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Altrincham, Cheshire, United Kingdom
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  • Magpie Murders

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner, Samantha Bond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,314

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She's worked with the revered crime writer for years, and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway.... But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who? How? Where & Why?

  • By Mrs Q on 10-10-16

Two parts

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

Reviewed: 28-08-17

Having enjoyed the " old fashioned detective " section of this story, I was initially irritated by the present day section. However I was soon absorbed by this story too. I found the whole package very enjoyable.

  • The Method

  • By: Shannon Kirk
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan, Greg Watanabe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

They thought she was the victim, but they're the ones in danger.... Imagine a helpless, pregnant 16-year-old who's just been yanked from the serenity of her home and shoved into a dirty van. Kidnapped.... Alone.... Terrified. Now forget her.... Picture instead a pregnant, 16-year-old, manipulative prodigy. She is shoved into a dirty van and, from the first moment of her kidnapping, feels a calm desire for two things: to save her unborn son and to exact merciless revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent - kept me gripped

  • By emily louise on 06-05-16

A great listen.

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

Reviewed: 20-07-16

I enjoyed this story enormously. The main character was very appealing and both the narrators did a good job. I also liked that the story went on after the resolution of the crime so that you found out how the characters were affected. I had not listened to this author before but I am hoping she has more titles to enjoy.

  • The Second Life of Amy Archer

  • By: R. S. Pateman
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 195

Ten years ago she disappeared without a trace...now she's back. On 31st December 1999, ten-year-old Amy Archer went missing from her local playground. Her body was never found and the lives of her parents, Beth and Brian, were torn apart. On the 10th anniversary of the disappearance, Beth is alone, still struggling with the enormity of her grief and the horror of not knowing the fate of her only child. But the fear and confusion have only just begun, and Beth's world is turned upside down when a stranger knocks on her door, claiming to know what happened to Amy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding debut

  • By Saffy on 24-05-14

What a disappointment!

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

Reviewed: 31-07-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The ending is so irritating. I listened fascinated throughout only to get to the end and find no resolution.

What could R. S. Pateman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Decide on a suitable end.

Do you think The Second Life of Amy Archer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, and if another was released I wouldn't buy it. I don't need letting down twice.

Any additional comments?

There were slow bits in this story but I persevered because it had me hooked. If I had known at the start about the ending I wouldn't have bothered. I loathe books where the ending is left for the reader to decide. It was ultimately most unsatisfactory.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Just What Kind of Mother Are You?

  • By: Paula Daly
  • Narrated by: Laura Brattan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

What if your best friend’s child disappears? On your watch? What would you do? This is exactly what happens to Lisa Kallisto one freezing December in the English Lakes. Her whole world descends into the stuff of nightmares. Because, not only is 13-year-old Lucinda missing, and not only is it all Lisa’s fault, but she’s the second teenage girl to disappear within a fortnight. And the first one turned up stripped bare, after suffering from a terrifying ordeal. Wracked with guilt over her mistake, and after being publicly blamed by Lucinda’s family, Lisa sets out to right the wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very satisfying 'read'

  • By Giftgiver on 03-09-14

Absorbing and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 30-04-14

What made the experience of listening to Just What Kind of Mother Are You? the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the main characters. They were believable.

What about Laura Brattan’s performance did you like?

Her northern accents were great. I especially liked Auntie Jackie.

Any additional comments?

I had to force myself to go to bed because I really wanted to stay up and listen to the ending.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Commonplace Killing

  • By: Sian Busby
  • Narrated by: Robert Peston, Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 221

On a damp July morning in 1946, two schoolboys find a woman’s body in a bomb site in north London. The woman is identified as Lillian Frobisher, a wife and mother who lived in a war-damaged terrace a few streets away. The police assume that Lil must have been the victim of a vicious sexual assault; but the autopsy finds no evidence of rape, and Divisional Detective Inspector Jim Cooper turns his attention to her private life. How did Lil come to be in the bomb site – a well-known lovers’ haunt? If she had consensual sex, why was she strangled?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absolute must!

  • By iris on 23-03-14

Miserable

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

Reviewed: 11-04-14

Would you try another book written by Sian Busby or narrated by Robert Peston and Daniel Weyman ?

I wouldn't read another Sian Busby book but Daniel Weyman was a good narrator.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I liked that the story was told from each character's perspective. I found the flashbacks slightly irritating.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

This was a good detective story, spoiled for me by a really negative world view. I found I didn't really like the main characters. It was depressing to listen to.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Death at Wentwater Court

  • By: Carola Dunn
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

This first installment of a cozy mystery series transports listeners back to the bygone era of 1923 Britain, where unflappable flapper and fledgling journalist Daisy Dalrymple daringly embarks on her first writing assignment, and promptly stumbles across a corpse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good book, terrible reader

  • By Trudie on 06-09-06

The narrator really can make or break a story.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-11-10

This story was ruined by the truly awful accents produced by the narrator. It's such a shame because it is just the sort of story that in other circumstances I would have enjoyed. I read the other reviews and listened to a sample first and thought it would be ok, but after a while I found I was concentrating on the strange accents and wierd pronunciation. I actually think the narrator would be good reading a book set in America, but she mangled this so that it was at times hard to understand. I was disappointed to find that it is the same narrator reading all of the books in the 'Daisy Dalrymple' set and I certainly won't be downloading any more.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful