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  • The Murderer's Son

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,980

Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl. Twenty years ago: a farmer and his wife are cut to pieces by a ruthless serial killer. Now: a woman is viciously stabbed to death in the upmarket kitchen of her beautiful house on the edge of the marshes. Then a man called Daniel Kinder walks into Saltern police station and confesses to the murder. But DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans of the Fenland Constabulary soon discover that there is a lot more to Daniel than meets the eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Sitting On The Fens About This One!

  • By Simon on 17-10-18

It’s not the Lincolnshire I know!

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

Reviewed: 05-07-19

Living in Lincolnshire I’m surprised that anyone would think there are as many as 4 CID officers in the whole county. Most of us are yet to see one. Have marked the narration down as some of the accents are a bit dodgy but then it must be hard with every area included in a book. The story is good clean, if murderous, fun and an easy listen.

  • Northanger Abbey

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Catherine Morland reads tales of Gothic romance, yet leads a country life in Wiltshire. When she travels to Bath, she meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney. She is invited by his sister and father to stay at Northanger Abbey, where she meets all the trappings of Gothic horror that she has read about. Fortunately, she has her own good sense and irresistible but unsentimental hero, Henry Tilney.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love the story, hate the voice.

  • By hattie on 02-03-16

Typical Austen

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

Reviewed: 15-06-19

I’m currently rereading all of Jane Austen’s books and yet again I’m amazed at how quickly a story goes from heartbreak to happy ending with incredible speed. In this one, however, I particularly enjoy the “authors comments” which offer gentle and mocking humour. Narration better than some but some times the speaker is unclear with little change of speech between characters

  • Everything You Told Me

  • By: Lucy Dawson
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 770

You went to bed at home, just like every other night. You woke up in the back of a taxi, over 250 miles away. You have no idea how you got there and no memory of the last 10 hours. You have no phone, no money, just a suicide note in your coat pocket, in your own writing. You know you weren't planning to kill yourself. Your family and friends think you are lying. Someone knows exactly what happened to you. But they're not telling....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting plot but ...

  • By Lulu M on 17-01-17

Well read but predictable

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

Reviewed: 11-04-19

I usually prefer crime / thrillers but sometime pick one of these tortured women books, usually as audible ‘deals of the day’, and the formula is getting a bit tired. By no means the worst I’ve heard and I liked the narrator but the story of the desperate housewife and frazzled mother was a little cliched, and try as I might, I can’t imagine some of these situations or conversations ever having the reactions portrayed.

  • Our Mutual Friend

  • The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
  • By: Charles Dickens, Lucinda Hawksley - introduction
  • Narrated by: Meera Syal, Lucinda Hawksley - introduction
  • Length: 34 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Full of both satire and social analysis, Our Mutual Friend looks at what could happen in Victorian England when a fortune passes to a working-class couple. The audiobook will enchant the listener with its larger-than-life characters, its poignant depiction of social injustice and the singular seed of hope with which Dickens hints at the possibility of a better tomorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Our mutual friend

  • By Mrs Judith C Schott on 01-05-18

Excellent book, excellent reader

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

Reviewed: 29-12-18

I haven’t hear Meera Syal read before but I really enjoyed her performance. Dickens focuses on the personality of his cast and her voices did credit to them. Mrs Wilfer conjured up such an image that she was almost visible. I’ve read or listened to most of Dickens books at one time or another but this was a new one to me and 30 odd hours of listening almost passed by too quickly. Audible, yes I did enjoy this and great value for money too!
Oh yes and...
Interesting preface, worth a listen.

  • The Murder Exchange

  • By: Simon Kernick
  • Narrated by: Dave John
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

When Max I Versson, codirector of a small firm of freelance bodyguards, is introduced to North London nightclub owner Roy Fowler, he immediately senses that the man is trouble. Fowler wants security for a meeting with a group of businessmen who want to buy his nightclub. Five grand for a couple of hours' work is too tempting to turn down, so Iversson - against his better judgment - takes the work....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • let down by narrator

  • By Honest Harry on 17-12-17

Not his best work

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-10-18

Unfortunately, I think the book was overshadowed by a very week narrator. Conversations were difficult to follow and accents deeply confusing - with one character I thought he was Caribbean, then Welsh, then Somerset only to hear at some point he was from the West Midlands. I don't like to criticise the narrator; its like blaming an actor for a bad play, but I think underneath it maybe the book was ok

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Absolute Proof

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Hugh Bonneville
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463

What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences? This question and its answer lie at the heart of Absolute Proof, an international thriller from best-selling author Peter James. The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life’s work of a famous atheist and the credibility of each of the world’s major religions are all under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Proof of the Pudding is in the Reading!

  • By Simon on 07-10-18

Better than Grace

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

Reviewed: 14-10-18

I have read or listened to all the Roy Grace books and enjoy them without being totally absorbed. This one, other than Hugh Bonneville's difficulty in separating the voices in conversation, pulled me in completely. With no hardened idea of faith or lack of it, perhaps I'm less critical than,say, a practicing Catholic, but I found I enjoyed the idea that someone with my beliefs or lack of would be the one to break the story. Ended very suddenly but maybe because of a follow up.....?

Also, found myself popping to Google every so often to check things that intrigued me. Usually a good sign

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Sweet Little Lies

  • By: Caz Frear
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,021

What I thought I knew: in 1998, Maryanne Doyle disappeared, and Dad knew something about it. Maryanne Doyle was never seen again. What I actually know: in 1998, Dad lied about knowing Maryanne Doyle. Alice Lapaine has been found strangled near Dad's pub. Dad was in the local area for both Maryanne Doyle's disappearance and Alice Lapaine's murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting & accomplished new voice

  • By Michelle on 25-12-17

New author to me but enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 18-07-18

Bought this as a 'deal of the day', not knowing the author. Ok it's a bit stereotypical but that doesn't detract from it being a well read, easy listen. Also, though it's set in 2 places in time, it's not confusing. I've just listened to another book where I found it difficult to separate now and then, so sometimes it was a way into a section before I knew which time I was listening to.

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  • Kinsey Millhone, Book 24
  • By: Sue Grafton
  • Narrated by: Judy Kaye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Sue Grafton's X: Perhaps her darkest and most chilling novel, it features a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this sociopath. The test is whether Kinsey can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I Must Be Missing Something........

  • By Purple Sandra on 16-01-16

Still in 1989, Kinsey is a blast from the near past

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

I have read all the Kinsey books to date and they all end up satisfying. Things get muddled, cases collide and not a computer in sight. It's a formula I enjoy when easy reading (or listening) is the order of the day.

I mark down performance because in areas where 2 women are talking it's sometimes hard to distinguish. More emphasis on different voices and accents would make it easier to follow.

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  • Two Nights

  • By: Kathy Reichs
  • Narrated by: Kim Mai Guest, Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53

Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing. But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie's help. Is the girl dead? Did someone take her? If she is out there, why doesn't she want to be found? It's time for Sunnie to face her own demons - because they might just lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Two nights

  • By Rebecca on 04-02-18

Well read but cliched

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

Reviewed: 13-01-18

I long for a thriller with a detective or PI who isn't tortured and unable to sleep. I'm sure most readers (or listeners) can deal with a story where the lead has a normal-ish life and still manages to solve a crime or derail an evil plot.

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  • Too Close for Comfort

  • Knight & Culverhouse, Book 1
  • By: Adam Croft
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

As the newest murder squad recruit for Mildenheath CID, DS Wendy Knight knows that she will face the unthinkable, but what she does not anticipate is that a sadistic killer may be too close for comfort.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling

  • By serisa on 08-03-16

Nothing original

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

Reviewed: 16-01-17

Listening to this book, I found myself spending a lot of time thinking about other books and authors that could easily be interchangeable with this. Grizzled, hard-bitten DCI whose misogynistic personality could never be accepted in the current climate but somehow he gets away with it in the book, and an innocent but attractive sidekick who trys to correct him but eventually proves he's about right, while getting ( literally in this case) plaudits for stumbling across the killer with her eyes closed. Lynda La Plante was the one I settled on but her books are better. I may try another to see if they improve now the introductions are out of the way, but I won't hurry.

More about book for the lighter end of the thriller market. Maybe I'm just too grizzled and hard bitten!