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  • The Finisher

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Welcome to Wormwood: A place where curiosity is discouraged and no one has ever left. Until one girl, Vega Jane, discovers a map that suggests a mysterious world beyond the walls. A world with possibilities and creatures beyond her imagining. But she will be forced to fight for her freedom. And unravelling the truth may cost Vega her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book for ages 10+

  • By Eeyore460 on 08-07-14

Enjoyable distraction

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

If you want to spend a few hours in a completely different setting, away from the traditional plots and intrigues, this one takes you there. I was slow getting into it, but got caught up in the plot after a short while and then couldn't stop listening. I will now add the sequel to my library.

  • Semper Fidelis

  • A Novel of the Roman Empire
  • By: Ruth Downie
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

As mysterious injuries, and even deaths, begin to appear in the medical ledgers, it's clear that all is not well amongst the native recruits to Britannia's imperial army. Is the much-decorated centurion Geminus preying on his weaker soldiers? And could this be related to the appearance of Emperor Hadrian? Bound by his sense of duty and ill-advised curiosity, Ruso begins to ask questions nobody wants to hear. Meanwhile his barbarian wife Tilla is finding out some of the answers....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good historical detail.

  • By Debra K on 17-08-17

So glad I found this series

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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: 04-12-18

The unwilling detective - it gets better and better. Great characters, plausible storyline - enjoyed every minute.

  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,298
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,777

When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this

  • By Mr. P Shaw on 25-11-08

What a surprise

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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: 23-11-18

I thought I had bought the wrong book when in the opening it implied it was a book for young adults - maybe it is, but it is one book this senior citizen really enjoyed!!!
Great fun mingled with a little bit of suspense and humor - brilliant - I am going to look to see if there is a sequel now.

  • The Woman in the Woods

  • A Charlie Parker Thriller, Book 16
  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

It is spring, and the mummified body of a young Jewish woman is discovered buried in the Maine woods. It is clear that she gave birth shortly before her death. But there is no sign of a baby. Private detective Charlie Parker is engaged by the lawyer Moxie Castin to shadow the police investigation and find the infant, but Parker is not the only searcher. Someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in more than a missing child, someone prepared to leave bodies in his wake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Sandy on 09-04-18

Charlie Parker can do no wrong

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

Reviewed: 16-10-18

Charlie Parker is the always the tops, but bring Angel and Louie back more into the story.

  • Lost Connections

  • Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Johann Hari
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749

From the New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety. What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • One mans story

  • By Andy T on 04-10-18

Strong & logical argument from a shady character

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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: 12-10-18

I found the logic of Mr Hari's argument compelling - it was well read and presented. Encouraged me to watch his TED talk on 'Addiction' - again found myself drawn to his logic.
Googled him to learn more - a little concerned about his history - but sometimes plagiarism is just a naive approach to how you present a viable case - and perhaps, in his case, a touch of self glorification. The book is very good - I was expecting it to be a bit 'DRY', but pleasantly surprised. I can draw parallels with someone close to me and it will definitely influence my approach to them going forwards.

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  • The Society of Blood

  • Obsidian Heart, Book 2
  • By: Mark Morris
  • Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 473

Transported through time to the dank streets of Victorian London, Alex Locke seeks to unravel the mysteries of the Obsidian Heart, the enigmatic object to which his fate is inextricably bound. When a string of grisly murders takes place across the capital, Alex follows a trail that will lead him through the opium dens of Limehouse, into the dark and twisted world of the Society of Blood and ever closer to unlocking the secret of the Heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time... to un(t)ravel some threads

  • By petitbilbo on 25-01-16

Too many twists

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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: 30-09-18

This didn't work for me - too many "what ifs". felt like it was going around in circles too much.

  • The Mangle Street Murders

  • By: M. R. C. Kasasian
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,422
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,411

Gower Street, London, 1882: Sidney Grice, London's most famous personal detective, is expecting a visitor. He drains his fifth pot of morning tea, and glances outside, where a young, plain woman picks her way between the piles of horse-dung towards his front door. Sidney Grice shudders. For heaven's sake - she is wearing brown shoes. The Mangle Street Murders is for those who like their crime original, atmospheric, and very, very funny.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite My Pot of Tea

  • By Simon on 06-02-16

Great characters - Holmes with a Migrane

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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: 08-09-18

An original approach to the private (personal) detective investigations - Sherlock type character who knows how to be obnoxious with everyone he meets. Loved it.

  • Creole Belle

  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Creole Belle finds Dave Robicheaux in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him. She leaves him an iPod with the country blues song ‘Creole Belle’ on it; then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie, and goes in search of her sister…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Back to old wonderful greatness

  • By Elinor Dashwood on 28-07-12

Strong storyline, but quite grim

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

I worry that for me stories longer than circa 12 hours to tell start to ramble somewhat. This was one that could have been trimmed a little. The reading was excellent, but the storyline quite grim from the outset. Not the sort of story that puts a smile on your face.

  • The Wolves of London

  • Obsidian Heart, Book 1
  • By: Mark Morris
  • Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 930

Alex Locke is a reformed ex-con forced into London's criminal underworld for one more job. He agrees to steal a priceless artefact - a human heart carved from the blackest obsidian - but when the burglary goes horribly wrong, Alex is plunged into the nightmarish world of the Wolves of London, unearthly assassins who will stop at nothing to reclaim the heart. As he races to unlock the secrets of the mysterious object, Alex must learn to wield its dark power - or be destroyed by it.

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

  • By Magenta on 24-01-15

What a novel approach - kept me mesmerised,

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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: 25-08-18

Took a little while to get into it, but once the story started to take shape I was hooked. Already downloaded book 2.

  • The Sentry

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

After the nightmare of Hurricane Katrina, Dru Rayne and her uncle relocated to Los Angeles. Five years later, their struggling restaurant faces a different danger. When Joe Pike witnesses Dru's uncle beaten by a neighbourhood gang, he offers his own brand of protection, but neither Dru nor her uncle want his help. And neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching their store...But Pike is falling for Dru and won't back away whether she wants his help or not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Usual well written story by Mr Crais

  • By mollyeyre on 01-12-14

Joe Pike - my hero

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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: 19-08-18

The Cole and Pike combo must be in there amongst the best in crime thriller partnerships. Robert Crais tells the story in that engaging way that mingles a little light humor into some real edge of seat storytelling.