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  • Big Sky

  • Jackson Brodie, Book 5
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Jason Isaacs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village in North Yorkshire, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son Nathan and ageing Labrador Dido, both at the discretion of his former partner Julia. It’s a picturesque setting, but there’s something darker lurking behind the scenes. Jackson’s current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, seems straightforward, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network - and back into the path of someone from his past. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A welcome return

  • By Kerry on 27-06-19

Welcome back Jackson Brodie!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

Jason Isaacs narrates -hopefulky he'll get to do it all again on TV.
Another rambling tale with loads of loose ends that magically come together at the end.

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  • Crossing Over

  • By: Ann Morgan
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Edie is struggling. She’s increasingly confused, but she can’t let the women in the village find that out - they’d only talk. But she’s forgetting so much - forgetting to wear matching clothes, forgetting to bake one of her walnut cakes for the church sale...and forgetting to lock the front door...until one day she wakes to find Jonah in her house and herself in her past. Jonah is struggling. The journey to England was illegal and dangerous, and he’s the only one who survived - and he still hasn’t made it to London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unlikely friendship

  • By Sigrin on 28-05-19

An engaging story.

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

Reviewed: 22-05-19

Only thing that spoiled it was the Cockney accents of the Somerset people! Otherwise an absorbing read.

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  • You Were Gone

  • David Raker, Book 9
  • By: Tim Weaver
  • Narrated by: Joe Coen, Rachel Bavidge, Tom Burke
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 434

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of You Were Gone by Tim Weaver. Three days after Christmas, a woman walks into a police station. She has no phone and no ID, just a piece of paper with the name of investigator David Raker on it. She tells officers that Raker is her husband. When he turns up at the station, Raker is stunned. The woman looks exactly like his wife. She knows all about their marriage, their history, even private conversations the two of them had. There's just one problem: Raker's wife has been dead for eight years....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely loved it

  • By Debs on 02-06-18

Still a good read.

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

Reviewed: 16-04-19

This was a typical David Raker, enjoyable with gripping twists and turns and mysteries. BUT some huge holes in the plot from the very start made it a bit frustrating!

  • The Salt Path

  • By: Raynor Winn
  • Narrated by: Anne Reid
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935

Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, the couple lose their home and their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. They have almost no money for food or shelter and must carry only the essentials for survival on their backs as they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5

  • By Kim on 02-06-18

Fabulous book!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-19

Absolutely loved this and didn't want it to end. It had me researching backpacking tents and rucksacks!

  • Snowblind

  • Dark Iceland
  • By: Ragnar Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Thor Kristjansson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 192

Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors - accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik - with a past that he’s unable to leave behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hugely atmospheric setting & palpable tension!

  • By MRS V L HALL on 01-12-15

A real 'who dunnit'!

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

Reviewed: 16-05-18

An atmospheric story with all rhe features of a traditional who dunnit - plenty of suspects and red herrings. You get the feeling of just getting to know the characters with more to come.
The Icelandic narrator gave it additional authenticity although sometimes the phrasing wasn't quite there and changes of character and setting ran into each other. I will look out for more installments from Siglusfjorđur!

  • The Dark Angel

  • Ruth Galloway Mysteries, Book 10
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618

Dr Ruth Galloway is flattered when she receives a letter from Italian archaeologist Dr Angelo Morelli, asking for her help. He's discovered a group of bones in a tiny hilltop village near Rome but doesn't know what to make of them. It's years since Ruth has had a holiday, and even a working holiday to Italy is very welcome!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen, excellent work!

  • By Jude on 09-02-18

Great.

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Another great story! Familiar characters in an unfamiliar setting with levels of history, detective work and family drama.

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz, George Goulding - translator
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,465

The girl with the dragon tattoo is not given to forgiveness. Lisbeth Salander has been forged by a brutal childhood and horrific abuse. And repeated attempts on her life. The ink embedded in her skin is a constant reminder of her pledge to fight against the injustice she finds on every side. Confinement to the secure unit of a women's prison is intended as a punishment. Instead, Lisbeth finds herself in relative safety. Flodberga is a failing prison, effectively controlled by the inmates, and for a computer hacker of her exceptional gifts there are no boundaries.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Story That Makes Salander a Sideshow

  • By Simon on 10-09-17

More Trouble for Lisbet!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

Another action filled story. Lots of links to previous stories but a little contrived in places. Some of the exposition was clumsy - how do people know that much detail about others' lives? Interesting sub plot but it all rushed to the end with echoes of previous stories.
Overall still a good read.

  • The Breakdown

  • By: B A Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 756

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods and the woman who was killed. Since then she's been forgetting everything: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn't have a baby.... What she can't forget is the woman she might have saved, the terrible nagging guilt, the silent calls she's receiving and the feeling that someone's watching her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed it

  • By dianaB on 30-01-17

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 14-05-17

I realised what was going on about three chapters in! Still om watching it unfold.

  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,028
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,518

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping story.

  • By Bernadette on 22-10-15

Another good investigation.

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

I really enjoyed this book. The continuing relationship between Cormoran and his assistant Robyn develops and we learn more about each of them.
An interesting case with a variety of suspects and side plots keeps the story going while the personal lives of the main characters add interest.

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