Absolutely brilliant! Was disappointed with the last Roy Grace but Peter James is back on form with this one. As I have visual problems and can't read at the moment I often struggle to find audiobooks that are as gripping as the written version. However James' descriptions and characterisations are so well done that you get completely carried away with the story. Highly recommended .
"Highly recommended Swedish crime"
I downloaded this audio book as it was on Richard and Judy's book club list for spring 2012 - not always an entirely reliable list but I have come across some good reads through it. I was badly in need of a gripping crime listen as I have been struggling for the last month or so to find something. After listening to Midwinter Sacrifice I cannot wait for Mons Kallentoft's next book. The plot is tight and moves along at a good pace, the characterisation is excellent and I was really drawn into the life of the main character. The description of a
Swedish winter is superb and perfect listening for this time of year. The narration too is excellent and Lisa Coleman is definitely one of my favourite narrators - her voice is mesmerising.
I just need to find another crime listen to match this now!
"Could have been so much better"
This audiobook showed so much promise and could have been so much better. I thought the premise of the book extremely promising and I was completely drawn into the mystery of John Emmett and the lives of those young men so affected by their experiences in the First World War. However it fails for two main reasons: there were too many characters and in an audiobook it is easy to lose track of who they all are. Secondly, this could have been a much shorter and tighter book as after half way through it became plodding and dragged on unnecessarily.
On a more positive note , the narrator is one of the best I have heard and there was excellent description and characterisation. With better editing I hope Speller's next book will be a 5 star listen!
This was not at all what I was expecting, it is not so much a crime novel but a thriller that moves between past and present with a hugely likeable, sympathetic main character. Evokes the atmosphere of life on the Isle of Lewis, mesmerising narration and a gripping storyline. Can't wait for part 2 in the series.
This was my first Margery Allingham and I found it to be an enjoyable listen. Loved the period and the reader was perfect. Think I will try a later Allingham next as I understand these are less melodramatic!
"Perfect literary 'chick lit'"
I was gripped by the storyline and the characterisation in this my first Nina Bell audiobook. The reader was perfect. My only criticism is that most of the characters were not particularly likeable!
Why can't there be more crime novels like this? Even though this is based on a true life crime it doesn't make it any less gripping - I could not stop listening! The reader is perfect.
"Highly recommended meditations"
If you are looking for a Mindfulness/Meditation audio download Bodhipaksa's meditations are the place to start. He has an amazing hypnotic voice that I could listen to for hours! I have listened to many meditation CDs and his are definitely the best. I would give this audiobook 5 stars for the meditations, however about an hour of this audiobook is taken up by some biographical information which I feel was unneccessarily long.
Val McDermid does not let her fans down in the latest Carol Jordan and Tony Hill thriller. It is well written, gripping and I couldn't stop listening. The narrator does a good job and has a great voice for the relentlessly grim nature of this book. Not sure if his character voices are completely convincing but I did get used to that. I do have a few issues that have stopped me giving this 5 stars- found the two different storylines slightly disjointed and wasn't happy with the development of Carol and Tony's relationship. Despite this, a highly recommended listen
"One for Vincenzi fans"
If you love the novels of Penny Vincenzi you will not be disappointed with this! It has all the Vincenzi trademarks- the story of a family through a decade (the 1960s this time) and love and friendship across the classes. It is an easy (although very long) engrossing listen and I was completely drawn into the lives of Eliza, Matt and their friends and family. Also, the reader is brilliant and portrays the characters and different accents perfectly. The downside for me was that I found it very difficult to like any of the characters and so by the end
cared very little about the outcome.
If you have never listened to Penny Vincenzi before I don't think this is one of
her best and would highly recommend the classic 'No Angel'
"A great debut!"
I would highly recommend this debut novel from Erin Kelly. At times there are hints of early Ruth Rendell and I loved the intermingling of past and present. It keeps you gripped and guessing most of the way through. My only criticism is at times some of the characters were a little unbelievable but this is not a huge problem. I am very excited to see Kelly's new novel on Audible and can't wait to listen
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