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  • A Willing Victim

  • By: Laura Wilson
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

London, November, 1956. DI Ted Stratton is investigating the murder of Jeremy Lloyd, a young man with a taste for esoteric religion. Stratton's enquiries lead him to Suffolk, where the mysterious Mr Roth has founded a Foundation for Spiritual Understanding. Apparently Lloyd had believed himself marked out for great things. But at the Foundation, Stratton meets 12-year-old Michael, who is proclaimed as the next incarnation in a long line of spiritual leaders. He is rumoured amongst Roth's disciples to have been immaculately conceived....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a gem

  • By Nicola on 06-06-13

Mary stroke ananda!!!!

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

Reviewed: 28-10-18

I tried to like this book. I really did. I love Stratton, and the previous books have been highly engaging, with some humour and good characters. But I couldn't get into this, I've tried more than once. Why did Sean Barrett reiterate time after time 'Mary stroke Ananda'? It drove me crazy. It just was totally superfluous and unnecessary. I mean, you wouldn't read it in the book like that - so why say it? Aaargh! I give up. Didn't like it. Ballard got on my nerves, Stratton and he had a good comradeship in previous book, but this time he had to get home to his wretched wife and 'read the nipper a story.' Very disappointing after the first three books. I'm afraid they are the best, the last two just aren't up to standard. A great pity.

  • An Empty Death

  • By: Laura Wilson
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

After almost five years of conflict, London's exhausted inhabitants are living in a world of dereliction. War-weary DI Ted Stratton is no exception, but he cannot help being drawn in by his latest case. Called on to investigate when a doctor is found dead in Fitzrovia's Middlesex Hospital, Stratton soon realizes that someone involved is not who they appear to be. Meanwhile Jenny, Ted's wife, is working at the local Rest Centre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very satisfying read

  • By Jacanty on 15-02-10

Tragedy

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

Reviewed: 20-10-18

An excellent , satisfying , but ultimately sad story in the wonderful Stratton series. I am at present revisiting the Stratton books, and this is as good as Stratton's War, if not better.

If only this series could continue, but like all good things, it appears to have ended .

  • Breathe

  • By: Dominick Donald
  • Narrated by: Martyn Ellis
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

London, 1952. Dick Bourton is not like the other probationer policemen in Notting Hill. He's older, having fought in Europe and then Korea. And he's no Londoner, being from Cotswold farming stock. Then there's Anna, the exotically beautiful White Russian fiancée he has brought back to these drab streets and empty bombsites. She may as well come from a different planet.  The new copper also has a mind of his own. After an older colleague is shot by a small-time gangster they are chasing in a pea-souper fog, something nags at Bourton's memory. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Glad that’s over.

  • By IANGB on 02-10-18

Coincidence?

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

At the start, this bears close resemblance to Laura Wilson's hero, set in the same timeframe, with a similar backstory (and not a few references to her characters). But the story develops and takes a different turn to 'A Capital Crime.'
It's a blow by blow account , which does become a bit tedious and long winded . The narration is excellent. Overall, I enjoyed the book, and hope the author has a return planned for Anna and Richard.

  • Cold Case Reopened

  • The Princes in the Tower
  • By: Mark Garber
  • Narrated by: Guy Bethell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

In this short audiobook, a retired detective reopens this cold case and attempts to piece together the evidence and answer the great mystery about what really happened to the young Princes. Were they really murdered? If so, what happened to the bodies and who did the evil deed? Or were they left unharmed and left to live out their days in peace? Was a challenging offered up in place of Richard, Duke of York by Elizabeth Woodville and was that why Henry VII was so concerned by Perkin Warbeck?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing

  • By judith on 28-07-18

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 28-07-18

A balanced and thoughtful account of the brief reign of Richard iii . The main characters of that time are discussed, with the likelihood or otherwise of their involvement in the disappearance of Edward V and his brother, Richard. An intelligent and objective approach to a subject which has been distorted by Tudor historical propaganda, and enshrined Shakespeare's unpleasant defamatory play.

  • Anatomy of a Scandal

  • By: Sarah Vaughan
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal, Luke Thompson, Esther Wane, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,082

You want to believe your husband. She wants to destroy him. Gripping psychological drama for fans of Apple Tree Yard, The Good Wife and Notes on a Scandal. Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tense, engrossing and very topical

  • By Kaggy on 06-02-18

Accurate title

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

Reviewed: 20-02-18

This is a well-written story, very up to date with #MeToo disclosures. I'm unsure if the '60s working class entrants to an Oxford college would feel quite so unsure of themselves. The over-entitled upper-class members of the thinly disguised Bullingdon set were detestable in the extreme- unfortunately their attitudes are still all too visible in our present day society. ( Mentioning no names, obviously). Despite spotting the outcome early on, this didn't prevent me from being totally involved to the end. And I couldn't prevent a mental casting of James Norton as the MP. Wonder if this will make it to the TV.?

  • Robicheaux

  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Dave Robicheaux is a haunted man. Between his recurrent nightmares, his thoughts drift from one irreconcilable memory to the next. During a murder investigation, Dave Robicheaux discovers he may have committed the homicide he's investigating, one which involved the death of the man who took the life of Dave's beloved wife. As he works to clear his name, Robicheaux encounters a cast of characters and a resurgence of dark social forces that threaten to destroy all of those whom he loves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Burke's best, but still very good

  • By Elinor Dashwood on 15-03-18

He's back!

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

Reviewed: 20-02-18

Thrilled to see a new Robicheaux on the block. Usual suspects, either real or imaginary. Greatly relieved by the absence of Cletus' ghastly daughter, and minimal outing of Alafair.
But why...oh , but that's a plot spoiler ......see what you think ;)!

  • Two Kinds of Truth

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701

An old case from his LAPD past threatens Bosch's reputation in a gripping new thriller. Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando police and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous big-business world of prescription drug abuse. Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch's LAPD days comes back to haunt him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cracker!!

  • By eva on 19-11-17

Finally....

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

Reviewed: 15-02-18

Boy, that was a trudge - I think the narrator was trying to sound cool, but it came across as a bored monotone. I couldn't get into the story, or raise any interest in the story- It was very bitty and didn't flow. Disappointing.

  • Dark Matter

  • By: Michelle Paver
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327

January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top 5 Horror

  • By Joseph on 04-04-11

Brilliant narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

Compelling tale, resonant of 'Boy's Own' heroes and adventures- it rolls along seamlessly through Arctic landscapes, rich evocations of sea and snow. Absolutely riveting narrator kept me hooked- his interpretation and characterisations were utterly convincing and enhanced the book.

  • The Betrayal of Trust

  • Simon Serrailler 6
  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

Simon Serrailler is faced with that most complicated of investigations - a cold case. Freak weather and flash floods all over southern England. Half of Lafferton is afloat. A landslip on the Moor has closed the bypass and, as the rain slowly drains away, a shallow grave - and a skeleton - are exposed. It doesn’t take long to identify the remains as those of the missing teenager, Harriet Lowther, last seen carrying a tennis racket while waiting for a bus. But that was 16 years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent crime writing

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-02-12

Misery in spades

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

Reviewed: 22-06-17

The trouble with this series is;
the medical aspect which is always included via the profoundly irritating Cat. Terribly depressing, and if you have any acquaintance with serious illness, it will scare the bejesus out of you. In this book, Hill has gone overboard. Not only do we have Alzheimer's, but also MND. Grim doesn't cover it.
I didn't find the crime story in itself convincing, it took second place to the goings on in the Serallier family and I have to say I find the whole lot smug, spoilt and horribly middle class. This may be due to Steven Pacey's reading - everyone ( apart from the crim and lower orders) is unredeemingly posh.

  • Stranger Child

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,764

One dark secret. One act of revenge. When Emma Joseph met her husband, David, he was a man shattered by grief. His first wife had been killed outright when her car veered off the road. Just as tragically, their six-year-old daughter mysteriously vanished from the scene of the accident. Now, six years later, Emma believes the painful years are behind them. She and David have built a new life together and have a beautiful baby son, Ollie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thriller With a Human Side

  • By Simon on 10-11-15

Edge of the seat!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

Not often is a book encountered with the ability to hold ones attention from first to last. This one does. It is fast, pacy, keeps you gripped, eager to find out what happens next. Brilliantly read by Lisa Coleman, with just the right amount of tonal variation and dramatic emphasis to thoroughly enhance the story. Rachel Abbott has neatly avoided the all too common problem these days of gratuitous violence . A refreshingly entertaining tale and an excellent audio experience!