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  • The Best of Our Spies

  • By: Alex Gerlis
  • Narrated by: Stephen Critchlow
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

France, July 1944: In the Pas de Calais, Nathalie Mercier, a young British special operations executive secret agent working with the French Resistance, disappears. In London her husband, Owen Quinn, an officer with Royal Navy Intelligence, sets off on a perilous hunt through France in search of his wife. With the help of the Resistance, he finds Nathalie, but then the bitterness of war and its insatiable appetite for revenge catch up with them in a dramatic fashion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a book!

  • By Raven Mad on 07-07-16

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

My second book from Alex Gerlis and I am already searching for my third! The tale is captivating in storyline, setting and characterisation. A totally enthralling book....highly recommended

  • The Swiss Spy

  • By: Alex Gerlis
  • Narrated by: Stephen Critchlow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

It's not unusual for spies to have secrets, but Henry Hunter has more than most, and after he is stopped by British Intelligence at Croydon airport on the eve of the Second World War, he finds he has even more. In March 1941 in Berlin, haunted by a dark episode from his past, he makes a fateful decision resulting in a dramatic journey to the Swiss frontier, with a shocking outcome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling tale

  • By Nought on 29-12-17

Great story

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

Reviewed: 26-02-18

Very interesting story with twists and turns along the way .... the second half I found particularly gripping 😊

  • Dark Skies

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 7
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611

Beware what lies beneath.... One fateful, starry night, three friends embark on a secret camping trip, but only two return home. Thirty years later, the body of a teenage boy rises from the depths of England's biggest reservoir and threatens to expose a killer who has lain dormant...until now. Detective Chief Inspector Ryan returns from honeymoon to face danger from all sides. In the depths of Kielder Forest, a murderer has escaped justice before and will do anything to protect the secrets of the past.

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

  • By Salter on 15-02-18

Another cracking book!

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

Reviewed: 22-02-18

I just love this author especially the way he crafts the well formed characters amongst a crime that twists and turns it’s way around the North East of England and beyond!

They are always a great listen and this latest book finishes in style and I can’t wait for the next!

  • Cragside

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829

After his climactic battle with notorious serial killer The Hacker, DCI Ryan is spending the summer with his fiancée within the grounds of Cragside, a spectacular Bavarian-style mansion surrounded by acres of woodland. When they are invited to attend the staff summer party - a Victorian murder mystery evening - it's all a joke until the lights go out and an elderly man is found dead. It looks like an unfortunate accident but, as the dead man's life begins to unfold, Ryan and his team of detectives realise that all is not as it appears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 5 star murder mystery

  • By Timi on 19-10-17

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 16-02-18

As always a great mystery involving tangible characters and a plot that twists through NE England

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  • A Day in the Death of Dorothea Cassidy

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

For vicar's wife Dorothea Cassidy, Thursdays were special. Every week she would look forward to the one day she could call her own. But one Thursday in June was to be more special than any other.... As the small town of Otterbridge prepares for its summer carnival, Inspector Stephen Ramsay begins a painstaking reconstruction of Dorothea's last hours.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping to the end

  • By Ann on 18-03-19

Fabulous book

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

Another fantastic book by a talented author. The twists and turns of a simple investigation, just focusing on one day, are well crafted into an enthralling discovery of the victims movement and of course the identification of the murderer....hooked until the end!

  • White Silence

  • Elizabeth Cage, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Kate Scarfe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,383

Elizabeth Cage is a child when she discovers that there are things in this world that only she can see. But she doesn't want to see them, and she definitely doesn't want them to see her. What is a curse to Elizabeth is a gift to others - a very valuable gift they want to control. When her husband dies, Elizabeth's world descends into a nightmare. But as she tries to piece her life back together, she discovers that not everything is as it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By mollyeyre on 23-09-17

Interesting twisty tale

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

Reviewed: 27-01-18

Interesting listen with good narration and pace of story. Intriguing characters and the main characters ability to see auras and interact with the dead is skill fully woven into the plot.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book

  • I Found You

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,093

East Yorkshire: Single mum Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement, she invites him in to her home. Surrey: 21-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful ,involving and moving l Antonia Beamish's narration outstanding.

  • By Susie on 28-03-17

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 26-01-18

Interesting tale that twists through history to find the things that have been left behind....

  • Angel

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 917

After a turbulent time, DCI Ryan's life is finally beginning to return to normal, and he's looking forward to spending an uneventful Easter bank holiday weekend with his fiancée. Then, on Good Friday morning, he is called out to a crime scene at one of the largest cemeteries in Newcastle. The body of a redheaded woman has been found buried in a shallow grave, and the killer has given her wings, like an angel. Soon another woman is found at a different cemetery, followed quickly by another.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing

  • By Joseph on 17-12-16

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 13-11-17

Fabulous series! Gripping listen with strong storyline both within the book and within the series.

  • When the Eagle Hunts

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 3
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464

The third novel in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Roman series. After a series of bloody battles, Camulodunum (modern-day Colchester) has fallen to the invading Roman army. The Emperor has returned to Rome, leaving the fearless Centurion Macro and his young Optio, Cato, to rest and regroup, along with the rest of the Second Legion. As their leader, General Plautius, plans the next phase of their campaign, word arrives that the ship carrying his family to join him was wrecked in a storm off the south coast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOnderful to have the Series Whole!

  • By Simon on 09-09-15

Fabulous

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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: 17-10-17

I just love this series of books! I can’t wait to download book 4 and tune in to more in the life of these two characters!

  • Heavenfield

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082

The hunter becomes the hunted.... When a man is found dead at the remote church of Heavenfield, DCI Ryan is the only other person for miles around. The police have no weapon, no motive and no other suspects. Already suspended from Northumbria CID, Ryan must fight to clear his name. But soon more than his career is at stake when prominent members of the mysterious Circle begin to die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next instalment!

  • By Hengestine on 04-05-16

Great ....again

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

Fabulous story, listened to it all in a day as I was gripped by the plot.

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