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  • The Lewis Man

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,578
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,143

An unidentified corpse is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. News of the discovery soon reaches Fin Macleod. However, since swapping his life in Edinburgh for a quiet existence on Lewis, such mysteries are no longer a concern for the former detective inspector. Or so he thought. The sequel to The Blackhouse, which was selected for the WH Smith Richard and Judy Bookclub, and the second book in the Lewis trilogy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric sequel to The Blackhouse

  • By Kirstine on 24-02-12

Superb!

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

Reviewed: 30-03-19

I thought the first book in the trilogy was very good. This book is even better. Peter May paints a vivid image of the Hebrides and the people who live there - making it and them come alive.
The plot of the Lewis Man is gripping and wonderfully developed, with the main characters so real. The thoughts of the old man with dementia are so realistic in their own way - I wonder if that is what really goes on in the mind of our loved ones.
I have already got the next book ready to listen to, and I think my next holiday will be on the Isles - if they are as fabulous as Peter May describes them, bringing them to life in his words, it will be a truly memorable holiday.

  • The Blackhouse

  • The Lewis Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613

A brutal killing takes place on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland: a land of harsh beauty and inhabitants of deep-rooted faith. Detective Inspector Fin Macleod is sent from Edinburgh to investigate. For Lewis-born Macleod, the case represents a journey both home and into his past. Something lurks within the close-knit island community. Something sinister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Utterly Compelling Atmosphere of Desolation

  • By Simon on 16-02-18

Super story

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

I listened to this based on other reviews and was definitely not disappointed. Character development is first class as is the description of the islands and life there.

The story line is compelling and the whodunnit keeps going to the very end. I have bought the next title already and looking forward to listening to the Finn's next chapter.

  • The Passage

  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471

Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old, and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world. She is.... Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.... He's wrong. FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.... It is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • long and absorbing

  • By Tom on 20-07-10

36 hours flew by....

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

Reviewed: 13-01-19

I really enoyed the story. The plot is is similar to a number of current end of civilisation themes made popular by zombie books, films and TV shows, but the author keeps the narrative moving along at a good pace, and the characters are well developed. There are enough surprises, and likeable characters to keep you wanting to know what happens next.

I suspect this may end up as tv show, and I'd watch it.

  • In a House of Lies

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895

A missing private investigator is found locked in a car hidden deep in the woods. Worse still - both for his family and the police - the body was in an area that had already been searched 10 years ago. Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is part of a new inquiry, combing through the mistakes of the original case. There were always suspicions over how the investigation was handled, and now - after a decade without answers - it's time for the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Changing of the Guard?

  • By Simon on 13-10-18

Another great Rebus story

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

Reviewed: 26-12-18

I have read all the previous books bar one. This is the second one that I have listened. It did not disappoint - Ian Rankin has all the ingredients to hand to create another compelling chapter in Rebus’ life.

If you liked the earlier stories you will love this one. And there is still plenty of opportunity to create further Rebus stories.

  • Luther: The Calling

  • By: Neil Cross
  • Narrated by: David Bauckham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

Meet Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. He's a murder detective. He's brilliant; he's intense; he's instinctive. And yet there are rumours that DCI Luther is bad - not corrupt, but tormented. The first in a new series of novels featuring DCI John Luther takes us into Luther's past and into his mind. It is the story of the case that tore his personal and professional relationships apart, and propelled him over the precipice....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Called to justice.

  • By Susan on 20-04-14

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

What a great book. If you love the TV show then this book is as compelling if not more so. Initially the voice was wrong but that's because we all know Idris Elba. However, the narrator grew on me after about 60 minutes and by the close the story and the voice had me engrossed.
The story-line is harrowing,and like the shows, you are left wondering how real police officers manage their personal lives when they deal with these kind of life changing experiences.
Enjoy!

  • Tom Clancy Commander in Chief: Jack Ryan, Book 11

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 20 hrs and 32 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 348

Abandoned by other international leaders, Jack Ryan alone counters the threat posed by Russian president Valeri Volodin. This isn't the first time that the dictator has threatened world peace, but this time he's playing a very nuanced game, moving chess pieces around the board while isolating Ryan from the rest of the international community. Fortunately, Jack Ryan, Jr. and the rest of his Campus team find themselves in the middle of action with a vital clue to the Russian's intentions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, in the spirit of Tom Clancy

  • By A. Standen on 23-01-16

Typical Tom Clancy / Mark Greaney

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

I have been a Tom Clancy fan since the first books....but took a long break for some inexplicable reason. Having started to listen to books over the last couple of years I have re-discovered the Jack Ryan books. This one does not disappoint. The storytelling is believable and the narrative creates a picture in your mind of the characters, the environment and the cut and thrust of the story.

  • Extracted

  • Extracted, Book 1
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,319

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • started well

  • By people's bank on 06-03-17

Time Travel Thriller

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

I had considered this book several times and never took the plunge. I am glad I eventually did. The narrator is very good, and like all good page turners you want to keep listening.
The story is clever and the characters are well defined. Some of the conversation between characters is a bit irritating but Safa, Ben ad Harry are all firmly planted in my mind now.
I can see this being adapted for TV or a movie.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,080
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,067

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

  • By Simon on 15-11-17

Is it as good as The Martian?

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

Frankly no. The story is not the page turner that The Martian is. I nearly returned the book after the first hour of listening as the comparison / expectation left me disappointed, but I am happy I persisted with it and did finally enjoy it. Some of the narrative did conjure up pictures in my mind of what a settlement on the Moon would be like, and while the overall plot is engaging it did not grip me in the same way. Can't imagine this one will make the big screen.

  • Rogue World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 7
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414

The Galactics arrived with their Battle Fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Today, Battle Fleet 921 is returning to Earth. It hasn't been seen by human eyes since our blissful day of Annexation. But what should be a joyful occasion, a chance to grovel at the feet of superior lifeforms, is rapidly becoming a nightmare.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed

  • By spencerhudson on 23-06-17

Another excellent book in the series

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

This story continues the legend that is James McGill. The plot and outcome are familiar, and it's like watching Star Trek - you know what you are going to get and it is so satisfying.
If you have listened to previous stories then you are likely to listen to this one as well, and cheer when James McGill once again triumphs!

  • Steel World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731

In the twentieth century Earth sent probes, transmissions and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Should I start this series

  • By luke on 10-06-15

Really enjoyed this

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

It is not a complex story but entertained me from start to finish. James McGill, the main character, is fun and realistic.
I can see this being transferred to the cinema.