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  • Big Sky

  • Jackson Brodie, Book 5
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Jason Isaacs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village in North Yorkshire, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son Nathan and ageing Labrador Dido, both at the discretion of his former partner Julia. It’s a picturesque setting, but there’s something darker lurking behind the scenes. Jackson’s current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, seems straightforward, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network - and back into the path of someone from his past. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A welcome return

  • By Kerry on 27-06-19

Vintage Jackson Brodie tale

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19

As always Kate Atkinson entertains and intrigues the reader or listener with clearly written,,humorous observations and great narrative.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Envoy

  • By: Edward Wilson
  • Narrated by: Richard Attlee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

The setting is 1950s London, at the height of the Cold War. Kit Fournier is ostensibly a senior diplomat at the US embassy in Grosvenor Square, but is actually CIA bureau chief in London. The Arms Race informs much of the action in this fast-paced story which sees Kit go undercover to meet a dissident KGB agent, lose a loved one, have a crisis of soul and get blackmailed into becoming a double agent for M16....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clever, Devious, Well Wrought, Ultimately Sad

  • By HPB on 02-03-19

John Le Carre fans will enjoy this.

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

Reviewed: 04-06-19

A well written insight into the machinations of the US secret service and its personnel as it operated in London during the years of the UK attempt to develop its own nuclear defence system, the Buster Crabbe affair and the lead up to the attack on Egypt known as the Suez crisis.





  • Final Betrayal

  • Detective Lottie Parker, Book 6
  • By: Patricia Gibney
  • Narrated by: Michele Moran
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

When Amy Whyte and Penny Brogan leave a nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning and don’t arrive home, their families are beside themselves with worry. Conor Dowling has just been released from prison, a man full of hatred for Amy, the girl who put him behind bars in the first place. The case is given to Detective Lottie Parker when the girls’ blood-soaked bodies are found, days later, in a derelict squat. Chillingly, both girls are clutching silver coins in their hands - what message is this killer leaving behind? All the signs point to Conor, but his alibi is watertight.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best

  • By dotty on 10-05-19

excellent procedural detective novel ,

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

Reviewed: 27-05-19

Enthralled by characters and plot from start to finish . Detective Lottie Parker is a well drawn , very believable woman .Her team equally believable. The novels are probably best read in order as Lotties domestic problems move realistically into the next crime she and her team have to solve.

  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802

A compelling thriller introducing a driven young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD. Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Usual quality from Michael Connolly but terrible narration....

  • By Gary Collins on 18-08-17

a good new detective from Connelly

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

Reviewed: 23-01-18

A female L'os Angeles detective with all of Harry Boschs troubled background ,excellent detecting skills and independence of mind. looking forward to more of her story.

  • The Blood Strand

  • Foroyar Triology, Book 1
  • By: Chris Ould
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 451

Jan Reyna is a murder squad detective, British by adoption and choice, Faroese by birth and history. Called back to the remote Danish Faroe Islands when his father suffers a paralysing stroke, Reyna is forced to reexamine his decades-long rejection of the past and of his father in particular. But in this now-foreign country, whose language and customs he no longer understands, Reyna is also drawn into a rare Faroese murder case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Faroe - Scandinavian slow lane

  • By Rogayah on 17-03-16

excellent puzzle solving detective story

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

Reviewed: 28-11-17

Good description of people and place. Interesting story in scandanavian setting this reviewer had not encountered before. no nastiness here, just a murder in a place where murders are rare and which needs to be solved, The English murder detective visiting to reach into his past blends well with the Faroese detectives.

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  • Blind Alley

  • DI Jack Brady, Book 3
  • By: Danielle Ramsay
  • Narrated by: Mike Rogers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Three brutal attacks. One near-fatal beating. A deadly score to settle. DI Jack Brady is riding high after the successful outcome of his previous case, but his world is about to come crashing down. There's a serial rapist plaguing the streets of Whitley Bay. Three young women have been horribly abused, and his boss and the press are screaming for answers. Everything seems to point to his old friend and foe, gangster Martin Madley, though Brady still struggles to believe he's capable of such acts.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Opens with well written and graphic sadism.

  • By Trish F on 22-10-17

Opens with well written and graphic sadism.

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

Reviewed: 22-10-17

I persisted as far as first three chapters but could not take anymore sadism so I have no idea how the story develops as a detective novel .

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  • Another One Goes Tonight

  • By: Peter Lovesey
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Peter Diamond, the Bath detective brilliant at rooting out murder, is peeved at being diverted to Professional Standards to enquire into a police car accident. Arriving late at the scene, he discovers an extra victim thrown onto an embankment - unconscious and unnoticed. Diamond administers CPR, but no one can say whether the elderly tricyclist will pull through. But why had the man been out in the middle of the night with an urn containing human ashes?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Corkscrew plot

  • By Mrs J M Sewell on 03-08-16

Will keep you guessing

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

No gruesome details, just good detective work with humour and good observation. Excellent plotting with unexpected twists and turns which which kept me guessing along with Superintendent Diamond until the end. Peter Wickham does a remarkable job in giving the many characters their own distinguishable voices so that I might have been listening to a radio drama.

  • Sleeping in the Ground

  • The 24th DCI Banks Mystery
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

A shocking mass murder occurs at a wedding in a small Dales church, and a huge manhunt follows. Eventually the shooter is run to ground, and things take their inevitable course. But Banks is plagued with doubts as to exactly what happened outside the church that day and why. Struggling with the death of his first serious girlfriend and the return of profiler Jenny Fuller into his life, Banks feels the need to dig deeper into the murders.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly tedious and self-indulgent

  • By Kirstine on 17-08-17

Peter Robinson readers will enjoy this.

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

Reviewed: 26-09-17

Usual good plotting and characterisation with up to date, methodology and good development of other members of the team .

  • Bleak House

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Teresa Gallagher
  • Length: 35 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366

A complex plot of love and inheritance is set against the English legal system of the mid-19th century. As the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce drags on, it becomes an obsession to everyone involved. And the issue on an inheritance ultimately becomes a question of murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the finest versions of any Dickens novels

  • By Crocker on 27-01-12

brilliant reading of a long but never dull tale.

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

brilliantly read, the writing is superb, moving, often humorous, and never dull..I read it many years ago but had forgotten so much and was glad I was able to slip into Dickens world of entrrtsing diverse characters.romance ,murder mystery and sociological observations.

  • And the Weak Suffer What They Must?

  • Europe, Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability
  • By: Yanis Varoufakis
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh, Yanis Varoufakis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432

In 2008, the universe of Western finance outgrew planet Earth. When Wall Street imploded, a death embrace between insolvent banks and bankrupt states consumed Europe. Half a dozen national economies imploded, and several more came close. But the storm is far from over.... From the aftermath of the Second World War to the present, Varoufakis recounts how the eurozone emerged not as a route to shared prosperity but as a pyramid scheme of debt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book should be read or heard by everyone.

  • By Trish F on 16-05-16

This book should be read or heard by everyone.

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

Reviewed: 16-05-16

Why it all went wrong and why we the ordinary people of Europe are suffering is brilliantly explained in clear and beautiful prose.

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