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  • Slow Horses

  • Slough House, Book 1
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046

Slough House is Jackson Lamb’s kingdom; a dumping ground for members of the intelligence service who’ve screwed up: left a secret file on a train, blown surveillance, or become drunkenly unreliable. They’re the service’s poor relations – the slow horses – and bitterest among them is River Cartwright, whose days are spent transcribing mobile phone conversations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Smiley than Pilgrim

  • By Robert on 17-08-17

Gave up

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

Just couldn’t connect with any of the characters and didn’t want to carry on clogging a dead horse

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Nowhere Child

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520

A standalone novella featuring the same characters as Rachel Abbott's best-selling novel Stranger Child. Eight months ago Tasha Joseph ran away, and her stepmother, Emma, has been searching for her ever since. She is desperate to give Tasha the home and security she deserves. The problem is, Emma isn't the only one looking for Tasha. The police are keen to find her, too. She could be a vital witness in a criminal trial, and DCI Tom Douglas has a team constantly on the lookout for her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please Rachel Just Give The Girl A Break!

  • By Simon on 09-06-16

Great follow up

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

Reviewed: 27-02-18

I was curious to know what had happened to Tasha so I was delighted to see this follow up book in he Audible library
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  • The Vanishing Point

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 245

Five-year-old Jimmy Higgins is brazenly snatched from the middle of a busy airport; but this is no ordinary kidnapping. Jimmy’s mother is Scarlett, a reality TV star who, dying of cancer, entrusted the boy to her friend Stephanie Harker. Now Stephanie, reaching into the past to discover the motive behind the abduction, soon encounters a shocking tale of murder and conspiracy, and is faced by the most difficult choice of her life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dissapointment!

  • By Mary on 22-08-14

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 24-02-18

Very cleverly drawing on realty TV as the basis of the story it really drew me in with all the twists and turns in the plot.

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    Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
    374 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • Black Swan Green

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Chris Nelson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 224

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2006.
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, 2006
Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Best Book, 2007.

Jason Taylor is 13, doomed to be growing up in the most boring family in the deadest village on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome nostalgia

  • By Kelly on 23-03-07

Gave up

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

Reviewed: 17-02-18

I have loved all the other David Mitchell books that I have read (particularly Bone Clocks) but just couldn't get into this one. I think it might be because of the narrator being a child.

  • The Girl in the Red Coat

  • By: Kate Hamer
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

When Beth Wakeford takes her eight year-old daughter, Carmel, to a local children's festival, they become separated. Unable to accept the possibility that her daughter might be gone for good, Beth embarks on a mission to find her. Meanwhile Carmel begins an extraordinary and terrifying journey of her own, with a man who believes she is a saviour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By Mrs J L Mumford on 01-04-15

Boring

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

Reviewed: 15-02-18

I got to chapter 10 but still nothing had happened other than me getting more irritated listening to a ‘child’ with a bit of a lisp

  • A Place Called Winter

  • By: Patrick Gale
  • Narrated by: Patrick Gale
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337

From the author of the best-selling Notes from an Exhibition comes an irresistible, searching, and poignant historical novel of love, relationships, secrets and escape. To find yourself, sometimes you must lose everything. A privileged elder son, and stammeringly shy, Harry Cane has followed convention at every step. Even the beginnings of an illicit, dangerous affair do little to shake the foundations of his muted existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sectrets, love and loss with an epic backdrop

  • By T on 27-03-15

Stick with it

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

I nearly gave up quite early on due to the narrator (author once again shown not to be the best person to read their own work) but I persevered and I am glad that I did.
What a wonderful love story set in contrasting London and the South East and the wilds of Canada. Harry, Paul their families were richly and deeply portrayed as was the hardship and the violence.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • I Let You Go

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe, Julia Barrie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,094

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she? In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief, and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous debut!

  • By Ann D on 09-05-15

one twist too far

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

Reviewed: 21-01-18

I enjoyed the book overall and the main twist was great and a real wake up to me about how easily I make assumptions. However, the later twist about the relationship between the killer and the victim was a step too far as was the epilogue.

  • Holy Island

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,284

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan retreats to Holy Island seeking sanctuary when he is forced to take sabbatical leave from his duties as a homicide detective. A few days before Christmas, his peace is shattered, and he is thrust back into the murky world of murder when a young woman is found dead amongst the ancient ruins of the nearby priory. When former local girl Dr. Anna Taylor arrives back on the island as a police consultant, old memories swim to the surface, making her confront her difficult past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled to finish this one

  • By Colette on 06-01-16

misogyny writ large

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

Reviewed: 17-01-18

She's an academic, a specialist in her field, and he (the detective) snorts at her qualifications, is rude to her, shuts her out of the investigation that his superior has assigned her to and she falls for him!!!
This is not what I want to be reading. I want books where men admire women's achievements and where women expect to be treated with respect.
This female character is no role model.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How a Gunman Says Goodbye

  • By: Malcolm Mackay
  • Narrated by: Angus King
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

How does a gunman retire? Frank MacLeod was the best at what he does. Thoughtful. Efficient. Ruthless. But is he still the best? A new job. A target. But something is about to go horribly wrong. Someone is going to end up dead. Most gunmen say goodbye to the world with a bang. Frank’s still here. He’s lasted longer than he should have...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lewis Winter didn't die in vain !!

  • By Alastair on 07-11-13

Gave up

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

Reviewed: 17-01-18

The first 10 mins of this is spent with a character introduction which might be useful in a physical book where you can flick back and forth and remind yourself of who everyone is but it's useless in an audio book.
I'm Glaswegian, which is part of what attracted me to purchase this but so tired of stories about 'hard' men.
I wish I'd read it earlier so that I could have got my money back. Oh well.

  • Visions of Heat

  • Psy-Changeling, Book 2
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Used to cold silence, Faith Night Star is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought-after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous - aching need, exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Kindle Customer on 13-06-17

no means no

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

Reviewed: 17-01-18

I'm very tired, particularly in today's Weinstein climate, of books where men ignore women's requests to leave them alone/stop touching them and persist because they (the men) think that they know better than the women what she 'needs'. It's just sexual assault at the end of the day.