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  • A Darker Domain

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Eilidh Fraser
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 608

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

There Was Just Something Holding Me Back From 555!

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

Reviewed: 21-01-19

There was just something holding me back from ***** ***** *****. I felt there was a weakness & slight convenience in the storyline, making the ending feel contrived.

Already on the next one though!

  • The Distant Echo

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Tom Cotcher
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,767
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,762

On a freezing morning four drunken students stumble upon the body of a woman in the snow. Rosie has been raped, stabbed and left for dead in a cemetery. The only suspects are the four young men now stained with her blood. Twenty-five years later the police mount a cold-case review of Rosie’s unsolved murder, and the four are still suspects. But when two of them die in suspicious circumstances, it seems that someone is pursuing their own brand of justice....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing story with good characters

  • By Janet on 07-03-17

I Was Fixed To The Outcome Of This! Sadly I Worked Out Most Of It!

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

Reviewed: 13-01-19

I love the reader! Thank you, Val McDermid & Tom Cotcher!
Great story & teller!
I’m on to the next one ASAP!

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,129
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,752

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Listened To It Twice Straight Off! ***** x 2!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-19

I wasn’t well when I listened to this. I enjoyed it, but was worried I might have missed something. Well, I hadn’t. Great both times! Storyline, Characterisation & Reading! Now for the TV programme, please!

  • Animal Farm

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,589
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,249

Animal Farm is George Orwell's great socio-political allegory set in a farmyard where the animals decide to seize the farmer's land and create a co-operative that reaps the benefits of their combined labours. However, as with all great political plans, some animals see a bigger share of the rewards than others and the animals start to question their supposed utopia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant classic, superbly read by Simon Callow

  • By Anthony on 15-06-14

Sorry, George, Simon Callow’s Reading 5 STAR 👏👏

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

Reviewed: 10-01-19

This was read for a class who had chosen it as their text! Seeing Simon Callow was reading it, meant that it wasn’t a hardship. I knew too much about the book, from a reading when I was younger, the film, many referrals to it, that it may have been an endurance test without Mr Callow!

  • The Bat

  • A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,782
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,772

Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great introduction to Harry Hole.

  • By Richard on 04-12-12

Not A Five Star!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

I listened to this book & I would listen to others. It was not my favourite, by any means.
I had to have it turned up loud to hear it & the accents weren’t the clearest.
All in all, a ***.
I would try one more in the series, as I liked Harry. The other characters were more obscure & less memorable.

  • Abattoir Blues

  • The 22nd DCI Banks Mystery
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 368

The 22nd novel in number-one best-selling author Peter Robinson's critically acclaimed DCI Banks series. When two boys vanish under mysterious circumstances, the local community is filled with unease. And when a caravan belonging to one of the youths is burned to the ground, and a bloodstain is discovered in a disused World War Two hangar nearby, things quickly become much more sinister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration

  • By jas on 15-04-15

After Two Study Books, I Needed This!

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

I love the reader, his voice and performance,

I know I haven’t read this book in the right order, but it was accessible. I found it a little hard to keep up with who was who!

It was a really enjoyable listen and sometimes that is all that you want!

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  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

Newspeak, Doublethink, Big Brother, the Thought Police - the vocabulary of George Orwell's classic political satire, 'Nineteen Eighty-Four', has passed into the English language, symbolising the horrors of totalitarianism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probably the perfect book

  • By Tom on 17-01-11

A Book Ahead Of It’s Time, Now Jaded?

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

I remember reading this when I was much younger & it was the excitement of reading something that was in the future, yet near enough and real enough to be possible. Now, in a world where people are being chipped, we have overshot both the date and the times, With the films of Harry Potter and their moving pictures, with it being 2018 nearly 2019. With Brexit etc it felt dated. I gave the reader four stars, as I still enjoyed some of it because of the way in which he read it!

  • Les Miserables

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 57 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 163

Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A slog but well worth it.

  • By Alan on 07-06-11

A 5 🌟 Book!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

We were studying it & so this made me move on with it.

I loved the story. I knew - the films, the musical etc, but this ability to listen as I went, was perfect for me, thank you. .

  • 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 902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816

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

Lost Marks As I Can Never Hear Whispered Sections!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Almost as soon as a journalist is reported missing, his body is found in Gilmerton Cove, network of caves and passages running underneath Edinburgh. This murder is no ‘ordinary’ murder!

Inspector Tony McLean believes that the death will have & does have, deeper ramifications.

The most unlikely pairing of Tony & his nemeses journalist, comes about. He is also teamed with an old colleague.

Loved the book, but there must be a better way to whisper!

  • Home

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Steven Webber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690

By the international number one best-selling author of Tell No One and Fool Me Once, soon to be a major movie starring Julia Roberts. A decade ago kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For 10 years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend, Win, believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing.....wonderful....brilliant

  • By Linda Ramsbottom on 18-02-17

Enjoyable - Wanted To Know The Ending!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Harlan Coban’s books, all seem so different, I think that is one reason I enjoy them. It’s nice to pick up an old friend, but sometimes it’s good to be surprised!

Ten years before, two six year old boys were grabbed from one of their homes in the presence of an au pair. Now, ten years later, one of their uncles, Myron Bolitar gets a lead, they are in London, working as male prostitutes. His friend Win is pulled in to help. So too are a number of other associates.

Myron and Win are concerned that something doesn’t feel right.