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  • Written in Dead Wax

  • The Vinyl Detective, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Cartmel
  • Narrated by: Ben Allen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 523

He is a record collector and a connoisseur of vinyl, hunting out rare and elusive LPs. His business card describes him as the Vinyl Detective, and some people take this more literally than others. For example, the beautiful, mysterious woman who wants to pay him a large sum of money to find a priceless lost recording on behalf of an extremely wealthy yet shadowy client. And so begins a painful and dangerous odyssey in search of the rarest jazz record of them all....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT

  • By Viv on 07-11-16

The Jury is still out

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

I puzzled long and hard about the rating to give this listen. For me murder and humour doesn't really work - and yet I couldn't say I didn't thoroughly enjoy this listen. The book's bunch of characters are drawn so well they are vividly alive in my head and the banter between them is easy and amusing. It may have been a little drawn out - yet I can't say I find it difficult getting to the end. I'll play the next record and see how things go.

  • Bring Me Back

  • By: B A Paris
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hely, Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 541

The million-copy best-selling author returns with a breathtaking thriller. The disappearance. The suspicion. The fear....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Love Paris in the Springtime!

  • By Simon on 08-03-18

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

I thought this was absolutely first rate - made me want to listen at every opportunity I could - and it wasn't until very close to the end did I clock on to the true situation. I am not sure how much was due to the excellent storyline of BA Paris or the spot on narration, particularly by Kevin Hely. As I've come across neither before I shall investigate both further without a doubt.

  • The Sleeping and the Dead

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Detective Peter Porteous is called to Cranwell Lake, where the body of a teenager has been discovered. After trawling through the missing persons files, he deduces that the corpse is Michael Grey, an enigmatic and secretive young man who was reported missing by his foster parents in 1972. For country prison officer Hannah Morton, it is the shock of her life. Michael had been her boyfriend, and she had been with him the night he disappeared. The news report that a body has been found brings back dreaded and long-buried memories from her past.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen

  • By karen gibbons on 22-12-18

Good new lead character

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

Reviewed: 11-01-19

I hope this may be the beginning of another enjoyable series from Ann Cleeves starring Peter Porteous. Interesting plot with a twist at the end I'd not spotted (which is unusual). I am not handing out my 5 star awards as often these days to better distinguish for myself as well as others between a good listen and something outstanding. This deserves its 4 star and is recommended to those who like a good who dun it.

  • A Rising Man

  • By: Abir Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 554

Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, Wyndham has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force. But with barely a moment to acclimatise to his new life or to deal with the ghosts which still haunt him, Wyndham is caught up in a murder investigation that will take him into the dark underbelly of the British Raj.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! Worthy of Rankin

  • By Arthur on 21-05-16

Sound 4 star listen

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

Reviewed: 11-01-19

Interesting story and characters in a setting which seems to have a relatively authentic feel. Nice to spend some time in India for a change and I found this listen enjoyable if not earth shattering. Will certainly listen to another by this author.

  • The Stranger Diaries

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Anjana Vasan, Andrew Wincott, Esther Wane, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 191

Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. As a literature teacher specialising in the Gothic writer R. M. Holland, she teaches a short course on it every year. Then Clare's life and work collide tragically when one of her colleagues is found dead, a line from an R. M. Holland story by her body. The investigating police detective is convinced the writer's works somehow hold the key to the case.s....  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The stranger diaries

  • By brenda peirce on 18-11-18

Much better Elly

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

Having loved the Ruth Galloway series but disappointed in Stephens & Mephisto I was delighted that this stand alone was Elly Griffiths back on form. The device of having the characters relate their perspective of the same scenarios was quite interesting I thought and the characters themselves were an interesting band. I thought the end was a little weak which is why I've not provided a 5 star review but would thoroughly recommend a listen.

  • The Murder Room

  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

Commander Adam Dalgliesh is already acquainted with the Dupayne Museum in Hampstead, and with its sinister murder room celebrating notorious crimes committed in the interwar years, when he is called to investigate the killing of one of the trustees. He soon discovers that the victim was seeking to close the museum against the wishes of both staff and fellow trustees. Everyone, it seems, has something to gain from the crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable P D James

  • By fotini on 18-07-17

Lovely to revisit

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

I'd read this book sometime ago but was tempted to download as a daily deal and revisit. Exceptionally well read by Daniel Weyman was thoroughly enjoyable. Have gone on to listen to some other Dalgleish gems.

  • Means of Evil and Other Stories

  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Innocence is in the eye of the beholder.... A collection of short stories, ranging from crimes of passion and violence in Kingsmarkham to a bizarre murder in Yugoslavia, featuring the world-famous Detective Chief Inspector Wexford. A crime omnibus from the world's greatest living mystery writer, Ruth Rendell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favourite Wexford Stories

  • By JPR Beader on 07-12-14

Ideal - stories to fit in when you are busy

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

I have read these stories many years ago but had forgotten virtually all details. I downloaded this audible collection sometime ago for a particular journey with my sister - but we never listened to them. I therefore decided to listen over Christmas this year which was busy, busy, busy - meaning I could leave my next full length novel listen until the festivities were over. Great choice. This collection of Wexford stories is very good indeed - and very well read by Nigel Anthony. Was absolutely ideal to duck in and out of. Recommended.

  • The Sewing Machine

  • By: Natalie Fergie
  • Narrated by: Angus King, Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 395

It is 1911, and Jean is about to join the mass strike at the Singer factory. For her, nothing will be the same again. Decades later, Connie sews coded moments of her life into a notebook, as her mother did before her. More than 100 years after his grandmother's sewing machine was made, Fred unpicks the secrets of four generations, one stitch at a time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An intriguing walk through generations

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-07-18

Something a little bit different

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

I very much enjoyed this book despite the rather robotic narration. Although having said that I am not sure whether a more robust performance would have actually suited the story any better. Whatever, the narration does not really detract from what is a very interesting listen as we hear about 3 different generations of people that are in various ways connected to a particular Singer sewing machine. To begin with I wasn't absolutely sure if I was going to stay with it but gradually got caught up in the various threads to finally feel quite bereft at having to say goodbye. Well worth downloading.

  • The Infirmary: A DCI Ryan Mystery

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Tom Bateman, Bertie Carvel, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532

There's a serial killer targeting the streets of Newcastle, seemingly picking his victims at random but subjecting them all to the same torturous end. When the Chief Inspector on the case goes missing, it falls on DCI Ryan to track down the man who is brutally murdering women and goading the police to 'catch me if you can'. As everyone becomes a suspect, Ryan and his team get drawn further and further into the case, but for Ryan the nightmare gets closer to home than he could ever have imagined. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent DCI Ryan mystery....

  • By Salter on 08-11-18

Pointless for series regulars

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

Reviewed: 26-11-18

This was a very well produced drama and thankfully the characters voices were close enough to the usual reader's and my imagination for that not to spoil the Ryan series for me at all. Having said that - as a follower of the series the storyline was already known to me and this production provided very little additional information to what I had already been drip fed during other instalments. The only added element was the drawn out audible interpretation of some of the torture scenes - somewhat gratuitous I thought.

  • The Girl Before

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,680
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,671

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping thriller

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-17

At last a different plot

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Thoroughly appreciated a storyline that did not mimic a number of others on the bookshelf. This was something a bit different and the way the story and timing swapped between the two girls was very well done. Downside for me was that I found both of the female characters incredibly aggravating. I would agree there was a good build up of tension but I did spot the final twist before it came. Indeed I thought the end (like so many) did not do the majority of the book justice. Nevertheless I would certainly recommend a listen.