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  • Good Girl, Bad Girl

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Six years ago, Evie Cormac was discovered, filthy and half starved, hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a shocking crime. Now approaching adulthood, Evie is damaged and self-destructive and has never revealed her true identity. Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven, a man haunted by his own past, is investigating the death of champion figure skater Jodie Sheehan. When Cyrus is called upon to assess Evie, she threatens to disrupt the case and destroy his ordered life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvellously interwoven threads of plot!

  • By Eleanor on 04-08-19

Absolutely first rate

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

As you'd expect from Michael Robotham - a good plot with main characters that you care about. Surely we are going to hear more of Sirius and Evie. I certainly hope so. Joe Jameson, a new narrator for me, was absolutely up to the mark.

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  • The Thirteenth Tale

  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435

The Thirteenth Tale is a compelling and emotional mystery, in the timeless vein of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, about family secrets and the magic of books and storytelling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric and gripping

  • By Kirstine on 24-05-12

Undecided

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

There is no doubt that this is a wonderfully inventive book very well read - but oh dear I found it extremely depressing. I may go back and finish it - as I'd like to know the ending - but for the moment I've had to give it a break.

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  • A Treachery of Spies

  • By: Manda Scott
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory, Philip Stevens, Sally Scott
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450

An elderly woman of striking beauty is found murdered in Orleans, France. Her identity has been cleverly erased, but the method of her death is very specific: she has been killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance in World War Two. Tracking down her murderer leads police inspector Inès Picaut back to 1940s France, where the men and women of the Resistance were engaged in a desperate fight for survival against the Nazi invaders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By kriss on 14-09-18

Hard to keep tabs on the various characters

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

Reviewed: 27-07-19

Whilst I enjoyed this audio book which was very well performed I did find it hard to keep a grasp on quite who was who and who was whose child. The names, generations and relationships really were hard to keep in my mind and I think I missed out a little because of this. I wonder whether it might have been easier to do this if read and so the names were in front of me in black and white. Hard to say but whilst in some ways this deserves a 5 star ranking I am sure I am not the only person who has struggled.




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  • Dead Beat

  • PI Kate Brannigan, Book 1
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Chloe Massey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 362

As a favour to her rock journalist boyfriend, private detective Kate Brannigan agrees to track down a missing songwriter, Moira Pollock - a search that takes her into some of the seediest parts of Leeds and Bradford. But little does she realise that finding Moira is only a prelude to murder. Juggling her other cases, including a search to uncover the source of counterfeit luxury goods, Brannigan finds herself for the first time on the trail of a killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Found Myself A New Heroine

  • By EmGem22 on 05-06-19

Sorry not for me

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

Reviewed: 21-07-19

Whilst I have liked other books by Val McDermid I am afraid this did nothing for me - I listened for less than half an hour and gave up.

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  • The Defence

  • By: Steve Cavanagh
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345

The truth has no place in a courtroom. The truth doesn't matter in a trial. The only thing that matters is what the prosecution can prove. Eddie Flynn used to be a con artist. Then he became a lawyer. Turned out the two weren't that different. It's been more than a year since Eddie vowed never to set foot in a courtroom again. But now he doesn't have a choice. Olek Volchek, the infamous head of the Russian mafia in New York, has strapped a bomb to Eddie's back and kidnapped his ten-year-old daughter, Amy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast and furious.

  • By anne on 25-02-16

Good for what it is

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

Reviewed: 07-07-19

For some reason I thought I was going to enjoy a courtroom procedural. But whilst there was some nifty courtroom manoeuvres this contained a little too much outside mob action for my liking - and it was a little too 'American'. And how could it not be you rightly complain and you'd be quite right. I did however get swept along by the wave of enthusiastic reviews and I didn't realise exactly what I was getting. Its a decent story - and the ex scammer lawyer a decent enough character - all read perfectly well. It just wasn't quite for me. That is however my fault for mis-choosing than the fault of the book.

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  • Joe Country

  • Jackson Lamb Thriller, Book 6
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

In Slough House memories are stirring, all of them bad. Catherine Standish is buying booze again, Louisa Guy is raking over the ashes of lost love, and new recruit Lech Wicinski, whose sins make him outcast even among the slow horses, is determined to discover who destroyed his career, even if he tears his life apart in the process. And with winter taking its grip Jackson Lamb would sooner be left brooding in peace, but even he can't ignore the dried blood on his carpets. So when the man responsible breaks cover at last, Lamb sends the slow horses out to even the score.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A little disappointed...

  • By ThePuss on 30-06-19

Oh dear

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

Reviewed: 07-07-19

I've loved this series but perhaps it has now reached the end - indeed the ending suggests that may well be the case, unless Mick Herron has other plans for his characters. If you too have been following the slow horses you will want to (need to) listen to this. But it may be that I'm not alone in thinking this one isn't up to the standard we are used to.

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  • Crime on the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena, Book 1
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718

DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she's seen a girl die in her arms, and her daughter will never leave the hospital again. She's gotten tough on the criminals she believes did this to her. Too tough. And now she's been given one final warning: make it work with her new sergeant, DS Joseph Easter, or she's out.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator ruins this book

  • By Ann una Purcell on 10-02-19

Stiff, cliched but surprisingly listenable

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

Reviewed: 23-06-19

Having enjoyed the Jackman series I was disappointed to begin with. I found the narration stiff, the dialogue poor - and I was going to give up after a couple of chapters, I found the whole thing very irritating. Then gradually I got drawn in and found by the end I very much cared what happened to Nilkki, Joseph and a number of other characters. Indeed I will definitely be moving on to see how Book 2 pans out. This may not set the world alight but its worth a credit and passed some enjoyable hours.

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  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,398

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woodcutter

  • By jackie Hammond on 23-05-11

Very nearly 5 stars

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

Reviewed: 23-06-19

I found the beginning of this a little hard to get into and the ending slightly poor. The 80% in the middle was definitely 5 star material however and worth every penny of my credit. The characters in the story are very well drawn and I was very sad to say goodbye to Wolf (not to mention his dog). Jonathan Keeble narrates incredibly well as usual - albeit Wolf did have just a tinge of Les Dawson about him! This is the first Reginald Hill I have listened to and I shall definitely be exploring this author further.

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  • No Way Out

  • DI Fawley Thriller, Book 3
  • By: Cara Hunter
  • Narrated by: Lee Ingleby, Emma Cunniffe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

It's one of the most disturbing cases DI Fawley has ever worked. The Christmas holidays, and two children have just been pulled from the wreckage of their burning home in North Oxford. The toddler is dead, and his brother is soon fighting for his life. Why were they left in the house alone? Where is their mother, and why is their father not answering his phone? Then new evidence is discovered, and DI Fawley's worst nightmare comes true. Because this fire wasn't an accident. It was murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic next instalment

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-04-19

One of the best crime series at the moment

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

Reviewed: 15-06-19

Am thoroughly enjoying this series. DI Fawley does not write poetry, paint, drink too much or love opera - but he does have to live with a past tragedy that is just touched upon here and there to help flesh him out. Both he and the rest of his team are well written and brought to life by the absolutely excellent narration. The choice of perpetrators is small in this book but I wasn't quite sure up until the very end who had dun the deed. How wonderful also not to have police politics and thoroughly unpleasant ACC's encroaching at every turn. Lets hope Cara Hunter can maintain this really excellent standard.

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  • Longstone

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 10
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492

Between the devil and the deep blue sea... Viking treasure is discovered beneath the icy waters of the North Sea, and local historian Dr Anna Taylor is called in to help catalogue the most exciting hoard in living memory. But when a shipwreck diver washes up dead, she’s soon out of her depth. Luckily, she knows just the person to call.... When DCI Ryan arrives at the picturesque fishing town of Seahouses, he's faced with an impenetrable wall of secrets and lies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant..

  • By Salter on 11-03-19

Getting just a bit predictable

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

Reviewed: 14-06-19

I've enjoyed this series - although have agreed with other reviewers about the increasing Mills & Boon feel to the love interest. This 10th instalment was a thoroughly enjoyable listen but very much more of the same - perhaps a little more thought on the follow up might give us something to get our teeth into.