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  • In the Dark

  • DI Fawley, Book 2
  • By: Cara Hunter
  • Narrated by: Lee Ingleby, Emma Cunniffe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

A woman and child are found locked in a basement room, barely alive. No-one knows who they are - the woman can't speak, and there are no missing persons reports that match their profile. The elderly man who owns the house claims he has never seen them before. The inhabitants of the quiet Oxford street are in shock - how could this happen right under their noses? But DI Adam Fawley knows that nothing is impossible. And that no-one is as innocent as they seem....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real treat

  • By Linda on 21-07-18

Foul language assailing the ears

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

Whilst the story and narration were good I cannot recommend this book as it was littered with foul language which is much more annoying when listening to a book than reading it. I am not a prude but gratuitous foul language adds nothing to a story, I think it detracts. I don’t recall such bad language in the first D.I. Fawley book so was disappointed. I won’t be buying any more of Cara Hunter’s books from Audible and have returned this one.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in Blue

  • The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 8
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 781

The murder of women priests in the shrine town of Walsingham sucks Dr. Ruth Galloway into an unholy investigation. Ruth's friend, Cathbad, is housesitting in Walsingham, a Norfolk village famous as a centre for pilgrimages to the Virgin Mary. One night, Cathbad sees a strange vision in the graveyard beside the cottage: a young woman dressed in blue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A subtle change of direction for Ruth?

  • By Maggie on 11-02-16

Not the best in the series

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

Reviewed: 18-02-16

I had eagerly awaited this book but unfortunately the religious detail bored me to the point that eventually I was fast forwarding to try and avoid it. That of course could have meant that I missed some important interaction between Ruth and Neilsen, but having listened to the last few chapters in full I obviously didn't. I will therefore, for only the second time, be returning a book to Audible as I didn't really enjoy it. The narrator, Jane McDowell, was fine hence the 4 star for performance.

  • The Cleansing

  • DCI Tom Caton Manchester Murder Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Bill Rogers
  • Narrated by: Michael Troughton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 199

Introducing Detective Chief Inspector Tom Caton. Christmas approaches. A killer dressed as a clown haunts the streets of Manchester. For him the City’s miraculous regeneration had unacceptable consequences. This is the reckoning. DCI Tom Caton enlists the help of forensic profiler Kate Webb, placing her in mortal danger.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Can't listen. Errors in narration!

  • By theasmum on 19-09-15

GOOD FIRST OF WHAT HOPEFULLY IS A SERIES

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

Reviewed: 29-03-15

What made the experience of listening to The Cleansing the most enjoyable?

It was a pleasant change to read a male author who doesn't need to pepper his story with gratuitous foul language unlike several books I have read recently. Unfortunately, Audible do not seem willing or able to add a note in the write up of a book that it contains a lot of offensive language.

Any additional comments?

Will look out for Book 2.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Soul of Discretion

  • Simon Serrailler Book 8
  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642

The cathedral town of Lafferton seems idyllic, but in many ways it is just like any other place. As part of the same rapidly changing world, it shares the same hopes and fears, and the same kinds of crime, as any number of towns up and down the land.When one day DC Simon Serrailler is called in by Lafferton's new Chief Constable, Kieron Bright, he is met by four plainclothes officers. He is asked to take the lead role in a complex, potentially dangerous undercover operation and must leave town immediately.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's dark, this one

  • By Sal on 08-10-14

Another Serrailler gem

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

Reviewed: 11-10-14

What made the experience of listening to The Soul of Discretion the most enjoyable?

Good narration and the main plot with the added Michelle, Rachel and Judith by-lines

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Soul of Discretion?

The final sentence.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and actually did so on a very long coach trip from Newquay, Cornwall to my home in north Wales. As it reached its climax I didn't mind that we were stuck in traffic.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Disappeared

  • Coroner Jenny Cooper, Book 2
  • By: Matthew Hall
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Two young British students, Nazim Jamal and Rafi Hassan vanish without a trace. The police tell their parents that the boys had been under surveillance, that it was likely they left the country to pursue their dangerous new ideals. Seven years later, Nazim’s grief-stricken mother is still unconvinced. Jenny Cooper is her last hope. Jenny is finally beginning to settle into her role as coroner for the Severn Valley; the ghosts of her past that threatened to topple her, banished to the sidelines once more.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nearly four stars

  • By Mrs V on 24-09-11

Another gem

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

Reviewed: 30-05-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Disappeared to be better than the print version?

Since buying an iPod some years ago I don't read the printed versions of the books I have downloaded for listening, but have no doubt that the printed version is as excellent.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Disappeared?

As usual it was when Jenny gets the truth.

What about Sian Thomas’s performance did you like?

Her interpretation of Jenny Cooper seems to be perfect so please do not change the narrator. Her voice has no affectations which can be really irritating in some books.

  • A Question of Identity

  • Simon Serrailler, Book 7
  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392

Duchess of Cornwall Close: sheltered accommodation, a mix of bungalows and flats, newly built and not quite finished. Despite the bitterly cold weather, elderly residents are moving in. Then, one snowy night, an old lady is murdered - dragged from her bed and strangled with a length of flex. DCS Simon Serrailler and his team are aware of bizarre circumstances surrounding her death, but keep some details secret while they desperately search for a match. All they know is that the killer will strike again, and will once more leave the same tell-tale signature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable read

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-11-12

Start with Book1

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

Reviewed: 07-05-14

What made the experience of listening to A Question of Identity the most enjoyable?

Just being brought up to date with Simon, his love life and his family, with, once again, a very enjoyable story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Coroner

  • Coroner Jenny Cooper, Book 1
  • By: Matthew Hall
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

When lawyer Jenny Cooper is appointed Severn Vale District Coroner, she’s hoping for a quiet life and space to recover from a traumatic divorce. But the office she inherits from the recently deceased Harry Marshall contains neglected files hiding dark secrets and a trail of buried evidence. Could the tragic death in custody of a young boy be linked to the apparent suicide of a teenage prostitute and the fate of Marshall himself? Jenny’s curiosity is aroused. Why was Marshall behaving so strangely before he died?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Read

  • By Louisa on 12-07-10

EXCELLENT READ

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

Reviewed: 07-05-14

Where does The Coroner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have read and listened to many books over the past 67 years and this ranked with some of the best. I nearly didn't download it because of one reviewer's comments but I am so glad I gave it a try. I am looking forward to listening to the others in the series.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that I had to keep listening.

  • Agatha Raisin: Hiss and Hers

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 23
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

Agatha has fallen in love - again. This time it's the local gardener, George Marston, she has her eye on. But competition for his attention abounds. With her shameless determination Agatha will do anything to get her man - including footing the bill for a charity ball in town just for the chance to dance with him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Enjoyable Tale

  • By Jane on 23-12-12

Another gem

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-13

I love Aggie and Penelope Keith's characterisation of her in all the Agatha Raisin books. Can't wait for the next.

  • Murder to Music

  • Libby Sarjeant Mystery
  • By: Lesley Cookman
  • Narrated by: Deryn Edwards
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

In her eighth case, amateur detective Libby Sarjeant and her psychic investigator friend Fran Castle are invited to look into a house that is reputedly haunted. For once, Libby can be as nosy as she likes without being accused of getting in the way of a police investigation. However, when they unearth 50-year-old graves in the gardens, the police are bound to cramp their style. Someone alive today doesn’t want them interfering either, and their lives are in danger as they try to unravel the mystery of a ghost who plays Debussy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a different narrator

  • By Mrs. K. I. Richards on 30-01-15

Awful interpretation of Libby

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-13

Usual enjoyable story from Lesley Cookman spoilt rather by the narrator's interpretation of Libby and Fran's characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder at the Manor

  • Libby Sarjeant Mystery
  • By: Lesley Cookman
  • Narrated by: Deryn Edwards
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Steeple Martin sleuth Libby Sarjeant and her partner Ben are hosting a writers’ weekend reunion at Ben’s family home, The Manor, when a body is discovered in the grounds. Even though Scotland Yard is on the case, Libby feels impelled to investigate a murder on her home patch. Their enquiries take Libby and her psychic investigator friend Fran Castle to historic Dorset, where they uncover a complex web of writers’ jealousies that has further tragic consequences before Libby uses all her wiles to get at the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator

  • By Gwen Owen on 29-03-13

Narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-13

I agree with the other review this narrator's impression of both Libby, Fran, Ben and Ian is very distracting. Bring back Patience Tomlinson please!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful