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  • The Spy and the Traitor

  • By: Ben MacIntyre
  • Narrated by: Ben Macintyre
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 905

On a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in the heart of Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the British supermarket. The man was a spy. A senior KGB officer, for more than a decade he had supplied his British spymasters with a stream of priceless secrets from deep within the Soviet intelligence machine. No spy had done more to damage the KGB. The Safeway bag was a signal: to activate his escape plan to be smuggled out of Soviet Russia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By robert on 26-09-18

Exciting and enlightening

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

This is a wonderful book. Reading like a thriller, it shines its light on a truly brave, in fact, astonishingly brave person who contributed in no small way to saving the world from destruction during the cold war. I have some of Ben MacIntyre's other books but this for me is the best. His narration was perfect, and he became one of those great readers who almost disappeared, allowing the book to connect directly to the listener. I am so glad I listened to the other reviewers of this book, it is the best that I have listened to for quite some time.

  • The Case Against Fragrance

  • By: Kate Grenville
  • Narrated by: Belinda McClory
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Kate Grenville had always associated perfume with elegance and beauty. Then the headaches started. Like perhaps a quarter of the population, Grenville reacts badly to the artificial fragrances around us: other people’s perfumes and all those scented cosmetics, cleaning products and air fresheners. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book explains a lot

  • By Karen on 05-11-18

Get it

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Buy it, get one for your friends and everyone else and we'll have a happier, healthier world. Really good book, interesting, well-researched and well-narrated. I've bought it as a book and also as an audio book and when I'm feeling horribly ill from someone's deodorant or perfume, at least I know I'm not the only one. Hopefully, now the word is out we can all become more aware of the effect that fragrance has on us and on other people nearby. Get it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Confession

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside. He doesn't understand how the police and prosecutors got the wrong man, and he certainly doesn't care. He just can't believe his good luck. Time passes and he realizes that the mistake will not be corrected: the authorities believe in their case and are determined to get a conviction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “Edge-of the-seat” legal drama

  • By Kirstine on 11-02-17

Very moving story

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

This book is so painful in parts that it is difficult to listen to, yet it is so compelling you cannot stop. The horror of an innocent young man condemned to death for murder is well-written and moved me to tears in several places. It is gripping as well as emotional. John Grisham is a very talented story-teller, and I found it almost impossible to stop listening. The narrator did a great job. I have not got enough work done today because of this book...

  • The Three-Nine Line

  • The Cordell Logan Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: David Freed
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

More than 40 years after their release from the notorious "Hanoi Hilton", three American prisoners of war return to Vietnam to make peace with their most brutal former captor, a guard whom they've dubbed "Mr. Wonderful". The US State Department hopes reconciliation will help cement a major trade agreement between Washington and the Vietnamese. But when Mr. Wonderful is found murdered, the three ex-POWs are accused of the crime, and the multibillion-dollar deal threatens to unravel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great hero, superb reading

  • By Caro on 03-09-15

Great hero, superb reading

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

What did you like best about this story?

I love the character Cordell Logan, he's one of the best heroes I've ever read/heard, funny, self-deprecating, witty, wise and wry. The landlady and the cat and the Duck are all brilliant flashes of colour in the story.

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

Whoever chose Ray Porter to narrate David Freed's books was inspired, he IS Cordell Logan. He brings such humour and reality to the words that I have a hard time stopping listening. The plot was good, but really, I just want to hear more about the character as portrayed by Porter.

Any additional comments?

The plot was fine although on that front I've enjoyed other of Freed's books more, and I missed the Ruptured Duck from a lot of the book, but really, I love this series very much and can't wait for the next one.

  • Blood Work

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, great narration

  • By Caro on 02-06-15

Great story, great narration

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

Reviewed: 02-06-15

What other book might you compare Blood Work to, and why?

I really enjoy Michael Connelly's Bosch book series, this is up there with them. His plotting is really clever and surprising as it is in the Bosch books. I still marginally prefer the character of Bosch as read by Dick Hill, but McAleb is a great character too.

What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He is one of my top two narrators, he brings a filmic quality to listening - his characters are alive - such a gifted reader.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Voodoo Ridge

  • A Cordell Logan Mystery, Book 3
  • By: David Freed
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

In 1956 a plane bearing mysterious cargo takes off from a small airport outside Los Angeles and disappears into a raging storm. Nearly 60 years later, while flying over the Sierra Nevada, retired military assassin turned civilian flight instructor and would-be Buddhist Cordell Logan catches a glint of sunlight on metal and spots what appears to be an aircraft wreckage. His life will never be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed this!

  • By Caro on 25-01-15

Really enjoyed this!

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

Reviewed: 25-01-15

This was the second time I've listened to a book from this author and narrator combination and I enjoyed it as much as the first. The main character Cordell Logan is a great invention and I hope to listen to more of him with this wonderful narrator. There is a second book in this series, of which this one is the third, but the second one is narrated by someone else. For me, Ray Porter is Cordell Logan so I haven't yet bought the second book. I may give in cos I love the format so much.

The story was ok to good, but the whole thing is supported by the great character that David Freed wrote along with the brilliant narration of Porter.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Flat Spin

  • A Cordell Logan Mystery
  • By: David Freed
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

The irresistible David Freed’s first mystery is a stay-up-late-to-finish thriller. Based in sunny Rancho Bonita - “California’s Monaco”, as the city’s moneyed minions like to call it - Cordell Logan is a literate, sardonic flight instructor and aspiring Buddhist with dwindling savings and a shadowy past. When his beautiful ex-wife, Savannah, shows up out of the blue to tell him that her husband has been murdered in Los Angeles, Logan is quietly pleased. Savannah’s late husband, after all, is Arlo Echevarria, the man she left Logan for.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed this book

  • By Caro on 25-01-15

Really enjoyed this book

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

Reviewed: 25-01-15

I enjoyed this a lot, the hero is a great character and I loved his humour, some of which I found a tiny bit reminiscent of Carl Hiaasen although there was nothing of the surreal here. I didn't find his ex-wife so convincing as a character, I felt she was more two-dimensional but I liked the book and narrator so much I went and bought Voodoo Ridge and enjoyed that too. I am always looking for books that aren't too terribly gory but have good twists and turns, it is quite hard to find them and I give up on quite a number of books before the end because they're too gratuitously graphic for me. This one did have some gory bits but not too many and I could cope.

The narrator is excellent and really inhabits the character, he was totally convincing for me and I was sorry to see that the second book in the series is narrated by someone else.

  • Everest 1953

  • The Epic Story of the First Ascent
  • By: Mick Conefrey
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436

On the morning of 2 June 1953, the day of Queen Elizabeth's coronation, the first news ebbed through to the British public of a magnificent achievement: Everest had finally been conquered. Drawing on first-hand interviews and unprecedented access to archives, this is a groundbreaking new account of that extraordinary first ascent. In a thrilling tale of adventure and courage, Mick Conefrey reveals that what has gone down in history as a supremely well-planned attempt was actually beset by crisis and controversy, both on and off the mountain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Man! That story is epic!

  • By carrosvoss on 12-09-14

Narration ruined it

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

Reviewed: 01-12-14

I'm sure this book is one I would really enjoy, but sadly not with this narrator. For me, it was entirely ruined as the reading was so painful to listen to. I've managed 34 minutes but can go no further.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sane New World

  • Taming the Mind
  • By: Ruby Wax
  • Narrated by: Ruby Wax
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658

Ruby Wax - comedian, writer and mental health campaigner - shows us how our minds can jeopardize our sanity. With her own periods of depression and now a Masters from Oxford in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy to draw from, she explains how our busy, chattering, self-critical thoughts drive us to anxiety and stress. If we are to break the cycle, we need to understand how our brains work, rewire our thinking and find calm in a frenetic world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An out standing book!

  • By mark on 23-06-14

Great user manual for the human brain

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

Reviewed: 16-07-14

This is the first audiobook I have listened to twice back-to-back, going back to listen to parts repeatedly. It is engaging, hugely informative with great exercises to help you towards mindfulness. It is not fluffy or new-agey, but very funny, sometimes moving and comforting in showing one is not alone in the sometimes tricky affairs of the brain. Above all, it has good instructions of stuff to actually do, not just comforting words or positive speak, although it has that too. Whether you were into Ruby Wax or not, if you want to still that nagging voice in your head then this is a great start. I wish I could thank the author personally for her work, it is a really helpful book and I would imagine that it could be a stepping stone to further investigation and a chance at happiness for many people. Thankyou Ms Wax.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,397
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,443
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,415

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

Just wow....

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

Reviewed: 30-05-14

I am not a sci-fi reader really, and I bought this because of the other reviews and wow. It is so well written and so well narrated that it must rank as one of the best books I have ever listened to. It does not feel like sci-fi at all, so do not be put off by that, if you like intelligent struggle in adversity, dry humour and 'living' a book then give it a try. It was extra welcome to come across this gem as I'd just struggled through a very disappointing listen, and this book will remain with me a long time I think. It should be made into a film, although that may not be necessary as it is like watching a film when you listen. Totally great - I do not have even one tiny criticism, give it a try.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful