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  • White Bones

  • Kate Maguire Book 1 (Unabridged)
  • By: Graham Masterton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 318

On an isolated farm in southern Ireland, a decades-old grave houses the dismembered bones of 11 women. Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire of the Irish Gardai is used to bloodshed, but these white bones speak of unimaginable butchery. Not far away, a young American tourist is at the mercy of a sadistic killer. His tools are a boning knife, twine, and a doll fashioned from rags, nails, and fish-hooks. The murder of his victims is secondary only to his pleasure at their pain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but some graphic torture scenes

  • By Kathy on 06-08-13

Very gruesome!!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-19

This was a very grisly book. The descriptions of the murders were pretty stomach-churning, even for someone who reads a lot of cop-catches-serial-killer thrillers. The “who” of this whodunnit was guessable pretty early, but the “why” was very out of left field.
I liked it, I think, but I def didn’t love it.

  • The Damage Done

  • Inspector McLean 6
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Damage Done by James Oswald, read by Ian Hanmore. The sixth book in James Oswald's phenomenal Inspector McLean series set in Edinburgh. Inspector McLean is back in the next gripping instalment in James Oswald's best-selling crime series. McLean must investigate the seedy goings-on of an exclusive and secretive society catering to the rich and powerful of the city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't want it to end!

  • By Louise on 06-06-16

Not bad, but a bit repetitive

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

Reviewed: 25-02-19

A good read, like all of the McLean novels, but just fell a little bit short. My main issue was the repetition - for example, how many times did we need to hear that Tony “should really get a little runabout instead of driving his Alfa, but just didn’t have the time to look for one”.
Must have been repeated a good 10 times or more, by at least 4 different people.

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,159

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • oh, how I missed it.

  • By evgenia on 18-07-17

Nostalgic, but just ok

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

Reviewed: 08-01-19

I don’t think these stories really work as an audioplay. It came across as quite forced and contrived most of the time, with things that would have been obvious in a screenplay having to be clunkily explained to the listener
e.g.
[Scully gets shot in arm]
“Ow, my arm!!”

Definitely just ok.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,809
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,796

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

  • By Simon on 15-11-17

Really liked this!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

I was hesitant to buy it after reading a few scathing reviews, but I’m really glad I did. It was a good escapist read :)

The narrator was the perfect choice for Jazz. Sean the bartender’s accent was a bit dodgy but otherwise she was great.

  • 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 5,742
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,313

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

Loved the character development

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

I really enjoyed this. To be honest, the mystery was a bit dull compared to the previous books, but the interactions between Robin and Strike made up for it.

  • The Whispering Room

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

In the wake of her husband's inexplicable suicide - and the equally mysterious deaths of scores of other exemplary individuals - Jane picks up the trail of a secret cabal of powerful players who think themselves above the law and beyond punishment. But the people bent on hijacking America's future for their own monstrous ends never banked on a highly trained FBI agent willing to become the nation's most wanted fugitive in order to derail their insidious plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Marion Shepherd on 17-11-18

More of the same

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

Reviewed: 14-06-18

More of Jane running around abducting people, being sad and drinking vodka.

Not sure I can be bothered with any more in this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Broken Angels

  • Altered Carbon, Book 2
  • By: Richard Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496

Fifty years after the events of Altered Carbon, Takeshi Kovacs is serving as a mercenary in the Procterate-sponsored war to put down Joshuah Kemp's revolution on the planet Sanction IV. He is offered the chance to join a covert team chasing a prize whose value is limitless - and whose dangers are endless. Here is a novel that takes mankind to the brink.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excitement by the fistful.

  • By Martyn. R. Winters on 09-02-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 15-05-18

The first book was cool, but this one I couldn’t get into at all. Boring!! Returned it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Origin

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,824
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,820

The spellbinding new Robert Langdon novel from the author of The Da Vinci Code. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Deception Point 2

  • By 451 on 10-10-17

Boring and formulaic - returned it

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

Reviewed: 14-10-17

I just couldn't get past the intro - it was just sooo boring. The long, meandering descriptions of the museum/art, and all the blah blah blah about classical vs modern art, was just dull.

I bought the book really interested to see what the world would be like with huge swathes of the population rendered infertile, but there certainly wasn't anything about it in the half hour or so I managed to get through. Perhaps there's more later on... can't be bothered waiting to find out.

  • The Fix

  • Amos Decker, Book 3
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694

Amos Decker, David Baldacci's unique special agent, who suffered a head injury that resulted in giving him the gift of a remarkable memory together with a condition called synaesthesia, takes on another case in The Fix. Walter Dabney is a family man. A loving husband and the father of four grown daughters, he's built a life many would be proud of. But then the unthinkable happens. Standing outside the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, Dabney shoots schoolteacher Anne Berkshire in cold blood....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • David Baldacci produces an intriguing thriller.

  • By Mrs. S. A. Lynch on 23-04-17

Just ok

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

I probably shouldn't have bought this since I didn't enjoy The Last Mile, but I thought I'd better give it a shot based on all the 5 star reviews. Unfortunately I didn't overly like this one either.

The story was full of plot holes and the investigators make these huge leaps of "logic" that are completely out of the blue.

In addition, the dialogue was over-explainy and repetitive, and the whole book was basically Decker butt-kissing. "Oh Decker, you're soo amazing, you have such a gift in your amaaazing memory..." etc etc. Even the President kisses his butt.

The whole thing was clumsy and boring. It wasn't helped by the male narrator giving Decker's voice this weird high nasally twang - he's supposed to be some massive ex-footballer and all I can picture is Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons.

I did love the female narrator though - she does excellent character voices

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,806
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,450

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine, was just their hometown: familiar, well ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful - a horror classic

  • By Catbark on 21-09-16

Great performance, story as good as I remember it

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

Reviewed: 18-10-16

It has always been one of my favourite of King's, and the audio version didn't disappoint - the reader was just great!
I have to say Bill's stuttering did start to grate a little, but it was, I'm sure, supposed to.

The only negatives I really have around it are the same things that I remember thinking last time I read this, maybe 8 or 9 years ago - some of the Derry backstory could have been done away with. e.g. the long passages about the Black Spot fire, the gangster shooting, and the crazy lumberjack massacre thing. I mean, they gave you the feel of the 'spirit' of Derry, but they each could have been a LOT shorter. A lot.

Overall though - loved it. What a classic.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful