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  • Force of Nature

  • Aaron Falk Series, Book 2
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Steve Shanahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 755

Five women reluctantly leave the city for a challenging hike across the rugged Giralang Ranges as part of a corporate retreat. Only four come out the other side. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case - and Alice knew secrets.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't quite live up to The Dry

  • By sarah on 16-10-2017

Written to a formula

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

Reviewed: 18-01-2018

I quite enjoyed The Dry but felt I was almost reading the same book, as the formula was so familiar.

  • The Break

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976

The story of a relationship that everyone thought was forever and which is now in danger of being for never, The Break is about getting older and staying in love when life, real life, is trying to pull you apart.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Light Hearted Romp

  • By Anna Spencer on 11-10-2017

Wrong book for me

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

Reviewed: 22-12-2017

I’m not sure why I downloaded this book. Perhaps it’s that I’m going through a break myself, but have been wronged by my wife. I was wanting to try to understand women a little more.

Once I start something I like to finish it, but I just wish this could have all wrapped up in 2 hours. Hmmm. Maybe that’s why my wife wanted a break...

  • The Survivor

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

From the 11th storey of a Los Angeles high-rise, Nate looks out on the city - the traffic, the trees, and the beach beyond. He breathes deeply. And then he moves one foot off the ledge and into thin air. But before he can jump, gunshots ring out from within the building. A robbery is in progress. And Nate, with nothing to lose but the life he was about to give up, decides to intervene. What happens next plunges Nate into mortal danger…and reunites him with the family he hasn't known for years - a family he will do anything to protect.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying characteristics

  • By Simon Porter on 19-09-2017

Annoying characteristics

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

Reviewed: 19-09-2017

I really struggled to get through this book. While it started out fairly well, it fell apart with the annoying reactions of some characters and what I found to be an unpleasant performance by the narrator.

I've enjoyed other Hurwitz books, ie the orphan series, but this one really turned me off.

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Do you need my help? It was always the first question he asked. They called him when they had nowhere else to turn. Raised and trained as part of a top-secret programme, he was sent to the worst places in the world to do things his government denied any knowledge of. Then he broke with the programme and disappeared. But now someone's on his tail. Someone who knows he was once known simply as Orphan X.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Cheesy 80s action flick turned into a book

  • By shopper27 on 27-02-2017

Good fast paced story

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

Reviewed: 02-08-2017

Well read, good use of tone and accent.

Great story, full of twists that keep you guessing. Looking forward to the next instalment.

  • I Am Pilgrim, Volume 1

  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556

Pilgrim is the code name for a man who doesn't exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation. But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Steam Train

  • By Andrew on 15-02-2016

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 09-07-2017

Just an awesome story from start to finish. Each chapter leaves you begging for more. Well narrated (apart from a very average Australian accent...I am Australian). I'm sad I've finished it.