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Norfolk, England
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  • Things Can Only Get Worse?

  • By: John O'Farrell
  • Narrated by: John O'Farrell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Things Can Only Get Worse is the personal story of one political activist helping Labour progress from its 1997 landslide to the unassailable position it enjoys today. Along the way he stood for Parliament against Theresa May; he was dropped from Tony and Cherie's Christmas card list after he revealed he always sent their card on to a friend from the SWP; and he campaigned for a new nonselective inner-city state school, then realised this meant he had to send his kids to a nonselective inner-city state school.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Political Testament of a Lefty

  • By Judy Corstjens on 23-01-18

Optimism in the face of gathering gloom

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

Reviewed: 28-12-17

John O’Farrell sums up my feelings nearly exactly. His world view matches mine. I found this book really heartening - his relentless optimism in the face of the frightening centripetal force that is now threatening parts of the West has given me hope. I like this book a lot. I’m going to be buying it for many friends and family members as a reminder of when the country looked outwards instead of in.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Thirst

  • Harry Hole, Book 11
  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084

A woman is found murdered after an Internet date. The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer. Under pressure from the media to find the murderer, the force know there's only one man for the job. But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him. Until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and his one failed case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant as normal

  • By Sue Edwards on 07-05-17

Masterful

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

Jo Nesbo has long been my favourite writer of Nordic Noir and this is his best novel yet. Suspenseful and full of believable characters with red herrings a plenty, this was unputdownable.

  • Tooth and Nail

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

Scotland Yard are anxious to find the killer and Inspector Rebus is drafted in to help. But his Scotland Yard opposite number, George Flight, isn't happy at yet more interference, and Rebus finds himself dealing with racial prejudice as well as the predations of a violent maniac. When Rebus is offered a serial killer profile of the Wolfman by an attractive female psychologist, it's too good an opportunity to miss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen<br />

  • By Andrew on 13-11-18

Excellent and recommended

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

Reviewed: 19-01-17

Ian Rankin tells a fine tale. The characterisation and plot are excellent, as are his narration. The narrator does a fabulous job and in my opinion suits the novel extremely well, bringing a Scottish accent to a Scottish detective story. I love these books. I would recommend them to anyone.

  • The Plague Charmer

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

Porlock Weir, Exmoor, 1361. Thirteen years after the Great Pestilence, plague strikes England for the second time. Sara, a packhorse man's wife, remembers the horror all too well and fears for the safety of her children. Only a dark-haired stranger offers help but at a price that no one will pay.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superstitious Slugfest

  • By Simon on 22-10-16

Dark and atmospheric

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

Reviewed: 07-12-16

It took me a while to get hooked into this book - it's told through several points of view and it took me about an hour of listening to really get into the characters. After that, I found it addictive listening.

It's a dark tale, but the medieval setting is very believable. The narrator does a very good job, I feel, of differentiating between the different characters and the plot rolls on at a satisfying pace. I have also listened to the Company of Liars by the same author, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I feel this novel is just as good. I look forward to trying some other books by Karen Maitland.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Winter Pilgrims

  • Kingmaker, Book 1
  • By: Toby Clements
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967

February 1460. In the bitter dawn of a winter’s morning, a young man and a woman escape from a priory. In fear for their lives, they are forced to flee across a land ravaged by conflict. For this is the Wars of the Roses, one of the most savage and bloody civil wars in history. Where brother confronts brother, king faces king, and Thomas and Katherine must fight just to stay alive....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic read

  • By Loraine on 10-01-16

Fantastic!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-16

I am very interested in this period of history and also enjoy a pacy plot led tale - this book ticks both those boxes! Unputdownable! I was making excuses to walk the dog and do the housework so I could continue listening to this well-knitted and well-narrated book. I will definitely be looking out for more from this author!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Buried

  • Department Q, Book 5
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Buried, the fifth installment of the Department Q series by Jussi Adler-Olsen, read by Steven Pacey. More than three years ago, a civil servant vanished after returning from a work trip to Africa. Though he is missing and presumed dead, the man's family still want answers. It is one of the many unsolved crimes left for Department Q, Denmark's cold-case unit headed up by Detective Carl Morck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Just A Crime Book

  • By David F. on 15-03-15

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 19-05-15

I'm a great fan of Nordic Noir, and having read everything Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbo and Camilla Lackberg have produced, I thought I would try Jussi Adler-Olsen,and I'm glad I did! Adler-Olsen has created a great set of characters for his Dept Q, each with their own mysteries.

This novel has a wide scope and disparate threads that gradually come together. It is a thrilling read, full of suspense.

Having binge-read all of the Dept Q novels, I'm bereft at now coming to the end, and I'm impatiently awaiting the next! (To be released in September 2015, I believe.)

  • Disgrace

  • Department Q, Book 2
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,170

Kimmie’s home is on the streets of Copenhagen. To live she must steal. She has learned to avoid the police and never to stay in one place for long. But now others are trying to find her. And they won’t rest until she has stopped moving - for good. Detective Carl of Department Q, the cold cases division, has received a file concerning the brutal murder of a brother and sister 20 years earlier. A group of boarding school students were the suspects at the time - until one of their numbers confessed and was convicted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely hooked!

  • By Hilary on 21-10-12

Just fab

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

Reviewed: 30-03-15

I'm on a reading binge and can't stop reading books in this series. I'm a great fan of Nordic noir (it takes place in a land both familiar and alien) and I feel Jussi Adler-Olsen has created a detective team with a distinct identity. Carl Moorck and his team, which includes a Syrian refugee and a bolshy secretary, have a basement full of cold cases to investigate. This is the second case, and is quite different from 'Mercy', the first book in the series.

The detective, Carl Moorck, is a warmer and more likable character than Nesbo's Harry Hole (who I love),
though equally as tortured. The book's contents are intricately plotted and well-paced.

If you like crime drama, you must try this series. Personally, I can't wait to read the next one and I'm downloading it right now!

  • The Year of the Ladybird

  • By: Graham Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

It is the summer of 1976, the hottest since records began, and a young man leaves behind his student days and learns how to grow up. A first job in a holiday camp beckons. But with political and racial tensions simmering under the cloudless summer skies there is not much fun to be had. And soon there is a terrible price to be paid for his new found freedom and independence. A price that will come back to haunt him, even in the bright sunlight of summer. As with Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Graham Joyce has crafted a deceptively simple tale of great power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed this. Nostalgic and the reader's interpretation of the characters was very good

  • By kindlemama on 03-04-17

Good, but...

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

Reviewed: 24-03-15

... Not quite what I was expecting.

I absolutely loved 'some kind of fairy story' and wanted to read more of Joyce's work. This book jumped out at me due to excellent reader reviews. I like Joyce's quirky tales, and did enjoy this, but I was expecting something a bit more horrifying due to reviews of this 'scary' ghost story. Maybe it's just me, but I didn't find it remotely scary. I just spent most of the book waiting to be made to jump, but in my opinion it's not that type of story. It is atmospheric, idiosyncratic, sympathetic and worth reading. Just don't expect to jump out of your skin!

I would say it's a quirky tale rather than a ghost story, but give it a go and see what you think!

The narrator was fabulous - really brought the story alive with all his voices. I will look out for his reading in future, for sure!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Mercy

  • Department Q, Book 1
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,582

The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Mercy, Scandinavia’s new bestselling crime phenomenon. Read by the actor Steven Pacey. At first the prisoner scratches at the walls until her fingers bleed. But there is no escaping the room. With no way of measuring time, her days, weeks, months go unrecorded. She vows not to go mad. She will not give her captors the satisfaction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Danish Noire superbly read by Steven Pacey

  • By Nick on 08-02-13

Scandinavian Suspense

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

Reviewed: 23-03-15

I love Nordic Noir, and have read plenty of it, from Larsson to Nesbo, with some Lackberg in between.

I feel Adler-Olsen measures up well to his contemporaries. This is the second of his novels I have listened to, the first being Alphabet House.

It is nicely paced, with good characterisation, becoming impossible to put down for the final quarter of the book. I found the narration excellent, and would be more than happy to listen to another book from both this author and this narrator. In fact, I'm about to download the next in the series!

If you like a bit of Scandinavian crime, you will love this book - unputdownable!

  • Some Kind of Fairy Tale

  • By: Graham Joyce
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 293

Some Kind of Fairy Tale is a very English story. A story of woods and clearings, a story of folk tales and family histories. It is as if Neil Gaiman and Joanne Harris had written a fairy tale together.... It is Christmas afternoon and Peter Martin gets an unexpected phone call from his parents, asking him to come round. It pulls him away from his wife and children and into a bewildering mystery. His sister, Tara. Not so unusual you might think, this is Christmas after all, a time when families get together. But 20 years ago, Tara took a walk into the woods and never came back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real page turner

  • By Kate on 02-08-12

Amazingly good

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

Reviewed: 27-02-15

Wow. That was fantastic!

The characterisation was truly impressive, each person very well drawn and with their own distinct personality. The plot was compelling - was there or was there not a rational explanation for events? The tale moved at a nice pace and there was a humour to the writing that gave the story a warmth.

John Lee is a talented narrator who ably brings a story to life. I equally enjoyed his narration of Ken Follett's Century trilogy and feel he is a safe pair of hands when it comes to narration. I haven't listened to a book he has narrated that I haven't liked.

If you enjoy a good story and can suspend your disbelief for a few hours, you will find this a very good listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful