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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 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 296

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
  • Not up to earlier Reacher

  • By Luke on 11-11-2018

Interesting all the way through

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

Reviewed: 01-01-2019

Another great book lots of intriguing questions throughout. Find that over time Child is becoming a bit cheekier with the characters with an engaging style. Perhaps in this book there are a few too many characters that think alike and have a similar talking style but other than that the storyline keeps you locked in until the end

  • World Without End

  • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 2
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 45 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius, and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed. As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful follow up

  • By Michelle on 29-06-2017

Another snapshot of an era

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

Reviewed: 07-08-2018

A long listen but captures you throughout. You feel like the story could have ended about 4 times but there was always more to keep enthralled. Captures the essence of the time well although probably a few too many 21st century values. Highly recommend.

  • A Little White Death

  • By: John Lawton
  • Narrated by: Sara Coward
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

1963. England is about to explode. An ageing hack defects to Russia. A cabinet minister resigns. A young woman takes an overdose. A Harley Street physician blows out his brains. Commander Troy investigates. But what with the sex and the drugs, he finds that he's up to his neck in the mess, personally and professionally. The damn thing might blow up in his face, and the English can be so unforgiving of a good scandal.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but a bit random

  • By Andrew A Bowden on 18-03-2018

Good but a bit random

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-03-2018

Story is too long. The beginning is just a long ramble at the start before it gets meaty and after the main mystery is solved the book could end but drags on unnecessarily for at least another hour. The voice is a bit disconcerting having the male lead narrated by a woman does not work and after listening to earlier books is very hard to get used to.

  • 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 528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484

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

One of the best Jack Reachers yet

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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: 27-11-2017

Similar story line to others but felt this book was particularly well written and so really enjoyed

  • Blue Ocean Strategy

  • How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant
  • By: W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgne
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

In an audiobook that challenges everything you thought you knew, W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne assert that tomorrow's leading companies will succeed, not by battling their rivals for market share in the bloody "red ocean" of a shrinking profit pool, but by creating "blue oceans" of untapped new market spaces ripe for growth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Too cliche just another take on same themes

  • By Andrew A Bowden on 01-04-2017

Too cliche just another take on same themes

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-2017

Sounded interesting but disappointed. Found they madw too many unsubstantiatwd claims. In the end continued listening just so get ir over

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  • This Was a Man

  • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 7
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives, and who dies? In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife, Karin, from the Cabinet Secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game? Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus while his wife, Emma, completes her 10 years as Chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By trish callier on 20-11-2016

Great next book

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

Reviewed: 27-12-2016

The book is beautifully finished with fabulous writing by Archer. Felt the book got a bit sidetracked in the middle though. Nevertheless highly recommended.

  • The Light Between Oceans

  • A Novel
  • By: M L Stedman
  • Narrated by: Noah Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • hauntingly beautiful never forgotten

  • By Stargirl456 on 15-03-2016

Enjoyable book good character development

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

Reviewed: 17-07-2016

Perhaps after awhile it became a bit predictable and tedious. But beautifully written about the characters and the environment

  • How to Deliver a Great TED Talk

  • Presentation Secrets of the World's Best Speakers
  • By: Akash Karia
  • Narrated by: Matt Stone
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

How to Deliver a Great TED Talk is a complete public speaking system for delivering highly effective presentations and speeches. If you’ve watched TED videos before, you’ve no doubt been inspired and electrified by speeches by figures such as Sir Ken Robinson, Jill Bolte Taylor, Simon Sinek and Dan Pink. If you follow the guidelines and tools in this audiobook, I guarantee that your audience will have no choice but to be wrapped up in your speeches and presentations.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Some good content but a bit cheesy

  • By Andrew A Bowden on 26-02-2016

Some good content but a bit cheesy

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-2016

Some of the foundations are good and helpful but perhaps best suited to a more gullible audience. Could make your preso too staged