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Karen Croan

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  • Monster in the Closet

  • The Baltimore Series, Book 5
  • By: Karen Rose
  • Narrated by: Anne Wittman
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

mother is dead, and now her killer hunts the child who witnessed the brutal crime.... Private Investigator Clay Maynard locates missing children for clients but has nearly given up hope of finding his own daughter, cruelly stolen from him by his ex-wife 23 years ago. Equine therapist Taylor Dawson has chosen to intern at Daphne Montgomery-Carter's stables so that she can observe the program's security director - her father, Clay Maynard.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More romance than crime thriller...

  • By Dave on 12-07-17

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 30-05-18

Good Karen Rose thriller, nice to catch up with old friends from previous books, not as exciting and sexy as some of her earlier novels & particularly the prequel to this which I loved, but her books are always enjoyable.

  • The Hangman's Song

  • Inspector McLean, Book 3
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941

The body of a man is found hanging in an empty house. To the Edinburgh police force this appears to be a simple suicide case. Days later another body is found. The body is hanging from an identical rope and the noose has been tied using the same knot. Then a third body is found. As Inspector McLean digs deeper he descends into a world where the lines of reality are blurred and where the most irrational answers become the only explanations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST AUDIO BOOK

  • By Animal lover on 05-03-14

Good

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Enjoyable continuation of this series, but not as exciting or scary as the last book. McLean continues to take the reader with him as a sympathetic & likeable lead. So nice to have a policeman who doesn't have drug/alcohol/mental health issues, although I suppose a demon chasing him would probably also be classed as an issue!

  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • Winternight, Book 1
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of Northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift - a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, the father hides the gift away, and his daughter, Vasya, grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shades of good and bored

  • By S on 19-03-17

A Wonderful Fairytale

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

Reviewed: 18-04-18

I loved this. A wonderful fantasy with a great heroine who wants to live life on her own terms. The folk lore & description of the house sprites are engaging, the stultifying application of the most negative aspects of 'christianity' all too familiar, & as you listen you can feel the cold that pervades the characters lives. An ice block for a window - providing insulation & a view - fabulous!

  • 11.22.63

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,515

What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Return to top form

  • By John on 14-12-11

Good but not his best

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

Reviewed: 31-03-18

Is the past obdurate by any chance? This was repeated so often it began to feel like a slap in the face (I listened on audible). Otherwise this was good, pacy but pretty long. Tighter editing could benefit the story. Probably better for the Americans market. Mr Mercedes trilogy was brilliant though.

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  • The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,260

England,1976. Mrs Creasy is missing, and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, 10-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 1976 - long, hot and a wonderful experience

  • By Kaggy on 05-04-16

Interesting social comment

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

This book paints a very realistic picture of a small society where everyone lives on top of each other, thinking they know everything about their neighbours whilst missing the key information. We feel the same claustrophobia and inability to escape the inevitable as the main characters as the hot summer draws to its conclusion. Possibly could have been a little shorter which would have lead to tighter plotting.

  • I'm Travelling Alone

  • Holger Munch & Mia Kruger, Book 1
  • By: Samuel Bjork
  • Narrated by: Laura Paton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 593
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 550

When a six-year-old girl is found dead, hanging from a tree, the only clue the Oslo Police have to work with is an airline tag around her neck. It reads, 'I'm travelling alone'. Holger Munch, veteran police investigator, is immediately charged with reassembling his homicide unit. But to complete the team, he must convince his erstwhile partner, Mia Krüger - a brilliant but troubled investigator - to return from the solitary island where she has retreated with plans to take her own life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Over padded

  • By Erika Salzeck on 23-06-16

Started out well

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

I quite enjoyed this and it was an interesting premise but I am becoming a little bored with ‘brilliant detectives’ who spend most of their ‘brilliant careers’ out of their head on drink and/or drugs. Life doesn’t really work that way. I am starting to long for a less brilliant law enforcer who reflects broader society more closely. The killer personally targeting both detectives on the case was particularly unlikely.

  • Bella

  • By: Jilly Cooper
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28

Bella Parkinson is the most promising actress in London, bright, sexy...and hopelessly scatterbrained. Rupert Henriques is dashingly handsome and wealthy enough to buy her every theatre in London if she wanted it; he cannot wait to marry her. But Bella has a secret from her past - and the one man who knows it is about to come back into her life again....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book written in the 60s!

  • By CaptainReadALot on 18-08-17

Fun and frothy

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

This is a fun romance that’s very evocative of the seventies although now a little dated. Bella is talented, spoilt and hiding a secret which she believes will bring her promising career to an abrupt stop. The Henriques family is rich, well connected, snobbish and definitely don’t see Bella as a viable prospect for their son. This audible was a bit spoiled for me by the narrator whose performance was very uneven. At times she sounded very stilted which really slowed down parts of the story and gave a very unrealistic feel to some of the characters.

  • Now We Are Dead

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel got caught fitting up Jack Wallace - that's why they demoted her and quashed his sentence. Now he's back on the streets, and women are being attacked again. Wallace has to be responsible, but if Detective Sergeant Steel goes anywhere near him, his lawyers will get her thrown off the force for good. The Powers That Be won't listen to her, not after what happened last time. According to them, she's got more than enough ongoing cases to keep her busy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody fabulous

  • By Val McWilliam on 04-11-17

Steele’s Solo Debut

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

At last the ghastly Roberta Steele gets her own novel - and its great. Steele has been busted back down to street duties after her determined pursuit of Jack Wallace, her superiors won’t listen to her side of the story and meanwhile Wallace’s lawyer keeps the pressure on. Fans of MacBride will be aware of Steele’s inability to be told what to do as she works toward her goal in her usual haphazard, outrageous manner.

  • Lying in Wait

  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Caoilfhionn Dunne, David McFetridge, Lesley McGuire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888

Lydia Fitzsimons lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the last thing she expects is that pursuing it will lead to murder. However, needs must - because nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Horrifically superb!

  • By Ann D on 07-01-17

Clever

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

Reviewed: 28-12-17

This was really clever & well plotted, I did not see where the story was going (unusual for me) & I haven’t come across a villain I’ve disliked so much for quite some time. I’m assuming that Caoilfheann Dunne narrated Karen’s part & I absolutely loved her voice & lilting accent. A great listen for thriller lovers & great story.

  • The Cleaner

  • John Milton, Book 1
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,051
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,894
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,898

Meet John Milton. He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder. Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn't want to be on his list. But now, after ten years, he's had enough - there's blood on his hands and he wants out. Trouble is, this job is not one you can just walk away from. He goes on the run, seeking atonement for his sins by helping the people he meets along the way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but oddly unsatisfying

  • By Lucia on 05-11-16

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

Good thriller, engaging characters, and a nice set up for a series. Milton has been a cleaner for some time but he’s losing his motivation and doesn’t want this life any more. Unfortunately you don’t retire from the CIA, they retire you, After witnessing a suicide attempt Milton starts to help a woman down on her luck, but his past is never far behind.