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  • Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart

  • Bryant & May, Book 11
  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

Two teenagers see a dead man rising from his grave. And if that's not alarming enough, one of them is killed in a hit and run accident. Soon it seems death is all around and Bryant and May must confront a group of latter-day bodysnatchers. More graves are desecrated, further deaths occur, and when Bryant is blindfolded and taken to a secret society, he realises that this case is more complex than even he had imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another triumph

  • By Julie on 22-11-14

Difficult to review

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

Reviewed: 22-02-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes. My feeling was that the dynamic of the plot dropped around the middle of the book. It happened once before with Bryant and May (the memory of blood) but quickly picked up. Here, i eventually got lost in all the different story lines. Luckily, I enjoy Goodman's narration, so it did not matter much.

Would you ever listen to anything by Christopher Fowler again?

Yes. I love the series. And parts of the book were very interesting, funny and endearing, as always.

What does Tim Goodman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Tim Goodman is a brilliant narrator. I love each and every character he created with his voice in this series.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Yes.

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  • Leaving Everything Most Loved

  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

London, 1933. Two months after an Indian woman, Usha Pramal, is found murdered, her brother turns to Maisie Dobbs to find the truth about her death. Not only has Scotland Yard made no arrests, they failed to conduct a full and thorough investigation. When another Indian woman who was close to Usha is found murdered, Maisie is pulled deeper into an unfamiliar yet alluring subculture.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reminiscences of times long past

  • By Maja on 10-07-14

Reminiscences of times long past

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

Reviewed: 10-07-14

What made the experience of listening to Leaving Everything Most Loved the most enjoyable?

Lots of things. The thoughtfulness of the book. The complexity of the characters, slowly revealed, beautifully read indian accents. The mixture of colours and smells...

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

I listened/read all of them. They all have the quality of savouring. If you are looking for a lot of action, blood and fear, these are not the books for you. It took me a while to get into Jacqueline Winspear's books, sometimes the main character (Maisie) got on my nerves. Here, i had a feeling she was more in the background and it made the book all the more interesting for that.

Have you listened to any of Julie Teal’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No. But i would certainly like to. I loved her "male indian characters" voices. Well done.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes. The description of the english wife of an old indian friend of Usha, the one who embraced her husband's culture. Beautifully done.

Any additional comments?

Yes, a warning - Maisie's character is an acquired taste. Give yourself time, i think the novels deserve it. Perhaps it would be good to start with some of the previous books, this one kind of wraps up one period in Maisie's life....

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  • Vienna Blood

  • By: Frank Tallis
  • Narrated by: Richard Burnip
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Winter in Vienna, 1902: a serial killer embarks upon a bizarre campaign of murder. In this second volume of the Liebermann Papers, Liebermann struggles with his own demons, Against a backdrop of mystery and terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vienna Blood

  • By Patricia on 22-04-11

Dissapointed

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

Reviewed: 21-05-14

Would you try another book written by Frank Tallis or narrated by Richard Burnip?

Not for some time,

What was most disappointing about Frank Tallis’s story?

i could not get past the first few "pages" , no matter how hard i tried,

How could the performance have been better?

the performance was ok,

Any additional comments?

i listened to the first book in the series, liked it and hoped the second one would be even better. Unfortunately, it was not.Different story lines were unrelated and crime descriptions were violent and too detailed...

  • Inspector Ghote Trusts the Heart

  • Inspector Ghote, Book 8
  • By: H. R. F. Keating
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Some crooks have tried to snatch the plump son of a business tycoon, and have accidentally made off with his playmate instead. But they're not changing their plan: a payment is to be delivered to them or a small corpse is to be delivered to Inspector Ghote. But what kind of ransom can a mere tailor's boy demand? And, as something more unpleasant than just a ransom note arrives from the kidnappers, are the police helping to keep the boy in one piece?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A mixed experience

  • By Maja on 09-03-14

A mixed experience

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

Reviewed: 09-03-14

Having listened to all of Tarquin Hall's and Sam Dastor's Vish Puri mysteries, i was hoping to find another such wonderful combination. It was a much more sombre experience, and although Sam Dastor does a fantastic reading again, the bleakness and repeated misery of Inspector Ghotte's hierarchicaly constrained and tortured existence was too much for me in the end...

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  • Cosi Fan Tutti

  • An Aurelio Zen Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Michael Dibdin
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Neopolitan businessmen, politicians, and eminent mafiosi are assassinated as someone takes literally the job of cleaning up the city's tarnished image. In this mystery, Aurelio Zen discovers that in '90s 'New Italy', things are still the same.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cosi Fan Tuti

  • By Alan on 04-05-11

Uneven writing, brilliantly read

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-12-11

The story has some very good parts, but altogether - it is too long, too convoluted and sporting a number of half-baked characters. The details are better than the whole. Michael Kitchen reading is superb.

  • The Case of the Missing Servant

  • By: Tarquin Hall
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Meet Vish Puri, India’s most private investigator. Portly, persistent and unmistakably Punjabi, he cuts a determined swathe through modern India’s swindlers, cheats and murderers.In hot and dusty Delhi, where call centres and malls are changing the ancient fabric of Indian life, Puri’s main work comes from screening prospective marriage partners, a job once the preserve of aunties and family priests

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming

  • By Anonymous User on 11-03-15

an endearing first mystery

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-07-11

If you find that the intricate plot is of crucial importance in a mystery - then this may not be the right audiobook for you. The plot is fine, but it is not murder that gives this book its flavour. So why 5 stars? It is funny and witty and interesting, both through writing and brilliant accents by Sam Dastor. Regarding India's history and culture - i know very little of it so all that was there was very welcome.

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