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  • Slow Horses

  • Slough House, Book 1
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024

Slough House is Jackson Lamb’s kingdom; a dumping ground for members of the intelligence service who’ve screwed up: left a secret file on a train, blown surveillance, or become drunkenly unreliable. They’re the service’s poor relations – the slow horses – and bitterest among them is River Cartwright, whose days are spent transcribing mobile phone conversations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Smiley than Pilgrim

  • By Robert on 17-08-17

Not for the politically correct

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

Reviewed: 30-06-18

Slow Horses was a find from another reviewer and I decided to give it a go. Something a little different from my usual choice of audio. All I can say is that I have now finished the latest book in this series, London Rules, book 5, and each instalment just gets better, funnier, and thoroughly entertaining. Sean Barrett narrates absolutely perfectly, his Jackson Lamb is spot on and brings to life this revolting character in full brilliant colour. With a wonderful twist of spook, espionage political intrigue and a touch of reality, this series lends to an excellent listen with many funny one liners to keep you on your toes. And of course there is a touch of Russian thrown in to one of the instalments to ensure the spy theme is kept alive.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,237

When an 11-year-old boy is found murdered, forensic evidence and reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach. But the jailed suspect, arrested in a public spectacle, has an alibi, and further research convinces Detective Ralph Anderson that the coach was indeed out of town. So how can he have been in two places at the same time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Outsider Stands Tall

  • By Simon on 24-05-18

Fans of Mrl Mercedes

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

Reviewed: 30-06-18

The subject matter is hard to contemplate. The overall storytelling, the narration and creepiness lend it to a binge listen. Great to have Holly back too. Recommend to all Stephen King followers and those who loved Mr Mercedes.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Choice

  • By: Jake Cross
  • Narrated by: Alison Garner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

On a wet road in the black of night, Karl Seabury is driving home to his pregnant wife. Suddenly, caught in his headlights in the middle of the road is a woman shaking with fright. The woman says her name is Liz Smith, that her home was attacked, and that she was the only one to escape. In a split-second decision, Karl decides to help her to safety. But Liz is hiding a dark secret, and now, his good deed has put his family in terrible danger....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • what a ride

  • By Jennifer Heafield on 01-04-18

Bad Choice

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18


I am afraid I have hung up my wireless earphones at chapter 40 but I would like to state I gave this audio a sterling effort and tried very hard to listen to it. However it got to the point when I asked myself why listen to B rated books when there are so many wonderful A+ listens to chose from.
If the terrible banter, if you can call it that, between the lead characters wasn't nauseating enough the storyline just went from ridiculous to well ridiculous. It all finally came to a halt for me when Karl calls his 6 month pregnant wife to warn her of impending danger from ruthless killers who already know where they live, that they will stop at nothing to hurt her and their baby, to pack her bag and get out. Well I dont know about you but if I got a call like that, Im out of there without a bag, just my passport in hand and calling for a taxi to the nearest airport.. Of course wife replies she is not leaving her home, but instead is going to get her nails done... Really? we are living in the 21st Century full of violence, home invasions, muggings, threats from every corner of the world.. All I can say is that I am waiting for ITV to pick this up for its new 4 part serial thriller, I am sure it will be a massive hit. They love drivel like this.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Scarred Woman

  • Department Q, Book 7
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 641
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 595

The international number one best seller returns with his most captivating and suspenseful novel yet - perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo. In a Copenhagen park, the body of an elderly woman is discovered. Though the case bears a striking resemblance to another unsolved homicide from over a decade ago, the police cannot find any connection between the two victims. Across town a group of young women are being hunted down. The attacks seem random, but could these acts of violence be related?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What a let down after such a long wait!

  • By mollyeyre on 22-09-17

Absolutely terrific

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

Reviewed: 28-09-17

Dont be put off that the wonderful narrator Stephen Pacey is no longer Carl Morck and Department Q. Saul Reichlin steps up to the role perfectly. Yes he may be a slower more enunciated narrator than Mr Pacey, but once you get used to his rhythm and balance, you find yourself once again totally absorbed in the story. Jussi-Adler-Olsen, does not disappoint and even though Carl has become slightly more sombre, Department Q a darker place, there is still the sense of humour and moments where you burst out laughing at the comments and thoughts of Carl or from the wonderful Assad.
From the very first instalment of Department Q and one of the rare series I have listened to again, I am delighted to recommend book 7 to all who enjoy the writing and style of Mr Adler-Olsen. it does start out slow and the characters in the beginning are not particularly likeable but as you get more involved in the story and the characters are rounded out you can easily believe these people actually exist.
Looking forward to book number 8.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Missing

  • David Raker, Book 8
  • By: Tim Weaver
  • Narrated by: Joe Coen, Tim Weaver, Charlotte Ritchie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 141

When a young man wakes up bruised, beaten and with no memory of who he, the press immediately dub him 'The Lost Man'. Ten months later Richard Kite remains as desperate as ever. Despite appeals and the efforts of the police, no one knows this man. Kite's last hope may be private investigator David Raker. But Raker has more questions than answers. Who is Richard Kite? Why does no one know him? And what links him to the body of a woman found beside a London railway line two years ago?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I am missing

  • By MR CM SMITH on 16-08-17

Impossibily Silly

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

Reviewed: 28-08-17

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Whenever I finish a Tim Weaver book, I think never again. Then I go and buy another and wonder why I did that. What a ridiculous storyline. Could the author stuff anything else into an already over stuffed plot which is so unbelievable you have to laugh? Amensia, deception, murder, embezelling, drugs, lonely islands, cruise ships, interogation, monsters.... step sisters, prostitutes... , sinister comings and goings, and all solved by the intrepid David Raker who seems to have bottomless pockets and can trip around the world solving mysteries no other person can solve. Yawn. All narrated in a grey dreary voice to match the whole humourless story. I lost count how many times I had to keep going back to previous chapters as I found my mind had wandered away from the storyline or the fact I didnt even particularly care. 13 hours listening to a book touted as a best seller, tense thriller, a page turner... Definitely the last time for me.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Likeness

  • Dublin Murder Squad, Book 2
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Grainne Gillis
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 212

Still traumatised by her brush with a psychopath, Detective Cassie Maddox transfers out of the murder squad and starts a relationship with fellow detective Sam O'Neill. When he calls her to the scene of his new case, she is shocked to find that the murdered girl is her double. What's more, her ID shows she is Lexie Madison - the identity Cassie used years ago as an undercover detective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I sewed us together at the edges with my own hands

  • By Wras on 04-12-16

Tremendous Author

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

Any additional comments?

Tana French is a tremendous author. Her books are beautifully written, descriptive, the characters have depth and a fullness so often missed by other authors. Her books take time to get into but once you get used to her rhythm and pace the story flows and becomes alive. Obviously I am a fan of Tana French. Well worth a listen. Broken Harbour was my first book by her and since then have never yet been disappointed. Thoroughly enjoying the murder squad series.

  • The Trespasser

  • Dublin Murder Squad 6
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Hilda Fay
  • Length: 20 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

Antoinette Conway, the tough, abrasive detective from The Secret Place, is still on the Murder Squad, but only just. She's partnered up with Stephen Moran now, and that's going well - but the rest of her working life isn't. Antoinette doesn't play well with others, and there's a vicious running campaign in the squad to get rid of her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Variably engaging

  • By Kirstine on 21-02-17

5 Stars

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

Reviewed: 13-01-17

Any additional comments?

Absolutely terrific. Listened non-stop. Tana French is an excellent author, characters are wonderfully drawn, the plot intricate, clever, never letting up. Very very good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Little Sister

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Kim and Mia Timmers were just 11 years old when they were imprisoned in a local psychiatric institution, accused of murdering the man they believed to be responsible for the death of their family. Now, 10 years later, they are due for release. Detective Pieter Vos is given cause to reopen the case when the girls disappear. His investigation takes an unexpected turn when it becomes clear that someone is posing as Little Jo - Kim and Mia's other sister, who was killed along with their parents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favourite

  • By Allison B. on 03-06-16

Angry Characters, sombre plot and humourless

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

Reviewed: 17-09-16

Any additional comments?

David Hewson is without doubt a terrific writer. His books are atmospheric, clever, beautifully written, with characters who are defined and believable. Little Sister contains all these elements, yet its sombre plot, angry characters who are all yelling and screeching at each other, apart from the main character who remains calm throughout, tends to make the listener wish the whole sordid story would end. Working out who dunnit with a choice of nasty people asks the listener to pay very close attention, and this sometimes is hard when you want to shut down the ranting and raving of these people. Dark memories, secretive pasts leads to a grand present finale with an ending that leaves you wondering why did you just wade through hours and hours of listening time. I recommend to all David Hewson fans, you will not be disappointed. However if you are depressed, feeling melancholy or needing an injection of humour or laughter, then perhaps give this audio a miss.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Husband's Wife

  • By: Jane Corry
  • Narrated by: Abigail Thaw, Lily Bevan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,207

When lawyer Lily marries Ed, she's determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But when she takes on her first criminal case, she starts to find herself strangely drawn to her client. A man who's accused of murder. A man she will soon be willing to risk everything for. But is he really innocent? And who is she to judge?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Amanda W on 29-09-16

An Engrossing Listen

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

Reviewed: 29-08-16

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed this audio from start to finish. The two narrators were excellent and the book neatly switched from the central characters, Lilly and Carla, without the listener losing the way or getting confused as to whether it was past or future. I personally found the number of complexities enjoyable and a good distraction from the main plot of the book, which was clever without being utterly ridiculous. The characters were quite likeable and not so annoying that you gave up on them, nor were the women simpering idiots. Slightly neurotic and self satisfied but minor points. On the whole an engrossing audio with engaging twists and turns and a pleasant change from the usual criminal potboilers massed produced these days.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • End of Watch

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,063
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,917

End of Watch is a compelling and chilling suspense novel which sees retired detective Bill Hodges back on the trail of his nemesis, Brady Hartsfield, the criminal the press called The Mercedes Killer. Foiled in his attempt to commit a second mass murder, Hartsfield is confined to a hospital brain-injury unit in a seemingly unresponsive state. But all is not what it seems: Brady is able to influence both his physician and the hospital librarian to commit crimes in the outside world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By shirley dempsey on 19-11-16

Very very good

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

Reviewed: 16-08-16

Any additional comments?

Loved this trilogy, the narration, the story, the characters. Sad its over and thought this has to be one of Stephen Kings most enjoyable reads. Totally different from his usual themes, but just enough dark forces to keep the listener engaged. You know its good when you are sad its over.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful