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  • Whisky from Small Glasses

  • A D.C.I. Daley Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,506
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,500

DCI Jim Daley is sent from the city to investigate a murder after the body of a woman is washed up on an idyllic beach on the West Coast of Scotland. Far away from urban resources, he finds himself a stranger in a close-knit community. Love, betrayal, fear and death stalk the small town, as Daley investigates a case that becomes more deadly than he could possibly imagine, in this compelling Scottish crime novel infused with intrigue and dark humour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellently read.

  • By fiona on 19-03-17

Quaint Scottish Mystery

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

Yet another troubled police inspector story about solving a murder on west coast of Scotland. Quite entertaining and the narration was excellent. Not what you'd categorise as a 'thriller' although it trys hard to be. Cleverly leaves door open for a sequel... but don't they all!

  • Edge of Eternity

  • Century Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 36 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232

As the decisions made in the corridors of power bring the world to the brink of oblivion, five families from across the globe are brought together in an unforgettable tale of passion and conflict during the Cold War. When Rebecca Hoffmann, a teacher in East Germany, finds herself pursued by the secret police, she discovers that she has been living a lie. Her younger brother, Walli, longs to escape across the Berlin Wall to Britain to become part of the burgeoning music scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in series

  • By Amazon Customer on 25-09-14

A long history of the world part 3!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-15

The 3rd in this epic trilogy about Russia, America and Europe and the conflicts is incredible. In this book we get the Cold War in depth and in particular the relationships between US presidents and Russia and relationships of some presidents! Interwoven through all three books are fictional families that the story and world events are drawn around. Thoroughly enjoyable.

  • The Long Glasgow Kiss

  • A Lennox Thriller, Book 2
  • By: Craig Russell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

Glasgow in the 1950s. Private investigator Lennox is keeping a low profile, enjoying a secret fling with the daughter of shady bookie and greyhound breeder MacFarlane. When MacFarlane is found bludgeoned to death, Lennox is a suspect. Luckily, he has a solid gold alibi: he was in bed with the victim’s daughter. Lennox is quickly drawn into hunting the killer, and it turns out MacFarlane was into some seriously dodgy stuff.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't use the word Brilliant very often but ....

  • By Bernadette on 14-02-15

Seedy underbelly of Glasgow in the 50s

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

Reviewed: 10-05-15

Although second book in this series it was my first experience of the character Lennox a Canadian PI living and working in Glasgow of the 1950s in the aftermath of the Second World War. Crime bosses "the 3 Kings" and hard policemen interwoven with a few murders and a twisting plot make this a great listen. Sean Barrets narration and ability to do accents is great and adds to the enjoyment.

  • The Vietnam War

  • A Concise International History
  • By: Mark Atwood Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Hailed as a "pithy and compelling account of an intensely relevant topic" ( Kirkus Reviews), this wide-ranging volume offers a superb account of a key moment in modern U.S. and world history. Drawing upon the latest research in archives in China, Russia, and Vietnam, Mark Lawrence creates an extraordinary, panoramic view of all sides of the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good intro to the Vietnam war

  • By Mrs. T. L. Brown on 01-10-14

A factual unsanitised take on history

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

Reviewed: 10-05-15

To the point, a chronological history of Indonesia Chinese events leading up to and a full account of the Vietnam war. It gives an interesting perspective on how politics and individual world leaders influence world events in such tragic ways.

  • Inferno

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,120

Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces. As Dan Brown comments: "Although I studied Dante’s Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • start was hard going. story good but over descript

  • By BD on 17-07-17

Page turner once again

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

Reviewed: 30-05-13

From first paragraph the action starts and it doesn't,t stop until the last. A fantastic page turner that has a powerful message too.

  • Dry Bones

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 793
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 702

What happened to Jacques Gaillard? The brilliant teacher at the École Nationale d’Administration, who trained some of France’s best and brightest as future prime ministers and presidents, vanished ten years ago, presumably from Paris. This ten-year-old mystery inspires a bet—one that Enzo Macleod, a biologist teaching in Toulouse, France, instead of pursuing a brilliant career in forensics back home in Scotland, can ill afford to lose.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy Listening

  • By Linda on 10-05-15

Murder below the Streets of Paris

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

Reviewed: 14-05-13

An exciting and quick paced novel which is a cross between a Dan Brown plot in that it gives a geographical/historical backdrop to the mystery - in this case Paris; and the popular forensic scientist model who acts like Sherlock Holmes making the police look like fools!
I enjoyed it and look forward to the second in the series.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • The Critic

  • The Enzo Files, Book 2
  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Gil Petty, the worldâ¿¿s number-one wine critic, is found dead and strung on a cross in the vineyards of France. Enzo Macleod, Scots exile and former forensics expert, finds that the genteel world of winemakers hides a business driven by greed, envy, and desperation, with no shortage of possible killers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A mish mash of different kinds of book

  • By Kirstine on 09-06-12

Wine Lover's Murder Mystery

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

Reviewed: 14-05-13

The hero of this series Enzo takes us on an exploration of the French wine growing industry as the backdrop to a murder mystery. A wine critic turns up dead in a barrel of red wine and Enzo supported by his assistant from the University and his daughter and her 'muscle bound' boyfriend solve the mystery of missing persons where the local police have failed to.
This was the second in the Enzo series and although informative about wine growing, I found it lacked tension and excitement despite the best efforts of the author. It does not live up to the first Enzo novel. That said it was a good plot and there was no way of identifying the killer before it was disclosed at the end of the book and that was good. One senses that we are being prepared for twists and turns in the fortunes of Enzo's family and romantic relationships as characters from the first book are woven into this story although they do not play key roles to the plot. I wil however want to read the next in the series ... just to see what happens!

  • The Providence Rider

  • A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 4
  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

The Providence Rider is the fourth installment in the extraordinary series of historical thrillers featuring Matthew Corbett, professional problem solver. The narrative begins in the winter of 1703, with Matthew still haunted by his lethal encounter with notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter. When an unexplained series of explosions rocks his Manhattan neighborhood, Matthew finds himself forced to confront a new and unexpected problem. Someone is trying - and trying very hard - to get his attention.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Matthew Corbett's adventures go beyond

  • By Mrs on 10-11-15

MacCammon does it again

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-13

I love these books following the exploits of unlikely hero Mathew Corbett. They leave me hanging in anticipation of the next book in the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Bat

  • A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,816
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,805

Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great introduction to Harry Hole.

  • By Richard on 04-12-12

You have to listen to it!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-13

This is the first novel in the series although it came out in English last so heard it after hearing all the others. Its a very good story but does not have the depth of Nesbo's later novels which are fantastic which is perhaps not surprising. It does explain why Harry (the hero) is the way he is in later novels. A great listen.

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  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 431

Merry Christmas to Our Members, from the Audible Team. Two-time Emmy Award nominee (The Good Wife) and Audie Award winner for best narrator, Alan Cumming here narrates Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first-rate festive whodunit. Cumming adds his personal flair to the mystery classic and turns in an outstanding performance of the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his pal, Watson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elementary my dear Watson!

  • By Adisha on 23-12-12

Super Listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-13

Captures the spirit of the archetypal Dickensian Crime novel excellently. You can't help being fascinated by Moriarty the Anti-Hero of the novel. Can't wait for follow up!