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  • The Bone Field

  • The heart-stopping new thriller
  • By: Simon Kernick
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 705

A new twist to a decades old mystery. 1990. A young woman goes missing while backpacking in Thailand. She is never seen again. 2016. Her bones are discovered 6000 miles away in an English field and, within hours, the boyfriend who reported her disappearance all those years ago is dead. So begins a hunt to solve her murder that will take DI Ray Mason and PI Tina Boyd into a dark and terrifying world of corruption and deadly secrets, where murder is commonplace, and nothing and nobody is safe....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By P M Sedgwick on 08-10-17

To Many Loose Ends

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

I know that SK likes to leave open plot and character links that he can hook onto in future stories, but this story left too many unanswered questions for me. It felt more like the first book of a trilogy as opposed to a complete story. I did enjoy the book and Paul Thornley's narration was top drawer as usual, however I was left feeling vaguely dissatisfied especially as it will be a year before many of my “questions” will be answered!

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  • The Secret

  • By: Katerina Diamond
  • Narrated by: Stevie Lacey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

The brand-new crime novel from Katerina Diamond. Can you keep a secret? Your life depends on it.... Bridget Reid has a secret - one that could get her killed...if she can escape the man who is keeping her locked in a basement bedroom. DS Imogen Grey is good at keeping secrets - truths she'd never reveal to her colleagues at Exeter Police. She worked hard to get where she is. She nearly died for it. Now her past is catching up with her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • much better than before

  • By Ho-Man Yau on 18-11-16

Fast paced Edgy Thriller

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

Reviewed: 24-01-17

The story a follow on from The Teacher, operates on two primary timelines; 2 years ago describing what happened to Imogen in Plymouth causing her move to Exeter, and a present day case with definite links to the Plymouth case. A well constructed story that starts with multiple fragments which like a jigsaw puzzle gradually link up to create the complete picture.

It is however a very dark book, black in places that may not be to everyone’s taste! Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed the book I have marked the story down a star for two reasons. Firstly there are just far too many coincidences giving story a slightly implausible feel, and secondly because one or two of the violent scenes, in particular the country house hunt, in my opinion added nothing to the plot and were unnecessary
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Stevie Lacey does a great job with the narration, with extremely good characterisations. She must be getting well used to the West Country burr given that she also narrates the Charlotte Savage series. Overall I recommend the book and look forward to Katerina Diamond’s next offering.

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  • The Hope That Kills

  • A DI Fenchurch Novel, Book 1
  • By: Ed James
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 143

The body of a young woman is found on the streets of East London, in the shadow of the City's gleaming towers. No ID on her, just hard-earned cash. But there is no doubting the ferocity of the attack. DI Simon Fenchurch takes charge but, as his team tries to identify her and piece together her murder, they're faced with cruel indifference at every turn - nobody cares about yet another dead prostitute.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Police Yarn, shame about the narration

  • By JonR on 12-01-17

Good Police Yarn, shame about the narration

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

A good story line was spoilt for me by the characterisations of the narrator. Basic narration was fine but the voices of most of the male characters sounded very similar and as if they all smoked 40 a day. In particular Savage and Fenchurch’s dad were the most difficult, therefore ended up reading the Kindle edition for most of the story. Will read the kindle edition of second book in the series, which is a shame as usually I find the Audible narrators excellent.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Dean's List

  • By: Kelly Collins
  • Narrated by: Aria Abienta
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

When does being naturally sexy become your best attribute? Twenty-five-year-old honors student, River Roberts, knew her life had to change. With only forty dollars to her name, she was hungry, tired, and out of options. While seeking advice from her best friend Jade, she found something that could provide all she was looking for. Sexy, witty, charming and motivated, she met the requirements for The Dean's List, a university society that offered alumni anything they desired. It was the perfect job for her. But it came with a cost.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Erotic

  • By JonR on 14-05-16

Not Erotic

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

Reviewed: 14-05-16

This book is more saucy Chick-Lit than erotic. Whilst well written and narrated it is so slow that I gave up on it after about 100 minutes, by which time there had not been a single erotic scene, only a few sexy references. Disappointing as it had a promising start!

  • Shattered Innocence

  • By: Alexis Noelle
  • Narrated by: Warner Munroe
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Growing up poor and with a set of parents who couldn't care less about her, Jessica Evans was on her own. She knew she wanted better and was determined to make it through college. Her only problem was that she was broke, and college was expensive. That's when she was introduced to the world of depravity and scandal that she currently resides in.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your money or credits

  • By JonR on 06-08-15

Don't waste your money or credits

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

Reviewed: 06-08-15

After a promising edgy start, book quickly becomes predictible and boring, more chick lit than erotic with a one dimensional plot line. Not sure why a guy whyo is happy to manage an escort service should be so upset by a girl he likes working for the service!

  • Swansong

  • DI Nick Dixon, Book 4
  • By: Damien Boyd
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

Isobel Swan, a sixth form student, has been murdered. First, her ring finger is severed, then her throat is cut. With the investigation going nowhere fast, Detective Inspector Nick Dixon is sent undercover as a trainee teacher into Isobel's boarding school.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dective series

  • By Mogie on 26-03-16

Good story shame about the narration

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

Reviewed: 15-04-15

Would you try another book written by Damien Boyd or narrated by Napoleon Ryan?

My first Damien Boyd novel and I would certainly try another, but it would have to be a paperback or Kindle version if the audio narration was by Napoleon Ryan. Whilst general narration was fine, characterisations, particularly those of the male characters was dreadful. They all sounded like middle class characters from a 1950's B Movie, all of whom smoked 20 a day along with half a bottle of scotch, and were all totally one dimensional. The female characters were better, but mostly sounded the same, and as for Nixon possibly the deepest voice I have ever heard was used. All in all I was disappointed as the plotline sounded intriguing, the hardcopy reviews very positive and I was looking forward to listening to the book. Not sure if I can finish listening!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,318

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • waste of time

  • By Nicole on 02-10-16

Absorbing Psychological Thriller

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

Reviewed: 09-02-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Thoroughly recommended. As an ex-commuter I found this a compelling listen. The book has an intriguing plot that slowly unwinds as the story is told by the three main female characters, each with their own narrator. The narration is well paced by all three, with good characterisations; my only slight niggle being that during a scene late in the book between Anna and Rachel, told from Anna’s perspective, it was sometimes difficult to judge it was Anna or Rachel speaking. The author’s descriptive passages painted clear scenes for the listener without being overly wordy, and at no point did I find myself bored or wishing for a scene to end.

Looking forward to Paula Hawkins’ next novel, it will certainly be a hard to better this one, but I hope she can.

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  • Hourglass Heights

  • By: Ian David Noakes
  • Narrated by: John Paul Nicholas
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Who is brutally murdering the male residents of the Hourglass Heights apartment complex? At first glance, it would appear that their spouses are the killers, but Detective Marcia Tanaka believes that a serial killer is responsible. Through the course of her investigation, Detective Tanaka is pulled into a world of Japanese folklore and the supernatural as she explores the darker side of relationships, sex and psyche. She must learn to defeat her own personal demons before she can defeat one that is far more sinister.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Seemed a Good Noir Thriller but............

  • By JonR on 15-01-15

Seemed a Good Noir Thriller but............

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

Reviewed: 15-01-15

Would you try another book written by Ian David Noakes or narrated by John Paul Nicholas?

I would listen to another book by the author provided it was a different narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

It was dark and edgy with flawed characters as opposed to super-cops

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of John Paul Nicholas?

Anyone! The main character in the story is a 31 year old lady detective of Japaneese origin. So why cast a man to narrate, especially someone who is English and sounds like a middle-class school boy. Wose still the narration was flat and monotonous without any discernable characterisation.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Nothing wrong with the book, will read on another format, but the narration killed it!

  • Until the Darkness Comes

  • By: Kevin Brooks
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37

PI John Craine has come to Hale Island to get away from it all. But within hours he stumbles across the dead body of a young girl on the beach. When the police arrive the body has inexplicably disappeared. Or did Craine imagine it in the first place? Determined to get at the truth, Craine starts asking questions. But it seems that no one on the island is talking. And all too soon he finds himself tangled up in a deadly network of fear and violence…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cut above

  • By pollyfitz on 15-11-13

A Hint of Scandinavian Noir!

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

Reviewed: 31-03-14

If you could sum up Until the Darkness Comes in three words, what would they be?

Very slow to begin with but once I got into it I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Yes the author asks the listener to accept some poetic licence, not least how quickly 18 year old Robyn accepts her newly revealed significantly older half brother, along with some seriously clichéd characters.

Andrew Wincott’s narration is impeccable and his characterisations bring all the dark “players” to life, to colour the atmospheric scenes of a tired and dull Essex island, painted by the author..

Yes Craine is a flawed character who must have the stamina of an ox to consume all the booze, and drugs that he does but still come out ahead, but hey that’s fiction for you, it would be boring if it was totally lifelike!

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  • Naughty Bits: Revised

  • Pseudo-Incest Sibling Erotica
  • By: Selena Kitt
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

David has been brightening up his gray Surrey, England days with the porn collection hidden in his parents' shed, but when he finds that his older stepsister, Dawn, has discovered his magazines, things really begin to heat up. Their parents insist that their just-graduated son look for a job, but their daughter has the week off and is determined to work on her tan. Distracted David finds himself increasingly tempted by his seductive older stepsister, who makes it very clear what she wants.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Saucy Story Shame about the Narration

  • By JonR on 02-12-13

Saucy Story Shame about the Narration

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Naughty Bits: Revised to be better than the print version?

No

Any additional comments?

Sean Crisden is not a bad narrator just cannot do an English accent! Worst accents since Dick Van Dyke did Mary Poppins, especially Dawn and Julie. Main character sounds like a Bostonian (sorry Boston) with a sinus problem!. In addition not sure why rural Surrey characters have an East End cockney accent; if Ms Kitt hasn't got sign off on narration she should. However if you listen through the accents et al this is a very naughty story with lots of juicy bits.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful