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Ralph

Market Harborough, United Kingdom | Member Since 2001

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  • Moscow Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    The violent death of a journalist leads Gabriel Allon to Russia. Here he finds that in terms of spycraft, the stakes are the highest they've ever been. He's playing by Moscow Rules now. A Moscow where a new generation of Stalinists is plotting to challenge the global dominance of the United States. One such man is Ivan Kharkov, a former KGB colonel who built a global investment empire on the rubble of the Soviet Union. Kharkov is an arms dealer - and he is about to deliver sophisticated weapons to al-Qaeda.

    Ralph says: "Very entertaining"
    "Very entertaining"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book, it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout, I look forward to listening to the rest in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Predict a Riot: Murder, Extortion & Carrot Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Colin Bateman
    • Narrated By Adam Moore
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Walter has a rubbish job, so has Margaret. But when they meet through a dating agency, neither is who they seem. Margaret's married for a start, and Walter's encounter with her husband, Billy, leaves him black and blue. Billy's a dodgy accountant for politician and racketeer Pink Harrison, who is about to come unstuck.

    Louise says: "PICK ME PLEASE PICK ME WE'LL HAVE LOTS OF FUN"
    "Highly recommended"
    Overall

    Anyone that has listened to Belfast Confidential will know what to expect, an hilarious read with some edgy characters and great plots . Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghosts of Belfast

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1103)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (491)

    Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in Northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he's going to have to kill the men who gave him orders. As he's working his way down the list, he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an outsider too.

    David P. McGivern says: "What an unexpected good read!"
    "Fantastic listen"
    Overall

    A must listen for anyone who has even a passing interest in the Northern Ireland troubles, extremely well crafted and with just the right element of humour.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3523)
    Performance
    (1912)
    Story
    (1923)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Boring"
    Overall

    Weak story, I found it very boring for the most part but decided to stick with it as surely it would get better, alas it was not to be...............

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bitter Seeds: The Milkweed Triptych, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian Tregillis
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (558)

    Raybould Marsh is a British secret agent in the early days of World War II, haunted by something strange he saw on a mission during the Spanish Civil War: a German woman with wires going into her head who looked at him as if she knew him. It wasn’t his imagination; the wired woman can see into the future and use her knowledge to twist the present. In fact, Marsh soon discovers that the Nazis are running missions with people who have special powers....

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "WW II alternate history: X-men vs Warlocks"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    I was not sure if this would be my kind of book with the mix of Science Fiction with actual events, but I found it to be well written and engaging. Still not too sure on the emphasis on the baby though, not adequately explained to my satisfaction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4135)
    Performance
    (3124)
    Story
    (3098)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Jason Spencer says: "Action packed, edge of your seat "page-turner""
    "Good listen"
    Overall

    Fast paced action thriller, thoroughly enjoyed this book.
    Looking forward to more in this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29996)
    Performance
    (23107)
    Story
    (23281)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    Very predictable, lacked the spark of the Hunger Games. I could guess what was going to happen at almost every turn, the ending was no suprise at all.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35256)
    Performance
    (26304)
    Story
    (26681)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "The Hunger Games"
    Overall

    I would normally delete a book from my computer / iPod as soon as I have read it, not this one though, its a keeper. Great story, good characters and very good narration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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