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  • In the Frame

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The house was stripped bare of all its treasures. Gone was the furniture, the family silver, the paintings and the antique china. And if that was a shock for Charles Todd, painter of horses, how much more harrowing was the trauma for his cousin Donald, whose house it was and whose young wife lay on the sitting room floor, bloody and dead... A coincidental meeting with a middle-aged widow sends Charles off to Australia, on the trail of a gang with a fruitful business in forging works of art.

    A User says: "Another Dick Francis Classic"
    "Sanitised crime"
    Overall

    Dick Francis is a reliably consistent author who produces what in the UK would be called 'pot boilers' - great stories which don't tax the mind too much. This book, like all his other works, provides the reader with some highly improbable situations which the hero comes through with flying colours (if not a little bruised). It IS a very easy read (or listen) and there are many twists and turns before the end but in all Dick Francis books the criminal is either the perfect gentleman ("It's a fair cop, gov") or a psychopath getting away with the most outrageous crimes in full public view...and nobody doing a thing about it. In spite of this I always look forward to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fist of God

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By John Franklyn-Robbins
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    During those fateful weeks before Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, a fragment of radio intercept had referred to Qubth-ut-Allah, a devastating secret weapon that could rain death and destruction on the Allied forces. Despite Allied scepticism, Major Mike Martin, an SAS man who can pass as an Arab, is sent into Kuwait to assess Iraqi strength and help the resistance.

    lloyd says: "ALONZO"
    "One of his best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Fist of God again? Why?

    Absolutely! I also have the abridged version (on CD) and thought that was good but the 'full' version is even better. Gripping to the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Frederick Forsyth gives so much detail and it really makes the story interesting and gripping.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's hard to single out one scene because they all interweave to create the whole picture.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How and why Iraq lost the Gulf War.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was just perfect too. His voice, his understanding of what he was reading and the emphasis on certain parts of the book made this a pleasure to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Trace

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Barry Maitland
    • Narrated By Tim Bruce
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Within an unconventional artists' neighbourhood, DCI David Brock and DS Kathy Kolla need to find six-year-old Tracy Rudd, the third child to be abducted in recent weeks. Tracey is the daughter of controversial artist Gabriel Rudd, who Tracey's grandparents blame for the suicide of Tracey's mother and hint at his complicity in their granddaughter's disappearance.

    Peter says: "Brock is no artist, that's obvious!"
    "Brock is no artist, that's obvious!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The storyline is, as ever with books by Barry Maitland, a good one although DCI Brock meets some very strange characters this time. However the narrator is totally wrong - he gives Brock a voice that sounds young and uneducated which is not the impression I get of the character from Maitland's books. There are certainly enough bodies to go round and some very sick people with which he and DS Kola have to deal. There's a good twist at the end, so don't be tempted to peek.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns of the plot. Barry Maitland is an expert at this and No Trace is no exception.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tim Bruce’s performances?

    Only if it better matches the characters.


    Could you see No Trace being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Easily, except there's a plethora of detective series being mades for TV. I don't know that there is sufficient difference between Brock and some of his counterparts in other police procedurals currently being aired.


    Any additional comments?

    Barry Maitland is a good author, one of the best for this type of crime novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jerome K. Jerome
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (167)

    Here is one of the greatest English comic novels read by incontrovertible king of English comic audiobook readers, Martin Jarvis. Three men, worried about their health and in search of different experiences, set off 'up the river' in a boat. Jerome's delightful novel, dating from 1900, paints a vivid picture of innocent fun.

    James says: "Dry and Hilarious"
    "A timeless classic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) to be better than the print version?

    On a par


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)?

    The 'flashbacks' qualified the present extremely well.


    What aspect of Martin Jarvis’s performance would you have changed?

    Martin Jarvis has a smooth and consistent voice which isn't always suited to the circumstances described in the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It's not that sort of book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 72 Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Frank Pope
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    5 August 2005. While conducting a secret mission thirty miles off the remote cost of Kamchatka, the Russian Navy submarine AS-28 became snared in the thick cables anchored to 60-tonne concrete blocks. Without power the stricken boat sunk to the seafloor. Trapped too deep to escape her crew now had just seventy two hours before the air onboard ran out. Twenty-four hours later - still haunted by the loss of the Kursk - the Russian Navy requested assistance.

    Peter says: "Suspenseful through and through"
    "Suspenseful through and through"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about 72 Hours?

    The story is carried extremely well by the narrator who instils a sense of suspense though out.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not applicable


    Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Consistently good


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Most certainly


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Decider

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Free choice? There's no such thing, according to Lee Morris, architect, engineer, jobbing builder, and entrepreneur. Choice is pre-ordained by your personality, he says.

    Peter says: "Clinical but gripping"
    "Clinical but gripping"
    Overall

    Apart from the racing world Dick Francis's novels are also set in a world of 'gentleman crooks' - rather clinical ("It's a fair cop, guv") but nevertheless gripping right to the last page. The plots are great; the way they are played out does make you wonder whether Dick Francis lived in the same world we all inhabit. Nevertheless, I would heartily recommend this - and, indeed, most of Dick Francis's books - to anyone wanting an exciting yet undemanding read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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