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  • Rumpole of the Bailey

  • By: John Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361

In these witty and comic stories, Horace Rumpole takes on a variety of clients and activities. He, of course, brings each case to a successful end, all the while quoting poetry and drinking claret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a Joy

  • By suet on 13-11-18

A Step Back In Time

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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: 07-04-19

A refreshing read set in a period - not too long ago - when you didn't have to be so careful about the words you used to comment upon what was going on all around you. Nice mix of humor and storylines. They should put it back on the television again!

  • Who Killed Sherlock Holmes?

  • The Shadow Police, Book Three
  • By: Paul Cornell
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529

The ghost of Sherlock Holmes is dead, but who will solve his murder? The Great Detective's ghost has walked London's streets for an age, given shape by people's memories. Now someone's put a ceremonial dagger through his chest. But what's the motive? And who - or what - could kill a ghost? When policing London's supernatural underworld, eliminating the impossible is not an option. DI James Quill and his detectives have learnt this the hard way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A every day London story NOT

  • By Tod Werewolf on 08-12-16

Couldn't get into it.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-19

My fault I guess - I didn't read the two books before - so I found it difficult to get into the story or the relationships of the characters. Gave up after a couple of hours listening.

  • Tabula Rasa

  • Roman Empire Series, Book 6
  • By: Ruth Downie
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

The medicus Ruso and his wife, Tilla, are back in the borderlands of Britannia, this time helping to tend the builders of Hadrian's Great Wall. Having been forced to move off their land, the Britons are distinctly on edge. Then Ruso's recently arrived clerk, Candidus, goes missing. A native boy thinks he sees a body being hidden inside the wall's half-finished stonework, and a worrying rumor begins to spread. When soldiers ransack the nearby farms looking for Candidus, Tilla's tentative friendship with a local family turns to anger and disappointment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Throughly enjoyable

  • By Kindle Customer on 24-03-17

A great way of enjoying the past

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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: 04-03-19

So far each book in this series has been better than the previous. (and I'm pretty sure I gave the first one a 5 star rating!)
A great way of stepping back into a fictional past and putting a fictional story into history. A great story, kept me looking forward to picking up the story from where I had to leave off.

  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2007.
America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect for the road - or anywhere else

  • By SKA on 20-09-09

Too grim for me

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-19

I think I prefer stories where there is a modicum of hope, maybe even a little humor - got about a quarter of the way into this and gave up before I slit my wrists. Hope it ends well!

  • The Sea Detective

  • By: Mark Douglas-Home
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748

Cal McGill is an Edinburgh-based oceanographer, environmentalist and one-of-a-kind investigator. Using his knowledge of the waves - ocean currents, prevailing winds, shipping records - McGill can track where objects came from or where they've gone. It's a skill that can help solve mysteries ranging from disappearances to murder. Two severed feet wash up on two different islands off the coast of Scotland. Forensics shows that the feet belong to the same body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story by a new author

  • By Renka on 24-01-16

Great new approach

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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: 26-02-19

So many stories are just the same plot as all of the rest, just told in a slightly different way. This one is unique - great character and plausible storyline - top notch and one it is difficult to put down.

  • Crime Beat

  • Stories of Cops and Killers
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Howard Samuel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

Death is my beat. Those words, spoken by the narrator and hero of The Poet, Jack McEvoy, could also apply to Michael Connelly. Time and time again in these riveting pieces, we make the connection between Connelly the crime reporter and Connelly the novelist: On the day I arrived in Los Angeles I sat in the newspaper editor's office being interviewed for a job on the crime beat.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not a story - A documentary

  • By John L. on 15-02-19

Not a story - A documentary

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

Reviewed: 15-02-19

Bought this one in error - it is not a story, just a list of US crimes and different agencies tackling them - a mistake.

  • The Body Reader

  • By: Anne Frasier
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

For three years, Detective Jude Fontaine was kept from the outside world. Held in an underground cell, her only contact was with her sadistic captor, and reading his face was her entire existence. Learning his every line, every movement, and every flicker of thought is what kept her alive. After her experience with isolation and torture, she is left with a fierce desire for justice - and a heightened ability to interpret the body language of both the living and the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enthralled

  • By Mrs T T on 15-02-17

Unique approach, but brilliant 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: 14-02-19

There are few variations to how detective stories evolve - this one is certainly something different. A real edge of the seat thriller. I will certainly want to follow this character into her next story.

  • Seconds Away

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Mickey and his loyal new friends, sharp-witted Ema and adorably charming Spoon, once again find themselves in over their heads on the hunt for missing pieces to a puzzle they have yet to understand. As the mystery surrounding the death of Mickey's father unfolds, he soon learns that they may be in more danger than they could have ever imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Teenagers save the day

  • By Kirstine on 11-11-14

The makings of the next Myron

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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: 29-01-19

Really starting to get into enjoying the Mickey Bolitare stories now. Picking up on the space left by his uncle!

  • The Lewis Man

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,586
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,150

An unidentified corpse is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. News of the discovery soon reaches Fin Macleod. However, since swapping his life in Edinburgh for a quiet existence on Lewis, such mysteries are no longer a concern for the former detective inspector. Or so he thought. The sequel to The Blackhouse, which was selected for the WH Smith Richard and Judy Bookclub, and the second book in the Lewis trilogy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric sequel to The Blackhouse

  • By Kirstine on 24-02-12

Gave up halfway through

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-19

Storytelling was good, plenty of atmosphere, just such a miserable story. If you ever want to feel depressed just listen to this one. Decided that I need life to keep me feeling intrigued and positive from now on. Not a book to make you smile, just a continual grind. Not many books I fail to listen to the end - this was one.

  • The Firemaker

  • The China Thrillers, Book 1
  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,167

A burned corpse is a disturbing mystery for Beijing detective Li Yan until he enlists forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell. Having abandoned a broken life in Chicago for her work, she's as determined as Li to ask difficult questions about the man's death. But some questions have answers they'd rather not hear - facts that others are desperate to conceal. The Firemaker is the first in the acclaimed China series from Peter May, author of Runaway, Entry Island and the internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Listen

  • By Joanne on 07-08-15

Edge of seat reader

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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: 06-01-19

A very balanced detective story, winding between Chinese and American cultures and intertwining them into a real thriller. Another one of those stories you regret when it comes to an end.