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  • Past Tense

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 374

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Past Tense by Lee Child. From number one best seller Lee Child, the thrilling new blockbuster featuring hero Jack Reacher. Reacher, the eternal drifter, happens by chance on the small New Hampshire town he remembers his father was supposed to have come from. But when he starts looking for his dad's old home, he finds there's no record of anyone named Reacher ever having lived there.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration Annoying

  • By Hamish Burke on 21-11-2018

Takes a while to get to the point

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

Reviewed: 27-11-2018

There is no end to the evil that money can buy. In this story Reacher returns to a town where he believes his father grew up. The listener is left guessing for almost three quarters of the story before everything starts to make sense. Not my all time favourite Lee Child story. I still think the early ones like The Killing Floor and Trip Wire are hard to beat.

  • Heads You Win

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Heads You Win is the incredible and thrilling novel by the master storyteller and best-selling author of the Clifton Chronicles and Kane and Abel, Jeffrey Archer. Leningrad, Russia, 1968. Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clifton Chronicles Revisited

  • By Hugh on 16-11-2018

Clifton Chronicles Revisited

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

Reviewed: 16-11-2018

I have to say that there are not a lot of original ideas in this story. I have been. Jeffrey Archer fan for more than 30 years. To be honest, if you have read / listened to the Clifton Chronicles this story seems like an abridged version.
If you have not read all of Archer’s previous works, this would be a great story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Christmas Scorpion

  • A Jack Reacher Short Story
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Christmas Scorpion by Lee Child. Jack Reacher likes to head south for the winter, to stay warm, so just before Christmas he arrives in a small town in Southern California. But the weather there is not warm and dry, as it’s supposed to be: he arrives in a freak blizzard. Reacher finds refuge in a snowed-in roadhouse with four other strangers stranded by the storm.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not keen on really short stories

  • By Hugh on 15-10-2018

Not keen on really short stories

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

Reviewed: 15-10-2018

Whilst the story was clever, I don’t think it was worth the price. Only 33 minutes.
I love the Jack Reacher series and have every one of Lee Child’s Reacher stories.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • On the Island

  • By: Tracey Garvis Graves
  • Narrated by: Heidi Baker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

When 30-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen

  • By Kathryn on 27-02-2019

Great Story. Shame about the Narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-10-2018

A lovely, realistic Romance. I have always fantasised about being on a deserted island with a beautiful woman. This story tells it warts and all and is a great representation of what it might really be like to be stranded in the ocean on an island. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami is worked nicely into the story as well.
A great story but spoilt by the narrator. 1. I am not keen on American narrators. 2. This narrator read way to quickly. 3. The way that the story is written with alternating chapters between the two main characters Anna and TJ. It would have made sense to have a male and female reader/narrator. This has been done very successfully in other audio books. This narrator seems to have just raced through the story in an almost monotone high pitched American twang which was grating to the ears at times. I would much prefer an Australian or British narrator.

  • Lost in Kakadu

  • By: Kendall Talbot
  • Narrated by: Alan King, Louise Crawford
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 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's pretentious socialite Abigail Mulholland's worst nightmare when her plane crashes into an ancient Australian wilderness. Things go from bad to downright hellish when rescuers never come. As she battles to survive in an environment that's as brutal as it is beautiful, Abigail finds herself also fighting her unlikely attraction to Mackenzie - another survivor, and a much younger man. Mackenzie Steel is devastated by his partner's death in the crash, the only person with whom he shared his painful past. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story

  • By carol Vona on 27-11-2018

A Slow Burn but worth the wait

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

Reviewed: 07-10-2018

Ever since I watched the movie Blue Lagoon in the 80’s I have always loved a story that deals with two people stranded together under difficult circumstances. This story is very well written and deals with confronting issues in a beautiful and sensitive way. The slow development of the relationship between Abi and Mackenzie is lovely and exciting. The building sexual tension is so well done. The ending of the story was somewhat abrupt. Overall a fantastic romantic adventure. Highly recommend

  • Hitler

  • A Biography
  • By: Ian Kershaw
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 44 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 94

Hailed as the most compelling biography of the German dictator yet written, Ian Kershaw's Hitler brings us closer than ever before to the heart of its subject's immense darkness. From his illegitimate birth in a small Austrian village to his fiery death in a bunker under the Reich chancellery in Berlin, Adolf Hitler left a murky trail, strewn with contradictory tales and overgrown with self-created myths. One truth prevails: the sheer scale of the evils that he unleashed on the world has made him a demonic figure without equal in the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid, sobering, scholarly account

  • By Jill Brown on 24-11-2016

Very Long but a must for everyone

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

Reviewed: 11-09-2018

This covers the life and times of Adolf Hitler in incredible detail. Even though it is very detailed, the content is far from dry. It depicts the character of one of the most evil and twisted people in history. Definitely food for serious thought.
A must for lovers of history. Thoroughly recommended

  • As the Crow Flies

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Charlie Trumper's earliest memory is of hearing his grandfather's sales patter from behind his costermonger's barrow. When Grandpa Charlie dies, young Charlie wants nothing more than to follow in his footsteps - his burning ambition is to own a shop that will sell everything: 'The Biggest Barrow in the World'. Charlie's progress from the teeming streets of Whitechapel to the elegance of Chelsea Terrace is only a few miles as the crow flies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The characters came alive

  • By Craig on 07-02-2019

Arguably the best Jeffrey Archer

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

Reviewed: 03-03-2018

This story is amazing! The detail and character development is very believable.
Only downside. The performer, mistakes a South African accent for Australian.
That aside, I thoroughly recommend this book.

  • The Prodigal Daughter

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Hers was the ultimate ambition...The magnificant story of love and politics that continues the saga of Kane and Abel. The titanic battle between two men obsessed with destroying each other follows on into the next generation. Florentyna Rosnovski, Abel's daughter, inherits all her father's drive, but none of his wealth. A woman gifted with beauty and spirit, but above all with indomitable will, she sets out in pursuit of an ambition that dwarfs both Kane and Abel, as she battles for the highest office of all...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Jeffrey Archer Classic

  • By Hugh on 20-01-2018

A Jeffrey Archer Classic

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

Reviewed: 20-01-2018

This next chapter in the Kane and Abel chronicle does not disappoint. I read this book over 20 years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed it then and that sentiment has not altered in listening to its Audible rendition. Jeffrey Archer is the master story teller. In my opinion one of the best. Go on listen and see that I am not wrong.

  • The Liar

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 216

Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions.... The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn't just dead. He never really existed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasure to listen to

  • By Michele on 19-05-2015

An Easy Listen

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

Reviewed: 20-01-2018

Nora Roberts writes to a formula. This is another of those. Easy to listen to. The performance is excellent but the story is fairly transparent. The ending was fairly easy to guess almost from the start. A great way to escape for a few hours but don’t expect anything deep and meaningful.

  • The Midnight Line

  • Jack Reacher, Book 22
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504

Jack Reacher takes an aimless stroll past a pawn shop in a small Midwestern town. In the window he sees a West Point class ring from 2005. It's tiny. It's a woman cadet's graduation present to herself. Why would she give it up? Reacher's a West Pointer, too, and he knows what she went through to get it. Reacher tracks the ring back to its owner, step by step, down a criminal trail leading west. Like Big Foot come out of the forest, he arrives in the deserted wilds of Wyoming. All he wants is to find the woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like hanging out with an old friend

  • By Joy on 10-11-2017

Can’t get enough of Jack Reacher

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

Reviewed: 06-12-2017

This story is very well written and Reacher is as clever as ever. Like a great wine Lee Child gets better with age. Bring on the next Reacher story.!