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  • The Pure in Heart

  • Simon Serrailler 2
  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 507

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler, first introduced in The Various Haunts of Men, is on a painting holiday in Venice when he is summoned home by a telephone call. He has family problems to face, and the stress and grind of running a busy police station. When a little boy is snatched as he stands with his satchel at the gate of his home, waiting for his lift to school, an ordinary community realises that terror and evil are in their very midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully read and excellent characterisation.

  • By Christine on 29-11-07

Addictive

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

Reviewed: 03-11-15

Firstly I would like to thank Audible for allowing me to refund my credits for two Victoria Hislop books which I could not bear to listen to .... awful writing. Susan Hill is, in contrast, a wonderfully enthralling author and I can't stop listening to this "Serrailler" series. My dog is having her paws worn down with all the walks she is having while i listen. Thank you Audible and thank you Susan Hill !!!!

Narrator is first class too!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Genesis

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

Someone had spent time with her – someone well-practised in the art of pain.... Three and a half years ago former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton moved to Atlanta hoping to leave her tragic past behind her. Now working as a doctor in Atlanta’s Grady Hospital, she is starting to piece her life together. But when a severely wounded young woman is brought in to the emergency room, she finds herself drawn back into a world of violence and terror.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Karin Slaughter

  • By Glen on 15-12-10

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 22-08-14

This is the second Karin Slaughter that I've listened to and now I'm "hooked". It has to be said though, that it's pretty gory and difficult to listen to in places. However, the characters are so rounded and grounded and the story so compelling that I'll grit my teeth until they're done. The author is so clever and the narration is perfect for this work ... truly brilliant.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sins of the Wolf

  • A William Monk Novel #5
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

When her wealthy Scottish employer dies of an overdose of heart medication, Nurse Latterly is charged with murder and locked up in Newgate Prison. To save his friend from the gallows, Inspector Monk works feverishly to identify a cold-blooded killer in the victim's greatly admired - and coolly silent - family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent story, Needs a good edit

  • By Lynn on 26-03-11

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-07-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It is far too long and the style of writing is pedantic.

Would you ever listen to anything by Anne Perry again?

Yes, I like Anne Perry but this is, by far, the least enjoyable of her books ... in my opinion.

What three words best describe Davina Porter’s voice?

Appropriate, agreeable and expressive.

Do you think The Sins of the Wolf needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Chessmen

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,913

Fin Macleod, now head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal-game hunting taking place on the island. This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill - a local poacher, Fin's teenage intimate and possessor of a long-buried secret. But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn and Fin puts together the fractured pieces of the past, he realises that revealing the truth could destroy the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterclass in Storytelling

  • By MISS E J BIRD on 19-02-13

Superb

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-13

All three books are simply superb. The writing and the narration are so absorbing. Oh how I wish there were more ....

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fall of Giants

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,624

A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a discovery

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-09-11

Outstanding

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-12

.... just finished listening and feel like I've lost "an old friend". I loved the characters and the setting but it's the story which is haunting. An outstanding book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • On Canaan's Side

  • By: Sebastian Barry
  • Narrated by: Grainne Gillis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

At once epic and intimate, the story of Lilly Bere unfurls as she tries to make sense of the sorrows and troubles of her life and of the people whose lives she has touched. Spanning nearly seven decades, from Dublin at the end of the First World War to Lilly's life in the new world of America, it is a novel of memory, war, family ties, and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written story

  • By Declan on 25-08-11

Outstanding ....

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-12

........... in every way. This writer is so gifted; memorable characters, clever plot, recognisable emotions and brilliant story telling. I was captivated from start to finish.

  • An Empty Death

  • By: Laura Wilson
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

After almost five years of conflict, London's exhausted inhabitants are living in a world of dereliction. War-weary DI Ted Stratton is no exception, but he cannot help being drawn in by his latest case. Called on to investigate when a doctor is found dead in Fitzrovia's Middlesex Hospital, Stratton soon realizes that someone involved is not who they appear to be. Meanwhile Jenny, Ted's wife, is working at the local Rest Centre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very satisfying read

  • By Jacanty on 15-02-10

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-12-11

I enjoyed every moment ... this author has captured the time and place of London in the 50s in fine detail.
All three books in this series are brilliant and totally memorable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Capital Crime

  • By: Laura Wilson
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

It is winter in London in the early 1950s: John Davies confesses to strangling his wife and baby daughter. It promises to be a depressingly straightforward case for DI Ted Stratton of West End Central. When Davies recants, blaming respectable neighbour Norman Backhouse for the crimes, nobody sees any reason to believe him. Davies is convicted and hanged. But after a series of gruesome discoveries, Stratton begins to suspect there has been a terrible miscarriage of justice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy read...

  • By Madgey on 22-03-11

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-12-11

I enjoyed every moment ... this author has captured the time and place of London in the 50s in fine detail.
All three books in this series are brilliant and totally memorable.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • My Dear I Wanted to Tell You

  • By: Louisa Young
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

Set on the Western Front, in London and in Paris, My Dear I Wanted to Tell You is a moving and brilliant novel of love, class, and sex in wartime, and how war affects those left behind as well as those who fight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful,moving and engrossing

  • By helen on 20-06-11

Exceptional

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-11

The best book I've listened to for a very long time. This author is truly gifted: not a wasted word, she is a wonderful creator of character, plot and setting. I don't find it easy to listen to harsh description but because of it's necessity in this context I managed it. Wonderful narration too!!! I will remember this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stratton's War

  • By: Laura Wilson
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

London, June 1940. When the body of silent screen star Mabel Morgan is found impaled on railings, the coroner rules her death as suicide, but DI Ted Stratton of CID is not convinced. As he starts asking questions, it becomes clear that Morgan's fatal fall may have been the work of one of Soho's most notorious gangsters. When Stratton's path crosses with MI5 agent Diana Calthrop, they uncover a criminal network and a secretive pro-Fascist organisation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A surprising gem of a story

  • By J NEILL on 18-10-08

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-11

I am very impressed with this author; my first book by her. I enjoyed all aspects of the story and particularly enjoyed the setting. Realy first class !

3 of 3 people found this review helpful