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  • Letters from the Dead

  • Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery
  • By: Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

When genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to prove the identity of a black sheep in his client’s family tree, he unwillingly finds himself drawn into a murder investigation with nothing more to go on than a 150-year-old letter and a connection to a legendary ruby that has been missing for generations. As more letters are mysteriously left for him, Tayte becomes immersed in a centuries-old tale of greed, murder and forbidden love that takes his research from the wilds of the Scottish Highlands to the colour and heat of colonial India. A dark secret is buried in Jaipur. But why is it having such deadly repercussions in the present? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book all round !

  • By Mrs. A. Hemsworth on 15-08-18

Keeping up the standard

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

Reviewed: 16-10-18

Another in the series. Like the others it didn't disappoint. Good story excellently performed by Simon Vance.

  • Through It All I've Always Laughed

  • Memoirs of Count Arthur Strong
  • By: Count Arthur Strong
  • Narrated by: Count Arthur Strong
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220

Count Arthur Strong reads the story of his extraordinary journey from his humble early years as the only son of a contortionist in wartime Doncaster to the dizzy heights and excesses of fame as one of the shining lights of popular entertainment. Count Arthur Strong is a show business legend, after-dinner speaker and a leading authority on Ancient Egypt, having been stationed there during his nation service. He has countless friends in the showbiz world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • through it all I have always laughed.

  • By Phil D on 19-04-15

Count Arthur in his own voice

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

Reviewed: 28-03-18

I already had the book but this is even better as Arthur is reading it to you as only he can.

  • Gray Justice

  • Tom Gray, Book 1
  • By: Alan McDermott
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

When ex-soldier Tom Gray loses his wife and child to a career criminal, it seems life can’t get much worse. But when the killer is let off with time served on remand, Gray knows there is something fundamentally wrong with the justice system. Engaging the help of his ex-SAS buddies, he kidnaps five repeat offenders and asks the public to vote on their fate: Should they be allowed to continue their criminal ways with inadequate punishment, or has Britain had enough?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thriller Series with the X-Factor?

  • By Simon on 21-11-16

Good story

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

Reviewed: 20-10-17

Good story and very believable. took a bit of time getting used to the strange inflections of the narrator's voice but soon didn't notice it. looking forward to the rest of the series.

  • Trojan

  • By: Alan McDermott
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

When MI5 learns that a horrifying new weapon is in enemy hands, agent Andrew Harvey is called in to track it down before it reaches British soil. But then a woman is found murdered by the roadside and it soon becomes clear that London is in the crosshairs. The clock is ticking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book. The story is really addictive. ☆☆☆☆☆

  • By Nicola Arber Fama on 14-03-17

good story

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

Reviewed: 27-09-17

Goog story well written. great narration as always by Simon Vance. Will explore more by the author.

  • Jack the Ripper: Case Closed

  • By: Gyles Brandreth
  • Narrated by: Gyles Brandreth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

London, 1894. 'I am not a detective, chief constable.' 'No, but you are a poet, a freemason and a man of the world. All useful qualifications for the business in hand.' So says Police Chief Macnaghten to Oscar Wilde in a Chelsea drawing room, in the company of Arthur Conan Doyle. The business they are gathered to discuss is none other than the case of Jack the Ripper, the most notorious murderer in England. And thus the three men set out to solve one of the world's most famous mysteries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Wanny on 30-08-17

Does not disappoint

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

Reviewed: 30-07-17

The latest in the series of Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries. Who better to read it than the author.

  • When Shadows Fall

  • By: Paul Reid
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Still haunted by the British army’s treatment of soldiers during World War I, Lieutenant Adam Bowen returns to Dublin in 1919 - and discovers a new war destroying his hometown. When his well-bred family ignores the violence between Irish revolutionaries and the British government, Adam turns his back on Britain and secretly aligns with the Irish Republican Army. Then Adam meets golden-haired, blue-eyed Tara Reilly, and finds himself drawn to her quiet beauty.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, historically informative.

  • By Stuart C. on 29-06-17

Good story, historically informative.

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

Reviewed: 29-06-17

Enjoyed the story and the excellent narration by Simon Vance. unexplained ending though, still good.

  • Dying Games

  • By: Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Washington, DC: Twin brothers are found drowned in a Perspex box, one gagged and strapped to a chair. It's the latest in a series of cruel and elaborate murders with two things in common: the killer has left a family history chart at each crime scene, and the victims all have a connection to genealogical sleuth Jefferson Tayte. Hoping his insight and expertise will help solve the case, the FBI summon Tayte back to the capital. But as he struggles to crack the clues, the killer strikes again - and again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant read.

  • By Alan on 11-05-17

Up to standard

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

I enjoyed this latest JT book as I have all the series, I hope there are more to come. Also the excellent narration by Simon Vance.

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    Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    2,170 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • The Blackhouse

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,782

The Isle of Lewis is the most desolate and harshly beautiful place in Scotland. When a bloody murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. Since Fin himself was raised on the island, the investigation represents not only a journey home but a voyage into his past. Each year twelve island men sail out to a remote and treacherous rock called An Sgeir on a perilous quest to slaughter nesting seabirds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book

  • By Flint on 09-04-16

More a story of several lives than a murder

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

Enjoyed the story and the narrator..I found thought it was mostly about the life of the main character and his friends growing up rather than the murder mystery, although it did have a baring on the story. I found myself not liking the main character in his treatment of people but as the story unfolds you sort of understand why he's like he is.

  • Chinese Whispers

  • The China Thrillers, Book 6
  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

His victims are young, beautiful, and viciously mutilated. He calls himself the Beijing Ripper. The media and terror-stricken public are demanding the killer's arrest, and Li Yan, the head of Beijing’s serious crime squad, has been put in the spotlight. American pathologist Margaret Campbell is asked to perform an autopsy on one of the victims, and her results send shockwaves through the investigation. Then Li begins receiving personal letters from the killer, and his life and career start falling apart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I have now listened to all six of this series

  • By Patricia on 26-08-15

Performance as always was 1st class

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

unfortunately I couldn't get used to the Chinese names and found it confusing..I gave up after a few chapters. This is just me of course and doesn't detract from what might be a very good book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Traitor's Story

  • By: Kevin Wignall
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

When fifteen-year-old American Hailey Portman goes missing in Switzerland, her desperate parents seek the help of their neighbor, Finn Harrington, a seemingly quiet historian rumored to be a former spy. Sensing the story runs deeper than anyone yet knows, Finn reluctantly agrees to make some enquiries. He has little to go on other than his instincts, and his instincts have been wrong in the past - sometimes spectacularly wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • mystery, thriller

  • By Amazon Customer on 26-02-17

Great story well read.

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

Reviewed: 14-02-17

Fast gripping story and very enjoyable. superbly performed by Simon Vance. I hope the author does more in this series with this main character and of read by Simon Vance.

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