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Ms. F. M. Quint

Rossendale, UK
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  • Living Death

  • Katie Maguire, Book 7
  • By: Graham Masterton
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Last year, DS Katie Maguire and her team destroyed the biggest drug trafficker in Cork. So how is the city's drug trade at an all-time high? Meanwhile, a spate of violent attacks which leave victims severely disabled has brought confidence in the Garda to an all-time low. As Katie investigates, she realises that the two cases might be connected. Someone is using brain-damaged victims to smuggle drugs into the country. And the only way to find out more is to go in undercover....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very blunt dissatisfying ending

  • By Irishgirl on 01-01-17

Dog fighting

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

Reviewed: 13-12-18

I’m not usually one for writing reviews but I thought I had to with this book. There are parts that depict dog theft and mistreatment and particularly dog fighting and baiting. I know this awful awful stuff goes on but when I read and listen to books for pleasure I really can’t stand to think about this.
I’m sorry for this and I’m sure the perpetrators get their just deserts towards the end of the book but I simply couldn’t continue. I’ve really enjoyed this series and it characters but this is way beyond what is acceptable to me. Maybe a warning should be put on it alongside the blurb?
Anyway, I shall continue with the next book in line.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Puppet Show

  • Washington Poe, Book 1
  • By: M. W. Craven
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District's prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues, and the police are helpless. When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of. He is reluctantly partnered with brilliant but socially awkward civilian analyst Tilly Bradshaw, and the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan, and for some reason Poe is part of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning new series

  • By Jack on 23-08-18

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 19-06-18

I’ve read Mike Craven’s Avison Fluke books and loved them but this book was fantastic! I loved the characters and read the book in 2 days, I seriously couldn’t put it down!
If you like a book that really is a page turner then read this.
I never usually write reviews but this one needed it. Absolutely A1.

  • The Cleaner

  • John Milton, Book 1
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,289
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,106

Meet John Milton. He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder. Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn't want to be on his list. But now, after ten years, he's had enough - there's blood on his hands and he wants out. Trouble is, this job is not one you can just walk away from. He goes on the run, seeking atonement for his sins by helping the people he meets along the way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but oddly unsatisfying

  • By Lucy on 05-11-16

Sorry

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

I really couldn't finish this book. The reader was fabulous & I would definitely listen to another book read by him. However, the yardie bastardised English grated on me so much that I couldn't finish it. Why on earth do people think it's cool to talk like this?! Sorry, I just couldn't carry on.

  • Dead Man's Time

  • Roy Grace, Book 9
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741

Some will wait a lifetime to take their revenge.... A vicious robbery at a secluded Brighton mansion leaves its elderly occupant dying. And millions of pounds' worth of valuables have been taken. But, as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, heading the enquiry, rapidly learns, there is one priceless item of sentimental value that the old woman's powerful family cherish above all else. And they are fully prepared to take the law into their own hands, and will do anything, absolutely anything, to get it back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A return to great form with an engrossing story

  • By Kirstine on 19-06-13

Best yet

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

Reviewed: 26-09-16

I'm getting through all the Roy Grace books one by one on audible. This is the best one so far! I loved it, brought me to tears at the end with the absolute best ending I could have asked for.
The narrator was great & as always, Peter James makes the places and characters so real.
Read or listen and enjoy.

  • The Moth Catcher

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635

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

Distracting

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

Reviewed: 18-06-16

I can't comment on the story because the narrator was so awful that it distracted me from anything that was happening. It would have been better either narrated by someone with a real north east accent or with the narrator not trying different accents & dialects. Very poor. So bad that I returned the book to audible. Note to self, avoid this narrator!

  • 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 529
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 475

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

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 26-12-15

I kept seeing this book & it was in my recommendations. I'm sorry I didn't read all the reviews as it was so boring! It could have been so much better. The Sarah character was hysterical & annoying and I found the Kirstie/Lydia character manipulating and pathetic.
Sorry, it's bad and the Scottish accents are atrocious.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stranger Child

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,793

One dark secret. One act of revenge. When Emma Joseph met her husband, David, he was a man shattered by grief. His first wife had been killed outright when her car veered off the road. Just as tragically, their six-year-old daughter mysteriously vanished from the scene of the accident. Now, six years later, Emma believes the painful years are behind them. She and David have built a new life together and have a beautiful baby son, Ollie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thriller With a Human Side

  • By Simon on 10-11-15

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

Where does Stranger Child rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best audio books I've listened to. Completely enthralling.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack. A very enigmatic character.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The bank vault, my heart was in my mouth!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

How well do you REALLY know your husband?

Any additional comments?

I loved listening to this book and use audible on my 1 hour commute to work and back, I found myself wanting to sit in the car and keep listening! Rachel Abbott has got just the right balance in this book, believable characters and great tension. After finishing this book though, you have to read Nowhere Child, a great novella that ties up any loose ends that you may find you need to get answered.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Killer Next Door

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792

No. 23 has a secret. In this bedsit-riddled south London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, something waits to be discovered. Yet all six residents have something to hide. Collette and Cher are on the run; Thomas is a reluctant loner; while a gorgeous Iranian asylum seeker and a 'quiet man' nobody sees try to stay hidden. And watching over them all is Vesta - or so she thinks. In the dead of night, a terrible accident pushes the neighbours into an uneasy alliance. But one of them is a killer, expertly hiding their pastime, all the while closing in on their next victim....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who Do You Trust?!

  • By garry on 07-07-14

Creepy & original.

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

I loved this book, the way it grips you & makes sure you know all the characters. It does make you look at your neighbours in a new way & makes you wonder about everyone's innermost secrets. Brilliantly well written.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Murder Bag

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,380

Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard, but a high standard

  • By Philip on 05-04-15

Really enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 16-07-15

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The story & performance were great & kept me wanting to listen at every opportunity.
Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Whispers of the Dead

  • Dr David Hunter, Book 3
  • By: Simon Beckett
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

In America to escape the violence that nearly killed him, forensics expert David Hunter has returned to the Body Farm in Tennessee. He needs to know whether he's still up to the job of confronting death. So when his former mentor asks him to accompany him to a crime scene, he agrees. But even he is unprepared for what awaits them in the remote cabin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth a read

  • By Aileen on 26-05-11

So entertaining

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

Reviewed: 12-07-15

This is the first Simon Beckett book I've listened to but it won't be the last. Made all the more good by David Thorpe's narration.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful