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Melanie Preston Lewis

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  • The Murder List

  • Detective Zac Boateng, Book 1
  • By: Chris Merritt
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

It’s been five years since Detective Zac Boateng’s daughter was murdered, and her killer was never found. Now Zac is back working for the Metropolitan Police and is more determined than ever to bring the city’s killers to justice. When a man is found brutally murdered in a rundown south London shop, all fingers point to the highly intelligent and manipulative Darian Wallace. Two years ago, the victim helped send him to prison. And he’s just been released.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Start of Considerable Merritt

  • By Simon on 25-03-18

Good start

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

Reviewed: 16-05-18

Great first book. Zac is an interesting character. I'm looking forward to reading more from Chris Merritt and following Zac's career. Great narration from Damian Lynch

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works, he is instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: tough, razor-smart, and sexier than his wildest dreams. He'd kill to have her. Soon Beck can't resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. When a string of macabre incidents tears her world apart, there is only one person she can turn to. But there's more to Joe than Beck realizes and much more to Beck than her perfect facade.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Painful

  • By kdsshrub on 15-02-18

Bizarrely intriguing

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

Reviewed: 16-05-18

You is an extremely bizarre book. Joe falls in love at first sight with a customer in his book store called Beck. But Joe's kind of love isn't to everyone's taste. There's no doubt Joe is weird from the moment he opens his mouth, but his weirdness gets progressively worse as the book goes on. A little bit freaky and somewhat disconcerting. Certainly made me look at shop assistants more carefully. Great narration by Santino Fontana

  • A Secret Muse

  • By: Mandy Jackson-Beverly
  • Narrated by: Serena Scott Thomas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

UCLA art professor Coco Rhodes knows little about her family's association with the ancient clandestine organization The Allegiance and wants to keep it that way. She dislikes secrets - they're a painful reminder of her childhood experiences that were erased as a result of her parents' tragic deaths when she was four years old.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Standard fare

  • By Melanie Preston Lewis on 16-05-18

Standard fare

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

Reviewed: 16-05-18

Not an unenjoyable book, but pretty much standard for what we've come to expect from vampire stories. Not hugely keen on the sex scenes, or the euphemisms used. Found my mind wandering a few times, but missing out 10 minutes here and there didn't impact on my understanding of the story. Pleasant enough, but I doubt I'd buy another in the series.

  • The Child

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,817

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers, it's impossible to ignore. For one woman it's a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another it's the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for a third, a journalist, it's the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. The Child's story will be told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story!

  • By joanna Prendergast on 30-06-17

Fab!

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

Reviewed: 15-05-18

I loved Fiona Barton's book 'The Widow' and was so hopeful I'd enjoy this book as much. If possible, I loved it even more. What a clever story. So many twists and turns that I'm surprised I didn't meet myself coming back in the opposite direction! The only negative for me, (and it's not really a negative), is that I didn't really see the need for so many narrators. They didn't detract from the story at all, but I don't feel they particularly added anything huge. They are all great voice actors in their own right, and I felt it was almost a waste of their talents. But this is one audio book that I really highly recommend. You can thank me later!

  • Liar

  • By: K. L. Slater
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 698

How far would you go to protect your family? Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children, with the help of his devoted mother, Judi. And then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben, but Judi isn't so sure.... There's just something about Amber that doesn't add up. Ben can't see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn't want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb narration and tense plot

  • By Lee on 09-07-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 14-05-18

This was fabulous. Thoroughly enjoyed all the characters and really felt for Ben, pulled between the two women in his life. The twist was incredibly clever and definitely twisty and turny enough for me to think, "OMG!". Well done to K L Slater for a brilliant idea, fabulously executed. Great narrating from Lucy Price-Lewis, as always. I highly recommend this one

  • White Silence

  • Elizabeth Cage, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Kate Scarfe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,029

Elizabeth Cage is a child when she discovers that there are things in this world that only she can see. But she doesn't want to see them, and she definitely doesn't want them to see her. What is a curse to Elizabeth is a gift to others - a very valuable gift they want to control. When her husband dies, Elizabeth's world descends into a nightmare. But as she tries to piece her life back together, she discovers that not everything is as it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By mollyeyre on 23-09-17

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 14-05-18

In Elizabeth Cage I felt we were being introduced to a character not hugely dissimilar to Dr Maxwell in Jodi Taylor's St Mary's series. Maybe it was the narration, I'm not sure. I enjoyed the tale, and would probably buy another one, but felt in was very much in the same vein as St Mary's.

  • Ep. 10: The Wimbledon Common Killer (Real Crime)

  • By: Thomas Glasser
  • Narrated by: Sharon Thomas
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

The murder and sexual assault of the young model Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common in 1992 was particularly horrific. Her two-year-old son sat next to her dead body, telling his mum to wake up. After a series of police errors, her real killer was finally brought to justice 16 years later, allowing him in the process to take away two more lives. Real Crime retells the story, bringing to life the controversial police tactics to find Rachel's killer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The only one that disappoints

  • By Melanie Preston Lewis on 07-05-18

The only one that disappoints

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

This is the final episode and the only one that I thought was disappointing and didn't enjoy. I felt, at times, that Ms Nickel's husband was getting blamed for suing the police service. Also, I have no interest in hearing the voice of that weirdo Colin Stagg. Definitely a real crime that rightfully belongs within this series; maybe this one should be dealt with slightly differently

  • Song at Dawn: 1150 in Provence

  • The Troubadours Quartet, Volume 1
  • By: Jean Gill
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

On the run from abuse, Estela wakes in a ditch with only her lute, her amazing voice, and a dagger hidden in her underskirt. Her talent finds a patron in Aliénor of Aquitaine and more than a music tutor in the queen's finest troubadour and commander of the Guard, Dragonetz los Pros. Weary of war, Dragonetz uses Jewish money and Moorish expertise to build that most modern of inventions, a papermill, arousing the wrath of the church. Their enemies gather, ready to light the political and religious powder keg of medieval Narbonne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Melanie Preston Lewis on 03-05-18

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I'll start with a disclaimer; I never read historical fiction. I love history and always chose non-fictional history books over fictional stories. Having said that, I enjoyed Song at Dawn hugely. I wasn't really expecting to as I do get frustrated when there are inaccuracies in historical fiction books. Jean Gill has kept a very close line to the true nature of the politics of the time. I highly commend her for the huge amount of diligent research she must have undertaken to get this story so accurate. It was also fascinating to learn about the life of a troubadour, as their role in Royalty's court is not fulsomely documented. Jake Urry provides exquisite narration, and what a task he had, providing voices for female singers as well as the troubadours, French aristocracy and the Jewish and Muslim characters. What an enormous and overwhelming challenge this must have been. Mr Urry rose to the occasion and must be congratulated on his success with so many difficult roles.
Am I a convert to historical fiction? Will I now be adding it to the list of genres I will read? Honestly, no, I like my history completely factual, even though I appreciate this makes me sound like an old curmudgeon! I will however be looking out for the next in this excellent series. If I'm going to break out of my comfort zone, it can only be with a writer who exhibits high standards and class, and Ms Gill is certainly that writer. Felicitations all round!
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  • Fever of the Bone

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

Meet Tony Hill's most twisted adversary - a killer with a shopping list of victims, driven by the most perverted of desires. The murder and mutilation of teenager Jennifer Maidment is horrific enough on its own. But it's not long before Tony realises it's just the start of a brutal and ruthless campaign that's targeting an apparently unconnected group of young people. Tony battles to find the answers that will give him personal and professional satisfaction in his most testing investigation yet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very poor writing - lots of bad language

  • By mollyeyre on 04-05-17

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 26-04-18

Absolutely loved it. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan are a match made in heaven. Perfect

  • Villa in Italy

  • By: Elizabeth Edmondson
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 443

Marvellously atmospheric tale of strangers summoned to a grand but neglected villa on the Italian coast. Each of them has been named in a will, but nobody knows their benefactress.... Four very different people are named in a will. Delia, an opera singer robbed of her voice by illness; George, an idealistic scientist who cannot face what his skills have created; Marjorie, desperately poor and unable to dislodge her writer’s block; and Lucius, ostensibly in control but whose personal life is in chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enthralling

  • By jacqui on 25-10-15

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 23-04-18

An interesting story, if a tad long winded. Good narration by Nicolette McKenzie.