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  • Mortal Coil

  • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 5
  • By: Derek Landy
  • Narrated by: Brian Bowles
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 240

Following the shocking revelations of DARK DAYS, get ready for the fifth instalment of the bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series – guaranteed to contain at least 40% humour, 50% action, and 100% thrills…"The blonde girl with the black lips turned to Valkyrie. 'We know,' she said. 'We've seen the future. We know you're going to kill the world…'"Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are back – just in time to see their whole world get turned upside down…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book spoiled by the new narrator

  • By Joanne on 03-08-11

Rollercoaster ride of a ride

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

Reviewed: 12-01-19

5th in the series and it still keeps getting better and even darker.
This book is mainly set in the same day so it was nice to feel that the characters didn't have time to recharge their batteries after a fight so you feel for them all along the way. The story in the series is getting darker with some gasps and shocks along the way, won't say anymore.
I found the change of reader a strange thing to do and to start with I thought I wouldn't get along with him....BUT to be fair, he did a really good job and he kept the voices of the different characters pretty close to the ones we already knew. Don't let the change of reader put you off because this book pulls you in to the point that you can't stop listening to it. Brilliant book and already downloaded the next one.

  • The Faceless Ones

  • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 3
  • By: Derek Landy
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 331

The third book in Landy's fantastically imaginative and illustrious series about our favourite dead detective, Skulduggery Pleasant and his wonderfully cheeky and inquisitive side kick Valkyrie take us through another journey which promises to be filled with adventure, dark mysterious meetings, and classically funny moments. With all the characters read once again by Rupert Degas 'The Faceless Ones' will enchant, enthral and keep you gripped as they take you through another adventure in this brilliant series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!!!😖

  • By My Review On Running Wild on 04-08-15

Wow wow wow

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

This series just gets better and better. Book 3 and its already getting darker. No spoilers here. From the very start of the book it gripped me and it didn't let go until the very end. And what a cliff hanger it ended on. Damn you. I love that it still has an on going back story that unfolds a little bit at a time. This book answered 1 question from the last book, gave us an ending to another bit from the first book BUT it also gave more questions that went unanswered. Damn you again.
As you can tell, I thought the story was brilliant. Even for a teenager book, this had some adult scariness to it.
I love the reader. His voice acting is amazing. The different voices he uses for the characters is beyond great. I forgot about 1 character but as soon as I heard the voice, I knew who they were.
The sound effects that are used in this one was also brilliant. It really added that extra bit to the story. I have to admit that I got a little bit freaked out at one point as the voice change was so well done and scary. Well, it was dark, late and I was on y own that night when I heard that part of the story he he.
Anyway, I cant wait for the next book.....oh look, I've already downloaded it.
You will enjoy this one if you have heard the first 2 books. In fact, this is better than the first 2. This is a book that keeps you gripped till the very end and as I've said, it ends on a mother of all things brilliant cliffhanger that made me want even more.

  • Jackdaw

  • By: K. J. Charles
  • Narrated by: Cornell Collins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Jonah Pastern is a magician, a liar, a windwalker, a professional thief...and for six months, he was the love of police constable Ben Spenser's life. His betrayal left Ben jailed, ruined, alone, and looking for revenge. Ben is determined to make Jonah pay. But he can't seem to forget what they once shared, and Jonah refuses to let him. Soon Ben is entangled in Jonah's chaotic existence all over again, and they're running together - from the police, the justiciary, and some dangerous people with a lethal grudge against them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good

  • By Jamtart on 16-07-18

Not as good

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

A litte bit of spoiler in this reveiw. Have highlighted it just in case....
I loved the first 3 books of the magpie world. all 3 of them gripped me from start to finish. So I was excited when I saw that the story continued from a different view point and characters. But for me, this book was weak, dull and just went nowhere. The start was great and thrilling but once they were on the run, it felt like the same story of Ben mopping about and J asking for forgiveness all the time.
MINI SPOILER.....
Nothing excited happened in a thrilling way BUT what i did like was them falling back in love again. The ending felt rushed and too Disney like ending. Please don't get me wrong, I'm happy of the ending but, it just was too sugary happy and nice nice nice.
END OF SPOILER.........
Plus also, I do cringe at the sex parts. Man on man sex isn't like that at all. I get it that it's a fantasy but as a gay man himself, it did make me tut a bit. If only it was that easy. Lol.
As always the reader was spot on. Although 1 thing that I struggled with, Ben and J sounded very alike so at times I struggled to understand who was talking. BUT that didn't take away the story and I can't wait to hear the next book. Just hope it's a bit more gripping.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lockwood & Co: The Hollow Boy

  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Emily Bevan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Lockwood & Co. might be the smallest (some might say shambolic) Psychic Detection Agency in London. But its three agents - Lockwood, Lucy and George - are exceptional talents. And they get results. When an outbreak of ghostly phenomena grows to terrifying levels in Chelsea, Scotland Yard is left baffled. Even more baffling is that Lockwood & Co appear to have been excluded from the huge team of Agents investigating the Chelsea Outbreak.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story- didn't like the narrator

  • By Southyorks1234 on 27-01-18

Bit drawn out

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

This is the 3rd in the series and so far this is the one that I couldn't wait for it to be over. For me, the story took forever to get going. But once it did then it was great. I only stuck with it because I loved the other 2 and want to listen to the rest of them. I will carry on but so far, for me this one was boring. I think it's because I don't like books that feature lots of whinging and whinning.
The reader did a good job and the voice change for each character worked really well.

  • W. A. R. P. The Reluctant Assassin

  • W.A.R.P. Book 1
  • By: Eoin Colfer
  • Narrated by: Maxwell Caulfield
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 168

If Artemis Fowl is “Die Hard with Fairies”, then W.A.R.P. is “Oliver Twist” meets “The Matrix”…The Reluctant Assassin is the first book in the W.A.R.P. series. W.A.R.P. stands for ‘Witness Anonymous Relocation Programme’. The assassin of the title is young Riley who has been apprentice to Albert Garrick, a Victorian illusionist who has fallen on difficult times and taken to using his unique conjuring skills to gain access to victims’ dwellings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A change of direction but a gripping story.

  • By Hilary T. on 13-05-13

Badly let down by Maxwell Caulfield

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

Reviewed: 29-05-18

I tried so hard to get into this book as I LOVE Eoin Colfer books. His Artimus Fowl and Screwed books were amazing, this one would be as well but I just couldnt listen to Maxwell Caulfield read this 1 second longer. This was a massive shame because I got to chapter 4 and was gripped by the book. Maxwell has no emotion to any sentence. When the characters speak, they are always so boring sounding. (no spoiler here) example...the boy is scared of his master and is desperate to get away from where he is and trys to tell the girl this.....nothing......not 1 bit of emotion. And DONT get me started on the Scottish accent. I have no idea what that was. I cant do a Scottish accent but even my crappy attempt is much better then his.
Im gutted but also sorry to give up on this but I couldnt listen any more. Ill just get the book and read when Im on holiday.
The overall 2 stars are for the story so far. If I could give 0 stars for performance then I would.

  • Ragdoll

  • By: Daniel Cole
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 603
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 604

Translated into over 30 languages, Ragdoll is a rocket-paced serial killer thriller with twists and turns you won't see coming. You will not be able to stop talking about this book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a Ride!

  • By Simon on 11-02-17

Boring and cheesy

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

Would you try another book written by Daniel Cole or narrated by Andrew Wincott?

No I wouldnt. Andrew makes every sound pissed off and angry

What could Daniel Cole have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Stop putting cheesy lines in the book.

How could the performance have been better?

Stop everybody sounding the same, pissed off and angry

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

None what so ever. I gave up 10 chapters in. I couldt stand the cheesy comments and quotes from the characters

Any additional comments?

Will google the ending as this is the only thing that Im intrested in but couldnt be bothered to waste 10 hours of my time

  • Gallery of the Dead

  • By: Chris Carter
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

'Thirty-seven years in the force, and if I was allowed to choose just one thing to erase from my mind, what's inside that room would be it.' That's what a LAPD Lieutenant tells Detectives Hunter and Garcia of the Ultra Violent Crimes Unit as they arrive at one of the most shocking crime scenes they have ever attended. In a completely unexpected turn of events, the detectives find themselves joining forces with the FBI to track down a serial killer whose hunting ground sees no borders, a psychopath who loves what he does.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Trying too hard

  • By mrs p on 11-05-18

gripping

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

wow, these stories just get better and better. This one had me gripped from the 1st chapter.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Passenger 23

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Max Beesley, Rebecca Hall, Anthony Head, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,347

With no police to investigate and no escape, could it be the perfect setting for a crime? Martin Schwartz (Beesley) is an undercover detective who is recovering from his wife and sons' bizarre disappearance from a cruise ship 5 years ago. He is a desperate man willing to take big risks. Martin never wanted to step onto a cruise ship again until he receives a call which can't be ignored. On average, 23 people per year disappear without a trace from cruise ships. Never before has someone come back... until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Interesting stuff!!!

  • By lynsey Patina on 22-12-15

A warning should of been given

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

BUT that shouldn't stop you from listening to this book. Yes it deals with child abuse and to be honest, if I had read that in the description then I don't think I would of listened to it so I'm glad in a way that it didn't. (the next bit is not a spoiler but just explaining about the abuse scenes)
At the start of the book The author writes a bit on how A boy was found and what was going to happen to him and this did make for uncomfortable listening and I nearly stopped due to my whole being not liking to hear anything like that, but I'm so glad that I didn't stop. I don't want to say too much as I could easily spoil It, but child abuse is a running theme but not described in massive detail.
The book is all over the place and you have to keep up with it and get used to forgein names but towards the end it all slots together. Very clever. So many twists. They just kept coming and each one made me yell out. Really worth the wait.
I liked the style the audio book was done in, half reading and the other half, acted out.
If you can keep up with it then this book is really good and I'm so glad that I got past the nasty subject and continued to listen.

  • I Am Death

  • By: Chris Carter
  • Narrated by: George Newburn
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

An Evil Mind was Chris Carter's most acclaimed novel to date, described by the Daily Mail as "[a] chilling, compulsive portrait of a psychopath, and proves that Carter is now in the Jeffrey Deaver class." It spent three weeks in the Sunday Times top 10 and received brilliant reviews and sales. This terrifying new standalone thriller reunites Hunter and Garcia in their most explosive case to date.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Quite Decent

  • By shaun simon on 22-12-17

disappointed with reader

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

Reviewed: 30-11-17

I have listened to the first 5 of this series and read parts 6 and 7. this is the first time that I have listened with this reader.
To start with, I'm so used to hearing how Hunter and others speak due to the voice actor taking on the different voices and tones. so in my hearing, Hunter is deep voiced and gravel sounding, Garcia is softly spoken with Mexican accent, the chief is hard and sharp. So my problem is, didn't this reader listen to any of the other series? He completely changed the voices around. Hunter was softly spoken, Garcia was deep voiced and the chief sounded like a girly girl rather then a tough woman. It was also very difficult to understand who was talking as the voice actor would often slip out of the voice and go into his own. So it all ended up very confusing and the worst book for me as I lost intrest. Thank God the original voice reader is back for the next book otherwise I would of given up.
All the characters have a southern accent due to this being how the reader speaks which also confuses you due to this being set in L.A.
The editing was also dreadful. You could hear the cuts and slight mistakes that the reader made. Not a good production.
BUT......apart from the above, once I got into the book, I often drifted in and out of interest I have to admit, this book was very good for the parts I paid interest in. Gruesome like the others with a very sad part involving a little boy.
This for me is the weakest book, all thanks to the reader and bad editing.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Maze Runner

  • The Maze Runner, Book 1
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976

When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade - a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they came to be there - or what's happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything - even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By A. Crawford on 15-02-16

It was ok

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

If you've seen the film first, like I have, then reading/listening to the maze runner really is a bit frustrating and boring because you already know what happens. There isn't any major surprises because you already know the twists and out come of about 85% of the book and this ruins the whole suspense feeling. Well it did for me anyway.
Although, I'm glad I listened to it because there were a few different things in this book then there were in the film (I've never seen a film where it's been exactly the same as the book) so that kept me interested.
I also found the book to be a bit of a chore because I don't really like books that describe everything in exact detail, but that again is just me.
Will start the second book as I haven't seen the film so hopefully that will keep my interest.
It's a shame I saw the film first as it could of been an amazing book but for me it was just ok.