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  • Whisky from Small Glasses

  • A D.C.I. Daley Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,256

DCI Jim Daley is sent from the city to investigate a murder after the body of a woman is washed up on an idyllic beach on the West Coast of Scotland. Far away from urban resources, he finds himself a stranger in a close-knit community. Love, betrayal, fear and death stalk the small town, as Daley investigates a case that becomes more deadly than he could possibly imagine, in this compelling Scottish crime novel infused with intrigue and dark humour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great first novel.

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-10-16

great story and narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Loved the story with clear descriptions, you can really visualise the area. Best detective novel in a long time, kept me guessing to the end.Narrator is excellent already got the next two lined up.

  • Hell Divers III: Deliverance

  • The Hell Divers series, Book 3
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348

Left for dead on the nightmarish surface of the planet, Commander Michael Everhart and his team of Hell Divers barely escape with their lives aboard a new airship called Deliverance. After learning that Xavier "X" Rodriguez may still be alive, they mount a rescue mission for the long-lost hero. In the skies, the Hive is falling apart, but Captain Jordan is more determined than ever to keep humanity in their outdated lifeboat. He will do whatever it takes to keep the ship in the air - even murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great stuff

  • By A. Macgregor on 09-09-18

Good finish to a great series. Highly recomended!

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

Reviewed: 24-07-18

Very enjoyable conclusion. Few forgivable holes in the story but all finished off very nicely. Even scope for a book 4.
Excellent narration as usual from RC Bray.

  • A Trail Through Time

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 4
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159

"St Mary's is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth installment of the Chronicles. Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don't even make it to lunchtime. The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they're pursued up and down the timeline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's still St Mary's

  • By Sheryl Mason on 12-11-14

Outstanding Series, fun and well written

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

Working my way through the series and book 4 doesn't disappoint. Zara Ramm is excellent in voicing the characters (you don't realise how good till you listen to book read by the author, sorry but stick to writing, recording an audio book is a whole new skill set!!) On to Book 5

  • The Furthest Station

  • A PC Peter Grant Novella
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,514

There's something going bump on the Metropolitan line, and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly who to call. It's PC Peter Grant's specialty.... Only it's more than going 'bump'. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter - making the follow-up interviews rather difficult. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but

  • By Jeffrey Slater on 06-10-17

OK story but felt rushed

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

Entertaining story with all the elements we've come to expect but felt like part of a longer book. Was it rushed out early to satisfy a publisher? Some odd plot lines that I felt could be be developed but didn't. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith performance gets 5* but overall disappointing.The asides for american readers/listeners are extremely annoying, WHY?

  • Endgame

  • Arisen series, Book 14
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 447

This is it. Alpha team goes once more into the breach. On what will be their final missions ever in the Zulu Alpha - and the fight of their lives — Homer & Ali, and Predator & Juice, launch out into the terminal post-Apocalypse, as London is overrun by the very last rush of death covering the entire planet. Neither mission can fail, but can all four teammates survive? Or will some go down safeguarding the lives of those they love more than life itself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Last Hope of Humanity!

  • By Simon on 04-05-18

Excellent and fitting conclusion

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

After a coupe of duds in the series the conclusion is everything you could hope for. Non stop edge of your seat stuff!
A few irritating bits of the story seemed to be irrelevant extra padding, for supposed tier one operators whose expertise got them through, rather too much seemed to go wrong with the operations this time.
RC Bray is as good as ever.

  • The Siege

  • Arisen, Book 13
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 292

In the north, the collapsed section of the Wall is defended only by the decimated remains of 2 PARA. Even reinforced by Jameson and the exhausted Royal Marines of One Troop, it's a doomed delaying action at best - and the last choke point in the entire ZA faces an incoming tide of dead stretching to the ends of the Earth. Meanwhile, hunkered down at CentCom, the unified ranks of our heroes, led by Ali and Fick, work furiously to fortify and reinforce what will be humanity's final fallback position - forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Veritable Battering of the Eardrums

  • By Simon on 11-03-18

Back to its best

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

After a bit of a dip this is back to full on action.
Now wait for next instalment begins...........

  • Dark Winter

  • The 1st DS McAvoy Novel
  • By: David Mark
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 204

The Sunday Times best-selling first instalment in the Hull-based DS Aector McAvoy series. Meet DS Aector McAvoy, and begin David Mark's addictive crime series. DS Aector McAvoy is a man with a troubled past. His unwavering belief in justice has made him an outsider in the police force he serves, a good man among the lazy and corrupt. Then on a cold day in December he is the first cop on the scene when a young girl is killed in Hull's historic church - and the only one to see the murderer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent rainy afternoon listening.

  • By Darkin on 21-08-13

Excellent story. Flawed policeman done well!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

'brilliant policeman with issues' has been done before so not sure whether to buy. Gave it a chance as set in Hull! I'm glad I did as DS McAvoy and the other characters are well written, he has his problems as do those around him, but all very believable

  • The Lost Daughter

  • A Jean Brash Mystery, Book 2
  • By: David Ashton
  • Narrated by: David Ashton, Siobhan Redmond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

For fans of Elementary, Ripper Street and Sherlock Holmes - meet Jean Brash, a feisty, self-made woman turned sleuth in murky Victorian Edinburgh where crime and high society meet. After Mistress of the Just Land, the second adventure in David Ashton's Jean Brash series.... A theatre company arrives in Leith to perform King Lear. A robbery is planned, a gruesome murder committed, both of which set Inspector James McLevy on the prowl....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jean Brash

  • By Dee Murray on 29-09-17

Excellent follow up to Book 1

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Loved characters and descriptions of Edinburgh. Good entertaining story although I had to go back a couple of times to remind myself who was who. More an issue with the audio format than the story.
Hopefully a book 3.............

  • Mistress of the Just Land

  • A Jean Brash Mystery 1
  • By: David Ashton
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Redmond, David Ashton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

New Year's Day - and through the misty streets of Victorian Edinburgh, an elegant female figure walks the cobblestones with a certain vengeful purpose. Jean Brash, the mistress of the Just Land, brings her cool intelligence to solving a murder, a murder that took place in her own bawdy house (the best in Edinburgh and her pride and joy). A prominent judge, strangled and left dangling, could bring her whole life to ruin, and she didn't haul herself off the streets, up through low, dirty houses of pleasure and violent vicious men, to let that come to pass.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you love McLevy you will love this

  • By S Wood on 01-10-16

Enjoyable story. Great characters

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Loved the background to Jean Brash only hinted at in the Mclevey books.
Overall I thought the mystery/detective element not as strong as Mclevey, but more character background?

  • Pandemic

  • The Extinction Files, Book 1
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 738
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 686
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 686

In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC's leading epidemiologist, she's among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It's a lonely and dangerous job, but it's her life - and she's good at it. This time she may have met her match. In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death's door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hilariously bad

  • By S. Ascough on 08-06-18

OK story but too many coincidences began to anoy

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Would you try another book written by A. G. Riddle or narrated by Edoardo Ballerini?

Probably not although it was the story that I struggled with not the narration.

Would you be willing to try another book from A. G. Riddle? Why or why not?

No. Interesting opening but I persevered rather than enjoyed. Some items seemed well researched but too many coincidences for me.

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

No

Was Pandemic worth the listening time?

Overall, no.
Didn't dislike it enough to the point I'd send back for credit but won't be bothering with any more.