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  • The Midwich Cuckoos

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

In the sleepy English village of Midwich, a mysterious silver object appears and all the inhabitants fall unconscious. A day later the object is gone and everyone awakens unharmed - except that all the women in the village are discovered to be pregnant. The resultant children of Midwich do not belong to their parents: all are blonde, all are golden eyed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • John Wyndham... peerless.

  • By R. T. on 19-01-18

Creepy

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

Reviewed: 18-03-19

A good yarn about a super species of humans. It isn't made clear where they came from or what their ultimate purpose is other than to make us existing humans extinct. A forerunner of the X-men told in old fashioned English, but enjoyable for a book written several decades ago.

  • The Relentless Tide

  • A DCI Daley Thriller, Book 6
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562

When Professor Francombe and her team of archaeologists find the remains of three women on a remote Kintyre hillside - a site rumoured to have been the base of Viking warlord Somerled - their delight soon turns to horror when they realise the women tragically met their end little more than two decades ago. It soon becomes clear that these are the three missing victims of the ‘Midweek Murderer’, a serial killer who was at work in Glasgow in the early 1990s.  DCI Jim Daley now has the chance to put things right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pull up a pew and pour yourself a wee dram . . .

  • By Simon on 09-10-18

The Relentless Investigation

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

Another decent novel in the series. Constantly swapping between the present and the past, which seems to be fashionable in novels at the moment. Didn't see the end coming quite like it did. The usual wonderful cast of characters with a mix of archaeology and police corruption in the story. Well narrated as ever.

  • A Murder of Quality

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 585

George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged, and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess 'the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin'. Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She's received a peculiar letter from Mrs Stella Rode, saying that she fears her husband – an assistant master at Carne School - is trying to kill her. Reluctant to go to the police, Miss Brimley calls upon her old wartime colleague, George Smiley.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for any connoisseur of Le. Carre

  • By Mr. H. Watson on 15-08-16

Quaint

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

Reviewed: 29-01-19

Couldn't quite get to grips with this one as the story seemed to concentrate on those who didn't do it rather than the actual culprit. Quite atmospheric though, but not what one would expect from le Carre who is more renowned for espionage novels. Still, quite a short novel and quaint in its own way I still enjoyed it

  • Well of the Winds

  • A DCI Daley Thriller, Book 5
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808

As the Second World War nears its end, a man is stabbed to death on the shoreline of Kinloch, in the shadow of the great warships in the harbour. Many years later the postman on Gairsay, a tiny island off the coast of Kintyre, discovers that the Bremner family are missing from their farm. When DCI Daley comes into possession of a journal written by his wartime predecessor in Kinloch, Inspector William Urquhart, he soon realises that the Isle of Gairsay has many secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Meyrick Eases off the Throttle a Little

  • By Simon on 20-06-18

Could this be?

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

Reviewed: 24-01-19

With the exception of Dark Suits and Sad Songs this is the best one I have listened to in the series so far. A very intriguing plot with two stories, set in the present day and the 1940's, that seem unrelated until the last couple of chapters. Could this really have happened? Unlikely but who knows....

  • The Tiger in the Well

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807

Sally is 25, and somebody wants to destroy her. She receives divorce papers from a man she has never met, let alone married - yet this trap is so well laid that she is powerless to prove otherwise. When custody of her precious daughter is awarded to this evil stranger, it is the beginning of a terrifying struggle in which Sally will have to fight, with a gun if necessary, for the freedom of her family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding narration

  • By Busy bee on 02-01-17

Interesting social narrative

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

Reviewed: 20-01-19

Good story well told with some social and economic history thrown in for good measure. A little implausible in places but well written enough to want me to see what happened in the end to the villains and heroine.

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  • The Rat Stone Serenade

  • A DCI Daley Thriller, Book 4
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571

It's December, and the Shannon family are returning home to their clifftop mansion. However, a century ago Archibald Shannon stole the land upon which he built their home, and his descendants have been cursed ever since. When heavy snow cuts off Kintyre, DCI Jim Daley and DS Brian Scott are assigned to protect their illustrious visitors. As an ancient society emerges from the blizzards, ghosts of the past come to haunt the Shannons. As the curse decrees, death is coming. But for whom, and from what?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as previous books..still okay

  • By simon on 20-07-17

Strange goings on

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

Slightly different than the others in the series, less believable but no less gruesome. Interesting storyline though, but have to admit I did have to concentrate on all the twists and turns and similar sounding characters.

  • The Fourth Protocol

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647

Plan Aurora, hatched in a remote dacha in the forest outside Moscow and initiated with relentless brilliance and skill, is a plan within a plan that, in its spine-chilling ingenuity, breaches the ultra-secret Fourth Protocol and turns the fears that shaped it into a living nightmare. A crack Soviet agent, placed under cover in a quiet English country town, begins to assemble a jigsaw of devastation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Espionage in the Cold War era

  • By C on 23-12-12

Another modern espionage classic

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

Another thriller that will keep you hooked. I have to say it does get a little bogged down in too much detail in the middle but the pace was sufficient to keep me interested. Perhaps not as good as The Devel's Alternative in my opinion, but a plausible plot for the time.

  • The Shadow in the North

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173

An elderly lady loses her money on an investment; a conjuror is pursued by thugs; and a clairvoyant mentions the name of the richest man in Europe and his mysterious company. Seemingly unconnected events set Sally Lockhart on the trail of an evil far more awful than she could ever imagine. This thriller, by the author of The Ruby in the Smoke, evokes its 19th century setting and at the same time remains remarkably contemporary in the originality of its plot and larger-than-life characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By mollyeyre on 04-03-18

Not as good as the first

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

Reviewed: 22-12-18

I felt this was a little predictable and not as well written or atmospheric as the first one but having said that overall though not a major disappointment. The narration was well carried through so I didn't lose track of the characters. I will continue with the third novel in the series as I have already purchased it.

  • 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 1,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,522
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,516

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
  • Excellently read.

  • By fiona on 19-03-17

Good start to an excellent series

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I had already read one other in this series that was on a special deal, so was not disappointed with this the first one. A good introduction to the main characters. DS Scott could have a book series to himself in my opinion. This book was sad and funny in equal measure, with a twist in the tail right at the very end that will carry on into future novels. Excellent narration with all the characters having fairly different accents that made the story easier to follow. Splendid!

  • The Rottweiler

  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

The first girl had a bite mark on her neck, but they traced the DNA to her boyfriend. But the tabloids got hold of the story and called the killer 'The Rottweiler' and the name stuck. The latest murder takes place very near Inez Ferry's antique shop in Marylebone. When the Rottweiler’s trinkets start showing up in the shop, suddenly, everyone Inez knows is a suspect, and the killer feels all too close.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Rottweiler

  • By Susan Random on 28-02-16

Concentrated on characters rather than the plot

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

Reviewed: 25-11-18

A little long winded. The story mainly concentrated on the relationship between the charactors and the end was very quick as though the author had suddenly got bored and wanted to start something else

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