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Megan Hodgkins

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  • Bring Me Back

  • By: B A Paris
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hely, Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 585
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 544

The million-copy best-selling author returns with a breathtaking thriller. The disappearance. The suspicion. The fear....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Love Paris in the Springtime!

  • By Simon on 08-03-18

So far fetched

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

Reviewed: 30-04-18

I can’t believe I’ve wasted so many hours of my life on this book! The story is so far fetched, when you find out what happened, it’s just ridiculous

  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,367
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,838

When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this

  • By Mr. P Shaw on 25-11-08

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 16-03-18

I didn’t want this book to end! I loved it so much. The end made me cry, partly because of the lovely ending but also because it’s finished! A great story with great characters - loved it!

  • The Furthest Station

  • A PC Peter Grant Novella
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,746
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,616

There's something going bump on the Metropolitan line, and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly who to call. It's PC Peter Grant's specialty.... Only it's more than going 'bump'. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter - making the follow-up interviews rather difficult. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but

  • By Jeffrey Slater on 06-10-17

The shape of things to come

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

Absolutely loved “The Furthest Station”. The story was absorbing and entertaining , but what engaged me most of all was the ever expanding magical world. Definitely leaves you wanting more, so come on Mr Aaronovitch, pull your finger out!

  • The Hanging Tree

  • Rivers of London, Book 6
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,983
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,785

Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty's daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour. Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we're talking about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As usual, a great read.

  • By Justine on 12-12-16

Hurry up with the next book please Mr Aaronovitch.

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

Reviewed: 27-11-16

Another excellent story. Enjoyed the expansion of the magical into the mundane world. Missed the jazz riffs between chapters though.

  • How to Be a Vigilante: A Diary

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784

It's 1998. The Internet age is still in its infancy. Google has just been founded. Eighteen-year-old supermarket shelf-stacker Nigel Carmelite has decided that he's going to become a vigilante. There are a few problems: how is he going to even find crime to fight on the streets of Derbyshire? How will he create a superhero costume - and an arsenal of crime-fighting weaponry - on a shoestring budget?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We're Only Making Fans For Nigel

  • By Simon on 15-09-16

Not what I thought it would be!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

The book starts off as funny and quite light hearted. It reminded me a lot of the film Kick Ass to begin with, although towards the end it changed! The last couple of hours the book turns quite tragic, dark, gruesome and depressing! Although I thought the book was very well written and it didn't make me want to stop listening, it just wasn't what I expected! I found part of it quite difficult to listen too and really sad, rather than the humerus book I thought it was.
Still a really good story but not for the faint hearted! Brilliant narration too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Girls

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 3
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485

When nine-year-old best friends Charlie and Amy disappear, two families are plunged into a living nightmare. A text message confirms the unthinkable; that the girls are the victims of a terrifying kidnapping. And when a second text message pits the two families against each other for the life of their children, the clock starts ticking for D.I. Kim Stone and the squad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration much better - story outstanding

  • By Marie on 10-12-15

Fast paced, tense and exciting!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

I have really enjoyed the first three Kim Stone books. I couldn't stop listening until I knew what would happen to the girls! Very likable characters and well written. Like the other two books I found it quite far fetched and had a few plot holes, but still entertaining and enjoyable to read. I hope the autor is planning on more in the Kim Stone series but please for the love of god fire the narrator!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Evil Games

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 2
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440

When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mystery to sink into

  • By SaxonSpirit56 on 30-08-15

Strangely addictive! Still hate the narration!

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

Reviewed: 28-11-15

I really enjoyed the first book but almost gave up on the trilogy due to the terrible narration. Although I couldn't resist buuing the second book!
I have to admit I didn't find the narrator quite as irritating as in the first book, but still thought it lacked flow and hated the accents!
I enjoyed the fast-paced story and found it a really gripping thriller, although far fetched and cheesy!
Have already purchased the third book :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Silent Scream

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 833
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742

Five figures gather 'round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult-sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken, but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood. Years later a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders that shock the Black Country.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, dreadful narrator.

  • By G. Willoughby on 04-10-15

Good story, horrible narration!

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

Reviewed: 25-11-15

I enjoyed the story, I found it intriguing and really wanted to find out what happened in the end! it was a bit cheesy and funny in places. Being from the black Country myself I enjoyed reading a book about an area im familiar with. However the narration is awful! The accents are terrible and the overall flow of the narration just didnt work. I was really hoping it would be a different narrator for the other two books bit unfortunately it isn't. Not sure I can stand another book read by this woman which is a shame! A good book ruined by an awful narrator!

3 of 3 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 2,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,782
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,772

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

Great story, poor narration in parts

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

Reviewed: 30-10-15

I really enjoyed this book, very well written with lots of twists that make you keep listening!
I thought the narrator did some brilliant accents. Although, I found that when he narrated the text rather than speech, I found myself drifting off! He speaks in a low monotone that made me miss parts of the story. Apart from that very well narrated. Looking forward to reading the next Harry Hole book!

  • The Farm

  • By: Tom Rob Smith
  • Narrated by: James Langton, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 351

Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden, the country of his mother's birth. But with a single phone call, everything changes. Your mother... she's not well, his father tells him. She's been imagining things - terrible, terrible things. In fact, she has been committed to a mental hospital. Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls: Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad... I need the police... Meet me at Heathrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and unusual...

  • By Caro on 15-02-14

...Meh

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

Reviewed: 12-08-15

This book was ok, but a little slow and anticlimactic. I listened to the whole thing, it was very well written with some excellence descriptions, it made me really want to visit Sweden!. I read child 44 before this which was amazing, so perhaps this just suffered in comparison. I was hoping for another amazing and gripping story, which this was not.
I found the character Tilda (the mother) incredibly irritating! But that's probably just me!
I thought the narrations a were both brilliant and couldn't fault them.
I think I was just expecting more!
Still a good listen.