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  • Streets of Darkness

  • Detective Harry Virdee, Book 1
  • By: A. A. Dhand
  • Narrated by: Muzz Khan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 127

Luther meets The Wire. This is the first Detective Harry Virdee audiobook. The sky over Bradford is heavy with foreboding. It always is. But this morning it has reason to be - this morning a body has been found. And it's not just any body. Detective Harry Virdee should be at home with his wife. Impending fatherhood should be all he can think about, but he's been suspended from work just as the biggest case of the year lands on what would have been his desk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex and fascinating - loved it

  • By Diana Fallowes on 18-06-16

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 25-06-17

Would you try another book written by A. A. Dhand or narrated by Muzz Khan?

No for the book, but yes for the narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He did not and he has a good voice and a good accent

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No, but it did send me to sleep, but that is not the narrator's fault

  • Shepherds and Butchers

  • By: Chris Marnewick
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

South Africa, 1987. Apartheid. When Leon, a white 19-year-old prison guard working on death row, commits an inexplicable act of violence, killing seven black men in a hail of bullets, the outcome of the trial - and the court's sentence - seems a foregone conclusion. Hotshot lawyer John Weber reluctantly takes on the seemingly unwinnable case. A passionate opponent of the death penalty, John discovers that young Leon worked on death row in the nation's most notorious prison, under traumatic conditions....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very Harrowing

  • By Marvellous Maud on 04-08-17

Scarry

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

Reviewed: 25-06-17

What did you like most about Shepherds and Butchers?

The book and the way it was narrated I found deeply disturbing in the sense that I could identify with the characters and feel their emotions. I listened to this book and I have read the book, and the history and violence of South Africa became real again for me.

What other book might you compare Shepherds and Butchers to, and why?

None other

What does Peter Nobel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The accents and the tautness of the dialogue

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

So many of them

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Natural Causes

  • An Inspector McLean Novel, Book 1
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of James Oswald's gripping new Inspector McLean crime thriller Natural Causes, read by the actor Ian Hanmore. A young girl's mutilated body is discovered in a sealed room. Her remains are carefully arranged, in what seems to have been a cruel and macabre ritual, which appears to have taken place over 60 years ago.For newly appointed Edinburgh Detective Inspector Tony McLean this baffling cold case ought to be a low priority - but he is haunted by the young victim and her grisly death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is Edinburgh turning into Midsummer?

  • By Patricia on 22-06-13

Supernatural??

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

Reviewed: 04-05-14

If you could sum up Natural Causes in three words, what would they be?

Supernatural in detective story does not belong. I like this story and the performance. It was enjoyable and unpluggable (?)

What did you like best about this story?

Suspense, mystery, three dimensional characters, and a wonderful performance.

What does Ian Hanmore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Clarity and distinct voices for each character.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sentinel

  • Vengeance of Memory, Book 1
  • By: Mark Oldfield
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
  • Length: 20 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

In 1953, Comandante Leo Guzmán is head of a secret police unit whose job is to hunt down enemies of the state. Guzmán’s brutal tactics are simple and effective: everyone is suspect. In 2009, on a blazing summer's day in the hills near Madrid, Ana María Galindez, a Guardia Civil forensic scientist, examines what she thinks is just another Civil War grave. Fifteen bodies are hidden in an abandoned mine shaft, and forensics reveal that the killings took place sometime in the early 1950s. The identity of the suspected murderer? Comandante Leo Guzmán.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Unbelievable and fantastic. Easy 5 Star

  • By Gavingks on 01-11-12

bad spanish accent

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-12

What is the plot? I like Nigel Carrington but could somebody have helped his pronunciation. The Spanish interjections were meaningless. Is there a follow up on this story?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shut Your Eyes Tight

  • By: John Verdon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

When he was the NYPD’s top homicide investigator, Dave Gurney was never comfortable with the label the press gave him: super detective. He was simply a man who, when faced with a puzzle, wanted to know. He was called to the investigative hunt by the presumptuous arrogance of murderers - by their smug belief that they could kill without leaving a trace. There was always a trace, Gurney believed. Except what if one day there wasn't?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • disturbing

  • By Sharon R on 28-06-12

My eyes were open

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-12

Good story and I liked listening to the reader. The end was not a surprise, but getting there was a suspense. I enjoyed it and I am looking forward to my next book by the author.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Trackers

  • By: Deon Meyer
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin, Rupert Degas, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

A housewife running from years of domestic abuse. A bodyguard hired to escort a smuggled rhinoceros. A group of Islamic terrorists based in a quiet residential street. A secret government agency threatened with amalgamation within a bigger department. A retired policeman trying to get used to his new career in the private sector.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A bit of a mess

  • By Andy Hurley on 16-08-13

Enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-12

I liked this book, I liked the readers, and maybe the accents were not 100%, but I really liked it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Roadside Crosses

  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Michele Pawk
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

A highway cop finds a memorial cross on the side of the road and a kidnapped girl in the boot of a car. The victim points Special Agent Kathryn Dance to a vicious online community. When further crosses appear it becomes a race against time to find the attacker before he can carry out his chilling plans in the cyber world and the real.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh noooo...LOL big time

  • By Simone on 06-01-11

poor

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-05-12

predictable plot, poor dialogue, the narrator was not bad, but going gruff for men, a bit corny. Comparing this to other Deaver books, is chalk and cheese. This book makes me think Deaver did not write it himself

2 of 2 people found this review helpful