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  • Twisted

  • By: Steve Cavanagh
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

Who is JT LeBeau? A best-selling crime writer whose words have gripped the world. The only mystery greater than his stories is his true identity. One woman thinks she's found him - her husband has millions in the bank and a letter for the enigmatic author. But the truth is far more twisted.... 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sadly not as good as Thirteen. Lacklustre reader.

  • By Sophie on 30-01-19

Sadly not as good as Thirteen. Lacklustre reader.

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

Reviewed: 30-01-19

Absolutely loved Thirteen and the Eddie Flynn series and pre ordered Twisted in lively expectation of another fabulous listen,
but sadly, the narrator's style almost lost me from the start. Laurence Bouvard's caricature repertoire of "dumb and slow" drawly cop voice, silly high pitched southern female voice and a really unbelievable main male character voice pretty much spoilt it for me from the get go.
For me, a book is made or lost by the narrator, Adam Sims, in my opinion, is perfect in the Eddie Flynn books, wish they'd just used him again. I persevered however, and the second part of the book was certainly more interesting than the start, but the ending just left me wishing I'd picked something else. Roll on the next Eddie Flynn novel!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow of the Serpent

  • An Inspector McLevy Mystery 1
  • By: David Ashton
  • Narrated by: David Ashton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

London had Sherlock Holmes. The dark alleys of Edinburgh had Inspector McLevy. Known as the father of forensics and a likely influence on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, real-life police inspector James McLevy is here reinvented by David Ashton in a thrilling mystery - the first in a series - set in dark, violent Victorian Edinburgh.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterly performance by David Ashton

  • By homebeam on 22-06-16

Very enjoyable once you get used to the reader

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Engaging and very entertaining, with lots of colourful descriptions of 19th Century Edinburgh, a interesting plot and some laugh out loud moments I really enjoyed this book. Be warned however, the reader - the author himself - has quite an unusually dramatic style, where sometimes his voice drops to an almost inaudible whisper which caused me to be frequently adjusting my volume levels. He is also at times extremely drawn out and slow - but I found by setting my speed to 1.5x the pace was perfect. Looking forward to more (speeded up) adventures with inspector McLevy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • Pillars of the Earth, Book 1
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Set in the turbulent times of 12th century England where civil war, famine, religious strife, and battles over royal succession tore lives and families apart, The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the building of a magnificent cathedral. Against this richly imagined backdrop, filled with intrigue and treachery, Ken Follett draws the reader irresistibly into a wonderful epic of family drama, violent conflict, and unswerving ambition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely absorbing

  • By Kurt on 30-11-07

Historically interesting but lacklustre narration

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

Reviewed: 09-01-15

I have greatly enjoyed other works by this author, but for some reason this book failed to captivate. Partly I think because the narration was rather flat and partly because I found the jumps in time a bit jerky. Worth the listen, just not one of his best.

  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,426

Fight them, Mr Brigance. To the bitter end. We must prevail. In the long-awaited successor to the novel that launched his phenomenal career, John Grisham brings us the powerful sequel to A Time to Kill. As filled with twists as it is with legal mastery, Sycamore Row proves beyond doubt that John Grisham is in a league of his own. Jake Brigance has never met Seth Hubbard, or even heard of him, until the old man's suicide note names him attorney for his estate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham back at his best

  • By Liz on 10-12-13

Could not stop listening

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

Reviewed: 24-05-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Sycamore Row to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the book, but I'm pretty sure the audio version - complete with all the wonderful accents and rich timbre of Michael Beck's voice - would do the novel better justice than my own reading of it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harry Rex Vonner. He has the some of the best lines.

Have you listened to any of Michael Beck’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but I intend to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many, I found the whole book so compelling I couldn't stop listening to it. It moved me and made me angry.

Any additional comments?

A brilliant listen, rich and satisfying.

  • The Luminaries

  • By: Eleanor Catton
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,413
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,282

It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, but slower than a snail

  • By Avril Sawers on 02-11-13

Probably the best audio book I've listened to.

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

Reviewed: 19-03-14

If you could sum up The Luminaries in three words, what would they be?

Mesmerising. Fascinating. Brilliant.

What did you like best about this story?

The history. Beautifully researched and excellently written to make everything utterly real, it made me want to go over and explore New Zealand and all the places mentioned in the story.

Have you listened to any of Mark Meadows’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but he's brilliant! And it's performance that makes this book so special for me. His genius with juggling so many and often complex voices allowed the story to shine though. I have no doubt I personally would have got a bit bogged down if I was actually reading this one myself.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The sheer scale of this novel moved me, it is enormous and epic and takes you away on the most amazing journey back in time whilst making it seem very real. I honestly felt I was there with the characters.

Any additional comments?

Listen to it.