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  • The Driver

  • John Milton, Book 3
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523

John Milton has started to hope that he might have a future. He has a job driving a taxi around the streets of San Francisco. He has his anonymity and his solitude. Being invisible has become a comfortable habit. He doesn't want to be found. But when a girl he drives to a party goes missing, Milton is worried. Especially when two dead bodies are discovered, and the police start treating him as their prime suspect. Milton is a fugitive from the British Secret Service, and a man in his position needs extra attention like he needs a hole in the head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series just gets better and better

  • By Mikey on 18-09-15

A truly involving character

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

Yet another adventure in the life of John Milton. I am enjoying every episode in the life of this character, either on Kindle or on MP3. On MP3 the narrative is excellent. The assassin-turned-nice-guy is a cliche but great escapism.

  • The Fourth Sacrifice

  • The China Thrillers, Book 2
  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764

Three corpses: drugged, labeled and brutally beheaded; a trail that Detective Li Yan has to follow. He and forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell have been trying to deny the attraction that nearly destroyed both their careers. But when a fourth victim is found, they have no choice but to work together to track down the truth and to hunt down a ruthless killer. The Fourth Sacrifice is the second in the acclaimed China series from Peter May, author of Runaway, Entry Island and the internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable....

  • By Salter on 18-01-18

Could not get to grips with this

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

Reviewed: 05-05-16

Maybe because this is book two of the series, but I really didn't care about the characters. I bought this becuase I have listened to other Peter May books and had grown to like him, but I won't be buying any more of this series.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,831

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

  • By Jude on 12-07-15

One man more for the slaughter

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

Reviewed: 13-01-16

This is a great story and well read. Calling it a science fiction horror story misses the point. It is more a myth of legend, harking back to the heroes and and sacrifices to the gods of ancient times. I love the horror genre as it often reflects us in our darkest hour, echoing the question, what would YOU do? This story is inventive, novel and moral. Read it and you'll see what I mean.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Suspicion

  • By: Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Danny can't afford the private school his teenage daughter, Abby, adores, and he can't bear to tell his daughter he has failed her. By a stroke of brilliant luck, Danny meets Thomas Galvin, one of the richest men in Boston. When Danny accepts a loan from Thomas, the authorities turn up at his door. Now he has a choice: face prison or become part of a sting operation to bring down his extremely dangerous new best friend...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By steven on 25-09-15

Friendship, Betrayal and Trust

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

Reviewed: 18-11-15

Do we really know our friends? What do we base our trust on? This book explores those two questions and comes up with some surprising answers. The plot is at times exciting and the relationships thought-provoking.

  • The Humans

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,871
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,870

One wet Friday evening, Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University solves the world's greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. His loving wife and teenage son seem repulsive to him. In fact, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he's a dog.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A profound and shining star

  • By Kaggy on 24-08-13

Stick with this; it'll be worth it

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

Reviewed: 18-11-15

When I first started this book, I thought, "Alien lands on Earth and points out all our foibles, variations on a common theme", but I carried on listening and started to root for the main character. This is pleasant read with small comedic twists.

  • Brodmaw Bay

  • By: F.G. Cottam
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Brodmaw Bay seems to be the perfect refuge for James Greer and his family. When his son is the victim of a brutal mugging, Greer wants to leave London - the sooner the better - for the charming old-fashioned fishing port he has just discovered. But was finding Brodmaw Bay more than a happy accident? What is the connection between the village and his beautiful wife? When his friendly new neighbours say they'd welcome some new blood - in a village where the same families seem to have lived for generations - are they telling the whole truth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wicker Man relocated to Cornwall

  • By JANET on 01-04-12

A little cliched

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

Reviewed: 31-05-15

After reading "The Wating Room", one of the creepiest tales I have ever listened to, I was quite eager read more by this author. I t was an enjoyable read, but the first part of the book was full of Hammer House cliches. I felt that the characters in Brodmaw Bay and the plot were not as intricately drawn as I had expected, so I was a little diappointed. However, this was an interesting distraction, just not creepy enough for me.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Child

  • An Audible Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Rupert Penry-Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,880
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,882

My name is Simon. I’m 10 years old. I’m a serial killer. Robert Stern (Rupert Penry-Jones), a successful defense attorney, doesn’t know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. Stern is more than surprised, when his old love interest and professional nurse Carina (Emilia Fox) presents him a ten year old boy as his new client. Simon (Jack Boulter), a terminally ill child, who is convinced he has murdered many men in a previous life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling, Difficult in places, but damn good!

  • By Simon on 07-06-15

Unputdownable!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

At first glance the premise of this book seems very paranormal and threatens to stretch our suspension of disbelief a little too far, but the characters are three dimensional and the plot thickens into a situation which is unfortunately all too real. A dying boy, who believes himself to be the reincarnation of a serial killer and seeks absolution sets off a gripping chain of events with its roots in a past tragedy. It is mystery, action thriller and personal tragedy all rolled neatly into one well-defined package.

I am a bad sleeper with a busy brain and up to now Audible has been so handy. I switch my MP3 player into sleep mode and drift off to a story, even something action-packed or mystery-filled. I don't recommend "The Child" for this type of listening. It is so well written and acted and the plot so interesting, it was impossible to stop listening. When my player switched itself off, I would think, 'just another 10 minutes' and put it back on again!

  • The Shining

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,602

Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny's visions grow out of control. As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217, and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic horror novel

  • By Steve on 03-10-13

A hotel possessed - the real story of the Overlook

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

Reviewed: 07-09-13

If you have seen either of the films or the TV series of this title, you may think this book holds no further surprises. You would be wrong. The director's cut is the story of a family's fight for survival against pure evil in an isolated, snow-bound hotel. On a more human level, it is the story of how families survive.

Danny, the five year old son of Jack and Wendy, sees visions. He can find things that are lost and can read his parents thoughts. When Jack takes a winter caretaker's job at the isolated Overlook Hotel, high in the mountains, Danny's "shining" awakens an evil that hunts him. What follows is a terrifying escalation of horror and suspense. Forget the films; the pictures in your own head are far more vivid and horrifying !

From a human perspective, Jack is a recovering alcoholic, whose addiction has brought his family to the brink. This job is his last chance to keep his family together, but the spirits in the hotel tempt him and taunt him to bring his son to them. In this, only his third published book, Stephen King' s own battle with alcohol adds an interesting backdrop. Addiction fills you with demons. The reason that King's narrative works so well is that normal human reactions and emotions lie at its base.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Chessmen

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,922

Fin Macleod, now head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal-game hunting taking place on the island. This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill - a local poacher, Fin's teenage intimate and possessor of a long-buried secret. But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn and Fin puts together the fractured pieces of the past, he realises that revealing the truth could destroy the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterclass in Storytelling

  • By MISS E J BIRD on 19-02-13

A third treat from the Isle of Lewis

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

Reviewed: 18-05-13

I have been bowled over by these novels and couldn't wait to read each one in turn. Each plot links the past, childhood loves and teenage jealousies and loss, with a present conundrum. The characters are rich and their relationships are deep and realistically drawn. I suspected that the backdrop of a small Scottish isle might render the stories mundane, but far from it. Concentrating on a tiny community allows us to examine the protagonists and their motives in detail.

The narration is excellent, switching effortlessly between various Scottish brogues and English accents. The tale is told with meaning and expression.

I recommend this book and this author, though I would suggest reading the thee books, the Lewis Man, The Black House and The Chess Men, in order to understand the full history of the characters.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Graft

  • By: Martina Cole
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

The Graft is an enthralling and hard-hitting story of violence and revenge from number one best-selling author Martina Cole. Looking back, Nick Leary couldn't say exactly what kept him awake that night. He'd had a lot on his mind; perhaps he'd been thinking about the 'respectable' Essex business that he ran, or about his two young sons sleeping in the room next door. Or was it simply the sound of his beautiful wife's steady breathing beside him? Whatever it was, he was awake when he heard someone's footsteps....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the read

  • By dean_rowley on 06-04-15

Interesting story, irritating narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-13

The Graft presents the reader/listener with an interesting study of the criminal underground. The characters and their relationships have depth and our understanding of them develops though the novel. Stories of individuals seemingly leading disparate lives are drawn together by invisible threads to lead to a final denouement. Some fascinating but uncomfortable realities come to light. Unfortunately my listening was spoilt by the narrator, who seemed to use the same intonation for every utterance. The dialogue was voiced quite convincingly but the rest of the narration was irritating, subtle nuances being masked by a reading without meaning. It is a testament to the author's skill that I decided to stick with it and I'm glad that I did. However, I won't be buying another book narrated by Annie Aldington.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful