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  • The Heart's Invisible Furies

  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,383
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,231
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,233

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal

  • By Kerri on 19-02-17

Did not enjoy this at all

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

Could nt finish the book .....kept going for 3/4 s of book but worst book I ve ever come across did not enjoy at all

  • Walking into the Ocean

  • A Peter Cammon Mystery
  • By: David Whellams
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Introducing veteran Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Peter Cammon, this novel finds Cammon journeying to the Jurassic Coast to solve a seemingly ordinary domestic crime. At first glance, the perpetrator appears to have murdered his wife before drowning in the English Channel, but Cammon soon learns that his case is merely a sideshow. A broader series of murders has been unfolding along the cliffs, baffling the local police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • couldn't switch it off

  • By Mike on 05-05-18

couldn't switch it off

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

this was a real "page turner ".... it was fast paced and the characters added a real depth to a brilliant and original story line....

  • Agatha Raisin: The Witches' Tree

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 28
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 547

Cotswolds inhabitants are used to inclement weather, but the night sky is especially foggy as Rory and Molly Devere, the new vicar and his wife, drive home from a dinner party in their village of Sumpton Harcourt. They strain to see the road ahead - and then suddenly brake, screeching to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights, a body hangs from a gnarled tree at the edge of town. Margaret Darby, an elderly spinster, has been murdered - and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most Enjoyable

  • By Cathy Swanson on 02-12-17

boring<br />

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

struggled to finish....all those references to "the murderer..." reminded me of children telling stories.... not a good choice for my liking....

  • Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 6
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54

Belfast, 1988. A man is found dead, killed with a bolt from a crossbow in front of his house. This is no hunting accident. But uncovering who is responsible for the murder will take Detective Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on a high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave. Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs, and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant narration

  • By andy on 27-05-17

Duffy back to his best

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

Reviewed: 21-08-17

I was disappointed with the last Duffy book but here he returns to his old self.

  • Original Sin

  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 353

An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery. Set on the banks of the River Thames in the literary world, P. D. James' Original Sin is the ninth Adam Dalgliesh mystery and a brilliant work of crime fiction from the best-selling author of Death Comes to Pemberley. The Peverell Press, a 200-year-old publishing firm housed in a dramatic mock-Venetian palace on the Thames, is certainly ripe for change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • P D James at her best.

  • By Maryb on 20-03-16

A real "page turner"

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

Reviewed: 13-04-17


Another great book. I've been a fan of AD for sometime and the orator of these stories brings him and the other characters to life with a real identity. Good job all round.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Death in Holy Orders

  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

An Adam Dalgliesh mystery. Set in her beloved East Anglia, Death in Holy Orders is the 14th novel in P. D. James' Adam Dalgliesh series and a thrilling work of crime fiction filled with intrigue and suspense. Death in Holy Orders is set in an Anglican theological college on a desolate stretch of the East Anglian coast, a location which she has made particularly her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever, gripping, very well read

  • By Jeremy on 27-04-16

Easy listening with believable characters

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

Reviewed: 19-03-17

i loved the descriptive pros and the uncomplicated characters. The story romped along. i'll listen to more PD James based on this.

  • Murder for Christmas

  • By: Francis Duncan
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 235

A classic mystery for the festive season: mulled wine, mince pies...and murder. Mordecai Tremaine, former tobacconist and perennial lover of romance novels, has been invited to spend Christmas in the sleepy village of Sherbroome, at the country retreat of one Benedict Grame. Arriving on Christmas Eve, he finds that the revelries are in full flow - but so, too, are tensions amongst the assortment of guests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic narrator

  • By Ms. Jenny M. Stone on 14-11-16

old fashioned murder story

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

If you like your murder clues to be vague and unlinked until the last chapter when the big revel comes then this is the book for you. not quite Agatha but of a similar vein. I enjoyed it's easy, relaxed style. Chewing gum for the mind.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Final Silence

  • By: Stuart Neville
  • Narrated by: Stephen Armstrong
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Rea Carlisle has inherited a house from an uncle she never knew. It doesn’t take her long to clear out the dead man’s possessions, but one room remains locked. When Rea finally forces it open she discovers inside a chair, a table and a leather-bound book. Inside its pages are locks of hair, fingernails: a catalogue of victims. Horrified, Rea turns to the only person she can think of: DI Jack Lennon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • gripping

  • By Anne on 28-03-16

Jerky narration

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

Reviewed: 21-11-16

I just couldn't get into the story or feel for the characters as the narrator speaks in the 5 second format making the speech and descriptive text feel jerky. I found myself counting the beat. Sorry but it was a good story spoiled.

  • Stalkers

  • By: Paul Finch
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577

Time's up. You're Next. "All he had to do was name the woman he wanted. It was that easy. They would do all the hard work. "Detective Sergeant Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg is investigating the disappearance of 38 different women. Each one was happy and successful until they vanished without a trace. Desperate to find her missing sister, Lauren Wraxford seeks out Heck's help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Cliffhanger to the end...

  • By wixey on 24-08-13

Silly gang name

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

Reviewed: 29-01-15

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

I did but they didn't like the lead characters childish ways

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Whose ever heard of a gang called The NiceGuys .....well maybe in the play ground

Did Paul Thornley do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

They all appeared stupid with a smarty pants cry baby in the lead

Was Stalkers worth the listening time?

At times

Any additional comments?

None

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Sacrifice

  • DS Heckenburg, Book 2
  • By: Paul Finch
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

A vicious serial killer is holding the country to ransom, publicly - and gruesomely - murdering his victims. When a man is burnt alive on a bonfire, it seems like a tragic Guy Fawkes Night accident. But with the discovery of a young couple on Valentine’s Day - each with an arrow through the heart - something more sinister becomes clear. A "calendar killer" is on the loose. Detective Mark "Heck" Heckenburg is up against it. With a rising body count and the public’s eyes on him, Heck must find the killer before he executes more victims....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's quite good

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-04-15

Spoilt brat

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

Reviewed: 29-01-15

Would you try another book written by Paul Finch or narrated by Paul Thornley?

I've read the first 3

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

Heck is always right and sulks when challenged

What aspect of Paul Thornley’s performance might you have changed?

Necks cry baby accent made the character sound like a spoilt brat

Did Sacrifice inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

None