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Stewart Webb

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  • Finding Lizzy Smith

  • The Kate Nash Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Susan Keene
  • Narrated by: Quinn Wyatt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Kate Nash, a St. Louis detective turned private investigator, becomes the central figure in a multiple-homicide case - one of the victims was her husband. Now her friend and old college roommate, Lizzy Smith, is missing and presumed kidnapped. As the mystery unfolds, Kate realizes whoever is behind the killings is out to destroy her and everyone close to her. Will they succeed?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • So Bad Its Good? No.. it is Bad!

  • By Stewart Webb on 04-08-18

So Bad Its Good? No.. it is Bad!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

This is a USA co called cosy crime book. I say so called because if they are all like this we are in trouble! The plot is to say the least pallid. You will not only need to suspend belief, but forget it completely.

The body count is very high, and no character seems to mourn, or indeed care a close friend is dead, just who is next.. The narration is terrible, flat and uninteresting.

Yet, there is a long series of these audio books, so mayby I am missing something? No. Try this at your peril, but at least with Audible you can send it back!

  • One Shot

  • Jack Reacher 9
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929

A public plaza in Indiana. Five people are killed in cold blood, shot through the head. But he leaves a perfect trail of evidence behind him, and soon the local police chief tracks him down. After his arrest, the shooter's only words are, 'Get Jack Reacher for me.' What could possibly connect this psychopath and the wandering dropout ex army cop?Critics call Lee Child's thriller series 'addictive', so here is our annual, much-longed for, Reacher fix.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very well read Reacher book

  • By AReader on 05-06-12

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

Like all Jack Reacher books fast at times puzzling sometimes silly but great books. Good story with not (too much) gore. Enjoy!

  • Doughnuts and Deception

  • By: Agatha Frost
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Courtney
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

When Julia discovers that homeless people are dying suspiciously and the police aren't investigating, she can't sit back and do nothing. She dives headfirst into the case, aided by her new Detective Inspector boyfriend, Barker. Convinced that there is a killer preying on the vulnerable residents of an old burnout warehouse, Julia must solve the mystery...but can she crack the case before more bodies turn up?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too Cozy

  • By Stewart Webb on 27-03-18

Too Cozy

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

Reviewed: 27-03-18

I like a cozy crime novel, but this tries too hard and fails. Badly written and performed. I am usually not very good at spotting who did it but had this sussed after the third chapter. Wouldn't recommend spending money on this...

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  • Murder on the Serpentine

  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Deirdra Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

London, 1899: Head of Special Branch Commander Thomas Pitt is summoned to Buckingham Palace. In the twilight of her years, Queen Victoria is all too aware that the Prince of Wales will soon inherit her empire and must be beyond reproach. She tells Pitt she tasked her close friend and confidant, John Halberd, with investigating the Prince's friends, specifically Alan Kendrick, a wealthy playboy and betting man, but before he could report back Halberd was found dead in a rowing boat on the Serpentine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incomparable

  • By Arcticangel. on 27-10-16

Easy on The Ear

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

As with all Anne Perry Victorian mysteries well written and researched but as per usual at times getting bogged down with far too much description of both surroundings or emotions. Still easy to listen to and good descriptions of the various Victorian established rules. Good narrator despite the main characters all being men you soon forget it is a female reader. Those new to the author may want to start with an earlier book on the series, but it can be listened to as a stand alone story

  • Some Danger Involved

  • Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 1
  • By: Will Thomas
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

An atmospheric debut novel set on the gritty streets of Victorian London, Some Danger Involved introduces detective Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, as they work to solve the gruesome murder of a young scholar in London's Jewish ghetto. When the eccentric and enigmatic Barker takes the case, he must hire an assistant, and out of all who answer an ad for a position with "some danger involved", he chooses downtrodden Llewelyn, a gutsy young man with a murky past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Jolly enough take on an old formulae

  • By K on 11-02-17

Boring!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-17

Never got to finish this book. The narration is very poor in my opinion not helped by a very tedious story. It may all come together at the end end. However I care not. This one is going back!

  • Signal for Vengeance

  • By: Edward Marston
  • Narrated by: Nick McArdle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

1860, Wimborne, Dorset. Rebecca Tullidge, miserably married to her callous husband, is having an affair with a railway officer, John Bedloe. Much to her distress, she trips over her lover's dead body on the railway tracks. Determined to win votes for the upcoming election of mayor, Mr Feltham calls for Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Lemming to solve the hideous crime, which takes longer than anticipated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story let down by poor narration

  • By Andy Q on 15-10-17

Far Too Long

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

Reviewed: 18-09-17

I agree with others. I have many audiobooks in this series, which I have enjoyed. However this one spends far, far to much time describing the surroundings, people's clothing, long boring sections on the state of housing or description of a train etc. Whilst we do need these things in this book there is far to much of it and I literally lost the plot. Or nearer the truth didn't care about the plot. Did get to the end but it was hard work. Let's hope he gets back on form with his next book..

  • An Echo of Murder

  • William Monk Mystery, Book 23
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Deirdra Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

London, 1870: The body of a Hungarian immigrant is found dead in what appears to be a ritualistic killing, with a bayonet through his heart, his fingers broken and his body surrounded by 17 blood-dipped candles. At first Commander William Monk of the Thames River Police suspects the killer is from within the community, but when another murder takes place, Monk fears the immigrants are being targeted by an outsider.... Meanwhile, Hester is reunited with a doctor who had been left for dead on a Crimean battlefield.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Far From Her Best

  • By Stewart Webb on 04-09-17

Far From Her Best

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

Over the years I have listened to many books by this lady but this is probably one of her worst. There are whole sections describing Victorian medical operations and long drawn out descriptions of wartime and nursing bearing no resemblance to the plot which is slow and plodding. She has written many great books. But this is not one of them

  • 1971 - Never a Dull Moment

  • Rock's Golden Year
  • By: David Hepworth
  • Narrated by: David Hepworth
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

The '60s ended a year late - on New Year's Eve 1970, when Paul McCartney initiated proceedings to wind up The Beatles. Music would never be the same again. The next day would see the dawning of a new era. Nineteen seventy-one saw the release of more monumental albums than any year before or since and the establishment of a pantheon of stars to dominate the next 40 years - Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Marvin Gaye, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Rod Stewart, the solo Beatles and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Amazing Era...

  • By Colin on 14-09-16

Good - But You Need To Be A Certain Age

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

Reviewed: 25-03-17

I was sixteen in 1971. The writer, David Hepworth was 21, and in the music business. He is unabashed in proclaiming 1971 is the most important and fertile year for popular music, and he makes a very good argument. However the book does have its problems, as I said I was 16 at the time and never listened to all the, music which was out there. For example, The Who, whilst I like the band, I was not at the time a fan, and there is virtually a whole chapter on them, meaning very little to me. Indeed I found myself jumping these sections.

Each chapter is a month, he then recounts the music and musical stories of that month. All well and good, but as I say, unless you are a muso like him (or spend the whole book with Google next to you) , you will not know all the music or references. He does tend to wonder off onto how a particular song was written, or why. The end of each chapter he gives his top ten songs of that month, only about half of which I knew, but that may have more to do with me, than his choices.

There are hardly any, indeed if any at all references to straightforward pop music, the book is mainly about the higher end bands The Stones, David Bowie, The Eagles, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd etc. No Mungo Jerry New Seekers or Dawn! Actually he does include in one top ten list Tie A Yellow Ribbon, but that’s about it. However in fairness he is recounting milestones in music, which these were not..

Not all the book is about music, nor indeed 1971. There are some interesting social history chunks about for instance drinking and smoking back then, and he obviously has to refer to before and after 1971.

Finnaly the narration. Others have said he seems to shout. The narration is not smooth, you can tell it was recoded at different times and he does sometimes seem to rant, I did notice he does seem to get excited trying to make a point, like a politician. I found the narration tolerable, but some may not, so well worth a listen up front before purchasing.

All in all a good book well written, full of fascinating facts and stores of the music scene back then. However, only a certain age group will enjoy it. I will recommend it if you were at least in your teens back then enjoying the contemporary music of that time.

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  • 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 459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391

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

Not Her Best

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

Reviewed: 18-02-17

This is far to long with long descriptions of people places and emotions. As far as I can make out just to elongate the very unbelievable
story. The narrator is very good I have other books by her buy in this case she sounds bored and dry. I did make it to the end but even that was disappointing.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fascinating Footnotes from History

  • By: Giles Milton
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 185

Fascinating Footnotes From History details 100 of the quirkiest historical nuggets - eye-stretching stories that sound like fiction but are 100 percent fact. There is Hiroo Onoda, the lone Japanese soldier still fighting the Second World War in 1974; Agatha Christie, who mysteriously disappeared for 11 days in 1926; and Werner Franz, a cabin boy on the Hindenburg who lived to tell the tale when it was engulfed in flames in 1937.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • one of the best books I've listened to in years

  • By mike blacker on 08-11-16

Too Many Pauses

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

Reviewed: 15-09-16

Overall not a bad book. One, if it were in print you could dip into. Loads of short interesting historical stories. But be warned some not for the feint hearted (I used the f/f button here!). However be it the reader or in the editing there are throughout annoying gaps and silences. At first I kept checking my player but it went on the whole way through. Put up with it in the end. Would have rated it higher than for this and the icky bits.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful