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  • Agent Zero

  • A Kent Steele Thriller
  • By: Jack Mars
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

In this much-anticipated new spy thriller series by Jack Mars, listeners are taken on an action thriller across Europe as presumed-CIA operative Kent Steele, hunted by terrorists, by the CIA, and by his own identity, must solve the mystery of who is after him, of the terrorists’ pending target - and of the beautiful woman he keeps seeing in his mind.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Overdone and unbelievable

  • By Richard on 12-07-2019

Overdone and unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 12-07-2019

Sorry, just another story of an American super hero. Won’t be buying any follow up novel. Good narration though. Maybe reality may kick in but I doubt it as Americans are still blinded by their fallen pre-dominance in the world. The CIA is is just not an effective and efficient intelligence agency.

  • The Far Pavilions

  • By: M. M. Kaye
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 48 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

When The Far Pavilions was first published 19 years ago, it moved the critic Edmund Fuller to write this: "Were Miss Kaye to produce no other book, The Far Pavilions might stand as a lasting accomplishment in a single work comparable to Margaret Mitchell's achievement in Gond With the Wind." From its beginning in the foothills of the towering Himalayas, M. M. Kaye's masterwork is a vast, rich, and vibrant tapestry of love and war that ranks with the greatest panoramic sagas of modern fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Did not want it to stop.

  • By Janice YAPI on 20-04-2016

What a waste of time

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

Reviewed: 21-06-2019

I stuck at it expecting the story to get better, but it didn’t. The narrator was dreadful with an American and Indian accent. He was unable to replicate any English or Irish accent successfully and it left me dumbfounded at the lack of professionalism. Sorry won’t be coming back for any other audio versions of this author.

  • The Cold War

  • A World History
  • By: Odd Arne Westad
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 25 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

As Germany and then Japan surrendered in 1945, there was a tremendous hope that a new and much better world could be created from the moral and physical ruins of the conflict. Instead, the combination of the huge power of the USA and USSR and the near-total collapse of most of their rivals created a unique, grim new environment: the Cold War. For over 40 years the demands of the Cold War shaped the life of almost all of us. There was no part of the world where East and West did not ultimately demand a blind and absolute allegiance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent overview.

  • By Tim on 12-07-2019

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 05-06-2019

It really needs an update as the world has taken a different direction. We now are faced with new threats from Islam, Putin, the rise of China and the crazy world of Donald Trump. It seems we are all doomed. I am quite depressed.

  • The Square and the Tower

  • Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power
  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

What if everything we thought we knew about history was wrong? From the global best-selling author of Empire, The Ascent of Money and Civilization, this is a whole new way of looking at the world. Most history is hierarchical: it's about popes, presidents, and prime ministers. But what if that's simply because they create the historical archives? What if we are missing equally powerful but less visible networks-leaving them to the conspiracy theorists, with their dreams of all-powerful Illuminati?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting analysis, but quit with the accents already!

  • By Pierz Newton-John on 12-11-2017

Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-2019

Ferguson ‘s best piece of writing yet. He is persuasive, entertaining and informative. He hadn’t been able to encapsulate not only recent historical events, but provides an insight to the challenge we face and also that the future of mankind may indeed be much different from its past.

  • The Persimmon Tree

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 27 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By ValleyGirl on 16-03-2018

Unbelievable for an 18 year old

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

Reviewed: 14-05-2019

Can you really believe that such a young man can fit in so much in such a short time? Not credible and thus weakens a good story.

  • The Scorpion's Strike

  • Empire X
  • By: Anthony Riches
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

With his compelling Centurions trilogy complete, Anthony Riches returns to his best-selling Empire sequence of novels with his storytelling skills polished to perfection. Set in the second century AD, The Scorpion's Strike continues the story of Marcus Aquila's fight for justice for a family ripped asunder by imperial assassins. Still seeking revenge, Marcus finds himself thrown back into the heart of the chaos that is shaking the Roman Empire to its roots. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • XXX (X-voting, X-theme, X-traordinary)

  • By kevinplee@hotmail.com on 29-05-2019

A poor story and performance

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

Reviewed: 29-04-2019

The narrator is unable to distinguish between characters; they all sound the same. The story line is repetitive and somewhat unbelievable and boring. I won’t be buying any more in the series!. A great pity as it started out so well.

  • On the Company's Service

  • Percival Merewether Series, Book 2
  • By: Ellis K. Meacham
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The naval service of the Honourable East India Company, popularly known as the Bombay Marine, knew its share of adventure - none more than Captain Percival Merewether and the men of his ship, Rapid. From Mauritius to Teheran, from the Bay of Bengal toward Australia - weathering fierce naval battles, skirmishes with pirate fleets, and sometimes equally hazardous engagements ashore - the seas were packed with the stuff that goes to make incident.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than the first book!

  • By Richard on 11-04-2019

Much better than the first book!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-2019

Not quite there, but most enjoyable. Excellent narration. Even though written by an American I was pleased that it was narrated by an Englishman. I look forward to the third and final book in the series.

  • Churchill

  • Walking with Destiny
  • By: Andrew Roberts
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 50 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 39

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Churchill by Andrew Roberts, read by Stephen Thorne. Winston Churchill towers over every other figure in 20th-century British history. By the time of his death at the age of 90 in 1965, many thought him to be the greatest man in the world. There have been over a thousand previous biographies of Churchill. Andrew Roberts now draws on over 40 new sources, including the private diaries of King George VI, used in no previous Churchill biography, to depict him more intimately and persuasively than any of its predecessors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good history

  • By roger on 23-11-2018

Absolutely Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 29-03-2019

I have both the audible and print version. This Audible version narrated by Stephen Horne brings the written version to life. Well done. A brilliant production.

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198

Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present. How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children? Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He's done it again

  • By Anonymous User on 06-09-2018

Absolutely brilliant.

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

Reviewed: 08-03-2019

I now need to buy and read this excellent insight into humanity. The last chapter came as a complete surprise. Having analysed the 21 lessons I now need to understand my mind, and my motivation for living. Even though scientists know a little how the brain works it knows virtually nothing about the mind. Despite everything that the author has written in the previous chapters make absolute sense. This book should be mandatory reading for all politicians and leaders. Finally, the book is not about dogma or religion. It is just about common sense.

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  • The Coroners Lunch

  • By: Colin Cotterill
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Laos, 1972. The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over. Most of the educated class has fled, but 72-year-old Dr Siri Paiboun, a Paris-trained doctor, remains and is appointed state coroner. When three bodies are recovered from a reservoir, Dr.Siri establishes the cause of death was not drowning - they seem to have been electrocuted. And then there is the inexplicable death of a Party bigwig's wife at a banquet. Dr.Siri doesn't think her death was from natural causes.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Could have been set in Pinner

  • By Richard on 21-02-2019

Could have been set in Pinner

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

Reviewed: 21-02-2019

Very weak story. Nothing very much about Laos: that's the most disappointing aspect. I wouldn't recommend it. Sorry, but not sorry.