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  • Traitor's Blade

  • The Greatcoats, Book 1
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

The Greatcoats - legendary heroes, arbiters of justice...or notorious traitors? The Greatcoats are travelling magistrates bringing justice to all...or at least they were, before they watched the Dukes impale their King's head on a spike. Now the land's heroes are reviled as traitors, their Greatcoats in tatters. Facio, Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as mercenaries, but when they find their employer dead - and are forced to watch as the killer plants evidence framing them for the murder - they realise things are about to get even worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-03-18

A few lines of a poem...

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

Reviewed: 21-09-18

What is the bigger picture.? This is a story that makes you want to know the whats, wheres and whys that you ask while the story is told.

The narrator is excellent and I look forward to the next door in this series.

  • Smoke and Ashes

  • By: Abir Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

India, 1921. Haunted by his memories of the Great War, Captain Sam Wyndham is battling a serious addiction to opium that he must keep secret from his superiors in the Calcutta police force. When Sam is summoned to investigate a grisly murder, he is stunned at the sight of the body: he’s seen this before. Last night, in a drug addled haze, he stumbled across a corpse with the same ritualistic injuries. It seems like there’s a deranged killer on the loose. Unfortunately for Sam, the corpse was in an opium den, and revealing his presence there could cost him his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • windham and surrender-not at their best

  • By "graham_78" on 18-06-18

An Indian winter

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Post World War 1 in Bengal, the British India of the 19C is fast changing with the Indians, influenced by Gandhi, protesting for an end to British rule and calling for independence.

Police work in Calcutta is made more difficult by protesters, strikes, Section H and a visit by the Prince of Wales as well as a series of murders with the same M.O.

The second book of this series, I think. Well read and very well paced with a light touch that also makes it a fun listen.

  • 1666

  • Plague, War and Hellfire
  • By: Rebecca Rideal
  • Narrated by: Billie Fulford-Brown
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

1666 was a watershed year for England. The outbreak of the Great Plague, the eruption of the second Dutch War and the Great Fire of London all struck the country in rapid succession and with devastating repercussions. Shedding light on these dramatic events, historian Rebecca Rideal reveals an unprecedented period of terror and triumph. Based on original archival research and drawing on little-known sources, 1666 takes listeners on a thrilling journey through a crucial turning point in history.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • 1666

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-02-18

London, England

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

Reviewed: 28-08-18

1066, 1666 dates that most English schoolchildren remember - the Battle of Hastings and the Great Fire of London. This book puts the fire into context of the times: the continual wars with the Dutch, alliances and conflicts with other European neighbors, the plague and finally from the ashes the Phoenix of the new London of bricks and mortar, a skyline dominated by Wren’s St Paul’s and his other churches which are still part of the fabric of London.

The story is a bit dry to begin with but soon becomes an absorbing tale of naval battles, the mounting numbers of plague deaths and the the great fire that for four days was master of the great city with extracts of eye witness accounts of these events including the inimitable Samuel Pepys.

I am not sure that it should have been a woman narrator, but it did remind the listener that the author was a woman with a scholarly but woman’s point of view of this period.

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  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 22-24
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 65

"The Song Never Dies": When Alex King, leader of legendary 90s rock group Lizard, hosts a party to get the band back together, old grudges surface. At dawn Alex is found floating in the pool of his Cherringham mansion. To the police it's a drug-fueled accident. But when Jack and Sarah get involved, they quickly discover that while a song may never die - the person, who wrote it, might have been murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cliff hanger

  • By Rogayah on 25-08-18

Cliff hanger

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

Reviewed: 25-08-18

All the crimes and misdemeanors of this Cotswold village uncovered and beautifully told by Neil Dudgeon. Good description and observations of people and places make this an excellent series of gentle crime detection and worth following.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stone: The Complete Series 1-4

  • By: Danny Brocklehurst, various
  • Narrated by: Craig Cheetham, Deborah McAndrew, full cast, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Seventeen stories from the gritty crime series created by Danny Brocklehurst, starring Hugo Speer as Manchester detective John Stone. This collection brings together Series 1 to 4 of this intelligent detective drama, tackling morally ambiguous, complex and challenging subjects. DCI Stone and his team investigate a series of brutal murders and missing person cases, among other grisly crimes. Starring Hugo Speer as DCI John Stone, Craig Cheetham as DI Mike Tanner and Deborah McAndrew as DS Sue Kelly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Will definitely listen to again.

  • By Mark Renny on 14-06-18

A policeman’s lot...

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

Reviewed: 19-08-18

So much violence, so many damaged souls...
This is Manchester or any other large city with all the people and social problems - the dark under belly of modern life. Gritty, violent and difficult for those who lives are touched by it including the police who try to keep the peace and the law.

It takes some time to understand the accents and sort out the various characters, but the stories are short and difficult not to hear to the end.

Good, gritty but I may follow the series

  • The Balmoral Incident

  • By: Alanna Knight
  • Narrated by: Lesley Mackie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Balmoral Castle, 1905. For Rose McQuinn, a handsome cottage on the Royal estate promises a summer holiday of unaccustomed luxury. As Rose travels by train with her little stepdaughter, Meg, and her trusty dog, Thane, she wonders what exciting adventures await them at the Royal household. The holiday takes a darker turn when Rose is warned not to interfere in two deaths that occur soon after her arrival. When they’re dismissed as accidents, she suspects foul play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story.

  • By Millie on 09-12-17

Curious

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

Reviewed: 13-08-18

An odd story, a bit fey, but also a bit Scottish faerie for all that. A good, easy listen with or without being a follower of this series. Well narrated.

  • Hell Bay

  • By: Kate Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Stephen Perring
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

DI Ben Kitto needs a second chance. After 10 years working for the murder squad in London, a traumatic event has left him grief-stricken. He’s tried to resign from his job, but his boss has persuaded him to take three months to reconsider. Ben plans to work in his uncle Ray’s boatyard, on the tiny Scilly island of Bryher, where he was born, hoping to mend his shattered nerves. His plans go awry when the body of 16-year-old Laura Trescothick is found on the beach at Hell Bay. Her attacker must still be on the island because no ferries have sailed during a two-day storm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric and Evocative!

  • By Simon on 12-05-18

A locked room but bigger

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

Gripped by the thought that a killer is on an island of 72 people. Which one of these people could be the killer and why?

There are atmospheric descriptions of the Island and good descriptions of the islanders. The narrator is excellent and the story gripping. I look forward to the next book, if there is one.

  • Shadows of Sound

  • DSI Lorimer, Book 3
  • By: Alex Gray
  • Narrated by: Joe Dunlop
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

The Glasgow Orchestra are rehearsing to perform, but little do they know of the sequence of events happening backstage. When George Millar, the orchestra's leader, is brutally murdered in his dressing room, his colleagues are shocked. But the show must go on. Enter DCI Lorimer and psychologist Solomon Brightman to investigate. What they uncover is a series of irrevocably tangled relationships between the orchestra members.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DCI Lorimer - shadow of sound

  • By iain on 15-02-18

Glasgow polis

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

Reviewed: 14-07-18

I thought it was a good listen. There were some buts starting with narrator's tone which was a bit flat and induced some boredom. The story was such that I had to listen to the end - who killed whom and why? would our man get his man and get away for Christmas?

The trouble with series or saga is you have to keep listening!

  • Missing, Presumed

  • By: Susie Steiner
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 227

Mid-December, and Cambridgeshire is blanketed with snow. Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw tries to sleep after yet another soul-destroying Internet date – the low murmuring of her police radio her only solace. Over the airwaves come reports of a missing woman – door ajar, keys and phone left behind, a spatter of blood on the kitchen floor. Manon knows the first 72 hours are critical: you find her, or you look for a body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story.

  • By Graham on 21-03-16

Boring

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

Reviewed: 23-05-18

I was disappointed and am going to return this book. There is nothing and no one that grabs my sympathy or attention. I really don't care for the characters or the plot.

This is probably just not my cup of tea. Some of the reviews were more positive so it must be my personal, biased opinion.

  • Reservoir 13

  • By: Jon McGregor
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 272

Midwinter in the early years of this century. A teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on their usually quiet home. Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, beds made, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed. The search for the missing girl goes on, but so does everyday life. As it must.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Like a very long episode of The Archers

  • By Mr on 15-10-17

Keatsian prose

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

This seems like a naturalists or a mediaevalist’s narrative with the pivot of a girl who goes missing aged 13. Time passes and the world or this microcosm of the world moves on year after year with the passage of time marked by butterflies, caterpillars, bats, badgers, foxes and pheasants as well as the people in this village where the girl was last seen.

A curious detective or murder story where this event is part of the fabric of the lives of the villages, and not the simply the main story of a regular detective story.

Well narrated and good, even if it is not quite what one is accustomed to expect.