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Melanie Preston Lewis

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  • The Blood Strand

  • Foroyar Triology, Book 1
  • By: Chris Ould
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 433

Jan Reyna is a murder squad detective, British by adoption and choice, Faroese by birth and history. Called back to the remote Danish Faroe Islands when his father suffers a paralysing stroke, Reyna is forced to reexamine his decades-long rejection of the past and of his father in particular. But in this now-foreign country, whose language and customs he no longer understands, Reyna is also drawn into a rare Faroese murder case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Faroe - Scandinavian slow lane

  • By Rogayah on 17-03-16

Enjoyable enough

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

Reviewed: 18-04-19

This is an enjoyable listen. Jan Rayna is a likeable character and the story was fairly well paced and well thought out. I did occasionally find my mind drifting and had to refocus myself. I liked it, didn't love it but could see why so many people do. i think I'm coming to the end of murder mystery books. I've listened to too many and maybe that's why The Blood Strand didn't set me on fire. Time for a change in genre I think

Never Coming Back
    David Raker, Book 4
    
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    Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
    364 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • Never Coming Back

  • David Raker, Book 4
  • By: Tim Weaver
  • Narrated by: David Bauckham
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 328

When Emily Kane arrives at her sister Carrie's house, she finds the front door unlocked and no one inside. Dinner's cooking, the TV's on. Carrie, her husband, and their two daughters are gone. When the police draw a blank, Emily asks missing persons investigator David Raker to find them. But as he gets closer to the truth, Raker begins to uncover evidence of a sinister cover-up, spanning decades and costing countless lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Christine on 20-10-13

Weaver weaves a wonderful web

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

Reviewed: 16-04-19

David Raker is a fabulous creation; and full disclosure, I'm a little bit in love with him. Every adventure he embarks upon at Mr Weaver's hands shows us hidden depths and strengths hitherto undisclosed in previous outings. I was desperate for David to find the entire Ling family and return them intact to Emily. The villains David encounters are so vile, the corrupt cops so cunning, but through is all David maintains his dignity and his position on the moral high ground. When the book ends I am left bereft, heartbroken and suffering from severe Raker-withdrawal. Mr Weaver always provides us with substantial and fulfilling fare. Delicious!

  • Twisted

  • By: Steve Cavanagh
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

Who is JT LeBeau? A best-selling crime writer, whose words have gripped the world. The only mystery greater than his stories is his true identity. One woman thinks she's found him - her husband has millions in the bank and a letter for the enigmatic author. But the truth is far more twisted.... 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sadly not as good as Thirteen. Lacklustre reader.

  • By Sophie on 30-01-19

Very clever

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

Reviewed: 11-04-19

The thing is, and I don't know if you agree with me, when an author becomes known for writing brilliantly clever and evil plots, and then his new book has the reading world waiting with baited breath in anticipation, something is bound to go wrong! No need to panic, there's nothing wrong with Twisted; it's crafty, quirky, unique and Curly-Wurly-esque in its twistedness. (I'm just making words up now). If this had been my cherry popping Steve Cavanagh book, it would get 5 stars; but it's not. Mr Cavanagh is a victim of his own success, because, you see, I love Eddie Flynn. I really, really love Eddie Flynn, and I love Adam Sims, the narrator, therefore anything Mr Cavanagh writes that doesn't have Eddie Flynn in the starring role and isn't narrated by Adam Sims, I'm going to struggle with. Having said all that, Laurence Bouvard narrates Twisted superbly. I just adore her accent, and the story line is inspired and unique in a literary world that has seen every twist and turn possible, Mr Cavanagh has managed to carve out an entirely new loop-the-loop. His writing is masterful and eloquent and I listened to nearly 12 hours in just 2 sessions because I was transfixed. The only thing missing for me is Eddie! Assuming you are a normal and rational person and not in love with a fictional character in a book, then I highly recommend you listen to Twisted and give it the full 5 stars. You can thank me later!

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  • The Invisible Ones

  • By: Stef Penney
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 468

Small-time private investigator Ray Lovell veers between paralysis and delirium in a hospital bed. But before the accident that landed him there, he had promised to find Rose Janko. Rose was married to the charismatic son of a travelling gypsy family, Ivo Janko. When Ray starts to investigate her disappearance he's surprised that her family are so hostile towards him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent story, narrated well

  • By Helen on 25-10-12

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

A captivating tale that takes the listener on all kinds of journeys. Stef Penney has created a compelling and engrossing story that pulls you in, keeps you close and leaves you feeling bereft when it's over. Dan Stevens turns in a wonderful performance as narrator and the whole package is just divine, which I'm thrilled to recommend.

  • Greenwash: A Katerina Carter Fraud Thriller

  • A Totally Gripping Thriller with a Killer Twist - Katerina Carter Fraud Thriller Series, Book 4
  • By: Colleen Cross
  • Narrated by: Petrea Burchard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Avalanches are deadly, but in the remote Rocky Mountains, something even more sinister awaits...Private investigator Katerina Carter and boyfriend Jace embark on a cozy weekend getaway just before Christmas at a luxury mountaintop lodge. While he writes the biography of a billionaire environmentalist, she explores the snowy wilderness.Then two local environmental protesters die under mysterious circumstances. Kat and Jace race to uncover the truth only to face even deadlier disaster. The mountains take no prisoners. Neither does the killer. And the killer is creeping closer....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More intrigue and mayhem

  • By Lindsay on 09-04-19

Another hit

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

Oops she did it again! Ms Cross has presented us with another Kat Carter thriller. Thanks to Kat's naturally suspicious mind, she uncovered a massive fraud. I'd never have thought forensic accounting could be so fascinating, or so dangerous. The only downer for me is Jase. He always doubts Kat, questions her perceptions and is incredulous at the things she discovers. Has he not realised that she's always right and he's always wrong? About time Kat ditched Jase and found a partner who'd offer up their 100% support without hesitation. This was probably the most dangerous case Kat's been involved in, I hope she gets some down time after this. I did miss Uncle Harry! I love his character and Ms Burchard's voicing of him is absolutely spot on. I look forward to seeing him again in book 5, if there is a book 5, and I really, really hope there is, because this is a great series, which I recommend to all

  • A God in Ruins

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957

Kate Atkinson’s dazzling Life After Life, one of the top-selling adult books of 2014, explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula’s beloved younger brother, Teddy – would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband, and father – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving and memorable

  • By Kirstine on 16-06-15

Glorious

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

How I wish we still employed English in the same way as the 1940s. If we did, I'd say this was a jolly good listen, full of japes and adventure. I love Teddy, (OK, that's not very 1940ish), he was just the most divine character. His efforts to love a good life, even when it was full of disappointment, were laudable. He was sorely let down by his daughter, but his relationships with his grandchildren and sister, Ursula, were tender and sweet. Alex Jennings' narration was sublime, I hope that he used his everyday voice. This was such a beautiful and moving story. Kate Atkinson has drawn wonderful characters and I was totally invested in all of them. Upon finishing this book I immediately went and bought the first in the Todd Family series and will buy more by Kate Atkinson. A compelling, commendable, clever and captivating creation that I'm privileged to have read and highly recommend.

  • Sweet Little Lies

  • By: Caz Frear
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 956

What I thought I knew: in 1998, Maryanne Doyle disappeared, and Dad knew something about it. Maryanne Doyle was never seen again. What I actually know: in 1998, Dad lied about knowing Maryanne Doyle. Alice Lapaine has been found strangled near Dad's pub. Dad was in the local area for both Maryanne Doyle's disappearance and Alice Lapaine's murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting & accomplished new voice

  • By Michelle on 25-12-17

Great debut novel

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

This is a great first novel from the pen of Caz Frear. Cat Kinsella is a fabulous police officer, totally credible and I warmed to her immediately. Her relationship with her colleagues was healthy, thank goodness. I'm fed up with police officers stabbing each other in the back and generally climbing over their colleagues still warm corpses in their selfish attempts to rise to the top. The whole tale of murder, deceit and skulduggery was carefully thought out. Each individual strand seemed disconnected until Ms Frear applied her immense talent to weaving them together and making a colourful tapestry of lies and crime. Cat Kinsella and her fellow officers are a great team, and I know she's on secondment for a while, but I really hope the band gets back together for another concert soon. Great narrating from Jane Collingwood helped take an excellent book into exceptional audio book. Can't wait for the next one!

  • Death Toll

  • By: Jim Kelly
  • Narrated by: Roger May
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Bodies are being exhumed at King's Lynn's cemetery, the bones moved to higher ground to avoid flooding. But when the coffin of murdered pub landlady Nora Tilden is hauled up into the light there's a grim discovery: the twisted corpse of a young black man, dumped in the grave on the night Nora was buried. Who was this young man? Was he the victim of a racist crime?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clever story

  • By Melanie Preston Lewis on 04-04-19

Clever story

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Upon finishing I discovered this was book 3 in a series of 5. Why publishers need to keep this a secret from readers is one of my biggest bugbears. Every book that's part of a series should be clearly marked as such, this book should be entitled Death Toll, book 3 of 5. Listening to the story was great, it was clever with lots of twists and turns, plenty of credible suspects and enough red herrings to keep an Arsenal supporting Scandinavian happy for months. However, the whole way through I felt there was something, a little thing that I kept missing. Like I'd done a 1,000 piece puzzle and found 1 piece missing. Of course, now I know why, because this is part of a series and, although reads perfectly well as a standalone, if you read the previous 2 in the series first, you'll have a deeper and clearer picture. Well narrated by Roger May, there were periods when the narration was very quiet. A great story though.


  • Sometimes I Lie

  • By: Alice Feeney
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,268
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,270

"My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me. I'm in a coma. My husband doesn't love me anymore. Sometimes I lie." Unnerving, twisted and utterly compelling, you won't be able to put this new thriller down. Set to be the most talked about book in 2017, it's perfect for fans of Behind Closed Doors, The Girl on the Train and The Widow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read/listen

  • By Annie Tompkins on 30-03-17

OK

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

To be honest, by the end of this book I was terribly confused. I had no idea who Claire was? It seemed to me at one point that Claire was driving the car and talking to her passenger who she called, "Claire". Maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention, or maybe the audio version didn't succeed on holding my attention. Stephanie Racine did a fine job narrating this tale. I guess I just didn't feel invested in Amber/Taylor/Claire. Can't please all of the people, all of the time.

  • The Bluff City Butcher (Second edition)

  • The Bell Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Steve Bradshaw
  • Narrated by: Stephen H. Marsden
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

The Bluff City Butcher was once just an urban legend. Now a real monster has stepped out of the fog of a century-old mystery and thrown a midsouth community into unbridled terror. When world renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Elliott Sumner gets the call from the Butcher, he knows he's not dealing with just any serial killer. Not only is the BCB a genius and psychopath, he is the genetic recipient of a legendary mutation some would kill for. Elliott's battle with his own inner demons could get in the way of stopping the very real monster.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A twisty turny rollercoaster of a book.

  • By Liz Rev on 20-04-19

Ohmidays!

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

Reviewed: 29-03-19

Well, at times my head was spinning under the different weights of all the various threads weaving the magic carpet of intrigue that is the story of Bluff City Butcher. At the beginning, I wasn't sure how the very disparate stories would come together. But come together they did, and then some. The only negative for me was the narrator, Stephen H. Marsden. Don't misunderstand me, he did a good job, but his accent didn't appeal to me and his pronunciation of Gilgamesh absolutely irritated me, like fingers down a blackboard. But appreciation of accents and different pronunciations of words between the UK and the US is often an obstacle. It certainly wouldn't stop me from recommending this book to other people; it's a very personal preference. An intricate tale, carefully crafted, well done Mr Bradshaw!