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  • Funicular: What Is Truth When the Past Is a Lie?

  • By: T. F. Lince
  • Narrated by: Jade McLean
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

After his life is threatened, DI Bob Dixon leaves London hoping for the quiet life in the northern village of Saltburn-by-the-Sea. But when he takes on the case of young Lizzy Scraggs, missing since a huge tide hit Saltburn six years earlier, he embarks on an investigation that will push him to the very edge of reason.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A supernatural mystery

  • By Bethany Gordon on 30-06-19

A Thoroughly Enjoyable Listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-19

Thank you so much to the author, T F Linse, for the opportunity to listen to and review this highly entertaining book.

The book begins with Detective Inspector Bob Dixon moving from a hectic career in London where his life has been threatened to what he hopes will be a much quieter life by the Sea in the North of England. Unfortunately for Bob, but not for us, the listeners, his plans go completely awry.

In this little sleepy village called Saltburn by the Sea, with nothing much to do, DI Bob Dixon becomes intrigued with an old missing person case which he begins to investigate which turns out to be less straightforward than he imagines. As he begins to delve deeper into what happened, he gets much more than he bargained for.

At the heart of this story is the funicular car, a cliff lift that was used in Victorian times to ferry people up and down the cliffs but which now is used as a tourist attraction. Bob learns the legend of the lift and its link to the disappearance of children following every big tide.

To say my brain was completely fried by the end of this story is an understatement. Not only is this a detective story but it also has many elements of the supernatural, magic and many interesting twists and turns to keep you and Bob Dixon guessing. It is full of many weird and wonderful characters that you can’t help but get to know and like, not least of which is of course Bob Dixon and his side kick, Constable Hurricane Higgins.

I also particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the village of Saltburn and the author really brought it to life for me.

I really hope this is not the last time we will meet Bob Dixon and the colourful cast of characters of Saltburn by the Sea.

I would definitely recommend this book to those people who enjoy a mystery with a supernatural/fantasy element. Just let go of reality and enjoy the ride.

  • Longstone

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 10
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452

Between the devil and the deep blue sea... Viking treasure is discovered beneath the icy waters of the North Sea, and local historian Dr Anna Taylor is called in to help catalogue the most exciting hoard in living memory. But when a shipwreck diver washes up dead, she’s soon out of her depth. Luckily, she knows just the person to call.... When DCI Ryan arrives at the picturesque fishing town of Seahouses, he's faced with an impenetrable wall of secrets and lies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant..

  • By Salter on 11-03-19

Another cracking listen by this great author

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-04-19

As a huge fan of the DCI Ryan series, I was thrilled to get the offer of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.

This is another great story by the very talented L J Ross. Again she had me on the edge of my seat with another exciting instalment in this much loved series.

Back in the Northeast of England following his last case which took Ryan and his wife Anna to Italy, the team are back on home ground for another spate of crime solving. Set in the town of Seahouses, Ryan and the team have to solve the murder of a shipwrecked diver who has been washed up on the rocks. Of course more murder, secrets and lies follow for Ryan’s intrepid team of detectives to solve.

I honestly can’t praise these books highly enough. Each of the stories are different but feature a wonderful cast of characters that you can’t help get to know and love. There is of course the very capable, intelligent and charismatic Ryan, the funny, loyal and warm hearted Frank Phillips and the strong lion hearted DI Denise MacKenzie. Ryan’s wife Anna of course also has very useful contributions to make to the stories. Not only do I enjoy the crime story but I enjoy catching up on all the characters’ lives to see how they are developing.

Jonathan Keeble of course is wonderful in the narration of this book and is now for me the voices of the DCI Ryan mysteries. I simply couldn’t imagine anyone else reading them. He is excellent.

I also thoroughly enjoy Ms Ross’s vivid description of the locations in which the books are set as this really brings the books to life for me.

I highly recommend the whole series and they just keep getting better and better. Well done Ms Ross and please keep them coming. Another 5-star rating from me and I can’t wait for book 11.

  • One Enchanted Evening

  • By: Anton Du Beke
  • Narrated by: Julian Ovenden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 320

Inside the spectacular Grand Ballroom of the exclusive Buckingham Hotel the rich and powerful, politicians, film stars, even royalty rub shoulders with Raymond de Guise and his troupe of talented dancers from all around the world, who must enchant them, captivate them and sweep away their cares. Accustomed to waltzing with the highest of society, Raymond knows a secret from his past could threaten all he holds dear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Enchanted Book

  • By Ville Girl on 09-11-18

A thoroughly enjoyable Tale

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-18

I have to say I absolutely loved this book which I devoured over 2 days. I really enjoyed the story of secrets and intrigues of the rich and famous in this book. I loved the descriptions of the very stylish and glamorous Buckingham Hotel and all its colourful characters. I really hope that Anton Du Beke will write more books as I found this one very entertaining and would love to listen to more by this author. One of my most enjoyable listens of 2018.

  • I Let Him Go

  • By: Denise Fergus
  • Narrated by: Siân Polhill-Thomas
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 432

A truly inspiring and heartbreaking book from the mother of little James Bulger - whose murder by two young boys shocked the world. On 12th February 1993, Denise's life changed forever. As she was running errands at New Strand Shopping Centre, she let go of her two-year-old son's hand to take out her purse. Denise never saw her son again. In this extraordinary and heart-wrenching audiobook comes the unflinching account of that terrible day from James Bulger's mother, Denise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • extremely well told.

  • By floatyman2 on 07-02-18

Heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

I was very wary about getting this book as I knew how emotional it would make me. I remember when the dreadful events regarding this little boy took place and how heartbreaking it was. The nation was so shocked and horrified that 2 10 year old boys could perpetrate such a terrible act. My heart has always gone out to Denise Fergus and her family. I admire her so much for her strength in her constant fight for justice for James and for managing to also be a great mum to her other children. This book was heartbreaking at times but it also told a story of how Denise survives and how she hasn’t been destroyed by the evil that came into her life. She is an incredible lady. I also thought the narrator was excellent. She was the perfect choice to read this book.

  • Someone to Look up To: The Story of a Special Dog

  • By: Jean Gill
  • Narrated by: Ian M. Walker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

A dog's life in the south of France. From puppyhood, Sirius the Pyrenean Mountain Dog has been trying to understand his humans and train them with kindness. How this led to their divorce he has no idea. More misunderstandings take Sirius to Death Row in an animal shelter, as a so-called dangerous dog learning survival tricks from the other inmates. During the twilight barking, he is shocked to hear his brother's voice but the bitter-sweet reunion is short-lived. Doggedly, Sirius keeps the faith. One day, his human will come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Wonderful Book about a Wonderful Dog

  • By Ulla on 25-03-18

A Wonderful Book about a Wonderful Dog

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

Reviewed: 25-03-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely and I will be doing so immediately.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Serious of course. He had such an engaging personality and he made me feel so many emotions. I loved him!

What does Ian M. Walker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Ian M Walker brought Serious and all the dogs and other animals in the book to life. I don't think I would have felt as much of this if I had read the book instead of listening to it. He became the voice of Serious for me and he made Serious and the others feel so real.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had huge emotional reactions to this book. It made me smile, it mostly made me cry, it made me angry, it made me sad and it made me happy. All sorts of emotions abounded.

Any additional comments?

I absolutely loved listening to the audible version of this extremely heart wrenching book. I felt like I really got to know Serious, the Pyrenees Mountain dog, the hero of this story. It begins with his birth, continues with his puppyhood and on through the first 4 years of his life. It is told through Serious' eyes and you get to know him by listening to his thoughts right through the story.

For me a book that is worth its salt is one where I really care about the characters and that triggers my emotions. This book really did this for me.

As a huge dog lover myself I fell for Serious in a very big way from the start and only wish I could have adopted him myself! This book made me love him, it made me smile at his early antics when he was chosen by his first human, it made me cry (copiously) and made me angry and happy and sad and other myriads of emotions. It gave such an insight into how dogs think and what us humans should not do when it comes to training dogs.

For me dogs are such beautiful, loyal and wonderful creatures that bring us humans such pleasure and love. Serious' story broke my heart so many times but I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to listen to it and get to know him. The book has left me wishing for a sequel.

The narrator of this story, Ian M Walker, did a super job as the voice of Serious. He had the right tone and he told the story extremely well. He was an excellent choice of narrator and is definitely the right voice for serious.

I would definitely recommend the audible version of this book as listening to it really brought Serious and all his other animal friends to life for me. I loved it.

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  • A Mind to Kill

  • A gripping psychological thriller packed with suspense
  • By: John Nicholl
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

When Rebecca's childhood abuser escapes justice, it sets her on a path to revenge. Revenge on any man who preys on the innocent. A gripping, audiobook psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection

  • By Melanie Preston Lewis on 12-09-17

Another Gripping Thriller from John Nicholl

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-09-17

Every time I hear that this author is releasing another book I am delighted, particularly when I know it is going to be narrated by Jake Urry. This latest book certainly does not disappoint. It is a gripping listen; so much so that you won't be able to stop until the end. Although the story is dark and gruesome at times with lots of detail it was a very gripping read. Jake Urry brought the characters to life with his usual expertise. Another superb offering from John Nicholl.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Beginning of a New Fantasy Series

  • By Ulla on 06-09-17

Excellent Beginning of a New Fantasy Series

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-17

This book was a really good start on a new fantasy series. As far as I know this is Steven McCullough's first book and I really enjoyed it. I found the story engaging and am looking forward to the next instalment. The book was very well narrated by Henry Kramer, the son of two of my favourite narrators, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading. He's a chip off the old block. I definitely think this author and narrator are ones to watch and hopefully we will be hearing more from them in the future.

  • The Lucky Ones

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 319

When a woman's body is found in the grounds of a ruined priory, Detective Imogen Evans realises she is dealing with a serial killer - a killer whose victims appear to die in a state of bliss, eyes open, smiles forever frozen on their faces.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Serial Killer Thriller

  • By Ulla on 24-06-17

Gripping Serial Killer Thriller

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-06-17

Mark Edwards never disappoints. Another fantastic thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat over the two days it took me to listen to this book. I enjoyed all the twists and turns which are what Mark Edwards' fans have come to expect from this very entertaining writer. The story had me hooked from the start, made even better by the excellent narration. Every book I have read by this author has been great in my opinion and this one is no different. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good thriller.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Lazarus Prophecy

  • By: F.G. Cottam
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 411

There is a killer loose on the streets of London, one that evades security cameras, is not held by locks, and savagely mutilates his victims. When the murderer switches from unknown prostitutes to Julie Longmuir, a beautiful actress at the height of her success, no woman feels safe. As the press begin to draw uncomfortable comparisons with Jack the Ripper, Jane Sullivan, heading up the police investigation, grudgingly has to agree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent novel, excellently narrated.

  • By K on 26-07-15

Gripping Right from the Start

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

I absolutely loved this book. The mix of crime and horror were right up my street. This is the fourth book I have listened to by this author and it certainly lived up to my expectations. I really enjoy F G Cottam's horror as his books always manage to scare me. I thought Sean Barrett's narration was great and his tone was very well suited to this dark story.

  • The Fireman

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 655

Some flames burn too brightly to be extinguished. This exceptional new thriller from Joe Hill is essential reading for 2016 and perfect for fans of Justin Cronin's The Passage. In a world overtaken by a deadly and dramatic new virus, Harper is determined to live long enough to deliver her baby. But when all it takes is a spark to start a deadly blaze, she's going to need some help from the mysterious fireman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Spark Off The Old Block!

  • By Simon on 21-05-16

Absolutely fantastic book highly recommend

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

Reviewed: 27-04-17

I loved this book from start to finish. A very engaging story with lots of scary moments. Some really likeable characters and horrible scary villains. Joe Hill is a chip off the old block. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was superbly narrated by the excellent Kate Mulgrew who really brought the story and characters to life. Five stars all round from me. Would give it more if I could.