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  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,013

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and likeable

  • By Dragon on 06-05-13

Intriguing plot

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

Reviewed: 02-07-13

For me the most satisfying aspects of a good crime novel are the twists and turns in the plot and the difficulty of guessing the outcome ... and this novel delivered against both of those. If I have any one criticism, it was that the final reveal was slightly too contrived and some of the clues were rather too obtuse, but I really enjoyed it all the same and I'll look out for more from this author.

  • When God Was a Rabbit

  • By: Sarah Winman
  • Narrated by: Sarah Winman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 353

This is a story about a brother and a sister. It's a story about childhood and growing up, friendships and families, triumph and tragedy, and everything in between. More than anything, it's a story about love in all its forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My first review

  • By Lou on 20-04-11

Entertaining and beautifully written

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-12

Since the author is an established actress she brings her beautifully written words to life. A stroll through 4 decades of a young woman's life and family, from the 70's to the noughties, that I'm guessing must be autobiographical. Interesting characters and events are woven into the story that also characterise those decades. If you liked One Day, this is likely to appeal.

  • Lennox

  • By: Craig Russell
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

Glasgow, 1953, is a hard city at a hard time. The war may be over but the battle for the streets is just beginning, and shady investigator Lennox is the man in the middle. The McGahern twins were on the way up until Tam, the brains of the outfit, becomes the victim of a vicious contract killing. Tam's brother Frankie turns to Lennox to find out who killed his twin. Lennox refuses. Later that night, Frankie turns up dead, and Lennox finds himself in the frame for murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By mustrumridcully on 29-08-11

Chandler-esque crime noir set in post-war Glasgow

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-11

This was my first title from this author but I'm looking forward to more. A clasic noir crime story set in an evocative post-war Glasgow with a satisfyingly complex plot, wide cast of characters and plenty of atmosphere.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,635

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woodcutter

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-05-11

Really got me gripped

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-08-11

This was a new author for me and I was gripped from the start, not to mention the great narration. An unusual story line sets the scene for an unconventional thriller. Plenty of twists and turns to keep the interest up and full of excitement right to the end.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • No Such Thing as Society

  • A History of Britain in the 1980s
  • By: Andy McSmith
  • Narrated by: David Holt
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

The 1980s was the revolutionary decade of the 20th century. From the Falklands war and the miners' strike to Bobby Sands and the Guildford Four, from Diana and the New Romantics to Live Aid and the 'big bang', from the Rubik's cube to the ZX Spectrum, McSmith's brilliant narrative account uncovers the truth behind the decade that changed Britain forever - politically, economically and culturally.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So close and yet so far

  • By Emma on 08-09-11

Wallow in 80's nostalgia

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-08-11

Just spent a very happy time wallowing in 80's nostalgia, brilliantly conceived by Andy Smith and with excellent narration by David Holt. As entertaining as it is informative.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Get Out of My Life...

  • But First Take Me and Alex Into Town
  • By: Tony Wolf, Suzanne Franks
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Teenagers are tough and anyone who has their own needs help. Here it is: a witty, enjoyable and genuinely helpful guide that breaks the mould. Get Out Of My Life offers practical alternatives to anger, nagging and frustration, and specific recommendations for developing better relationships with even the most difficult teenagers. This is the best survival manual for parents who find themselves marooned among volatile and incomprehensible aliens on Planet Teen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for all parents of teenagers

  • By chris on 05-05-11

A must for all parents of teenagers

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-11

This is a very clever and witty explanation of why teenagers act like they do ... and understanding that is a powerful aid to dealing with their issues and the difficulties inherent in relating to your nearest and dearest teens. It is full of moments where the authors put into words issues that the listener can relate to and give a logical explanation and insight. Much of it is common sense that gets lost in the fog of teenage angst, but they brilliantly put it into context and deflate the pressure. This should be compulsory listening for anyone with a teenager or a pre-teen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Cityboy

  • Beer and Loathing in the Square Mile
  • By: Geraint Anderson
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

'Who is Cityboy? He's every brash, suited, FT-carrying idiot who ever pushed past you on the tube. He's the egotistical buffoon who loudly brags about how much cash he's made on the market at otherwise pleasant dinner parties. He's the greedy, ruthless wanker whose actions are helping turn this world into the shit-hole it's rapidly becoming. For one period in my life, he was me.'

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny & Brusque!!

  • By Jonathan Jordan on 13-01-09

Beer and Loathing in the Square Mile

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-11

Clearly not a book to take too seriously, this is an amusing, irreverent expose of a certain kind of city worker who has been promoted to his level of incompetence, is ridiculously overpaid and lives a shallow, meaningless life. The humour is in the stereotyping, both of the laddish male protaganist and of his views of the world around him. Personally, I found it funny and many of the vignettes of city life and financial excesses did ring true.

  • The Olive Farm

  • By: Carol Drinkwater
  • Narrated by: Carol Drinkwater
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

For many, Carol Drinkwater will be forever remembered for her part as the wholesome Helen Herriot in the television series 'All Creatures Great and Small'. But since being a successful actress in England, she has spent the past thirteen years in France with her husband Michel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A charming easy listener

  • By chris on 14-04-11

A charming easy listener

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-11

One of the first audio books I bought was Peter Mayle's Year in Provence, having heard it on Radio 4's book of the week, and this is a return to similar territory but the with added interest of the development of an olive farm and the attendant technical and horticultural activities. The author narrator is an accomplished actress, who does an excellent job of bringing it all to life and overall it is a charming easy listener, which provided an interesting break from my usual crime and history diet.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Sentry

  • An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel
  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Dru Rayne and her uncle fled to L.A. after Hurricane Katrina, but now, five years later, they face a different danger. When Joe Pike witnesses Dru’s uncle beaten by a protection gang, he offers his help, but neither of them want it – and neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching them.As the level of violence escalates, and Pike himself becomes a target, he and Elvis Cole learn that Dru and her uncle are not who they seem – and that everything he thought he knew about them has been a lie.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great plot but a little too much pathos

  • By chris on 18-03-11

A great plot but a little too much pathos

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-03-11

I really like these Robert Crais thrillers and the two characters featured here: Joe Pike and Elvis Cole. The plot is great and there are plenty of twists and turns but big-bad Joe Pike falls for a girl and Elvis Cole sheds some tears, which might appeal to some listeners but didn't quite hit the spot for me. Nevertheless, a great listen and good entertainment.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Child 44

  • By: Tom Rob Smith
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944

MGB officer Leo is a man who never questions the Party Line. He arrests whomever he is told to arrest. He dismisses the horrific death of a young boy because he is told to, because he believes the Party stance that there can be no murder in Communist Russia. Leo is the perfect soldier of the regime. But suddenly his confidence that everything he does serves a great good is shaken. He is forced to watch a man he knows to be innocent be brutally tortured. And then he is told to arrest his own wife.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Evocative if Slightly Preposterous

  • By Karl K Djinn on 02-12-15

Fascinating and powerful historical thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-11

A secret policeman finds himself on the other side of the law as he battles to catch the maniacal serial killer of children that the state refuses to acknowledge. Apart from being a gripping thriller, the book poses some interesting philosophical questions and moral dilemmas as he faces up to the brutality of the omnipotent and corrupt state, and the futility of opposition. Apparently based on a true story.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful