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  • Mind Games

  • Inside the Serial Killer Phenomenon
  • By: Paul Harrison
  • Narrated by: David Holt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Paul Harrison has a unique set of skills and experiences based upon his life in the British police service and later as a crime writer. Now, for the first time ever, you can listen to his gripping experiences as a profiler dealing with the world's most notorious serial killers and violent offenders. Mind Games is a forensic examination of the psyche of the world's most vicious and evil offenders in their own words, just as they related it. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Get a Ghost Writer!

  • By csisman on 20-03-19

Get a Ghost Writer!

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-19

The author is clearly an experienced cop and profiler, but his prose is some of the worst I've ever read. This amounts to little more than a poorly written catalogue of a few serial killers. Disappointing.

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  • The Regulators

  • By: Stephen King, Richard Bachman
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 166

Wentworth, Ohio: a small, friendly town where the Carver children bicker over sweets in the E-Z shop and writer Johnny Marinville is the only resident who minds his own business. On Poplar Street, apart from the impending storm, it's just a normal summer's day - with Frisbees flying, lawn mowers humming and barbeques grilling. As the paperboy makes his round, he is unaware of the chrome-red van idling up the hill....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to this book but get Desperation first.

  • By mustangclaire on 13-05-17

Not one of his best

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

Reviewed: 16-03-19

It's a fun literary exercise to read this and Desperation together, but I wouldn't bother otherwise. Lots of great King/Bachmans to read.

  • Enigma

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Alan Howard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

At Bletchley Park Tom Jericho, a brilliant young codebreaker, is facing a double nightmare. The Germans have unaccountably changed their U-boat Enigma code, threatening a massive Allied defeat. As suspicion grows that there may be a spy inside Bletchley, and Jericho is suspected, his girlfriend, the beautiful and mysterious Claire Romilly, suddenly disappears.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enigma - exploring the complexities of Katyn

  • By Stafford Steve on 30-12-10

Great pacing and compelling story.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-10-18

Really keeps you on the edge of your seat! Definitely a must-read for anyone who loves intelligent mystery stories.

  • The Secret Garden

  • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Johanna Ward
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

Mary Lennox, a spoiled, ill-tempered, and unhealthy child, comes to live with her reclusive uncle in Misselthwaite Manor after the death of her parents. With the help of a robin, Mary finds the door to a secret garden, neglected and hidden for years. When she decides to restore the garden in secret, the story becomes a charming journey into the places of the heart, where faith restores health, flowers refresh the spirit, and the magic of the garden brings happiness to Mary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow 10000000000 out of 100

  • By Ms N Hopwood on 15-06-16

Still amazing every time

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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-06-18

A terrific reading of a book that feels more relevant now than when it was published. Absolutely stunning.

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,004
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,631

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine, was just their hometown: familiar, well ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth a read

  • By T. Owen on 19-11-17

Both the best and the worst of King's books

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

The beginning is fantastic if convoluted - the first two "rounds" of recollections (the phone calls and then the individual recollections) are terrific. they feel vivid and King manages to make you not care about the convollutedness - but towards the end it starts to feel like every word and feed has a grandiose talismanic meaning, and the characters don't grow or change which is disappointing. Glad I read it though.