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  • The Chain

  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: January LeVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

The only way to save your child is to kidnap another. Listen carefully. Your child has been kidnapped. You must abduct someone else's child to save your own. Disobey. Break the rules. Go to the cops. Your child will die. Your victim's parents must kidnap another child before yours is released. You are now part of the chain.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • American accents!

  • By Michael on 16-07-2019

American accents!

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

Reviewed: 16-07-2019

The opening lines caught me off guard, American accents, where’s Sean Duffy?

I pre ordered on Audible months ago, didn’t recall what it was about. It’s a book by Adrian McKinty so it has to be good, and it didn’t disappoint. Absolutely enthralling. Highly recommended.

  • Beekeeping for Beginners

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Award-winning author Laurie R. King writes mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell. In this short story, King explores their very first meeting... Sherlock Holmes is fending off a particularly dark mood as he roams the Sussex Downs, in search of wild bees.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beekeepers

  • By Michael on 26-04-2019

Beekeepers

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

Reviewed: 26-04-2019

I thought I was reading a book on beekeeping with an interesting introduction. Alas, I was mistaken but not disappointed.

  • The Battle for North Africa

  • El Alamein and the Turning Point for World War II (Twentieth-Century Battles)
  • By: Glyn Harper
  • Narrated by: Douglas R. Pratt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

In the early years of World War II, Germany shocked the world with a devastating blitzkrieg, rapidly conquered most of Europe, and pushed into North Africa. As the Allies scrambled to counter the Axis armies, the British Eighth Army confronted the experienced Afrika Corps, led by German field marshal Erwin Rommel, in three battles at El Alamein. In the first battle, the Eighth Army narrowly halted the advance of the Germans during the summer of 1942. However, the stalemate left Nazi troops within striking distance of the Suez Canal, which would provide a critical tactical advantage to the controlling force. War historian Glyn Harper dives into the story, vividly narrating the events, strategies, and personalities surrounding the battles and paying particular attention to the Second Battle of El Alamein, a crucial turning point in the war that would be described by Winston Churchill as "the end of the beginning."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • American English

  • By Michael on 16-08-2018

American English

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

Reviewed: 16-08-2018

Great story, well read apart from the mass mispronounced words; lieutenant, Warwick, Maori, even El Alemein at times.

  • Sniper One

  • The Blistering True Story of a British Battle Group Under Siege
  • By: Dan Mills
  • Narrated by: Josh Dylan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 68

April 2004: Dan Mills and his platoon of snipers flew into Southern Iraq, part of an infantry battalion sent to win hearts and minds. They were soon fighting for their lives. Back home we were told they were peacekeeping. But there was no peace to keep. Because within days of arriving in theatre, Mills and his men were caught up in the longest, most sustained firefight British troops had faced for over 50 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Boys own

  • By Michael on 19-11-2017

Boys own

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

Reviewed: 19-11-2017

A well told story. It puts you on the streets, the top of the buildings with the guys. What an amazing story of courage and determination.
One of the best battle stories I have read.

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  • Night Soldiers

  • By: Alan Furst
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel, New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst takes listeners back to the early days of World War II for a dramatic novel of intrigue and suspense.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a fascinating journey

  • By john on 02-08-2016

Great read

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

Reviewed: 24-07-2017

I found the early parts in the USSR a little slow, once we got to Spain the story livened up.

  • Burial Rites

  • By: Hannah Kent
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait out the months leading up to her execution on the farm of district officer Jón Jónsson, his wife, and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force everyone to work side by side, the family’s attitude to Agnes starts to change - until one winter night.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched and very believable

  • By Zakgirl on 13-02-2016

Iceland history- my intrigue as begun

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

Reviewed: 15-03-2017

What made the experience of listening to Burial Rites the most enjoyable?

An insight into 18th century rural Icelandic history. Interesting to find they last executed someone in 1820

Who was your favorite character and why?

Agnes of course

What about Morven Christie’s performance did you like?

Great accents and pronouncements

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

Yes, but that's not often possible. I use audiobooks for long drives in Western Australia

  • Airborne

  • The Airborne Trilogy
  • By: Robert Radcliffe
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

It's 17 September 1944. The Allies launch the largest airborne offensive in history, delivering 36,000 troops by parachute and glider to the Dutch/German border. In nine days' time, half of them will be casualties of war. Among their number is Theo Trickey, a young paratrooper so dreadfully injured he is not expected to survive. Under the care of Medical Officer Captain Daniel Garland, Trickey is shipped to Germany as a prisoner of war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, could not stop listening

  • By Michael on 15-03-2017

Great story, could not stop listening

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

Reviewed: 15-03-2017

Where does Airborne rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's right up there, I want the next books now!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Airborne?

The Rommel encounters

What does Peter Noble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Great character voices

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

Yes,

Any additional comments?

It stopped suddenly

  • Eye of the Needle

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Eric Lincoln
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Thriller

  • By Kate on 17-05-2015

Narration

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

Reviewed: 13-05-2016

The different voices were annoying at first, it was like listening to a bad radio play. The story was good overall

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