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  • The Blood Road

  • Logan McRae, Book 11
  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518

What drives someone to murder? Logan McRae's personal history is hardly squeaky clean, but now that he works for Professional Standards he's policing his fellow officers. When Detective Inspector Bell turns up dead in the drivers seat of a crashed car, it's a shock to everyone. Because Bell died two years ago. They buried him. Or they thought they did. As an investigation is launched into Bell's stabbing, Logan digs into his past. Where has he been all this time? Why did he disappear? And what's so important that he felt the need to come back from the dead?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Blood Road is end of the road for me

  • By Mrs Mac on 26-07-18

Mixed bag

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

Reviewed: 09-06-19

I had actually read this in paperback before buying the audio, unusually. I didn't rate the book that highly, and was hoping that the return to the familiar voice of Steve Worsley would help. Well it has, a bit. But I still find myself tuning out, and having to rewind sections. Performance as always is fabulous. Story - meh. Per my paperback review, the puerile humour is beginning to grate a bit, and the farfetchedness of e.g. Steele's character verges on the ridiculous at times. However - still love the settings in Aberdeen/shire, (most of) the characters, and much of the blacker/non-puerile humour. Some of the insults are just brilliant.

  • Now We Are Dead

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465

Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel got caught fitting up Jack Wallace - that's why they demoted her and quashed his sentence. Now he's back on the streets, and women are being attacked again. Wallace has to be responsible, but if Detective Sergeant Steel goes anywhere near him, his lawyers will get her thrown off the force for good. The Powers That Be won't listen to her, not after what happened last time. According to them, she's got more than enough ongoing cases to keep her busy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fudge Flavoured Wombles in Tartan Noir

  • By Simon on 03-11-17

Tufty and Steele make a good team!

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

Reviewed: 23-04-18

I wasn't sure I would like a 'Steele on her own' story - she's a great foil for Logan, but I wondered if she was too extreme on her own. However, I liked this story just fine - you still get the Steele-ness, but Tufty made quite a good straight man for her. Lots of familiar places in Aberdeen to love, fabulous dialogue as ever - and Steve Worsley's performance is excellent also as always. I always promise myself I am going to remember the best quotes from MacBride's novels, and never do. But there are the usual laugh out loud moments, complete joy!!

  • The Cleaner

  • John Milton, Book 1
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,362
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,174

Meet John Milton. He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder. Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn't want to be on his list. But now, after ten years, he's had enough - there's blood on his hands and he wants out. Trouble is, this job is not one you can just walk away from. He goes on the run, seeking atonement for his sins by helping the people he meets along the way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but oddly unsatisfying

  • By Lucy on 05-11-16

Interesting premise, not quite delivered

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

Reviewed: 23-04-18

All the ingredients are there for a potentially good tale - but for me it just didn't quite come together. If I find a new author and like what I hear, I tend to immediately sign up for the next in the series - I wouldn't seek out any more John Milton books. There were too many holes for me - things that Milton just shouldn't have done as a character, sub-plots started but never really finished. Overall, just not believable. Although - I did really like a couple of the characters, so maybe with more experience, Dawson's storytelling will improve.

  • Love Like Blood

  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay, Mark Billingham, Sagar Arya
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

As DI Nicola Tanner investigates what appears to be a series of organised killings, her partner, Susan, is brutally murdered, leaving the detective bereft - and vengeful. Taken off the case, Tanner enlists the help of DI Tom Thorne to pursue a pair of ruthless killers and the broker handing out the deadly contracts. As the killers target their latest victim, Thorne takes the biggest risk of his career and is drawn into a horrifying and disturbing world in which families will do anything to protect their honour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By S on 08-06-17

Good Thorne instalment

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

Reviewed: 16-03-18

Have followed Tom Thorne from first book, and this is a solid instalment - not earth shatteringly good, but moves his story and character on to some degree. The honour killings storyline was interesting. Tanner didn't come off as likeable or lifelike as some of the other subsidiary characters we've seen in the past. But, all in all, enjoyable.

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  • A Dark So Deadly

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796

Welcome to the Misfit Mob... It's where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can't get rid of but wants to: the outcasts, the troublemakers, the compromised. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So when an ancient mummy turns up at the Oldcastle tip, it's his job to find out which museum it's been stolen from. But then Callum uncovers links between his ancient corpse and three missing young men, and life starts to get a lot more interesting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely amazing

  • By Andromeda's Twin on 24-04-17

Guaranteed good listening from MacBride

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Loved loved loved this - Stuart MacBride is on form again with this one. Alright so Callum is a bit like Logan - can anyone (or both) be that unlucky? Alright, the story is a bit far-fetched. But who cares - it's cracking good storytelling, with well-written characterisations leading you to care about them, and the humour - oh my the humour! As an Aberdeen ex-pat, the humour and the NE Scotland patois just kills me every time. Some of the well-turned phrases (and especially the insults) have me shouting out loud with joy to the alarm of anyone in the traffic queue next to me!
Steve Worsley is also a genius - I could listen to him all day.....

  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue Treasury

  • Classic BBC Radio Comedy
  • By: BBC Radio Comedy
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Lyttleton, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden
  • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493

A bumper collection of classic fun and games from one of BBC Radio 4's best-loved and most enduring comedy panel games. The inimitable Humphrey Lyttelton is in the chair for these 36 hilarious editions, collected together for the first time. He presides over regular players Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Willie Rushton, plus guests including Stephen Fry, Tony Hawks, Andy Hamilton, Paul Merton, Sandi Toksvig and Jeremy Hardy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud

  • By AR on 24-02-17

ISIHAC Rules! Laugh out loud all the way!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

As a longtime fan of ISIHAC, this is a great compilation and especially good for hearing the inspiring madness of Willy Rushton, who had passed before I really got into Clue. Every listen has me guffawing away in the car, promising to remember the best bits to tell others - and there are so many, that by the time I'm at my destination, I've forgotten them all.

Superb listening, and if I ever need cheering up, this goes on. Doesn't matter how many times I hear episodes of Clue, guaranteed laughter every time.

BUY IT NOW!!!

  • Trade Wind

  • By: M.M. Kaye
  • Narrated by: Rosemary Davis
  • Length: 29 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

The year is 1859 and Hero Hollis, beautiful and headstrong niece of the American consul, arrives in Zanzibar. It is an earthly paradise; it is also the last outpost of the Slave Trade. A passionate opponent of slavery, Hero is swept into a turmoil of royal intrigue, abduction, piracy, smuggling, and a virulent cholera epidemic. There in Zanzibar, the most cruelly beautiful island of the Southern Seas, she must choose her love and unravel her destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indulge the Five Senses of your Imagination!

  • By Shoshi on 12-05-07

An old fashioned novel, in many ways

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

If you recall that the original version of this novel was written in the early '60s, it does help to put into perspective some of the aspects that wouldn't be acceptable today - the language, and the obvious unpalatable elements of the romance. However, IF you can put that to one side, it's a great story, and caused me to go back to my history books to learn more about Zanzibar and some of the events described. MM Kaye has a great ability for descriptions and although the book is long, it rattles along at a pretty good pace.
Ms Davis' narration was very good - she seemed to capture the essence of the annoyingly sanctimonious Hero very well.

  • The Green Gauntlet

  • By: R. F. Delderfield
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Oliver
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Paul and Claire Craddock have grown older in years - but not in spirit. World War II is over. But there are new battles to be fought and won. The new property laws enable speculators to reap huge profits from agricultural lands, and Paul’s livelihood is threatened. With the help of his family, Paul struggles to preserve the happiness and peace he has built up over the years. In doing so, he comes to discover deeper, richer ties with those around him....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Ashley on 28-05-15

End of a saga

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

This was always my least favourite, probably because it was coming up to a modern time, and some of the characters weren't as likeable as the originals. However, it is a good bridge from the Edwardian era and between the wars, to what is more familiar today. Tears were shed - indicative of a great story which captures the heart. Excellent narration - kudos to Mr Oliver!

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  • Post of Honour

  • Book Two
  • By: R. F. Delderfield
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Oliver
  • Length: 26 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Nowhere in England avoids the loss of young men during the First World War and the village of Shallowford is no exception. Many never return and the lives of those who do are changed forever. Paul Craddock must rebuild the estate and the bonds broken between those who belong there. It is a time of huge social change and there are peacetime challenges as hard to surmount as those of war. And before they are met, Germany once again threatens the stability of Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging saga continues under the shadow of 2 Wars

  • By Kirstine on 21-02-18

The story continues - super

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Delderfield's story reels you in to a different era, and you can't help but enjoy the continuation. Although some of the much-loved characters from the first in the series of course are no longer with us, many remain with new characters coming along too.
Fabulous.

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  • Long Summer Day

  • By: R F Delderfield
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Oliver
  • Length: 27 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Paul Craddock is still young when he is invalided out of the army after the Boer War and he discovers the neglected estate of Shallowford in a secluded corner of Devon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A long holiday in Devon

  • By Alison on 25-09-12

Perfect description of it's era

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

I watched this on television way back when, and devoured the books. So I was delighted to see them now available on audio, and have spent many happy hours commuting to and from work in the company of so many familiar and loved characters. The books seem to perfectly capture an era long gone, and the first of the trilogy was always my favourite. The narration is excellent, and Jonathan Oliver perfectly characterises all the many characters.
Highly recommended.

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