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  • Prayer for the Dead

  • Inspector McLean, Book 5
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799

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 749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679

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.

  • War Brides

  • By: Helen Bryan
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

As war moves ever closer, the sleepy English village of Crowmarsh Priors settles into a new sort of normal: Evacuees from London are billeted in local homes. The nightly German air raids become grimly mundane. Rationing curtails every comfort. Men leave to fight and die. And five women forge a bond of friendship that will change their lives forever in this engrossing novel of loyalty, loss, and love in the shadow of World War II.With the hardships of war intensifying every day, the women band together to defeat formidable enemies and find remarkable strength within themselves to help one another. It is a war-forged loyalty certain to endure years and distance. When four of the women return for a celebration fifty years later, their mission is not simply to commemorate or remember. They’ve returned to confront a traitor whose actions cost countless lives — and to avenge one of their own at last.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyable story

  • By WmL on 19-11-12

Not My Usual Choice!

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

Reviewed: 21-08-18

We begin the book in Britain as the 1939 evacuation begins.

We are gradually introduced to our five heroines - none of whom fitted this description, at the start of our tale. The quiet village of Crowmarsh Priors, is not the norm to find one heroine, let alone, five!

Evangeline Fontaine eloped from New Orleans with naval captain Richard Fairfax. Whilst in Britain she continues the torrid love affair she started as a young woman.

Alice Osbourne, lives with her mother. She was Richard’s original choice of bride.

Tanni Joseph fled from Vienna with her new husband, expecting her twin sisters to follow on the kindertransport. Her father & mother, also planned to join her.

Frances Falconleigh is a society young lady & a future heiress.

Then there is the maid.

These women form an enduring bond.

We meet them again as elderly ladies. This is where we learn about what & who, they became.

  • The Winter of our Discontent

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Ethan Hawley has lost the spirit of his wealthy forebears, a long line of proud New England sea captains and Pilgrims. Scarred by failure, Ethan works as a grocery clerk in a store his family once owned. But his wife is restless and his teenage children hungry for the material comforts he cannot provide. Then a series of unusual events reignites Ethan's ambition, and he is pitched on to a bold course, where all scruples are put aside.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thank goodness for Jeff Harding the narrator

  • By Kirsty on 06-10-15

The Reader Was Perfect!

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

Reviewed: 19-08-18

I enjoyed this story of Ethan Hawley & loved the reader!

I enjoyed the relationship between the Hawley’s & between Ethan & his past.

It was interesting to be working out, how Ethan could accomplish the fortune teller’s future for him & to see how he worked this out.

I thought the suicide attempt was weak & taking his own life was not something that Ethan would, in my opinion, do.

  • Sacrilege

  • By: S. J. Parris
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

Fear haunts the streets of London after the assassination of a protestant Prince, and the recurrence of the plague. Giordano Bruno suspects someone is following him, but on confronting his stalker, he realizes it is the woman he once loved – she is on the run, accused of murder. Bruno travels to Canterbury to help clear her name, instructed by Sir Francis Walsingham to also search for the assassin in the shadow of England’s holiest shrine…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Canterbury Elizabethan Morse

  • By Farniboy on 27-04-15

I Enjoyed This Book & I Love Kennedy’s Naration!

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

London is afraid! A protestant Prince has been assassinated & the plaque is on the streets!

Giordano Bruno is sure that he is being followed,. He is, however, shocked to find that he knows the person. Not only that, it is a woman that he had loved.

She is accused of having killed her husband & she asks Bruno to travel to Canterbury to clear her name.

Bruno is still in the employ of Sir Francis Walsingham.

  • Treachery

  • By: S. J. Parris
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347

Summer, 1585: Sir Francis Drake prepares to embark on an expedition by royal commission to cross the Atlantic and seize major Spanish ports, diverting King Philip of Spain’s treasure to Queen Elizabeth. When a ship captain is brutally murdered, and Drake’s life threatened, it becomes clear that someone plans to destroy the expedition before it begins. Giordano Bruno and Sir Philip Sidney hunt for the killer, but are they being lured into a trap?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The saga moves on...

  • By Alan R on 01-01-15

I Felt This To Be The Weakest Of The Books.

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

In this book, Giordano Bruno‘s life becomes involved with that of Sir Francis Drake, his brother, Thomas & the expedition to attack the Spanish ports.

Drake has a fleet of ships commissioned to cross the Atlantic & seize major Spanish ports. They would then capture Spanish ships & treasure, for Queen Elizabeth.

Once again, we see Bruno teaming up with his friend Sir Philip Sidney.

The problem that I found with Book 4, was that the number of sub-plots undermined the story, as opposed to complementing it.

  • Conspiracy

  • Giordano Bruno, Book 5
  • By: S. J. Parris
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

Paris, 1585: Giordano Bruno has come to Paris, a city on the edge of catastrophe. Alone and near destitute, Bruno turns to old friend and zealous preacher Paul Lefevre. But when the priest is murdered, Bruno is pulled into a dangerous world. If Bruno can't uncover the truth, not only is the future of the de Valois monarchy threatened - but his own life will be the forfeit.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Gabrielle Harvey-Jones on 02-07-16

Conspiracy! I Wanted More!

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

The book is set in Paris, during the year, 1585.

After four other novels, I had come to love Giordano Bruno, but the reader has changed. At first I found this difficult, but after that, I loved it!

Bruno is alone & he requests a favour from an old friend, Paul Lefevre, who is murdered!

Bruno once again becomes involved with solving the murder, this time saving his own life & that of his friend the King.

I thought this book better than Book 4, which I hadn’t liked as much as Books 1-3.

  • The Glass Room

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Charlie Hardwick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382

When one of DI Vera Stanhope's hippy neighbours goes missing, she feels duty-bound to find out what happened. It's an easy job to track the young woman down to a country retreat where aspiring authors gather to work through their novels. It gets complicated when a body is discovered and Vera's neighbour is found with a knife in her hand. Calling in the team, Vera knows that she should hand the case over to someone else, but the investigation is too tempting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By melanie on 06-07-12

I Love Vera!

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

This book is more powerful on screen & we have come to see Vera ‘in person.’

This book was well read, but I was slightly disappointed in the story, it wasn’t as strong as I was expecting.

I am also upset that Audible, does not, as yet, have all of the Vera series.

However, I can’t wait to read another!

  • Prophecy

  • By: S. J. Parris
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

The follow-up to the best-selling Heresy sees the return of Giordano Bruno, religious exile and renegade monk…Autumn, 1583. As an astrological phenomenon heralds the dawn of a new age and Mary Stuart’s supporters scheme to usurp Elizabeth, a young maid is murdered, occult symbols carved into her flesh. Giordano Bruno is called on to use his cunning to infiltrate the plotters and find evidence against them. In fear for his life, Bruno discovers that the young woman’s murder could point to an even more sinister truth…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Getting better as a series

  • By Ron on 19-11-15

Prophecy - Tudor Experience!

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

Reviewed: 18-07-18

This is the second Elizabethan mystery for Giordano Bruno, monk, philosopher, heretic. It is set in the latter part of 1583.

Astrological pronouncements, plots & murder, are the main source of inspiration for Bruno to get involved with intrigue, murder & plots to kill Queen Elizabeth.

Francis Walsingham uses Bruno to get to the truth & as a result, his own life is in jeopardy.

  • Heresy

  • By: S. J. Parris
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 473

Oxford, 1583. Giordano Bruno, a radical thinker fleeing the Inquisition, is sent undercover to Oxford to expose a Catholic conspiracy against Queen Elizabeth. But he has his own secret mission at the University, which must remain hidden at all costs. When a series of hideous murders are committed, Bruno is compelled to investigate. What he finds makes it brutally clear that the Tudor throne itself is at stake....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good enjoyable lightweight read

  • By S Price Sinclair on 08-02-15

Heresy!!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

The book begins when Giordano is a young monk. This is an introduction to the hero of our story, Giordano.

We next meet him in 1583, in Oxford, at the University. He has fled the Inquisition & arrived with a secret mission, which will benefit Queen Elizabeth - the heretic Queen Of England.

Bruno becomes tied into the discovery & resolution of a series of murders, which are not of the norm.

There is humour, romance, religion, conspiracy & danger!