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  • A Private Business

  • Hakim and Arnold, Book 1
  • By: Barbara Nadel
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

It is London 2012 and Stratford in the East End is at the centre of the world. But next to the Olympic Park are some of the poorest and most crime-ridden streets in the city. PI Lee Arnold and his assistant, Mumtaz Hakim, run a detective agency in a community fraught with conflict and tension. Approached by a frightened woman, they start to investigate her stalker. But soon their enquiries turn in a far more sinister direction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A new set of characters, but just as gripping!

  • By Cathryn Small on 19-04-14

Kept me interested but . . .

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

It is difficult to score this. It may be more enjoyable read, rather than listened to. The narration is not terrible, but there is something about the slightly ‘rapping’ style that distracted me and the London accents border on those in the ‘Sound of Music’. The story is interesting, but too baggy. It would be better a third shorter. Also, the main characters would benefit from more depth, whilst other characters are of no consequence. What on Earth is the point of taking up space with Roy, who added nothing! Ultimately, disappointing.

  • Persons Unknown

  • A Manon Bradshaw Thriller
  • By: Susie Steiner
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

As dusk falls, a young man staggers through a park, far from home, bleeding from a stab wound. He dies where he falls, cradled by a stranger, a woman's name on his lips in his last seconds of life. DI Manon Bradshaw can't help taking an interest - these days she handles only cold cases, but the man died just yards from the police station where she works. She's horrified to discover that both victim and prime suspect are more closely linked to her than she could have imagined.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A rather stereotyped female detective

  • By Clare on 08-09-17

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I devoured this, the second in the series of DI Manon Bradshaw. I nearly gave it a miss because one reviewer said that, unlike the first, this was pure chic lit. It really isn’t at all. It is a really good crime story, and here the character development is excellent. I feel I know the richly drawn characters of Manon, Davey, Mark and I love Birdie, who sadly will probably only feature in this book. I hope not, she is a warm, funny and intelligent character. I am very much looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • Missing, Presumed

  • By: Susie Steiner
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 215

Mid-December, and Cambridgeshire is blanketed with snow. Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw tries to sleep after yet another soul-destroying Internet date – the low murmuring of her police radio her only solace. Over the airwaves come reports of a missing woman – door ajar, keys and phone left behind, a spatter of blood on the kitchen floor. Manon knows the first 72 hours are critical: you find her, or you look for a body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story.

  • By Graham on 21-03-16

Great story, not so great narration.

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

This book is so well written, with richly drawn, flawed characters. Whilst dealing with serious crime, the main Protagonist, DS Manon Bradshaw, is a highly competent professional, but she is particularly bad in dealing with her love life. There were at least a couple of times whilst listening that I was shouting ‘don’t do it’ in my head! She is, as are we all, just a complex, fallible human being.

Juanita McMahon is usually a very good narrator, but she dropped her usual standard here. The Irish and Scottish accents she produced are awful. She voiced Alan Prendagast, a love interest of Manon, as if he was in his 70s, when he is said to be 42, and young, streetwise Fly, aged 10 as if he we a much younger child, then only a year later as if he were an archetypal yob in his 20s, despite him being described as in the gifted range of intelligence and a sensitive boy. I hope she does a better job with the second book in the series, which I am now going on to listen to.

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  • Come a Little Closer

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

Snow is falling softly as a young woman takes her last breath. Fifteen miles away, two women sit silently in a dark kitchen. They don't speak, because there is nothing left to be said. Another woman boards a plane to escape the man who is trying to steal her life. But she will have to return sooner or later. These strangers have one thing in common. They each made one bad choice - and now they have no choices left. Soon they won't be strangers, they'll be family....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By Marj on 02-06-18

Mostly excellent!

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

This is a romping good read. The quality of the writing is excellent, with richly drawn characters. The story is genuinely gripping. However, I always find the situation with Tom’s girlfriend Louisa (we have met her in earlier books), an uninteresting distraction and, without giving away spoilers, the ending felt wrong, out of character for the main protagonist (and I don’t buy that earlier experiences would result in that) and unnecessary. Hence 4*

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  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 448

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. It's about a jealous wife obsessed with her replacement. It's about a younger woman set to marry the man she loves. The first wife seems like a disaster; her replacement is the perfect woman. You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships. You will be wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Edge of The Seat Thriller

  • By Janet biglari on 12-02-18

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 24-06-18

Excellent book. Compelling, unusual tale. Well drawn characters. It gripped me throughout. Interesting, intelligent twists.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rooster Bar

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 632

Law students Mark, Todd and Zola wanted to change the world - to make it a better place. But these days these three disillusioned friends spend a lot of time hanging out in The Rooster Bar, the place where Todd serves drinks. As third-year students, they realise they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to Mr Grisham's usual compelling level.

  • By Darren Kelly on 11-11-17

Good stuff!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Not right up there with his best, but still a very good tale by Grisham. The narration fitted perfectly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Last Goodbye: An Absolutely Gripping Murder Mystery Thriller

  • By: Arlene Hunt
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

On a freezing January morning, a young couple is found dead in their cottage in the quiet Dublin suburbs. When detective Eli Quinn arrives at the scene his stomach drops. It’s the second double homicide in as many months where the killer has left a bunch of yellow roses. Tucked between the thorns is a little card, with an image of a broken heart. There’s no doubt the killer is trying to send a message, but what do the flowers mean? And can Eli figure out the killer’s motive before another murder occurs?  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story and flawless narration

  • By Ann D on 11-06-18

Good story and flawless narration

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

This is a new author for me. I really enjoyed this. Well drawn characters and a good tale. Caroline Lennon’s narration is always faultless.

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  • The Sleeper

  • By: Emily Barr
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 933
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 845
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 839

A tense, gripping psychological thriller, with Hitchcockian overtones, perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Sophie Hannah and Rosamund Lupton. Lara Finch is living a lie. Everyone thinks she has a happy life in Cornwall, married to the devoted Sam, but in fact she is desperately bored. When she is offered a new job that involves commuting to London by sleeper train, she meets Guy and starts an illicit affair. But then Lara vanishes from the night train without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Vanessa on 22-02-14

Compelling and original!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

There are so many formulaic books in this genre. The Sleeper is not one of them. It has a intriguing plot, with richly drawn characters. I especially liked fiesty, vegetarian Iris. It would be great if she turned up in later books by this author. Highly recommended.

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  • A Time to Kill

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375

When Carl Lee Hailey guns down the hoodlums who have raped his 10-year-old daughter, the people of Clanton see it as a crime of blood and call for his acquittal. But when extremists outside Clanton hear that a black man has killed two white men, they invade the town, determined to destroy anything and anyone that opposes their sense of justice. Jake Brigance has been hired to defend Hailey. It's the kind of case that can make or break a young lawyer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic listen

  • By John Glasgow on 02-04-15

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Compelling novel. Beautifully written, with richly drawn characters. The narration is perfect for the story.

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  • Death Message

  • London Series
  • By: Kate London
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

It's 1987. One morning, 15-year-old Tania Mills kisses her mother, walks out of her front door and disappears. In 2014, when a new lead comes in for Tania's case, DS Sarah Collins is asked to investigate. PC Lizzie Griffiths, the subject of Collins' last investigation, is back on the job and working at a domestic violence unit. When a quirk of fate brings Lizzie and Collins back into contact, each must try to reconcile the claims of the past with the demands of the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected pleasure!

  • By Ann D on 07-05-18

An unexpected pleasure!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

I bought this as something to take a chance on in a Two for One sale and what a find. This is an excellent Police procedural. The characters are very well drawn, the story engrossing and the narration first class. I have now purchased the author’s first book (this one is her second). I wish I had read them in order, but at least I have found an excellent new author, so, can’t complain. Enjoy!

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