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  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,247

When an 11-year-old boy is found murdered, forensic evidence and reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach. But the jailed suspect, arrested in a public spectacle, has an alibi, and further research convinces Detective Ralph Anderson that the coach was indeed out of town. So how can he have been in two places at the same time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Outsider Stands Tall

  • By Simon on 24-05-18

Fabulously addictive

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

Reviewed: 19-01-19

Just lovely the narration. Will Patton was excellent, lots of variation so the characters were memorable and easy to imagine.
Really enjoyed this novel by Stephen King. As always he uses the normal everyday stuff and makes it sooo scary. I listened to the audiobook in my car, often when it was dark and the hairs on my neck and arms would stand up. Just gutted it's over and I have to look for something else as good.

  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,519
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,973

When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this

  • By Mr. P Shaw on 25-11-08

Love this unusual story

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

Reviewed: 15-09-18

What a really interesting, amazing and delightful book. Despite not being a regular reader of fantasy fiction I love the fantasy world that this author has created. The characters are vividly described and are both intriguing and well rounded.
I felt I was there with Bod throughout his childhood glimpsing his world.

  • Their Lost Daughters

  • Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,182

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • wow, was this overhyped

  • By Marie Murphy on 21-06-18

Great but for ending...

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Enjoyed most of it but found ending and last few chapters totally unconvincing and therefore ruined my overall enjoyment of the story.

  • Someone Else's Skin

  • D.I. Marnie Rome 1: Winner of the Crime Novel of the Year
  • By: Sarah Hilary
  • Narrated by: Abigail Thaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 555
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 510

Introducing DI Marnie Rome, Someone Else's Skin will enthral fans of Val McDermid and Mo Hayder. Devastating, brilliant, and heralding an outstanding new talent in crime fiction, this is the crime debut of the year. Some secrets keep you safe, others will destroy you.... Detective Inspector Marnie Rome. Dependable; fierce; brilliant at her job; a rising star in the ranks. Everyone knows how Marnie fought to come back from the murder of her parents, but very few know what is going on below the surface.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed this book

  • By George A Bear on 29-05-15

Horrible

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I'm not sure how this book won any prizes, the story was so unlikely and badly written I couldn't believe what it was selling. Overall it just left a bad taste in my mouth. Not recommended, sorry.

  • Therapy

  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 711

Twelve-year-old Josy has an inexplicable illness. She vanishes without a trace from her doctor's office during treatment. Four years later Josy's father, psychiatrist Viktor Larenz, has withdrawn himself to an isolated North Sea island in order to deal with the tragedy. Then he's paid a surprise visit by a beautiful stranger. Anna Glass is a novelist who suffers from an unusual form of schizophrenia: All the characters she creates for her books become real to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You have to listen to this book

  • By Anita nicholson on 08-04-16

OMG. Do not waste your precious time.

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

Really struggled to get through this book. The plot is as ridiculous as you can get. couldn't believe it was meant to be a thriller. the main character made no sense, his actions and thoughts were contradictory and unbelievable. aaargh. can't believe i wasted my time. Don't bother.

  • Eye For An Eye

  • DI Gilchrist , Book 1
  • By: T. F. Muir
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 976

One psychopath. One killer. The Stabber. Six victims, all wife beaters. Each stabbed to death through their left eye. Six victims, all wife beaters. Each stabbed to death through their left eye. The cobbled lanes and backstreets of St Andrews provide the setting for these brutal killings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Looking for more

  • By Kaz on 24-04-13

Confusing

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

Reviewed: 28-09-17

Unfortunately the story was confusing and far fetched, so i was left unconvinced and annoyed by the main characters. Managed the whole book but regretted wasting my time and it was wholly unsatisfying.
DI Gilchrist is a condescending misogynist who runs around doing the job for everyone else who are so incapable as to be dangerously incompetent.

##warning plot spolier##
The stabber is a man hating lesbian. And his colleague. Really? oh dear. Times have moved on, surely. Women in this book are either evil bitches, pathetic unfaithful whores or confused serial killing lesbians. And DI Gilchrist. A saint who has give up his life for an inspectors salary and colleagues who hate him....

A relic of a book that deserves to be assigned as such.


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  • Best Served Cold

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,208
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,924

Springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Low down dirty double crossing ...

  • By Stuart on 08-02-13

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 22-06-17

Abercrombie is an excellent writer, the characters are very real and engaging despite their amoral ways. The story is convincing even when surprises wait at every turn. Very enjoyable and read with style by Steven Pacey.

  • The Firemaker

  • The China Thrillers, Book 1
  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,150

A burned corpse is a disturbing mystery for Beijing detective Li Yan until he enlists forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell. Having abandoned a broken life in Chicago for her work, she's as determined as Li to ask difficult questions about the man's death. But some questions have answers they'd rather not hear - facts that others are desperate to conceal. The Firemaker is the first in the acclaimed China series from Peter May, author of Runaway, Entry Island and the internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Listen

  • By Joanne on 07-08-15

Boring underwhelming romance

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

Reviewed: 22-04-17

Characters were unbelievable, the romance lacked any Romance and the detective story was weak and unconvincing.
Much of the story was told by the characters rather than experienced and it all felt rather staged. Two deaths of meaningful characters were then glossed over by a third party. very strange.
Not my kind of detective fiction...

  • The Blade Itself

  • The First Law: Book One
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,852
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,354

Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly My Favourite Listen So Far...

  • By Andrew on 18-10-13

Fabulous. i was really gripped.

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

After not really expecting to like a book about wars (female 44 who generally likes detective novels)i was gifted this by my brother. After the first half hour i was surprised that i wanted to know more about the characters. And that is the author's sectet... 100% character driven. So yes there is a bit of historical drama /sci-fi but you are genuinely drawn in by the characters and can feel their pain. Even the truely evil ones are not one dimensional in the least. They have surprising depths that allow you to feel connected to their world and the hideous-ness that are their desperate lives. Fabulously long if you like that kind of audiobook and it's only book one of three! And of course Steven Pacey is his brilliant self bringing life to every character with different accents that I'm sure added innumerably to my enjoyment of the audio book. Great job.

  • Finders Keepers

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,997

1978: Meet Morris Bellamy ,the man who robs the safe of America's most famous reclusive writer, John Rothstein. But it isn't just the money he is interested in. Morrie is obsessed by the author's notebooks and is prepared to kill the author for them. 2009: Meet young Pete Saubers, whose father was knocked down by an out-of-control Mercedes in a job line-up. When he discovers a buried trunk of money and notebooks of a famous writer, he has the means to rescue his family from poverty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mr Mercedes

  • By Mel on 03-12-15

Excellent story and narration

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

Reviewed: 18-09-16

Great circular story with interesting characters and a number of shocks. loved it. King is genuinely amazing storyteller.

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