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  • Killing the Dead

  • By: Marcus Sedgwick
  • Narrated by: Trevor White
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 13

We need to speak of the dead. We need to speak for the dead, for they cannot speak for themselves. There are things they would want to say to us if only they could talk. But surely they cannot. No longer can we walk into the next room and find them standing there as they did in life, and hear what they have to say. They are gone. Yet.... Yet they linger. So it is with this girl who’s gone now. Her name, when they still said it aloud, was Isobel.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A 2 hour story - don't bother

  • By P on 08-05-15

Wrong genre

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

Reviewed: 05-01-19

Ha ha a mistaken buy... Ya fiction for a 58 year old not a good mix.

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Hate Luke Smitherd!

  • By Simon on 04-07-16

Original and thoughtful

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Totally absorbing read .well listen 😀...It was audible !!
I loved the originality of the story and how it felt ' real' as in possible , not perhaps in the stone man itself ( at least i hope not ) but in the reaction to it .the main characters were interesting and flawed . Don't want to say too much and spoil the plot !!
The narration was excellent too .

  • The Ghost Riders of Ordebec

  • A Commissaire Adamsberg Novel, Book 7
  • By: Fred Vargas
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

"People will die," says the panic-stricken woman outside police headquarters. She has been standing in blazing sunshine for more than an hour, and refuses to speak to anyone besides Commissaire Adamsberg. Her daughter has seen a vision: ghostly horsemen who target the most nefarious characters in Normandy. Since the middle ages there have been stories of murderers, rapists, those with serious crimes on their conscience, meeting a grizzly end following a visitation by the riders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delight to read

  • By Margaret on 30-07-13

entertaining

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

Any additional comments?

brilliant entertaining read with lots of circumlocutionary thoughts and talks which was a joy !the French do it differently. (fred vargas is a French author ) . enjoyable story and memorable characters

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  • The Book of Souls

  • An Inspector McLean Novel, Book 2
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179

Every year for 10 years, a young woman's body was found in Edinburgh at Christmastime: naked, throat slit, body washed clean. The final victim, Kirsty Summers, was Detective Constable Tony McLean's fiancée. But the Christmas Killer made a mistake and McLean put an end to the brutal killing spree. Twelve years later, and a fellow prisoner has murdered the Christmas Killer. But with the festive season comes a body; naked, washed, her throat cut. Is this a copycat killer? Was the wrong man behind bars all this time? Or is there a more sinister explanation?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creepier and More Sinister . . . In A Good Way!

  • By Simon on 15-09-15

original

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

What did you like most about The Book of Souls?

the characters are so well drawn and their voices authentic .

What did you like best about this story?

an unusual take on the usual crime / thrillers genre. the storyline was so intriguing it kept me coming back to find out what happens next ..... always a good sign !

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

its a long story but I would have just kept listening if I could. the narration was particularly fine

Any additional comments?

this is the first in a series and well worth downloading . for me the stories keep getting better end better and you are really rooting for the good guys !

  • A Trick of the Light

  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

In the green depths of spring, morning breaks on a woman splayed in a bed of flowers - her eyes wide, her neck broken. Her death is a mystery; so is the woman herself. But as Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team peer into the dark corners of the victim's past, they expose a secret that rots at the very heart of their community - a secret that will implicate someone they've trusted for years. And as Gamache knows too well, in the flickering shadows of death, the truth may be just a trick of the light.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful read

  • By Cxissy on 07-07-14

wonderful read

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

What did you like most about A Trick of the Light?

this is one of a series of books set in Canada about the police there. I have read or listened to all the books in the series and can recommend them all . the writing pulls you in from the first page and I feel such an affinity for the characters . I have to remind myself that these aren't real people . the stories are always original and ive learnt so much about Canada along the way . the information is always relevant to the story , not shoehorned in . louise penny as a n author has matured vastly overthis series . what started off in her first books as good interesting writing has grown into real heft .

Who was your favorite character and why?

gamache , the lead character is my favourite character . he is so strong and so well rounded . he feels like a real person and throughout the books we learn what makes him tick both at work and with his friends and family . a very memorable character

Have you listened to any of Adam Sims’s other performances? How does this one compare?

adam sims has done an excellent job conveying the flavour and tempo of this book . he is very easy to listen to and his slight nuances and change of reading pace makes it easy to identify all the characters. sterling work

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes . luckily it was too long and dense so I made it last a bit longer ! . it was a tense listen at times because the story was so emotional and there were quite a few "just five more minutes" listening

Any additional comments?

I can highly recommend this author (and reader) I would suggest new readers start at the beginning and work through the series . they will be well rewarded .

2 of 2 people found this review helpful