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Clive Byerley

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  • Die Trying

  • Jack Reacher 2
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Jack Reacher, alone, strolling nowhere. A Chicago street in bright sunshine. A young woman, struggling on crutches. He offers her a steadying arm. And turns to see a handgun aimed at his stomach. Chained in a dark van racing across America, Reacher doesn't know why they've been kidnapped. The woman claims to be FBI. She's certainly tough enough. But at their remote destination, will raw courage be enough to overcome the hopeless odds?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • stupedously silly enjoyment

  • By kathryn on 08-07-13

There's Always One!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

In an excellent series there will always be a "Friday afternoon" edition that lacks the pace and excitement of the rest. This is it for me. Drawn out, over-detailed and lacking contrast in characters. I stuck with it but only out of loyalty. If you've read all the rest then okay; if not go for another in this very readable set.

  • Bad Luck and Trouble

  • Jack Reacher 11
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff` Harding
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

You DO NOT MESS with the Special Investigators!The events of 9/11 changed Jack Reacher’s drifter life in a practical way. In addition to his folding toothbrush, he now needs to carry photo ID to get around. Yet he is still as close to untraceable as a human being in America can get. So when a member of his old Army unit manages to get a message to him, he knows it has to be deadly serious. The Special Investigators always watched each other’s backs. Now Reacher must put the old unit back together

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME

  • By Garry on 01-25-18

There's always a runt in the litter.

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

Reviewed: 04-22-17

Not up to the usual standard. Soft ending. Very well read by a master of his craft.

  • The Mote in God's Eye

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: L J Ganser
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,280
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,516
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,558

The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great read!

  • By J. Rhoderick on 02-12-10

How to Make Science Fiction Dreary!

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

Reviewed: 12-21-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Boys who are not well read in this genre aged fifteen to eighteen.

What could Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Stop writing by the numbers Learn to show, not tell.

How could the performance have been better?

Drop the APPALLING,FAKE SCOTTISH ACCENT

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The concept was promising but this book was written by a committee - and it certainly shows.

Any additional comments?

Don't buy it!

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  • The Emperor's Blades

  • Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 1
  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 19 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,780

In The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 4 Primary Crimes Committed By The Author

  • By Captain Spanky Of Nazareth on 05-09-16

For Sheol's Sake, Get On!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-16

This genre of fantasy is not usually for the adult reader. It seems designed for fifteen year old boys whose experience of the world is restricted to Marvel comics and to yet more books like this one.

The basic premise is the old time-worn trope of coming of age and throne of naive boy surrounded by more of the same. The scenes move at an agonising pace in which time every conceivable emotion of the characters has to be teased out and described for an audience who has no experience of their own. Settings are tediously and minutely described to fill a book that, given a strict editor, could be rendered as a novella, or the whole tedious series turned into one passable novel.

Plot turns are guessable ten pages previous; the cliched dialogue could all be skipped in a book, less easy in a recording. Scenes where someone has to say, "But what I don't get is...." Then even more pedestrian explanations follow in the rare case that the reader missed something.

It is the role if a good editor to correct pace, cut description, hide the surprises and move the book along; this novel has had little editing - or if it has then the gods only know what a dreary and spun-out concoction it must have been! GIVE THIS ONE A WIDE BIRTH!

  • The Long Earth

  • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 223

The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of No Man's Land gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some said mad, others dangerous - scientist when she finds a curious gadget: a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a potato. It is the prototype of a life-changing invention....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • World and not Character Building

  • By Amy W on 06-28-12

Tedious Crap

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

Reviewed: 10-05-16

Idea starts off okay but then the tedium sets in!! If you are stranded on a desert island maybe this will save your sanity; failing that give it a wide birth!

  • The Happy Hoofer

  • By: Celia Imrie
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

One of our best-loved actresses, Celia Imrie would rather have been a dancer. As a child she planned to join the Royal Ballet and marry Rudolf Nureyev. Now she has become one of our finest and funniest performers, on stage, TV and screen - adored for her roles in 'Acorn Antiques' and 'dinnerladies', as well as films including 'Calendar Girls' and 'Nanny McPhee'. In her hugely entertaining autobiography, Celia Imrie recounts a life hurtling (not always intentionally) into adventures both on stage and off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • English Romp with Humour and Candour.

  • By Clive Byerley on 09-06-16

English Romp with Humour and Candour.

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

Even if you are fresh from another dimension and therefor don't know the delightful Celia Imrie you'll love this honest account of the daily life of a successful ( but refreshingly ungushing) English actor. Imrie becomes your best friend as she shares her laughter and pain. Go with her; take the journey; you'll be so glad you did!

  • The Other Side of Silence

  • Bernie Gunther, Book 11
  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

It is 1956 on the French Riviera. A world-weary Bernie Gunther is working as concierge at the Grand Hotel, living under a false name. Then his past walks through the door in the shape of Harold Hennig, a former captain in the Nazi security service. Bernie never forgets a face, especially when it belongs to a mass murderer who, in 1945, was responsible for the deaths of thousands; among them a woman Bernie loved. Bernie has a score to settle with Hennig…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vintage Gunther!

  • By Clive Byerley on 05-22-16

Vintage Gunther!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

This time set on the south of France Bernie tangles with former Nazis and current spies. Yes there's a woman and deceit, tension and violence but a superb performance and masterly plotting ensures freshness and a gripping episode in this ongoing Bernie Gunther saga. Highly recommended.

  • A Quiet Flame

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Posing as an escaping Nazi war criminal, Bernie Gunther, Berlin's hardest-boiled private eye, arrives in Buenos Aires. When he reveals his real identity to the local chief of police, he discovers that his reputation as a detective goes before him. A young girl has been murdered in peculiarly gruesome circumstances that strongly resemble Bernie's final case as a homicide detective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't know what took me so long to

  • By Andreea Catana on 04-17-18

Excellent Evocation of Peron's Argentina. Gunther rides again!

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

Reviewed: 05-16-16

The brilliant interpretation we have come to expect; flawless characterisation and fluid and fluent reading. Gunther stumbles on to the truth with chaos and danger all around him. A welcome change of scene with fascist Argentina and the many Nazi war criminals in hiding there. Vintage Kerr and brilliant Jeff Harding!

  • The Lost Starship

  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,439
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,167

Ten thousand years ago, a single alien super-ship survived a desperate battle. The vessel's dying crew set the AI on automatic to defend the smashed rubble of their planet. Legend has it the faithful ship continues to patrol the empty battlefield, obeying its last order throughout the lonely centuries.In the here and now, Earth needs a miracle. Out of the Beyond invade the New Men, stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Their superior warships and advanced technology destroy every fleet sent to stop them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • THE NEW MEN

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 02-01-17

Great Idea Ruined by Cliché and Interpretation

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

Reviewed: 04-21-16

I was initially attracted by the premise of the lonely star ship as the last hope of an imperilled Earth. The dialogue is a string of clichés taken from Novel Writing 101 class.Pedestrian and predictable; too long in getting going. The early scene in the pub in Scotland was a joke! How did this tripe get published? The

narration started of as passable, though with less differentiation of characters than I expect from an Audible book, THEN,OH THEN, the truly execrable Scottish accent! It is SO BAD as to make further listening impossible; garbled and unintelligible,surely the producer should have stopped it and settled for normal American. I'm asking for my money back. Can't get past this: story ruined😭.

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