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  • Betty Church and the Suffolk Vampire

  • A Betty Church Mystery Book 1
  • By: M. R. C. Kasasian
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Inspector Betty Church - one of the few female officers on the force - has arrived from London to fill a vacancy at Sackwater police station. But Betty isn't new here. This is the place she grew up. Time ticks slowly in Sackwater. Having solved the case of the missing buttons, Betty's called to the train station to investigate a missing bench. But though there's no bench, there is a body. A smartly dressed man, murdered in broad daylight, with two distinctive puncture wounds in his throat. While the locals gossip about the Suffolk Vampire, Betty Church readies herself to hunt a dangerous killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Promising

  • By K on 06-12-18

Too many deeply irritating characters

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

Reviewed: 17-12-18

I abandoned this book with 6.5 hours to go. As I had enjoyed previous titles by MRC Kasasian I was hopeful that I would enjoy this. The main character is fine but I found the host of supporting characters are beyond tiresome.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

  • By: Stuart Turton
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 879

'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder, and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.' It is meant to be a celebration, but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself over and over again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dense But Interesting

  • By Angela on 16-05-18

Good but be prepared to get confused!

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

Reviewed: 22-11-18

I enjoyed this book but spent a lot of time winding back to listen to entire chapters again trying to work out who was who and when who did what to whom and if it made any difference if I understood or remembered all the twists as turns of the plot and characters.

I’m not sure how the author kept everything straight in his head. Perhaps he had an awful lot of post-it notes all over his house.


  • Swallows and Amazons

  • Swallows and Amazons Series, Book 1
  • By: Arthur Ransome
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481

For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the twelve books are still eagerly read by children and adults alike – by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome’s unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nostalgic children's adventures

  • By Lou on 27-01-14

Ended very suddenly

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

Did anyone else think the recording ended before the end of the story? No ‘you have been listening to ... etc...’ just half way through a sentence ‘Audible hopes you have enjoyed ... etc’. Otherwise ok.

  • Himself

  • By: Jess Kidd
  • Narrated by: Aidan Kelly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

When Mahony returns to Mulderrig, a speck of a place on Ireland's west coast, he brings only his handsome face, a photograph of his long-lost mother and a determination to do battle with the village's lies. Mahony also somehow wakes the dead from their graves, with their foggy memories and hidden stories floating greyly amongst the unseeing living. No one, though - living or dead - will be able to guess what happened to the teenage mother who abandoned him as a baby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant narration of a great story.

  • By Anonymous User on 17-01-17

What a joy!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I very rarely read books twice and never immediately after the first reading but that is exactly what I am going to do now.

I was hooked from the first word and I think this book is nigh on perfect. I am so thankful that I listened to it rather than read it. Aiden Kelly’s narration brings the characters to life in a way that I could never have managed.

The writing is lyrical and some passages made me think of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood. Every word is the right word in the right place and description never overwhelms story.

I’m sure 99.9% of listeners will love this book and I hope that you are one of them!

  • A Tapping at My Door

  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,138

From the best-selling author of Cry Baby, the beginning of a brilliant and gripping police procedural series set in Liverpool, perfect for fans of Peter James and Mark Billingham. A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She's disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes. DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story well worth a listen

  • By Cathryn B. on 11-04-16

Sorry Liverpool

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

Probably an ok story and narration but I had to give up with this as the accents were getting to me.

  • A Darker Domain

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Eilidh Fraser
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 606

It's 1984. The miners' strike is dividing the country. In a struggling coal-mining town, the miners and their families are living at the edge of their resources. On the 14th of December, five miners break ranks to travel to Nottingham and work. For those who stay behind, this is an unforgivable betrayal. Twenty-three years later, a young woman is asking the police to trace her missing father. Miner Mick Prentice vanished, never to be seen again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cleverly constructed story

  • By Kirstine on 17-10-12

Ridiculously abrupt ending

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

I was really enjoying this story and the twists and turns of the plot when it just ended. I even would back a bit in case I had been distracted for a few minutes but no, it just ended and I felt a little cheated out of hearing the bad guys get their come uppance.

  • 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 1,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,120

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

Mills and Boone

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

Reviewed: 28-10-17

I kept thinking that this book would get better but in the end it was just totally tedious tosh - unless of course you're a fan of M&B.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Elizabeth Is Missing

  • By: Emma Healey
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,976
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,976

Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: Her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabeth is missing

  • By Mrs. Denise Slatter on 08-07-14

Wish I read this before my mum had dementia

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

Reviewed: 15-10-17

I found this book difficult to listen to in parts as my mum developed Alzheimer's many years before her death in 2012.

The early stages of the disease were subtle and I had no knowledge of what was going on in mum's head but I think if I'd been able to read/listen to this book before she became unwell, I feel I would have been more understanding and tolerant because I would have had an insight into how she perceived the world and how terrifying that must have been for her.

I'm sure the frustration of being asked the same question 50 times would still have been there but I think I would have been kinder.

Aside from that, the book is an unusual and engaging murder mystery brilliantly narrated by Anna Bentinck.

  • White Silence

  • Elizabeth Cage, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Kate Scarfe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,328

Elizabeth Cage is a child when she discovers that there are things in this world that only she can see. But she doesn't want to see them, and she definitely doesn't want them to see her. What is a curse to Elizabeth is a gift to others - a very valuable gift they want to control. When her husband dies, Elizabeth's world descends into a nightmare. But as she tries to piece her life back together, she discovers that not everything is as it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By mollyeyre on 23-09-17

Just annoying

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

Feeble heroine, clichéd characters, tedious dialogue, and worst of all, a lengthy dream sequence. Won't bother with any more of this series.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Looking Good Dead

  • Roy Grace, Book 2
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438

One single act of kindness becomes an endless reign of terror...Tom Bryce did what any decent person would do. But within hours of picking up the CD that had been left behind on the train seat next to him, and attempting to return it to its owner, he is the sole witness to a vicious murder. Then his young family are threatened with their lives if he goes to the police. But supported by his wife, Kellie, he bravely makes a statement to the murder enquiry team headed by Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, a man with demons of his own to contend with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as the first, but different.

  • By Simon on 31-08-15

Peter James needs to employ different narrators

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

I forgot when I chose this book that I wasn't keen on the narrator for the first one. However it was a different narrator so I thought it would be better. It wasn't. Couldn't bear to listen to more that an hour of the relentless cherpiness. So, the story may be great but I couldn't say.