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Mackenzie

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  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (122)

    Given the importance of what they do and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of the USA only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett just became number five. His body was found in the small basement of a lakeside cabin he had built himself and frequently used on weekends. When he did not show up for a trial on Monday morning, his law clerks panicked, called the FBI, and in due course the agents found the crime scene. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies

    Joseph says: "Hung Jury"
    "His best so far"
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    A compelling listen as the tension builds and the plot unfolds. One of his best.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Quick

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Owen
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    You are about to discover the secrets of The Quick – But first you must travel to Victorian Yorkshire, and there, on a remote country estate, meet a brother and sister alone in the world and bound by tragedy. In time, you will enter the rooms of London’s mysterious Aegolius Club – a society of some of the richest, most powerful men in fin-de-siecle England. And at some point – we cannot say when – these worlds will collide.

    Mackenzie says: "Garbage"
    "Garbage"
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    How this twaddle ever got a rave review puzzles me. No apparent continuity and just another story about men who run around London chewing other peoples' necks and sucking blood. Hohum.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Decline and Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Sent down in outrageous circumstances, Paul Pennyfeather is the new schoolmaster at Llanabba Castle. His colleagues are an assortment of misfits, rascals and fools. Sports day arrives, and as the farce unfolds and the young run riot, no one is safe.

    Sarah says: "Don't know what the fuss is about"
    "Excellent reading of a classic"
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    Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this reading of a classic text that I last read 45 years ago. Ultra fresh and ultra funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Guide to the Birds of East Africa

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Nicholas Drayson
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Reserved, honourable Mr Malik. You wouldn't notice him in a Nairobi street - except, perhaps, to comment on his carefully sculpted comb over - but beneath his unprepossessing exterior lies a warm heart and a secret passion. Not even his friends at the Asadi Club know it, but Mr Malik is head-over-heels in love with the leader of the Tuesday-morning bird walk of the East African Ornithological Society, Rose Mbikwa.

    Mackenzie says: "Brilliant"
    "Brilliant"
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    Started off slow but the tension built listening to this utterly ridiculous but wonderful story. More from this writer SOON.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    Alec Leamas has ended his time in Berlin. Or his time has ended him. The last of his Eastern agents has been killed, like the others, by the Abteilung. Back at the Circus, Leamas is put on the shelf. He turns to drunkenness and dishonesty and finally disappears from view, a seemingly broken man. But unknown to anyone except George Smiley and his master, Control, Leamas has been given his toughest mission ever. He will have to be himself but more so.

    Pita says: "Outstanding Novel, Brilliantly Read"
    "A classic"
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    How refreshing to go back to le Carre's early writing and listen to this. The performance is gripping -- I couldn't listen to the end knowing the outcome as it was too stressful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Affairs of Youth: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lesley Mackie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The continuing adventures from Isabel Dalhousie, Edinburgh philosopher and curious observer of the behaviour of her fellow man.

    Paddington says: "a light enjoyable read"
    "More about Isabel Dalhousie"
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    I have read all in this series and am waiting for the next as Isabel's life unfolds. McCall Smith is a great story teller and the endings are always positive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To a Mountain in Tibet

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Colin Thubron
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Mount Kailas is the most sacred of the world’s mountains – holy to one fifth of humanity. Isolated beyond the central Himalayas, it is claimed by myth to be the source of the universe created from cosmic waters and the mind of Brahma. Its summit has never been scaled, but for centuries the mountain has been ritually circled by Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. Colin Thubron joins these pilgrims, after an arduous trek from Nepal, through the high passes of Tibet, to the magical lakes beneath the slopes of Kailas itself. His trek around the great mountain, revered by multitudinous others, awakes an inner landscape of solitude....

    Mackenzie says: "Another Thurbron classic"
    "Another Thurbron classic"
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    I am agog at Thubron's travels and this one is a cracker. Waiting for more of his excellence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi have always relied on the advice of the classic guide to their trade, The Principles of Private Detection. But who is the eminent author, Mr Clovis Andersen, and what if he was to come to Botswana? That seems a very unlikely possibility, and yet… When Mr Andersen visits Botswana on holiday, he is delighted and intrigued to stumble across a roadside sign that reveals the existence of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

    Jane says: "A beautiful series"
    "Wonderful stories"
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    I have listened to all of this series with joy. Part of the magic is that this Scottish academic's writing and Andoh's narration make the series sound utterly realistically Namibian.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan Bennett: Four Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Alan Bennett
    • Narrated By Alan Bennett
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Alan Bennett, master storyteller, reads four of his highly-acclaimed stories. Whether comical or quirky, Alan Bennett's poignant stories are rightly regarded as modern classics.

    James says: "Brilliant Mr. Bennett"
    "Superb stories and narration"
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    Incredible twists in each plot that left me in awe of his writing and coupled with his laconic reading, this is one of Audible's treasures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paul Torday
    • Narrated By John Sessions, Samantha Bond, Fenella Woolgar
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (22)

    Written as a "report into the circumstances surrounding the decision to introduce salmon into the Yemen", this is a novel that is made up of e-mails, letters, diary extracts, records of the prime minister's Question Time, interviews, and chapters from the memoirs of a fantastically weasely Peter Mandelson-type figure.

    Sheila says: "Brilliant"
    "Ridiculous plot made credible but superb writing"
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    What a great fantasy this is -- converting sand into salmon runs and the characters are both remarkable yet credible. Top listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chemistry of Tears

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays, Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Following the success of Parrot and Olivier in America comes another wonderfully rich tale with historical themes from the twice Booker-winner. Catherine Gehrig, conservator at a London museum, learns of the unexpected death of her colleague and lover of thirteen years. Only the museum's director knew of the affair, and sends Catherine to work on a special project away from prying eyes.

    Mackenzie says: "Another great novel from Carey"
    "Another great novel from Carey"
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    As consistently good as his earlier work, Carey weaves a great, wonderfully written, dual-time story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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