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  • The Rising Sea

  • NUMA Files, Book 15
  • By: Clive Cussler, Graham Brown
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

When NUMA scientists discover a startling rise in the Western Pacific sea levels, they fly to Japan in search of answers. Kurt, Joe and the team uncover a secret Chinese mining operation beneath the East China Sea and a diabolical plan to destroy the Japanese-American alliance and unbalance the world's scales of power. To avert an international disaster, Kurt and his team must outwit a powerful, ruthless industrialist, an assassin too violent for the Yakuza and an extraordinary hi-tech threat....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic Cussler

  • By Lukeseri on 05-10-18

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 13-07-18

Great book, well narrated and kept me entertained from begining to end. Well worth a purchase.

  • The Grey Ghost

  • Fargo Adventures, Book 10
  • By: Clive Cussler, Robin Burcell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Grey Ghost by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell, read by Scott Brick. In 1906, a groundbreaking Rolls-Royce prototype known as the Grey Ghost vanishes from the streets of Manchester, England, and it is only the lucky intervention of an American detective named Isaac Bell that prevents it from being lost forever. Not even he can save the good name of Marcus Peyton, however, the man wrongly blamed for the theft, and more than a hundred years later, it is his grandson who turns to Sam and Remi Fargo to help prove his grandfather's innocence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cussler back to his best...

  • By Salter on 31-05-18

Great Story but ......

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell have written a great adventure book spanning the centuries and hopefully you'll enjoy the story as much as I did.
I really enjoyed the audio book except for one thing, Scott Brick is a great narrator and I sometimes by audio books because he narrated them, but this book he seemed to miss the mark, the book is based around Manchester, England, Scott has tried to provide various dialects, American for Sam and Remi, Posh for the gentry and it seems COCKNEY for everyone in Manchester who isn't the gentry.
That's the only let down for this book and to be fair will only people from the UK will get this.

  • Iceberg

  • By: Clive Cussler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

The towering iceberg drifting in the North Atlantic was a floating tomb. Embedded in the great gleaming mass was a ship - sealed in so solidly that not even its mast protruded. Here was a sea mystery to rank alongside the Bermuda Triangle and the Marie Celeste. But for Major Dirk Pitt, top trouble-shooter for the National Underwater and Marine Agency, it was also the first link in a fantastic chain of events that would lead him too close - and too often - to violent death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Class

  • By Anonymous User on 20-01-19

Great Story but only if your a caveman.

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

Iceberg is a great action story, but it's dated, the way Clive Cussler writes about women in this book is indicative of the time. women should be arm candy nothing more.
I really do enjoy Clive Cussler's writing but In this book some of the dialogue was a bit "old school" for my personal taste.

  • Origin

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,825
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,821

The spellbinding new Robert Langdon novel from the author of The Da Vinci Code. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Deception Point 2

  • By 451 on 10-10-17

Dan Brown does it again.

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

An excellent book. Robert Langdon is invited by Edmond Kiersh to the Guggenheim Museum in Spain and that's all I'm saying (spoilers). Well narrated and engrossing an excellent purchase.

  • Separation of Power

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ken Kliban
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story poor narrator

  • By gary on 19-12-12

Another great story, shame about the narration.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

This audio book is great the story is fast paced and Mitch Rapp is a truly unique character. The problem is Ken Kliban, his narrative is bland and he made a couple of speech errors (not many you understand but the ones he did were very easy to avoid).
Overall it's a great story slightly let down by the narration.

  • The Thirst

  • Harry Hole, Book 11
  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122

A woman is found murdered after an Internet date. The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer. Under pressure from the media to find the murderer, the force know there's only one man for the job. But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him. Until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and his one failed case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant as normal

  • By Sue Edwards on 07-05-17

A good story but......

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

It's hard to say I liked this book, the story was excellent, it kept me guessing to the last chapter, but it was the narration that was not so great. Without giving the story line away this is a detective novel based in Norway, so how come all the characters sound like they come from Bradford or Leeds?
It spoils the experience (for me anyway). Other than that the book was great, the narration not so much.

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  • The Pharaoh's Secret

  • NUMA Files, Book 13
  • By: Clive Cussler, Graham Brown
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

The City of the Dead, Egypt, 1353 BC. Buried deep beneath the Sahara desert is a secret - an ancient elixir so powerful that it is rumoured to take life from the living and restore it to the dead. Lempadusa, present day. Off a remote island, a mysterious ship releases a deadly poison. Minutes later everyone on the island is dead. Responding to a distress call, Kurt Austin and the NUMA team struggle to understand what has caused this disaster.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not one of his best

  • By Rogue on 16-01-16

Another great story

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

Reviewed: 17-05-17

A well paced expertly read book. Could not put it down. A fantastic story from start to finish.

  • The Navigator

  • NUMA Files, Book 7
  • By: Clive Cussler, Paul Kemprecos
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

Years ago, an ancient Phoenician statue known as the Navigator was stolen from the Baghdad museum, and there are men who would do anything to get their hands on it. Their first victim is a crooked antiquities dealer, murdered in cold blood. Their second, very nearly, is a UN investigator who, were it not for the timely assistance of Kurt Austin and Zavala, would now be at the bottom of a watery grave. What's so special about this statue? Austin wonders. The search for answers will take the NUMA team on an astonishing odyssey through time and space....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sadly only ok

  • By S on 14-09-15

Classic Cussler.

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

Reviewed: 15-03-17

Great story, well read by Mr Brick, and kept you adsorbed in the story from start to finish.