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  • The Legacy

  • Legacy, Book 1
  • By: Melissa Delport
  • Narrated by: Lynn Devereux
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

One man obsessed with power. One woman prepared to sacrifice everything to stop him. One war that changed the world. "World War three lasted 12 days. Twelve days was all it took for mankind to devastate the planet and almost eradicate the human race. No victor emerged from the ashes and billions lost their lives. We survivors lived through the bleakest of winters. A primal existence became the new order, and the little that remained of our humanity hung in the balance..."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Bethany Gordon on 18-06-19

Fabulous book!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-19

I enjoyed listening to the Clock Keeper which was my first introduction to Melissa Delport's writing. But this book was fabulous! It has everything - great writing, great story, great characters and the narrator Lynn Devereux was brilliant.

There's just enough science fiction to make it interesting but not so much that it spoils the story for people who aren't devotees of that genre. She has created a totally believable world and this is a fast paced and exciting read with great action scenes. It has a little bit of everything - good versus evil, a love triangle, an outstanding heroine and a great cast of supporting characters. Best of all - it is the first in a series!!!!

I don't discuss plots in reviews as they are already there in the synopsis (plus I don't want to spoil things for other readers) But.... great ending!!!

  • Coffee & Cigarettes: Pulp-Noir-Short Stories

  • By: Eric Leckey
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

The rich history of Pulp stories are pure Americana. Written like a script from Film Noir movie, you are to be transported to a time in the 30's, 40's or 50's, where the liquor flowed freely and there was always a Crosley radio playing in some room off in the distance. Pulp Noir is more about a small slice or life...and usually a dark one.... Pour yourself a nice warm drink, dim the lights...conjure up in your consciousness; Femme Fatales, handguns, seedy bars, bad luck, thieves, scoundrels, a pack of Pall Mall's, low lighting, and definitely everything in glorious black and white.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great dark tales

  • By Lindsay on 17-06-19

Three of my favourite things!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

I loved this listen. I like murders, short stories and Bill Nevitt is one of my favourite narrators. This is a collection of short stories based around - murder, revenge, suspense, robbery and much more. Sometimes I just listened to one and other times I binged on two or three.I enjoyed all of them although I do have favourites - The Vault was a particular gem.

It is a test of a great short story that it can plunge you straight into another world within a few sentences. Eric Leckey does this admirably. At times it was like watching an old black and white film - dark and atmospheric. The echoes of times gone by were strong and I could almost smell the cigarettes and the whiskey.

Bill Nevitts's narration was perfect for these stories. I've listened to quite a few books that he has narrated now and he never disappoints. Right from the moment when he announced the title I knew I was in for a treat. The stories were engaging and enjoyable.

I shall look out for more of Eric's stories.

  • Resthaven

  • By: Erik Therme
  • Narrated by: Randi Larson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

The last thing Kaylee wants to do is participate in a childish scavenger hunt - especially inside the abandoned retirement home on the edge of town. When she finds a bruised, deaf boy hiding inside one of the rooms, she vows to lead him to safety - only to discover the front doors are now padlocked, and her friends are nowhere to be found. Kaylee is about to learn that not everything that goes "bump in the night" is imaginary, and sometimes there are worse things to fear than ghosts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really good!

  • By Ellie S on 10-06-19

Not as scary as I hoped but would be a great film

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

Reviewed: 29-05-19

Here are the reasons that I have given this book 4 stars overall. The girls' characters were well written and realistic and they were all different which was refreshing. The narrator did a good job with the different characters. I liked the setting as it had the potential to be seriously creepy.

The story only got 3 stars because it just didn't live up to the promise that the book's description led me to believe. Just not creepy enough. I know it is a YA title and I'm not a YA so probably not in the target audience for this book but still even YAs need a few scares now and then.

In the hands of a skilful director/producer it would make a good film. Lionsgate films could probably work wonders with it. That said I would read another of his books.

  • The End of Lies: A Thriller Featuring Becky Rose

  • By: Andrew Barrett
  • Narrated by: Colleen MacMahon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

My name is Becky. I arrived home to find my husband, Chris, stabbed to death and a gang of men ransacking our house. Turns out that Chris had something that belonged to them. And if I want to stay alive, I have to find it and return it. They’ve given me seven days. And a beating. There is nowhere to hide and no time left to look. So I will stand my ground as the deadline approaches. All I have is a head full of lies and a very bad plan. This is my story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional Story & 1st Class Narration.

  • By Mr. Christopher A. Wells on 19-06-19

Great listen!

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

Reviewed: 29-05-19

This book isn't quite a 5 star listen for me but I did enjoy it. I liked the fact that the heroine was a fairly ordinary person. Her husband similarly was an ordinary guy. They had ordinary jobs but Andrew Barratt spun an extra ordinary tale around them. I listen to a lot of books by American authors so I'm used to reading about situations that could never happen to me. But the beauty of this book is that it was totally believable and could happen and that made it fun.

I never talk about plots in my reviews because I've had countless books spoiled for me by reviewers who have given away too much. Just rest assured that there are enough twists and turns in this story to keep you guessing.

The reason I didn't give it 5 stars... I'm not a huge fan of unnecessary swearing. Not because I'm a prude - far from it. But lots of swearing means I can't have it on speaker at work while I'm doing stuff in my lunchtime in case a child wanders in. So it cuts down my listening time.

Colleen MacMahon did a good job with the narration too.

I will look out for more Andrew Barratt books.

  • Cold Sweats and Vignettes

  • By: John Bowen
  • Narrated by: Phil Mayes
  • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

"The Steal" - A thief is hired by a collector to acquire an occult artifact. "Crash" - A hard landing on an alien planet. "Collision" - A world-changing incident at the Large Hadron Collider. "The Fall" - A London gangster finds himself in a bad situation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Four short stories.

  • By DubaiReader on 23-06-19

Cool Stories!

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

Reviewed: 17-05-19

I like short stories.They are a real test of an author's skill. The writer has to plunge you head first into a story and make you care about it very quickly. Stephen King and Roald Dahl are the masters but John Bowen is hot on their heels. The first story is my favourite but the others are great too.

Would have liked more stories in this collection but then I hated EPs back in the day when vinyl was king!

  • Faceless

  • A Whitley and Keal Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Dawn Kopman Whidden
  • Narrated by: Amy Deuchler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Fallsburg, New York, has a killer on the loose - one who's leaving their sadistic, telltale marks on innocent victims. A pretty teenage girl is found dead in the woods, her face horribly mutilated. A few days later, a second girl, also strikingly beautiful, is attacked in a similar fashion. Who would do such a brutal thing - and why? It's up to two of Fallsburg's finest - Detective Jean Whitley and her new partner, Marty Keal - to find out who's responsible for the grisly crimes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book 2

  • By MEDY L on 27-12-17

Creepy title page!

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

Reviewed: 17-05-19

This is my 3rd Dawn Kopman Whidden book. I've loved every one so far.

The change of narrator for this one (Book 2) was a plus and I really liked 99% of her narration. But.... her Australian and Irish accents made me roll on the floor with laughter. It is a good thing that the main characters are American is all I can say!!! That aside, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I listened straight after Book 1 which was deliberate and I think I got a lot more out of both of them that way.

For a police procedural style book there's a LOT of backstory - way more than you'd get in most examples of the genre but for me that's a strength. It is like 2 books in one and I love the characters as I said in my review of book 1. So definitely a thumbs up from me!

  • A Child Is Torn

  • Whitley & Keal Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Dawn Kopman Whidden
  • Narrated by: Beth A. McIntosh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

When dependable Evan Madison fails to show up for work, police are dispatched to his home. His 10-year-old son, Brad, is discovered inside, unharmed and seemingly alone. He is stoic, sitting in front of the television playing his favorite video game, Super Mario - and he's covered in blood. Detective Jean Whitely rounds out the investigative team and she suspects there is much more to the case than what meets the eye. The happily married mother of two is unwavering in her determination to uncover the real truth about Brad. Was he abused? Or is he the product of an evil seed born to kill?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant fiction, great narrative

  • By Matilda Wormwood on 09-06-19

Nature v nurture

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

Reviewed: 17-05-19

I really enjoyed this book. I listened on Audible. It is my second Dawn Kopman Whidden book. The first being Harold Peabody & the Magic Glasses which is a kid's story but this adult loved it! I'm a teacher so I read/listen to a lot of children's literature.

It is a mix of genres - more romance than you normally get in a mystery book but this is Book 1 of the Whitely and Keal series so the author wanted us to get to know the characters well.That technique worked well as I have just read Book 2 in the series and it felt a bit like meeting old friends again.

I don't want to give anything away plot wise so I'm not going to say any more about that. The narrator was good but a bit slow for me. Changing the speed setting to 1.25 helped a lot. Some reviewers have said that the narrator should have been younger but I think she did well. It is obvious that she is a consummate professional and I enjoyed listening to her.

Thank you Dawn for a thought provoking and interesting start to the series.

  • The Bluff City Butcher (Second edition)

  • The Bell Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Steve Bradshaw
  • Narrated by: Stephen H. Marsden
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

The Bluff City Butcher was once just an urban legend. Now a real monster has stepped out of the fog of a century-old mystery and thrown a midsouth community into unbridled terror. When world renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Elliott Sumner gets the call from the Butcher, he knows he's not dealing with just any serial killer. Not only is the BCB a genius and psychopath, he is the genetic recipient of a legendary mutation some would kill for. Elliott's battle with his own inner demons could get in the way of stopping the very real monster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pay Attention

  • By Simon on 10-06-19

A twisty turny rollercoaster of a book.

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

Reviewed: 20-04-19

I enjoy horror as a genre and like reading about murders and forensic cases. The author has a background in this area so his descriptions were very realistic and well-researched. I enjoyed the book and will certainly check out the others in the series.

What I struggled with in the early chapters was just how perfect Dr Elliott Sumner is. I mean seriously! How can he possibly have done all of the things he's meant to have done at his age? I like my heroes to have some flaws - it makes for a rounded character and is more interesting. He's just too perfect to be believable. But once I got past that I really enjoyed the story.

The narrator had a good voice for the subject matter- nice and deep. Some of his pronunciations were 'quirky' but they didn't spoil the book for me.

If you like this genre I recommend that you read this book.

  • Second Chances

  • By: Scott Craig
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Inga Klein's life was destroyed when Adolf Hitler took over Germany. Over the next several years, the Nazis took her family, her freedom, and Fritz, her one true love. When the Allies crushed the Third Reich, they not only freed Inga from the horrors of Buchenwald but also gave her a second chance at life and love in America. But when demons from her past surface in her new life, will those second chances prove to be her opportunity for revenge?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I absolutely loved this book!

  • By Liz Rev on 14-04-19

I absolutely loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 14-04-19

I absolutely loved this book!

Before I started to listen to it, the book already ticked a lot of my boxes. I love Bill Nevitt as a narrator. His pace is perfect and he puts so much enthusiasm and energy into his narration that his books are a pleasure to listen to and just flow so well. I enjoy stories set in wartime, particularly World War 2 and also love courtroom and lawyer dramas. This book has it all!

I took a while after listening to write this review because I wasn't sure how I was going to do it justice without revealing spoilers. I hate it when other people do that in reviews so I'm always careful.

The book is about love, loyalty, overcoming tragedies without letting them make you bitter and so very much more.

I loved the intelligence, strength and determination of the heroine Inga and felt that we really get to know her well. The supporting characters were interesting and well described and helped to move the story along beautifully.

It reminded me a little of a pantomime - there's love and humour and coincidences. We cheer for the good guys and boo the bad guys and close the book (or switch off the player) having ridden a rollercoaster of emotions.

Yes, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

  • The Clock Keeper

  • By: Melissa Delport
  • Narrated by: Vivien Swain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Since the beginning of life on Earth, seven powerful families have protected time. From within their bloodlines, one person is selected every decade to make the ultimate sacrifice. When Anna Kennedy is selected by the Tempus Guild as the new Clock Keeper, she commits a crime so heinous that it could cause time itself to unravel. Now, it falls to her sister, Clarke, to right the wrong and restore honor to the Kennedy family. The only problem is that in order to do so she must send her best friend to his grave.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By TG on 28-02-19

Fantastic mix of different genres

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

Reviewed: 16-03-19

I was immediately intrigued when I read the synopsis and the story certainly didn't disappoint. I've always been fascinated by stories that featured time in some way and that was influential in my choice of this book. I found it to be fun and creative and entertaining and loved the characters. Clarke, in particular is a great character who seemed completely real to me. She isn't perfect but that is part of her charm.

The story is well-paced and keeps you guessing and the narrator does a good job. It isn't quite a 5 star for me - more of a 4.5 but as that isn't an option I've given it a 4 but it is definitely a solid 4!

I look forward to reading more of Melissa Delport's work.

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