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  • Mr Standfast

  • By: John Buchan
  • Narrated by: Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

FNH Audio presents an unabridged reading of Mr Standfast. In this thrilling adventure, Richard Hannay the star of The Thirty-Nine Steps and Greenmantle, returns to continue his personal battle against the enemies of Great Britain during the Great War. The war on the continent is raging. The German hordes are pushing the allies back into their trenches, the line is barely holding, and it's at this moment that Richard find himself pulled out of the lines for special duty.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shame

  • By T on 13-08-16

Indifferent narration spoiled a classic adventure

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

Reviewed: 15-08-17

The narrator's voice simply wasn't suited to portray an adventure story. some dreadful pronunciation, particularly of place names really set my teeth on edge.

  • Lasting Damage

  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Emma Kay, Simon Slater
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47

It's 1.15 a.m. Connie Bowskill should be asleep. Instead, she's logging on to a property website in search of a particular house: 11 Bentley Grove, Cambridge. She knows it's for sale; she saw the estate agent's board in the front garden less than six hours ago. Soon Connie is clicking on the 'Virtual Tour' button, keen to see the inside of 11 Bentley Grove and put her mind at rest once and for all. But she finds herself looking at a scene from a nightmare.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unnecessarily complicated

  • By Patrick on 01-03-12

A jolly good story,well told.

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

Great story with challenging twists (I thoghtcit was going to be a ghost story!). The detectives were far more realistic than in some stories I have listened to lately

  • The Hanging Club

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809

A band of vigilante executioners roam London's hot summer nights, abducting evil men and hanging them. Sentenced to death is the gang member who abused vulnerable girls, the wealthy drunk driver who mowed down a child and the hate preacher calling for the murder of British troops. As the bodies pile up and riots explode all over the sweltering city, DC Max Wolfe embarks on his most dangerous investigation yet: hunting a gang of killers whom many believe to be heroes....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By tired & cynical on 12-10-16

Not the best of the series

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

Reviewed: 07-12-16

The story was a bit unrealistic. The narration was repetitive.

I will think twice before buying another Tony Parsons book.

  • Voodoo Histories

  • The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History
  • By: David Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Our age is obsessed by the idea of conspiracy. We see it everywhere - from Pearl Harbor to 9/11, from the assassination of Kennedy to the death of Diana. In this age of terrorism we live in, the role of conspiracy is a serious one - one that can fuel radical or fringe elements to violence. For award-winning journalist David Aaronovitch, there came a time when he started to see a pattern among these inflammatory theories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better in author's voice

  • By Lesley on 08-08-10

Good account of the big conspiracy theories

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

Reviewed: 22-06-16

The writing was good, as always by David Aaronovitck. But why the funny accents in the narrative ?

  • The Black Mile

  • Soho Noir Thrillers, Book 1
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: Brian J. Gill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

London, 1940: The Luftwaffe blitzes London every night for 57 nights. Houses, shops, and entire streets are wiped from the map. The underworld is in flux: The Italian criminals who dominated the West End have been interned, and now their rivals are fighting to replace them. Meanwhile, hidden in the shadows, the Black-Out Ripper sharpens his knife and sets to his grisly work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the rest!

  • By Benjibutton on 29-11-14

I really wanted to like this book but...

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

Reviewed: 24-04-15

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Crime story lovers who aren't concerned with historical accuracies.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Charlie, obviously but Frank, being the misled innocent got my sympathy.

What didn’t you like about Brian J. Gill’s performance?

To be honest, 2/3 of the reason I didn't enjoy this book was the narration! Gill's pronunciation was nothing short of awful! He really didn't get the basics, never mind the subtleties of the Queen's English; talk about two nations divided by a common language! To pronounce Asquith as "Areskithe" and to flick between the long and short "A" in bath in the same paragraph was inexcusable. Too many more to list...

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story-line was good; bent cops and masons could have been stale, but it was a good story.

Any additional comments?

There were a number of historical inaccuracies that spoilt it: Plastic buckets!, plastic bags on the victim's hands! Tape fingerprint lifting, (1950s at the earliest)

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Testament

  • A Memoir by God
  • By: David Javerbaum (contributor)
  • Narrated by: David Javerbaum
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

Over the course of his long and distinguished career, God has literally seen it all. And not just seen. In fact, the multi-talented deity has played a pivotal role in many major events, including the Creation of the universe, the entirety of world history, the life of every human being who has ever lived, and the successful transitioning of American Idol into the post-Simon Cowell era. Now, as the earth he has godded so magnificently draws to a Mayan-induced close, God breaks his 1,400-year literary silence with his final masterpiece, The Last Testament.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good God it's funny!

  • By Antonia Roberts on 10-01-16

Sorry, this wasn't enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 01-07-14

What would have made The Last Testament better?

I read a similar book to this called The Creation Memos years ago, and enjoyed it. This one isn't remotely in the same league. The story wasn't well structured and the presentation really didn't help.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The voice just wasn't godlike.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • STOP Binge Drinking With Hypnosis

  • By: Benjamin P Bonetti
  • Narrated by: Benjamin P Bonetti
  • Length: 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Binge drinking is defined as drinking an excessive amount of alcohol in a short amount of time. It may be that you only drink this way on the weekends and then function at top capacity during the working week without any alcohol at all.Most common symptoms are loss of energy, minor depression, loss of motivation, anxiety and social withdrawal. It is interesting how so few regular drinkers make the connection between their alcohol intake and problems in their lives.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Description is misleading.

  • By Adrian Pickard on 15-02-18

Poor recording

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-11

This audiobook promises much but isn't able to provide. The recording should be in stereo (to give different messages to each ear) is in mono.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful