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  • Scrublands

  • By: Chris Hammer
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

A dead river. A dying town. A killer's secrets.... In an isolated country town ravaged by drought, a charismatic young priest opens fire on his congregation, killing five men before being shot dead himself. A year later, journalist Martin Scarsden arrives in Riversend to write a feature on the anniversary of the tragedy. But the stories he hears from the locals don't fit with the accepted version of events. Just as Martin believes he is making headway, a shocking discovery rocks the town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in ages.

  • By Robert E. on 07-10-18

Spellbinding!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-19

I was utterly entranced by this book from the very beginning. Brilliant, gripping story and excellent narration.

  • The Lost Man

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

Two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of the outback. In an isolated part of Australia, they are each other's nearest neighbour, their homes hours apart. They are at the stockman's grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family's quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story and perfectly narrated.

  • By Caroline on 23-11-18

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 13-03-19

Couldn’t put this down. Brilliant, forceful and addictive story, with excellent narration. My only regret is that there isn’t another Jane Harper novel to buy.

  • The Seagull

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876

A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a part in his downfall. Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer, if she will look out for his family. He tells her that Marshall is dead, his body buried close to St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • don't try the accent if you can't keep it up<br /><br />

  • By Yvonne on 07-12-17

Syrupy narration

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

Reviewed: 18-08-18

Storyline was quite good and the narrator certainly made an effort with the different characters but her voice was, for me, far too sickly sweet and girly for this kind of thing. I only persevered because I love Vera on the TV.

  • Redemption

  • Department Q, Book 3
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238

The downloadable, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s sensational new thriller, read by the actor Steven Pacey. Two boys, brothers, wake tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. Their kidnapper has gone, but soon he will return. Their bonds are inescapable. But there is a bottle and tar to seal it. Paper and a splinter for writing; blood for ink. A message begging for help. In Copenhagen’s cold cases division Carl Morck has received a bottle. It holds an old and decayed message, written in blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Department Q yet!

  • By PatM on 10-10-13

Couldn’t put it down!

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

Reviewed: 18-02-18

Have not listened to this series of books in strict order but this one was the best - outstanding! Steven Pacey is a brilliant narrator; cannot understand why Audible has engaged someone else to read the last of the series and I will not buying them.

  • The Stranger Within

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 846

Be careful what you wish for. On the surface, Callie Harwell has it all. Newly married to James, she finally gets the family she has longed for and becomes a mother to his two sons. So why is she arrested for murder? Things are not as Callie hoped they would be and she struggles to be accepted as part of James' family, and to keep hidden the secrets that could destroy her future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Conclusion, not at all believable

  • By Corrinne on 12-02-17

Gripping!

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

Reviewed: 19-06-17

It did take me a little while to get into the book but then I was well and truly hooked. Couldn't leave it alone. Great twist at the end. Excellent!

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  • The Strings of Murder

  • By: Oscar de Muriel
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 670

Penguin presents the unabridged,downloadable audiobook edition of The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel, read by Andy Secombe, including musical interludes recorded by the author himself. Edinburgh, 1888. A virtuoso violinist is brutally killed in his home. But with no way in or out of the locked practice room, the murder makes no sense. Fearing a national panic over a copycat Ripper, Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Frey to investigate under the cover of a fake department specializing in the occult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Class

  • By Mr Chops on 29-10-15

Outstanding narrative

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

The story is well constructed but I wasn't completely sold on it. However the masterful narration by Andy Secombe was so good I hung on to the end.

  • The Case of the Missing Servant

  • By: Tarquin Hall
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Meet Vish Puri, India’s most private investigator. Portly, persistent and unmistakably Punjabi, he cuts a determined swathe through modern India’s swindlers, cheats and murderers.In hot and dusty Delhi, where call centres and malls are changing the ancient fabric of Indian life, Puri’s main work comes from screening prospective marriage partners, a job once the preserve of aunties and family priests

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming

  • By Anonymous User on 11-03-15

Absolutely wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 19-01-17

A good detective tale set in India - it made me laugh so many times. Sam Dastor's narration is perfect. A total joy from start to finish.

  • The Various Haunts of Men

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  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 951

A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquillity and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet cathedral town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unusual way to start a series

  • By Linda on 27-06-14

A thin story almost saved by excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 16-12-14

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

There were good parts to this tale but too many unbelieveable or clichéd elements which spoilt it. It was also more of a novel than a detective story - and definitely not a man's read.

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

The ending was actually quite unexpected, so a plus.

Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favourite?

My favourite character was the detective constable.

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

No

Any additional comments?

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  • Dead Water

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801

When the body of journalist Jerry Markham is found in a traditional Shetland boat, young Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted in from the Hebrides to head up the investigation. Since the death of his fiancée, Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out the loop, but his interest in this new case is stirred. Markham had left the islands years before to pursue his burgeoning writing career. He had few friends there, so why was he back in Shetland?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous characters, pace and atmosphere

  • By Catherine on 22-03-14

Not a patch on Vera!

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

Reviewed: 31-10-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Ann Cleeves also writes the Vera Stanhope series and although I have never read one of her books - only seen the TV plays - I found this story a disappointment. It seemed to lack depth and reality.

Did Kenny Blyth do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

He did a marvellous job playing the various roles but somehow something was lacking. He just couldn't get me involved in the story - but maybe that was the fault of the unconvincing text.

  • The Killing

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 25 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 555

Sarah Lund is looking forward to her last day as a detective with the Copenhagen Police department before moving to Sweden. But everything changes when nineteen-year-old student, Nanna Birk Larsen, is found raped and brutally murdered in the woods outside the city. Lund’s plans to relocate are put on hold as she leads the investigation, along with fellow detective Jan Meyer. While Nanna’s family struggles to cope with their loss, local politician Troels Hartmann is in the middle of an election campaign to become the new mayor of Copenhagen....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • RIVETING TALE...

  • By Christina on 05-07-12

An outstanding thriller!

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

Reviewed: 19-10-14

If you could sum up The Killing in three words, what would they be?

Gripping, convincing, unusual

What other book might you compare The Killing to, and why?

The Blind Man of Seville by Robert Wilson because I also found it thoroughly engrossing and cleverly-writtne.

Any additional comments?

Get it!

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