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Bleep sleep

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-11

A very funny 6 minutes. In the same way that you would listen to Morgan Freeman reading the phone book I could listen to Samuel L Jackson swear his way through anything. I would urge anyone to add this to their basket and go the f**k to the check out.

6 people found this helpful

More from the Lincoln Lawyer

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-11

Daddy or chips? Bosch or Haller? After the gloom of 'Nine Dragons' it was great to see Mickey Haller back. This book does have a moral spine in it’s commentary on the state of the US housing market but this did not hamper the book for me. I enjoyed the development of Haller as a character and, whereas the other books had mixed positive/negative story lines I felt this book pays off and is more fulfilling. It always felt to me like Michael Connelly was never sure whether he liked Mickey Haller and played with set-up and knock down but this time out it feels like there is a purpose for the character; that we’re in the middle of a story arc. I hope this is a taste of what’s to come and, if so, I can’t wait.

2 people found this helpful

Upgrade to first class!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-11

I caught the 2010 Christmas special and laughed my flaps off but had missed the original series. I was really pleased to see it on Audible. I listened to all the episodes in one go and and wasn't disappointed.

Perfectly observed characters and some of the sharpest comedy writing since Blackadder I cannot recommend this highly enough. the dry one-liners and put downs from Douglas the First Officer (Roger Allum) are worth the price alone but there's also an superb turn by Benedict Cumberbatch (pre-Sherlock) as the hapless Captain Martin Crieff.

So funny I nearly choked on my complimentary nuts.

11 people found this helpful

Drab not FAB

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-11

This could have been an excellent insight to the team that brought us Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, and the rest, but whereas the written word might hold your attention this audiobook has poor production values which distract from listening. Anderson's delivery is flat (odd considering her love of actors and own acting credentials) but even if I could overlook this I cannot forgive the poor quality of the production. It sounds like someone has given Anderson a cheap digital recorder and allowed her to record the book at home. I could hear the gaps (off putting digital silence) where it has been edited and even hear the hard drive on the recorder spinning up at intervals.

I would advise the publishers to re-recorded this in a proper studio and coach Sylvia Anderson to give a more passionate narration of which I am sure she is capable.

Reflective and compelling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-11

A compelling listen but not without its challenges. Apart from the intriguing tale of a missing person, a murder and Cold War politics this is a book which is about growing old and dealing with thoughts of past successes and failures, present dilemmas and relationships and the prospect of a future of potential ill-health. Although there are reflective passages these do not distract from the excellent mystery but I would urge listeners to make sure they only listen to this title when they have listened to (or read) every other Wallender title.

4 people found this helpful

Finally, an audiobook that knows it's an audiobook

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-11

Yes it's funny, very, very funny but if you're a 30 Rock or SNL fan then this is no less than you would expect from Tina Fey. But one of the most amazing things about the audio version is that Tina Fey knows that she is reading an audiobook and uses this to comic effect. I can't think of another book that does this and by acknowledging the medium it really elevates the title to another level. Also, did I mention it's funny, very, very funny.

17 people found this helpful

The spots on this leopard are all blood

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-11

I much preferred this title to 'The Snowman', the writing style felt more assured. It breathed new life into the clich? of hard-done-by cop persuaded back onto the force to investigate a serial killer. It's a lean well researched, story that cracked along with some great twists. However, a word to the squeamish, I have a pretty cast-iron stomach and even I found myself a little queasy over some of the more violent passages. That aside I would definitely recommend this to crime fans who like their Larsson and Mankell.

5 people found this helpful

Thorne in my side

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-09-10

3 books in an I only just realised most of the DCI Thorne series are abridged. However, the abridgement is excellent and had I not spotted this I would have said they were complete. This is easily best of the first 3 and it feels like Mark Billingham has really started to know how to write Thorne and the regular characters. He shows a keen insight into the killer's background and treats the subject with care but not to the detriment of the story. If you love crime drama ignore the fact that its abridged and grab a Thorne now.

1 person found this helpful

Cat Scratch Fever

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-09-10

Having enjoyed 'Sleepy Head' (the first title in Mark Billingham's Tom Thorne series) I got 'Scaredy Cat' straight away. Whereas the first novel becomes compelling after a while this book had me completely hooked from the start. Scaredy Cat delves far more into the psyche of the killer and Billingham ekes out the story for each major character until they collide in the horrifying ending. I'm off to get the third in the series now!

Kept me awake!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-09-10

Having been a recent convert to crime fiction through the Harry Bosch series it was interesting to listen to a title that was set where I live in London (no glorious sunsets over the LA landscape for Detective Thorne). It was shaky start but I ended up gripped at this hard-worn, world weary detective who is driven (sorry for the cliche) but flawed (and another). At the end of this story I went straight out and got the second book 'Scaredy Cat'.

10 people found this helpful