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  • The Dead Pass

  • By: Colin Bateman
  • Narrated by: Adam Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Hired to find the missing son of retired political activist Moira Doherty, Dan Starkey knows his new case is going to be challenging. Billy 'the Bear' Doherty, a criminal with a nasty drug habit, isn't an easy man to find - his mum is convinced he's been murdered. But when Moira herself is killed, Dan finds himself in the middle of a deadly game of cat and mouse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Starkey Yet

  • By Sarah on 20-02-15

The Best Starkey Yet

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

Reviewed: 20-02-15

I think Colin Bateman's novels work brilliantly on Audio, Adam Moore's masterful, almost deadpan narration complements the fast paced action and irreverent tone and adds to the humour.
The plot is excellent and weaves in and out of some very very dark places and introduces some very very unpleasant characters, with Bateman making pin sharp points about the current situation in Northern Ireland. Dan Starkey remains as dogged as a terrier and his emotional development still has not progressed beyond about 8 years old, but you're rooting for him from the first moment. There are many many laugh out loud moments which can cause embarrassment when listening on public transport. Marvellous.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Luminaries

  • By: Eleanor Catton
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,243

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

Doesn't work as an audiobook

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

Reviewed: 22-11-13

What would have made The Luminaries better?

As I say in the title, I don't believe this book works as an audible book. Though very detailed and well written, there isn't enough narrative drive. I persevered until halfway through the first part and have given up listening.

What will your next listen be?

It is The Greenfinch by Donna Tartt - I'm hooked already.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration

Any additional comments?

I shall buy the book and read it as I want to know what happens but can't dedicate 32 hours of my life listening to find out!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Garden of Evening Mists

  • By: Tan Twan Eng
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

Malaya, 1949. After a career spent helping to prosecute Japanese war criminals, Yun Ling Teoh, - herself the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp - seeks solace among the jungle fringed plantations of Northern Malaya. There she meets the enigmatic Aritomo, an exiled former gardener of the Emperor of Japan. Yun Ling asks Aritomo to create a garden in memory of her sister. But the jungle holds secrets of its own…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best listen of 2012

  • By Sarah on 02-12-12

The best listen of 2012

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-12

This story works on so many levels. The writing is effortlessly evocative and graphically descriptive of the settings. It seamlessly weaves together a number of disparate themes; loss, war, gardening and tatooing and is thought provoking without hammering any message home. Characters leap from the page and live with you while you're not listening. I cannot rate the narration highly enough. Anna Bentinck is quite superb - she renders Far Eastern accents perfectly and even manages to convey the age of the main character at different stages of the story. Her tone and pace are perfect. If there was an audio oscar, she should receive it!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The House of Silk

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,541

It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a ripping yarn

  • By L on 25-02-12

A Good Listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-11

An inventive story that is mostly faithful to the original style of A C D.I would agree that sometimes a 21st century perspective slips in but this doesn't seriously detract from a rattling paced narrative and ingenious plotting. I did guess one puzzle straight away but not the final couple of plot twists.
Derek Jacobi's masterly narration does the story credit but who knew he can't do a Scottish accent?!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Invisible Ones

  • By: Stef Penney
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 439

Small-time private investigator Ray Lovell veers between paralysis and delirium in a hospital bed. But before the accident that landed him there, he had promised to find Rose Janko. Rose was married to the charismatic son of a travelling gypsy family, Ivo Janko. When Ray starts to investigate her disappearance he's surprised that her family are so hostile towards him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent story, narrated well

  • By Helen on 25-10-12

Of you only download one book, make it this one!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-11

The story is gripping, dealing sensitively and thoughtfully with the Gypsy
Community. It's told in the first person by two different characters. Like them, all the people who inhabit the story are masterfully drawn. The denoument is quite unexpected, though one can spot the clues in hindsight.
The reading by Daniel Stevens enhances the quality of the narrative. His voices are perfectly judged and performed, the pacing and delivery are perfect.
I was sorry when I came to the end.

20 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • And Another Thing...

  • Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Part Six of Three
  • By: Eoin Colfer
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 412

An Englishman's continuing search through space and time for a decent cup of tea....Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has not been entirely without incident. Arthur has travelled the length, breadth and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forwards and backwards through time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Froody

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-10-09

Highly entertaining

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-09

Up there with the originals for invention, humour and fairly biting satire on the perennial obsessions of sentient beings; war, religion, money and sex.
A great listen, due in great part to Simon Jones' masterly reading. Lovely to hear the original Arthur Dent, and he gave every other character life and animation with a unique voice. I look forward to the rest of the series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

  • By: Jane Austen, Ben H. Winters
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

From the publisher of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies comes a new tale of romance, heartbreak, and tentacled mayhem. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters expands the original text of the beloved Jane Austen novel with all-new scenes of giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, two-headed sea serpents, and other biological monstrosities.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't bother

  • By Sarah on 02-12-09

Don't bother

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-09

This is the first Audiobook I have given up on in four years of subscribing. I love Jane Austen and have a good sense of the ridiculous so was attracted by the blurb, but this book is puerile. The prose is cod 18c and woefully stilted, the characters are lifted from Austen but lack any of the depth that her masterly writing imparts. The sea monster motif is far from amusing,being clumsily bolted on to the plot with little contextual integrity. I am happy to suspend disbelief and enter an imaginary world, but that world has to have some credibility; this has none.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • The White Russian

  • By: Tom Bradby
  • Narrated by: Robert Powell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

St Petersburg, 1917: A city on the brink of revolution. For Sandro Ruzsky, chief investigator of the city police, this decaying world provides an opportunity for a new beginning. Banished to Siberia for four years for daring to cross the Secret Police, Ruzsky now finds himself investigating the murders of a young couple out on the ice of the frozen river Neva. Pitted against a ruthless murderer, Ruzsky finds himself face-to-face with his past as he fights to save everything he cares for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Capivating Storyline

  • By J. bloggs on 16-03-06

Thrilling and Evocative

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-07

This is a superior audiobook. Robert Powell's faultless reading
does full justice to the many layered narrative and diverse characters. I was effortlessly transported to the eve of the Russian Revolution, its tragedy and brutality played out in the story of Rusky, the melancholy aristocratic chief investigator of police. The intricate plot, fascinating characters and certain knowledge of the horrors that awaited Mother Russia in subsequent years made this a story that held my imagination in an icy grip and I felt bereft when it ended. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful