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  • Siberian Red

  • By: Sam Eastland
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

September 1939: The Second World War has begun. Even as the fighting rages in Poland, Stalin's long-time obsession with the missing treasure of Tsar Nicholas II is rekindled. An informant claims to know the whereabouts of the man entrusted by the Tsar with hiding his gold. As the news of the informant reaches Stalin, however, the man is knifed to death. Stalin summons Pekkala to the Kremlin and orders him to solve the murder. To accomplish his mission, he must return to Borodok, the notorious Gulag where he himself spent many years as a prisoner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly read

  • By graham on 04-03-13

Brilliantly read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-13

I love all of this series about Inspector Pekkala not just because it's a fascinating period of history but because Steven Pacey is absolutely masterful in creating an atmosphere for the characters. Excellent stories of which this is as good as the others. I didn't want it to end and cannot wait for the next one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sentinel

  • Vengeance of Memory, Book 1
  • By: Mark Oldfield
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
  • Length: 20 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

In 1953, Comandante Leo Guzmán is head of a secret police unit whose job is to hunt down enemies of the state. Guzmán’s brutal tactics are simple and effective: everyone is suspect. In 2009, on a blazing summer's day in the hills near Madrid, Ana María Galindez, a Guardia Civil forensic scientist, examines what she thinks is just another Civil War grave. Fifteen bodies are hidden in an abandoned mine shaft, and forensics reveal that the killings took place sometime in the early 1950s. The identity of the suspected murderer? Comandante Leo Guzmán.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Unbelievable and fantastic. Easy 5 Star

  • By Gavingks on 01-11-12

Utterly riveting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-13

One of the best novels I've listened to in a long time . Informative , exciting and a good story told over three eras of Spanish history; I was genuinelu sorry for it to end. I really have no idea why some reviewers are on about the narration , it was excellent and the accents were more than adequate to convey the story. There were enough twists and turns to keep me with it over it's considerable length and I await part 2 with keen anticipation.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shut Your Eyes Tight

  • By: John Verdon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

When he was the NYPD’s top homicide investigator, Dave Gurney was never comfortable with the label the press gave him: super detective. He was simply a man who, when faced with a puzzle, wanted to know. He was called to the investigative hunt by the presumptuous arrogance of murderers - by their smug belief that they could kill without leaving a trace. There was always a trace, Gurney believed. Except what if one day there wasn't?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • disturbing

  • By Sharon R on 28-06-12

Excellent thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-04-12

An intriguing and well thought out book. I never wanted it to finish , the reader is superb. I shall be signing up for anything else this guy writes.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Though the Heavens May Fall

  • By: E. V. Thompson
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25

It is 1856. When three men are murdered in Cornwall, Amos Hawke, a Cornish detective working from London's Scotland Yard, is sent to investigate. He finds lodgings with one of the murdered men's wives - and her daughter, Talwyn. But while Amos's relationship with Talwyn gets off to a bad start, she is to prove crucial in helping him bring her father's killers to justice. A wonderful tale from a master storyteller, Though the Heavens May Fall has its heart and soul in the lore and landscape of Cornwall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely story

  • By Denise on 27-11-11

Sing song reader

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-12

I'm going to buy this book because after I got halfway I could no longer bear the sound of the reader. He has an annoying voice that finishes words or phrases on a high note, like an endless Jeremy Clarkson. I shall have a listen to the author's other books because another reader has been employed.
I liked the book [so far] but enough is enough

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Like You

  • Roy Grace, Book 6
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: David Bauckham
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

Don't imagine for one moment that I'm not watching you.... The Metropole Hotel, Brighton. After a heady New Year's Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims' shoes are taken by the offender.... Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realises that these new cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in the city back in 1997.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A cracking book....but a lousy listen.

  • By Paul on 04-07-10

Droning reader

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-08-11

One of the worst voices that I have heard read books on Audible. his name is David Bauckham, Beckham more like it. I got through 4 chapters and finally gave up out of boredom, the story took far too long to get going and the voice was becoming an aggravating drone.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Quiet Belief in Angels

  • By: R J Ellory
  • Narrated by: Garrick Hagon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Joseph Vaughan's life has been dogged by tragedy. Growing up in the 1940s, he was at the centre of series of killings of young girls in his small rural community. The girls were taken, assaulted, and left horribly mutilated. Barely a teenager himself, Joseph becomes determined to try to protect his community and classmates from the predations of the killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hypnotic stuff

  • By graham on 03-04-08

Hypnotic stuff

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-08

This is a thriller and a commentary on American life in the small townships of the 40's and 50's.
Joseph Vaughan is a boy and man growing up in a town where young girls are being killed and it's a series of killings that wont stop and leaves the police baffled.
This is Josephs often sad story but grips you to the end with twists and turns of fortune . Not fair to tell too much but the reader is superb and the short pieces of blues guitar between chapters is utterly perfect for the story.
Does anyone know what the music is?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful