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  • Cold Earth

  • Shetland, Book 7
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635

In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main Lerwick-Sumburgh road and sweeps down to the sea. At the burial of his old friend, Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and peaty water smash through a croft house in its path. Everyone thinks the croft is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. In his mind she shares his Mediterranean ancestry, and soon he becomes obsessed with tracing her identity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My third Shetland book. The theme is wearning thin

  • By David M on 12-02-17

A good story, excellently read.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-17

A good story, well written as usual by Ann Cleeves, very evocative of the islands, and very well read. Always a pleasure.

  • Seaflower

  • Thomas Kydd, Book 3
  • By: Julian Stockwin
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

It is two years since Thomas Paine Kydd was spirited away in the night to serve his country aboard the 'Duke William'. Now, with his friend Nicholas Renzi and crew members from the 'Artemis', Tom is a shipwrecked sailor back in the land of his birth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seaflower - No Shrinking Violet

  • By Simon on 07-09-15

First class seafaring yarn.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-16

Admirable story of adventures reminiscent of Hornblower superbly narrated by Christian Rodska. Very much appreciated.

  • Drumfire

  • Brock and Poole Series
  • By: Graham Ison
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

The new and unusual case for Detectives Brock and Poole - One Saturday night, a masked gunman walks into a jazz club and murders the drummer. Very soon, Detective Chief Inspector Brock and Detective Sergeant Poole find themselves taking an interest in the guests at a party in Surrey's stockbroker belt, which leads them to look again at a five-year-old robbery and to interview a dozen or so armed robbers. The killer is eventually arrested, but not before numerous extra-marital affairs come to light and a bullion van is attacked...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drumfire

  • By Just Ordinary. on 30-04-16

Drumfire

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-04-16

Great story, excellently read by a good story teller. Characters are brought to life by good narration.

  • Deathlist

  • Strike Back, Book 1
  • By: Chris Ryan
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 828

John Porter, hero of the original Strikeback novel and TV series, returns in an exciting adventure when old enemies attack the SAS. It's 1999. A bitterly cold morning in the Brecon Beacons, and the soldiers trying out for SAS Selection are preparing to face their toughest test yet. Overseeing the soldiers is John Porter: once a promising young Blade, now a broken man and a drunk, seeing out his days in the Regiment Training Wing. But before the Fan Dance can begin, six masked gunmen carry out a devastating attack.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Chris Ryan's bests!

  • By N. Brooks on 20-02-16

Good plot, well delivered, but......

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Good story, and was well read, but in the end I gave up because it was just too gory and brutal, and seemed to me to be unnecessarily so. The story is good enough to be told without all of that.

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  • Murder by the Sea

  • By: Lesley Cookman
  • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

When a body is discovered on a rocky little island in the middle of Nethergate Bay, the media swoop on the seaside town. Soon an enquiring hack discovers that local resident Fran Castle has previously aided the police using her psychic abilities.

Brought into the investigation, Fran naturally asks her friend Libby Sarjeant, the middle-aged actress and crime-solver, to help, but they soon find themselves up to their knees in more mud and murder than they could possibly have anticipated.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful

  • By Ruth on 15-09-18

A very enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 01-02-15

Where does Murder by the Sea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Well up in the rankings.

What did you like best about this story?

The way in which it created a believable situation with believable characters.

What about Patience Tomlinson’s performance did you like?

The reader has the power to create or destroy the mental picture of the place and people concerned. Patience Tomlinson created the atmosphere superbly, a really good performance.

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

No. Just an overall thoroughly good listen.

Any additional comments?

Lesley Cookman tells a good story with believable characters. Will enjoy listening to, as well as reading, all the books in this series.

Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama cover art
  • Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama

  • By: M J Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Andrew Scott, Freema Agyeman, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,592

On a sullen, cloudy July day ten years since 7/7, the happy, confident and optimistic British Prime Minister is visiting a charity in East London. It’s just two months after the general election which saw John Campbell's government returned to power with a clear majority, the economy is on the mend and the coalition is fast becoming a bad memory. Suddenly, a man appears out of the crowd and shoots him three times in the chest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shame - could have been so much better

  • By Chris on 24-12-15

Brilliant, fast moving political thriller.

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

Reviewed: 30-11-14

Would you listen to Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama again? Why?

From the opening minute, it had me enthralled. As a rule, and please believe me I am no prude, I don't require bad language to be in any performance in order to make it realistic.
I don't like gratuitous bad language or violence in any performance. It doesn't make a bad story a good one.
But in this performance, it somehow seemed almost necessary in order to convey the suspense. The accompanying background music added to the drama, making this a first class story, brilliantly performed by the cast. A really good listen.

What other book might you compare Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama to, and why?

Years ago, Frederick Forsyth's 'The day of the jackal' was a book I couldn't put down, and this audible performance was one I didn't want to leave until the very end. I hope there is more of the same.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

I honestly could not differentiate between any of the cast. They were all first class.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Unmissable!

Any additional comments?

I've said it all.

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