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  • The Restless Dead

  • David Hunter 5
  • By: Simon Beckett
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Composed of over 60 per cent water itself, a human body isn't naturally buoyant. It will float only for as long as there is air in its lungs before gradually sinking to the bottom as the air seeps out. If the water is very cold or deep, it will remain there, undergoing a slow, dark dissolution that can take years. But if the water is warm enough for bacteria to feed and multiply, then it will continue to decompose. Gases will build up in the intestines, increasing the body's buoyancy until it floats again. And the dead will literally rise....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable with good twist

  • By I Cogley on 07-07-17

My first time with Simon Beckett

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

Reviewed: 14-02-18

This was the first book of Simon Beckett’s that I had listened to. Beautiful narrated by Jonathan Keeble. Very engaging plot with lots of twists and turns. I really liked that in the end the reader gets closure on all aspects of the plot. Will definitely be seeking out more of his books.

  • Blind Eye

  • Logan McRae, Book 5
  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Stuart MacBride
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380

Aberdeen's growing Polish community is under attack from a serial offender who leaves mutilated victims to be discovered on building sites - eyes gouged out and the sockets burned. Detective Sergeant Logan McRae is assigned to the investigation, codenamed Operation Oedipus, but with the victims too scared to talk, it's going nowhere fast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertainment at high speed!

  • By BlueQuill on 29-09-14

Stick to your day job

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

Reviewed: 23-10-17

I’ve really enjoyed the first two books of this series and hoped for more of the same. Unfortunately this book is read by the author and whilst he is a brilliant writer he cannot narrate at all. Book was rendered unlistenable let alone enjoyable. All I thought when I finished the book was I hope he’s not reading the next one or I’m looking for a new author.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Birthday Girl

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Martyn Read
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Tony Freeman rescued Mersiha when she was fighting for her life in war-torn Yugoslavia. Now she is his adopted daughter, the perfect all-American girl - and the past is another country. Or so it seems. But Mersiha has been trained to kill. And when she discovers that Freeman’s company is subject to a sinister takeover bid, she decides to help. Whatever the risks. The consequences of her actions are lethal - for Mersiha has unearthed a conspiracy of terrifying proportions.…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, Poor Narration

  • By Paul Harrison on 11-08-14

Good book shame about the accents.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

Really good book with lots of twisty turny bits. Narration however was so poor when it came to European accents that you couldn't help but laugh. Which detracts from the drama the author is so good at creating. Definitely worth a listen.

  • Nightmare

  • A Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller, Book 3
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347

What goes around comes around. Jack Nightingale learned that as a cop and discovered that it was just as true in the world of the supernatural. His life changed forever on the day he failed to stop a young girl throwing herself to her death. Ever since, he’s been haunted by thoughts that he could have done more to save her. Now her cries for help are louder than ever. Is she trapped in eternal torment? Or are the forces of darkness torturing and deceiving him in order to regain the ultimate prize – his soul?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Saved by a decent ending.

  • By TinaF on 14-02-16

More twists

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

Reviewed: 14-07-16

And turns than a twisty turny thing. Thought the end of this book was about to happen several times, but was caught out each time. Good book

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  • Bodies Left Behind

  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

A call to the police from a distant lake house is cut short. Off-duty deputy Brynn drives up to the lake house to find out why. She stumbles onto a murder scene and finds herself the next potential victim. Deprived of her phone, weapon and car she escapes into the woods with a surviving witness. But is everything really as it seems?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Kim on 14-12-09

If you can get past the first half hour you'll be pleasantly surprised!

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

Reviewed: 27-07-15

When listening to this book I started to think I'd made a massive mistake. However I stuck with it and I'm so glad I did. A brilliant plot, more twists and turns than a twisty turny thing and plot lines you just didn't expect. Also really chuffed with the way all ends are tied up at the end of the book. I hate it when you're left thinking 'well what about so n so'. It's a really good listen and can't wait for more from Deaver like this.

  • Siege

  • By: Simon Kernick
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

London is under attack. People are dead. Many more lives hang in the balance as a group of highly trained gunmen storm the historic Lanchester Hotel on Park Lane. The gunmen have given the government just five hours to meet their demands before they blow up the building. Shots ring out. Some guests panic. Others text their loved ones. Still more try to escape. All are united by one thing: fear for their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His best yet ?

  • By T SOTHCOTT on 10-04-17

Better than some not as good as others

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

Reviewed: 21-05-15

Not that many twists in this book but I have to say it's still kept you in suspense.

I really like the fact that you ended up siding with some baddies but not with other baddies. I didn't like the fact that all the voices merged into one another

Overall a good book and well worth the credit

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  • The Dead

  • By: Howard Linskey
  • Narrated by: David Nellist
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Life is sweet for David Blake until his accountant is arrested for murder. The money man is set for a life sentence until he puts five million pounds out of Blake's reach. Now Blake faces a choice; fix the acquittal of a child killer or lose out on the cash. Meanwhile, Serbian gangsters are taking over his territory and his girlfriend is asking awkward questions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Sadiq on 02-04-15

Surprisingly good

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

Reviewed: 11-03-15

Had me hooked from the get go. Loved the narrator too. A gritty thriller that took a while to get going, interesting twists and sub plots.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Prayer for the Dead

  • Inspector McLean, Book 5
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Prayer for the Dead, from the bestselling Inspector McLean series by Sunday Times bestselling author James Oswald, read by Ian Hanmore. Are you ready to be reborn?; The search for a missing journalist is called off as a body is found at the scene of a carefully staged murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book in the series

  • By Lucy on 08-03-15

Not as good as the last three

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

Reviewed: 06-03-15

Beautifully narrated again by the velvet voice of Ian Hanmore. Unfortunately whilst there's nothing wrong with this book, it's not nearly as gripping or exciting as the last three. Feel a tad disappointed as I was so eagerly awaiting this title.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Coffin Dancer

  • Lincoln Rhyme, Book 2
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

NYPD criminalist Lincoln Rhyme joins his beautiful protégé, Amelia Sachs, in the hunt for the Coffin Dancer - an ingenious killer who changes appearance even faster than he adds to his trail of victims. They have only one clue: the madman has a tattoo of the Grim Reaper waltzing with a woman. Rhyme must rely on his wits and intuition to track the elusive murderer through New York City - knowing they have only 48 hours before the Coffin Dancer strikes again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vast improvement

  • By Suzanne Martin on 29-05-11

Don't buy this

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

Reviewed: 01-01-15

Why someone would cut a Lincoln Rhyme novel down to 5 hours I'd never know. Then to get my fix on the rhyme novels I decided to bite the bullet and buy this. Don't it's not worth money/ credit. The narration is beyond poor as in usual Jo montagna style everyone including sacks sounds like a 'wise guy' story didn't make much sense as 10 hrs have been cut. Come on Audibles do this book properly please.

  • Dead Men's Bones

  • Inspector McLean, Book 4
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974

Penguin presents the new unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Dead Men's Bones, the new gripping thriller from James Oswald. Morag Weatherly and her two young daughters have been shot by husband Andrew, an influential politician, before he turned the gun on himself. But what would cause a rich, successful man to snap so suddenly? For Inspector Tony McLean, this apparently simple but high-profile case leads him into a world of power and privilege.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellently written, narrated series

  • By caroline on 09-09-14

Brilliant book, can't wait for the next one

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

Reviewed: 18-08-14

What made the experience of listening to Dead Men's Bones the most enjoyable?

The story and the brilliant narration of Ian Hanmore. As always there is a supernatural plot. This one reminded me a bit of Steven Kings needful things.

What did you like best about this story?

The other world plots

Which character – as performed by Ian Hanmore – was your favourite?

Mrs McCutchins cat!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes

Any additional comments?

No

8 of 11 people found this review helpful