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  • Closed Casket

  • The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 534

Lady Athelinda Playford has planned a house party at her mansion in Clonakilty, County Cork, but it is no ordinary gathering. As guests arrive, Lady Playford summons her lawyer to make an urgent change to her will - one she intends to announce at dinner that night. She has decided to cut off her two children without a penny and leave her fortune to someone who has only weeks to live.... Among Lady Playford's guests are two men she has never met - the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and Inspector Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ridiculous plot, badly in need of editing

  • By Karen on 13-10-16

A waste of time

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

Reviewed: 18-06-18

I’m afraid this is a truly turgid, thin and boring story. Even Julian Rhind Tutt’s undoubted reading/voicing skills cannot lift this tale from being over wordy, uninteresting and essentially a waste of time. Simply constructing a ‘Christie-lite’ story with shallow characters, very weak plotting and interminable dialogue that gets nowhere is not a formula for success. Poirot hardly figures in the story either! I thought Hannah’s previous ‘Christie’ book, The Monogram Murders was weak, but this is much worse. I shan’t attempt any more of these very poor attempts to profit from the Agatha Christie heritage.

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  • A Delicate Truth

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: John le Carré
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,003

A counter-terror operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted in Britain's most precious colony, Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, and a private defence contractor who is also his close friend. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister's Private Secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding writing and narration

  • By Al on 14-05-13

Masterly!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-13

I have read and listened to books by Le Carre before, of course, and found the plots, the writing and the performances by Michael Jayston for the audio books all to be excellent. He is undoubtedly not just a good but a great modern writer. However, I think this latest story stands out for a number of reasons. First, there is the the story itself and the obvious commitment of Le Carre in developing it and the implicit critiques of both state and private commercial power. His use of language and descriptive power is once again outstanding. Secondly, however, it is Le Carre's own reading that is the revelation . I was surprised to see that he was voicing this presentation not least because Jayston has been so good, but also because, frankly, I was not sure from the various interviews etc. I've seen of him whether Le Carre would be suited to this role. I need not have worried: he gives the reading a quality and tone which seem, to me, to fit perfectly to the social and political contexts and the people he describes so well, and he also manages to present convincing characterisations of all the story's actors.
Overall, I think this is one of Le Carre's best tales in terms of content and also the quality of writing, at least amongst his most recent works, and his reading on this audio version made for a truly masterly production. Highly recommended.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • The Blackhouse

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,780

The Isle of Lewis is the most desolate and harshly beautiful place in Scotland. When a bloody murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. Since Fin himself was raised on the island, the investigation represents not only a journey home but a voyage into his past. Each year twelve island men sail out to a remote and treacherous rock called An Sgeir on a perilous quest to slaughter nesting seabirds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book

  • By Flint on 09-04-16

It draws you in...

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

Reviewed: 13-04-13

The story is initially relatively slow moving, but it gradually draws you in with a mixture of the main plot and the very evocative descriptions of place and space. May has a way with words that the narrator really develops well, with good individual identities for the characters and their voices. I found this a gradually more compelling tale, and when I'd finished I immediately looked for more by the same writer and narrator. Highly recommended