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James

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  • Salem's Lot

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (1660)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (637)

    Stephen King's second novel, Salem's Lot, is the story of a mundane town under siege from the forces of darkness. Considered one of the most terrifying vampire novels ever written, it cunningly probes the shadows of the human heart and the insular evils of small-town America.

    Eileen says: "Classic King on audio - FINALLY"
    "Awesome"
    Overall

    I'd read the book and seen the film (also a classic with David Soul) so had to try the audiobook. Very impressive stuff, really well read and produced, highly atmospheric, I listen on the train and even during the day, surrounded by people found myself getting scared. Can't recommend enough, buy it today.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3103)
    Performance
    (1328)
    Story
    (1336)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Great sci-fi, recommended, except for the sex"
    Overall

    I haven't read, or listened to, much sci-fi recently so thought I would give this a try and was very pleased with my decision. Set in a vivdly imagined future it cracks on at a decent pace with an absorbing plot. The action is intense and, on occasion, gory. They did a great job with the editing and the narration is first class. My only complaint would be the sex, slightly cringworthy I thought and about as sexy as a slobbery kiss. Fast forward through those and it's a great first novel.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4775)
    Performance
    (1896)
    Story
    (1892)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Fantastic, loved every moment"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed this more than any other audiobook to date. Wonderfully read with the different accents and voices really adding to the atmosphere of the book. Obviously none of that would mean anything unless the story is first class and this is exactly that, an epic tale of the CIA with interesting characters and an absorbing plot . It's long but worth it. Highly recommended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Broker

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (273)

    In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world's most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

    Bull says: "Grisham wins a bet."
    "Not Grisham's finest hour (s)"
    Overall

    I've always enjoyed Grisham's novels but hadn't read or heard one for a while so thought I would give this a try. I'm sorry to say I was disappointed, the first six hours were repetitive and boring whilst the second six seemed to have been dashed off by a writer who seemed to be desperate to cut his losses and run.
    There's much more worthwhile ways to spend your time than on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Penthouse: Between the Sheets - A Collection of Erotic Bedtime Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By The Editors of Penthouse Magazine
    • Narrated By Alison Valentine, Clarissa Knightly, Libby Kimball
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (110)

    Is it any wonder that the world's top writers of erotic fiction have found a home in the world's number-one magazine of erotic entertainment? Now, from the pages of Penthouse, come 36 torrid tales that give new meaning to the words "bedtime stories."

    Michael says: "Wow!"
    "Oh dear"
    Overall

    Opinion here seems to be pretty polarised between those who think this is as hot as a Toronto sidewalk in high summer and those who have heard sexier stories watching the news. I'm in the latter camp unfortunately, I thought they were all pretty dismal. It does make my commute slightly more interesting, though I am paranoid that my headphones may be "leaking" and the reading isn't too bad but I'd find it v hard to recommend these at tall.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2010)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (497)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "A true life adventure"
    Overall

    Very well read and produced. An amazing treasure hunt with it's share of great characters, tragedy and heroics. Great listen and highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sahara

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Palin
    • Narrated By Michael Palin
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (16)

    Michael Palin is off again, this time to the seemingly desolate Sahara Desert. There's no easy way across, as he and his team discover on their most challenging expedition yet.

    David says: "A wonderful journey."
    "Classic Palin"
    Overall

    Combines humour and an infectious sense of adventure really well. He's as interested in the human side of his travel as much as the buildings and countryside and it's the characters in the book that make it as absorbing and inspiring. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Harbor

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Hosp
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (209)

    From the opening chapter of the electrifying Dark Harbor, one thing is clear; this is the clarion call of an exciting new talent. Highly touted debut author David Hosp crafts an engrossing novel in the tradition of John Grisham, John Sandford, and David Baldacci.

    Vincent says: "Can't Put it Down!"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I'm surprised by some of the reviews on here. I was disappointed by this audible book, I found the main protagonist faintly irritating, the plot thin and obvious. Slobbish male cop teamed with beautiful female cop who's career hangs on this one case, what a cliche! Can't recommend I'm afraid.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    For John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, deep wreck diving was more than a sport. Testing themselves against treacherous currents, braving depths that induced hallucinatory effects, they pushed themselves to their limits and beyond, brushing against death more than once in the rusting hulks of sunken ships.

    Michael says: "Couldn?t turn it off !!!"
    "Amazing adventure"
    Overall

    What a wonderful book, full of characters and adventure. Nicely read by an interested narrator, can't recommend highly enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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