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  • Case of the Fleet-Footed Mummy

  • Corgi Case Files, Volume 2
  • By: Jeffrey M. Poole
  • Narrated by: Bob Johnson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

When a traveling Egyptian exhibit stops in picturesque Pomme Valley, all hell breaks loose when a valuable artifact is stolen and a dead body turns up in an unexpected location. The prime suspect has already been identified, but there's a catch: He's more than 3,000 years old. Pomme Valley's newest crime-fighting crusaders are on the case with Sherlock, new packmate Watson, and their reluctant human, Zack. Can they solve the murder and locate the missing loot before any more misfortune can befall the town?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Games afoot Sherlock

  • By MommaBear on 16-12-18

Enjoyable mystery

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

Reviewed: 24-10-18

I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

Having listened to the first book in this series a short time ago, I was delighted to find the second outing of Zach and Sherlock to be as well written and well thought out as the first one.

A comfortable and cosy setting is belied by the theft of an Egyptian necklace and the later murder and mummification of a man. The use of the two corgis to help find the clues needed to solve the mystery provides a lovely contrast to the dark parts of the story (mummification taking place in the current time period is an icky idea when described in the book).

The characters feel almost real and the tone the narrator uses feels just right for the slightly grumpy, yet genuinely kind character of Zach. I love the addition of Watson to the group and Gillian, Vance and Tori make the setting seem real.

I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a good mystery and some intricate but enjoyable plotting.

  • The God of the Labyrinth

  • By: Colin Wilson
  • Narrated by: Paul Jenkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Gerard Sorme has been hired by a New York publisher to edit a book on Esmond Donelly, notorious 18th-century Irish rake, friend of Rousseau, Boswell, and Horace Walpole, and author of a bawdy work on the deflowering of virgins. Sorme's quest for information on Donelly takes him to the home of a pyromaniac and flagellant in Baton Rouge, the labyrinthine corridors of the British Museum, and a remote castle in Ireland. As he digs deeper into the mystery of Donelly, Sorme uncovers a tale of intrigue, conspiracy, and murder involving a secret society, the Sect of the Phoenix.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and unusual mystery

  • By nerak on 17-07-18

Interesting and unusual mystery

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

Although this book was not really one that I would have bought, I was highly impressed with skill of the writer. He has a natural tone and language that makes philosophical discussion easier to understand.

Philosophy is such a tough subject to get right and to include it in a novel like this is something most writers would be scared to attempt. I was very much impressed by the writing style, the feel that you were actually inside the head of the main character and how the author created someone who feels real.

There are a couple of elements that were not my cup of tea, the securely exploits were not my thing, but I cannot deny that they were well thought out and incredibly well written. The narrator's voice, tone and paving was perfect for the style of the book.

I would certainly be interested in looking at anything written by this author in the future, a talent for skilful writing and character development is high on my list of requirements in books.

  • For Deader or Worse

  • John Pickett Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

After a modest wedding ceremony, Bow Street Runner John Pickett and his bride, Julia, the former Lady Fieldhurst, set out for a wedding trip to Somersetshire, where Pickett must face his greatest challenge yet: meeting his in-laws. Sir Thaddeus and Lady Runyon are shocked at their daughter’s hasty remarriage - and appalled by her choice of a second husband. Pickett, for his part, is surprised to learn that Julia once had an elder sister: Claudia, Lady Buckleigh, who disappeared 13 years earlier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful period mystery

  • By nerak on 17-07-18

Wonderful period mystery

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

Having listened to the previous book in this series I was hoping for a continuation of the lovely relationship between Julia and John Pickett. I was not disappointed.

This next instalment showed how they were coping with the difference in their stations and their outlooks. A genuine concern for both of them, especially when you bring in the parents.

A honeymoon visit to her rich local gentry parents bring up some secrets from her past and allows a new murder mystery to divert her new husband from his feelings of inferiority. The subtlety and skill the writer uses to portray this is a key part of how enjoyable these novels are.

I am really looking forward to the next instalment of the two newlyweds and their ability to find a mystery in any part of their lives. We'll done to both the author and the narrator for a wonderful addition to the series.

  • Waypoint

  • A Game of Drones
  • By: C. F. WALLER
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Stacy’s life is in free fall. She finds herself clutching a handgun, searching for a sign that tomorrow will be any better than today. Her cell phone rings, bringing an offer that may postpone her soul searching. The discovery of an airplane graveyard containing a dozen commercial airliners is shocking. When the salvage camera reveals them to be virtually undamaged under in the Indian Ocean, theories abound. Who put them there? How are they still in one piece? What reason could there be? Stacy is about to learn the answers to those questions, as well things she’d prefer to forget.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good techno thriller

  • By nerak on 09-07-18

Good techno thriller

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

I've never read or listened to anything by this author before and although the write up interested me, I want sure this book would be my kind of thing.

However, the characters were engaging and interesting enough to keep your attention, the technology was explained in good terms so that even people with limited technical knowledge would be able to keep up with the story and the idea was very well thought out.

I have to admit that I was hooked by the third chapter and couldn't wait to find out what happened next. This is a good sign when listening to a new author and I would be very interested in anything else the author writes.

The narrator is very good at portraying the key characters and differentiates between them so that you can usually tell which character is speaking. I would be happy to listen to his narration again.

  • The Cassidy Project

  • Sam Reilly, Book 5
  • By: Christopher Cartwright
  • Narrated by: David Gilmore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Present day, in the Weddell Sea off the coast of Antarctica, a woman wakes up on a cruise ship to discover she’s the only person left aboard, despite no apparent fault with the ship. Sam Reilly, already on a rescue mission to Antarctica to save five French scientists, may be the only person standing in the way of the completion of The Cassidy Project.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great action adventure for Sam

  • By nerak on 11-06-18

Another great action adventure for Sam

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

I can't believe I now have to wait to find out what happens next. I haven't looked yet, but I hope book six is already out, or due out soon because I want more of Sam's adventures.

This book is as good as the first four. The idea behind the story is creepy in that you actually believe it is possible for the world to go that way. You have some sympathy for the bad guy at the beginning and by the end you have no idea who the bad guy is.

This is great if you enjoy the previous Sam Reilly novels, but you can listen to this one without the others. It is a brilliantly thought out idea and the action are of the usual calibre for the Sam Reilly novels.

The thing that sets this one apart for me, in a good way, I'm glad to say, it's that this one has more mystery in it. You know from the prologue that there is a particular thing Sam should be looking for, but you have no idea how that connects with the events and the people that he meets. Intriguing and very twisty, I think this is the best one so far.

Please keep them coming, I'm looking forward to learning what Sam does next.

  • Atlantis Stolen

  • Sam Reilly, Book 3
  • By: Christopher Cartwright
  • Narrated by: David Gilmore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

A civilization stolen from the history books. A billionaire's obsession to unlock its secrets. A brotherhood determined to hide the truth. And time is running out. Only a handful of people know what destroyed the ancient Atlanteans, whose very existence is a secret that they will kill to protect. Unfortunately, the very same catastrophe that destroyed that once proud civilization is drawing near once more. The question is, can marine biologist Sam Reilly discover the truth in time to prevent it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sam Reilly wins again

  • By nerak on 11-06-18

Sam Reilly wins again

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

I am very grateful to Ashton at the publishing group as he was able to provide me with free copies of the Sam Reilly novels from 1 to 5 in exchange for my honest opinion. This means that I got to listen to each of the instalments in order and follow Sam's adventures right through.

As with the first two books The Last Airship and The Mahogany Ship, I was gripped from the start with this one. Like a lot of people who are interested in history, the idea of Atlantis intrigues me and I love to hear different ideas about where it was and what they had that made people remember them.

Christopher has managed to make Atlantis seem real to me, even though I know it is just fiction. When that happens you know the author you are reading has given you a great experience. The addition of kidnapping, the ancient architects, bad guys who may be good guys, good guys who may be bad guys, a lost tribe in Central Africa and the location of Atlantis being discovered where it was all leads to a fantastic thrill ride that I listened to in two sittings.

I've realised that I didn't mention the narrator in my previous review and I can remedy that now. David Gilmore reads all the Sam Reilly books I have. Narrators are incredibly important to audiobooks, they can ruin the story if they're bad, they can enhance the story if they're good, and if they're great (David you are this one) you barely notice that you are being read to, and you lose yourself in the story. I have great admiration for this narrator as I barely noticed his reading, I just enjoyed the whole book.

I've already downloaded book for and I intend to listen to that immediately.

  • The Last Airship

  • Sam Reilly, Book 1
  • By: Christopher Cartwright
  • Narrated by: David Gilmore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

In 1939, a secret airship departed Nazi Germany in the dark of night filled with some of the most influential people of its time. Its cargo: a complement of rich Jewish families carrying their most valuable possessions. One such item among them was as dangerous as it was priceless. The airship never reached its destination. In 2015, Sam Reilly, a marine biologist and wealthy son of shipping mogul James Reilly, discovers a missing clue about the lost airship, and what follows is a violent treasure hunt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great action adventure introducing Sam Reilly

  • By nerak on 11-06-18

Great action adventure introducing Sam Reilly

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

I have to say that this author is going into my favourites pile immediately. His characters are full on action men and women. They have fun, do amazing escapes from danger, come back from situations which should be lethal and still have time to save the world.

If you love action adventure movies and books along the lines of Clive Cussler, Matthew Reilly et al, then you will love Christopher Cartwright. He knows how to write a great plot and bring in characters that you actually like and want to see succeed.

The story itself has some historical references and some interesting side information about mountain climbing for the true adventurer, using genuine places to bring some life to the story.

I love the characters of Sam Reilly and his best friend Tom, they are like every adventurous man you would ever want to meet, conventional and unconventional at the same time.

I'm looking forward to my next instalment.

  • The Evaran Origin

  • Book 5 of the Evaran Chronicles
  • By: Adair Hart
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Dr. Albert Snowden and his niece, Emily, never thought they would be able to travel through space and time. Or out of the timeline. Or out of the universe. Or even out of the plane that houses universes. Yet, that is where they find themselves while exploring the origin of Evaran, the mysterious being who rescued them from an alien abduction six months ago. Having to deal with the fact that they are part of a time loop that has not yet been fulfilled is one issue. Learning of another version of Evaran who needs their help in a parallel universe is an additional problem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner, keep them coming!

  • By nerak on 14-05-18

Another winner, keep them coming!

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

Reviewed: 14-05-18

I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been given the opportunity of listening to all of the Evaran Chronicles up to and including this one. The story line is unexpected and answers a few long standing questions.

It also introduces you to some new characters that have a deep impact on Evaran and his fellow travellers. Some of these characters help you to understand Evaran and some of the events give a deeper insight into the aspect of time travel.

I would encourage anyone who enjoys action, adventure, time travel, alien interaction and technology to read this series. Adair Hart's writing is at the top of the scale for me and I enjoys his characters (alien and human) for having depth and sympathy.

I love all kinds of novels and have been happy to read widely and pick and choose which authors I would read again, and for me Adair Hart is one I would be happy to pick up any time.

Of course with reviews like these it is always going to come down to how well the work is read to ensure you get the most enjoyment of of it. Michael Pauley has done an excellent job with the narration of these chronicles, providing different voices to each of the alien species you meet and the humans you encounter.

I have enjoyed every second of these five books, this fifth one being just as good (if not better in places) as the first one.

  • The Time Refugee

  • The Evaran Chronicles, Book 4
  • By: Adair Hart
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

In the year 3104, United Planets Agent Jane Trellis finds new hope in cracking the illegal augment trade when time travelers Dr. Albert Snowden, his niece, Emily; V, and Evaran arrive at Roeth, a planet 740 light-years away from Earth. With Jane’s new allies, she can finally check out the Dyson bubble that is under quarantine. On a personal note, she hopes to discover more about how her husband died while working there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant! Another great instalment

  • By nerak on 08-05-18

Brilliant! Another great instalment

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

As with the first three books I was lucky enough to be able to get a free copy of this audiobook, but to be perfectly honest with you I would have been happy to pay for it.

Adair Hart has a wonderful sense of time and character development. As you learn more about the characters travelling with Evaran, you learn more about Evaran himself.

This is a very well written and an interesting and engaging instalment for the chronicles, I don't want to include information about Evaran's fellow travellers because it gives away parts of the plots from the first three books, but it is the easiest thing to say that I love this series.

It has engaging characters, action, interesting side stories and lots of ideas about the possible futures for humans. If you enjoy the idea of speculating what life could be like in a thousand years, or what it could have been like a thousand years ago, you will love these books.

  • Aftermath of a Murder

  • By: V K McGivney
  • Narrated by: Nano Nagle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Why was accountant Howard Armstrong murdered when he was leaving his office one afternoon? After her husband is gunned down by an unknown assailant, his traumatized widow, Karen, is left to bring up three children on her own. The shock of his death is intensified when she discovers that Howard had been leading a secret life of which she was totally unaware. Devastated by the revelations emerging from the murder enquiry, she is determined to keep her children from learning the terrible truth about their father. To escape gossip and press intrusion, she takes them on a short trip.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery combined with emotion

  • By nerak on 06-05-18

Mystery combined with emotion

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

Part mystery and part emotional journey, both parts handled with sensitivity and charm. The writer has cleverly combined two very different story lines into one engrossing novel.

Without giving too much away, this is a wonderful study of what happens to the family of a murder victim when it is discovered that things aren't what they seem.

Karen is a genuinely sympathetic person who has three children and has just learned her husband has been shot. The story is delicately written as more information about the murder is revealed and Karen learns that her husband had been keeping secrets.

With the help of a family liaison officer who seems to be willing and able to provide her with support, the story focuses on how she and her children have to cope with the press, the future and the lies her husband told them.

I loved this study of the emotional journey the family had to go on to deal with the murder of a family member, and then the idea that he had lied to them about important parts of his life.

The narrator for a story like this had to have the right tone for the main character to help you empathise with her, and in this case I would say that Nano makes a perfect narrator. She captures the helplessness Karen feels as life continues to throw more things at her.