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  • The Firemaker

  • The China Thrillers, Book 1
  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,094

A burned corpse is a disturbing mystery for Beijing detective Li Yan until he enlists forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell. Having abandoned a broken life in Chicago for her work, she's as determined as Li to ask difficult questions about the man's death. But some questions have answers they'd rather not hear - facts that others are desperate to conceal. The Firemaker is the first in the acclaimed China series from Peter May, author of Runaway, Entry Island and the internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Listen

  • By Joanne on 07-08-15

Reasonable story spoiled by ridiculous heroine

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

Nothing wrong with the story, except for the romance element, which was utterly cringemaking. This felt like a superior sort of Mills and Boon. The heroine was so unprofessional it was not true, in spite of the fact that she was supposed to be a top-notch pathologist. Wandering around with no bra in the pouring rain and generally being an utter nuisance throughout the story. Sorry, this story's not for me, and I won't be trying any more in the series.

  • The Ice Twins

  • By: S. K. Tremayne
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins, Sandra Duncan, Angus King
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 459

One of Sarah's daughters died. But can she be sure which one? A terrifying psychological thriller that will chill you to the bone. A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, died in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcraft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives. But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity - that she, in fact, is Lydia - their world comes crashing down once again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nauseating mother

  • By Rosie's reviews on 03-04-15

Nauseating mother

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

Reviewed: 03-04-15

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

No I wouldn't recommend it. It has some good features, and the story promises much at the start, but it disintegrates into nonsense.

What was most disappointing about S. K. Tremayne’s story?

The mother was quite simply unbearably annoying and I felt no empathy for her. Her behaviour towards the end of the book became hard to tolerate and I found it difficult to listen all the way to the end.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The end came as a relief!

Did The Ice Twins inspire you to do anything?

Not buy anything else written by this author.

Any additional comments?

Great narration

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Miniaturist

  • By: Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by: Jessie Burton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,852
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,677
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,675

There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed...On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tricky to get in to

  • By DebNwood on 20-05-15

Please change the narrator!

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

Reviewed: 17-03-15

Would you try another book written by Jessie Burton or narrated by Jessie Burton?

'No' to both questions. Story was disappointing but narration was dreadful.

What will your next listen be?

Elizabeth is Missing

How could the performance have been better?

Please use good actors for narration, unless the author is a particularly gifted reader.

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

Maybe depending on actors and director.