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  • A Fine and Private Place

  • By: Christobel Kent
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

As Sandro gets to grips with the dispiriting realities of life as a private detective, touting for business among old contacts and following errant teenagers, an old case comes back to haunt him... Loni Meadows - the glamorous, charming and ruthless director of an artistic Foundation based in a castle in the hills outside Florence - is found dead in circumstances Sandro cannot convince himself are accidental. He soon finds himself drawn into the lives of the castle's highly strung community and the closed world they inhabit in the Casentino's isolated hills.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing novel

  • By Sylvia on 24-02-13

Pleasant well developed story

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-12

A pleasant well developed story, but didn't have the pace I like in thrillers, and only just held my attention, not one that you steal time from your day for indulgent pleasure. I couldn't fault the narration or production, Saul Reichlin was excellent as always, and I love to hear him describe Italy and it's people and culture.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Preacher

  • Patrik Hedström and Erica Falck, Book 2
  • By: Camilla Läckberg
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Foul play was always suspected in the disappearance twenty years ago of two young holidaymakers in the area. Now a young boy out playing has confirmed this grim truth. Their remains, discovered with those of a fresh victim, send the town into shock.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Easy Listening

  • By Ann on 21-04-11

Entertaining but not gripping

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-12

A good story but I just didn't get closely drawn in. The narrator was fine, but the development of the characters seemed to me to be overdeveloped, and this is one where I would have preferred an abridged form. The breaking up the book into sections for CD didn't help either. I didn't find myself making time to listen to the next section, and even considered not completing the listen. I wouldn't be in a hurry to listen to other books by this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Men's Socks

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Gianni Peroni is at a loose end. He's got nothing urgent to do but he notices that the pathologist has a busy day ahead: during the night two corpses were picked out of the Tiber. At first glance, it seems that the similarities between the two men end there. But then Gianni notices something very strange...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mutch to short :) Gianni Peroni deserved this :)

  • By Linda on 24-04-14

Peroni shows how it's done.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-12

With the regular crowd (Theresa, Falconi and Costa) away Peroni tasks himself with solving 2 murders, much to the annoyance of a new inspector from Milan. A must for all of you that enjoy the Rome series by David Hewson, and the splendid narration by Saul Reichlin. More please more. The cost is however a little expensive for this short story of 1hr 15 or so. An indulgent pleasure, - enjoy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Carnival for the Dead

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

It's February, and Carnival time in Venice. Bright blue skies and freezing temperatures welcome forensic pathologist Teresa Lupo to the city. Teresa has taken time out from her job to find her beloved bohemian aunt Sofia who has mysteriously disappeared. There seem to be no clues as to her whereabouts, but a visit to Sofia's very strange apartment in the Dorsoduro confirms Teresa’s suspicions that all is not well....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit different

  • By MRS on 27-01-12

Interesting story not the style of the Rome series

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-12

Theresa the pathologist from the 'Rome series' is the centre of the story as she looks for her missing Aunt, and is guided by mysterious letters and stories, with fact and fiction intertwined during Carnival in Venice. Whilst the stories and unfolding drama were well crafted, they were too much of a digression for me, and I just didn't get the same enjoyment as I do out of the Rome series. Whether this is because there was a different narrator, I don't know. I should say that Juanita McMahon was an excellent narrator. The comfortable style of the Rome series, just didn't seem to carry over to me anyway.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Thirteen Hours

  • By: Deon Meyer
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

They killed her best friend. Now they are chasing Rachel Anderson through the streets of Cape Town. The young tourist doesn’t trust anyone - except her father, back in America. When he puts pressure on the politicians, they know that they must find Rachel before the killers do. So Benny Griessel - detective, maverick and father - has just 13 hours to crack a conspiracy which threatens the whole country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant plot and characters

  • By r on 22-07-11

Tense thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-12

Tense thriller, that leaves you feeling hunted. At times too well described for comfortable listening, but is fast paced and as ever exceptionally well narrated. Thrilling ending.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Leopard: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 8

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667

In the depths of winter, a killer stalks the city streets. His victims are two young women, both found with twenty-four inexplicable puncture wounds, both drowned in their own blood. The crime scenes offer no clues, the media is reaching fever pitch, and the police are running out of options. There is only one man who can help them, and he doesn’t want to be found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Leopard

  • By Chanel on 26-03-11

More please more!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-12

As ever, excellently read. An indulgent pleasure. Dark, sinister, disturbing, roller coaster of a ride with your heart (or apple in your mouth) for most of the ride. Select, download and enjoy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Snowman: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 7

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100

A young boy wakes to find his mother missing. Their house is empty but outside in the garden he sees his mother's favourite scarf – wrapped around the neck of a snowman. As Harry Hole and his team begin their investigation they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years. When a second woman disappears it seems that Harry's worst suspicions are confirmed: for the first time in his career Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his home turf.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nailbiting from start to finish

  • By Wilma on 06-12-10

The Snowman

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-11

Come the first snow of a winter 'snowmen', or rather, snow-women appear. Harry Hole has to track down
their creator, - the Snowman. A well written story that commanded my full attention to the absolute and gripping end. As ever, Sean Barrett provides a great delivery of the characters especially the laconic troubled detective genius of Harry Hole. A fine indulgent pleasure, ideal for the quiet moments over the festive period, though there are some very dark moments, beloved by the Scandinavian writers. Do listen to the Harry Hole series in order. I was a little disappointed that the book in between the Redeemer and the Snowman, namely the Devil Star, hadn't been released. Though it has NOW!!!!!!!!! I wish Audible took more effort over flagging up the sequence order in series, and give some idea of the publication dates for books that would bridge gaps in series. Audible please take note.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Fatal Touch

  • By: Conor Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

In the early hours of a Saturday morning, a body is discovered in Piazza de' Renzi. If it was a fall that killed him, why is a senior Carabiniere officer so interested? Commissioner Alec Blume is immediately curious and the discovery of the dead man's notebooks reveals what could be at stake. What secrets did he know? And why are the authorities blocking Blume's investigations?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Oliver Dayman on 12-04-13

Another masterpiece!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-11

A second book by Connor Fitzgerald featuring Commissioner Blume. A bit of a slow burner, but well crafted story, that entertains. Superbly narrated as ever by Saul Reichlin. A real pleasure to listen to.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Redbreast: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 3

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722

Harry Hole, drunkard, loner and brilliant detective is reassigned to surveillance after a high profile mistake. He’s bored by his new job until a report of a rare and unusual gun being fired sparks his interest because of its possible links to Neo Nazi activity. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. Next Harry’s former partner is murdered. Why had she been trying to reach Harry on the night her head was smashed in?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow burner, but thrilling finish

  • By Steven on 06-09-11

Slow burner, but thrilling finish

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-11

First audiobook I have heard from Jo Nesbo, and it won't be my last. Persevere with the initial stories of the Eastern front, it does all come together at a thrilling end. I look forward to hearing more about Inspector Harry Hole. I enjoyed the story and the narration. Not quite a Stig Larson story, but does merit comparison.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Eye of the Leopard

  • By: Henning Mankell
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Hans Olofson is the son of a Swedish lumberjack. His early life is isolated and difficult, overshadowed by the disappearance of his mother. When he loses both his best friend, and then his girlfriend in tragic circumstances, his only remaining desire is to fulfil her dream of visiting the grave of a legendary missionary, deep in the remote hills of Northern Zambia.On reaching Africa, Olofson is struck by its beauty and mystery.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging but not thrilling lifestory

  • By Steven on 12-08-11

Engaging but not thrilling lifestory

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-11

An engaging life story of Han Olafson, which intertwines the burdens of his early life in Sweden, with those of his later life in Africa. From this author I expected more of a thriller, but it is not that sort of book. Engaging, but not thrilling, and not one I would listen to again. As ever superb narration by Saul Reichlin.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful