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  • The Murderer's Son

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,008

Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl. Twenty years ago: a farmer and his wife are cut to pieces by a ruthless serial killer. Now: a woman is viciously stabbed to death in the upmarket kitchen of her beautiful house on the edge of the marshes. Then a man called Daniel Kinder walks into Saltern police station and confesses to the murder. But DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans of the Fenland Constabulary soon discover that there is a lot more to Daniel than meets the eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Sitting On The Fens About This One!

  • By Simon on 17-10-18

The second book, just as good as the first

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

Reviewed: 19-05-19

Thought I would try the next one as often a series will fail, but not this! very good novel from start to finish. As usual, brilliant narration with the accents just right!

  • 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 5,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,831

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

Very Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 19-05-19

I was pleasantly surprised at how good this book was, and how Richard Armitage's excellent narration brings it to life!

  • Ash

  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 434

David Ash, detective of the paranormal, is sent to the mysterious Comraich Castle, secluded deep in the Scottish countryside, to investigate a strange, high-profile case. A man has been found crucified in a locked room. The reports suggest that the cliff-top castle is being haunted.... Who or what is the reclusive hooded figure that Ash has seen from the window walking across the courtyard in the dead of night? What are the strange, animal-like sounds that come from the surrounding woods?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Goes out with a bang!

  • By Michael on 13-04-13

One star for the narrator!

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

Reviewed: 19-05-19

I have read many Herbert books before, and you kind of expect them to be a bit "out there" but this was total rubbish from start to finish. I really do not know why I persevered through 22 hours of it! Maybe I thought it would get better, or I really could not believe what wild conspiracy theory he was going to incorporate next. Did he write this as a bit of fun? It seems to take every rumour, political intrigue, unsolved murder, conspiracy or wild accusation and plonks them all in the book as back stories for this fictional castle hidden in Scotland somewhere where civilian guards are allowed to swan around with high powered weapons and some kind of mutant animal lives in the forest. The actual plot line gets lost in all this rubbish. Was there actually a plot? I am not sure! Anyway, only buy it if you want to have a laugh......

  • A Matter of Loyalty

  • A Very English Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Anselm Audley, Elizabeth Edmondson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

January 1954. Mists cover the hills around Selchester. Someone at the research facility known as the Atomic is leaking secrets to Soviet Russia, and when nuclear scientist Bruno Rothesay goes missing, the British Intelligence Services are convinced he's the mole. Hugo Hawksworth isn't so sure. Then a body turns up, and Hugo's instincts are proven correct. But if Rothesay wasn't selling secrets to the Soviets, who is?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this, and sad that there'll be no more

  • By Ian Smith on 06-12-17

Not up to standard- but I know why!

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

Reviewed: 19-05-19

I really enjoyed the first two books in this series. They were very good at epitomising the vibe of post war Britain and the storyline was intriguing, flowing from one book to the next. But I had great difficulty keeping up with this one. It seemed disjointe, hopping from one storyline to the next and getting completely mixed up (or getting me mixed up!) It was not until the last 2 hours of the book that I started to understand what it was all about and was able to listen without constantly zipping back all the time. However, the "afterword" gave me an explanation of the possible reasons. All I can say is, I am glad that there are no more planned!

  • The Stone Circle

  • The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries, Book 11
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588

DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters telling him to 'go to the stone circle and rescue the innocent who is buried there'. He is shaken, not only because children are very much on his mind, with Michelle's baby due to be born, but because although the letters are anonymous, they are somehow familiar. They read like the letters that first drew him into the case of The Crossing Places, and to Ruth. But the author of those letters is dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic as usual

  • By M BeeH on 12-02-19

Elly never ceases to keep me captivated

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

Reviewed: 23-02-19

I love Elly Griffiths books, especially the Ruth Galloway series and this one did not disappoint me. Not only is it a wonderful crime novel, there is also humour throughout the book and even though I feel kind of weird laughing in a murder story, I can't help it. Then there are the threads that run through all the books, building up a picture of so many characters - frustrating at times, but leaving us wanting more. I am eagerly awaiting the next one in the series. Hope I don't have too long to wait! The only negative is the narrator. Jane McDowell has irritated me on previous occasions, - I prefer the other narrator - but I have to say, did not seem quite so awful this time. Perhaps I am getting used to her!

