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  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481

Imagine a nation banishing the outside world for two centuries, forbidding its subjects to leave its shores on pain of death, and harbouring a deep mistrust of European ideas.

Set in Japan in 1799, a young Dutch clerk, Jacob de Zoet, is about to embark on a strange adventure of duplicity, love, and murder - and all the while the axis of global power is turning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet

  • By Robin B on 27-07-10

The thousand autumns of Jacob de Zoet

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-10

I found this really hard to get into and left off after a few chapters, BUT I returned some weeks later and really listened. The story gathers momentum and purpose as you listen on.
The social mores and customs of the early 19th century Japan and Dutch settlers is fascinating BUT OOOOH when the story unfolds of kidnapped women, babies born to monks - I won't go on so as not to spoil the treat. I just couldn't stop listening in the end.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Paths of Glory

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

This is the story of a man who loved two women, and one of them killed him. Some people have dreams that are so outrageous that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. Francis Drake, Robert Scott, Percy Fawcett, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hillary and Neil Armstrong are among such individuals. But what if one man had such a dream, and when he'd achieved it, there was no proof that he had fulfilled his ambition?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic stuff

  • By Brand on 13-03-09

Paths of Glory

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-09

A good faction account of what might have happened to that Mallory Everest expedition. BUT I found the "Jolly Good Chaps" tone of the conversation tedious. A little too simplistic dialogue and story telling - even for a Jeffrey Archer. Disappointing.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Played With Fire

  • The Millennium Trilogy, Volume 2
  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Martin Wenner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Millennium publisher Mikael Blomkvist has launched an explosive investigation into the sex-trafficking industry in Sweden and its international links. When two journalists are found dead in a Stockholm apartment, police are baffled by what appears to be a professional killing. Ex-security analyst and former child delinquent Lisbeth Salander is wanted for murder, but the trail has gone cold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Linda on 25-01-09

The Girl who Played with Fire

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-03-09

following the girl with the dragon tattoo the story continues with Mika Blomquist and Lizabeth. Excellent plotting with many twists and turns. You need to "get your ear tuned" to all the Swedish names as some sound similar and the plot is so intricate you can miss a vital piece. I wanted to listen all the time, but had to ration myself as I didn't want it to end! Roll on the third of the trilogy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Trilogy, Volume 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Martin Wenner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

The Industrialist: Henrik Vanger, head of the dynastic Vanger Corporation, is tormented by the loss of a child decades earlier and convinced that a member of his family has committed murder. The Journalist: Mikael Blomkvist delves deep into the Vangers' history to uncover the truth. But someone else wants the past to remain a secret and will go to any lengths to keep it that way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unputdownable!

  • By Parissa on 21-08-08

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-09

Utterly gripping,I went on especially long walks so I could listen without interruption. I have just bought No 2 and will have to save it for a long channel crossing!!

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  • The Private Patient

  • Inspector Adam Dalgliesh Series, Book 14
  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

When notorious investigative journalist Rhoda Gradwyn booked into an exclusive clinic in Dorset for the removal of a disfiguring facial scar, she had every prospect of a successful operation by a distinguished surgeon, followed by a week's peaceful convalescence in one of Dorset's most beautiful manor houses and the beginning of a new life. She was never to leave Cheverell Manor alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Private Patient

  • By MrsFiddleback on 04-03-09

The private Patient

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-09

excellent PD James writes so well far in advance of the other crime writers a treat to listen to

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Man's Footsteps

  • Roy Grace, Book 4
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: David Bauckham
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923

From the ashes of mass destruction.... Amid the tragic unfolding mayhem of the morning of 9/11, failed Brighton businessman and ne'er-do-well Ronnie Wilson sees the chance of a lifeline: to shed his debts, disappear and reinvent himself in another country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant suspense and intrigue

  • By r on 06-10-08

Deadmen's Footsteps

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-09

I've never come across this writier before and thoroughly enjoyed the mystery around all the characters and the flashbacks in time to enable the listener to piece it all together - beginning with a man disappearing in New York on 11th September 2001 to both his wives turning up dead in different countries .... oops what a giveaway!
easy listening good yarn. I have now bought the books that precede this episode in the life of Roy Grace.

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  • The Reader

  • By: Carol Janeway (translator), Bernhard Schlink
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

When he falls ill on his way home from school, 15-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover--then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Reader

  • By Chrissie62 on 02-01-09

The Reader

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-09

I really enjoyed this and just didn't want it to end. Excellent reading and Brilliant story.