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  • 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 205
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

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 692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632

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.

  • 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 497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 469

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 1,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,388

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 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

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 973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 924

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.

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,394

When nine-year-old Liesel arrives outside the boxlike house of her new foster parents at 33 Himmel Street, she refuses to get out of the car. Liesel has been separated from her parents, "Kommunists", forever, and at the burial of her little brother, she steals a gravedigger's instruction manual, which she can't read. It is the beginning of her illustrious career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen

  • By Karen on 17-05-07

What a different perspective!!!

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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: 18-07-18

Such a novel way of looking at the second world war - through the kind eyes of Death!

  • Dictator

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838

There was a time when Cicero held Caesar’s life in the palm of his hand. But now Caesar is the dominant figure, and Cicero’s life is in ruins. Exiled, separated from his wife and children, his possessions confiscated, his life constantly in danger, Cicero is tormented by the knowledge that he has sacrificed power for the sake of his principles. His comeback requires wit, skill and courage - and, for a brief and glorious period, the legendary orator is once more the supreme senator in Rome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last!

  • By Mary Carnegie on 27-11-15

Better and better - third and best in the 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: 27-06-18

I have enjoyed all three books in the series, but looking back Robert Harris saved the best to last

  • Dragons at Crumbling Castle

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Dragons have invaded Crumbling Castle, and all of King Arthur’s knights are either on holiday or visiting their grannies. It’s a disaster! Luckily, there’s a spare suit of armour and a very small boy called Ralph who’s willing to fill it. Together with Fortnight the Friday knight and Fossfiddle the wizard, Ralph sets out to defeat the fearsome fire-breathers. But there's a teeny weeny surprise in store.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun

  • By Ceri on 12-01-15

A Bit Silly

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

Reviewed: 22-06-18

I love the Terry Pratchett books, but quit halfway through this one as it all got a bit silly.