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  • The Man from St Petersburg

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

It is just before the outbreak of World War I, and Britain must enlist the aid of Russia. Czar Nicholas' nephew is to visit London for secret naval talks with Lord Walden, who has lived in Russia and has a Russian wife, Lydia. But there are other people who are interested in the arrival of Prince Alexei: the Waldens' only daughter, Charlotte - wilful, idealistic, and with an awakening social conscience; Basil Thompson, head of the Special Branch; and, above all, Feliks Kschessinky, the ruthless Russian anarchist. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting fiction

  • By Anonymous User on 08-12-2018

Brilliant, a true Ken Follett novel

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

Reviewed: 14-01-2019

Is this really more than fiction ? In typical Ken Follett style the formula works to bring together action, action and more action in waves of highs and lows weaving a great story.

  • Invictus

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 15
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Invictus is a gripping, authentic and exciting audiobook of the Roman army from best-selling author Simon Scarrow. Not to be missed by fans of Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell. It is AD 54. The soldiers of the Roman army patrol a growing empire from the Mediterranean to the North Sea, from the Atlantic to the banks of the Nile. Rome brutally enforces its rule, and its legions are the most efficient and aggressive fighting force in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's almost over yet still going strong

  • By kevinplee@hotmail.com on 09-01-2019

It's almost over yet still going strong

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

Reviewed: 09-01-2019

Another strong book continuing the trials and triumphs of the dynamic duo. It's a great series but all good things must come to an end. The next book is the last I know about. If it is the end I hope it's a good and fitting end but I also hope it's not the end just the latest book in the series ...time for me to find out.

  • Thieves on the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 8
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

DI Nikki Galena gets a series of anonymous calls. She is told the place, time, and who will die. But the messages are in a secret language used only by villains. Nikki and her team must decode the riddles and work out where the threats are coming from.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good next chapter

  • By kevinplee@hotmail.com on 07-01-2019

Pretty good next chapter

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

Reviewed: 07-01-2019

Another good story, I enjoyed the complexities of multiple simultaneous events converging. Revenge, conspiracy and organised crime weaved an interesting tapestry for this tale. Good job.

  • Memento Mori

  • Roman Empire Series, Book 8
  • By: Ruth Downie
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

A scandal is threatening to engulf the popular spa town of Aquae Sulis (modern-day Bath). The wife of Ruso's best friend, Valens, has been found dead in the sacred hot spring, stabbed through the heart. Fearing the wrath of the goddess and the ruin of the tourist trade, the temple officials are keen to cover up what's happened. But the dead woman's father is demanding justice, and he's accusing Valens of murder. If Valens turns up to face trial, he will risk execution. If he doesn't, he'll lose his children.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gone native

  • By kevinplee@hotmail.com on 05-01-2019

Gone native

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

Reviewed: 05-01-2019

Ruso, no longer working in the legions, has gone native living a northern tribal life with wide and servants. A good follw on book where his friendship with colleague Valance is frustrated and frustrating. I can see how it all comes together in the end after going through the book a second time ...and I still don't understand how Valance can stay so cool and alouf given the punishment of the time if found guilty.

  • Dead & Buried

  • Calladine and Bayliss, Book 5
  • By: Helen H. Durrant
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Annie Naden and her husband buy a remote country cottage at auction. It’s the home of their own that they always wanted, but as they begin renovations, Annie discovers a satchel in a dusty old hidden cupboard. Inside are the usual schoolbooks, now over 40 years old, and a girl’s diary. Among the record of day-to-day crushes and pop concerts is a secret whose terrible consequences are still resonating to this day. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Comfortingly northern (England)

  • By kevinplee@hotmail.com on 03-01-2019

Comfortingly northern (England)

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

Reviewed: 03-01-2019

I love the straight talking, say it how it is, that comes through as the hallmark of northern English everyday speacj. No messing with subtle humour undertones. This is a good story that emerges from the past into the lives of the team. It's been a while since I listened to the first set in the Calladine & Bayliss series but I'm straight back where it left off. Great.

  • The Ill-Made Knight

  • By: Christian Cameron
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

September 1356. Poitiers. The greatest knights of the age were ready to give battle. On the English side, Edward, the Black Prince, who'd earned his spurs at Crecy. On the French side, the King and his son, the Dauphin. With 12,000 knights. And then there is William Gold. A cook's boy who had once been branded as a thief. William dreams of being a knight, but in this savage new world of intrigue, betrayal and greed, first he must learn to survive. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good tale

  • By kevinplee@hotmail.com on 02-01-2019

A good tale

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

Reviewed: 02-01-2019

A good tale name dropping some of the better known of the medival era. A good start for the first book in a series with lots happening. I wonder what's left for the following volumes.

  • Shatter

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

A naked woman is perched on the edge of Clifton Suspension Bridge weeping into a mobile phone. Clinical psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin is only feet away, desperately trying to talk her down. She whispers, 'you don't understand,' and jumps. Later, Joe has a visitor - the woman's teenage daughter, a runaway from boarding school. She refuses to believe that her mother would have jumped off the bridge - not only would she not commit suicide, she is terrified of heights.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • average and predicatble

  • By Amanda Vermeulen on 07-11-2018

Outstanding story

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

Reviewed: 01-01-2019

Wow, what is missing from this book ?? Anything ? What else could there be ? What a story.

  • The Pale Horseman

  • The Last Kingdom Series, Book 2
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jamie Glover
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

The Pale Horseman is the compelling sequel to the best-selling The Last Kingdom. Uhtred, Northumbrian born, raised a Viking and now married to a Saxon, is already a formidable figure and warrior. But at 20 he is still arrogant, pagan, and headstrong, so not a comfortable ally for the thoughtful, pious Alfred. But these two, with Alfred's family and a few of Uhtred's companions, are apparently all that remains of the Wessex leadership after a disastrous truce.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story however the narration lacks

  • By Jarrod on 16-01-2016

Good story

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

Reviewed: 01-01-2019

I enjoyed this second book, a confused saxon almost raised by a biking, one minute fighting for the Saxons, next for the Danes then for the Saxons again. It's a good concept to have a chameleon that is well versed on both sides ...and gets into scrapes because of it. Interesting tale whether realistic or not I don't have a clue.

  • Common Murder

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Caroline Guthrie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

A protest group hits the headlines when unrest at a women's peace camp explodes into murder. Already on the scene, journalist Lindsay Gordon desperately tries to strike a balance between personal and professional responsibilities. As she peels back the layers of deception surrounding the protest and its opponents, she finds that no one - ratepayer or reporter, policeman or peace woman - seems wholly above suspicion. Then Lindsay uncovers a truth that even she can scarcely believe.... 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A good story

  • By kevinplee@hotmail.com on 10-12-2018

A good story

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

Reviewed: 10-12-2018

Val McDermod is undeniably the queen of crime fiction, her Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series were spectacular, an all time favourite without parallel but there we are talking the mystery, the psychological drama and suspense with the law enforcement and home office resources. To cut to the point, I'm struggling to get the point and role of a journalist in solving murders. It should be left to the professionals. Good enough story though and I'm still a Val McDermid fan.

  • Britannia

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 14
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Roman Britain, AD 52. The western tribes, inspired by the Druids' hatred of the Romans, prepare to make a stand. But can they match the discipline and courage of the legionaries? Wounded during a skirmish, Centurion Macro remains behind in charge of the fort as Centurion Cato leads an invasion deep into the hills. Cato's mission: to cement Rome's triumph over the natives by crushing the Druid stronghold. But with winter drawing in, the terrain is barely passable through icy rain and snowstorms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Britannia by Simon Scarrow

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-01-2017

Tragedy finds,a home

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

Reviewed: 10-12-2018

PooR Cato, how can he take much more ? He's a true hero and in this book he has to deal with so much going wrong, it could easily have been his last chapter but thankfully he defeats the odds and escaped to live another day. A good story with lots happening.