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  • Peter Pan Must Die

  • Dave Gurney, Book 4
  • By: John Verdon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

The daunting task that confronts Gurney, once the NYPD's top homicide cop: determining the guilt or innocence of a woman already convicted of shooting her charismatic politician husband. Gurney quickly finds himself waging a dangerous battle of wits with a thoroughly corrupt investigator, a disturbingly cordial mob boss, a gorgeous young temptress, and a bizarre assassin whose childlike appearance has earned him the nickname Peter Pan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Psychological thriller

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-08-18

Great author,great narrator but THE worst D.G. yet

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

Reviewed: 29-10-18

Could NOT believe this far-fetched and frankly absurd story could be penned by John Verdon. I've bought all of his Dave Gurney books and while the stories often require a suspension of disbelief, the quality of writing and the great characters have always made it worth the journey. Not so with this book. I could not wait to finish it and forget it's gratuitous violence and absurdity forever. If I didn't have a wealth of respect for the author I would have thrown in the towel well before the end,

  • The Other Wife

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814

 

Childhood sweethearts William and Mary have been married for 60 years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both have a strong sense of right and wrong. This is what their son, Joe O'Loughlin, has always believed. But when Joe is summoned to the hospital with news that his father has been brutally attacked, his world is turned upside down. Who is the strange woman crying at William's bedside, covered in his blood - a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really excellent

  • By mollyeyre on 16-06-18

Mediocre

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Not really worth a listen. Never thought I'd say about that a Michael Robotham ,Joe O'Loughlin novel. If you don't mind mediocrity then take a chance. I wish I hadn't bothered. Only redeeming feature is the great Sean Barrett.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Their Lost Daughters

  • Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,879

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing

  • By DartmoorDiva on 09-09-18

Poor and Unconvincing

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

I ought to send this one back BUT I listened to it all the way through and gave it a chance to deliver. It didn't. Just too clichéd and improbable and boring! Good narrator though and he deserved better-so did I.

  • The Panama Papers

  • How the World's Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money
  • By: Frederik Obermaier, Bastian Obermayer
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Late one evening, investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer receives an anonymous message offering him access to secret data. Through encrypted channels he then receives documents showing a mysterious bank transfer for $500,000,000 in gold. This is just the beginning. Obermayer and fellow Süddeutsche Zeitung journalist Frederik Obermaier find themselves immersed in a secret world where complex networks of shell companies help to hide people who don't want to be found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must-read. Simple as that

  • By phil chadwick on 18-12-16

Leaves me feeling angry and ashamed.

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

Reviewed: 13-03-18

Other reviewers have written many words of well deserved praise for everyone involved in the brave world-wide release of the Panama Papers, not least 'John Doe' and the two journalists/ authors. I can't improve on these. I think this book should now be compulsory reading within schools and universities, as a reminder of how these despicable financial practices line the bottomless pockets of the 1% uber-rich. This being at the cost of the rest of us-the 99%, many of whom live in abject poverty because of the theft of revenue from their government's coffers. Maybe this level of constant exposure would bring the subject back to the attention of the public where it belongs, and should remain, until off-shore tax havens are abolished forever.

Why has it all now disappeared from public attention (i.e.Newspapers and TV) in the UK when many of the worst offenders operate from British territories? As the novel explains, this is because many of the uber-rich have now bought into our newspapers and media (and those in other countries too) to ensure that we all eventually forget to keep an eye on exactly what respective governments are doing to end what is, in any language, tax evasion!

No wonder I'm angry and ashamed as a result of listening to the Panama Papers, one of the best buys from Audible...ever!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Special Circumstances

  • Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez Legal Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Sheldon Siegel
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Meet Mike Daley. Ex-priest. Ex-public defender. And as of yesterday, ex-partner in one of San Francisco's most prominent law firms. Today he's out on his own, setting up practice on the wrong side of town. Then his best friend and former colleague is charged with a brutal double murder, and Daley is instantly catapulted into a high-profile investigation involving the prestigious law firm that just booted him. As he prepares his case, Daley uncovers the firm's dirtiest secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great legal drama

  • By Judith on 22-06-17

Such an original and enjoyable lead character

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

Reviewed: 15-02-18

I really, really liked the Mike Daley lead character. A brilliant composite of former priest and partner in a leading law firm who goes it on his own in the world of criminal law He's no hero at all in the physical sense and worries about his parked car and his own well-being BUT he's very refreshing and believable. The narrator does a stunningly good job of his character and is really good throughout. The whole thing though was let down by some not inconsiderable weaknesses in the plot and I think the courtroom dialogue became a bit repetitious and implausible. Still I liked it so much overall that I'll take a chance on the next one!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Shot Through the Heart

  • By: Isabelle Grey
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 230

Who can you turn to if not the police? Essex, Christmas Day. As the residents of a small town enjoy their mince pies, shots ring out in the street. Five people are gunned down before the lone shooter turns his weapon on himself. Grace Fisher, now Detective Inspector, is tasked with making some sense of this atrocity - all the more sensitive because the first of the victims was one of their own: a police officer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Second in the series but better than the first

  • By Mr Robert Butler on 23-10-16

More Like 'Shot Through The Foot' when I bought it

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I've already wasted precious hours and a credit on this book so I'll keep my review brief and to the point. It started promisingly but for me, it didn't live up to other readers' more enthusiastic reviews and descended into puerile rubbish. Almost totally implausible characters, none of which I cared a jot about by the painful end. Plot began well but that became a perfect pairing of implausibility too. All SO awful that I struggle to make any sense of it and life's too short to venture back in there to find out. Had to finish it though or I wouldn't have felt qualified to give this review.


  • Dark Suits and Sad Songs

  • A D.C.I. Daley Thriller, Book 3
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033

When a senior Edinburgh civil servant spectacularly takes his own life in Kinloch harbour, DCI Jim Daley comes face to face with the murky world of politics. To add to his woes, two local drug dealers lie dead, ritually assassinated. It's clear that dark forces are at work in the town. With his boss under investigation, his marriage hanging on by a thread, and his sidekick, DS Scott, wrestling with his own demons, Daley's world is in meltdown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent value for money

  • By Michael Bath on 07-02-17

The reviews make for better reading than the novel

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

For me this book was a big mistake. I already listened to 'Whiskey in Small Glasses' which was pretty good, very different and the reviews were a good guide. Not so this time though. The plot was good but the whole thing rapidly descended into absurdity and I really struggled to finish it.
I got more out of the reviews than the book. Onward and upward!

  • Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,738

A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Formed Tale Hits the Sweet Spot

  • By Simon on 06-12-17

Bit like an adult themed Panto!

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

Reviewed: 19-12-17

I really thought I was going to enjoy this one but then it just got too trite and implausible for my taste. Well produced (a bit heavy on the music at times) and all narrators were very good but I ended up not caring a great deal whether I finished the book or not -but I did. Won't be bothering with Parts 2 and 3.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Now You See Me

  • By: Sharon Bolton
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306

Despite her fascination with Jack the Ripper, Detective Constable Lacey Flint has never worked a big case or seen a dead body up close. Until now…As she leaves a south London estate one night, she is horrified to find a woman has been viciously stabbed, right next to Lacey’s car. Thrown headlong into her first murder hunt, Lacey’s quiet life changes overnight. Then Lacey receives a familiar hand-delivered letter, written in red blood, and it is clear the police have a Ripper copycat on their hands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended.

  • By Michelle on 01-07-11

Total absence of credibility. Absurd and brutal.

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

Reviewed: 22-11-17

I managed to get about two thirds through this load of gory rubbish before I gave up. Generally this novel just made me feel pretty stupid for having reading beyond the first few chapters because from that point on it just deteriorated. The author has simply substituted explicit brutality for a plausible and intelligent plot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Know My Name

  • By: C. J. Cooke
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine, Joshua Manning
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

Komméno Island, Greece: I don't know where I am, who I am. Help me. A woman is washed up on a remote Greek island with no recollection of who she is or how she got there. Potter's Lane, Twickenham, London: Eloïse Shelley is officially missing. Lochlan's wife has vanished into thin air, leaving their toddler and 12-week-old baby alone. Her money, car and passport are all in the house, with no signs of foul play. Every clue the police turn up means someone has told a lie....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quite a page turner!

  • By Valerie Sweeney on 29-08-17

So enjoyed this-until the last few chapters!

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

Reviewed: 15-11-17

Very gripping and intriguing story-line which was well written and well read. The plot was credible and I was so looking forward to the unravelling of it. Then for me it lost all credibility and became very close to absurd for the last few chapters. What a HUGE disappointment. If I hadn't enjoyed it so much for the majority of the novel, I would have asked for a 'refund'.