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  • The Redbreast: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 3

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722

Harry Hole, drunkard, loner and brilliant detective is reassigned to surveillance after a high profile mistake. He’s bored by his new job until a report of a rare and unusual gun being fired sparks his interest because of its possible links to Neo Nazi activity. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. Next Harry’s former partner is murdered. Why had she been trying to reach Harry on the night her head was smashed in?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow burner, but thrilling finish

  • By Steven on 06-09-11

Best of the series

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

Reviewed: 18-08-17

On balance, this is the best of the series and actually the best starting point. The Earliest books are Nesbo learning to write, by this point, he is a mature writer.

  • We Shall Inherit the Wind

  • Varg Veum
  • By: Gunnar Staalesen
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

It's 1998. Varg Veum sits by the hospital bedside of his long-term girlfriend, Karin, whose life-threatening injuries provide a deeply painful reminder of the mistakes he's made. Investigating the seemingly innocent disappearance of a wind-farm inspector, Varg Veum is thrust into one of the most challenging cases of his career, riddled with conflicts, environmental terrorism, religious fanaticism, unsolved mysteries and dubious business ethics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Flower Girl on 14-02-16

Average

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

Reviewed: 24-05-16

Averagely written but with a good performance. A little clichéd and predictable. Lacking significant suspense.

  • Watching You

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339

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

Strong Thriller, well written though not 'great' writing

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

Reviewed: 17-05-16

Clearly written, with a strong performance by Barrett. Not on a par with Mankell but worth the listen.

  • The Fourth Sacrifice

  • The China Thrillers, Book 2
  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763

Three corpses: drugged, labeled and brutally beheaded; a trail that Detective Li Yan has to follow. He and forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell have been trying to deny the attraction that nearly destroyed both their careers. But when a fourth victim is found, they have no choice but to work together to track down the truth and to hunt down a ruthless killer. The Fourth Sacrifice is the second in the acclaimed China series from Peter May, author of Runaway, Entry Island and the internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable....

  • By Salter on 18-01-18

Strong Reading, Cliched Story

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

Reviewed: 24-04-16

It's best to listen to the series in order than picking up with this one.

The reader put in a strong performance but the story was clichéd and the characters two dimensional and difficult to warm to.

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  • Human Game

  • Hunting the Great Escape Murderers
  • By: Simon Read
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31

In March 1944, 76 Allied officers tunnelled out of Stalag Luft III. Of the 73 captured, 50 were shot by direct order of Hitler. This is the story of how a British Bobby from Blackpool, Frank McKenna, was sent to post-war Germany on the express orders from Churchill to bring the Gestapo murderers to justice. In a quest that ranges from the devastated, bombed out cities of Europe to the horrors of the concentrations camps, McKenna is relentless in his pursuit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Probably Better in Book Format

  • By Bex on 18-06-13

Poor. Neither History Nor Fiction.

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

Reviewed: 11-10-14

I really wanted to like this. I listened to this following 'The Nuremburg Trial' by John and Ann Tusa which was well thought out and excellent. This, on the other hand, is neither history nor a novel. As history, it lacks rigour and as a novel, it has poor character construction and description.

The reading is moderate but some of the accents are a little to 'Allo Allo' to be taken seriously.

  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 25 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,570
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,336

Salander is plotting her revenge - against the man who tried to kill her, and against the government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. But it is not going to be a straightforward campaign. After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in Intensive Care, and is set to face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must prove her innocence....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An engrossing end to the trilogy

  • By Kirstine on 03-11-09

The weakest of the three books

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

Reviewed: 18-06-13

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo left Larsson with a lot to live up to and to some extent he failed. Hornet's Nest isn't a bad book, it's an average one, which is too long for it's subject. The characters are still likeable and it is just about possible to enjoy it despite it's failings and many will want to finish it to complete the investment, having read the other two.

Saul Reichlin's reading is workmanlike and anonymous. He lacks charisma and the performance could be improved.

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  • FREE EXTRACT: Inferno

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 159

An extract from Inferno, the astonishing new thriller from the bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol. Dan Brown's new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces.This extract includes the prologue and first chapter of Inferno.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait!

  • By Bookworm. on 13-05-13

Goodness me, this is bad.

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

Reviewed: 17-05-13

This resembles the work of a talented twelve year old. I felt embarrassment for the author. Brown writes for people who don't usually read books. The achievement of the 'DaVinci Code' was that it promoted literacy amongst people who would not otherwise have owned a book and the following film was popular because those who had read it, attended as a kind of graduation ceremony. Inferno doesn't really move on from there.

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  • Caught in the Light

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

On assignment in Vienna, photographer Ian Jarrett falls suddenly and desperately in love with a woman he meets by pure chance, Marian Esguard. Back in England, he separates from his wife and goes to meet Marian at an agreed rendezvous, only to hear her tell him on the telephone that she will not, after all, be coming. Then she vanishes from his life as mysteriously as she entered it. Who and where is the woman he met and fell in love with in Vienna?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing and engaging

  • By P. Miller on 23-12-12

Not Goddard's Best

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

Reviewed: 17-05-13

I really like Robert Goddard but I'm finding this too slow and it just doesn't get going. The story is well read by Michael Kitchen but the novel at the heart of it lacks Goddard's normal pace and customary storytelling ability.

Try something like 'Long Time Coming' or 'Found Wanting'.

None of Goddard's books are 'great' literature. They're well crafted, exciting and enjoyable and probably an ideal Audible listen but skip over this one.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful