LISTENER

David

Nr Taunton, United Kingdom
  • 23
  • reviews
  • 44
  • helpful votes
  • 28
  • ratings
  • The Golem of Paris

  • By: Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman
  • Narrated by: John Rubenstein
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

From two number-one New York Times best-selling masters of crime fiction comes an extraordinary thriller about family, murder, and the secrets that refuse to stay buried. It's been over a year since LAPD detective Jacob Lev learned the remarkable truth about his family, and he's not coping well. He's back to drinking, he's not talking to his father, the LAPD Special Projects department continues to shadow him, and the memory of a woman named Mai haunts him day and night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything falls into place

  • By sarah on 02-12-17

Difficult to engage with

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

Reviewed: 09-12-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Rather tedious, not time well spent.

What was most disappointing about Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman ’s story?

stop start nature of book is off-putting.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrator ok

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

Not sure collaborations ever work well.

  • The Killing 2

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329

Thirty nine steps rose from the busy road of Tuborgvej into Mindelunden, with its quiet graves and abiding bitter memories. Lennart Brix, head of the Copenhagen homicide team, felt he’d been walking those most of his life. Beneath the entrance arch, sheltering from the icy rain, he couldn’t help but recall that first visit almost fifty years before. A five-year-old boy, clutching the hand of his father, barely able to imagine what he was about see…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me guessing till the end

  • By Jill on 18-01-13

enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-13

A novel which held my interest throughout! A twisting plot with lots of red herrings. An enjoyable read!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pop Goes the Weasel

  • Alex Cross, Book 5
  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

The latest from the author of When the Wind Blows and Kiss the Girls reveals Patterson at the peak of his power and is easily his most dynamic and compelling psychological thriller to date. Here is a chilling villain, a love story of great tenderness, and a plot of relentless suspense and heart-pounding pace.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • terrible

  • By martin on 04-03-13

Lots of action but very implausible.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-13

as my title suggests, the plot is strained to say the least, but there is a lot going on throughout the book. Putting aside my disbelief I quite enjoyed this Alex Cross novel.

  • Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

  • Alex Cross, Book 19
  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman, Stephen Kunken, Cristin Milioti
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Detective Alex Cross is at home celebrating with his family. Nana Mama’s famous pecan pie is in the oven and the kids are hanging their favourite ornaments on the tree. Just as Alex’s wife, Bree, emerges from the kitchen with a bowl of homemade eggnog, his phone rings with news that shatters the night: At a nearby home, a family has been taken hostage - and the situation is spiralling out of control fast. Alex rushes to the scene and confronts the unthinkable: A father is threatening to murder his own children and his ex-wife. Then just as the insanity peaks, a second horrific situation explodes....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The tension is high

  • By Clem on 26-06-16

patchy

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-03-13

This doesn't seem to flow as well as some of the others. The story seems to reach a premature ending, and i thought i'd missed a chunk of the novel. Almost as if the author hadn't known exactly where this book was going and joined bits together. Not my favourite!

  • The Fry Chronicles

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,905

This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of Fry's most turbulent and least-well-known years, with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you, and, above all, surprise you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours of delighted listening

  • By Mary on 21-09-10

verbose rambling

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-12

Didn't enjoy this: seems to have been written on the principle that never use one word when ten will do ! 'Guilding the lily' springs to mind. Obviously a talented chap, but in this biography becomes a victim of his own verbosity! Gave up listening half way through.

  • I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan

  • By: Alan Partridge
  • Narrated by: Alan Partridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,863
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,426

Journalist, presenter, broadcaster, husband, father, vigorous all-rounder – Alan Partridge – a man with a fascinating past and an amazing future. Gregarious and popular, yet Alan’s never happier than when relaxing in his own five-bedroom, south-built house with three acres of land and access to a private stream. But who is this mysterious enigma? Alan Gordon Partridge is the best – and best-loved – radio presenter in the region. Born into a changing world of rationing, Teddy Boys, apes in space and the launch of ITV, Alan’s broadcasting career began as chief DJ of Radio Smile....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You get what you pay for

  • By Ico on 06-10-11

much of the same

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-11-11

I'm an avid AP fan and so I was delighted to listen to the audio book. However I thought that this was more a case of a book that had to be written for financial reasons rather than a book that had to be written for any literary reasons!
It's good to hear Steve Coogan reading his own work, but it's not a book I shall come back to, and in fact I put it down several times during the course of reading, and had to push myself to pick it up again, but each to their own!

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

Sunset Express cover art
  • Sunset Express

  • Elvis Cole, Book 6
  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Back on his home turf of Los Angeles, private investigator Elvis Cole is slap-bang in the middle of a high-profile and controversial murder case. A wealthy restaurateur is accused of murdering his wife, and his hot-shot defence lawyer hires Elvis to find proof that the detective, Angela Rossi, has fooled around with evidence. Rossi has been cleared of planting evidence before, but now it's rumoured she'll do anything to get her career back on track...even if it means framing an innocent man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Twistier than a roller coaster

  • By Chris on 16-10-07

Great read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-11

Crais fleshes out Elvis in each of his novels until one gets to know the character and his idiosyncrasies. A plot which continues at pace and which holds the interest.If you like the Elvis Cole books you'll enjoy this one!

  • Carte Blanche

  • A James Bond Novel
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Toby Stephens
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 484

Fresh from Afghanistan, James Bond has been recruited to a new agency. It operates independent of Five, Six and the MoD, with its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary. The Night Action alert calls Bond from dinner with a beautiful woman. GCHQ has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week. And 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfil his mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ian Fleming's Bond for the 21st century

  • By Steve on 30-06-11

Bond by Deaver

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-11

A really good read. A more 'earthy' portrail than one gets in the films. A lively plot which keeps one's interest throughout. I look forward to more Bond intrigue via Jeffery Deaver

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Redeemer: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 6

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566

One freezing night in Oslo Christmas shoppers gather to listen to a Salvation Army street concert. An explosion cuts through the music, and a man in uniform falls to the ground, shot in the head at point-blank range.Harry Hole and his team have little to work with: no immediate suspect, no weapon and no motive. But when the assassin discovers he has shot the wrong man, Harry Hole’s troubles have only just begun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By JonR on 05-02-11

An intriguing read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-11

Jo Nesbo seems to capture the slightly cold, dark vibe that so many scandinavian authors seem to create. Reminds me of the Steig Larsson books. A grim and convoluted tale of murder and revenge. Well worth the read. I look forward to reading more from the same author!

  • Worth Dying For

  • Jack Reacher 15
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017

There’s deadly trouble in the wilds of Nebraska… and Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing eight-year-old girl, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reacher at his best

  • By Donn Edwards on 04-12-10

Lots of action

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-11

If you have a novel featuring Jack Reacher then you should get plenty of action, and in this book you certainly do! One of my favourite Jack Reacher books, busy and action packed throughout, really enjoyed the storyline!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful