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  • The Quiet Death of Thomas Quaid

  • Lennox 5
  • By: Craig Russell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

Lennox liked Quiet Tommy Quaid. Perhaps it's odd for a private detective to like - even admire - a career thief, but Quiet Tommy Quaid was the sort of man everyone liked. Amiable, easygoing, well dressed, with no vices to speak of - well, aside from his excessive drinking and womanising, but then, in 1950s Glasgow those were practically virtues. And besides, throughout his many exploits outside the law, Quiet Tommy never once used violence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By Rogayah on 03-12-16

5* combo of snappy writing & fab narration.

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

Where does The Quiet Death of Thomas Quaid rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the first time I've read Craig Russell, I would rate this book in my top ten and I haven't finished it yet.

What did you like best about this story?

The writer's wit.

Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favourite?

This book is a superb example of Sean Barrett's skill as a narrator. His dry delivery really suits this writer's style.

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

The writer drops in the occasional smart remark about a character or the police that made me smile and lifted the story out of the ordinary.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Stars

  • The Thief Taker Series, Book 3
  • By: C. S. Quinn
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

The Great Fire has reduced London to smoldering embers. From the ashes, thief taker Charlie Tuesday is drawn to investigate a string of strange murders. Mutilated corpses are washing up at Deptford, each marked with a dire astrological prediction. But only London's best crime-solver realizes the killer's deadly offerings will soon unleash a devastating force on England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best one yet in this brilliant series

  • By cherryredpinup on 19-09-18

Frivolous Restoration Romp.

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

Reviewed: 19-02-17

Would you try another book written by C. S. Quinn or narrated by Steve West?

No.

What could C. S. Quinn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

A kernal of a good story ruined by preposterous female sidekick and clumsy sex scenes.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Steve West?

All the baddies spoke with deliberate, gruff voices (audible equivalent of twiddling the moustache).

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes. I can see why C S Quinn's books are popular.

  • Gone

  • Alex Delaware Series, Book 20
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Dylan Meserve and Michaela Brand, young lovers and fellow acting students, vanish on the way home from a rehearsal. Three days later, they are found in the remote mountains of Malibu, battered and terrified. They've had a harrowing ordeal: held at gunpoint by a sadistic abductor who subjected them to a horrific regime of confinement, starvation, and assault. But doubts arise about their story and, as forensic details unfold, the abduction is exposed as a hoax.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great performance

  • By deborah on 27-01-17

The Jeff Harding Show

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

Reviewed: 19-02-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Where to begin?

What was most disappointing about Jonathan Kellerman’s story?

Alex Delaware is a charmless fellow. If a reader can't engage with the main character then all is lost.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Harding?

Jeff Harding has his fans but I think his narration is laboured, hammy, a distraction.

What character would you cut from Gone?

I'm not a Kellerman fan, I've tried his books a few times but this was the final nail in the coffin. No more.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Conviction

  • David Sloane, Book 5
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Lawyer David Sloane is a desperate parent. His son Jake, still reeling from the loss of his mother in a brutal murder ( Bodily Harm), has spiraled out of control. Sloane needs to reconnect with him - needs to keep him out of jail. So when an old friend suggests a guys-only camping trip, Sloane accepts. Maybe if he and Jake get away they will find needed quality time. Bond. Catch a few fish. But the trip into the remote reaches of California’s Gold Country takes a turn for the worse when Jake and his buddy are caught vandalizing a general store.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different

  • By eclectic reader on 14-03-17

Tedious Credit Waster.

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

Reviewed: 19-02-17

Would you try another book written by Robert Dugoni or narrated by Dan John Miller?

No. Narrator was reasonable.

Has The Conviction put you off other books in this genre?

No, I enjoy legal thrillers with a tight, fast paced plot.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Dan John Miller?

N/A

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes, I think this book would better read in print.

  • Cold

  • A Joe Tiplady Thriller, Book 1
  • By: John Sweeney
  • Narrated by: Alan Smyth
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49

In the feeble light of a London winter, Joe Tiplady walks his dog in the snow. He is not alone. Two men are tracking him, as is a woman with wolf eyes. Soon Joe will find himself caught in a storm of violence and retribution that he does not yet understand. Around the world, a chain of events is in motion that will make Joe a priceless target. A retired Soviet general hunts for his missing daughter after a series of brutal murders. A ruthless assassin loses something so precious he will do anything to get it back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narrator

  • By Jools on 09-07-16

Joe Tiplady storyline embarrassingly bad.

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

Reviewed: 23-12-16

What would have made Cold better?

Essentially good story let down by awful central character and clunking dialogue. Feels like the book was written by two people.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Sweeney again?

No.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Alan Smyth?

Yes, the narrator was good, accents were authentic, injected plenty of menace into baddies' dialogue

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The Russian element of this story had potential.

Any additional comments?

No.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Special Dead

  • By: Lin Anderson
  • Narrated by: Sally Armstrong
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Mark Howitt expects a fun, no-strings night of passion with Leila. But when he wakes up in the early hours of the morning, he is horrified to stumble upon his former bed partner dead and suspended from the ceiling alongside 27 Barbie dolls. Rhona Macleod's forensic investigation of the scene reveals the cord used to hang Leila to be a cingulum, an artefact used in the practise of Wicca, and sketches hidden in nine of the dolls suggest the dolls are linked with nine men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable story

  • By Flint on 23-01-18

Trite tale of wicca murders in Glasgow. claptrap

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

Reviewed: 19-02-16

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Plodding story..I'm too embarrassed to recommend this book to anybody.

What will your next listen be?

Painting the Darkness (again).

What didn’t you like about Sally Armstrong’s performance?

Ok

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Man of Sorrows

  • An Inspector Carlyle Novel, Book 6
  • By: James Craig
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Hunting down a paeodophile priest, Carlyle finds himself up against his old adversary, Christian Holyrod. The Mayor of London is responsible for hosting an upcoming visit by the Pope and does not want any more scandals involving the Catholic Church. Carlyle, however, is not prepared to let crimes slide, putting him on a collision course with both the mayor and the church. Without his sympathetic boss, Carole Simpson, to protect him, could this be the end of the line for Carlyle?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • You'll be full of sorrows if you buy this book.

  • By janice on 27-01-16

You'll be full of sorrows if you buy this book.

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

Reviewed: 27-01-16

What would have made A Man of Sorrows better?

The synopsis made the book sound interesting but the plot was ludicrous. Carlyle, the central character, is supposed to be a hard-boiled detective. Carlyle's average day consists of aggravating his superiors, effing and jeffing at the various crimes and popping into cafes for green tea.

What could James Craig have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This could have been so much better. Needs a tighter story line, more plausible characters and crimes.

How could the performance have been better?

Narration was best feature of this book.

What character would you cut from A Man of Sorrows?

The most pointless character was the female executive who kept a nude photo of herself on the office wall.

Any additional comments?

Will be steering clear of this author's books from now on.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Invention of Fire

  • By: Bruce Holsinger
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

The richly atmospheric new historical thriller featuring John Gower, poet and trader of secrets. Set in the turbulent 14th century, this is perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom. London, 1386: Young King Richard II faces the double threat of a French invasion and growing unrest amongst his barons - and now there's evil afoot in the city. Sixteen corpses have been discovered in a sewer, their wounds like none ever seen before. One thing is clear: Whoever threw the bodies into the sewer knew they would be found - and was powerful enough not to care.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid medieval conspiracy romp.

  • By janice on 16-10-15

Splendid medieval conspiracy romp.

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

Reviewed: 16-10-15

Would you listen to The Invention of Fire again? Why?

Entertaining fusion of historical fact and fiction to tell a tale which is sufficiently intricate to warrant at least a second listen.

What did you like best about this story?

The author's helpful introduction gives the reader some interesting insights into life and times in the reign of Richard II. Though The Invention of Fire can be read on it's own, many of the characters and relationships were established in A Burnable Book (also very good). The friendship between Chaucer and Gower is a treat to read.

Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favourite?

There is no stand out character because the narration throughout is excellent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

No

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • If I Should Die

  • By: Matthew Frank
  • Narrated by: Will Rycroft
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 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

It begins with vicious, apparently motiveless attacks on down and outs in South London. But when one of the homeless victims dies from his wounds, it's murder.... For the Met investigation team's newest member, Joseph Stark, death is already all too familiar. Injured in an attack that killed his fellow soldiers and tortured by nightmares since he returned, Afghan veteran Stark has enough on his hands just trying to recover without enduring the scrutiny and sideways glances of his new colleagues. The drink and painkillers he's leaning on to keep going aren't helping.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I hope this is the start of a long series

  • By Colette on 01-10-15

If it wasn't for Fran this would be a good read.

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

Reviewed: 14-10-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Unlikeable character Fran is impatient, bad tempered, judgemental and thoughtless with Stark. The toe-curling banter between the two is overworked and superfluous to story.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scenes where the police are interviewing the young suspects. Fantastic narrator.

Do you think If I Should Die needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I think the author has potential to write a really good thriller.

Any additional comments?

No.

  • Gone

  • By: Mo Hayder
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

November, and evening is closing in as DI Jack Caffery arrives to interview the victim of a stolen car. The man who's stolen the car has also taken an eleven year-old girl. And she's still missing. Sergeant Flea Marley has heard about the car-jacker. He's done it before, she tells Caffery. Twice.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Jackanory narration

  • By Jason on 26-06-16

Atrocious narration kills this thriller.

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

Reviewed: 29-08-15

What disappointed you about Gone?

This is a good story read by unsuitable narrator. The dialogue and accents are acceptable but the narrator seems to emphasise the wrong part of the sentence. His reading style is irritating to the point of making this book an unbearable listen.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack Caffery, well structured character with good intentions and plenty of flaws.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator's reading style not suitable for this type of story.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. Having read all the Jack Caffery books I think Gone and Skin are the weakest in the series. Gone has a suspenseful plot line but the Flea Marley character is tedious. She argues with everybody, she comes across as a loose canon hell bent on taking ridiculous risks to further the investigation but never reveals her plans to anyone.

Any additional comments?

If you are still inclined to read Gone buy the print version!