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  • Their Lost Daughters

  • Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,375

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smokin' Start to a New Series!

  • By Simon on 14-06-18

Your usual suspect with good production value.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

As far as police thrillers go, I think this is a fairly tood one, full of engaging scenes, relatable characters and the unhealthy dose of the gritty, the spooky and the disturbing that readers of the genre love so much, whether they are willing to admit it or not. I enjoyed how well the author conveys the forlorn atmosphere of the fens and uses it to pump up the haunted feel of the story, withour overdoing it. The plot itself is more than a bit fanciful, but that's a staple of the genre, isnt' it?

Richard Armitage is one of my favourite readers since well before he took the leap onto major films, so I'm willing to give most of his readings a try. He is one of the few voice actors that make me forget they're there; he has aknack for making all the different character's voices sound so natural and believable I only ever realise it's Armitage reading when he's playing narrator, and that's a skill I relish.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 7-9
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 7 - 9: THE BODY IN THE LAKE, SNOWBLIND and PLAYING DEAD.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listenng

  • By Mrs. C. on 23-10-16

Well-written comfort reading

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

If you like uncomplicated murder mysteries solved by characters that grow on you with each short story, garnished with a bit of white humour, this series is for you. I am perfectly content with the plots not being the most original I've ever read, and I really appreciate the fact that they are properly written by what seems like experienced writers. These days a well-crafted paragraph, a balanced descripition of the right length or a scene free of continuity errors are not to be easily dismissed.

I do agree, however, with other listeners who complained about how the narrator's voice fluctuates in volume; I listened to these stories mostly during long drives and at certain points I could barely hear him even with the car's speakers at top volume.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 4-6
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village to find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 4 - 6: THICK AS THIEVES, LAST TRAIN TO LONDON and THE CURSE OF MABB'S FARM.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By Jane on 14-03-17

Well-written comfort reading

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

If you like uncomplicated murder mysteries solved by characters that grow on you with each short story, garnished with a bit of white humour, this series is for you. I am perfectly content with the plots not being the most original I've ever read, and I really appreciate the fact that they are properly written by what seems like experienced writers. These days a well-crafted paragraph, a balanced descripition of the right length or a scene free of continuity errors are not to be easily dismissed.

I do agree, however, with other listeners who complained about how the narrator's voice fluctuates in volume; I listened to these stories mostly during long drives and at certain points I could barely hear him even with the car's speakers at top volume.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 1-3
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 1 - 3: MURDER ON THAMES, MYSTERY AT THE MANOR and MURDER BY MOONLIGHT.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyable easy listening

  • By C on 06-11-16

Effortless entertainment

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

Your classic, well-loved formula of British whodunnits amongst green meadows and cosy cottages with twitching curtains, nicely updated with the introduction of more modern characters and situations.

The audiobook is well produced and Neil Dudgeon delivers high-quality reading, helping you relate to the characters and maintaining suspense effectively.

  • Ghost in the Wind

  • By: E. J. Copperman
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Guesthouse owner, single mother, and reluctant ghost whisperer Alison Kerby is about to sit down to movie night with her family and friends when she's struck speechless. Floating before her is the ghost of her musical idol, 1960s English rock star Vance McTiernan. He's in desperate need of help from Alison and her resident ghostly gumshoe, Paul Harrison.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you can get past the terrible English accent...

  • By Clh77 on 17-03-16

A refreshing new take on a much beloved saga

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

This series of books belongs to my comfort-reading selection, so I enjoyed the familiar characters and places and the white humour that has me chuckling often while I listen to Alison's shenanigans and life views. In this installment, the ghost element takes a new turn I found very imaginative and enjoyable. E.J. Copperman has managed to find something pleasant and new to bring into each of the books, and I loved every one of them.

  • The Infirmary: A DCI Ryan Mystery

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Tom Bateman, Bertie Carvel, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848

There's a serial killer targeting the streets of Newcastle, seemingly picking his victims at random but subjecting them all to the same torturous end. When the Chief Inspector on the case goes missing, it falls on DCI Ryan to track down the man who is brutally murdering women and goading the police to 'catch me if you can'. As everyone becomes a suspect, Ryan and his team get drawn further and further into the case, but for Ryan the nightmare gets closer to home than he could ever have imagined. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent DCI Ryan mystery....

  • By Salter on 08-11-18

A cheap thrill, forgettable in the extreme.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

I’m glad I got this prequel for free so I could check out the saga before plunging into it, what a disappointment. The plot is so cliché I knew who the killer was before I was even half-way through it. The use of the first-person narration to communicate the suffering of the victims and the viciousness of the killer reads more like an attempt to provide self-gratification material to disturbed individuals. The nice touches of local colour and police procedure are totally wasted here.

The cast are talented and nice to listen to, but their work is spoiled by the annoyingly mournful tone of the narrator, so overdone it irritated me to the point of distraction. Though she was not nearly as irritating as the loud music and sound effects, which made words unintelligible at certain points.

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,017
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,573

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Couldn't put the headphones down.

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

I think it is a testament to a writer’s talent when you really, really wish you could whack her characters around the head. The major and minor conflicts in the personal lives of Cormoran and Robin are a perfect counterpoint to the strange and convoluted case they find themselves investigating in this installment.

With this saga, I tend to relish the interesting tidbits about investigative method that pepper the story, as well as the insight into a particular social sphere (in this case, the world of politics). I enjoyed the pace of the plot, its twists and turns, to the point of not caring all that much that the resolution to the mystery wasn’t as bizarre as I expected it to be, and that’s not an easy feat.

The more I listen to Robert Glenister, the more I value his skill as a reader. He brings very different characters to life while making it seem effortlessly, which is all down to talent, technique and experience.

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  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,943

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic and fasinating romp through time

  • By al on 02-12-14

Interesting premise, annoying protagonist.

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

Reviewed: 25-10-18

I absolutely love the setting and premise of the story, and I appreciate both the writer's sleek descriptive style and wry humour. However I must confess that, as a woman, I am sick and tired of being presented with supposedly strong female leading characters that, on the surface, make a difference in the world while, in their private lives, have to suffer quite unnecesarily from unexplained issues of self-esteem and a completely illogical deference to the expectations of a sexist society. You can't sell me a strong, intelligent female who will then swallow down all of her troubles in order to 'not make a fuss'. I was so livid at this approach that it's put me off the rest of the series, even though it's the kind of sci-fi I love.

About the narrator, she is obviously very professional, with a clear and modern diction, but has what I would describe as a 'nagging' tone (for lack of a better word) that I found tiresome after a few hours. Putting it very childishly, she sounds like a know-it-all and didn't make me like the main character any better for all that. But maybe that was the whole point!

  • Dracula

  • Starring David Suchet and Tom Hiddleston
  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: David Suchet, Tom Hiddleston
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Tom Hiddleston ( The Night Manager) stars as Jonathan Harker, with David Suchet ( Poirot) as Dracula in Liz Lochhead's powerful BBC radio adaptation of the classic novel by Bram Stoker. When solicitor Jonathan Harker sets off for Transylvania to sell the mysterious Count Dracula a Gothic mansion, his bride-to-be, Mina, begs him to stay - to no avail. But on arrival at Dracula's castle, deep in a black forest surrounded by wolves, Harker wishes he had listened to his fiancée.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By josiemur on 08-11-16

Beautifully produced and completely unnecesary.

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

Reviewed: 25-10-18

A high-quality production with a brilliant cast that will entertain you in style for a couple of hours. The story adds absolutely nothing interesting to the 'Draculaverse', as it tries half-heartedly to pepper the narrative with not-so-clever references to the naughtier bits in the original story. Good if you don't want to listen to the brilliant Victorian novel that is the original Dracula.

  • A Warning to the Curious

  • By: M. R. James
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

The story of Paxton, an antiquarian and archaeologist who holidays in "Seaburgh" and inadvertently stumbles across one of the lost crowns of Anglia, which legendarily protect the country from invasion. Montague Rhodes James was a noted British mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–1918) and of Eton College (1918–1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By Amazon Customer on 17-01-14

Delightful reading of a classic short story.

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

Reviewed: 25-10-18

I am extremely fond of M. R. James' short stories, so it is a pleasure to revisit them accompanied by David Suchet. He is a brilliant actor and reader with a very unique talent for bringing classic strories to life. A little gem for connoisseurs, and a great way to get an introduction into M. R. James' production,