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  • With Our Blessing

  • An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Jo Spain
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

It's 1975. A baby, minutes old, is forcibly taken from its devastated mother. In 2010, the body of an elderly woman is found in a Dublin public park in the depths of winter. Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds is working the case. He's convinced the murder is linked to historical events that took place in the notorious Magdalene Laundries. Reynolds and his team follow the trail to an isolated convent in the Irish countryside. But once inside, it becomes disturbingly clear that the killer is amongst them....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By DartmoorDiva on 04-11-17

Enjoyable & well narrated

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

Reviewed: 28-07-18

Both the author and narrator are new to me so I have been really pleased to find the combination is such a good one! Well paced plot, engaging characters and fabulous narration, I will certainly look for the next in the series!

  • Ghost in the Machine

  • DC Scott Cullen Crime Series, Book 1
  • By: Ed James
  • Narrated by: Dave Gillies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Caroline Adamson's future is looking up...until her mutilated body is found. Her ex-husband is the main suspect. But when one murder becomes three, Edinburgh faces up to the fact that it might have a serial killer in its midst. Could the answer lie with Schoolbook, the latest social media craze to hit the city? DCI Cullen is determined to prove himself and equally determined to find justice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Lorna on 22-05-18

Good story

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

Reviewed: 22-05-18

Enjoyed the story but the narrator got on my nerves, all the female voices sounded like they were about to cry, but the most irritating part was the actual narration between speaking parts. I appreciate all narrators, it’s not a job that I could do st all, but I’m on the fence as to whether I can listen to the next book in the series or not which is a shame.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away

  • By: Chris Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

Back when they were students, Simon and his friend, Ray, had dreams to become rock stars. Fifteen years later their mid-30s are bearing down fast, and they're having to accept a less glamorous life. Ray takes refuge from his responsibilities by living a virtual existence in online games. People say he needs to grow up, but everybody finds their own way of coping. But for Simon it's serial murder, mass slaughter and professional assassination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, well narrated

  • By Sandra on 09-06-16

Amusing but a bit long winded

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Well I enjoyed the actual concept and the story but blimey did it get a bit wordy at times, just felt like it was trying to be clever when it could have been more succinct and less rambly! Love the narrator though and would probably recommend the book but it wasn’t my favourite from this author.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Perfect Remains

  • DI Callanach, Book 1
  • By: Helen Fields
  • Narrated by: Angus King
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing. In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness. Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine's missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he's eager to prove himself to his new team.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superbly written and performed

  • By David Baumber on 27-01-17

New author to me & well worth a listen!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

Thoroughly enjoyed this and I’m glad it’s the first in a series, really liked the narrator too but I see he hasn’t done the second which is a shame!

  • Only the Innocent

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,119
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,017

When billionaire philanthropist Sir Hugo Fletcher is discovered murdered in his London home, tied naked to a bed, the scandal is only a shadow of the darkness lurking off-camera. Laura Fletcher returns from an Italian vacation to find her home under siege by paparazzi. Is she shocked? Yes. But is she distraught? Not exactly. Chief Inspector Tom Douglas reveals his suspicions that Hugo’s killer is female. The deeper Douglas digs, the more sordid details he uncovers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very poor narration

  • By mrs c a dunne on 20-07-15

Good!

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

Reviewed: 16-01-18

I bought this ages ago and was then a little put off by the reviews saying that the narrator was naff - I personally didn’t find that to be the case at all and I enjoyed his narration, there were distinct voices for each character and yes he does use a higher pitch to show that it’s a woman talking but I’m not sure what else a man is supposed to do to sound like a woman?! Good story too and I’ll definitely listen to more from this author and narrator.

  • While My Eyes Were Closed

  • By: Linda Green
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory, Maggie Mash, Gareth Bennett-Ryan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,488

Dare you close your eyes for even a few seconds? One, two, three... Lisa Dale shuts her eyes and counts to 100 during a game of hide-and-seek. When she opens them, her four-year-old daughter, Ella, is gone. Disappeared without a trace. The police, the media and Lisa's family all think they know who snatched Ella. But what if the person who took her isn't a stranger? What if they are convinced they are doing the right thing? And what if Lisa's little girl is in danger of disappearing forever?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Page turner

  • By Ms on 26-03-16

Kept me hooked

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Well .... what can I say! I can’t remember why I got this book and it sat in my downloads for ages as I couldn’t quite bring myself to listen because I knew it was about a little girl going missing. I started with a slight feeling of apprehension but I was hooked by the narrators. It’s a slow burner and it isn’t a complex story but it brilliantly told and there are some twists and turns that you don’t expect. The ending had the hair on my arms standing up on end! This isn’t a seat of your pants book so don’t expect it to be massively fast paced, but it’s easy reading and beautifully narrated and I would recommend it.

  • The Missing Ones

  • Detective Lottie Parker, Book 1
  • By: Patricia Gibney
  • Narrated by: Michele Moran
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569

When a woman's body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It's clear the pair are connected, but how? The trail leads Lottie to St Angela's, a former children's home, with a dark connection to her own family history. Suddenly the case just got personal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Mrs. J. Answer on 24-05-17

Enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 29-12-17

This is a new author and narrator to me & I enjoyed both, no negative points to highlight, will be moving onto the second book straight away!

  • Legend

  • Drenai, Book 1
  • By: David Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 807
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761

Druss, Captain of the Axe: the stories of his life were told everywhere. Instead of the wealth and fame he could have claimed, he had chosen a mountain lair, high in the lonely country bordering on the clouds. There the grizzled old warrior kept company with snow leopards and awaited his old enemy, death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Legends and Sagas!

  • By Simon on 26-06-17

Not my sort of book but ....

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

Reviewed: 19-12-17

.... I loved it!!

As Sean Barrett is my favourite narrator I was looking through others that he had done & I came across this, every single review was 5 stars so I thought I’d give it a go & I am so glad I did, what a fantastic book & absolutely stellar narration, it all came to life within moments of the book starting, fabulous characters & utterly believable despite being complete fantasy! And the moral of the story is .... always bet on Sean Barrett!!

  • Tastes Like Fear

  • DI Marnie Rome 3
  • By: Sarah Hilary
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

The fragile young girl who causes the fatal car crash disappears from the scene. A runaway who doesn't want to be found, she only wants to return to the man who understands her and offers her warmth, comfort, a home. He gives her shelter. Just as he gives shelter to the other lost girls who live in his house. D.I. Marnie Rome thinks that she knows families, their secrets and their fault lines. But as she begins investigating the girl's disappearance nothing can prepare her for what she's about to face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Jackie on 18-04-16

Third book of the series & still going strong!

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

Reviewed: 23-09-17

I have really enjoyed this series and this book is no exception, twisting and turning to the very end and superbly narrated as well.

  • The Wars Against Saddam

  • The Hard Road to Baghdad
  • By: John Simpson
  • Narrated by: John Simpson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

This riveting and important book is the summation of more than 20 years covering Saddam Hussein's Iraq. The War Against Saddam offers, in five acts, the full story of his rise to power and the West's relationship with Saddam throughout his dictatorship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting

  • By Lorna on 06-08-17

Very interesting

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

I purchased this in an attempt to try and educate myself a little on the Iraq War & I found this really useful & interesting. It's well written, really makes you feel like you're 'there' & perfectly narrated, I would certainly recommend.