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  • Dead Sleep

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

When prize-winning photojournalist Jordan Glass chances upon a portrait by an unknown artist in Hong Kong, she is shocked. The face staring back at her is her missing identical twin sister. The painting is part of an exhibition entitled ‘Sleeping Women' and Jordan realizes that the portraits are all of women who have recently disappeared from New Orleans. Electrifying a case previously paralysed by a lack of bodies, this new evidence spurs the FBI's serial killer unit into action.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unbearable narrator

  • By Juliet on 26-01-19

Unbearable narrator

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

Reviewed: 26-01-19

Potentially a decent read , but the narrator is beyond annoying. Over-acted and why not just skip the southern accent if you can't find someone to do it plausibly.

  • The Dead Connection

  • Ellie Hatcher, Book 1
  • By: Alafair Burke
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Kaye
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

When two young women are murdered on the streets of Manhattan - exactly one year apart, both after dates arranged through an online dating website - Detective Ellie Hatcher is moved to a special assignment on the elite homicide task force. The killer has left behind a taunting hint connecting the two cases, and Flann McIlroy, an eccentric and publicity-seeking homicide detective, is convinced that Ellie is uniquely situated to help him pursue a terrifying theory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another great yarn from Ms Burke

  • By Lotus on 26-03-14

Sooo Sloooow

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

Reviewed: 24-01-19

At first I couldn't decide if it was a slow-moving book or the bored-sounding narrator. By half way through it became clear it was just a dull book. "The Wife" was so much better - so was the narrator.

  • Capture or Kill

  • By: Tom Marcus
  • Narrated by: Jason Langley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

Matt Logan is an MI5 agent for the British government. Working on the front line of counterterrorism in the UK, he's trained to protect its citizens against all threats. When two brothers known operationally as 'Iron Sword' and 'Stone Fist' are suspected of plotting a major terrorist event, Logan and his team work undercover to track them down. If they fail, an attack will be unleashed that will rock the country to its very core.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast Paced Fun Spy Story!

  • By Simon on 03-08-18

More like a documentary

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

Reviewed: 16-09-18

Potentially a good story but the plot doesn't seem to get off the ground. It's more like a documentary: Every point is laboured, every action over-justified. The characters are one-dimensional. Gave up half way.

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: President Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 671
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 671

A sitting US President is missing. President Bill Clinton partners with number one best-selling author James Patterson in a powerful, one-of-a-kind thriller filled with the kind of insider details that only a President can know.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For a Star Turn it's Hit and Miss

  • By Simon on 05-06-18

Go Clinton!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Fast paced, well written with sustained momentum in a plot well above Patterson's usual standards. Clinton's weighty contribution is clear. The American patriotism was inevitable but doesn't lessen a thoroughly good read.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Truth

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

A thrilling tale of suspense from the CWA Diamond winner and best-selling author of the Roy Grace series, read by Matt Addis. Susan and John Carter are crazy about each other, and life is perfect but for one thing - they are on the brink of financial disaster. Surely being a surrogate mother to another man's child won't harm such a strong relationship? Especially when the mysterious Mr Sarotzini is offering to save their home and business - everything they've worked for.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Truth is it's not bad

  • By Simon on 09-01-18

Badly in need of severe editing

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

Reviewed: 31-12-17

Plodding, tediously repetitive and implausible. Surely Peter James didn't write this. It should be edited down to a third of it's length. But it probably is not worth the trouble.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fever

  • By: Deon Meyer
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodburn, Peter Noble
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Nico Storm and his father drive across a desolate South Africa, constantly alert for feral dogs, motorcycle gangs, nuclear contamination. They are among the few survivors of a virus that has killed most of the world's population. Young as he is, Nico realises that his superb marksmanship and cool head mean he is destined to be his father's protector. But Willem Storm, though not a fighter, is a man with a vision. He is searching for a place that can become a refuge, a beacon of light and hope in a dark and hopeless world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enthralling story

  • By Mrs. H. J. Trick on 18-07-17

great read

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

Reviewed: 23-09-17

Post-apocalypse is no means my genre. But Deon Meyer is such a good writer I made an exception. It's not futuristic or fantasy, it's down-to-earth and real. How the remaining people choose to survive after most of our species is killed by a virus: What kind of societies come about, the politics, the security issues, the systems of providing basic needs. Being Meyer though, it has well-developed characters, and is fast-paced with mystery and intrigue, anguish and humour thrown in. The narrators are very good, and to a South African, authentic. Americans, who seem to have had difficulty even with Saul Reichlin, had better listen to a sample first.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Cleaner

  • John Milton, Book 1
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,288
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,106

Meet John Milton. He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder. Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn't want to be on his list. But now, after ten years, he's had enough - there's blood on his hands and he wants out. Trouble is, this job is not one you can just walk away from. He goes on the run, seeking atonement for his sins by helping the people he meets along the way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but oddly unsatisfying

  • By Lucy on 05-11-16

Slow, bland, tediously noble

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

Reviewed: 13-04-17

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

A 12-year-old

What will your next listen be?

I hope something with more plausible and complex characters, more action, more original, and a less preachy, far grittier plot. John Connolly, Peter May, James Oswald, Mark Billingham, even Brett Battles.

What didn’t you like about David Thorpe’s performance?

He's usually very good, but he couldn't pull off the black cockney gangster accent.

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

The idea had potential in the right hands. When nothing interesting had materialised by half way, though, I gave up hope.

Any additional comments?

Maybe the writer was too busy with goody-two-shoes messages, to develop an actual story.

  • Powder Burn

  • By: Carl Hiaasen, Bill Montalbano
  • Narrated by: Robert Ramirez
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

New York Times best-selling author Carl Hiaasen teamed up with journalist Bill Montalbano for this gripping thriller. Powder Burn stars Chris Meadows, a successful Miami architect who's leaving a meeting with an ex-girlfriend when he sees a car strike his ex, killing her. But the nightmare is only just beginning. As a witness to the crime, Chris knows the car's passengers - thugs linked to Miami's deadliest drug lords - are sure to come after him next. But what can he do if the police refuse to give him protection?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • All potential lost to a bad reader

  • By Juliet on 20-06-12

All potential lost to a bad reader

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-06-12

The plot might have held promise. Certainly with Hiaasen as one of the authors, I had hopes. But the reader ruined it. I could not get past chapter 3. Same harsh tone no matter what the scene, didn't seem to be taking in what he was reading so emphasis often misplaced. What a pity

2 of 2 people found this review helpful