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Calum

calumbmclean

United Kingdom | Member Since 2005

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  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • The Girl Who Played with Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1349)
    Performance
    (686)
    Story
    (687)

    Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists are murdered and Salander's fingerprints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable behaviour makes her the official suspect, but no-one can find her. Salander may be an expert at staying out of sight, but she also has ways of tracking down her most elusive enemies.

    Joe says: "Excellent"
    "Absolutely Brilliant"
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    You know how the second book in a trilogy is often just a bridge between the first and the third, well this isn't the case here. Crash, bang, wollop - that's pretty much the pace from the start of this book, and the action continues straight through to the end.

    In some respects this story is more about the Lisbeth character and helping us understand what makes her tick and why. This coupled with a very strong storyline makes for compelling reading.

    You can't complete a review of this book without praising Saul Reichlin's incredible narration, he really is first class.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Imperium

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    When Tiro, the confidential secretary of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events which will eventually propel his master into one of the most famous courtroom dramas in history. The stranger is a Sicilian, a victim of the island's corrupt Roman governor, Verres. The senator is Cicero, a brilliant young lawyer and spellbinding orator, determined to attain imperium - supreme power in the state.

    Danesen says: "amazing narration"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable listen"
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    This is the first Robert Harris book I have read and I have to say I enjoyed it very much. In fact I have just purchased the follow up Lustrum and look forward to listening to that.

    Cicero is someone from history I was aware of but did not appreciate, this book has provided me with a different perspective. I really enjoyed how the story was told by secretary after the event.

    I would have to say that narrator did a great job too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    The brand new John Wells thriller from New York Times best seller Alex Berenson. Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah fears he is fast losing control of his family and his people. A series of terrorist attacks has put his kingdom on edge and, with powerful factions operating against him, the king must turn to the one man he has been told will make the difference. Ex-CIA operative John Wells knows all too well how covert internal battles can undermine a nation.

    Calum says: "Fantastic but frightening storyline"
    "Fantastic but frightening storyline"
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    Although this is book 5 from a series, it stands alone with a fabulous storyline and great characters. As the publishers summary intimates this story is set in the middle east and provide a fascinating insight to life in the region.

    I mention in the heading 'frightening', I guess I was thinking about this from two perspectives, how oppressed life can be there, but also how easily things can get out of hand if we were to allow that to happen.

    So a great story narrated by one of the best, George Guidall makes for a fantastic package.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pale Horse: Project Eden Thriller, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    A simple push of a button and the world will never be the same. Martina Gable returns home from college to spend Christmas break with her family, but the relaxing vacation she expects is not even close to what she'll get. Sanjay, a young man in Mumbai who knows more than he should about Project Eden’s plan, will do whatever he can to keep Kusum, the girl he loves, alive and safe. boy named Brandon Ash runs for his life in the hills of Montana, wanting only to see his family again. But first there is Daniel....

    Amanda says: "He leaves you hanging but just keep listening!"
    "Better and Better"
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    This is the third book in the fantastic 'Project Eden' series and it just get's better and better. So many twists and turns from beginning to end, with new characters and story streams being subtly introduced as you read along.

    You can't help but be sucked into the world of the wonderful characters and their individual stories.

    This was the first book I 'read' with Audible and Kindle using their whispersync for voice, in all honesty, this is something I have been hoping would come along for a long time and it did not disappoint - it really is a fantastic way to read books.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (209)

    The meeting place was carefully chosen: an abandoned church in rural Ireland just after dark. For Jonathan Quinn--a freelance operative and professional "cleaner" - the job was only to observe. If his cleanup skills were needed, it would mean things had gone horribly wrong. But an assassin hidden in a tree assured just that. And suddenly Quinn had four dead bodies to dispose of and one astounding clue - to a mystery that is about to spin wildly out of control.

    Robert E. Scarcelle says: "The Narrator Makes the Book"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable story, great narration"
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    Brett never fails to deliver with his Jonathan Quinn series, I think they are a very clever perspective on the assassin / thriller genre. Fantastic narration from Scott Brick once again. A great package story by Brett, narration by Scott. Would I recommend - hell yes!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Zero Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (99)

    When an ominous, digitally encrypted telephone call is intercepted by the NSA's spy satellites high over Switzerland, FBI Special Agent Sarah Cahill -- irreverent, outspoken, a brilliant counterterrorism expert, a divorced mother of an eight-year-old boy -- is urgently summoned to New York to investigate an imminent terrorist attack on lower Manhattan.

    Frank says: "Good but dated at this point"
    "Brilliant Story, great narration"
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    Yet again Joe Finder delivers another great story with plenty of twist and turns keeping you going from page one straight through to the very end of the story. I would call this a real page turner (if it makes sense to say that about an audio book). The narration really complimented the story very well. Would I recommend this, yes absolutely. In my opinion Joe Finder is one of the best thriller writers at the moment.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Conqueror

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Richard E Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The one and only Conn Iggulden takes on the story of the mighty Kublai Khan. An epic tale of a great and heroic mind; his action-packed rule; and how in conquering one-fifth of the world’s inhabited land, he changed the course of history forever.A scholar who conquered an empire larger than those of Alexander or Caesar.A warrior who would rule a fifth of the world with strength and wisdom.A man who betrayed a brother to protect a nation.

    Andrew says: "Good story, as you would expect"
    "Another Great Story, An Epic Really"
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    Yet again Conn Iggulden conjures up another fabulous historical fiction story centred around the Gengis Khan dynasty. For me this was one of those audiobooks where you don't mind getting stuck in a traffic jam, it just gives you more time to enjoy the story. I felt the narration by Richard was a little weak and didn't do the story the justice it deserved. That said would I recommend, yes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Romanov Prophecy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (188)

    In 1917, Nicholas II, Tsar of Russia, was executed by revolutionaries. Now, in response to the collapse of the country's economy, the people have voted to instate a new Tsar, one who will be chosen from the descendents of Nicholas II. But a powerful group of Western businessmen want to make sure he is a candidate they can control, and hire African-American lawyer Miles Lord, with his knowledge of Russian language and history, to check the background of their chosen man.

    Christopher says: "This was well worth it."
    "Fantastic Story"
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    Another fantastic story from Steve Berry, a nice mixture of history of the Russian monarchy and fiction suggesting a fascinating possibility what could have been. The narration was very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cardinal of the Kremlin

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (872)
    Performance
    (719)
    Story
    (733)

    Two men possess vital information on Russia's Star Wars missile defense system. One of them is Cardinal -- America's highest agent in the Kremlin -- and he's about to be terminated by the KGB. The other one is the American who can save Cardinal and lead the world to the brink of peace . . . or war. Here is author Tom Clancy's heart-stopping masterpiece -- a riveting novel about one of the most intriguing issues of our time.

    Nancy says: "Previous Reviewers Are Spot On"
    "Good story, takes too long to get there!"
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    As ever with Tom Clancy; why use 10 words when you can drag it out and use 100! The stories are good but you tend to lose interest throughout as the book it into so much irrelevant detail. It's a real shame as the general story was enjoyable. Narration was fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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