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  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,625

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

Cripple with an axe ( to grind)

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-07-12

Another wounded and warped character with phenomenal powers of endurance bent of revenge and closure, Quite a few people hurt.

  • The Way We Live Now

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408

In this world of bribes, vendettas, and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel...a bloated swindler...a vile city ruffian'. But as vile as he is, he is considered one of Trollope's greatest creations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! Fantastic!

  • By Sharon on 15-11-09

A Victorian Masterpiece

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-12

Whilst Anthony Trollope will be forever remembered as the author of the excellent Chronicles of Barchester, one of his greatest novels is "The Way we Live Now". A world of characters drawn from London and Suffolk driven by honour, cupidity, vanity and passion inter-react with each other often to their mutual disadvantage. All this is related by a trusted guide in Timothy West who by subtle means points the finer details of each character with a degree of sympathy that even the worst sinner is not without some redemptive qualities.
A fine book very well told and strongly recommended

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 910

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murakami sparkles as ever

  • By Nick on 22-01-12

An Amazing Masterpiece

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-12

Murakami is one of the great writers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. His existential and mystic literary style enables a deep and penetrating insight into the nature of human beings and their relationship to their internal worlds and the worlds of some others about them. This is a love story which has a strong narrative drive and has the deepest insights concerning the compulsion of love. The descriptions of even the minor characters are finely drawn and as human as our closest friends. In this respect Murakami is as rich as Dickens in his characters but without the stage makeup.
Well read by a thoughtful and well chosen team and deserving all the time that you can spare to listen, reflect and listen again.

  • Zero Day: John Puller, Book 1

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703

John Puller is a former war hero and now the best military investigator in the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigative Division. He is a loner with few possessions by preference, but he has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable determination for finding the truth. His father was the most decorated U.S. Marine in history, but now resides in a nursing home far from his battlefield glory. Puller’s older brother, also a military vet, is serving a life sentence in Leavenworth Penitentiary. Puller is called out to a remote, rural area far from any military outpost to investigate into the brutal murder of a family....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Beware loud music

  • By Marcia on 02-01-12

The indestructable Soldier

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-02-12

Just as Stone was impervious to mortal dangers, though those close to him do die on occasions, so it is with WO Puller a senior, much decorated detective of the CID branch of the US Army. He is sent on detached duty to investigate a case that grows into a National threat without much support from a sycophantic senior command. Fortunately Puller is aided by a feisty female police sergeant who, like Stone's associates, is doomed from the first time that you meet her. The narrative pace is fast and furious characteristic of Baldacci though the story becomes predictable. What gains the third star is the fine reading given by Ron McLarty and especially Orlagh Cassidy whose laconic interpretation of the female sergeant was first class.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Calling of the Grave

  • By: Simon Beckett
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

‘At first glance it could have been anything – a stone, a knotted root – until you looked more closely. Thrusting out of the wet earth, its bones visible through rags of flesh, was a decomposing hand…’It was eight years ago that they found the body buried on the moor. They were certain that this was one of psychotic rapist and multiple murderer Jerome Monk’s teenage victims. Which left just two more bodies to find.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Brilliant Book

  • By Aileen on 01-07-11

The thrills of Forensic Anthropology

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-12

This is the story of a forensic anthropologist which is a change from the alcoholic/divorced/depressed detective that seems to fascinate crime writers today. Our hero is a widower and does have an opportunity to find a new beloved when they both are engaged in searching for graves on Dartmoor. They are thrown together in a very physical way on the brink of discovering the truth and escaping with their lives.
As usual well read but does not make up for these rather cardboard characters that I, for one, would not have been sad had they perished. No sequel please.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Luther: The Calling

  • By: Neil Cross
  • Narrated by: David Bauckham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Meet Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. He's a murder detective. He's brilliant; he's intense; he's instinctive. And yet there are rumours that DCI Luther is bad - not corrupt, but tormented. The first in a new series of novels featuring DCI John Luther takes us into Luther's past and into his mind. It is the story of the case that tore his personal and professional relationships apart, and propelled him over the precipice....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Called to justice.

  • By Susan on 20-04-14

Another sad detective

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-01-12

Luther is a detective with so many problems that it would be kinder for his superiors to send him into whole time psychotherapy. It might even work and save his marriage if he really wanted to change his sloppy life style.
As it is he is given a case which he very nearly cocks up, along with his marriage. Too much incompetence!
The narration was as good as it could be so well done David Bauckham.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • City of Veils

  • By: Zoe Ferraris
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

In the maze of narrow streets, a faceless killer hides... The burkha-clad body of a young woman is discovered on the grimy sands of Jeddah beach. Investigating policeman Osama Ibrahim, forensic scientist Katya Hijazi and her friend, the strictly devout Bedouin guide Nayir Sharqi join forces to search out the truth in the scorching city streets and the vast, lethal emptiness of the desert beyond.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting, Fascinating and Thought Provoking

  • By Cabaspre on 02-03-11

Crime in Saudi

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-01-12

This could be sub-titled " The difficulty of being a woman In Saudi" Indeed whether a police officer, a victim, or an American wife, all live with laws and customs that is dominated by the male ego. Despite this great disadvantage our heroine pushes her burka firmly up and gets down to the business of solving the mysterious crime. Certainly her male colleague ( superior rank, of course) helps and is not too much of a hindrance.
I was left pondering if the Saudis with their vast wealth would ever change to a more equitable life for their female population. The mystery did not work for me, but the sociology was fascinating.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Solitary Man

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

Chris Hutchinson is a man on the run. Imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, Hutch escapes from a British maximum security prison and starts a new life in Hong Kong. Then a ghost from his past catches up with him, forcing him to help a former terrorist break out of a Bankok prison. Or face life behind bars once more. Meanwhile the Drug Enforcement Administration wants to nail the vicious drug warlord responsible fo rflooding the States with cheap heroin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fast-paced criminal thriller

  • By kate on 25-09-10

Nasty people fall out

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-11

None of the characters appealed to me and as a result I was not concerned when bad things happened to them. The story is inventive but short on authenticity and the ending pure nonsense derived from Hollywood. As a book it deserves only two stars but Paul Thornley narrates so well that some suspense is maintained and the weak characterization enriched by his fluency with accents.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Deniable Death

  • By: Gerald Seymour
  • Narrated by: Paul Panting
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

MI6 plan to assassinate the leading maker of IEDs - roadside bombs- as he leaves his house in Iran. But first, they need to know when he is leaving. So it is that Danny 'Badger' Baxter finds himself in Iran, lumbered with a partner he loathes, lying next to a mosquito-infested marsh, observing the house. And knowing that if they are caught, Her Majesty's Government will deny all knowledge of them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow burner but leads to almost unbearable tension

  • By MarieLouise on 28-09-11

The price of Surveilance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-11

I cannot recall a book devoted to an important surveillance in hostile country so this book is a first for me. It is realistic in the detail and the psychological dramas that being still and listening for days at a time. I have spoken with spooks in my career and find the characters here so completely fit the types that are prepared to undergo dreadful privations to get the important information for others. Gerald Seymour may never win a literary award but he is masterful in his build up of suspense, narrative drive, and maintaining interest in the minutiae of surveillance technique.
The narrative is complimented with a sympathetic reading which has sufficient characterization with out parody.

  • The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

  • Good Thief Mysteries, Book 1 (Unabridged)
  • By: Chris Ewan
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Shortlisted for the CrimeFest Last Laugh Award for best humorous crime novel. Charlie Howard doesn’t just write books about a career thief, he also happens to be one. In Amsterdam working on his latest book, Charlie is approached by a mysterious American who asks him to steal two apparently worthless monkey figurines from two separate addresses on the same night. At first he says no.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad at all

  • By Zoe on 20-09-15

Lightweight but pleasant thriller

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-11

Nicely narrated thriller of a professional thief who also writes crime fiction. A little too slick and you never doubt that he will get away with it. One can detect the Raffles influence in this novella.