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Jonathan Andrews

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  • Hope to Die

  • DS Nathan Cody, Book 2
  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435

On a bitterly cold winter's night, Liverpool is left stunned by a brutal murder in the grounds of the city's Anglican Cathedral. A killer is on the loose, driven by a chilling rage. Put on the case, DS Nathan Cody is quickly stumped. Wherever he digs, the victim seems to be almost angelic - no one has a bad word to say, let alone a motive for such a violent murder. And Cody has other things on his mind, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gobsmacked

  • By Jackie Cody on 09-04-17

Enjoyable but a bit fed up with the clowns

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

Reviewed: 15-06-17

I quite enjoyed this book and it was good to listen to. The only thing I would say is if you haven't read the preceding book or like me can't remember it you are rather lost at times to know what on earth is going on.
The leading man Cody isn't really a very likeable character and there are many times I feel like shaking him and shouting get a grip.
It also seemed a rather long book with long passages of description and detail but then it suddenly finished rather unexpectedly.
I will be interested in further from this author.

  • Gamble

  • By: Felix Francis
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

As one of the youngest ever winners of the Grand National, Nick ‘Foxy’ Foxton’s career as a world-class jockey is on perfect track until a near-fatal accident cuts his dream brutally short. But when he returns to Aintree as a spectator years later, nothing can prepare him for what unfolds. Minutes before the biggest event on the racing calendar, Nick’s affable American colleague Herb Kovak is shot at point-blank range, the gunman disappearing among the stunned crowd.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His father's son

  • By Gordon on 07-01-12

Over complicated

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

Reviewed: 31-05-17

Have been a Dick Francis fan for years and loved the balance of intrigue, mystery, different relationships between people and romance in his books together with all the fascinating stuff about being in the world of horse racing This novel shows where Felix is so different as the balance seems to be gone and parts of the storyline felt superfluous. Certain parts also felt very familiar and I'm sure have been previously used by Dick in other books..
This one also had long and boring sections of romance ( think Mills and Boon) and illness just to increase the pain. At times it felt like a medical text book and really was completely unnecessary for the plot or story line.in conclusion worth a punt if your a real Dick Francis fan but bear in mind it wasn't written by him and hopefully you won't be disappointed.

  • The Girl Before

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,858
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,847

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping thriller

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-17

Good listen

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

Reviewed: 30-05-17

Overall I enjoyed this book especially once I'd got used to the bouncing back and forth in time. The characters were interesting although I agree with other reviewers that it was a bit too 50 shades of grey for my liking. The sex scenes didn't really contribute to the story line and I could have done well without them. Clever plot and unexpected ending.

  • Refusal

  • A Dick Francis Novel
  • By: Felix Francis
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Six years ago, investigator Sid Halley retired for good. He’d been harassed, beaten, shot, even lost a hand to his investigating business, and enough was enough. For the sake of his wife and new daughter he gave up that life of danger and uncertainty, and he thought nothing would ever lure him back into the game. He thought wrong. Sir Richard Stewart, chairman of the racing authority, begs Sid to investigate a series of dodgy races. Sid adamantly refuses, but the following day, Sir Richard is found dead under suspicious circumstances.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful pastiche of the Dick Francis style

  • By Charles on 22-03-15

Not bad

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

Reviewed: 28-05-17

This book has a reasonable story line and conclusion with as always good winning out over evil. Although v similar to Dicks books I find Francis s lack something that I can't quite put my finger on and this is one of those.
Sids wife in the prior books was feisty and strong but in this so wet I forgot I had met her before. Part of the story line appeared superfluous but it may have been there to allow a further Sid Halley episode to be written. Not a bad listen but not brilliant either.

  • A Dark So Deadly

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766

Welcome to the Misfit Mob... It's where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can't get rid of but wants to: the outcasts, the troublemakers, the compromised. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So when an ancient mummy turns up at the Oldcastle tip, it's his job to find out which museum it's been stolen from. But then Callum uncovers links between his ancient corpse and three missing young men, and life starts to get a lot more interesting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely amazing

  • By Andromeda's Twin on 24-04-17

Excellent and unexpected

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

Reviewed: 26-05-17

Although rather long at 20 hours this is a great listen. The characters and the relationships between them are great. It made me laugh throughout as the dialogue is really funny. The story is also good but secondary to the characters. This one is well worth listening to.

  • Sometimes I Lie

  • By: Alice Feeney
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,257

"My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me. I'm in a coma. My husband doesn't love me anymore. Sometimes I lie." Unnerving, twisted and utterly compelling, you won't be able to put this new thriller down. Set to be the most talked about book in 2017, it's perfect for fans of Behind Closed Doors, The Girl on the Train and The Widow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read/listen

  • By Annie Tompkins on 30-03-17

Need to concentrate with this one

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

This is a complicated storyline told at different stages and constantly moving between these stages. I found it surprisingly gripping and listened to it in long stretches as I wanted to get to the bottom of it.
It's quite long but do stick with it it's worth it.

  • The Sixth Window

  • DCI Tom Douglas
  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117

Eighteen months after Natalie Gray loses her husband, Bernie, in a horrific hit and run accident, she finds love with his best friend, Ed Cooper, and moves into his home with her teenage daughter, Scarlett. But she begins to suspect Ed has a dark side - and even darker intentions. Natalie must get her troubled child to a safer place, but when Scarlett starts to hear voices coming from the empty apartment next door it seems she has unwittingly moved them into the heart of danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, bad narration

  • By Lulu M on 01-05-17

Riveting!

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

Reviewed: 23-04-17

This is an excellent listen which has kept me hooked for the whole weekend. The characters are excellent to form opinions on and the story not over complicated but extremely good. I really enjoyed this and am already missing it now it's finished.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • What Remains

  • David Raker, Book 6
  • By: Tim Weaver
  • Narrated by: Ben Allen
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 253

Colm Healy used to be one of the Met's best detectives. Until, haunted by the unsolved murders of a mother and her twin daughters, his life was left in ruins. Missing persons investigator David Raker is the only friend Healy has left. The only one who understands that redemption rests on solving these murders. Their search will unravel a thread of tragedy spanning years and will force them to sacrifice everything they have left....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What Remains....

  • By Salter on 17-05-17

Endless

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

I don't think these are my style of books. It seemed endless with all sorts of almost ends but it then carried on. The reader has a nice voice which frankly I found very soporific and kept falling asleep when the story failed to grab my attention which was most of the time.
I wanted to slap both heroes much of the time and found most of the characters irritating and boring. I won't be attempting any more of these.

  • 5th Horseman: The Women's Murder Club, Book 5

  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Pat Starr
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

The 5th novel in James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series. A young mother is recuperating in a top San Francisco hospital when suddenly she's gasping for breath. The call button fails to bring help in time. How and why did this happen? With help from the newest member of the Women's Murder Club, Yuki Castellano, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer discovers that this is not the hospital's first suspicious case. Other patients have taken unexpected and devastating turns for the worse just as they're planning to go home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good tale, awful narration.

  • By Christina V. on 06-08-16

Not that exciting

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

Reviewed: 27-11-16

Not a bad listen as the reader does an excellent job. I found the story rather slow and a bit predictable in all honesty but pleasant to listen to all the same.

  • The Skin Collector

  • Lincoln Rhyme, Book 11
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 330

They have never seen a murder like it. A talented tattoo artist is using poison instead of ink. His victim is a young woman. And on her skin he's left a message: 'the second'. Drafted in to investigate, NYPD detective Lincoln Rhyme and his associate Amelia Sachs find the scene has been scrubbed of evidence. All except for one trace - a scrap of paper that connects this case with one they will never forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rhyme and Sachs just get better and better!

  • By Pauline on 28-10-14

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

I love these books. This one weaves a fantastic plot with a number of surprises dotted throughout.
Listened to it over a couple of days and truly enjoyed it and thought the conclusion was very satisfying. Would strongly recommend.