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  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

For more than 10 years, a mysterious and violent predator committed 50 sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated 10 sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website True Crime Diary, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called the Golden State Killer. Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, Compelling True Crime, But Material Missing!

  • By Simon on 26-11-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

I’m familiar with the case but thought I’d read this while waiting for Paul Hole’s book to be available on UK audible.
Given the hype I expected something more than just a ‘how I became an armchair detective. I found it rambling, hard to follow (it read like thread on Reddit) and frankly, boring in places.
The narrator was excellent and made it bearable to about half way but then I gave up and returned it.

  • I Will Find You

  • Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime
  • By: Joe Kenda
  • Narrated by: Joe Kenda
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to turn it off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-08-18

Better Than The Series

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

More detailed and personal than the TV show, with plenty of Joe’s trademark humour and cynicism. We even get to ‘meet’ Mrs Kenda and the kids. Finished it in one session and will probably listen again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Burial Rites

  • By: Hannah Kent
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783

In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of her lover. Agnes is sent to wait out her final months on the farm of district office Jón Jónsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderer in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. Only Tóti, the young assistant priest appointed Agnes’ spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force the household to work side by side, Agnes’ story begins to emerge and with it the family’s terrible realization that all is not as they had assumed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Agnes - understanding the human being

  • By Kaggy on 27-06-14

Stunning

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

Reviewed: 16-01-17

Incredibly well written, almost gothic in tone. You feel like you're standing in the frigid, rocky winter shores of Iceland by the time you're a few chapters in, and by the end I was desperate for the ending to miraculously change, despite knowing Agnes' fate from the outset.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King, Dylan Baker, Brooke Bloom, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 549

A thrilling collection of 20 stories - some brand new, some published in magazines, all entirely brilliant and collected for the first time - with a wonderful bonus: in addition to his introduction to the whole collection, King gives readers a fascinating introduction to each story with autobiographical comments on their origins and motivations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible!

  • By Ryan on 05-12-17

Mostly very good.

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

Reviewed: 27-02-16

Didn't finish the baseball on or the penultimate one. The narrator on both annoyed the heck out of me. The rest were classic King though and I really enjoyed the Will Patten narrated ones.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Joyland

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411

Joyland is a whodunit noir crime novel and a haunting ghost story set in the world of an amusement park. It tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a 'carny' in small-town North Carolina and has to confront the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the way both will change his life forever. It is also a wonderful coming-of-age novel about friendship, loss, and your first heartbreak.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • King in his best Shawshank or Stand By Me mode

  • By Rose on 13-12-13

Thoroughly Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 18-08-13

What did you like most about Joyland?

I loved the slow build up and gradual walk through the mystery. It made a great change form the usual BAM! Dead body BAM! Cops and robbers BAM! Action sequence BAM! Final reveal. It's subtler than that and gradually draws you in. At one point around chapter 4 I did find myself wondering if the story was actually going anywhere, but by the end I didn't want it to end.

What other book might you compare Joyland to, and why?

It's a murder-mystery-whodunnit-ghost story. But more than that, it's a true coming of age novel, where you follow the narrator form his naive, high school nerdiness through to his eventual young-adulthood through the events he experiences. Leaving home for the first time, getting his first real job, his first real break up and experiences with women, his first major life choice, right through to his final realisation of himself as a young adult with his own moral codes and values and beliefs. In that respect it's actually very reminiscent of Jack Kerouac's 'On The Road', though not nearly as racy, or others of King's in the same genre such as 'The Body'. It also has moments where you wonder if it might not become something of a Catcher in the Rye or Donny Darko style tale, with a much darker side than initially suspected.

Which character – as performed by Michael Kelly – was your favourite?

The gypsy fortune teller character is fantastic. She has a naturally split personality between herself, the sweet southern mama, and the foreign accented gypsy facade she uses in the carnival. Then she has a third, more serious, mystical side that is her 'real' psychic abilities coming through when she's just being herself. As always you can picture the characters in your mind's eye; the one who would be played by Jake Gyllenhaal (the narrator, Devin), the one who would be played by Johnny Depp (Lane) and the bit-part crazy costume lady who would be someone like Whoopi Goldberg, just for some comic relief. It's going to make a heck of a good film.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The kite scene was really touching. It was very much a bitter-sweet moment of acceptance based on the old saying 'Childhood's over the moment you know you're going to die,' and handled it with grace and dignity and warmth, yet still managed to make it brutally truthful.

Any additional comments?

One of those books that you get to the end and think 'Awww, I was enjoying that!'

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  • The Blackhouse

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,779

The Isle of Lewis is the most desolate and harshly beautiful place in Scotland. When a bloody murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. Since Fin himself was raised on the island, the investigation represents not only a journey home but a voyage into his past. Each year twelve island men sail out to a remote and treacherous rock called An Sgeir on a perilous quest to slaughter nesting seabirds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book

  • By Flint on 09-04-16

Worth sticking with

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

The flowery language at the start of this put me off, and the constant switching between first and third person and present and past tense really irritated me, until I spotted the pattern. In all honesty the only reason I got past the first few chapters was because the narrator sounded like David Tennant!

The 'mystery' is really intriguing and I did not see any of the end coming at all. It's less a detective novel and more a journey of discovery but it's still very good and doesn't disappoint. Have already purchased the other two to find out how it all ends.

  • Heart-Shaped Box

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 334

"Buy my stepfather's ghost, read the e-mail." So Jude did. He bought it, in the shape of the dead man's suit, delivered in a heart-shaped box, because he wanted it - because his fans ate up that kind of story. It was perfect for his collection: the genuine skulls and the bones, the real honest-to-God snuff movie, the occult books, and all the rest of the paraphernalia that goes along with his kind of hard/goth rock.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshingly Different

  • By Anna on 09-04-10

Gothic Horror Lite

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

If you do any research about Joe Hill at all, you’ll quickly realise that he is none other than Joseph Hillstrom King, son of horror master, Stephen King. I had no idea about this when I picked the audiobook out. Honestly, what drew me in was the cover art, followed by the summary. Buying a ghost on Ebay? Sounded right up my street.

If you go into this book expecting Joe to follow in his father’s footsteps you’ll be disappointed. This is not Carrie, or The Shining. However, if you’re prepared to set aside expectations, you may be very pleasantly surprised and more than a little creeped out by this book, which takes a peculiar premise and follows it through to it’s dark conclusion, via the scenic route.

I loved it. It is, for me, less of the ‘psychological horror’ that I am used to being an avid reader of King, and more a traditional gothic ghost story. There is nothing overt or gory, it is all subtly done, in passing. The theme of abuse (psychological, physical and spiritual) runs through the novel but is rarely spoken of outright. It is alluded to but there are few explicit details, the reader is left to surmise what happened.

The fact that it happened to combine three things I absolutely love - Ghost, Goths and German Shepherds - was icing on the cake.

Another thing that intrigued me was the twist, because it is at the beginning of the story. Just when you think you have a grasp of what’s going on and how it’s all going to pan out, everything get’s turned on its head and all of a sudden you realise you’ve been lulled into a false sense of security. It is very subtly scary throughout; one of those books that you don’t realise it was creeping you out until you realise it went dark and you suddenly feel the need to close all the curtains and put the light on.

Overall, it’s good, I enjoyed it, I’d read it again, but it fell shy of 5 stars because of the confusing layout of the audiobook. Bookmark your spot or you'll get lost very quickly!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Some Kind of Fairy Tale

  • By: Graham Joyce
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 296

Some Kind of Fairy Tale is a very English story. A story of woods and clearings, a story of folk tales and family histories. It is as if Neil Gaiman and Joanne Harris had written a fairy tale together.... It is Christmas afternoon and Peter Martin gets an unexpected phone call from his parents, asking him to come round. It pulls him away from his wife and children and into a bewildering mystery. His sister, Tara. Not so unusual you might think, this is Christmas after all, a time when families get together. But 20 years ago, Tara took a walk into the woods and never came back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real page turner

  • By Kate on 02-08-12

Captivating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

I downloaded this on a whim but was engrossed within minutes. Believable fantasy characters and likeable humans with just enough magic to help you suspend disbelief. Highly recommended