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  • The Fourth Monkey

  • By: J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

Brilliant. Complicated. Psychopath. That's the Four Monkey Killer, or 4MK. A murderer with a twisted vision and absolutely no mercy. Detective Sam Porter has hunted him for five long years, the recipient of box after box of grisly trinkets carved from the bodies of 4MK's victims. But now Porter has learnt the killer's twisted history and is racing to do the seemingly impossible - find 4MK's latest victim before it's too late....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story well read.

  • By Anonymous User on 18-11-17

Unoriginal

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

Reviewed: 25-05-19

For me this was cliched and the prose didn’t flow. If you’re after more stereotypical cops being outwit by another psychopathic serial killer then go for it.

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,787

Do you need my help? It was always the first question he asked. They called him when they had nowhere else to turn. Raised and trained as part of a top-secret programme, he was sent to the worst places in the world to do things his government denied any knowledge of. Then he broke with the programme and disappeared. But now someone's on his tail. Someone who knows he was once known simply as Orphan X.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Alan on 25-01-17

Ball bearings inside ball bearings

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

Reviewed: 21-04-19

If you’re after something kickass mofo that beats The Bourne Identity, James Bond, Mission Impossible, Hanna ect then read this.

However if you’re not after the above - read this! It’s utterly unfukablewith.

BRB I’m off to pour some ice cold vodka over ice cubes...

  • Doctor Who: Scratchman

  • 4th Doctor Novel
  • By: Tom Baker
  • Narrated by: Tom Baker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

In his first-ever Doctor Who novel, Tom Baker’s incredible imagination is given free rein. A story so epic it was originally intended for the big screen, Scratchman is a gripping, white-knuckle thriller almost 40 years in the making. The Doctor, Harry and Sarah Jane Smith arrive at a remote Scottish island when their holiday is cut short by the appearance of strange creatures - hideous scarecrows who are preying on the local population. The islanders are living in fear, and the Doctor vows to save them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Evocative and perfect. If you love 4 this is it.

  • By Mike on 25-01-19

Tom Baker is The Doctor; the definite article you might say.

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

Reviewed: 16-02-19

A Fourth Doctor story written by Tom Baker. I feel genuinely grateful that this even exists. As for the story itself - it’s everything and some what than I had expected. Just brilliant - buy it now.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Atonement

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

On the hottest day of the summer of 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching her is Robbie Turner, her childhood friend who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed for ever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not even imagined at its start, and will have become victims of the younger girl's imagination.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but beautifully crafted...

  • By essjaybella on 22-09-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 26-01-19

This has been on my ‘to be read list’ for 10 years. Don’t waste your time.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Silent Companions

  • By: Laura Purcell
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 558
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 516

Inspired by the work of Shirley Jackson and Susan Hill and set in a crumbling country mansion, The Silent Companions is an unsettling Victorian gothic ghost story that will send a shiver down the spine.... Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband's crumbling country estate, The Bridge. With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband's awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eerie and fabulous

  • By Caz on 24-03-18

Highly atmospheric

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

You should read this story preferably without spoilers. I love that it doesn’t waste time in getting you from one scene to the next. The atmosphere is tangible and disturbing. Go with it and enjoy.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Extracted

  • Extracted, Book 1
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,369

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Massively disappointing!

  • By Royden on 23-05-17

Repetitive

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

This could have been much better if the author didn’t keep repeating the same details about Ben Ryder’s past. I found it irritating; it’s like the author thinks his readers are stupid and has to keep reminding us. I also found it drawn out in places.
That said, it’s an easy read there is enough to keep it moving. The characters, although annoying at times, are well drawn and the end leaves me considering book 2 despite the above.

  • The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 28 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924

The triumphant, gripping finale to Stephen King's magnificent, epic masterpiece. Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas February 17, 2017 USA. The final volume sees gunslinger Roland on a roller-coaster mix of exhilarating triumph and aching loss in his unrelenting quest to reach the dark tower.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Story Like No Other

  • By Kay-Gee on 01-12-15

Long days and pleasant nights

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

Reviewed: 31-03-18

King at his best. This is top three material. Absolutely loved it. Simply just marvellous.

  • How to Stop Time

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,206

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to jazz age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he'd never witnessed them firsthand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb as I expected from Matt Haig

  • By Kaggy on 17-07-17

Had the potential to be so much better

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

Time is something that fascinates me so I picked this up purely because of the title. Sadly, it does not live up to it or even deserve it. I expected more and am left thinking it had the potential to be so much better. This may be for you so don’t let my rating put you off. It was alright.

  • The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 27 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,329
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182

Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas February 17, 2017 USA. In the fourth powerful novel in Stephen King's best-selling fantasy quest, The Dark Tower beckons Roland, the Last Gunslinger, and the four companions he has gathered along the road.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't praise this series enough

  • By Michelle on 27-06-13

Too good for words

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

Reviewed: 22-12-17

My favourite of the series so far. So good... I don’t want it to end.

  • Boy

  • Tales of Childhood
  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 500

Throughout his young days at school and just afterwards, a number of things happened to Roald Dahl, which made such a tremendous impression he never forgot them. Boy is the remarkable story of Roald Dahl's childhood; tales of exciting and strange things - some funny, some frightening, all true. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read, such an interesting childhood he had!

  • By Mr Robin Pawsey on 07-06-16

The first book I ever read through choice

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

Reviewed: 16-03-17

This is the book which got me in to reading out of choice. It it simply just marvellous. Roald Dahl is charming, generous and endearing. Boy is full of laughs and nostalgia. Highly recommended.