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  • The Last Girl

  • By: Jane Casey
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

The teenage girl was the first victim. Her throat cut to the bone, she didn’t stand a chance. Her mother, at least, had time to fight back. Briefly. Called to the crime scene in leafy Wimbledon, Maeve Kerrigan’s first thought is that this is a domestic dispute gone badly. But the husband is found lying bleeding and unconscious in an upstairs room. As a criminal barrister he insists he’s the third victim rather than their prime suspect, even if he’s a man who makes enemies easily. The only other surviving family member is 15-year-old Lydia....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent police procedural

  • By Saffy on 21-09-13

Intricate plot

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

Reviewed: 13-04-19

Another excellent story in the series. This series is very good on motive and procedure. I thought I’d worked out, and although I guessed who the killer was, before the reveal towards the end, I spent the first two thirds of the story barking up the wrong motive tree. I recommend this series if you like good plots, detailed characterisation, and excellent narration. I do sometimes find the heroine highly irritating sometimes though.

  • Blue Monday

  • A Frieda Klein Novel, Book 1
  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 437

Monday, the lowest point of the week. A day of dark impulses. A day to snatch a child from the streets.... The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, psychotherapist Frieda Klein is left troubled: one of her patients has been relating dreams in which he has a hunger for a child. A child he can describe in perfect detail, a child the spitting image of Matthew. Detective Chief Inspector Karlsson doesn't take Frieda's concerns seriously until a link emerges with an unsolved abduction twenty years ago....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome first outing for a new series

  • By S. K. Doughty on 10-08-13

Bit predictable

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

Reviewed: 07-04-19

Unfortunately I guessed the both of the big reveals. I’m not sure I actually liked any of the characters, apart from Josef they were all rather cold and unemotional. However, it was a good plot and the narration was excellent.

  • Maybe This Time

  • By: Jill Mansell
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

When Mimi first visits her dad's new home in the Cotswolds, she falls in love with Goosebrook and the people who live there. (Well, maybe not snooty Henrietta, who lets Mimi walk miles in the rain rather than give her a lift.) There's Paddy, with his flashing eyes and seductive charm. Friendly and funny Lois makes Mimi laugh. And seriously gorgeous Cal is welcoming and charismatic. Though Mimi loves her city life and her career, she'd be very happy to return to Goosebrook if it means seeing more of him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen!

  • By si on 02-02-19

Mannered narrator

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

Reviewed: 26-03-19

This is a typical Jill Mansell story, no real surprises, but the characters are believable and it’s a modern tale. I found Imogen Church’s narration to be highly irritating at the start, and I nearly gave up. She has a very mannered way of speaking, with odd cadences, which she used for every character. It would have been more effective if just one of the characters spoke with the odd emphases, as it is they all speak like that which is really irritating. However I would like to congratulate the narrator on her various dialects and accents, they were excellent. Overall I sort of enjoyed this audiobook.

  • The Reckoning

  • By: Jane Casey
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

To the public, he’s a hero: a killer who targets convicted paedophiles. Two men are dead already - tortured to death. Even the police don’t regard the cases as a priority. Most feel that two dead paedophiles is a step in the right direction. But to DC Maeve Kerrigan, no one should be allowed to take the law into their own hands. Young and inexperienced, Kerrigan wants to believe that murder is murder no matter what the sins of the victim. Only, as the killer’s violence begins to escalate, she is forced to confront exactly how far she’s prepared to go to ensure justice is served….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Ann D on 05-02-15

Excellent plot

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

Reviewed: 21-03-19

Well developed, mostly likeable, characters and an intricate plot. None of my guesses were correct, which is unusual. I’m looking forward to hearing the others in this series.

  • The Dark Angel

  • Ruth Galloway Mysteries, Book 10
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574

Dr Ruth Galloway is flattered when she receives a letter from Italian archaeologist Dr Angelo Morelli, asking for her help. He's discovered a group of bones in a tiny hilltop village near Rome but doesn't know what to make of them. It's years since Ruth has had a holiday, and even a working holiday to Italy is very welcome!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen, excellent work!

  • By Jude on 09-02-18

Another great story

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

I’ve read or listened all the books up to this one and they rarely disappoint. I admit I find it hard to understand Ruth’s attraction to such a miserable self deluded man, apart from being a dour Lancastrian he doesn’t seem to have any personality. There are two strands to this story, and I did work most of it out. However, the English strand’s ending took me completely by surprise. These are very well written stories and the performance is perfect.

  • The Woman Who Walked into the Sea

  • By: Mark Douglas-Home
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Woman Who Walked into the Sea by Mark Douglas-Home, read by David Monteath. The daughter who nobody wanted learns the truth about the mother she never knew. Cal McGill is a unique investigator and oceanographer who uses his expertise to locate things - and sometimes people - lost or missing at sea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every bit as good as the first book

  • By Renka on 26-01-16

Well written and good performance

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

Reviewed: 26-02-19

This is the second book in the series, and although there isn’t as much oceanography in this story, it is very well written. The characters are well drawn, and the situation is believable. Every character behaves pretty much as I imagine a real person would. It’s a literate and absorbing story, and I’m looking forward to the next one. I am glad to hear No. 4 is in the pipeline.

  • Coming Home to Island House

  • By: Erica James
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

Summer 1939: After touring an unsettled Europe to promote her latest book, Romily Temple returns home to Island House and the love of her life, Jack Devereux. But when Jack falls ill, his estranged family are called to his bedside. With war now declared, each member of the family is reluctantly forced to accept their new stepmother and confront their own shortcomings. But can Romily cope with the life that has been so unexpectedly thrust upon her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always a good story teller

  • By Rosemary Gardner on 02-04-18

Excellent family saga

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

Really good characters, well drawn and believable with the exception of Arthur at the end. I felt the author got bored with him and couldn’t work out how his story should end.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,012
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,568

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 27-10-18

What I love about JKRowling’s books are the detailed plots, characterisations and information you get with each one. Each character is true to themselves, you understand the reasoning behind each decision they make and they’re as unpredictable in her stories as they are in real life. She manages to suck you in to Strike’s reality almost immediately and it is always believable. I throughly enjoyed this story and can’t wait for the next one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Straw

  • DCI Warren Jone, Book 1
  • By: Paul Gitsham
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

When Professor Alan Tunbridge is discovered in his office with his throat slashed, the suspects start queuing up. The brilliant but unpleasant microbiologist had a genius for making enemies. For Warren Jones, newly appointed Detective Chief Inspector to the Middlesbury force, a high-profile murder is the ideal opportunity. He’s determined to run a thorough and professional investigation but political pressure to resolve the case quickly and tensions in the office and at home make life anything but easy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nevertheless.......

  • By san2har on 14-09-18

Easy listen

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

Reviewed: 21-10-18

I quite enjoyed this, although I worked out whodunnit about halfway through which was a bit disappointing. The police characters were very well drawn. I will certainly give the second in the series a listen and see how I get on.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Killing Season

  • Violet Darger FBI Thriller Book 2
  • By: Tim McBain, L.T. Vargus
  • Narrated by: Kate Marcin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

Two days. Fourteen dead. The next victim could be you. The first bullet punches through the windshield of an SUV. A head shot. The driver's death is instantaneous. And it's only the beginning. A sniper along I-20 kills eight and causes a 36 car pileup. Brutal. Efficient. The next morning, the same individual stalks through a grocery store parking lot with a handgun. He takes out six innocent shoppers along with the store's front window before fleeing without a trace. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroine is a bit irritating

  • By Mrs CJ on 22-08-18

Heroine is a bit irritating

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

Reviewed: 22-08-18

I sort of enjoyed the story but must say I am a bit fed up with heroines who never act sensibly, never call for back up, and never let partners or others know where they’re going. We all know you should always let someone know where you are, especially when you’re hot on the trail of a serial killer. And for heavens sake, go to the hospital or get some sleep! I think this book has suffered because the last couple I’ve listened to have been littered with people acting irrationally. Having said that, the first two thirds held my attention and Kate Marvin is a terrific audio actress.