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  • The Hermitage

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 9
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

When an old man is found dead inside the ancient hermitage at Warkworth Castle, Northumbria CID are called in to investigate. With no apparent motive, it’s their job to unravel why he was murdered - and this time they’re forced to do it without their star detective.... DCI Ryan is thousands of miles away. He’s tracked a killer across Europe and has sworn not to return until he has his man in custody. Nathan Armstrong is a dangerous psychopath, but there’s just one problem - he’s also an international celebrity: a world-famous thriller writer with money and connections.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Brilliant DCI Ryan adventure..

  • By Salter on 07-03-19

Another DCI Ryan Success

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

Reviewed: 13-03-19

Great storyline that moves along at a decent pace. There is one massive niggle though. Why does Jonathan Keeble feel it necessry to emit a small growl before he commences every sentence, in whatever dialect? It's massively irritating!!

  • The Crow Trap

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 238

Three very different women come together at isolated Baikie’s Cottage on the North Pennines to complete an environmental survey. Rachael, the team leader, is still reeling after a double betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Anne, a botanist, sees the survey as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace, a strange, uncommunicative young woman hiding plenty of her own secrets. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story as always from Ann Cleeves

  • By mrs on 17-08-18

Boring. Dreadful Narration.

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

Reviewed: 28-08-18

The lead in to the main landscape of the story was far too long, and incredible tedious. The Narrator would be more suited to a childrens' book. I stuck with it, but it was a credit wasted.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Seven Bridges

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 8
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511

It's been five months since a killer walked free, and DCI Ryan is preparing to leave Newcastle to hunt him down - this time for good. But Ryan's plans are scuppered when events take a dramatic turn and he is forced to stay and face his past one last time or watch a friend suffer the consequences. Amid the chaos, another killer is preparing to strike. When the Tyne Bridge explodes, Ryan's team are faced with a frantic race to uncover a deadly foe who won't stop until every bridge is burned, along with everybody on it....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another very good DCI Ryan Instalment

  • By Salter on 12-07-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

LJ Ross has, once again, pulled it out of the bag with her latest DCI Ryan novel. She has the ability to create well drawn characters and extract just the right amount of tension within the fast moving plot. The narrator, Jonathan Keeble, adds another layer of quality to an already fantastic offering.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Moth Catcher

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 615

Life seems perfect in Valley Farm, a quiet community in Northumberland. Until a shocking discovery. The owners of a big country house have employed a young ecologist named Patrick to look after the place while they're away. But Patrick is found dead by the side of the lane into the valley. DI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene with her colleagues. When they look round the attic of the house - where Patrick has a flat - she finds a second body.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Way too introspective

  • By Bim on 14-05-16

Okay but spoiled by the narration.

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

Reviewed: 15-01-18

Not the best Vera Stanhope. The plot was a bit clunky and, at times, boring but it was completely spoiled by the terrible narration. Janine Birkett’s voice maybe okay for a children’s book, or chick-lit, but not a Vera Stanhope novel. I just couldn’t listen to it and returned for a credit. Pity.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bat

  • A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,816
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,805

Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great introduction to Harry Hole.

  • By Richard on 04-12-12

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 06-06-14

Would you try another book written by Jo Nesbo or narrated by Sean Barrett?

If it wasn't for Sean Barrett's superb narration I'd have abandoned this. The storyline is dull and the rambling Aboriginal folklore moments make me thankful for the 'scroll forward' option! I have recently been listening to the Wallander stories by Henning Mankell...now that's how to write crime fiction. If this is the best of Jo Nesbo, Harry can stay in his Hole.

What was most disappointing about Jo Nesbo’s story?

Boring storyline

What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

Everything.

What character would you cut from The Bat?

All of them.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful