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  • Perfect Prey

  • DI Callanach, Book 2
  • By: Helen Fields
  • Narrated by: Robin Laing
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387

In the midst of a rock festival, a charity worker is sliced across the stomach. He dies minutes later. In a crowd of thousands, no one saw his attacker. The following week, the body of a primary school teacher is found in a Dumpster in an Edinburgh alley, strangled with her own woolen scarf. DI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach have no motive and no leads - until around the city, graffitied on buildings, words appear describing each victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very different and totally absorbing

  • By Roger Catto on 31-08-17

Excellent New Series

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

Reviewed: 16-08-17

I've just finished this, the second book featuring DI Callanach and am massively impressed with Helen Field's writing. The narrators too have been excellent. I loved the first book and enjoyed this one even more: twisting plots, red herrings, characters I can genuinely care about - and some I can genuinely loathe! Though a bit gory for me at times, that is part of the genre and very well written. I hope Ms Fields continues with these well-crafted and interesting characters, including Tripp, Salter, Lively, et al, as well as the two excellent leads and I look forward to reading more in the future.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fix

  • Amos Decker, Book 3
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638

Amos Decker, David Baldacci's unique special agent, who suffered a head injury that resulted in giving him the gift of a remarkable memory together with a condition called synaesthesia, takes on another case in The Fix. Walter Dabney is a family man. A loving husband and the father of four grown daughters, he's built a life many would be proud of. But then the unthinkable happens. Standing outside the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, Dabney shoots schoolteacher Anne Berkshire in cold blood....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • David Baldacci produces an intriguing thriller.

  • By Mrs. S. A. Lynch on 23-04-17

Love Baldacci; Love Amos

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

I love this character and his "friends". Excellent story, plot twisting and turning, red herrings, the lot! Head down Mr Baldacci and bring us another Amos Decker book! Thank you for creating this wonderful character.

  • A Game of Ghosts

  • A Charlie Parker Thriller, Book 15
  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

It is deep winter. The darkness is unending. The private detective named Jaycob Eklund has vanished, and Charlie Parker is dispatched to track him down. Parker's employer, Edgar Ross, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has his own reasons for wanting Eklund found. Eklund is no ordinary investigator. He is obsessively tracking a series of homicides and disappearances, each linked to reports of hauntings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best Parker books yet.

  • By Dexmag on 23-05-17

Just amazing.

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

Reviewed: 14-04-17

John Connolly. What can I say? Utterly beautiful writing of such wonderful characters within a world of darkness set in our reality. I only wish he could write as quickly as I read his books, so I never had to look for another author. Thank your Mr Connolly.

  • Dead Simple

  • Roy Grace, Book 1
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Tim Bruce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813

It was meant to be a harmless stag-night prank. A few hours later Michael Harrison has disappeared, and his friends are dead. With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace - a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife - is contacted by Michael's beautiful, distraught fiancée, Ashley Harper. Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison's whereabouts is saying nothing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED it!

  • By Keetz on 31-03-16

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 14-01-17

I've just discovered this author after seeing a flier for a play based on one of his books. What a find! Brilliantly realistic characters and conversations, plot lines - one in particular - that had me considering stopping listening, such was the tension and the unpredictability of the constantly unfolding, twisting story. Lush! Can't wait to buy the next in the series. There were a few slight glitches in the recording and a couple of instances where the editors appear to have missed the reader starting a line again. I really enjoyed this performer too, he managed to add to whatever the author was getting across - drama, helplessness, foreboding, humour - despite occasional mispronunciations that I found surprising given the regularity of their inclusion in this genre (Quantico - QuanTEEco??) Nonetheless, I am chuffed to bits to have stumbled upon the wonderful Peter James and this brilliant series.

  • The Gray Man

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 374

Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me.

  • By Wayjor on 14-01-17

Not for me.

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

Reviewed: 14-01-17

For years I've enjoyed the Tom Clancy novels - having learned to bypass the politics and enjoy the main characters' romps. Given the collaboration between this author and Clancy I anticipated enjoying this book. Not the case. It's written as a series of film scenes, designed for some über-action man to show how tough he is. I love fiction, be it thrillers, adventures, science fiction, fantasy, so I have no expectation of "real life"; I live real-life , thank you! The exploits depicted here, however, beggar even suspended dis-belief. I don't like dissing writers, who are at least putting pen to paper, their money where their mouths are, etc, unlike me, an untalented non-writer, but reviews are requested and these are my honest opinions. Obviously a talented writer, this author should write either a screenplay or a novel and not try to combine both under one heading; concentrate on story rather than merely linking overly contrived events, thus ensuring the reader's involvement rather than seeming determined only to catch the eye of the movie-makers. (W's Missus.)

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Chemist

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

In this gripping thriller, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life. She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Held my attention and amazing characters

  • By Charlotte W. on 13-11-16

Not for veterans of the "Thriller genre.

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

Reviewed: 24-11-16

Perhaps a good book for younger readers or those just beginning their foray into the world of "thrillers". The blurb led me to expect more intrigue and depth than this story delivered and I feel that "young adult fiction" should be a sub-heading. The narrator is clearly very talented (excellent male character voices, I thought) and would be well-suited to a range of performances, however in this case, she invested no drama or tension into the story-telling, which for me, detracted from any sense of suspense or involvement. I stuck with it to the end in case something happened to redeem this book but unfortunately it didn't. Just not for me I suppose and I'd be delighted if I could write nearly as well as this author, however this misses the mark in my opinion, for what that's worth as a non-author.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Trespasser

  • Dublin Murder Squad 6
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Hilda Fay
  • Length: 20 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

Antoinette Conway, the tough, abrasive detective from The Secret Place, is still on the Murder Squad, but only just. She's partnered up with Stephen Moran now, and that's going well - but the rest of her working life isn't. Antoinette doesn't play well with others, and there's a vicious running campaign in the squad to get rid of her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Variably engaging

  • By Kirstine on 21-02-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 31-10-16

Another excellent book from Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad. I don't know how she does it! Realistic, uncompromising characters within compelling and intricate story-lines. I listen to, rather than read, books these days and the narrators of this series are superb. I love every book in this series and would recommend them to any adults who enjoy intricate mysteries, thrillers, whodunnits, etc, involving characters and situations brought to life by this utterly modern, gritty, thoughtful and overwhelmingly good author. My only criticism would be that there's no way Tana French can write fast enough for me!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful