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  • Someone Else's Skin

  • D.I. Marnie Rome 1: Winner of the Crime Novel of the Year
  • By: Sarah Hilary
  • Narrated by: Abigail Thaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 561
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 516

Introducing DI Marnie Rome, Someone Else's Skin will enthral fans of Val McDermid and Mo Hayder. Devastating, brilliant, and heralding an outstanding new talent in crime fiction, this is the crime debut of the year. Some secrets keep you safe, others will destroy you.... Detective Inspector Marnie Rome. Dependable; fierce; brilliant at her job; a rising star in the ranks. Everyone knows how Marnie fought to come back from the murder of her parents, but very few know what is going on below the surface.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed this book

  • By George A Bear on 29-05-15

Promising

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

Reviewed: 09-04-19

This is a really promising start to a new series and I will definitely be getting the next in the series.Some interesting characters that need fleshing out, and I look forward to seeing them develop.

Not so good aspects - some rather stupid decisions by experienced officers that put them in unnecessary danger and a rather flat narration that needs to liven up a little.

  • The Binding

  • By: Bridget Collins
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice - but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse. He will learn to handcraft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing, breath taking, heart wrenching

  • By Tiina on 15-01-19

Haunting

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

Reviewed: 26-01-19

A thought provoking story, beautifully written and read. This one will stay in my mind for a long time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Defence

  • By: Steve Cavanagh
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

The truth has no place in a courtroom. The truth doesn't matter in a trial. The only thing that matters is what the prosecution can prove. Eddie Flynn used to be a con artist. Then he became a lawyer. Turned out the two weren't that different. It's been more than a year since Eddie vowed never to set foot in a courtroom again. But now he doesn't have a choice. Olek Volchek, the infamous head of the Russian mafia in New York, has strapped a bomb to Eddie's back and kidnapped his ten-year-old daughter, Amy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast and furious.

  • By anne on 25-02-16

Fast paced page-turner with little depth

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

I really struggled with this book. Yes it was exciting and an easy listen, but it was also unrelenting in its action. There were 72 chapters and it felt like there was a cliffhanger at the end of every one. I just wanted a little time to absorb events and get to know some of the characters below a surface depth.
There was promise here, and at times I was reminded of the Lincoln Lawyer. I'll probably try the next in the series and see how the characters develop.
And best of all it was lovely to listen to the narration of Adam Sims again, much missed from his wonderful characterisation of the community of Three Pines in the Louise Penny books.

  • The Stranger Diaries

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Anjana Vasan, Andrew Wincott, Esther Wane, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 344

Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. As a literature teacher specialising in the Gothic writer R. M. Holland, she teaches a short course on it every year. Then Clare's life and work collide tragically when one of her colleagues is found dead, a line from an R. M. Holland story by her body. The investigating police detective is convinced the writer's works somehow hold the key to the case.s....  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The stranger diaries

  • By brenda peirce on 18-11-18

Poor characters in a predictable plot

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

Reviewed: 08-01-19

This was a rather disappointing story that never held my interest. I didn't like any of the characters, with their many small prejudices and class distinctions. None of them felt believable and neither did the mystery itself.

The story wasn't helped by some poor narration, particularly the young police woman who sounded bland and immature.

It's a shame because I've very much enjoyed this author's other series and had high hopes for this one. It just didn't work for me.

  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

  • By: Stuart Turton
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,569

'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder, and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.' It is meant to be a celebration, but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself over and over again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex but Brilliant. A Classic in the making!

  • By Martin on 03-08-18

Confusing

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

Reviewed: 30-04-18

An interesting idea, well narrated and with real potential. However, the plot was incredibly confusing, particularly as an audio, and I kept having to go back and relisten to sections. I also thought it was over long and the ending lacked impact. Almost all the characters in the novel were vile so I found it difficult to care about them and at times the plot really dragged. I'm afraid this one wasn't really for me.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Tiger in the Well

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872

Sally is 25, and somebody wants to destroy her. She receives divorce papers from a man she has never met, let alone married - yet this trap is so well laid that she is powerless to prove otherwise. When custody of her precious daughter is awarded to this evil stranger, it is the beginning of a terrifying struggle in which Sally will have to fight, with a gun if necessary, for the freedom of her family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding narration

  • By Busy bee on 02-01-17

Superb end to the trilogy

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

I have really enjoyed the Sally Lockhart mysteries. I love the way Phillip Pullman writes strong female leads, and I love the setting and the vivid characters he depicts. This novel is less of a Victorian adventure than the first two novels and deals with darker and deeper issues that cause Sally to question everything she believes about herself and the society she lives in.
Anton Lesser is one of the best narrators I have ever heard, with an amazing range of voices and accents. He pulls you into the story and the pace never lets up.
The perfect combination of story and narrator - I can't recommend these highly enough.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,092
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,079

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

  • By Simon on 15-11-17

Welding on the Moon

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

If you are fascinated by the minutiae of welding in a vacuum this is the book for you. If, like me, you had been eagerly anticipating the follow up to the very enjoyable Martian then you may be as disappointed as I was. The main character is unsympathetic and behaves more like a teenage boy than a 26 year old woman. The life and death peril of Martian made the science fascinating but in this unexciting heist story it makes the plot drag. The society on Artemis is supposed to be multi-cultural and the lead character is from Saudi, but the culture is unrelentingly modern American. I won't be racing to pre-order the next Andy Weir novel.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Holy Island

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,286

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan retreats to Holy Island seeking sanctuary when he is forced to take sabbatical leave from his duties as a homicide detective. A few days before Christmas, his peace is shattered, and he is thrust back into the murky world of murder when a young woman is found dead amongst the ancient ruins of the nearby priory. When former local girl Dr. Anna Taylor arrives back on the island as a police consultant, old memories swim to the surface, making her confront her difficult past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled to finish this one

  • By Colette on 06-01-16

Awful, Awful, awful

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

Sexist Mills & Boon tosh. Dialogue made me cringe, the plot was unbelievable and there was no sense of place. The narrator was excellent and deserves praise for managing to deliver the dialogue without laughing. I can't believe this book has had so many good reviews - I'm off to recover with some Rebus.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Friar

  • Damian Seeker 2
  • By: S. G. MacLean
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

London, 1655, and Cromwell's regime is under threat from all sides. Damian Seeker, Captain of Cromwell's Guard, is all too aware of the danger facing Cromwell. Parliament resents his control of the army while the army resents his absolute power. In the East End of London, a group of religious fanatics plots rebellion. In the midst of all this, a stonemason uncovers a perfectly preserved body dressed in the robes of a Dominican friar, bricked up in a wall in the crumbling Black Friars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good I was sorry when it ended

  • By Clare on 03-09-17

Series hits its stride

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

The first Seeker novel had promise but the characters took time to warm to, not helped by a poor narrator. With a change of narrator this second Seeker novel is wonderful. An interesting collection of characters is beginning to develop and the central character of Damien Seeker is becoming intriguing in his complexity. The historical setting is well researched and believable and a fascinating period to get drawn into. I enjoyed every minute and will be waiting impatiently for the next instalment.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,212

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tchaikovsky is still writing Symphonies!

  • By Simon on 11-05-17

Unique perspective

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

Reviewed: 29-05-17

I loved this book. A fascinating new perspective on evolution and an exploration of what makes us 'human'. It's well written and well narrated, with wonderfully drawn characters and a believable progression. I couldn't stop listening. If an arachnaphobe like me can find herself cheering on Portia, Bianca and Fabian then there's hope for us all! Highly recommended.