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  • Beware the Past

  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

When Matt Ballard was starting out his career, three boys were murdered in the same area, the remote and bleak Gibbet Fen. When the main suspect was killed in a hit-and-run, the killings stopped. But Matt was not satisfied that the real murderer had been caught. Over 25 years later, Matt gets a photo in an unmarked envelope. It's of the Gibbet Fen crime scene. And the picture was taken before the murder took place. More photos arrive, relating to the historic murders, as well as intimate pictures of Matt's very secret private life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • love Joy Ellis hated this -

  • By Gen on 22-07-18

Really engaging story, well told by the Narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

I really liked this police story and couldn’t stop listening, an excellent and different story. I did spot the protagonist quite early on, which is unusual for me but it didn’t in any way spoil the complex story. Recommended.

  • The One

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Vicky Hall, Simon Bubb, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047

How far would you go to find The One? One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner - the one you're genetically made for. A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking - and deadlier - than others....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I absolutely loved this book!!

  • By Daisy on 02-06-17

Fascinating story, several strands

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

Reviewed: 27-12-18

An interesting concept, very plausible. Enjoyed the various strands and scenarios, far fetched maybe but enjoyable all the same. Kept me engaged right till the end.

  • The Girls

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister, Amelie Jewell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 662

You live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. You’ve known your neighbours for years, and you trust them. Implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really? On a midsummer’s night, a 13-year-old girl is found unconscious in a dark corner of the garden square. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Weak in several parts

  • By Giftgiver on 14-11-16

Very different

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

Reviewed: 25-12-18

A very different story, I really liked the way it wasn’t what it seemed . I really though, don’t understand the use of nasal voices (sorry I know it was a child’s voice and that sounds mean, but I don’t like it). Other than that an interesting story.

  • The Last Thing She Told Me

  • By: Linda Green
  • Narrated by: Sarah Durham, Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620

Moments before she dies, Nicola's grandmother Betty whispers to her that there are babies at the bottom of the garden. Nicola's mother claims she was talking nonsense. However, when Nicola's daughter finds a bone while playing in Betty's garden, it's clear that something sinister has taken place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

  • By Ciara on 12-11-18

Very engaging story, superb writing

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

I really enjoyed this story and had to listen until the end. A sad subject matter but so well written and read. An excellent listen

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Head in the Sand

  • By: Damien Boyd
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

The discovery of a severed head in a golf course bunker triggers a frantic race to find a serial killer that brings the town of Burnham-on-Sea to a standstill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Nick Dixon has HIS head in the sand

  • By Andromeda's Twin on 19-04-15

Good detective story

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

Reviewed: 29-10-18

Enjoyed this story, short but intriguing, kept me guessing until the end. Good narration, will definitely get more from this author

  • Don't Make a Sound

  • Nathan Cody, Book 3
  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798

You can't choose your family. Or can you? Meet the Bensons. A pleasant enough couple. They keep themselves to themselves. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy. There's just one problem. Daisy doesn't belong to the Bensons. They stole her. And now they've decided that Daisy needs a little brother or sister. DS Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jackson Makes it a Hat Trick!

  • By Simon on 08-05-18

Superb story, with a surprising ending

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

Reviewed: 27-09-18

A very good story, with a few laugh out loud moments in all the tension. The subject matter is upsetting, but the story is well written and very well delivered. I really enjoyed this third story in this series of detective novels and will be looking out for the next.

  • A Place of Execution

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Paddy Glynn
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735

In the Peak District village of Scarsdale, 13-year-old girls didn’t just run away. So when Alison Carter vanished in the winter of '63, everyone knew it was a murder. Catherine Heathcote remembers the case well - a child herself when Alison vanished. Now a journalist, she persuades DI George Bennett to speak of the hunt for Alison. But when a fresh lead emerges, Bennett tries to stop the story - plunging Catherine into a world of buried secrets and revelations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 'Nice'

  • By Kathleen M Moon on 18-12-15

Brilliant story

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

I was hooked very quickly. I caught on to some extent what had happened but the denouement was quite something. I enjoyed the narration, finding the voiceover very convincing. This is my first book by Val and it won’t be the last.

  • The Guilty One

  • By: Lisa Ballantyne
  • Narrated by: Hugh Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Daniel Hunter has spent years defending lost causes as a solicitor in London. But his life changes when he is introduced to Sebastian, an 11-year-old accused of murdering an innocent young boy. As he plunges into the muddy depths of Sebastian's troubled home life, Daniel thinks back to his own childhood in foster care - and to Minnie, the woman who adopted him and whose love saved him, until she, too, betrayed him so badly that he cut her out of his life. But what crime did Minnie commit that made Daniel disregard her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Val on 15-10-12

Odd narration, interesting story

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

I agree with others that the narration is odd, very stilted and rather off putting, but I stuck it out as the story was decent. I don’t think I’d listen to any further stories with this narrator as this is not fluid enough for me.

  • Shadow over the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 2
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

Detective Nikki Galena's friend and neighbor meets a tragic end, but there's more to his death than meets the eye. And someone terrible from DS Joseph Easter's past is back.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Total landslide. Lancashire isn't Lincolnshire.

  • By Pen Name on 19-02-17

Good story

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

Reviewed: 25-07-18

I liked the story and the characters, my problem is the narrator’s accent and pronunciation. I really cringed at some common words (place names, eg Gallipoli) and several ordinary words being spoken as though by someone reading but who had never heard the word before. Very off putting to a pedant like me. The accent is one I’ve never heard before, and I’ve lived in the East Midlands. Very odd and guttural. Spoiled it a bit for me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Watching You

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,337

Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched. Nothing she can quite put her finger on - a whisper of breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye - and now her life is frozen. Her husband Daniel has been missing for more than a year. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin. Joe is concerned by Marnie's reluctance to talk about the past, but then she discovers a book packed with pictures, interviews with friends, former teachers, old flames and workmates Daniel was preparing for her birthday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First class thriller

  • By Kirstine on 13-09-13

A really different kind of story

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

I really enjoyed this story, the narrative had me engaged from the beginning and I didn’t guess the various twists and turns, which I always enjoy. The stories are sufficiently complex to keep the interest but without too many gory details to cause too many sleepless nights. An unusual tale but I like this author and the protagonists and am really enjoying dipping into this series, not in any specific order.