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Sowerby Bridge, United Kingdom
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  • The Reckoning

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 376

Pete Banning was Clanton's favourite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbour and a faithful member of the Methodist Church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murder wasn't shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete's only statement about it - to the sheriff, to his defense attorney, to the judge, to his family and friends and to the people of Clanton - was 'I have nothing to say'. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham Grinds to a Halt!

  • By Simon on 24-10-18

Nearly So Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 28-11-18

John Grisham is a brilliant story teller and for 98 per cent of this book, I was hooked. I enjoyed it and learned a lot about pre-war USA and World War Two that I didn't know. Grisly but riveting stuff. Beautifully narrated.
And then (SPOILER ALERT) the ending. I presume Grisham's making a point or trying to make the reader think...but that's not why I read Grisham books. I want to be entertained and, ultimately, satisfied. But this ending came out of nowhere. I feel cheated after dedicating over 17 hours to listening to the story. Sigh.

  • The Fifth to Die

  • A Detective Porter Novel
  • By: J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by: James Alexander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

In the midst of one of the worst winters Chicago has seen in years, the body of missing teenager Ella Reynolds is discovered under the surface of a frozen lake. She’s been missing for three weeks...the lake froze over three months ago. Detective Sam Porter and his team are brought in to investigate, but it’s not long before another girl goes missing. The press believes the serial killer Anson Bishop has struck again, but Porter knows differently. The deaths are too different. There’s a new killer on the loose.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but awful narration

  • By Gayle on 17-08-18

Bleak thriller but even bleaker narration

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

Reviewed: 23-07-18

This is a particularly bleak serial killer story...perhaps a little too closely linked to the first book in the series...but it is completely ruined by the narration. James Alexander could even make Happy Birthday sound like a death sentence. There's plenty of light and shade in the writing and absolutely none in the narration. Alexander even makes the chapter numbers turgid. What a shame. What a disappointment.
The more I listen, the more the narrator gets on my nerves. His speech...is...slow - the book would probably be nearer 12 hours with a decent narrator. He also emphasises THE wrong word - like a morbid Chandler Bing. I never want another...book...READ by this man.
Okay: spoiler alert
This isn't a stand-alone story. As well as having to catch up on the first book, it's also unresolved at the end. Fortunately, I don't care enough to buy the next one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nobody Gets Hurt

  • By: RJ Bailey
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

'Tell Mum I miss her.' Bodyguard Sam Wylde has had her British licence revoked. She is now operating in Europe, running security on a swanky motor yacht during the Historic Grand Prix race. And at the same time she trawls for news of her ex-husband and daughter. In fact, the owner of the boat is bankrupt and the bank wants the multimillion-dollar vessel back. Sam is in the middle of a very dangerous situation that is rapidly escalating out of control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Took a chance in this book and loved it

  • By Mr. J. Lovett on 24-01-18

Wanted to like it more.

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

The only thing that stops this book being enjoyable for me is Imogen Church's narration. Most of the time she's fine - good, even - but when she has to perform a male in power it reminds me of nothing more than a small child trying to mimic a pompous adult. She puts on a ridiculous voice and tends to...speak...very...slowly. Pity.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hellbent

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623

To some he was Orphan X. Others knew him as the Nowhere Man. But to veteran spymaster Jack Johns, he was a boy named Evan Smoak. Taken from an orphanage, Evan was raised inside a top secret programme designed to turn him into a deadly weapon. Jack became his instructor, mentor, teacher and guardian. Because for all the dangerous skills he instilled in his young charge, he also cared for Evan like a son. And now Jack needs Evan’s help....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By ben on 16-03-18

What a Disappointment.

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

Having really enjoyed the first two Orphan X books, the overwhelming mawkish sentimentality in this overwhelmed the story. Sorry. Hated it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Spy's Daughter

  • By: Adam Brookes
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

The stunning third novel from multiaward-nominated author Adam Brookes is paranoid, tense and spy fiction at its very finest. In many ways Pearl Tao was a typical American child. She spent summer days at the pool, played softball and lingered at suburban barbecues in her home city of Washington, DC. Yet she is also an academic prodigy, with a university place sponsored by a secretive advanced technology corporation. Only now, aged 19, has she begun to understand the terrifying truth of what her role is to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Le Carre's True Heir?

  • By Laney on 06-02-18

Le Carre's True Heir?

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

There've been many claimants to be the true heir to John le Carre...and Adam Brookes is up there with any of them. His protagonist isn't James Bond but a flawed, rounded character being manipulated by higher authorities, with dubious values and moral compasses. Right doesn't always win out. Colin Mace's narration brings life to a range of characters, male and female, of different nationalities and ages. All in all, worthy of five stars.

  • Now We Are Dead

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424

Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel got caught fitting up Jack Wallace - that's why they demoted her and quashed his sentence. Now he's back on the streets, and women are being attacked again. Wallace has to be responsible, but if Detective Sergeant Steel goes anywhere near him, his lawyers will get her thrown off the force for good. The Powers That Be won't listen to her, not after what happened last time. According to them, she's got more than enough ongoing cases to keep her busy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fudge Flavoured Wombles in Tartan Noir

  • By Simon on 03-11-17

Gloriously funny - if you like bad taste!

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

Reviewed: 28-01-18

These must be the most un-PC police officers around, which makes for sparkling witty dialogue - a very pleasant change from some of the dour police procedure stories out there. My biggest concern with the story is that the central crime - and this isn't a spoiler - is a series of nasty, vicious rapes but that this seems to very much take a back seat to the writer's enjoyment of the interchange between the characters. There's also a huge plot point, which the police don't seem to recognise for some time, even though I spotted it immediately - and, for once, proved to be right. It's a pity because otherwise the book was totally enjoyable...There are references some people might not get - and if you're of a delicate disposition don't google 'felching', especially before a meal.

  • From the Cradle

  • By: Mark Edwards, Louise Voss
  • Narrated by: James Clamp
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 457

When Helen and Sean Phillips go out for the evening, leaving their teenage daughter babysitting little Frankie, they have no idea that they are about to face every parent's greatest fear. Detective Inspector Patrick Lennon is hopeful that the three children who have been abducted in this patch of south-west London will be returned safe and well. But when a body is found in a local park, Lennon realizes that time is running out - and that nothing in this case is as it seems.…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but not brilliant

  • By Mrs yvie on 14-02-16

Contrivance, Coincidence Cobblers

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

Reviewed: 31-12-17

What disappointed you about From the Cradle?

The story starts well enough with every parent's nightmare...a young child being snatched. And it progresses well enough, with a troubled detective and red herrings - so far, so predictable.
But the end...
The story suddenly escalates out of all proportion...and the plot contrivances and convenient coincidences really bring the whole edifice crashing down.

What didn’t you like about James Clamp’s performance?

The narrator battled vainly with various accents and, sadly, was defeated.

  • While You Were Sleeping

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 570

Tara Logan adores her perfect little family: husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and 11-year-old Spencer. But her happiness is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee Jacobs' bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them. And worse - he has been stabbed to death. Convinced she didn't kill Lee, Tara flees home and stays silent, holding her breath as the investigation grips the neighbourhood.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Arghhh terrible narration

  • By Pam on 23-03-17

Lies and more lies

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

Reviewed: 24-12-17

What did you like best about While You Were Sleeping? What did you like least?

This is a whodunnit that will keep you guessing, if not until the end, then close to it - but that's largely because everyone lies and behaves badly...and, to be frank, I couldn't have cared less about any of them.

Has While You Were Sleeping put you off other books in this genre?

I don't know about putting me off other books of this genre but it's certainly put me off other books by this author.

  • Heartbreak Hotel

  • Alex Delaware, Book 32
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

At nearly 100 years old, Thalia Mars is a far cry from the patients child psychologist Alex Delaware normally treats. But the charming, witty woman convinces Alex to meet with her in a suite at the Aventura, a luxury hotel with a checkered history. What Thalia wants from Alex are answers to unsettling questions about guilt, patterns of criminal behavior, victim selection. When Alex asks the reason for her morbid fascination, Thalia promises to tell all during their next session.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • tedious, dreary

  • By Laney on 07-03-17

tedious, dreary

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

What disappointed you about Heartbreak Hotel?

The whole story just plodded along.

What was most disappointing about Jonathan Kellerman’s story?

The characters left me completely cold, as they trudged through a trail of boring crime.

What didn’t you like about John Rubinstein’s performance?

And then there's the narrator. How laboured do you want to be? If there was any excitement in the plot or the characters, he sucked it all out.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I'm disappointed with myself that I persevered with it. Really, really poor. Won't be bothering with Jonathan Kellerman or - more particularly - anything narrated by John Rubinstein.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Broken Promise

  • By: Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by: Quincy Dunn Baker, Brian O'Neill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 464

The morning it all started, newspaper reporter David Harwood had plenty to worry about. A single parent with no job, forced to return with his young son to the small town of Promise Falls to live with his parents, the future wasn't looking too rosy. So when his mother asked him to look in on his cousin, Marla, who was still not quite right after losing her baby, it was almost a relief to put the disaster his own life had become to one side. The relief wouldn't last long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Barclay !

  • By Andrea on 13-10-15

Don't Get Fooled

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

Reviewed: 23-04-16

What disappointed you about Broken Promise?

If you don't mind signing up for a series - and by that I mean buying a series - then you might even enjoy this. However, I predicted the outcome of the main plot very early on...and the sub-plots were never resolved, being left open for the second - and who knows, maybe third, fourth, fifth books and so on. Completely annoying.