By RAVI on 29-09-18

Story good narration grates

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

Reviewed: 22-06-17

The story is as riveting as the first two books but the narrator is beginning to grate. Napoleon may well have been a grumpy individual but the "Frenchified" voice used becomes increasingly hard to listen to. This is always a danger. When I read a book I don't put on accents. I began to long to get back to hearing about Arthur.