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  • The Infirmary: A DCI Ryan Mystery (Multicast Drama)

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Tom Bateman, Bertie Carvel, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963

There's a serial killer targeting the streets of Newcastle, seemingly picking his victims at random but subjecting them all to the same torturous end. When the Chief Inspector on the case goes missing, it falls on DCI Ryan to track down the man who is brutally murdering women and goading the police to 'catch me if you can'. As everyone becomes a suspect, Ryan and his team get drawn further and further into the case, but for Ryan the nightmare gets closer to home than he could ever have imagined. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent DCI Ryan mystery....

  • By Salter on 08-11-18

Brilliant stellar cast in this chilling thriller

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

What I loved about this audiobook was the way in which the story balanced the line between the darkness, as this is quite probably the darkest tale to date in the series, and the need to keep the core of the violence off the page. The portrayal of the murderer, both by the 'killer narrator', Bertie Carvel, and the killer himself, Mark Bazeley, was absolutely chilling. I could feel the goosebumps rising, my skin crawling as you got that absolute detachment, especially from Bertie Carvel as he divulged the killer's thoughts to the listener. You are never given the full force or description of the violence that is inflicted, but you are given enough to let you form your own ideas and for your mind to take it as far as you are comfortable.

Now, this really is a star studded affair. Featuring Tom Bateman as DCI Ryan and Kevin Whately as Frank Phillips, you are sure of a stunning performance. For me they both captured the characters perfectly, Whately especially making a brilliant Frank. Alun Armstrong was almost unrecognisable as Gregson but again a superb performance, and fantastic narration by Hermione Norris throughout the book, all of them keeping listeners on the hook from beginning to end. I don't think I could imagine a better cast for this to be fair and can only hope that there are more audio productions in the future to reunite (most of) them again.

It is so hard to review this audiobook without giving things away. With all the thrills and spills of your favourite DCI Ryan novels, brought to life by a stellar cast, this book will hook you from the action filled opening, through the story's dark and chilling heart, to its sad but inevitable conclusion.The pacing is perfect, the tension, at times, taking you to the very edge of your seat and the sense of menace ... Off the charts. I already knew how this book would end but still, the way in which the drama built up, the way I got to reconnect with characters I already loved in brand new ways, I couldn't help but wish that the ending could be different. That Frank or Ryan could make the connections just that little bit sooner, act that little bit differently. But then, if they had, the rest of the journey wouldn't be the same now would it?

Imagine a world where Ryan never went to Holy Island ... Perhaps, never met Anna?

Fans of the series are going to love this and for those yet to fall in love with Ryan then do yourself a favour and give this a go. You will not be disappointed. I loved it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lucky Ghost

  • The Martingale Cycle, Book 2
  • By: Matthew Blakstad
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Early one Monday morning, much like today, journalist Alex Kubelick walks up to a total stranger and slaps him across the face. Hard. He thanks her. They've both just earned Emoticoins in a new, all-consuming game that trades real-life emotions for digital currency. Emoticoins are changing the face of the global economy - but someone or something seems to be controlling the game for their own nefarious purposes. As Alex begins to pick apart the tangled threads that are holding the virtual game together, she finds herself on the run from very real enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A sign of things to come?

  • By Spicewalker on 07-03-18

A sign of things to come?

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

If you could sum up Lucky Ghost in three words, what would they be?

Futuristic, dystopin-esque, thrilling

What other book might you compare Lucky Ghost to, and why?

The Feed - based around an example of the constant move towards digital and cyber-technology and the impacts it can have when it gets taken too far.

Which character – as performed by Lucy Paterson – was your favourite?

Alex - tenacious, determined and occasionally gung-ho

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Perhaps the latter moents of the book and the honest exchange between Thimblerig and Alex - the point at which Alex makes a full decision on whether to live in the Strange or The Real

Any additional comments?

Lucky Ghost is a thrilling and fun look at the rise of technology, social media and cryto-currency in the mainstream lives, perhaps not too far removed from reality given that children of three are more at home with an iPad than a pen and pencil these days. combining political corruption, organised crime and hackers, this is a fast moving, tech-focused read that has you engaged in the characters, even if they are not always likeable, invested in their story and, more than anything, intrigued to find out what is going on and what is the true identify of 'Lucky Ghost'. A fantastic read/listen and the audio version is brilliantly narrated and brings the story to life.

  • Give Me the Child

  • By: Mel McGrath
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Dr Cat Lupo aches for another child despite the psychosis which marked her first pregnancy. So when Ruby Winter, a small girl in need of help, arrives in the middle of the night, it seems like fate. But as the events behind Ruby's arrival emerge - her mother's death, her connection to Cat - Cat questions whether her decision to help Ruby has put her own daughter at risk.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Twisted tale of family secrets

  • By Spicewalker on 18-12-17

Twisted tale of family secrets

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

Reviewed: 18-12-17

Loved this story but be careful if you are listening and driving. Some parts made me want to thump my steering wheel they got me so frustrated - in a good way. Great story and characters who both intrigue and repel. I really felt for the central character tee and felt my blood boil on her behalf. I knew there was a reason I avoid kids ... Great narration really brought the audio book to life and I sailed through it in around a day.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Without Trace

  • A Morgan Vine Thriller
  • By: Simon Booker
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

A gripping psychological thriller for fans of Gone Girl and Making a Murderer. For four long years, journalist Morgan Vine has campaigned for the release of her childhood sweetheart Danny Kilcannon - convicted, on dubious evidence, of murdering his 14 year-old stepdaughter. When a key witness recants, Danny is released from prison. With nowhere else to go, he relies on single mum Morgan and her teenage daughter, Lissa.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A real struggle to know who to trust

  • By Spicewalker on 18-12-17

A real struggle to know who to trust

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

Reviewed: 18-12-17

Every character in this book gives you great reason to doubt them and that’s what makes this books such a compelling read. Those your trust find a way to surprise you and nothing was ever quite what I was expecting as the author steered well away from the obvious and cliched. Great narration made this a fab book to listen to on my travels.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Deaths of December

  • By: Susi Holliday
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

It looks like a regular advent calendar. Until DC Becky Greene starts opening doors...and discovers a crime scene behind almost every one. The police hope it's a prank. Because if it isn't, a murderer has just surfaced - someone who's been killing for 20 years. But why now? And why has he sent it to this police station? As the country relaxes into festive cheer, Greene and DS Eddie Carmine must race against time to catch the killer. Because there are four doors left, and four murders will fill them....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope there’s more

  • By Anne Stedman on 06-02-18

A great, not so festive Christmas tale

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

Reviewed: 18-12-17

I really enjoyed this book - the kind of macabre advent calendar that nobody wants to find. Intriguing story, some parts which were really tense and great narration. Loved the characters and hope that the series continues.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • You Don't Know Me

  • By: Imran Mahmood
  • Narrated by: Adam Deacon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 551

An unnamed defendant stands accused of murder. Just before the closing speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer and decides to give his own defence speech. He tells us that his barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes the truth can be too difficult to explain or believe. But he thinks that if he's going to go down for life, he might as well go down telling the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By The One Who Reads on 30-06-17

Great courtroom drama with a different angle

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

Reviewed: 18-12-17

What made the experience of listening to You Don't Know Me the most enjoyable?

Great narration. The actor really brought the story and character to life and owned the story. Told from a single narrator perspective that is essential

What was one of the most memorable moments of You Don't Know Me?

The scene on which the accused confronts the drug dealers and sets them up. Tense and the angst and tension portrayed was very authentic

What about Adam Deacon’s performance did you like?

He just really brough5 the character to life, made him feel authentic. He captured the cake nversational tone of the piece perfectly.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Guilty or not guilty? You decide.

Any additional comments?

This a great courtroom drama but told from a completely fresh perspective. And the best part is that you get to play jury. Is he guilty or not guilty.

  • Wicked Game

  • By: Matt Johnson
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Robert Finlay is looking forward to returning to uniform policing and a less stressful life. But fate has other plans. Finlay's traumatic past is about to return to haunt him. A policeman is killed by a bomb blast, and a second is gunned down; both were former army colleagues from Finlay's own SAS regiment. And so begins a game of cat and mouse, a wicked game in which Finlay is in embroiled in a fight against a determined and unidentified enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Explosive and emotive action - absolutely fab.

  • By Spicewalker on 05-03-17

Explosive and emotive action - absolutely fab.

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

Where does Wicked Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best in terms of attention grabbing action. The scenes between past and present are seamless and the character and narration completely engaging.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wicked Game?

The opening scenes. I was totally not expecting that. And the scenes in Northern Ireland where Finlay is trying to evade the IRA - so tense and gripping.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The attempted take of one of the suspects where they abseil onto the building. The whole scene from start to finish was top notch.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The scenes between Finlay and his wife and daugther and the scenes in which they discussed real events from our past such as the death of PC Yvonne Fletcher.

Any additional comments?

This was a fantastic debut with such an air of authenticity which comes from the authors personal experience. Also the narration was brilliant and really drew me in. Totally worth listening to.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful