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  • Widows

  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Ann Mitchell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

Facing life alone, they turned to crime together. Dolly Rawlins, Linda Perelli and Shirley Miller are left devastated when their husbands are killed in a security van heist that goes disastrously wrong. When Dolly discovers her husband's bank deposit box containing a gun, money and detailed plans for the hijack, she has three options. She could hand over the ledgers to the Detective. She could hand them over to the thugs who want to take over Harry's turf. Or, she and the other widows could finish the job their husbands started....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Peter on 02-07-18

Dreadful narration makes this book impossible

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

I have greatly enjoyed everything of Linda La Plante’s which I have read, as I have also enjoyed the TV dramatisations. Widows passed me by so I was greatly looking forward to this, but the narration is so bad - a sort of hoarse whisper - that I have just had to give up on it. To be frank, and without any exaggeration, a machine reading would probably have been better. Very disappointed. Book now returned. Thank you, audible, for making this possible.

  • Buried

  • Department Q, Book 5
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Buried, the fifth installment of the Department Q series by Jussi Adler-Olsen, read by Steven Pacey. More than three years ago, a civil servant vanished after returning from a work trip to Africa. Though he is missing and presumed dead, the man's family still want answers. It is one of the many unsolved crimes left for Department Q, Denmark's cold-case unit headed up by Detective Carl Morck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Just A Crime Book

  • By David F. on 15-03-15

Department Q gets better and better

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

Reviewed: 27-03-15


The latest episode in the Department Q series. It just seems to get better and better. The characters are quirky, the plotline intriguing, there is plenty of suspense, mystery, and laughs too.

At times perhaps, the plotline stretches the bounds of credulity, however, there are plenty of connections and references to contemporary politics, social issues, and the world situation, to make this believable and engrossing.

Performance of this book is of the same standard as the earlier books, really good. He tends to differentiate the voices and characters by using regional British accents, which seems a bit odd at times, however overall it works extremely well.

If you like murder mysteries, political intrigues, and also quirky characters, then you'll love this.

Highly recommended!

  • Dark Fire

  • Shardlake, Book 2
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815

It is 1540 and the hottest summer of the sixteenth century. Matthew Shardlake, believing himself out of favour with Thomas Cromwell, is busy trying to maintain his legal practice and keep a low profile. But his involvement with a murder case, defending a girl accused of brutally murdering her young cousin, brings him once again into contact with the king's chief minister - and a new assignment . . .

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story

  • By Su on 22-02-18

Another excellent Shardlaje tale.

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

Reviewed: 17-03-15

An engrossing combination of historical fact and well crafted fiction including a perplexing mystery and fine attention to detail. Masterful.

  • Abducted

  • Lizzy Gardner, Book 1
  • By: T. R. Ragan
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Escaping from a madman should have been the end of her nightmare. Instead it was only the beginning...Lizzy Gardner was just seventeen when she was kidnapped by the psychopath known as Spiderman, a serial killer terrorizing her California hometown. Imprisoned and tormented for months, Lizzy narrowly escaped with her life and Spiderman vanished without a trace. But if she thought he would forget her, she was dead wrong.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thriller / Mystery

  • By Peter Weatherby on 08-03-15

Thriller / Mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-03-15

An engaging thriller mystery. The tale is (almost) believable in the serial killer genre with some similarities to Scandinavian novels of this kind. The characters are well developed, and the performance is very good if a little breathless at times. This is the first model I've read by this author and I'll certainly go for more. Recommended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Deadly Bonds

  • A Detective Jackson Novel, Book 9
  • By: L. J. Sellers
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

When a young mother is found murdered in a derelict Eugene neighborhood - and her terrified young son is discovered hiding beneath the floorboards - Detective Jackson reluctantly takes the case. His own life is already in chaos, with his runaway teenage daughter, Katie, still gone and his girlfriend, Kera, facing her own family crisis. Matters get more complicated when the orphaned boy bonds with Jackson, triggering unexpected emotions and compromising his ability to investigate.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Average.

  • By Gaynor on 07-02-16

Conventional Detective / Thriller

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

Reviewed: 02-03-15

An enjoyable, light read. A police murder thriller. The thriller is not the most thrilling, though the mystery twists nicely. The characterisation is not especially well developed and some aspects of the back story are a little unrealistic, yet for all that enjoyable.
The performance is good, though the voices lack differentiation - especially the male voices which take on the same gruff growl.
Oh yes, and I was puzzled by what the author meant by "a mocking sound" which he uses more than once in conversations. Had me flummoxed that did.
Would I read another by the same author? Yes.

  • Dissolution

  • Shardlake, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105

It is 1537, a time of revolution that sees the greatest changes in England since 1066. Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church. The country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers ever seen. And under the orders of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent throughout the country to investigate the monasteries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time Travellers Beware.....

  • By Hannah on 01-12-14

Excellent historical & mystery drama

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

Reviewed: 21-02-15

I enjoyed this immensely. The historical background is well drawn and the issues and ideas at stake are dealt with clearly and with suitable accuracy. The writing has just enough idiom from the time to make the narrative convincing, and the performance exploits this to the full. I am no a great fan of Shardlake!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Child

  • By: Charlotte Link
  • Narrated by: Catherine Harvey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

In the northern seaside town of Scarborough, a student is found cruelly murdered. For months, the investigators are in the dark, until they are faced with a copy-cat crime. The investigation continues apace, yet they are still struggling to establish a connection between the two victims. Ambitious detective Valerie Almond clings to the all too obvious: a rift within the family of the second victim.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing but gripping

  • By Mandy Tout on 30-04-15

Enjoyable, but long ...

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

Reviewed: 31-01-15

I enjoyed this book and was surprised to discover that it is apparently a translation from the German. It has a very English setting in both time and place. With only a couple of small irks the translation was quite natural and flowed well.
The narration was good, clear and expressive, though the female characters were mostly if a rather similar type, and the narrator struggled to make them different enough to overcome what I think are weaknesses of the text.
This was a rather long tale, long in getting started (so much so that I had to check at first it wasn't a succession of disconnected short stories) and long in coming to an undramatic conclusion that was on the cusp of unbelievability.
The best feature was definitely the book within the book which was more engrossing than the core of the story itself. This was especially well constructed and engaging.
Overall, despite its length and pace it was an enjoyable read and at no point did I feel like putting it down.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Wycliffe and the House of Fear

  • By: W. J. Burley
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

The Kemps were a Cornish Catholic family who had held on to Kellycoryk, their family home, for almost five hundred years. But it was beginning to look as though the present century would be their last. Roger, head of the shrinking clan, was desparate to save the house and land. His second marriage, to the shrewd and tough businesswoman, Bridget, offered a way out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A more subtle mystery

  • By Bruce on 01-12-14

More please!

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

Reviewed: 19-01-15

Having seen the tv series many years ago, I was looking forward to this book and was not disappointed. The characters of the principal family are well drawn and the mystery has the usual twists and turns.
Wycliffe himself, though, and Lane and Kersey are rather undeveloped. There is very little of the probing of the psychology of the detectives nor much mention of their private lives which most contemporary murder mysteries explore. Tale well told though.
The only other Wycliffe books in audible are abridged - which is a pity, though they are read by Jack Shepherd who played Wycliffe on the TV: but generally I find abridged books dissatisfying.
More Wycliffe please!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Monogram Murders

  • The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 594

Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffee house is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified, but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done. Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one's mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Boring Monogram Murders

  • By Ulla on 18-09-14

Recommended, if a bit convoluted.

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

Reviewed: 23-09-14

Where does The Monogram Murders rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

An enjoyable listen, with many plot turns - though a very long ending. I could hardly believe it when Poirot got the protagonists together a full two hours before the end of the book!
The characterisation of Poirot and Catchpole captured well typical Christie characterisation, even if (as always) there were many implausiblities. Procedural Crime novel this certainly isn't. The class distinctions of the 1920s are well drawn and I could have been fooled into thinking this had been written by Christie herself.

If you’ve listened to books by Sophie Hannah before, how does this one compare?

I haven't - but I will consider doing so.

What about Julian Rhind-Tutt’s performance did you like?

Excellent - Poirot and Catchpole were very well portrayed, and if the accents of the other characters were a little exaggerated, I think that is appropriate to the genre.
I have one big complaint though, which I found very annoying and quite a surprising error. The character with the forename (Christian name, indeed) of St.John had his name consistently read as "Saint John", and I am astonished that someone who has such a plummy voice and bears a name as upper class at Julian Rhind-Tutt would not know that this is pronounced "SinJen"!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Too long for that!

Any additional comments?

Fun. A bit long. A bit too convoluted at the end. Has all the implausibility of any of the "genuine" Poirot. I'd recommend it.

  • The Child

  • An Audible Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Rupert Penry-Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,840
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,842

My name is Simon. I’m 10 years old. I’m a serial killer. Robert Stern (Rupert Penry-Jones), a successful defense attorney, doesn’t know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. Stern is more than surprised, when his old love interest and professional nurse Carina (Emilia Fox) presents him a ten year old boy as his new client. Simon (Jack Boulter), a terminally ill child, who is convinced he has murdered many men in a previous life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling, Difficult in places, but damn good!

  • By Simon on 07-06-15

Good ... but

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

Reviewed: 31-08-14

Would you try another book written by Sebastian Fitzek or narrated by the narrators?

I wouldn't seek one out. I just found the whole thing implausible and its plot turns unconvincing. I discover that the book seems to have started life as a film in German. Not quite sure, but perhaps the book followed the film and that is what leads to my general feeling of dissatisfaction. For most of the performance I was unsure whether the paranormal aspect of the story was intended to be taken seriously. It was rather superficially accepted by the characters and some aspects of this plot line did not engage me. For a story to thrill and scare the situation has to be one the reader can identify with, even when has a paranormal dimension. I just found some of the characters and situations difficult to believe in and the rapidly developing scenario implausible in so many ways. At the end, too, everything was explained much too easily. I stuck at it to the end, so it was not a complete disappointment ... But the whole thing, story and performance, did not leave me wanting more.

What will your next listen be?

Crime, Murder mysteries, Law, Thrillers: I like Ann Cleeves at present, also Ruth Rendell, Jussi Adler Olsen, Robert Galbraith, also John Grisham ... Nick Stone's book The Verdict is tremendous.

Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

The principal narrator was good - in fact I felt more comfortable during the narration rather than the acting itself - which is odd for a dramatised version. The cast for this is so strong - Rupert Penry-Jones, Emilia Fox and even the great (for me) Michael Jayston in a small role - yet I was disappointed. I felt some of the performances were too flat, and not quite believable, read, rather than acted.

Did The Child inspire you to do anything?

Hm. I thought the idea of a dramatisation was great, but the reality was disappointing. I often listen to dramatisations on Radio 4, so it isn't that this is unfamiliar to me, though it is odd (and perhaps significant) that while Radio dramatisations generally dispense with the need of a narrator, this did not, and the narrator was the most satisfying performance.

Any additional comments?

Such a good concept ... Disappointing outcome.