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  • The Skin Collector

  • Lincoln Rhyme, Book 11
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 330

They have never seen a murder like it. A talented tattoo artist is using poison instead of ink. His victim is a young woman. And on her skin he's left a message: 'the second'. Drafted in to investigate, NYPD detective Lincoln Rhyme and his associate Amelia Sachs find the scene has been scrubbed of evidence. All except for one trace - a scrap of paper that connects this case with one they will never forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rhyme and Sachs just get better and better!

  • By Pauline on 28-10-14

Mediocre

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

Reviewed: 09-10-14

An OK story but nowhere near as gripping as some of his others. Lots of nice twists and turns which keep you guessing but overall it's a bit hard to believe. The thing that really bugged me though is, whilst the majority of his voices are OK, the narrator's voice for Rhyme which is ridiculously over-dramatic. It makes every action sound impossibly suspensful. I'm sure I'll listen to more but it's not his best work.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Birthdays for the Dead

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

Five years ago his daughter, Rebecca, went missing on the eve of her 13th birthday. A year later the first card arrived: homemade, with a Polaroid picture stuck to the front – Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. Every year another card: each one worse than the last. The tabloids call him The Birthday Boy. He’s been snatching girls for 12 years, always in the run-up to their 13th birthday, sending the families his homemade cards showing their daughters being slowly tortured to death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Jill on 18-01-12

Hard to enjoy

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

Reviewed: 09-10-14

I found this a bit of a hard-listen, unnessecarily brutal and delibrately shocking. Furthermore, as the main character is hot-headed, impulsive, violent and unlikeable, I couldn't have cared less what happened to his little cow of a daughter. A I certainly didn't believe that a guy like that could be kept on as a serving police officer. Perhaps the author intended for me to feel conflicted? A middle-of-the-road book for me and it hasn't made me curious to read any more of his work.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Life or Death

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493

Why would a man escape from prison the day before he's due to be released? Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of the gang. Seven million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is. For 10 years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled, and threatened almost daily by prison guards, inmates, and criminal gangs, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he's due to be released.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling story

  • By Kirstine on 25-08-14

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 09-10-14

I'm a fan of Robotham's previous work, I must say this is completely different to any of the others I've read but it's absolutely great.

A story of love, conspiracy, injustice and determination it kept me gripped right through. Telling the story of the main character's early life throughout didn't feel like it was crow-barred in at all, it flows really well and apart from a few nasty metaphors I thought it was really well written.

My only criticism is the narrator who I thought read-well but did a terrible job of the voices, losing track of who was who and clearly with a very smnall repetoir.

  • More Fool Me

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,727
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,717

Following on from his hugely successful books, Moab is My Washpot and The Fry Chronicles, comes the third chapter in Stephen Fry's life. This unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of More Fool Me is performed by Stephen Fry himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A defense of More Fool Me

  • By Ben on 10-10-14

Extremely Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-10-14

I thought if anyone can get away with 3 autobiographies it's Stephen Fry. I was wrong. I have read the first two and found them really enjoyable, and I was very excited to finally get the third volume. Honestly I wish I hadn't bothered.

1/3 of the book is a catch up on what happened in The Fry Chronicles (with a few extra stories chucked in), 1/3 is about cocaine and the other 1/3 is him reading 3 months-worth of diary entries. Because this final third is Stephen Fry from 25 years ago, we are not hearing the Fry we know and love now, we have a more arrogent, self-important and less whitty version, lacking the lyrical dexterity, humour and articulation of nowadays.

I got very bored and ended up feeling like this was just Fry fulfilling a 3-book contract with as little effort as possible.

  • Police

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228

The police urgently need Harry Hole. A killer is stalking Oslo’s streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated, but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can’t help anyone. For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the centre of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry can’t protect anyone. Least of all himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an easy book to review

  • By Scullywag on 20-09-13

As you'd expect.

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

Reviewed: 29-09-13

Without any spoilers it's hard to say too much! Barrett is as amazing as always and there is edge-of-seat tension as always.

I'm getting a bit bored of the 'Oh my God it's him/her....oh no it's not it's him/her.....oh no it's....' style that Nesbo uses. It's a good technique but he's starting to over-play it, it feels too contrived and as a listener I feel that some bits are deliberately kept back in order to build suspense, which of course they are, but Nesbo's skill is not letting you reslise that!

Still, it's another great story with loads of twists and sets up the next one.......

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2

  • Hunger Games, Book 2
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,162

Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic series

  • By Renee on 09-04-12

A great conclusion

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

After a slow start and a lot of unnessecary 'should I shouldn't I?' from Catniss this book finally gets going and it's a very exciting ending. There are a few underlying political messages here as well as an echo of 1984 in places which I think add an extra dimension to the book. It takes some imagination to get fully involved as the main showdown at the end takes place in the Capitol where there are a lot of strange creatures and underground tunnels. It requires some concentration to stay with it at points but all in all it was another 'un-putdownable' story. This trilogy is one of the best I've ever read.

  • Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3

  • The Final Book of The Hunger Games
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,967

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Game Over... but do they live happily ever after?

  • By Laura on 15-06-11

Very much a middle book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

After the excitement and shock of the first book, this book is a little disappointing. This was pretty much inevitable though, as with most 'part 2 of 3' books. Some stuff does happen but for me, I found it lacked the shock aspect that the first one had, I guess once you've been exposed to it once you can't be as horrified the second time. As a man, I found there was too much talk of feelings and emotions, I was desperate for Catniss to toughen up a bit! I would've thought that having been through so much that she would be immune to all that girly stuff! That said, it was still enjoyable and a good set-up for the final installation.

  • The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,805

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, robotic reading.

  • By Rhiannon on 15-05-12

Fantastic!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

I couldn't stop listening to this book! It is shocking, brutal, emotional and best of all believable. I was gripped within the first half and hour and it's non-stop for there on in. Both my wife and I think this is one of our favourite ever books!

  • Say You're Sorry

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789

When Piper and her friend Tash disappeared, there was a huge police search, but they were never found. Now Tash, reaching breaking point at the abuse their captor has inflicted on them, has escaped, promising to come back for Piper. Clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and his stalwart companion, ex-cop Vincent Ruiz, force the police to re-open the case after Joe is called in to assess the possible killer of a couple in their own home and finds a connection to the missing girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent plot, superbly narrated...

  • By Jill on 09-11-12

Superb - best one yet!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-12-12

Both my wife and I loved this one. I found the relationship between Joe and Ruiz much more believable this time, Joe doesn't go on too much about 'Mr Parkinson' and his being asked to help the police seems almost plausible. This book has it all; suspense, suspicion, romance, red herrings, crushing disappointment, sadness..... Until now I didn't think any of these would beat Shatter but this one is brilliant. Oh, and it's read by the master Shaun Barrett who is as flaweless as ever. On to the next one!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of the Streets

  • By: Mike Skinner
  • Narrated by: Mike Skinner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

In this thoroughly modern memoir, the man the Guardian once dubbed "half Dostoevsky… half Samuel Pepys" tells a freewheeling, funny and fearlessly honest tale of Birmingham and London, ecstasy and epilepsy, Twitter-fear and Spectrum joysticks, spread betting and growing up. He writes of his musical inspirations, role models and rivals, the craft of song writing, and reflects on the successes and failures of the decade-long journey of The Streets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A hard way to make an easy living

  • By Sara on 12-07-12

Should've got someone else to narrate it

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-11-12

I am not a huge Streets fan but I like them enough to be interested and I was not disappointed. I felt Skinner told an insightful story about the 5 albums from The Streets. He comes across as humble and honest without any silly showbiz gossip, no self-indulgent stories of crazy parties and no bad mouthing any contemporaries (apart from one). He talks about song writing and structure in a way that I never appreciated and I intend to go back and re-visit the albums with this insight.



HOWEVER! I wish he hadn't read it himself as he is truly a terrible narrator! For a guy who raps on songs and is a good laugh in interviews I've heard with him, he is articulate and amusing but all of this is lost in the dreadful monotone with doesn't abate for the entire 7 hours! If you can stick with it it's worth it but if I were you, I'd buy the book and read it yourself. At least listen to the sample first.