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  • The Devil's Dice

  • A DI Meg Dalton Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Roz Watkins
  • Narrated by: Caro Clarke
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

A white-knuckle crime debut introducing DI Meg Dalton, perfect for fans of Broadchurch and Happy Valley. A lawyer is found dead in a Peak District cave, his face ribboned with scratches. Amidst rumours of a local curse, DI Meg Dalton is convinced this is cold-blooded murder. There's just one catch - chiselled into the cave wall above the body is an image of the grim reaper and the dead man's initials, and it's been there for over a century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb - looking forward to more in this series

  • By Clematis on 09-03-18

Utter, unmitigated tosh

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Really wanted to like this as I had been recommended it by a good friend....let's just say she won't be getting the fancy bottle of gin I had in mind for her for Christmas......she'll be getting the Primark socks. Her judgement is so off she'll never notice the downgrade!

Pretty awful on all levels.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,450
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,077
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,048

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

So much love

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

I utterly love these books. Love Galbraith/Rowling. Love Robert Glenister for narrating. Love the character development. Love the story arc. Generally a big stonking 5 stars throughout for me.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No Good Reason

  • By: Cari Hunter
  • Narrated by: Nicola Victoria Vincent
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Detective Sanne Jensen (not blonde, not tall, definitely not Scandinavian) and Dr. Meg Fielding (scruffy, scatterbrained, prone to swearing at patients) are lifelong best friends, sharing the same deprived background and occasionally the same bed. When a violent kidnapping stuns the Peak District village of Rowlee, both women become involved in the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as reading it yourself!

  • By Claire on 26-12-17

Another great book from this author

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Really enjoying the way Cari Hunter writes, and the narrator has nailed the main characters so it's great marriage for me.

I'm not going to dive in and get the next books as to be honest Audible is proving an expensive hobby - but if I had endless credits I'd get the lot.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alias

  • By: Cari Hunter
  • Narrated by: Nicola Victoria Vincent
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

A car lies crashed below a Welsh mountain road. One of the young women inside it is dead, the other badly injured with no memory of who she is or what just happened. All she has is a bus pass showing her photograph and a name she doesn't recognize. As she struggles to recover from her injuries, a startling revelation shatters everything she thought she knew, forcing her into an uneasy alliance with Detective Bronwen Pryce. With danger closing in from all sides, the two women must work together to uncover the truth - even if it kills them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book from Cari

  • By Oscarfrog on 22-07-18

Really hoping for a series!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Well I loved this book. It's a great crime romp, but also it's a bit different.

I'm Welsh and love North Wales so the whole setting really helped to make the book flow for me. I get how unforgiving the place is and how breathtakingly beautiful it can be too.

Loved the main characters and the plot premise. All made for a really addictive and enjoyable escape.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • War Brides

  • By: Helen Bryan
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

As war moves ever closer, the sleepy English village of Crowmarsh Priors settles into a new sort of normal: Evacuees from London are billeted in local homes. The nightly German air raids become grimly mundane. Rationing curtails every comfort. Men leave to fight and die. And five women forge a bond of friendship that will change their lives forever in this engrossing novel of loyalty, loss, and love in the shadow of World War II.With the hardships of war intensifying every day, the women band together to defeat formidable enemies and find remarkable strength within themselves to help one another. It is a war-forged loyalty certain to endure years and distance. When four of the women return for a celebration fifty years later, their mission is not simply to commemorate or remember. They’ve returned to confront a traitor whose actions cost countless lives — and to avenge one of their own at last.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyable story

  • By WmL on 19-11-12

Wonderfully evocative book

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

Reviewed: 27-09-18

My grandmother and her sisters were evacuated from Bethnal Green during the war so I grew up with similar stories of rationing and and hardship. However the full range of the women’s stories are much wider and more poignant. Laughed, cried, swore, smiled. Beautiful book, expertly woven and read perfectly.

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,311

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

What a very different book

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Not sure what I was expecting really. I love a crime book and I love Harry Potter so basically it should have been right up my street, but I was sceptical. But all fairness it was pretty awesome.

  • Seven Bridges

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 8
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482

It's been five months since a killer walked free, and DCI Ryan is preparing to leave Newcastle to hunt him down - this time for good. But Ryan's plans are scuppered when events take a dramatic turn and he is forced to stay and face his past one last time or watch a friend suffer the consequences. Amid the chaos, another killer is preparing to strike. When the Tyne Bridge explodes, Ryan's team are faced with a frantic race to uncover a deadly foe who won't stop until every bridge is burned, along with everybody on it....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another very good DCI Ryan Instalment

  • By Salter on 12-07-18

Gosh I love these books.

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

Reviewed: 30-07-18

I did actually work both crimes out pretty early on, but then I read/listen to lots of crime books. That said it didn’t spoil the story at all. Love the writing, love the narration, love the setting. Best crime books out at the moment.

  • Don't Make a Sound

  • Nathan Cody, Book 3
  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791

You can't choose your family. Or can you? Meet the Bensons. A pleasant enough couple. They keep themselves to themselves. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy. There's just one problem. Daisy doesn't belong to the Bensons. They stole her. And now they've decided that Daisy needs a little brother or sister. DS Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jackson Makes it a Hat Trick!

  • By Simon on 08-05-18

One of the best suspense books ever

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

Reviewed: 18-05-18

Loved this book for the sense of foreboding and peril. Loved the characters of the girls and obviously root for Cody and Megan. All round great book read expertly by the best storyteller in the business Mr Keeble.

Highly recommended

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Watching You

  • By: Teresa Driscoll
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,773
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,769

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it - until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she's decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls - beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard - has disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Glowing Five Stars

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 23-10-17

Didn’t know what to make at first...

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

Reviewed: 29-03-18

But really glad I stuck with it. Very intriguing story, a good range of complex characters and plenty of twists. It’s not the best thriller I’ve read but it is enjoyable. Narrator was spot on.

  • Dark Skies

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 7
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582

Beware what lies beneath.... One fateful, starry night, three friends embark on a secret camping trip, but only two return home. Thirty years later, the body of a teenage boy rises from the depths of England's biggest reservoir and threatens to expose a killer who has lain dormant...until now. Detective Chief Inspector Ryan returns from honeymoon to face danger from all sides. In the depths of Kielder Forest, a murderer has escaped justice before and will do anything to protect the secrets of the past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling DCI Ryan mystery...

  • By Salter on 15-02-18

Wonderful as usual.

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

Reviewed: 21-02-18

One of my favourite new authors, with some of my favourite new characters, read by the best narrator on Audible. Genius stuff. Although the quicker Lucas gets found out the better - she’s spoiling my vibe!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful