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  • The Cold Calling

  • By: Will Kingdom
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

When Maiden is revived in hospital after dying in a hit and run incident, his memories are not the familiar ones of bright lights and angelic music, only of a cold, harsh place he has no wish to revisit...ever. But his experience means that Bobby Maiden may be the only person who can reach The Green Man, a serial murderer who returns to stone circles and burial mounds in the belief that he is defending Britain’s sacred heritage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration adds to superb story.

  • By Bookworm on 22-03-15

Cor, he don't half go on a bit ...

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

Reviewed: 29-06-19

Verbose, ain't he? In this author's hands a fairly simple story becomes a dense, rambling, labyrinthine, difficult-to-follow plot with a cast of (seemingly) thousands ... however, the 6 main characters are intriguing and likeable, especially "Sindey" ...
I literally lost the plot a few times and I suspect that this story would be easier to follow in book form, eg, flipping back and forth to refresh the memory about events and characters, but I enjoyed it nonetheless ...
The narration by the genius Sean Barrett was brilliant ...

  • Nightfall

  • A Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685

“You’re going to hell, Jack Nightingale”: They are words that ended his police career. Now Jack’s a struggling private detective – and the chilling words come back to haunt him. Nightingale’s life is turned upside down the day that he inherits a mansion from a man who claims to be his father. It comes with a warning that Nightingale’s soul was sold at birth and a devil will come to claim it on his 33rd birthday – just three weeks away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a gripping tale.

  • By Hilary T. on 15-06-10

Said Nightingale, Said Nightingale, etc, etc, etc

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

Reviewed: 30-05-19

Loved this audiobook, took me right back to the joys of reading Dennis Wheatley in my far-off youth ... I shall listen to/enjoy all the Jack Nightingale books, no doubt, but will have to try very hard not to let "said Nightingale", etc, etc, etc, drive me too mad ... it probably looks OK on the printed page but why announce exactly who is speaking when there are only 2 people conversing????? If the story, narrator, characters weren't so good I would have stopped listening after a couple of chapters ...

  • Someone Like Me

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 166

Liz Kendall wouldn't hurt a fly. Even when times get tough, she's devoted to bringing up her kids in a loving home. But there's another side to Liz, one that's dark and malicious. A version of her that will do anything to get her way - no matter how extreme. And when this other side of her takes control, the consequences are devastating. From the author of the million-copy best seller The Girl with All the Gifts comes an utterly unique thriller with a twist....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Ya Gonna Read? Genre-Busters!

  • By Simon on 09-11-18

Really enjoyed this audiobook

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

Reviewed: 21-05-19

This audiobook was really enjoyable, as I'd hoped because I've loved all M R Carey's books so far ... similar themes to Fellside, also made me think of Phillip Pullman's daemons, Stephen King/Peter Straub's The Talisman, and the nature of psychiatric illness ... I thought that the narration was excellent so only one small quibble - what about the things hidden in the cupboard and what (if anything) happened to them ???

  • A Tapping at My Door

  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,341

From the best-selling author of Cry Baby, the beginning of a brilliant and gripping police procedural series set in Liverpool, perfect for fans of Peter James and Mark Billingham. A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She's disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes. DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story well worth a listen

  • By Cathryn B. on 11-04-16

A story about (and for?) Liverpudlians ...

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

Reviewed: 15-05-19

I really enjoyed listening to much of this audiobook even though I chose to fast-forward through the more gruesome bits, even though the narrator became a little over-excited in places, and even though the hero was the usual "troubled" detective (yawn) ... most of the story was gripping and reasonably plausible, and the descriptions of low-life existence in Liverpool made me feel (not for the first time) awfully glad that I don't have to live there ...
Then came the finale (far-fetched) and an explanation of the motives behind the story ... what a load of melodramatic and manipulative tosh ... sadly, I can't give the reasons for this harsh opinion without creating spoilers ...

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  • Gorky Park

  • By: Martin Cruz Smith
  • Narrated by: Henry Strozier
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Three bodies found frozen in the snow. And the hunt for the killer begins.... A triple murder in Moscow’s famous Gorky Park amusement centre rocks the capital - three corpses found in the snow, so badly mutilated that their identities can’t be verified. Chief investigator Arkady Renkofrom of the Moscow police takes the case. Renko is a brilliant investigator - dangerously so. Now, to identify the victims and uncover the truth, he must battle the KGB, FBI and the police - and stay alive doing it.... 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant story spoiled - what a disappointment

  • By Lovemykindle on 07-05-19

A brilliant story spoiled - what a disappointment

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

Reviewed: 07-05-19

I have waited for a long time for this novel to be available as an audiobook so was really looking forward to listening to it. However I managed to make it only half way through due to the truly awful narration by a chap who made no effort to differentiate between the voices of the many characters and whose own voice was so monotonous that I literally lost the plot ... plus, even worse, were the swallowing noises, yuk. Luckily, I was able to find the film of the book so at least I know (more or less) how the story developed and ended - I now hope to exchange this book for something with higher production values ...

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  • The Aftermath

  • By: Rhidian Brook
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

Hamburg, 1946: Thousands remain displaced in what is now the British Occupied Zone. Charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city and the de-Nazification of its defeated people, Colonel Lewis Morgan has requisitioned a fine house on the banks of the Elbe, where he will be joined by his grieving wife, Rachael, and only remaining son, Edmund. But rather than force its owners, a German widower and his traumatised daughter, to leave their home, Lewis insists that the two families live together.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Did not live up to my expectations

  • By catsatcastle on 31-10-15

A really thought-provoking story

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

I wish this book had been longer, it felt as if huge chunks had been lopped out of it and that the missing bits would have made the story even more enjoyable, adding to the understanding of the characters/events ... for me, the most memorable moment was the opening of the suitcase, so moving, I'm sure I will never forget it ...
There are other books about life (especially for a British child) in post-war Germany eg Len Deighton's Bernard Sampson series, but Rhidian Brook's story seemed so authentic that I wondered if it had been based on reminiscences as well as research ...
The narration was brilliant.

  • N or M?

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

It is World War II, and while the RAF struggles to keep the Luftwaffe at bay, Britain faces an even more sinister threat from "the enemy within": Nazis posing as ordinary citizens. With pressure mounting, the Intelligence service appoints two unlikely spies, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. Their mission: to seek out a man and a woman from among the colourful guests at Sans Souci, a seaside hotel. But this assignment is no stroll along the promenade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lively tale, excellently read

  • By Kirstine on 18-06-08

Really enjoyed this story

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

I laughed out loud in places, though probably at things that Agatha Christie did not intend to be comical ... my favourite character was Betty (naturally) and I thought that Hugh Fraser was a perfect narrator ... no doubt I shall listen to this again ...

  • The Lady Vanishes

  • By: Ethel Lina White
  • Narrated by: Kim Hartman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Iris Carr is tired and exhausted. Travelling by train from Switzerland to England she is surrounded by alien languages and situations which she finds difficult to comprehend. She is relieved therefore when talkative old English governess Miss Froy becomes her impromptu travelling companion. But when Iris wakes from a short sleep Miss Froy has vanished - and none of the passengers will acknowledge her existence. Is Iris mad? Or is there some more sinister reason for the woman's vanishing?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than the film

  • By Lovemykindle on 12-01-19

Much better than the film

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

Reviewed: 12-01-19

Finished listening to this literally 2 days before watching the Hitchcock film version on TV ... the plot of the book is much more plausible than the film's and although all the characters (apart from Soc and the aged parents) are flawed and/or unpleasant, they are still interesting and even strangely likeable, and I wanted to know what would become of them ... excellent and unobtrusive narration and although the book was written 80+ years ago the language sounds contemporary.

  • Want to Play?

  • By: P. J. Tracy
  • Narrated by: Sarah Borges
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

In this electrifying debut, the slaying of an old couple in small-town America looks like a one-off act of brutal retribution. But at the same time, in Minneapolis, teams of detectives scramble to stop a sickeningly inventive serial killer striking again in a city paralysed by fear. When the two separate investigations converge on an isolated Catholic boarding school, decades-old secrets begin to fall away. It seems an old killer has resurfaced. Yet still the killer's real identity remains dangerously out of reach....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good story

  • By mollyeyre on 26-08-18

The first of an excellent series of audiobooks

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I'm biased because I have always loved these books, which have intriguing plots and likeable main characters ... the inter-character banter is occasionally a bit naff but, overall, this is a wonderful series available as audiobooks at last and with an excellent, unobtrusive narrator ... Want to Play is an engrossing stand-alone whodunnit but also provides background information about the regular characters and sets the scene for the books that follow ...

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  • Breathe

  • By: Dominick Donald
  • Narrated by: Martyn Ellis
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

London, 1952. Dick Bourton is not like the other probationer policemen in Notting Hill. He's older, having fought in Europe and then Korea. And he's no Londoner, being from Cotswold farming stock. Then there's Anna, the exotically beautiful White Russian fiancée he has brought back to these drab streets and empty bombsites. She may as well come from a different planet.  The new copper also has a mind of his own. After an older colleague is shot by a small-time gangster they are chasing in a pea-souper fog, something nags at Bourton's memory. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Glad that’s over.

  • By IANGB on 02-10-18

Wow ...

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

Reviewed: 24-09-18

A long but absorbing listen full of interesting characters and events, although I'm never keen on real/well-known people's motives and actions being fictionalised in order to advance a novel's plot ... an amazing narration with some unusual quirks that really enhanced the storytelling, e.g., telephone conversations that actually sounded like telephone conversations ... fascinating insights into life in the UK after WW2 (and the Korean War) and into the obstacles faced by stateless people ... this Audio book was so good that I will definitely listen to it again.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful