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Viv H

west mids, UK.
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  • 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 906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829

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

thoroughly gripping , loved it !

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

Reviewed: 21-09-18

loved this story, totally gripped by it.
highly recommend.
characters developed really well throughout book .

  • Black Heart

  • Detective Dan Riley, Book 1
  • By: Anna-Lou Weatherley
  • Narrated by: James Lailey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484

When Nigel Baxter, a middle-aged married banker with an unremarkable past, is found dead in the bath of a plush hotel suite, his wrists slit, it looks as if he's taken his own life. At first. But when Detective Inspector Daniel Riley is assigned to the case, he soon realises all isn't as it first appears to be. When a postmortem shows Baxter was poisoned, Riley suspects foul play. And then there's the odd addition of a teddy bear left at the crime scene....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story!

  • By Ann D on 21-03-18

fabulous

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

Reviewed: 13-03-18

totally loved this book, finished it in days. well read, great plot line. more please

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths

  • Fiona Griffiths, Book 3
  • By: Harry Bingham
  • Narrated by: Siriol Jenkins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

When DC Fiona Griffiths says 'yes' to her policeman boyfriend, it's an affirmation that she wants finally to put her psychological breakdown behind her, and become a resident of 'Planet Normal' like everybody else. But she still can't resist the challenge of an undercover policing course, and finding it remarkably easy to assume a new identity, she comes top of the class. So when an ingenious payroll fraud starts to look like the tip of a huge criminal iceberg, Fiona is selected to infiltrate the fraudsters' operation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ice Cool

  • By Rogayah on 23-10-16

superb! drawn into this story immediately

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

Reviewed: 28-01-18

certainly the best of the series so far. really involved with Fiona Griffiths now, gripping!

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  • Curfew

  • By: Phil Rickman
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 22 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 229

For 400 years, the curfew bell has tolled nightly from the church tower of the small country town, Crybbe's only defence against the evil rising unbidden in its haunted streets. Radio reporter Fay Morrison came to Crybbe because she had no choice. Millionaire music tycoon Max Goff came because there was nothing left to conquer, except the power of the spirit. But he knew nothing of the town's legacy of dark magic - and nobody felt like telling him....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Enthralling Listen

  • By Scullywag on 18-02-13

brilliant story, long though.

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

Reviewed: 20-12-17

fascinating story, not a dull moment, grim in parts. loved it, characters fabulous, well read

  • Local Girl Missing

  • By: Claire Douglas
  • Narrated by: Hannah Murray, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 580

Twenty years ago 21-year-old Sophie Collier vanished one night. She left nothing behind but a trainer on the old pier - and a hole in the heart of her best friend, Francesca. Now a body's been found. And Francesca's drawn back to the seaside town she's tried to forget. Perhaps the truth of what happened to Sophie will finally come out. Yet Francesca is beginning to wish she hadn't returned. Everywhere she turns are ghosts from her past. The same old faces and familiar haunts of her youth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great thriller.

  • By Miss Lesley Davidson on 09-11-16

full of surprises

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

Reviewed: 19-11-17

great story, kept me guessing til the end. v. well read. highly recommend, clever, believable

  • Kafka on the Shore

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
  • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010

Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new dimension of fiction and sleep

  • By Clare on 24-07-08

unusual, brilliantly clever

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

Reviewed: 20-10-17

slightly confusing due to it's style initially, fabulous, intertwining stories, intriguing characters. very clever, somewhat surreal, loved it.

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  • Her Last Tomorrow

  • By: Adam Croft
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58

Nick and Tasha are a couple held together by their five-year-old daughter. Until one ordinary morning, when Ellie vanishes amid the chaos of the school run. Nick knows she can't have gone far on her own, which can mean only one thing: she's not on her own. Who would take his daughter, and why? With no motive and no leads, Nick is thrown into a tailspin of suspicion and guilt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • VERY GOOD

  • By Stephen H. on 07-12-16

difficult, slow, repetitive sadly.

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

Reviewed: 19-09-17

A struggle! the characters unconvincing, picked up towards Ch 50. felt repetitive prior to that.

  • Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi

  • By: Augustine Institute, Dr. Tim Gray, Paul McCusker
  • Narrated by: Joseph Timms, Janie Dee, Owen Teale, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

If you think you know Francis of Assisi, you're in for a surprise. Discover the astonishing life of Brother Francis, the fun-loving son of wealth and privilege who gave up everything for the sake of Christ. Now the power and passion of one of the world'smost popular saints is captured in Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi, an exciting 10-part audio drama from the Augustine Institute Radio Theatre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great listen

  • By Viv H on 14-09-17

great listen

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

Reviewed: 14-09-17

this is a fascinating performance about the life of Francis of Assisi. great cast, informative

  • Watch Her Disappear

  • Zigic and Ferreira Series, Book 4
  • By: Eva Dolan
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

The body is found by the river, near a spot popular with runners. With a serial rapist at work in the area, DI Zigic and DS Ferreira are initially confused when the Hate Crimes Unit is summoned to the scene. Until they discover that the victim, Corinne Sawyer, was born Colin Sawyer. Was Corinne a victim of mistaken identity? With tensions running high, and the force coming under national scrutiny, this is a complex case and any mistake made could be fatal.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Load of rubbish. Give it a miss.

  • By Carrie on 23-04-18

kept my attention, great book & characters!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-17

great book, really enjoyed this story. my first one by this author. will definitely listen to more by Eva Dolan, in the series. really interesting topics involved in this particular plot. liked the characters very much. highly recommend her as a crime writer!

  • River of Souls

  • By: Kate Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Jude Shelley, the daughter of a prominent cabinet minister, was assaulted and left for dead in the river Thames. Her attacker was never caught. A year later forensic psychologist Alice Quentin is asked to reexamine the case. Then another body is found: an elderly priest, washed up at Westminster Pier. An ancient glass bead is tied to his wrist. Alice is certain that the Shelleys are hiding something - and that there will be more victims unless she can persuade them to share what they know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must listen

  • By anne edwards on 22-09-17

Gripping story, intriguing characters.

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

really great story, intriguing characters, am definitely planning to get more of the Alice Quentin series. interested to hear more about the relationship between Psychologist Alice & Detective Burns. A great combination of a thrilling, somewhat gruesome plot, with a dash of romance thrown in too. this story kept me enthralled right til the end. well narrated too.

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