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  • The Day of the Jackal

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,954

One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of an anonymous Englishman who in, the spring of 1963, was hired by Colonel Marc Rodin, operations chief of the O.A.S., to assassinate General de Gaulle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quite a chase!

  • By Thomas Allen on 10-14-10

Classic story performed with panache

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-16

What did you love best about The Day of the Jackal?

You know from almost the beginning how the story will end, and yet the voyage is so enjoyable. No superhuman skills, just wits.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Day of the Jackal?

Tension at the gunsmith's shop

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

Actually, the movie was quite good, too.

Any additional comments?

Almost perfect. A rare 5-stars across the board from this listener.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,816

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I'd feared

  • By Isobel on 04-29-16

5 Stars because it far exceeded expectations

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-15

I was surprised and delighted by the complicated plot twists and turns. Both author and narrator were new to me, but I'll return to both.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Lonely Death

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

Three men have been murdered in a Sussex village, and Scotland Yard has been called in. It's a baffling case. The victims are soldiers who survived the horrors of the Great War only to meet a ghastly end in the quiet English countryside two years later. Each had been garroted, with small ID disks left in their mouths. But even Scotland Yard's presence doesn't deter this vicious and clever killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best in the series

  • By Marie on 01-31-11

Grim but gripping

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Although the story is dark and rather sad, the narrator was convincing and largely invisible (a good quality, as opposed to a narrator who is distracting).

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, a good "Whodunnit?" murder mystery.

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

Yes, I bought this title because I loved Mr Prebble's performances in the Detective Kubu books by Michael Stanley. This one is almost as good as those.

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

No.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A New Kind of War

  • By: Anthony Price
  • Narrated by: Dominic Mafham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 15

A New Kind of War takes us back to the Greece and Germany of 1945 - as the old kind of war comes to its official end. Why has David Audley broken the British-Greek truce? And furthermore, why did his brigadier order his actions? Is it just coincidence that Audley is surprised near Delphi by Captain Fattorini of the Royal Engineers?As a result of that unfortunate encounter, Fattorini finds himself in occupied Germany as the newest member of TRR-2: a special intelligence unit engaged in a dangerous and brutal game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • just about the perfect book

  • By Cookie on 01-19-13

Challenging listen and subtle storyline

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-13

What did you like best about A New Kind of War? What did you like least?

The characters were fascinating and believable, the plot was subtle, the story involved a time in history about which I knew very little. I call this a "challenging listen," however, because at times I had a hard time following the story. It was a bit more work than entertainment for my rather unsophisticated taste.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Agreeable.

What does Dominic Mafham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Narration was delightful and captured a variety of accents that enhanced the characters.

Do you think A New Kind of War needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, I'd be interested in following the characters in further adventures.

  • Angelmaker

  • By: Nick Harkaway
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,160

Joe Spork repairs clocks, a far cry from his late father, a flashy London gangster. But when Joe fixes one particularly unusual device, his life is suddenly upended. Joe's client, Edie Banister, is more than just a kindly old lady - she's a former superspy. And the device? It's a 1950s doomsday machine. And having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator, Edie's old arch-nemesis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique Read!

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-13-13

New Favorite

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-13

Would you listen to Angelmaker again? Why?

Both story and narration were superb.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Unusual characters portrayed by narrator with humor and gusto.

What does Daniel Weyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

My mind's ear would not have voice the characters so colorfully.

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

It was a "page turner," but fun to listen to over a course of weeks.

Any additional comments?

I will look for more audiobooks by this narrator.

  • Broken Harbor

  • Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,081

In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the Series

  • By sara miller on 07-29-12

Blistering

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-12

Would you listen to Broken Harbor again? Why?

Yes, if I would still be surprised by the twists and turns.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, the complex plot kept me guessing.

What about Stephen Hogan’s performance did you like?

The Irish accents were remarkable but almost transparent; very convincing and consistent, identifiable characters.

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

The autopsies were gripping, not just gruesome.

Any additional comments?

Another fantastic story in this series.

  • Polar Star

  • By: Martin Cruz Smith
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 966
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 839
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 837

Ex-Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is in deep on the “slime line” - the fish-gutting station - in the Polar Star, a Soviet fish factory ship of some 250 souls, almost as many secrets, and a dangerous shipboard sub-culture that cares little for the Party, and less for human life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probably the greatest audiobook ever. Really.

  • By Richard Delman on 07-10-12

Compelling listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-12

If you could sum up Polar Star in three words, what would they be?

Spies meet detective

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The setting (almost entirely aboard ship) requires extra attention from the listener, and it makes the action more vivid.

What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The various Russian and American accents bring the characters to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but I couldn't wait to keep listening.

Any additional comments?

Just about as good as it gets for an audiobook.