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  • The Hanging Tree

  • Rivers of London, Book 6
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,952
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,940

Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty's daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour. Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we're talking about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As usual, a great read.

  • By Justine on 12-12-16

Just keep getting better

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

Reviewed: 20-05-19

I’m slightly afraid that Ben will one day decide not to write these any more and then what will I do! I’m a little nervous if the new one which isn’t involving Peter as the lead but will now move onto lies sleeping happily.

  • Broken Homes

  • Rivers of London, Book 4
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,053
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,740

Ben Aaronovitch has stormed the best-seller list with his superb London crime series - a unique blend of police procedural; loving detail about the greatest character of all, London; and a dash of the supernatural. A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil: an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common or garden serial killer? Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case, a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his caseload.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magic and Mayhem...

  • By Sharon on 28-07-13

Another cracking novel!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-19

Enjoyed his thoroughly. Several dark moments, and a shock at the end I had anticipated... but was still delivered well. Narration amazing - but - is it me or did Oxley start talking in a rural Cotswold accent when previously he’s been southern Irish?

Otherwise- fab. Onto Foxglove Summer go I.

  • Whispers Under Ground

  • Rivers of London, Book 3
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,430
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,771

Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And it’s just as well - he's already had run-ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho. Progression in the police force is less easy, especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn't even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, wonderful narration

  • By Jane on 04-07-12

I LOVE this series!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

Another great book -
I actually love the narration so much I prefer to listen Kobna Holdbrook-Smith reading this than I do reading it myself. For me his voices have become the voices of the characters and this is a mark of an excellent actor.
Once again I laughed out loud, especially to Seawall’s interactions with The Folly.
I’ve bought three more credits to buy three more instalments and I can’t wait! Thank you Ben Aaronovitch

  • Saint Odd

  • Odd Thomas, Book 7
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

Odd Thomas is back where it all started…because the time has come to finish it. Since he left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo, California, his journey has taken him to places strange and wonderful, mysterious and terrifying. Across the land, in the company of mortals and spirits alike, he has known kindness and cruelty, felt love and loss, saved lives and taken them - as he's borne witness to humanity's greatest good and darkest evil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I felt a bit lost at the end here but at least it was an end

  • By TrickstersDaughter on 25-04-19

I felt a bit lost at the end here but at least it was an end

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

Reviewed: 25-04-19

I can’t Describe what I truly feel and so on as I would be giving away the plot. The penultimate book for me was better.

I’m happy to report that this does conclude! There is no ambiguity to what happens. The ending is pleasant and as good as can be expected with everything Odd has gone through.
Dean Koontz tells us on his website that we would discover the meaning of smoothed and fully blue and well, no, we don’t! There are some flimsy references here and there but ultimately it doesn’t say - “and smoothed and fully blue means.... “ which I think was my greatest disappointment.

I did shed some tears. Mostly because this is the last odd Thomas book and we won’t join him on any more adventures.

If you’ve read/listened to the other 7 you must read or listen to this to conclude. But I can only give it 4 stars as I felt a bit bereft of final proper explanations for several things that were mentioned in the series.

  • Deeply Odd

  • Odd Thomas, Book 6
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

How do you make sure a crime that hasn’t happened yet, never does? That’s the critical question facing Odd Thomas, the young man with a unique ability to commune with restless spirits and help them find justice and peace. But this time, it’s the living who desperately need Odd on their side. Three helpless innocents will be brutally executed unless Odd can intervene in time. Who the potential victims are and where they can be found remain a mystery. The only thing Odd knows for sure is who the killer will be: the homicidal stranger who tried to shoot him dead in a small-town parking lot.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • worktime

  • By Neil D. on 06-04-16

As excellent as the books that have gone before this

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

Reviewed: 23-04-19

These are my among my favourite of Dean Koontz novels and I loved this - if only for the wonderful introduction of Edie Fischer. You really ought to listen to these in order for them to make perfect sense and so you are able to understand how Odd has come this far in his journey. Now settling down to listen to the last installment

  • How to Date Your Dragon

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • New series has potential, but annoying audio

  • By jules on 31-01-18

I didn’t expect to... but I LOVED it 😍

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

Reviewed: 20-04-19

Wow what a listen! Got it as a daily deal and my teenage daughter downloaded it and said she was enjoying it. I’m going through a huge binge listen as I’m packing to move and audible is a great de-stresser.
Listened to this in one day. Fab listen, good narration, great characters- it wasn’t deep or a literary masterpiece but it was fun! And sometimes we all that.

I’m definitely going to listen to more in the series. Well worth it !

  • The Strings of Murder

  • By: Oscar de Muriel
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 670

Penguin presents the unabridged,downloadable audiobook edition of The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel, read by Andy Secombe, including musical interludes recorded by the author himself. Edinburgh, 1888. A virtuoso violinist is brutally killed in his home. But with no way in or out of the locked practice room, the murder makes no sense. Fearing a national panic over a copycat Ripper, Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Frey to investigate under the cover of a fake department specializing in the occult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Class

  • By Mr Chops on 29-10-15

Such an enjoyable read! I cannot wait to listen to the rest

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

Reviewed: 19-04-19

This was not my first Frey and McGrey I confess. I had bought the latest edition as a daily deal and listened to it having finished another series and was bored in the car. I was immediately fond of the characters and as soon as it was finished I bought this right away. Normally going back isn’t something I enjoy as I find that I know more about the characters if I’ve dived in unexpectedly elsewhere in a series but this was somehow better!!
Firstly the narration was top class- and I cannot praise it enough. The characters are incredible! Some of my favourite in crime fiction in fact, they probably are my favourite - I love their incompatible relationship, love Frey’s overbearing Englishness and adore McGrey’s Scottish temperament so much I wish I knew them personally!

I would encourage any reader to give them a go. Although I love supernatural crime - this isn’t what it seems, less demons of the underworld and more of those in our midst - but it was great, and a book that can make me laugh out loud is always at the top of my list!
N.B. I’m an Italian and was not at all upset by the Italian narration - it was quaint and typical of the era.... reminded me much of my immigrant great grandparents.

  • Gilded Cage

  • The Dark Gifts Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Vic James
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

A modern Britain. An age-old cruelty.Britain's magically skilled aristocracy compels all commoners to serve them for 10 years - and now it's the Hadleys' turn. Abi Hadley is assigned to England's most ruthless noble family. The secrets she uncovers could win her freedom - or break her heart. Her brother Luke is enslaved in a brutal factory town, where new friends' ideals might cost him everything.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Magical power corrupts

  • By Beccameriel on 14-03-17

Not bad. Definitely for a teenager reader

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

Reviewed: 11-04-19

When I got this I thought foolishly it was an adult fantasy - didn’t read the synopsis properly and think it was a daily deal. However I listened in the car on my from job to job and it was ok.
Definitely hunger gamesey for the Brit’s. As a girl born in Manchester I cringed at the accent (I don’t have one being what the book would called being privileged and being sent to boarding school in the West Country ) but I did have one and I have lots of family from Manchester and the vicinity and ugh!! Why make them sound sound pathetic and maudlin!! All of the Mancunians sounded drippy and Whining and I hated that most of everything g of this narration. The characters were good though if not predictable and I felt a whole host of plagiarism from other novels creeping in. Which is fine, because one idea can take lots of forms but this felt contrived and trying to grab as much from pop literature as possible. Throw in a large helping of the hunger games, a dollop of the handmaidens take, a pinch of Orwell’s 1984, some Game of Thrones and bake for 30 mins on a high heat and this is the result. Quite palatable with a cup of tea but I won’t rush back for more as I’ve tasted better.

  • Ben Aaronovitch

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Robin Morgan
  • Narrated by: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Length: 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Ben Aaronovitch is the best-selling author most well-known for his urban fantasy series, Rivers Of London. He joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios to discuss, among other things, his latest book The Hanging Tree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great to listen to the author

  • By TrickstersDaughter on 10-04-19

Great to listen to the author

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

Reviewed: 10-04-19

The interviewer made me cringe a couple of times but that’s the way with these things as the questions are often a bit silly but it was good to listen to Ben himself talk of the books. Made me like the series more- if you can like an author, then the books are going to be much easier.

  • Moon over Soho

  • Rivers of London, Book 2
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,241
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,343

I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good sequel

  • By P. J. Williams on 05-08-11

Even better than the first- the series matures excellently

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

Reviewed: 10-04-19

I’m so sad I came late to reading/listening to this. I feel I have missed out and yet have a wealth of catch up awaiting me. Moon over Soho was a fantastic listen- the narration first class, the characterisation immaculate and the enjoyment paramount.

Following on nearly from book one- an almost seamless transition, we are immersed once again into the world of Peter Blake, Nightingale and their companions in the supernatural crimes of London.

Funnier than the first, I chuckled out loud at parts, I cannot find fault.

If you haven’t read the first I do recommend doing these in order- it does help as it’s like a never ending story so far.