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Rockhampton, Australia
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Past Tense audiobook cover art

Very disappointing!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

As a dedicated Reacher follower, I was really surprised to find a book that I didn't enjoy. The storyline was weak and full of padding which added nothing to the plot.
It felt like the book had been put together because it was expected by Reacher devotees.
Even Jeff Harding's unique narration style, which I normally enjoy, seemed to grate a bit.
The constant short staccato sentences ending in the same tone began to become annoying. It is obvious that Jeff has matched his delivery to the punchy short sentence style that Lee Child uses.
In this book there seemed to be an overuse of the descriptive style that Lee employs.
I will buy the next book in the hope that this one was just an aberration.

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Still Life with Crows audiobook cover art

Excellent suspense masterfully delivered!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

I had never heard of the Authors but settled on the book because the Narrator is a favourite of mine.
His delivery was up to his usual high standard and he conveyed the overall sense of suspense perfectly.
The suspense built steadily and the main character was as enigmatic at the end as he was in the beginning.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable book and I would highly recommend it.

A Prisoner of Birth audiobook cover art

This book really got me in!

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

A thoroughly absorbing tale. Some delightfully humorous Courtroom scenes. A well constructed story that I had difficulty putting down!

High Force audiobook cover art

A Masterful use of suspense!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

The best book of the series!
Some really good twists and a truly gripping finish! I had this book finished within 24 hours! First class narration just made the book that much more enjoyable.

Separation of Power audiobook cover art

Narrator ruined this one for me

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

The unfortunate part of finding a really good Narrator (George Guidall), is that others simply don't bring the story to life in the same way.
I couldn't continue this book after listening to the first two chapters.

Sycamore Gap audiobook cover art

Masterful Narration of an absorbing Tale

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

Reviewed: 05-17-17

I was once again reminded of how enjoyable it is to listen to familiar accents that I have not heard for a long time.
Jonathan Keeble's mastery of the diverse accents in this book made the experience so much more enjoyable.
I will progressing to the next book in the series with high anticipation!

Red Earth audiobook cover art

An interminable chase!

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

I did stick it out to the end but it was tough going.
I found the plot rather poor and the unlikely escapes from a variety of predicaments too far fetched for the story to be credible.
Some of the conversations used language which didn't seem to suit the characters and the whole thing seemed to drag on!
I wouldn't recommend the Author and won't be listening to any other titles of his.

This Was a Man audiobook cover art

A Fascinating series, well told.

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

I had previously been put off trying any of the Author's books because of his misdemeanors but I am glad that I was sensible enough to realise that his literary skills had nothing to do with his personal conduct.
This series proved totally engaging and I found myself scrambling to purchase additional credits in order to continue the story without interruption!
To put together a tale that spans a lifetime is a creditable feat.
To make it so engrossing deserves high praise indeed.
I found myself totally immersed in the story line and experienced a range of emotions which mirrored those of the characters.
If you haven't tried Mr Archer's books, then I can't think of a better introduction!

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Try a slower speed!!

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

Whilst the story line of this book was innovative, I found it spoilt by the Narrator's unnaturally fast delivery. At one point I selected .75 speed in the settings in order to get a better listening experience. This was only partially successful.
With a good Narrator, this book would have been a great listen.

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Night School audiobook cover art

Reacher said nothing......

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

Reviewed: 02-17-17

I am a big fan of Jack Reacher! I have rarely been disappointed by any of his stories in spite of the tendency of Lee Child (Author), to follow a tried and true format.
The one thing that struck me with this offering was the Narrators delivery of the short punchy sentences that Lee Child likes to use!
It is difficult to simulate a narration in text but each line is delivered in exactly the same cadence! Strangely, it seems to work!! Jeff Harding's voice suits this kind of writing style.
Overall? I enjoyed it! As for my Headline, well that's one of the most often used sentences in every book!