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  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 10-12
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

Here local priest Father Byrne meets his unexpected demise. Jack and Sarah investigate - who could harm the beloved Father? And what secrets did he take to the grave? The Cherringham Regatta is shaken when vandalism of boots turns into bloody murder. And when a murder suspect is freed from prison after 25 years, it's apparent someone in Cherringham wants him to continue serving his sentence - to death. But Jack and Sarah start to question... did he commit the crime in the first place?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love these stories

  • By linda on 21-03-17

Not the best of the series.

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

Reviewed: 14-02-19

The third episode may have been both the best and the worst episode so far in the series. Darker and more tense than usual (good) but also out of character stupid risk-taking (bad). Not the best piece of writing from Costello / Richards there...

Still a good mix of story material though.

Series is on the verge of getting a bit stagnant in spite of this. NO character development as yet.

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  • The Fog

  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

The peaceful life of a village in Wiltshire is suddenly shattered by a disaster which strikes without reason or explanation, leaving behind it a trail of misery and horror. A yawning, bottomless crack spreads through the earth, out of which creeps a fog that resembles no other. Whatever it is, it must be controlled; for wherever it goes it leaves behind a trail of disaster as hideous as the tragedy that marked its entry into the world. The fog, quite simple, drives people insane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great stuff

  • By M Henderson on 28-12-16

Good visceral horror action with one major caveat.

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

Reviewed: 13-02-19

You most likely know a bit of what you're going to get buying a James Herbert book. Lots of visceral horror action. That's fine. To be expected. What I did NOT like was the chapter with thoroughly unnecessary extremely graphic juvenile homosexual violence. No editor / publisher would have accepted that today (I hope).

Otherwise it's an enjoyable fast paced horror action book, excellently narrated by Sean Barrett.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 7-9
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 7 - 9: THE BODY IN THE LAKE, SNOWBLIND and PLAYING DEAD.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listenng

  • By Mrs. C. on 23-10-16

Again impressed by the variation of the stories.

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

Reviewed: 22-01-19

The writing duo of Costello and Richards continue to impress. Great variation to the stories and just the right tone for cosy mysteries. And of course Neil Dudgeon's narration is just the icing on the cake.

Great bitesize listening goodness.

  • Victory Disc

  • The Vinyl Detective, Book 3
  • By: Andrew Cartmel
  • Narrated by: Finlay Robertson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

When one of his cats accidentally discovers a rare Victory Disc, the Vinyl Detective and his girlfriend, Nevada, are whisked into the world of big band swing music and a mystery that began during the Second World War. Hired to track down the rest of the highly sought-after recordings of the Flare Path Orchestra, our hero will discover that the battles of the last world war aren’t over yet. And if all this sounds simple, it’s only because we haven’t mentioned drive-by shootings, murderous neo-Nazis, or that slight case of being buried alive....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!!

  • By GirlOnThePhone on 11-05-18

Very clever story.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-19

The good:
Very clever story. Not overly convoluted. Just very good.
Excellent narration.
Likable and vivid main characters.
Fanny, Turq and Abner the Zombie Cat.

The bad:
As in the previous books the protagonists ignores immense threats. Suspension of disbelief is needed.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 4-6
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village to find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 4 - 6: THICK AS THIEVES, LAST TRAIN TO LONDON and THE CURSE OF MABB'S FARM.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By Jane on 14-03-17

Unexpected variation.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

Continuing to listen to this very likable cosy series. What impresses me most (so far) is the variation of the stories. It's not just "villager killed - whodunnit?". The stories, plots, crimes and so on are very varied. Some great writing there.

I suspect that I'll eventually listen to the whole series.

  • Redemption Games

  • John Rain, Book 4
  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

After nearly dying while taking out a target in Hong Kong, Rain has a new employer, the Mossad, which wants him to fix a "problem" in Manila. He also has a new partner, Dox, whose good-ol'-boy persona masks a sniper as deadly as Rain himself. And he has a new hope: that by using his talents for something good, he might atone for all the lives he has taken. But when Rain's conscience causes him to botch the Manila hit, he finds out the next problem the Mossad wants fixed is himself. Is Delilah, his Mossad lover, coming to help him? Or was she sent to finish him off?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Character growth.

  • By Mike T. on 01-01-19

Character growth.

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

Good fairly simple story. What makes this book stand out is character growth. All the usual spy / assassin stuff you expect from a John Rain novel is here, but also a deepening of the characters. Not only Rain, but also Dox and Delilah.

Makes for an interesting continuation of the series. Will continue to follow it.

As before stellar narration from the author. Hands down the best author narration I've come across, save from some memoir readings.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 1-3
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 1 - 3: MURDER ON THAMES, MYSTERY AT THE MANOR and MURDER BY MOONLIGHT.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyable easy listening

  • By C on 06-11-16

Cosy indeed.

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

Almost too light reading, but likable protagonists and impossible to fault stories makes this a more than OK listen. It is flagged as a cosy series after all, and that it is. Very much so. Impossible to dislike. Each episode is just the right length for my daily commute.
Good narration as well.

  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

Recently, there had been some strange goings on at Styles St Mary. Evelyn, constant companion to old Mrs Inglethorp, had stormed out of the house muttering something about "a lot of sharks". And with her, something indefinable had gone from the atmosphere. Her presence had spelt security; now the air seemed rife with suspicion and impending evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous audiobook

  • By david llewellyn on 17-08-17

A good first Poirot outing.

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

Agatha Christie's first Poirot novel and I believe her first book altogether. Not at all bad considering. All the trademark whodunnit things (red herrings) are present. And of course "The Little Belgian" has already formed admirably. Only thing that is not quite up to her later Poirot novels quality, is that she uses a writer trope that I hate. Namely "I know something important, but I'm not telling you just yet". Not used excessively but enough to annoy me a little in a whodunnit.

Hugh Fraser's narration is great.

  • The Secret Adversary

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

Tommy and Tuppence embark on a daring business scheme: Young Adventurers Ltd. Their advertisement says they are "willing to do anything, go anywhere". But their first assignment, for the sinister Mr Whittington, plunges them into more danger than they ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nice thriller with delightful detectives

  • By Sheryl Mason on 15-05-14

Christie YA cozy...?

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

Reviewed: 29-12-18

First half of the book has a distinct YA feel to it. An not a very good one at that. The admittedly likable protagonists act naively in the extreme. Suspension of disbelief is needed. Or to quote a line in the book -"It reads like a dime novel".

Second half is better. More like Agatha Christie's usual writing. (I've read a LOT of her books). Red herrings galore and a nice whodunnit / "Who is Mr Brown" mystery.

This was only Christie's second book, so I suppose allowances must be given. Still - I'm sad to say I did not like this book.

Narration however is stellar. Hugh Fraser is great.

  • Ex-Purgatory

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

When he’s awake, George Bailey is just an ordinary man. Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life, curses the Los Angeles traffic, and clocks in at his job as a handyman at the local college. But when he sleeps, George dreams of something more. George dreams of flying. He dreams of fighting monsters. He dreams of a man made of pure lightning, an armored robot, a giant in an army uniform, a beautiful woman who moves like a ninja.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Different,but good different

  • By Simon on 30-04-14

Cool story idea dragged out too far.

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

Reviewed: 26-12-18

And I mean dragged out WAY too far. The cool idea would have been fine as an prologue or even as the beginning of a book. But it's almost the whole book, and pretty dull and repetitive at that, after the first "what's happening" novelty settles.

Jay Snyder's narration is great as always, but the book as a whole is a major disappointment. I realize that Peter Clines tried something different, and that's OK, but he overdid it and made the book unenjoyable. Too bad. I loved the first three books in the series.