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  • The Seeker

  • Damian Seeker 1
  • By: S. G. MacLean
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Camm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

London, 1654. Oliver Cromwell is at the height of his power and has declared himself Lord Protector. Yet he has many enemies at home and abroad. London is a complex web of spies and merchants, priests and soldiers, exiles and assassins. One of the web's most fearsome spiders is Damian Seeker, agent of the Lord Protector. No one knows where Seeker comes from, who his family is, or even his real name. All that is known of him for certain is that he is utterly loyal to Cromwell and that nothing can be long hidden from him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Dark-Cloaked Figure

  • By Simon on 10-12-16

Great Story. Poor Performance.

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

Reviewed: 13-12-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No, great story, interesting characters - a dark and troubled time in British history, ripe for storytelling.

What did you like best about this story?

Plot and character development. I hope it'll make for a great series of books.

What didn’t you like about Nicholas Camm’s performance?

Awful. And I was so looking forward to the audible version of this book and its completely flat! He seems to speak in one breathy monotone which makes it incredibly dull. His character voices were also very limited (more breathy monotones).

Was The Seeker worth the listening time?

Sadly no, read the book instead.

Any additional comments?

Please change the narrator for the sequel!!

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,242
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,803

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping story.

  • By Bernadette on 22-10-15

Great Series

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

Reviewed: 11-12-15

If you could sum up Career of Evil in three words, what would they be?

Addictive. Enjoyable. Original.

What did you like best about this story?

The cast of characters.

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

I both read and listened to the book and its difficult to say which I enjoy more. Glenister has a rich voice that suits Strikes character and yet can transform seamlessly into Robin's without it sounding like a forced female voice. I notice he's lost her northern accent from the first 2 books he narrated. I'm now reading more books he has narrated and thoroughly enjoying them too.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Catch me if you can.

Any additional comments?

Dear Mr Galbraith, don't leave it too long until the next instalment!!

  • Enemies at Home

  • Flavia Albia Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Lucy Brown
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

From renowned author Lindsey Davis, creator of the much-loved character, Marcus Didius Falco and his friends and family, comes the second novel in her all-new series set in Ancient Rome. We first met Flavia Albia, Falco's feisty adopted daughter, in The Ides of April. Albia is a remarkable woman in what is very much a man's world: Young, widowed and fiercely independent, she lives alone on the Aventine Hill in Rome and makes a good living as a hired investigator.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the first book

  • By Mike on 18-11-15

Good story, limp narration

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

Reviewed: 19-06-15

What did you like best about Enemies at Home? What did you like least?

I've already read the book, so the storyline is the best part. The narration was flat and uninspiring.

What did you like best about this story?

The continuing character development of Albia and Faustus.

What didn’t you like about Lucy Brown’s performance?

The narrator has a cultured, public school accent that doesn't suit the street savy, cheeky Albia. Her vocal characterisations are poor and her emotional depth (where it is required in some passages) are unbelievable. When she's talking to Dromo about the abandoned baby towards the end, she's still happy chappy - whats that all about?!

Was Enemies at Home worth the listening time?

Yes if only for the story.

Any additional comments?

Its worth investing in a narrator who can transport the listener to the scene they are describing, to feel the emotion in each character. Thats the beauty of Audible books.

  • Heartstone

  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Summer, 1545. England is at war. Henry VIII’s invasion of France has gone badly wrong, and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel. As the English fleet gathers at Portsmouth, the country raises the largest militia army it has ever seen. The King has debased the currency to pay for the war, and England is in the grip of soaring inflation and economic crisis.Meanwhile Matthew Shardlake is given an intriguing legal case by an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged ?

  • By John Blackmore on 24-12-10

Gripping!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-14

What made the experience of listening to Heartstone the most enjoyable?

Anton Lesser brings the characters to life, draws you in and you're held completely in his spell. I loved reading Heartstone, but the Audiobook is even better and would heartily recommend it.

What other book might you compare Heartstone to, and why?

The other C.J. Sansom books.

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

I've listened to this book over and over again and every time its a treat. His ability to change from character to character, remembering each voice throughout the book is incredible. I completely forget its just one person speaking, its like a full cast.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was on tenderhooks, but when Leacon describes his experiences of the war, in a tense emotional whisper - I was blown away.

Any additional comments?

Wish he'd read more books. Is that too much to ask??? Please!

  • Tamar

  • By: Mal Peet
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser, Anna Maxwell Martin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

When her grandfather dies, Tamar inherits a box containing a series of clues and coded messages. Out of the past another Tamar emerges, a man involved in the terrifying world of resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Holland half a century earlier. His story is one of passionate love, jealousy, and tragedy set against the daily fear and casual horror of the Second World War. Unravelling it will transform the younger Tamar's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Paula on 18-07-14

Riveting!

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

Reviewed: 18-07-14

What made the experience of listening to Tamar the most enjoyable?

Great build of tension and the commitment of the narrators to build the characters and tense storyline. Its not just a good book - its a great AUDIBLE book, they bring it alive.

What other book might you compare Tamar to, and why?

Hard to say, part Sebastian Faulks, part C.J. Sansom. They both have aspects of tension, historical events, characters that struggle with the conflict between love and professional duty.

Which character – as performed by Anton Lesser and Anna Maxwell Martin – was your favourite?

Unfair question!! I adore listening to Anton Lesser, he draws the listener in and is completely believable in different characters, but Anna Maxwell Martin was wonderful as the young Tamar, you could really identify with her. A great combination.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Why have a movie when you've got the audible book and the images come alive in your mind??

Any additional comments?

I WANT MORE!!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful