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  • On Beulah Height

  • Dalziel and Pascoe, Book 17
  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

They moved everyone that long hot summer fifteen years ago. They needed a new reservoir and an old community seemed a cheap price to pay. They even dug up the dead and moved them too. But four inhabitants of the valley they couldn't move, for nobody knew where they were. Three little girls had gone missing, and the prime suspect in their disappearance, Benny Lightfoot. This was Andy Dalziel's worst case and now fifteen years on he looks set to relive it. It's another long hot summer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most enjoyable book to listen to.

  • By Patricia on 25-03-15

An exellent mystery, perfectly read

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

Any additional comments?

So well written, so gripping. I just wish that just one of the female characters had even a fraction of the godlike, beatific nature of Pascoe. Not a single female is likeable.

  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

  • By: A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ten hours well spent

  • By JD on 21-05-14

Remarkably wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 30-11-14

Any additional comments?

So well written, so compellingly narrated. I would highly recommend this audiobook to even the greatest sceptic. Could not stop listening. As dark and tragic as it should be.

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  • Wrongful Death: An Anna Travis Mystery

  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Kim Hicks
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Kim Hicks reads this thrilling murder mystery - the ninth book in the 'Anna Travis' series. Six months after the body of Josh Reynolds, a London nightclub owner, was found and determined by police and coroner to be a suicide, DCS James Langton tasks DCI Anna Travis to review the case. Reynolds died from a single gunshot wound to the head, the gun held in his right hand. But details are emerging that suggest someone else may have fired the gun...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story. Poor narration

  • By Lynn on 07-10-13

Good story. Poor narration

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

Reviewed: 07-10-13

Would you listen to Wrongful Death: An Anna Travis Mystery again? Why?

Great engaging story.

How could the performance have been better?

While Kim Hicks has a lovely voice for the main character Anna Travis, she has an extremely annoying set of voices for the male characters....nasal, aggressive, loud and quite painful to listen to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Perfect Spy

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 20 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 448

Magnus Pym, counsellor at the British Embassy in Vienna, has suddenly vanished, believed defected. The chase is on for a missing husband, a devoted father, and a life-time secret agent. Pym's life, it is revealed, is entirely made up of secrets. The race is on to find the perfect spy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating insight into the mind of a spy

  • By Mr on 13-04-13

Sublime

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-12

John Le Carre should win the nobel prize for literature. An award should be created for the greatest reader of books and it should go to Michael Jayston. This is all one could ever ask of literature, story-telling, and being read to.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Heartstone

  • Matthew Shardlake, Book 5
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Sean Baker
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Summer, 1545. England is at war. Henry VIII’s invasion of France has gone badly wrong, and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel. Meanwhile, Matthew Shardlake is given an intriguing legal case by an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr. Asked to investigate claims of ‘monstrous wrongs’ committed against his young ward, Hugh Curteys, by Sir Nicholas Hobbey, Shardlake and his assistant Barak journey to Portsmouth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but annoying narrator

  • By redkite on 11-09-12

Great Story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-11

All of the CJ Sansom Shardlake books are enjoyable and this is one of the best. I am not a fan of the narrator however. He tends to make most of the characters sound as if they are suffering from illnesses of the throat!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Play Dead

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Robert Slade
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

When basketball player David Baskin disappears on honeymoon and a mutilated body, assumed to be his, is discovered, his ex-model wife, Laura, is plagued by questions and doubts. Then a total unknown startles the basketball world with a style of play exactly like Baskin's. As Laura begins to uncover a conspiracy, she risks her life and those around her to uncover the truth before it destroys everyone involved.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly awful!

  • By Gary on 01-02-11

Just dreadful!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-10-10

Please please do not buy this book. It is terrible. Apparently it was his first book..how it got him published, I will never know. Hackneyed phrases, trite cliches...'they made love furiously', 'I will love you for ever, I will never leave you'....absolute garbage! Like a poorly written Harlequin Romance. The plot is as weak as the prose and quite frankly as 'dull as dishwater' ...oops, perhaps the cliches have worn off! Read Coben's 'Gone for Good' or 'The Woods'..much better.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Andrew Timothy
  • Length: 50 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas.

Published in 1844, it is often considered one of the great thrillers of all time and, along with The Three Musketeers, Dumas' most popular work.

Falsely accused of treason, the young sailor Edmund Dantes is arrested on his wedding day and imprisoned in the island fortress of the Chateau d'If. After staging a dramatic escape, he sets out to discover the treasure of Monte Cristo and catch up with his enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing fast paced action

  • By John H. Foster on 17-12-09

Sublime!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-10

For me, the Count of Monte Cristo is the greatest story every written and although I have read it twice before, having it read to me via this audiobook brought its wonder even more to life!! The narration is excellent and for so thrilling a story of 50+ hours, this edition is superb value for money.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Luncheon of the Boating Party

  • By: Susan Vreeland
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Instantly recognizable, Auguste Renoir's masterpiece depicts a gathering of his real friends enjoying a summer Sunday on a café terrace along the Seine near Paris. A wealthy painter, an art collector, an Italian journalist, a war hero, a celebrated actress, and Renoir's future wife, among others, share this moment of la vie moderne, a time when social constraints were loosening and Paris was healing after the Franco-Prussian War.

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

  • By Lynn on 26-07-09

Good story but poor narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-07-09

A good story and decent history of the impressionists. However, the narrator murders the French words and names in the story ...her accent is deplorable or, rather, nonexistent. I found this terribly grating!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Man's Footsteps

  • Roy Grace, Book 4
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: David Bauckham
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923

From the ashes of mass destruction.... Amid the tragic unfolding mayhem of the morning of 9/11, failed Brighton businessman and ne'er-do-well Ronnie Wilson sees the chance of a lifeline: to shed his debts, disappear and reinvent himself in another country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant suspense and intrigue

  • By r on 06-10-08

Dead Man's Footsteps

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-09

This is my first time with Peter James and it will be my last. The plot is decent if not very remarkable, but the writing is extremely poor and the work filled with overused cliches. The writing level appears to be at that of an average eight year old. Try David Hewson, Michael Robatham or James Lee Burke for crime writing with intelligence.