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  • Locked In

  • Jessica Daniel, Book 1
  • By: Kerry Wilkinson
  • Narrated by: Becky Hindley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 352

When a body is found in a locked house, Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel is left to not only find the killer but discover how they got in and out. With little in the way of leads and a journalist who seems to know more about the case than she does, Jessica is already feeling the pressure - and that's before a second body shows up in identical circumstances to the first. How can a murderer get to victims in seemingly impossible situations and what, if anything, links the bodies?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book plenty to keep you enthralled

  • By Bondchick on 29-05-15

An ok easy listen...

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

Reviewed: 22-06-18

Really didn’t get on with the narration, voice is too sugary & nice for a crime drama it didn’t work for me at all. The crime scenes I’m sure would have been horrific the narration for me made it sound like a bad paper cut!
Good story, nice twist at the end but it needs a gritty narrator who can do a greater range of voices & be able to get into the scene!

Overall disappointed.

  • The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his victims. Now, with a single faultless shot, Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city's nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent detective thriller

  • By Tom on 19-03-09

Another cracking book...

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

Just love this series, Bosch is a great character & one I think most people will easily relate to, that said his methods will be questionable to some.
Great writing as usual & a twist I didn’t see coming towards the end although I did guess the perpetrator this time.
Fab book, great narration GET IT!
Steven

  • Good Cop, Bad War

  • By: Neil Woods, J. S. Rafaeli
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

As an undercover police officer with the drugs squad, Neil Woods regularly risked his life on the streets, dealing with some of the most violent and unpredictable criminals in Britain. Good Cop, Bad War is a unique story about a man with a striking ability to infiltrate and extinguish drug gangs but who, as the success of his operations grows, becomes disillusioned with the war on drugs, as he sees how it demonizes those who need help whilst empowering the very worst elements in society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just a good story but a good point well made

  • By RWL on 01-12-16

Good political message, badly delivered

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

Reviewed: 15-05-18

I give every book I listen to respect as the author has made a conscious decision to write it & will listen to the end.

This book is full of short story type missions that becomes a boring repeat of the previous assignment pretty much written the same way...I therefore don’t recommend this I found it boring...
The message is good & at the end clear & political but didn’t make for good reading/listening.
Steven

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  • The Drop

  • By: Howard Linskey
  • Narrated by: David Nellist
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

David Blake likes to think he’s no gangster. He's a white-collar criminal, working for gangster Bobby Mahoney, enjoying the money pouring in. Trouble is, a big chunk of that money has just gone missing along with Geordie Cartwright. Has Geordie done a runner or been killed by a rival gang? In a bloody finale, Blake has to make an agonising choice and someone has to pay the ultimate price....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping graphic insight into the world of crime

  • By Jacky on 02-03-15

Stunningly brilliant...get it!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Best book of the last year by a distance...

Plot, storyline, characters, depth of the story masterfully written & very well narrated with a gravitas to the main characters that’s was truly brilliant. I had read a review that nearly turned me from the book that said the accents in the narration were poor...NONSENSE..yes the odd sentence it may have slipped a few points but if you’re listening intently to the story it’s not worth a mention!

Brilliant just do it!

Steve

  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654

For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story.

  • By Ieva on 11-05-14

Fabulous book, great plot...next please!

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

Reviewed: 14-04-18

Loved this, Bosch is a great character & the narrators wonderful deep voice adds a true grit that is so plausible it could be Bosch himself!

Plot & story exceptional as were the twists & turns, starting the second book in a few minutes....

Don’t hesitate get this book!

Steve

  • The Survivor

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

From the 11th storey of a Los Angeles high-rise, Nate looks out on the city - the traffic, the trees, and the beach beyond. He breathes deeply. And then he moves one foot off the ledge and into thin air. But before he can jump, gunshots ring out from within the building. A robbery is in progress. And Nate, with nothing to lose but the life he was about to give up, decides to intervene. What happens next plunges Nate into mortal danger…and reunites him with the family he hasn't known for years - a family he will do anything to protect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A most enjoyable read

  • By Pauline on 23-09-12

Superb storyline dragged a bit...

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

This is another great piece of writing with a storyline to match “not quite” as good as other Hurwitz but a worthwhile listen.
I say this as towards the conclusion it did have a faint lumbering feel like you knew where it was going but dragging its feet a bit, however I am a fusspot for conclusions & possibly being over picky because it’s Hurwitz!

  • First to Kill

  • By: Andrew Peterson
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 282

When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Book.

  • By Richard on 28-12-10

Absolutely terrific...best this year!

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

Reviewed: 26-03-18

Top class narration & personality in the characters made this great book a SUPERB LISTEN!

The plot is 1st class twists & turns were immaculately written no unnecessary use of “writers vocabulary” made this book my best of the year so far!!!

Must read/listen...AWESOME

STEVEN

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Love You Dead

  • Roy Grace, Book 12
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068

An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life - to be beautiful and rich. She's achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she's working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy; it's getting rid of the husband afterwards that's harder. That takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another engrossing Roy Grace story

  • By Bibiqueue on 31-05-16

A fabulous listen from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Great narration, plot, twists & turns.

The variety of characters in this book made it an easy listen because they were pleasant & fitted like a hand in a glove to the storyline.

100% worth getting!

Steven

  • Good Girls Don't Die

  • By: Isabelle Grey
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 732

You’d know if someone close to you was capable of lethal violence, right? Dead wrong. Accused of grassing up a fellow officer and driven brutally out of home and job, Grace Fisher is thankful to survive some dark times and find haven with the Major Investigation Team in Essex. One female student is missing, last seen at a popular bar in Colchester. When a second student, also out drinking, is murdered and left grotesquely posed, the case becomes headline news.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Victoria Burton on 17-01-15

Brilliantly written, story superb

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

Reviewed: 23-02-18

Best way I can describe this book is that it should be a 3 part drama on TV...plenty of suspects worthy of attention.

Superb main character with great background story that really enhanced the whole book never detracting from it!

Support for this character was welcome amongst the dislike she had!

Superb book well worth a listen!

Steven

  • Secret Smile

  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

Secret Smile is a gripping psychological thriller from the top-ten best-selling author Nicci French. You have an affair. You finish it. You think it's over. You're dead wrong.... Miranda Cotton thinks she's put boyfriend Brendan out of her life for good. But two weeks later, he's intimately involved with her sister. Soon what began as an embarrassment becomes threatening - then even more terrifying than a girl's worst nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling

  • By Richmond on 16-04-16

Very average, disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

An average story that could have been so much more than it was, it was at best a “chick flick book”
The narration didn’t help, it was too soft & delicate giving it the “chick flick” vibe.
I saw it through to the end which had a neat twist that was too understated, could have been written better imho!
Steve