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  • The Retribution

  • A Tony Hill & Carol Jordan Novel
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

In 2010, Val McDermid received the prestigious CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing. Her last novel, Trick of the Dark, hit the best-seller lists, and now she returns with The Retribution. Tony Hill, criminal profiler and hero of TV's Wire in the Blood, is back in a terrifying psychological thriller. Teaming up once again with Carol Jordan, the pair face a serial killer unlike any they have ever encountered before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen

  • By Judith on 08-11-11

Software business

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

Reviewed: 16-02-19

Just a small point...Stacey would not be allowed to hold down another job at the same time as being a police officer. Her boss would not be saying she, ‘..didn’t delve too much into her team’s private lives because she didn’t believe it her business’. Police officers are wedded to the job. In the real world a police officer is not allowed to hold down another job at the same time as being a serving police officer. Even if they did, baring in mind that they are shift workers, business interests outside of the police service could never work even if it were allowed. Carol Jordon is very much a stickler for rules even though she does go off the rails occasionally so far as her relationship with her boss concerned. But she would not turn a blind eye to her team breaking rules.

That said, another great book from Val McDermid.

  • The Stone Circle

  • The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries, Book 11
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters telling him to 'go to the stone circle and rescue the innocent who is buried there'. He is shaken, not only because children are very much on his mind, with Michelle's baby due to be born, but because although the letters are anonymous, they are somehow familiar. They read like the letters that first drew him into the case of The Crossing Places, and to Ruth. But the author of those letters is dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic as usual

  • By M BeeH on 12-02-19

More research needed

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

Reviewed: 14-02-19

I enjoyed the book but... Police sergeants cannot just add an extra pip to their uniform shirts and jackets and become ‘acting inspector ‘ whenever their boss is away. Most certainly they will need to have passed their Inspectors exam first. Judy seems to think she can take the exam whenever. This is not the case. She will be very disappointed when a serving officer, who has passed the inspectors exam, is brought in from another station in the County to fill the post. She really does need to take the exam in order to prove she understands the role of Inspector.

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,055

They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he's part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count. Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich - they're the only ones worth stealing from - but the poor can go steal for themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic modern fantasy storytelling

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-05-11

Annoying narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

I really tried with this book - several times but couldn’t get past the camp stage narrator. It was like listening to a pantomime. So very annoying. I wanted to give it 0 stars but Audible won’t allow it.

  • My Absolute Darling

  • By: Gabriel Tallent
  • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 336

At 14, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall; that chaos is coming and only the strong will survive it; that her daddy loves her more than anything else in this world. And he'll do whatever it takes to keep her with him. She doesn't know why she feels so different from the other girls at school; why the line between love and pain can be so hard to see; why making a friend may be the bravest and most terrifying thing she has ever done; and what her daddy will do when he finds out....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So grim

  • By Mrs. Caroline Bradshaw on 11-01-18

Did someone else write the last two chapter?

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

Reviewed: 19-08-18

I just didn’t get it? It was like the last two chapters were written by another author. I’m at a loss as to why they were even included at all.

  • Kingdom Come

  • Kingmaker, Book 4
  • By: Toby Clements
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 407

Toby Clements's fourth and final instalment in the Kingmaker historical series, set during England's bloody and brutal War of the Roses. 1470. The recent tensions between King Edward and his great ally the Earl of Warwick lie forgotten these past months, but even as winter tightens her grip on the land, the peace is shattered by a vicious attack on one of the King's allies. Long buried secrets are brought to the surface, and Thomas and Katherine must finally decide where their loyalties lie and to choose between fight or flight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb series of books

  • By j c hare on 25-09-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 23-09-17

I really enjoyed this book/series. Sad to see the last of it. Hopefully the author is working on his next book. Narrator is perfect and able to pull off both male and female parts. Impossible to imagine Thomas and Katherine with any other voices.

  • Wuthering Heights

  • By: Emily Brontë
  • Narrated by: Janet Paulson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

"Wuthering Heights" is Emily Brontë's only novel. It was first published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, and a posthumous second edition was edited by her sister Charlotte. The name of the novel comes from the Yorkshire manor on the moors on which the story centers (as an adjective, "wuthering" is a Yorkshire word referring to turbulent weather). The narrative tells the tale of the all-encompassing and passionate, yet thwarted, love between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Suicide

  • By Mrs EM on 11-09-17

Suicide

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

Impossible to listen to this version. Narrator sounds seriously depressed. The more I listened the more irritable and miserable I became. I tried several times but in the end I just couldn't bear it any longer. I can only assume that Audible don't bother to check the recording narrate on classic books..

Do yourself a favour and give this a miss. I would have given it no stars if I could.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Dying Fall

  • A Ruth Galloway Investigation
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 879
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 788
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 782

Shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library. Ruth Galloway receives a phone call that bears shocking news. A friend of hers from college, Dan Golding, has been killed in a fire at his Lancashire home. Her shock turns to alarm when she gets a letter from Dan. He has made a discovery that will change archaeology forever but he needs Ruth's advice. Even more alarming, he sounds vulnerable and frightened. DCI Harry Nelson is also rediscovering his past. Up north for a holiday, he meets his former colleague Sandy MacLeod, now at Blackpool CID.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • readers

  • By Margaret on 25-04-13

Poor narrator.

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

Narrator dreadful. I've looked at this book a few times before but after listening to sample have dismissed it outright. It's a pity because I've listened to almost all of the other books in this series. Persuaded to buy by Daily Deal but still hate the narrator.

  • Jager Thunder: A Story of Black Powder and Panamindorah: Refugees, Volume 2

  • By: Abigail Hilton
  • Narrated by: Rish Outfield, Lauren Harris
  • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

While the crew of the Scarlet Albatross struggles to survive her harrowing voyage, Gerard is busy keeping his promise to his father. He and Silveo return to Holovarus for a brief farewell visit. However, chaos is threatening to overwhelm the Great Islands, and even little Holovarus will not be spared. Gerard's father and brother are facing difficult decisions, and they need help. Gerard feels torn between his old kingdom and his new family.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing - nothing like Cowry Catchers

  • By Mrs EM on 19-08-17

Disappointing - nothing like Cowry Catchers

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

Reviewed: 19-08-17

I was expecting this book to be like the Cowry Catchers series which I have listened to several times. It has many of the same characters but unfortunately they are no longer fun and appear to have aged into middle aged sounding old men. How can this have happened within a couple of years. A lively narrator is essential for this type of book. Rish Outfield is an excellent narrator but not for this book. I am over half way through the book and really struggling. I will not be attempting the other book in the Refugee series. But if you struggle with sleep and use audio books to get you off to sleep at night then this is the one. Even the main narrator sounds like he's about to nod off. What a pity.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • World Without End

  • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 2
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 45 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,272
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603

On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius, and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed. As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bereaved when it ended

  • By bex4ad on 15-03-11

Déjà vu

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

Reviewed: 15-08-17

Story engaging but would be better without author's many graphic sex scenes which are strangely identical no matter which character or book you read. I don't know why the author feels the need to add them at all. The book could hold up without them I'm sure. The author repeats information for the reader on quite a few occasions. It's a long story but the author could credit the reader with some memory skills. Having said that I enjoyed this book despite it being more or less the same as the previous book. Narrator was excellent as always.

  • The Legion of Flame

  • Book Two of the Draconis Memoria
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 25 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

The Legion of Flame is the action-packed second audiobook in the Draconis Memoria series - an enthralling epic fantasy of magic, adventure and the furious battle to forge an empire. Claydon Torcreek has survived drake-infested jungles, hostile tribes and the cold touch of betrayal - yet his troubles have only just begun. The legendary white drake - believed to be nothing more than a myth - has awoken from its long slumber, with a thirst to reduce the world of men to ashes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Contemporary Fantasy Tour de Force

  • By Simon on 08-07-17

Just brilliant

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

Reviewed: 16-07-17

What did you like most about The Legion of Flame?

After listening to the first book I was worried that the author had made a mistake with this story line. Especially as I didn't really warm to the first book in the series. However I was pleased to discover this book to be a real page turner. I found the story compared very well to the first book in the Raven Shadow series which I enjoyed very much as that too kept me engaged from start to finish. I think the author failed to meet expectations in the 2nd and 3rd books of the Raven's Shadow series because he killed off his most interesting characters in book one and failed to replace them with anyone that really bonded to the main character. In this book however he has managed to create that same feeling of closeness towards the lead characters.

Steve Brand cannot be replaced as the name of Vaelin in the Raven Shadow series and an obvious choice for this series too. But for some reason he has been ousted in favour of
Steve West. The narrator change was a bit of a surprise as the characters had already been established in the first book. This did take some getting used to but the narrator has has made an excellent job of bringing the cast to life and he is a very talented narrator.

Hopefully book 3 isn't too far away.