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  • Shadow over the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 2
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

Detective Nikki Galena's friend and neighbor meets a tragic end, but there's more to his death than meets the eye. And someone terrible from DS Joseph Easter's past is back.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Total landslide. Lancashire isn't Lincolnshire.

  • By Pen Name on 19-02-17

Narration makes your ears bleed

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

Reviewed: 21-09-18

The story wasn’t bad but female voices were high pitched to the point of having to turn the volume down.
Male voices ok.
Accents OMG! Can’t describe how awful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: President Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 683
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 625
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 625

A sitting US President is missing. President Bill Clinton partners with number one best-selling author James Patterson in a powerful, one-of-a-kind thriller filled with the kind of insider details that only a President can know.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For a Star Turn it's Hit and Miss

  • By Simon on 05-06-18

Narration is so poor I’m tempted to return it

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

Reviewed: 25-06-18

The male narrator sounds older than 50, which we are told is the age of the president. His voice lacks clarity and definition which makes it hard to listen to. I listen in the car and it is almost impossible to maintain concentration as I can’t hear the voice clearly over the road noise. There is little authority or charisma for a presidential portrayal.

The male narrator doing female voices - just don’t get me started.... Danny laRue, insulting, impossible to hear properly.

This should be a fascinating book with political insight and James Patterson ensuring good writing but completely spoiled by the choice of the actor.

  • The Book of James

  • By: Ellen J. Green
  • Narrated by: Bobbin Beam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

Moments before his death following a tragic car accident, Nick whispers warnings to his wife that someone from his past may attempt to harm or even kill her. He urges her to travel to Philadelphia to his childhood home. "Find James", he insists. It’s the only way out. Mackenzie dismisses her husband’s warnings, assuming his words were a result of blood loss and morphine…until the things he outlined start to come true.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Convoluted

  • By Kathy on 28-05-18

Convoluted

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

Reviewed: 28-05-18

Had to skip bits at the end as the pursuit was overdone. The reveal was contrived. Not recommended

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Nothing Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753

Getting a life isn't always easy. And hanging on to it is even harder.... Jodi Taylor brings all her comic writing skills to this heartwarming tale of self-discovery. Known as The Nothing Girl because of her severe stutter and chronically low self-confidence, Jenny Dove is only just prevented from ending it all by the sudden appearance of Thomas, a mystical golden horse only she can see. Under his guidance Jenny unexpectedly acquires a husband - the charming and chaotic Russell Checkland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful book

  • By ellen on 08-05-15

Great entertainment

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Hard to believe! But you soon forget that there aren’t really golden horses and get involved in the story.

Will be back for more.

  • Unravelling Oliver

  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Sam O'Mahony, Roy McMillan, Kevin Hely, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689

Oliver Ryan is a handsome and charismatic success story. He lives in the suburbs with his wife, Alice, who illustrates his award-winning children's books and gives him her unstinting devotion. Their life together is one of enviable privilege and ease - enviable until, one evening after supper, Oliver attacks Alice and beats her into a coma. In the aftermath, as everyone tries to make sense of his astonishing act of savagery, Oliver tells his story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging, Original and Very Well Crafted

  • By Simon on 28-07-17

Interesting Book - read in two sessions.

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

Reviewed: 13-03-18

New author for me but I really got into the story.
There are some excellent characters - some I liked, some I didn’t, but the whole wove into a fascinating explanation of how a tradgedy unfolded.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Skies

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 7
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584

Beware what lies beneath.... One fateful, starry night, three friends embark on a secret camping trip, but only two return home. Thirty years later, the body of a teenage boy rises from the depths of England's biggest reservoir and threatens to expose a killer who has lain dormant...until now. Detective Chief Inspector Ryan returns from honeymoon to face danger from all sides. In the depths of Kielder Forest, a murderer has escaped justice before and will do anything to protect the secrets of the past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling DCI Ryan mystery...

  • By Salter on 15-02-18

Err, you forgot the ending

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Good story as ever but the two key storylines are still hanging in the air.
It was fine until about 3/4 of the way through when the team speculated about who did what to whom arrested the probable culprit and then let him go.
The male baddie didn’t get his comeuppance and the female baddie is having her wicked way with young innocent DC on the desk!
What is really annoying is that I will either never have a nicely resolved ending or buy the next book - but will it ever end?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Art of Deception

  • By: A. J. Cross
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

The New Year brings a gruesome new discovery for forensic psychologist Dr Kate Hanson and Birmingham's Unsolved Crimes Unit. A mummified body is found beneath the floorboards of a deserted lake house in Woodgate Country Park. The dead man was art student Nathan Troy, who disappeared twenty years ago, but evidence at the scene suggests the killer has been keeping an eye on his long-dead victim.As Kate begins to dig further into Nathan's past, she discovers a series of potentially toxic relationships.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well written and narrated

  • By Saffy on 24-11-13

Some inprovement in accent

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

Reviewed: 22-11-17

The last of these stories was read so poorly that I almost didn't purchase this one. The Birmingham/Black Country accents issue has been mitigated slightly by only having a few minor characters from the area in addition to Bernie and his voice has improved a little.

The stories are engaging but I find it hard to like some of the characters, particularly Maisie who is a brat.

  • As the Crow Flies

  • By: Damien Boyd
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 255

Rock climbers can't afford to make careless mistakes. But Detective Inspector Nick Dixon's former climbing partner, Jake Fayter, died doing just that. Or so it seems. Dixon suspects foul play, but his only leads are unreliable accounts of something odd happening in Cheddar Gorge seconds before Jake fell.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Average story, dreadful narration

  • By MRS FFION M WORTHINGTON on 17-11-17

Good story but narration of women’s voices ......

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

The story is good and I am going to finish it.
The women’s voices are just dire. Not sure how they managed to put this out, it’s worse than Danny la Rue.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gone in Seconds

  • A Dr Kate Hanson Cold Case
  • By: A. J. Cross
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

When the skeleton of a young woman is found near a West Midlands motorway, evidence suggests that it is that of teenager Molly James, who went missing five years ago. Forensic psychologist Dr Kate Hanson and the Unsolved Crime Unit are called in to re-investigate Molly's case. The deeper they dig the dirtier the clues get, and when a second set of remains is unearthed Kate suspects they're looking for a Repeater: a killer who will adapt, grow and not stop until they are caught.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying narrator

  • By Charmaine on 01-07-13

Not sure if the story is any good. Overshadowed by the narration.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

Seriously, this
Is supposed to
Be a Birmingham
Accent?

Not only is it more like a combination of Yorkshire and Liverpool with a slight dash of Devon. But
The sentences
Are
Very
Disjointed and the female characters seem to
Speak. ..... in .... a very. Staccato way.
Still carrying on but feeling frustrated.

Definitely not bostin’

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lazarus Prophecy

  • By: F.G. Cottam
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 396

There is a killer loose on the streets of London, one that evades security cameras, is not held by locks, and savagely mutilates his victims. When the murderer switches from unknown prostitutes to Julie Longmuir, a beautiful actress at the height of her success, no woman feels safe. As the press begin to draw uncomfortable comparisons with Jack the Ripper, Jane Sullivan, heading up the police investigation, grudgingly has to agree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent novel, excellently narrated.

  • By K on 26-07-15

Story was ok

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

Reviewed: 27-05-17

But the narration was too gloomy. It made the experience rather depressing and I wasn't eager to listen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful