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  • Blind Defence

  • By: John Fairfax
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

She was found hanging in a dingy London bedsit with a blood orange in her mouth. Diane Heybridge, a young woman without a past or much of a future, has captured in death the compassion denied her in life. For the prosecution, this seeming suicide is nothing more than a bungled killing, and a disgusted public looks to Court 2 of the Old Bailey for justice. Her callous, jilted partner, Brent Stainsby, stands accused of her murder, and he's turned to the maverick legal team William Benson and Tess de Vere to defend him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm One of Benson's Advocates!

  • By Simon on 05-04-18

Gripping and fast paced

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

Reviewed: 26-04-18

What did you like most about Blind Defence?

The characters and story line

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is so good you can't stop listening.

Any additional comments?

Narrator is excellent and the series is great. I am keen for the next one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sleep Baby Sleep

  • Pieter Vos, Book 4
  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Twenty-two-year-old Annie Schrijver works in the picturesque Albert Cuyp flower market. But then she goes missing, only to be found barely alive, tied to a stone angel in a graveyard. But Annie seems to have been the lucky one, as a body is found nearby. Detective Pieter Vos knows that if he is to outwit the murderer, he will need to employ everything he has to avert a greater tragedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of series, Hewson at his best!

  • By Steven on 18-01-18

Twists and turns abound

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

What does Saul Reichlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Saul Reichlin is outstanding as always. The book is fast paced and interesting. Highly recommended

  • Party Girls Die in Pearls

  • An Oxford Girl Mystery
  • By: Plum Sykes
  • Narrated by: Sarah Winter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

Brideshead, bon-bons, cucumber sandwiches - and now a murder. In the decadent world of Oxford University, c.1985, Pimms, punting and ball gowns are de rigeur. Ursula Flowerbutton, a studious country girl, arrives for her first term, anticipating nothing more sinister than days spent poring over history books - and, perhaps, an invitation to a ball. But when she discovers a body, Ursula is catapulted into a murder investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satirical but also factual

  • By Abby Fraser on 24-06-17

How did this get published

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

Reviewed: 29-01-18

What would have made Party Girls Die in Pearls better?

Nothing - the book is dreadful.

Would you ever listen to anything by Plum Sykes again?

Never ever.

How could the performance have been better?

Performance was fine but the material was so awful that she could not overcome the material.

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

It annoys me that this get published and made into an audio book when it is clearly rubbish of the first order. She is well connected and has important friends so her book gets published and gets loads of publicity. One review compared it to Agatha Christie - which is laughable if you are being kind.

Any additional comments?

Do not waste your time or money or credit.

  • 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 878
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 787
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 781

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

Great book but narrator misses

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

Reviewed: 31-03-15

If you could sum up Dying Fall in three words, what would they be?

Fun, different, entertaining

What did you like best about this story?

The Characters and the archeology aspects coming together within a mystery.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Clare Corbett?

The original narrator was great. Please bring her back! Other reviewers have said the same. Clare Corbett is a good narrator and have liked her very much for other books but she was not good for this book. Her take on the regional accents was poor and whenever the child Kate appears SHE SCREAMS in this awful fake child voice. I found it so disturbing that it almost ruined a wonderful fun book for me as it was actually unpleasant and jarring.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

book yes - narrator no.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Abduction

  • By: Jonathan Holt
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

The Abduction has begun…. The teenage daughter of a US soldier disappeared in Venice last night. Now clues are appearing on anonymous website Carnivia.com - and the police are always one step behind. Kat Tapo of the Venice Carabinieri and US intelligence analyst Holly Boland are working together to find the girl, but the race to save her will uncover a conspiracy that powerful men will kill to keep hidden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and exciting thriller

  • By Apts48 on 11-08-14

Gripping and exciting thriller

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

Reviewed: 11-08-14

If you could sum up The Abduction in three words, what would they be?

gripping,exciting and different

Any additional comments?

This was a fantastic book - totally different and wonderful drawn and developed characters. It also was believable and really gives one pause for thought. I was only sorry when it was over. This is a trilogy and it would be great to read the first volume as well which is not yet on audible. One of my favourite listens this year! Great!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Stratton's War

  • By: Laura Wilson
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

London, June 1940. When the body of silent screen star Mabel Morgan is found impaled on railings, the coroner rules her death as suicide, but DI Ted Stratton of CID is not convinced. As he starts asking questions, it becomes clear that Morgan's fatal fall may have been the work of one of Soho's most notorious gangsters. When Stratton's path crosses with MI5 agent Diana Calthrop, they uncover a criminal network and a secretive pro-Fascist organisation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A surprising gem of a story

  • By J NEILL on 18-10-08

Atmospheric mystery

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

Reviewed: 11-08-14

What made the experience of listening to Stratton's War the most enjoyable?

This book was wonderful. It really brought to life London during this period. The characters were all believable and it was a good story with lots of twists and turns. Really fun and enjoyable. Narrators are both terrific and enhanced my enjoyment of the book.

  • The Italian Girl

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Eva Alexander
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Rosanna Menici is just a girl when she meets Roberto Rossini, the man who will change her life. In the years to come, their destinies are bound together by their extraordinary talents as opera singers and by their enduring but obsessive love for each other - a love that will ultimately affect the lives of those closest to them. For, as Rosanna slowly discovers, their unison is haunted by irreversible events from the past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book ruined by terrible accents in Narration

  • By Apts48 on 09-08-14

Good book ruined by terrible accents in Narration

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

Reviewed: 09-08-14

Would you try another book written by Lucinda Riley or narrated by Eva Alexander?

This is a fun book, interesting story and well narrated when the narrator speak in her normal voice. However when she does these awful Italian accents one is so distracted that you lose touch with the story. I do not understand why this is necessary. When one reads all the wonderful swedish novels the narrators use their normal voices and no one tries to do fake Swedish accents. This should be the same!

My advice buy the book or kindle version and skip the audio version. A shame because the narrator is fine for English!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful