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  • Milkman

  • By: Anna Burns
  • Narrated by: Bríd Brennan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,617

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous. Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very, Very Good

  • By David M on 20-10-18

Unusual and brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-19

I loved this book and couldn’t stop listening. Such style and rhythm in the language written by Anna Burns. It also taught me a lot about the troubles in Ireland where it was set. It was brilliantly read by Brid Brennan ...I have subsequently searched for other books by the author and other narrations by Brid Brennan but as yet not found any. Get writing and get narrating as soon as possible ... please! I cannot believe that anybody else could have narrated this book so amazingly well.

Congratulations to both!

  • The Man Between

  • By: Charles Cumming
  • Narrated by: Charlie Anson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

Successful novelist Kit Carradine has grown restless. So when British Intelligence invites him to enter the secret world of espionage, he willingly takes a leap into the unknown. But the glamour of being a spy is soon tainted by fear and betrayal, as Carradine finds himself in Morocco on the trail of Lara Bartok - a mysterious fugitive with links to international terrorism.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • unfortunately dull

  • By Robert on 31-07-18

Not quite up to Cumming’s usual standard I thought

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

I did quite enjoy it as I like Cumming’s prose and style and very much like Charlie Anson’s narration but I thought it didn’t approach the standard of the previous Cummings titles I have read. The central character was really altogether too naive to believe in I thought.

  • The Criminal Lawyer

  • A Novel
  • By: Thomas Benigno
  • Narrated by: Dan Triandiflou
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

A serial killer is littering the South Shore beach of Long Island - the bones of his victims stuffed into burlap bags. Nick Mannino, The Good Lawyer, is living off the ill-gotten gains of his deceased mobster uncle, when, without warning, a brutal serial killer turns on him, and worse, his family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed this book!

  • By Lynda on 01-08-18

Enjoyed this book!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

This book had something a bit different about it and ‘hooked’ me into the story. It was very well narrated too which always helps. I liked it enough to dowload the next in the series which I’m looking forward to reading.

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  • The Day of the Dead

  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

In a north London high street, a runaway vehicle crashes to a halt. The man in the driving seat was murdered a week earlier. On Hampstead Heath, a bonfire blazes: in the flames lies the next victim. As autumn leaves fall, a serial killer runs amok in the capital, playing games with the police. The death toll is rising fast, and the investigation is floundering. But this is no ordinary killer, and every new victim is intended as a message to just one woman. Because psychologist Frieda Klein is in hiding. And someone is coming to find her....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!!

  • By poppetsocket on 31-01-19

Disappointing and too far fetched to engage with!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

I liked the early books in this series but the later ones have grown more and more far fetched. I know with crime stories you need to ‘suspend your disbelief’ but really this one is just beyond my ability to do that!

Lola’s character was quite ridiculous anyway but made even more so through the characterisation from the narrator. A shame but I think this book needs to bring the Frieda Klein stories to a close.

  • The Fire Pit

  • By: Chris Ould
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

In the wake of a dying man’s apparent suicide, the skeleton of a young woman is discovered on a windswept hillside. Detective Hjalti Hentze suspects that it is the body of a Norwegian woman reported missing 40 years earlier, while a commune occupied the land, and whose death may be linked to the abduction and rape of a local Faroese girl. Meanwhile British DI Jan Reyna is pursuing his investigation into his mother’s suicide. But as he learns more about her final days, links between the two cases start to appear: a conspiracy of murder and abuse spanning four decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyable and hard to put down

  • By mollyeyre on 08-06-18

A good listen! And high praise for the narrator!

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

Reviewed: 20-07-18

I very much enjoyed this book as I did the previous books in the series. I enjoy the settings which are different from the norm. The only problem for me is that because all the names are unfamiliar in as much as they are Faroes or Danish it is sometimes a bit tricky to keep a track of who is who if you have gaps between listening.

Matt Addis is a fabulous reader ... one of the very best and I am very picky and hard to please over narrators! He gets women’s voices so well that you don’t question them for a moment. I can’t bear those narrators who put on high squeaky voices that sound like cartoon characters! He is absolutely brilliant with accents.

Thoroughly recommend this book

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  • We Are All Made of Glue

  • By: Marina Lewycka
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Georgie Sinclair’s husband has walked out and work is getting her down. So when she spots Mrs Shapiro, an eccentric old neighbour, rummaging through her skip in the middle of the night, it’s just the distraction she needs. And although they mistrust each other at first a firm friendship is formed. Then Mrs Shapiro is admitted to hospital and, to Georgie’s surprise, she is named as her next of kin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in a long time

  • By Lauren on 14-04-11

Funny and sometimes serious story beautifully read

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

Reviewed: 23-05-18

I really enjoyed this story and the headline says it all.
I don’t think that there could have been a better narrator. Sian Thomas got it perfectly right I thought and good at differentiating between different characters! I thought she was superb.

  • Dark Blood

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Stuart MacBride
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

Richard Knox has served his time, so why shouldn’t he be allowed to live wherever he wants? Yes, in the past he was a violent rapist, but he’s seen the error of his ways. Found God. Wants to leave his dark past in Newcastle behind him and make a new start. Or so he says. Detective Sergeant Logan McRae isn’t exactly thrilled to be part of the team helping Knox settle into his new Aberdeen home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliantly dark and funny

  • By R on 20-05-10

Dreadful narration!

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

Reviewed: 28-08-17

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

No idea!

What was most disappointing about Stuart MacBride’s story?

Incredibly contorted and characters totally unbelievable

How could the performance have been better?

By NOT having Stuart MacBride and having the previous narrator instead, Steve Worsley. The voices were awful and very difficult to know who was supposed to speaking at any one time! This made it almost impossible to follow the story line. Inspector Steele's voice (a woman) sounded like a preposterous old man with tuberculosis ... Absolutely dreadful I'm afraid

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

Anger for wasting a credit! I have enjoyed some of his previous books when I decided to 'suspend disbelief' in the rather outlandish plots ... as one does in films and theatre but really it was impossible to do with this narration.

Any additional comments?

I don't know why I didn't return it ... it was really dreadful. If you decide not to publish this review, please make sure the publisher and Stuart MacBride himself read them so as to return to 'Steve Worsley' or anybody else for future books!Sorry Stuart ... an enjoyable writer but please leave the narrating to actors.

  • Cast Iron

  • Enzo Macleod, Book 6
  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673

In 1989 a killer dumped the body of 20-year-old Lucie Martin into a picturesque lake in the west of France. Fourteen years later, during a summer heat wave, a drought exposed her remains - bleached bones amid the scorched mud and slime. No one was ever convicted of her murder. But now, forensic expert Enzo Macleod is reviewing this stone-cold case - the toughest of those he has been challenged to solve. Yet when Enzo finds a flaw in the original evidence surrounding Lucie's murder, he opens a Pandora's box.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo Rides Again!

  • By Simon on 14-01-17

Excellent listen!

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

Reviewed: 28-02-17

Where does Cast Iron rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Cast Iron ranks very highly. Good story. Beautifully read

What did you like best about this story?

Good characterisation and story draws you in.

What about Peter Forbes’s performance did you like?

He is an excellent reader. I couldn't bear listening to the previous reader of this series but Peter Forbes strikes just the right note and gets his stress patterns and intonation just right. A pleasure to listen to. Please get him to re-read the previous enzo files books. I'd love to listen to them

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

No idea

Any additional comments?

Good story. Good narrator. Can't wait for the next one. Please keep Peter Forbes.

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  • The Verdict

  • By: Nick Stone
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk, desperately trying to get promoted. And then he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, turns out to be not only someone he knows, but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him so badly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Verdict by Nick Stone

  • By Steven on 29-01-14

Thoroughly enjoyed this!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

Where does The Verdict rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very good book ... good pace ... Lots of twists and turns ... very well read

A little bit unlikely at times but it IS fiction after all and I really enjoyed it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Verdict?

Not sure that I could pick one out

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Can't say there was one scene

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

Well no because it was 21 hours long but I did want to keep going back to it and luckily I had it over the Christmas break. I read it very quickly

Any additional comments?

If you like crime and legal novels buy it! You will find the elements you like and some thing different as well

  • A Dying Breed

  • By: Peter Hanington
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

A debut novel in the vein of Greene and le Carré, A Dying Breed is a brilliant and gripping story of the politics of news reporting, intrigue and blood set between the dark halls of Whitehall, the shadowy corridors of the BBC and the perilous streets of Kabul, in the shadowy le Carré-esque world of foreign correspondents reporting from war zones around the world. Carver, an old BBC hack, is warned off a story when a bomb goes off, killing a local official in Kabul, but his instincts tell him something isn't quite right....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • highly recommended

  • By Diana Brighouse on 04-05-17

A really excellent book!

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

Reviewed: 31-08-16

What made the experience of listening to A Dying Breed the most enjoyable?

The story was genuinely interesting, intelligent and gripping. Characterisation by the author and the narration were both first class! If I could give Peter Hanington and Jonathan Keeble six stars I would!

Who was your favorite character and why?

William Carver, but all the characters were interwoven and the way the story unfolded was gripping. Fascinating! it sounded true to life ... but in one way I really hope it wasn't!

What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A first class reader. The characters all sounded different from each other and he managed to give them authentic voices ... so many readers can't do this but Jonathan Keeble was faultless. He sounded natural and absolutely nothing irritated me and this is no mean feat since so many readers drive me mad with their really weird stress and intonation patterns!

Any additional comments?

I'm going to search for more books by this author although I have a feeling he may not have written more yet. He MUST write more! I will also search for more books narrated by Jonathon Keeble ... Both were first class. I loved this book as you might have gathered!

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