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  • Prayer for the Dead

  • Inspector McLean, Book 5
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Prayer for the Dead, from the bestselling Inspector McLean series by Sunday Times bestselling author James Oswald, read by Ian Hanmore. Are you ready to be reborn?; The search for a missing journalist is called off as a body is found at the scene of a carefully staged murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book in the series

  • By Lucy on 08-03-15

Spoilt by the over dramatic whispering

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The whispering bits. I found them so irritating I skipped past them and obviously missed out on the storyline

What could James Oswald have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Tied up the loose ends, eg: Madam Rose, what was going on with her, we never did find out

How could the performance have been better?

By remembering that it is a plain book narration, which is all I, for one, want. It's no to going to be played live at the Old Vic

Did Prayer for the Dead inspire you to do anything?

Apart from causing me intense irritation, it made me vow to check this author's books for future as to the involvement of the occult. I would have stopped listening but had nothing else in my library to listen to.

Any additional comments?

Personally I like a storyline that could be credible, even at a pinch, but it certainly seems there are a lot of people in Edinburgh involved in the weird occult.

  • The Case Against William

  • By: Mark Gimenez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Criminal defence lawyers must make their peace with one harsh fact of life: most of their clients are guilty. Yet when William Tucker, a celebrated and self-centered star college football player, is suddenly arrested and charged with the brutal rape and murder of a college coed two years before, his broken-down, drunken estranged father, Frank, can't believe he's guilty. What father could? But Frank is also an ex-criminal defence lawyer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By Judith on 02-10-16

For American football enthusiasts!

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

Reviewed: 14-11-16

What disappointed you about The Case Against William?

So much commentary about American football, there was very little basic storyline or plot.The story was supposed to about how the father overcame his addiction and ultimately solved the crime, thereby clearing the accusations against his son. In fact if you sliced off all the narrative about the football, you would be left with very little regarding storyline and plot

What was most disappointing about Mark Gimenez’s story?

16 chapters along and barely anything was happening at all. I kept listening, through sheer boredom, but it didn't improve and I felt it was a waste of money.

What about Jeff Harding’s performance did you like?

He is always an OK narrator, easy to listen to and pleasant on the ear, possibly could be termed 'Ear Candy'

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment that I'd wasted one of my credits!

Any additional comments?

Audible must try and give a better and nore accurate appraisal of the book! I'm not keen on English Football, but I loathe American Football!

  • The Parsifal Mosaic

  • By: Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 28 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Michael Havelock watched as his partner and lover, Jenna Karas, double agent, was gunned down by his own agency. There's nothing left for him but to get out, quit the game. Until, in one frantic moment on a crowded railway platform in Rome, Havelock sees Jenna. She's alive - and suddenly Havelock is a marked man, on the run from both US and Russian assassins. Racing around the globe after his beautiful betrayer, Havelock is trapped in a massive mosaic of treachery created by a top-level mole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than Bourne

  • By Mr on 25-11-12

narrator drove me mad!!!

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

Reviewed: 19-10-16

What did you like best about The Parsifal Mosaic? What did you like least?

Brilliant, if far far fetched story, although I suppose it might just happen, but in any case it kept me up all night listening to it. However, it was a bit hard to keep tabs on all the different characters, especially when they kept getting knocked off so frequently, and one can't refer back , as with the pages of a book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

None really, they all stretched the imagination a bit, but they were still all ok.

What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

Where do I startr? The terribly contrived foreign accent, which did indeed drone on and on, and was the same for anyone who wasn't American, and then, halfway through the book he began sounding like a priest giving a service, an absolute drone, which I came to dread as I became more interested in the plot, yet he interspersed this with odd incidences of over dramatics. Mr. Ludlum, get another narrator please!

If this book were a film would you go see it?

I wouldn't go to a cinema, but I'd certainly watch on TV.

Any additional comments?

This is the first book I have had by Mr Ludlum, and I am immediately going to choose another, so that says it all really!

  • See How They Run

  • By: Tom Bale
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 428

It's often said that when tragedy strikes, the victims were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. But not Harry and Alice French. Assaulted by masked men looking for a mysterious package and a man named Renshaw, Alice and Harry manage to convince them that there has been a terrible mix-up. But nothing prepares Alice and Harry for the web they find themselves trapped in after their assailants leave. Especially as Alice hasn't been completely honest.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I don't get it.

  • By CA on 27-06-16

DISAPPOINTING ENDING

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

Reviewed: 25-05-16

If you could sum up See How They Run in three words, what would they be?

Great story, plausible, real people, no silly 'super strong action' heroes. This could happen to any of us although there were a few details which didn't seem reasonable for 2 well educated and intelligent people to have taken. Then again, it could be these decisions were due to the stress they were under, so all in all, not unbelievable

What did you like best about this story?

It was a 'don't put down' ' story, and extremely well read, although I can't resist a little swipe at the Scots accent!

What does Kris Dyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Good pronunciation, adequate level of drama in his voice and read very smoothly. Easy and pleasant listening.

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

I think so, yes

Any additional comments?

Thorughly enjoyable, except for the fizzle out ending. I still don't know what happened to some characters, which is annoying! One of the characters, don't want to say more because of spoiling the plot for other readers, but one character was very weak and certainly didn't add up. I was waiting for an explanation and further revelations, but that just didn't come, which is why the ending was so poor

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • No Place to Die

  • DI Mike Lockyer, Book 2
  • By: Clare Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 235

DS Jane Bennett takes charge of South London's Lewisham murder squad following the temporary suspension of her boss, DI Mike Lockyer. His involvement with a female witness resulted in her murder. Mike returns to work, but he's a shadow of the detective he was a few months before. Bennett gets a desperate call from an old friend to say that her husband, retired colleague Mark Leech, has gone missing. Blood spatters found in the home suggest she doesn't have long to find him.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Abandoned it halfway through!

  • By maddy on 14-04-16

Abandoned it halfway through!

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

Reviewed: 14-04-16

What did you like about this audiobook?

Having listened to Book 1 I was looking forward to becoming engrossed in a good mystery with characters I was already familiar with. I was gripped at first by a sensational plot, but was completely bored by constant analysis of the character's personal lives which were pretty boring anyway.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

I wouldn't bother listening to any of this series of books again.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

I found myself wishing it would come to the point of a particular scene/ event without detailing points which had already been covered. I was easily able to come to ceratin conclusions way before they were revealed in the storyline.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

AWFUL!I have never heard such a childish and manufactured attempt at a man's voice, which was unbelievably irritating. It was almost embarrassing to listen to.

Do you have any additional comments?

Don't buy it!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Twelve Years a Slave

  • Includes Interviews of Former Slaves and Illustrations
  • By: Solomon Northup
  • Narrated by: William Butler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Twelve Years a Slave tells the amazing story of a free Black man who in 1841 is taken away from his family and sold into slavery in the deep south of the United States. Solomon Northop takes us with him on his most unfortunate Journey through the days of slavery. A journey no human being should ever endure. We feel his pain as he wakes up with his arms and legs bound in the chains of slavery. Will he ever get to see his wife or hold his children in his arms again?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Part of chapter 22 missing

  • By Denise Morrey on 03-08-17

Don't try it!!!!

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

Reviewed: 14-04-14

What disappointed you about Twelve Years a Slave?

The reading was awful, slow, monotonous, disjopinted, expressionless. I just couldn't listen anymorer and gave up.

What will your next listen be?

Don't Know yet

What didn’t you like about William Butler’s performance?

Have already said

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

I heard about the film, and really wanted to listen to the book, I am very interested in the American South.

Any additional comments?

There should be a warning of some type given about this reading and story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful