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J. Prothero

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  • Real Tigers

  • Slough House, Book 3
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466

London's Slough House is where disgraced MI5 operatives are reassigned to spend the rest of their spy careers pushing paper. But when one of these 'slow horses' is kidnapped by a former soldier bent on revenge, the agents uncover a larger web of intrigue that involves not only a group of private mercenaries but also the highest authorities in the Security Service.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Undiluted enjoyment

  • By Earnest on 10-03-16

A brilliant pairing

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

Reviewed: 20-10-18

With Mick Herron’ superb stories and dark humour, combined with Sean Barrett’s peerless reading - what’s not to relish and adore 5* every time

  • The Sentinel

  • Vengeance of Memory, Book 1
  • By: Mark Oldfield
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
  • Length: 20 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

In 1953, Comandante Leo Guzmán is head of a secret police unit whose job is to hunt down enemies of the state. Guzmán’s brutal tactics are simple and effective: everyone is suspect. In 2009, on a blazing summer's day in the hills near Madrid, Ana María Galindez, a Guardia Civil forensic scientist, examines what she thinks is just another Civil War grave. Fifteen bodies are hidden in an abandoned mine shaft, and forensics reveal that the killings took place sometime in the early 1950s. The identity of the suspected murderer? Comandante Leo Guzmán.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Unbelievable and fantastic. Easy 5 Star

  • By Gavingks on 01-11-12

What a brilliant story

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

Reviewed: 13-02-18

What a delight - a lng story but completely captivating, superbly read and a very delicious ending. 5* without question

  • Nor All Your Tears

  • By: Keith McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

July, 1977. Lance’s eccentric father, the retired Dr Benjamin Elliott, has been running a Horticultural Club at local Bensham Manor School, a good deed he decided to take on to impress Ada Clarke, the head dinner lady at the school. One summer’s evening, Lance and his girlfriend Max turn up for the school’s parents evening to show their support of the elder Dr Elliott’s efforts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keith McCarthy and Sean Barrett...

  • By J. Prothero on 05-01-18

Keith McCarthy and Sean Barrett...

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

....what’s not to love. A match made in heaven. An intelligent, amusing and irreverent crime story perfectly narrated, as always, by Sean Barrett.

My only complaint? I have now completed all of Keith McCarthy’s novels. I knew I should have paced myself.

  • A Woman Unknown

  • By: Frances Brody
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

The Woman Unknown: Deirdre Fitzpatrick is married to a man who wants to know where she really goes when supposedly taking care of her sick mother and calls on the expertise of Kate Shackleton, amateur sleuth extraordinaire, to investigate. The Gentleman: Everett Runcie is a banker facing ruin and disgrace. His American heiress wife will no longer pay for his mistakes or tolerate his infidelity and is seeking a divorce.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listening

  • By HelenM on 07-09-18

A joy

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

Reviewed: 26-12-17

An intelligent and entertaining story from Frances Brady, which has been perfectly read by Anne Dover. A true and entertaining pleasure

  • An Uncertain Place

  • By: Fred Vargas
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Commissaire Adamsberg leaves Paris for a three-day conference in London. Accompanying him are Estalere, a young sergeant, and Commandant Danglard, who is terrified at the idea of travelling beneath the Channel. It is a welcome change of scenery, until a macabre and brutal case comes to the attention of their colleague Radstock from New Scotland Yard.Just outside the gates of the baroque Highgate Cemetery a pile of shoes is found. Not so strange in itself, but the shoes contain severed feet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful as always

  • By Yonyon on 21-08-17

Heaven

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

What a brilliant read/listen. A great story superbly realised by David Rintoul. Highly recommended 🤓

  • Dying to Know

  • By: Keith McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

October, 1975. When Dr Lance Elliot receives a call from his elderly father to say he has been arrested for arson, he can hardly believe it. Especially when he discovers that the intended victim was his father’s neighbour, Oliver Lightoller, with whom his father has a long-running feud. But things quickly take a dark turn when Lance stumbles across Lightoller’s body, which has been pinned by an old sword to an office chair in the dead man’s South London antiques shop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A faultless good read

  • By J. Prothero on 22-11-17

A faultless good read

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

Reviewed: 22-11-17

With Keith McCarthy and Sean Barrett, you know you have a superb combination. Great story with the usual dark humour of McCarthy, perfectly interpreted by Barrett, you are guaranteed the perfect read/listen. 5* or 6•, if I’m allowed

  • Queen Bees

  • Six Brilliant and Extraordinary Society Hostesses Between the Wars - A Spectacle of Celebrity, Talent, and Burning Ambition
  • By: Siân Evans
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Queen Bees looks at the lives of six remarkable women who made careers out of being society hostesses, including Lady Astor, who went on to become the first female MP, and Mrs Greville, who cultivated relationships with Edward VII, as well as Lady Londonderry, Lady Cunard, Laura Corrigan and Lady Colefax. Told with wit, verve and heart, Queen Bees is the story of a form of societal revolution and the extraordinary women who helped it happen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Educational and Informative!

  • By Fiona on 06-12-16
  • Queen Bees
  • Six Brilliant and Extraordinary Society Hostesses Between the Wars - A Spectacle of Celebrity, Talent, and Burning Ambition
  • By: Siân Evans
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd

History in a delicious form

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

Reviewed: 24-10-17

Beautifully read by Carole Boyd, Queen Bees is a thorough, informative and enjoyable book that addresses 6 women whose roles and influence in the early 20th C may otherwise be too easily forgotten.

Thank you Sian Evans for a delightful ‘read’

  • The Mayfly

  • Charlie Priest, Book 1
  • By: James Hazel
  • Narrated by: Tim Bruce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

A breath-taking, high-octane debut thriller that will have you leaving your lights on well into the night. It's happening again. A mutilated body discovered in the woods. A murderous plan conceived in the past. A reckoning 70 years in the making.... Charlie Priest, ex-detective inspector turned London lawyer, is hired by influential entrepreneur Kenneth Ellinder to investigate the murder of his son. But Priest is no ordinary lawyer. Brilliant yet flawed, this case will push him, and those closest to him, to the edge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Elizabeth Hardy on 06-09-17

A brilliant new fun find

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

Having read and enjoyed all the books by Keith McCarthy, I am very happy to have found another author whose writing is as intelligent, entertains and captivating.

Also, due credit to Tim Bruce for an excellent and entertaining narration.

5* all round

  • Lost

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Ray Lonnen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 645

Detective Inspector Vincent Ruiz is lucky to be alive. A bullet in the leg, another through the hand, he is discovered clinging to a buoy in the River Thames, losing blood and consciousness fast. It takes six days for him to come out of his coma, and when he does, his nightmare is only just beginning. Because Vincent has no recollection of what happened, and nobody believes him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lost - Ticks my boxes

  • By Michael on 21-04-13

Good story and superb narration

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

Reviewed: 29-06-17

An absorbing and entertaining book which was further brought to live by Ray Lonnen's excellent reading of the story.

Nice touches of humour in an absorbing thriller

  • After the Fire

  • By: Jane Casey
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

Arson, accident or murder? After a fire rips through a North London tower block, two bodies are found locked in an 11th floor flat. But is the third victim that ensures the presence of detective Maeve Kerrigan and the murder squad. It appears that controversial MP Geoff Armstrong, trapped by the fire, chose to jump to his death rather than wait for rescue. But what was such a right-wing politician doing in the deprived, culturally diverse Maudling Estate?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book in this series.

  • By Ann D on 01-07-15

The perfect find

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

Reviewed: 25-04-17

This is my second Jane Casey novel and she is a discovery that is giving me so much pleasure - thanks to her excellent stories and writing style (thrilling, great touches of humour and sometimes poignant) and the excellent interpretation by Caroline Lennon.

If you have listened to one yet - do so, you won't regret it. I am in a quandary - happy there are still a number of her novels to enjoy but saddened that they will run out all too soon if I do not 'ration' them 😱

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