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  • The House on Cold Hill

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 662

They said the dead can't hurt you.... They were wrong. The House on Cold Hill is a chilling and suspenseful ghost story from the multimillion-copy best-selling author of Dead Simple, Peter James. Moving from the heart of Brighton and Hove to the Sussex countryside is a big undertaking for Ollie and Caro Harcourt and their 12-year-old daughter, Jade. But when they view Cold Hill House - a huge, dilapidated Georgian mansion - Ollie is filled with excitement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Johanna on 13-11-15

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

Sorry Peter this was not for me .. I think you should stick to your crime & thrillers ..

  • Looking Good Dead

  • Roy Grace, Book 2
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

One single act of kindness becomes an endless reign of terror...Tom Bryce did what any decent person would do. But within hours of picking up the CD that had been left behind on the train seat next to him, and attempting to return it to its owner, he is the sole witness to a vicious murder. Then his young family are threatened with their lives if he goes to the police. But supported by his wife, Kellie, he bravely makes a statement to the murder enquiry team headed by Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, a man with demons of his own to contend with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as the first, but different.

  • By Simon on 31-08-15

Great listen ..

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

Reviewed: 25-07-18

Characters & villains in Brighton ... Roy grace is a believable policeman along with his team.. looking forward to the next & the next

  • Seven Bridges

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 8
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388

It's been five months since a killer walked free, and DCI Ryan is preparing to leave Newcastle to hunt him down - this time for good. But Ryan's plans are scuppered when events take a dramatic turn and he is forced to stay and face his past one last time or watch a friend suffer the consequences. Amid the chaos, another killer is preparing to strike. When the Tyne Bridge explodes, Ryan's team are faced with a frantic race to uncover a deadly foe who won't stop until every bridge is burned, along with everybody on it....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another very good DCI Ryan Instalment

  • By Salter on 12-07-18

Another great book

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

Reviewed: 15-07-18

Always know I’m in for a good listen with L J Ross & Ryan ... good story keeps you involved . Not too gory either though sometimes I know it’s important to paint the picture . I just wish there was a rating as have had to return some titles as they are just gratuitous in their descriptive.
I look forward to the next book .

  • The Blood Road

  • Logan McRae, Book 11
  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

What drives someone to murder? Logan McRae's personal history is hardly squeaky clean, but now that he works for Professional Standards he's policing his fellow officers. When Detective Inspector Bell turns up dead in the drivers seat of a crashed car, it's a shock to everyone. Because Bell died two years ago. They buried him. Or they thought they did. As an investigation is launched into Bell's stabbing, Logan digs into his past. Where has he been all this time? Why did he disappear? And what's so important that he felt the need to come back from the dead?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Together Again

  • By Mary on 21-06-18

Done it again

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

Reviewed: 29-06-18

Stuart has done it again... love his characters & how they subtly change ( as we all do) as they get older Not always wiser though.
The narration is as always excellent , Steve Worsley brings the characters to life. Fab voice .
I’m always disappointed when the book ends as I then have to look for another to fill the gap till the next exciting case .

  • The Hoarder

  • By: Jess Kidd
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

Maud Drennan - underpaid carer and unintentional psychic - is the latest in a long line of dogsbodies for the ancient, belligerent Cathal Flood. Yet despite her best efforts, Maud is drawn into the mysteries concealed in his filthy, once-grand home. She realises that Cathal, and the junk-filled rooms, are opening up to her. With only her landlady and a troop of sarcastic ghostly saints to help, Maud must uncover what lies beneath Cathal's decades-old hostility and the strange activities of the house itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, magical, gripping. Brilliant.

  • By J. O'connor on 23-03-18

First time

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

First time I’ve read Jess Kidd but I shall be reading more of her books. Good intriguing story read brilliantly .

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Last Friends

  • By: Jane Gardam
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Shortlisted for the 2014 Folio Prize. Old Filth and The Man in the Wooden Hat told with bristling tenderness and black humour the stories of that titan of the Hong Kong law courts, Old Filth QC, and his clever, misunderstood wife, Betty. Last Friends, the final volume of this trilogy, picks up with Terence Veneering, Filth's great rival in work and - though it was never spoken of - in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jane will transport you to another time & place making you wish you knew the characters personally

  • By barbara on 26-11-17

Jane will transport you to another time & place making you wish you knew the characters personally

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

Reviewed: 26-11-17

Top of my list to listen again . knew this was part of a trilogy & paced myself as l enjoyed them so much . this is the third book that ties up all the characters . Looking forward to JG other books .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Man in the Wooden Hat

  • By: Jane Gardam
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallace
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Filth ( Failed in London, Try Hong Kong) is a successful lawyer when he marries Elisabeth in Hong Kong soon after the war. Reserved, immaculate, and courteous, Filth finds it hard to demonstrate his emotions.

But Elisabeth is different - a free spirit. She was brought up in the Japanese internment camps, which killed both her parents but left her with a lust for survival and an affinity with the Far East. No wonder she is attracted to Filth's hated rival at the bar - the brash, forceful Veneering.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read .. i was transported to another time & place

  • By barbara on 27-10-17

A must read .. i was transported to another time & place

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

Reviewed: 27-10-17

this & the first of the trilogy & was immensely enjoyable .. the characters come to life before your eyes & the narration is sublime . Bill Wallace will be in my top 10 of narrators from now on .
I will be saving the book 3 for a long journey though Jane Gardam has written other stories & i’ve no doubt they too will be in my library soon .

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Seagull

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740

A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a part in his downfall. Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer, if she will look out for his family. He tells her that Marshall is dead, his body buried close to St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • don't try the accent if you can't keep it up<br /><br />

  • By Yvonne on 07-12-17

magic

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

great story great narration .. i can lose myself in Vera anytime ... can’t wait for the next

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Himself

  • By: Jess Kidd
  • Narrated by: Aiden Kelly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

When Mahony returns to Mulderrig, a speck of a place on Ireland's west coast, he brings only his handsome face, a photograph of his long-lost mother and a determination to do battle with the village's lies. Mahony also somehow wakes the dead from their graves, with their foggy memories and hidden stories floating greyly amongst the unseeing living. No one, though - living or dead - will be able to guess what happened to the teenage mother who abandoned him as a baby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant narration of a great story.

  • By Anonymous User on 17-01-17

loved it

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

great narration .. funny sad & clever . enjoyed all the characters, graphic discrimination allowed me to see it & them ( the people ) as if i were there .

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Vows of Silence

  • Simon Serrailler 4
  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

Gunmen are terrorising young women in the Cathedral town of Lafferton. What - if anything - links the apparently random murders? Is the marksman with a rifle the same person as the killer with a handgun? Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler falls back on well tried police methods such as questioning neighbours and house-to-house searches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More than just a detective story

  • By Kirstine on 07-01-12

does it again

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

Reviewed: 14-05-17

susan hill fantastic writer . didn't want it to end . stephen pacey is off the scale in narration . i could listen to him read he telephone directory. magic book magic story teller .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful