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  • The Burial Hour

  • Lincoln Rhyme, Book 13
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

The only leads in a broad-daylight kidnapping are the account of an eight-year-old girl, some nearly invisible trace evidence and the calling card: a miniature noose left lying on the street. A crime scene this puzzling demands forensic expertise of the highest order. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to investigate. Then the case takes a stranger turn: a recording surfaces of the victim being slowly hanged, his desperate gasps the backdrop to an eerie piece of music.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good book with a peculiar end.

  • By Ian on 06-06-17

Saved by Jeff Harding

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

Massively padded story full of virtually unrelated events and very stilted reported speech. The early Deavers were great books but he seems to have lost it. The book is only saved from total tedium by Jeff Hardings masterly narration.

  • The Professionals

  • By: Owen Laukkanen
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Four friends, caught in a terrible job market, joke about turning to kidnapping to survive. And then, suddenly, it’s no joke. For two years, the strategy they devise works like a charm – until they kidnap the wrong man. Now two groups are after them – the law, in the form of veteran state investigator Kirk Stevens and hotshot young FBI agent Carla Windermere, and an organised crime outfit looking for payback.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very good first attempt

  • By christopher on 14-01-17

Very good first attempt

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

Reviewed: 14-01-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes went on too long. I realised how it would all end by half way through

Would you be willing to try another book from Owen Laukkanen? Why or why not?

Yes this was a very competent start - he can only get better

What about Jeff Harding’s performance did you like?

All of it. It's amazing how he can deftly change voices from one character to another so there is never any confusion. He makes the whole book

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

This was a good book but I got fed up by just over half way - it was getting predicable and I actually gave up on it and returned it. BUT it was well written and I would certainly read his next offering - especially if Jeff Harding was narrator!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Visitor

  • Jack Reacher, Book 4
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Hayward Morse
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Highflying Army career women Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cook are both victims of sexual harassment by their superiors. And now they're both dead. Jack Reacher, former US military cop, is a smart guy, a loner, and a drifter. He knew both the victims. For FBI Agent-in-Charge Nelson Blake, he's the perfect match. He's sure only Reacher has the answers to their burning questions: how did these women die? And why?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • intrusive music

  • By Kathleen on 07-01-11

Where's Jeff Harding when you need him?

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Getting a better narrator

What did you like best about this story?

Everything - it's classic Lee Child

Would you be willing to try another one of Hayward Morse’s performances?

No

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Great disappointment. The narrator is terrible and his attempts at different voices are pathetic. He makes the jack reacher character sound like a gormless idiot

Any additional comments?

Yes - don't buy this recording. See if you can find the same book read by Jeff Harding. For some reason I didn't listen to this version when I bought it and it's too late to return it now.

  • Avenger

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

Canadian billionaire Steven Edmond's grandson was an aid volunteer in the former Yugoslavia. After he was murdered, Edmond sought revenge by hiring an ex-Vietnam special forces agent to hunt the killer down: Cal Dexter, ex-Vietnam Special Forces, the one man who could bring the killer to justice. But what starts as a personal, domestic tragedy soon explodes into a terrifying drama on the centre stage of world terrorism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Forsyth

  • By Eddie on 19-04-14

Far fetched but worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 24-11-16

This Forsyth got past me somehow. Not bad. You have to keep your attention as story jumps back and forth in time. The end is very far fetched but well read by Eric conger.

  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye

  • Harry Bosch, Book 19
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904

Only Harry Bosch can uncover LA's darkest secrets in this new gripping thriller from global best seller Michael Connelly. Read by Titus Welliver, star of Bosch. 'What do you want me to do?' Bosch asked again. 'I want you to find someone for me,' Vance said. 'Someone who might not have ever existed.' Harry Bosch is working as a part-time detective in the town of San Fernando outside of Los Angeles when he gets the invitation to meet with the ageing aviation billionaire Whitney Vance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and performance

  • By Markus on 10-01-17

Great Michael connelly story

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

Reviewed: 22-11-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Wrong Side of Goodbye to be better than the print version?

No. Titus welliver is not suitable for harry Bosch. He cannot change voices or differentiate between characters

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bosch of course.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Not really he is a bit flat and it's hard to tell which character is talking

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No it's just a typical classic Michael connelly. The man is a master at his trade

Any additional comments?

Loved the story not so keen on narrator

  • The Absence of Guilt

  • By: Mark Gimenez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Mark Gimenez is back as The Colour of Law star A. Scott Fenney takes the stand for an impossible case. An ISIS attack on America is narrowly averted when the FBI uncovers a plot to detonate a weapon of mass destruction in Dallas, Texas, during the Super Bowl. A federal grand jury indicts 24 coconspirators, including Omar al Mustafa, a notorious and charismatic Muslim cleric known for his incendiary anti-American diatribes on YouTube and Fox News.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An important polemic we should heed.

  • By Mr Rupert Seymour on 11-05-17

Start well and fades

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

Reviewed: 22-11-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Jeff Harding is excellent as always. Story starts well if a little slow but gets far fetched at the end, almost as if the author had painted himself into a corner with the plot and couldn't think of a convincing way out. Still enjoyable though

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Weak

Have you listened to any of Jeff Harding’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Top quality as always

Do you think The Absence of Guilt needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No it stands alonei

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Night School

  • Jack Reacher 21
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,559

In the morning they gave Reacher a medal. And in the afternoon, they sent him back to school. Night School takes Reacher back to his army days, but this time he's not in uniform. With trusted sergeant Frances Neagley at his side, he must carry the fate of the world on his shoulders in a wired, fiendishly clever new adventure that will make cold sweat trickle down your spine.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Really Disappointed

  • By Film_Strip on 15-11-16

Usual high standard

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

Reviewed: 15-11-16

Classic Reacher tale brilliantly narrated by masterful Jeff Harding. Thoroughly good stuff. More please! Soon!

  • True Detectives

  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

True Detectives follows Moe Reed and Aaron Fox on the twisted trail of a missing girl, a dark, baffling whodunit that forces the brothers to put aside their mutual animus - and to confront the unresolved family mystery that turned them into enemies. PIs can do things, legally, that cops can't. And cops have access to resources denied their private counterparts.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • His worst book ever

  • By christopher on 20-09-16

His worst book ever

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

Reviewed: 20-09-16

Been a kellerman fan for years. Tried this when it first came out and gave up on it. Thought I'd give it another go as read by the brilliant Jeff Harding. But even he can't save this drivelling load of rubbish. It's as if a completely different person wrote it and he put his name to it. Thank god I can return it.

  • A Quiet End

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, life seems to be getting quieter for maverick federal agent John Corey. Professionally sidelined, away from his wife, and partnered up with a young, good-looking rookie named Tess, Corey is saddled with a dead-end job running easy surveillance on a group of Russian UN delegates in New York City. But then his subjects slip the net, Tess starts acting suspiciously, and an old, dangerous foe reappears.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read.

  • By christopher on 09-06-16

Good read.

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

Typical witty nelson de Mille thriller brilliantly read by the incomparable Jeff Harding. Bring on the next one

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Steel Kiss

  • Lincoln Rhyme, Book 12
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

Master of suspense Jeffery Deaver returns with the latest gripping thriller featuring paraplegic forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme. Amelia Sachs is hot on the trail of a killer. She's chasing him through a department store in Brooklyn when suddenly the escalator malfunctions. The stairs give way, and several people are trapped, with one man horribly mangled by the gears. Sachs is forced to let her quarry escape as she jumps in to try to help save the victims.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly entertaining

  • By Simon on 28-04-16

Rubbish

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

Reviewed: 03-06-16

Not even the brilliant Jeff Harding can retrieve this rubbish. I will be returning it.