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  • Lies Sleeping

  • Rivers of London, Book 7
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,822
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,612

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice. But even as the unwieldly might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love these characters and these books.

  • By Pegs on 23-11-18

Best in Series!

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

Reviewed: 21-01-19

Having followed the Rivers of London series from the start, I was looking forward to the next release. This has not been a disappointment. I think it is the best so far. And the way is open for the next book! Cannot wait! Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is an excellent narrator. Each character he voices is recognisably different, and he reads with just the right "laid back" temper that suits PC Grant. Another book that I was sad to finish!

  • The Outcasts of Time

  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 870

December 1348: With the country in the grip of the Black Death, brothers John and William fear that they will shortly die and go to Hell. But as the end draws near, they are given an unexpected choice: either to go home and spend their last six days in their familiar world or to search for salvation across the forthcoming centuries - living each one of their remaining days 99 years after the last. John and William choose the future and find themselves in 1447, ignorant of almost everything going on....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imaginative, thought-provoking historical fiction

  • By Kirstine on 13-10-17

Just could not get into it.

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

Reviewed: 17-06-18

I thought this might be a really good story line, but 3 hours in, I just cannot get into the story. I do not know if it is the narrator, or just the prose but I am afraid I have given up on it. Shame, it could have been so much more......

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Martin Beck Stories

  • 10 BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations
  • By: Per Wahlöö, Maj Sjöwall
  • Narrated by: Neil Pearson, full cast, Steven Mackintosh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330

The Martin Beck books are widely acknowledged as some of the most influential detective novels ever written. Written by Swedish husband and wife team Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö between 1965 and 1975, the 10-book series set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandinavian crime fiction. Long before Kurt Wallander or Harry Hole, Beck was the original flawed policeman, working with a motley collection of colleagues to uncover the cruelty and injustice lurking beneath the surface of Sweden's liberal society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Swedish crime stories 5-stars* - Superb!

  • By Nigel on 20-08-17

Loved this. Any more?

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

Reviewed: 17-06-18

I do not know why I have not come across Inspector Beck before. Really enjoyed the stories and the wonderful acting. Now, do I try one of the complete books?

  • How to Stop Time

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,294
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,291

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to jazz age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he'd never witnessed them firsthand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb as I expected from Matt Haig

  • By Kaggy on 17-07-17

Best book I have listened to for a long time

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

Reviewed: 22-08-17

Any additional comments?

I have been listening to several books lately that have not really "cut it". Either boring storylines, or poor narrators. However, this book has ticked all the boxes. Brilliant narration (so much so that my last couple of books have been bought with Mark Meadow's as narrator) and a fantastic storyline that, although part fantasy, is really believable. Very well researched, very well written. Loved it!

  • The Watchers

  • By: Neil Spring
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

At the height of the Cold War, officials at the Ministry of Defence conducted a highly secret investigation into unusual events that occurred along a strip of rugged Pembrokeshire coastline. The events made national headlines: objects hovering in the sky, ghostly figures peering into windows and poltergeists plaguing a terrified family. Thirty years later, the official files were finally released for public scrutiny and prompted a new witness to come forward.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable mix....

  • By Phantom on 22-04-18

I would prefer to watch the X Files any day!

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

Reviewed: 21-04-17

What disappointed you about The Watchers?

It was OK up to the point when it started to go all "Demon Catcher"

What could Neil Spring have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not plagiarised the X Files! I see in his notes at the end that there was no mention of this excellent TV series but parts of the book were taken straight from some of the episodes - namely the description of "dancing" UFOs over the airfield.(Ep: "Deep Throat") and other story lines and descriptions.

What didn’t you like about Leighton Pugh’s performance?

I did not really like the odd gruff voice he had for the narrator, Robert, but worse still was the horrible high pitched voice he used for women and some male characters. It just went straight through me and I had to turn the volume down really low on a few occasions.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment, and at the end, total confusion!!!

Any additional comments?

I kept going with it as I thought the original premise a good one, but it was just too complicated and a little stupid in places.