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David Ranger

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  • Flesh House

  • Logan McRae, Book 4
  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350

The fourth thriller in the number one best-selling crime series from the award-winning Stuart MacBride. Panic grips the Granite City as DS Logan McRae heads up a manhunt for 'The Flesher' - one of the UK's most notorious serial killers. The case was closed. Until the killer walked free.... When an offshore container turns up at Aberdeen Harbour full of human meat, it kicks off the largest manhunt in the Granite City's history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • not for the faint hearted

  • By michelle on 25-09-17

Gruesome and gripping story

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

Reviewed: 14-02-19

A really gruesome read, probably the most gruesome one I’ve read. The story was absolutely gripping and well paced. Steve Worsley’s performance was excellent

  • Home Fire

  • By: Kamila Shamsie
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377

Isma is free. After years spent raising her twin siblings in the wake of their mother's death, she is finally studying in America, resuming a dream long deferred. But she can't stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London - or their brother, Parvaiz, who's disappeared in pursuit of his own dream: to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. Then Eamonn enters the sisters' lives. Handsome and privileged, he inhabits a London worlds away from theirs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Alice on 14-07-18

Left me breathless

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

Reviewed: 13-07-18

Kamila Shamsie's heart breaking story tells us so much about the damage caused by jihadis, both by their repulsive existence and the global political and social response to it. But it really spoke to me as a story about grief, the depths of it and its affect on our humanity. A tense, moving and well-paced novel, and I highly recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wolf to the Slaughter

  • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Anita Margolis had vanished. There was no body, no crime, nothing more concrete than an anonymous letter and a name. A pattern soon emerged to the investigation. Not only had Anita been wealthy and flighty, she had been thoroughly immortal, too.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narration put me off

  • By David Ranger on 12-04-18

Narration put me off

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who likes crusty posh voices - the kind you used to hear in Carry On movies.

Would you be willing to try another book from Ruth Rendell? Why or why not?

I love reading Ruth Rendell, so I'd try another with a different narrator.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Robin Bailey?

Someone less crusty - realise that Robin Bailey died 20 years ago, and the narration and voices he did felt dated: very actorly, slightly smug and all together irritating.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The audio quality is very good - if you can get past the fact that the narrator grates on your ears.

Any additional comments?

The chapters don't line up with the narration, and the book kept going back to chapter 1 when I restarted it. I lost my place several times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Reckoning

  • A Memoir
  • By: Magda Szubanski
  • Narrated by: Magda Szubanski
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory, Reckoning is the book where Magda Szubanski, one of Australia’s most beloved performers, tells her story. In this extraordinary memoir, Magda describes her journey of self-discovery from a suburban childhood, haunted by the demons of her father’s espionage activities in wartime Poland and by her secret awareness of her sexuality, to the complex dramas of adulthood and her need to find out the truth about herself and her family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read

  • By David Ranger on 10-01-18

A must read

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

This book is an absolute marvel, and such a joy to hear Magda tell her story. It's one of the most beautifully written and moving stories. Magda is a wonderful storyteller. Highly recommended.

  • Dying Light

  • Logan McRae, Book 2
  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472

The number one best-selling detective series from the award-winning Stuart MacBride continues in this second crime thriller. It's summertime in Scotland: the sun is shining, the sky is blue and people are dying.... It's summertime in the Granite City: the sun is shining, the sky is blue and people are dying.... It starts with Rosie Williams, a prostitute, stripped naked and beaten to death down by the docks - the heart of Aberdeen's red light district. For DS Logan McRae, it's a bad start to another bad day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once you start you cannot stop

  • By Freddietheone on 09-07-17

Edge of your seat stuff.

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

Reviewed: 15-11-17

I really enjoyed this. A great story from start to finish, and another great performance.

  • Cold Earth

  • Shetland, Book 7
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653

In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main Lerwick-Sumburgh road and sweeps down to the sea. At the burial of his old friend, Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and peaty water smash through a croft house in its path. Everyone thinks the croft is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. In his mind she shares his Mediterranean ancestry, and soon he becomes obsessed with tracing her identity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My third Shetland book. The theme is wearning thin

  • By David M on 12-02-17

A great listen!

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

Reviewed: 28-08-17

Loved this book, although having listened to the others in the series, I was a bit miffed that Willow's accent changed from Scottish, in the other books, to English in this one. A great listen, all the same.