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  • Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories

  • By: Andrea Camilleri
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories is a brilliant collection of short stories, personally chosen by Andrea Camilleri, following Inspector Montalbano from his very first case in Vigàta, in which he stumbles upon a young girl lurking outside a courthouse with a pistol in her handbag. When she is taken in for questioning and won't utter a single word, Montalbano must find another way to learn whom she is trying to kill and why.... Other cases include a missing woman who has run away from the love of her life, an old married couple who appear to be rehearsing their suicides and a crime so dark there's only one person the inspector can call for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed this audiobook.

  • By Christopher on 30-09-18

Oh dear, oh dear.......................

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

Reviewed: 22-06-18

This is a good fun book, I read it a while back, but wanted an audiobook copy too, so was pleased to see it offered.

So why the one star?

Well the narrator might be good for all I know, and he does have a fair range of accents. Sadly none of these get within a couple of thousand miles of Sicily or Italy, or for that matter anywhere south of Basingstoke. If you fancy hearing pheasants talking in Norfolk yokel, while discussing their goats getting lost on the mountains. It is all too terrible, really terrible. No I mean this, I really do, it is unremittingly awful.

You might think it might be funny - well have a go, it was for a few minutes. I tried to get through it but no, it is too too terrible.

Thanks for nothing audible, it's going back for return.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Now We Are Dead

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478

Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel got caught fitting up Jack Wallace - that's why they demoted her and quashed his sentence. Now he's back on the streets, and women are being attacked again. Wallace has to be responsible, but if Detective Sergeant Steel goes anywhere near him, his lawyers will get her thrown off the force for good. The Powers That Be won't listen to her, not after what happened last time. According to them, she's got more than enough ongoing cases to keep her busy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fudge Flavoured Wombles in Tartan Noir

  • By Simon on 03-11-17

All delicious loveliness.

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

Where does Now We Are Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right up there.

Any additional comments?

If you like Stuart MacBride you'll love this. If you don't, well try electro-therapy or something. Another gorgeous jolly romp from an author who get's better.

No Lazarus this time, it's all about Steel, and what's not to love about her. I did once try to join the police (too blind) but I suspect I would have never have met folk like these, but you can actually imagine a lot of the action could happen in similar outrageous ways.

Look, as said, if you like MacBride you know what he's about and will enjoy this 'instalment' of Police Scotland's finest. You've probably got it already, or will anyway, so why am I wasting my time telling you to?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Atomic Accidents

  • A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters; From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima
  • By: James Mahaffey
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

From the moment radiation was discovered in the late nineteenth century, nuclear science has had a rich history of innovative scientific exploration and discovery, coupled with mistakes, accidents, and downright disasters.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite The Bomb

  • By Thomas on 05-02-15
  • Atomic Accidents
  • A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters; From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima
  • By: James Mahaffey
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner

A mixed bag

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Tom Weiner?

Anyone who was briefed on pronouciation

Did Atomic Accidents inspire you to do anything?

Yes - to return it

Any additional comments?

There is a LOT here, and all very interesting.

The author makes a few gaffs, so don't rely on this for a nuclear 'primer'.

However, the narrator just makes it not one for my collection. As far as I know Tritium has always and will continue to be pronounced with a hard second 'T', pretty sure in America too (happy to be disavowed of this believe) NOT like 'trishium'. This is very irritating, it obviously appears a lot.

The author/narrator does tend to inject a 'superior' tone, which is also very irritating.

That all said if you can overlook the above then it is a fine read/listen.

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  • Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 71 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,899
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,413
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,380

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and five collections of short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant audio book, shame about the navigation.

  • By Mr. P. J. Marsh on 10-03-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

Any additional comments?

First class, buy with confidence, listen and enjoy.

I have read all of the Sherlock series many times, and listened to earlier audio versions on disc so there is nothing new to me here. BUT it is still a great purchase.

As others have said navigation is a nightmare and could easily have been so so much better. Why not a volume per part??

Anyway remember to

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  • Bomber

  • By: Len Deighton
  • Narrated by: Richard Burnip
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Bomber is a novel of war. There are no victors, no vanquished. There are simply those who remain alive, and those who die. Bomber follows the progress of an Allied air raid through a period of twenty-four hours in the summer of 1943. It portrays all the participants in a terrifying drama, both in the air and on the ground, in Britain and in Germany. In its documentary style, it is unique. In its emotional power it is overwhelming. Len Deighton has been equally acclaimed as a novelist and as an historian.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A rather ponderous reading

  • By Trevor on 23-02-13

Great story ruined

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

Reviewed: 19-02-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A decent narrator

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bomber?

How a good book has been turned into a dire experience

What didn’t you like about Richard Burnip’s performance?

It started at the beginning and carried on throughout the book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bomber?

I would shoot the narrator, he sounds nearly dead already, it would be a mercy

Any additional comments?

I read this many years ago, and yes it has dated somewhat and too be honest it was too long-winded in places BUT despite that worth a read. Perhaps because some of the truly terrible scenes, like the seduction early on of Anna-Luisa by Bach (not the famous one) could, I imagine, be skipped.

Now I listen to many books and thought I'd revisit it via Audible. A nice long book I thought to listen to while cooking, doing up the house etc.

But my God, what a disappointment. I mean truly. The narrator sounds as tho' he has been told he die at the end, and he drags it out, presumably to live, sadly it made me wanted to die. He reads it without any sense of action or excitement. In a way his achievement is actually remarkable. It sounds like the recording has been slowed down, truly. Can you imagine the most boring voice you can imagine, then some, no then a lot. This is a book about a bombing raid over Germany and well there are some slow bits and some action and of course tension. This narrator makes the tense exciting bits sound like someone reading a telephone directory as slow as he could. Was he paid by the hour? The slower bits, well I can't really describe them.

He does make the seduction scene mentioned above an absolute scream though - truly funny. I mean buy it and listen, then send it back cos the rest is terrible.

The narrator is a crucial part of an audiobook, and there are bad examples, this one isn't the worst I've heard on audible, but its right up there.

I managed to last till the end of part 1, couldn't face opening part 2, so sadly I'm returning it. This is a fine thing audible does, although in this case they are culpable because the 'trailer' is not a part of the book and is the voice of Len Deighton.

Audible, you could actually do more here. List in under comedy, for the 'trailer' use August Bach and Anna-Luisa's looooooooooooove scene. It'll fly of the shelves.

OK in summary I would suggest avoiding, try and get hold of the BBC dramatization to listen to and read the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Eye of the Red Tsar

  • By: Sam Eastland
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

The first in a gripping new series of detective novels set at the birth of Stalin’s Russia. It is the time of the Great Terror. Inspector Pekkala – known as the Emerald Eye – was the most famous detective in all Russia. He was the favourite of the Tsar. Now he is the prisoner of the men he once hunted. Like millions of others, he has been sent to the gulags in Siberia and, as far as the rest of the world is concerned, he is as good as dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Eye of The Red Tsar

  • By Amazon Customer David Hand on 21-03-11

Wanted to enjoy it............................

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

Reviewed: 13-02-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Err had it been written by say Nesbo or Mankell, or so many others. Sadly it wasn't.

Has Eye of the Red Tsar put you off other books in this genre?

If the genre is blindingly obvious poor plotted books yes it has.

What didn’t you like about Steven Pacey’s performance?

He was reading this book.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Nope

Any additional comments?

I do enjoy good crime stories from different parts of the world: Mankell in Sweden, other Nordic noire obviously; Craig Russell in Germany; Deon Meyer in South Africa.

There sadly aren't enough so the opportunity to listen to an historical investigation from Russia was appealing. It even seemed OK for a bit and I thought I'd been lucky and found a new author and a new series to enjoy.

Sadly it soon disappoints, all too soon. The plotting is poor, ok it avoids any stress by making the conclusion blindingly obvious early on, but that's a niche idea only for those with severe hypertension. Really not convinced the author has any insight into the history of Russia beyond what Wiki would inform about.

I would say don't bother, but of course you might enjoy it, no accounting for taste. If you haven't tried Deon Meyer yet use your credits there first. And remember it was me who told you !

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  • March Violets

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 388

Ex-policeman Bernie Gunther thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance and he is sucked further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. The year is 1936 and Berlin is preparing for the Olympic Games. Some of Bernie's Jewish friends are beginning to realise that they should have left while they could, and Bernie himself has been hired by a wealthy industrialist to investigate two murders that reach high into the Nazi Party.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Traditional detective idioms in an unusual setting

  • By chris on 19-01-09

Cliche after cliche ...................

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

Reviewed: 13-02-17

What would have made March Violets better?

Had it been a different story written by someone else mebbe

How could the performance have been better?

Perhaps if the narrator had been reading a different book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

utter utter disappointment

Any additional comments?

Ok, I like the writings of: Nesbo; Peter May; Ian Rankin; Billingham; Craig Robinson; Henning Mankell; Deon Meyer............. and so many many more, oh yes even some from across the ocean like Connelly and Chandler of course. If you know these then you've probably found many others I enjoy.

If this is so then like me you know they simply don't write fast enough and finding new authors is sometimes a challenge. Deon Mayer was new to me recently but what a lovely surprise. This wasn't'.

Sounds appealing of course, inter-war Germany, new challenges, new crimes, new characters. And Kerr has some good reviews.

Sadly it's a pile of cliché, poor plotting and characterisation. Leave it alone. I couldn't finish it, rather have gone to the dentist. It's going back for a refund.

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  • Box 21

  • By: Anders Roslund, Börge Hellström
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

Lydia Grajauskas will never forget the face. The face of the trafficker who brought her to Stockholm: the man responsible for three unrelenting years of forced prostitution and slavery. DCI Ewert Grens will never forget the name. The name of the prisoner the day his life was destroyed: the man responsible for 25 years of torturous heartache. Sweden will never forget their revenge....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • 'Gritty' or exploitative?

  • By Reader on 28-10-16

'Gritty' or exploitative?

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

Reviewed: 28-10-16

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed earlier Roslund et al. stories, '3 seconds' particularly. They write with a good sense of pace. This one was different, very different I felt.

The subject of this story is the sex trade, the exploitation of immigrant girls in Scandinavia. Now I am sure that this is a disgusting business, well obviously it is. However, for me, the pleasure of listening was destroyed by the overly graphic and explicit language used to describe aspects of the girls lives. OK for a shock-horror campaign briefing, but I want to listen to a book for fun I quess, and this goes too far for me. I don't really need to hear graphic details of how objects are forcibly inserted into young kidnapped girls "c...ts" ( a word used too often for a story I feel) to make a point.

I probably could have overlooked this at times if the story was going anywhere, it doesn't really, it just wanders from offensive scene to offensive scene.

It's going back.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • A Capital Crime

  • By: Laura Wilson
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

It is winter in London in the early 1950s: John Davies confesses to strangling his wife and baby daughter. It promises to be a depressingly straightforward case for DI Ted Stratton of West End Central. When Davies recants, blaming respectable neighbour Norman Backhouse for the crimes, nobody sees any reason to believe him. Davies is convicted and hanged. But after a series of gruesome discoveries, Stratton begins to suspect there has been a terrible miscarriage of justice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy read...

  • By Madgey on 22-03-11

Oh dear

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

Any additional comments?

From the first moment of listening to this you are embraced in a mystery, a mystery that deepens and grips with every new chapter.

The mystery is how such total mediocrity, such a shallow set of banalities and repeated cliché, ever got published. And it is a gripping mystery indeed.Some crime novels are near perfect, with good crime-scene, forensic and investigative details all embedded in a story built of detailed characterisation and action and smothered with introspection.

Some historical novels are equally good, with descriptive detail combined with authenticity that can only come from extensive research that makes you feel as though you are in fact in the past as you read. Perfect examples of such are the 'Lennox' series by Craig Russell, with detail of life in 1950s Glasgow dripping from every paragraph. Well this isn't either. Oh it really isn't. Historical and descriptive detail: score zero. Example? Well in a good book if a vehicle passes in the street the author might provide detail like ' a black 2 litre 1948 armstrong 2, still shiny from the showroom, passed them in the empty street', a bit of authenticity that perhaps make you think that yes this author does research and realise they're writing a historical novel. Well in this book you get 'a car went passed'.

Indeed there is simply and absolutely no period detail, beyond the most trite , beyond the author say checking quickly on wiki when the second world war was. Oh and of course they'd heard about Blechley park and throws that it in, how truly pathetic, rubbish and disappointing. Why on earth bother writing a historical crime drama if you can't be arsed to put any history in.

'Ah', I hear you say, perhaps that detail had to be excluded because of the pace and description of the crimes, investigation and final denouement. Dream on indeed. The description of procedure, well what little there is, is poor stuff indeed. That this is a novel linked to a true crime does not excuse this total lack of detail.

So given that the pages of this book are covered in words and stuff, what has the author produced? A poor poor story of the family life of the investigator, woven from shallow ideas, no real introspection at all beyond the blandest of thoughts. This is set within a most implausible yet utterly boring matrix of human love and despair.And the big mystery of how it got published, do we ever find out??

It transpires the author is a book reviewer for the Guardian. I cannot imagine for one minute there is a connection here.

Oh and let’s not forget the narrator. The ever excellent Sean Barrett. I once suggested he could read a telephone directory and make it interesting, well he could. But here not even his genius could prevail in covering up the terribly bland nonsense. Of course it meant I listened to more than I should have. Another reviewer here says this is the best volume in the series. So you have been warned.

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  • The Blinded Man

  • By: Arne Dahl
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

The first intercrim thriller to be broadcast on BBC Four, Spring 2013. Sweden's elite are under attack.Two rich and powerful men have been murdered, and in the face of mounting panic - and media hysteria - a task force has been created to catch the killer.To his surprise, Detective Paul Hjelm, currently under investigation for misconduct after shooting a man who took the staff of an immigration office hostage, is summoned to join the new team.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • WHY???????????????????

  • By Keith on 22-04-16

Err SAME BOOK AS MISTERIOSO ???

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

What would have made The Blinded Man better?

If it hadn't been identical to Misteriosos!

Has The Blinded Man put you off other books in this genre?

No especially as it is remarkably similar to Misterioso!

What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

It was identical word for word with his same narration of the Misterioso.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes it had. It was identical to the Misterioso

Any additional comments?

Anyway take it from me, If you enjoyed Misterioso you'll enjoy this !

Why are audible selling the same book twice under two titles, read by same narrator.

Is it just me but sometimes I just try a new author and then buy more if I like them. I don't often explore the literary history or background of the author. I'm really interested in the story I suppose not the author.

Anyway having listened to Misterioso, being book one of this Arne Darl series which I liked, I thought I'd try The Blinded Man.

Umm two identical recordings, different images different name, even different blurb. Have I missed something? Is it actually possible to tell from the website that these are the same?

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