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  • The Angry Sea

  • A John Carr Thriller, Book 2
  • By: James Deegan
  • Narrated by: Joshua Manning
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 217

Former SAS Sergeant Major John Carr is relaxing on a Spanish beach, when a man with dark eyes attracts his attention. Fixated on a group of young Britons, the man doesn’t notice Carr and soon moves on. Within the hour, the Costa del Sol will be plunged into one of the most audacious and horrifying terrorist attacks Europe has ever seen. In a co-ordinated strike, armed men storm both the beach and a cruise ship anchored further up the coast. But the terrorists - hiding personal greed under the veil of religious extremism - have an even bolder plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolute Star Quality!

  • By Simon on 27-01-19

Another Deegan belter.

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

Cracking book. Equally as good as the 1st. Joshua Manning is superb again with a perfect voice for John Carr. Looking forward to book 3.

  • Once a Pilgrim

  • By: James Deegan
  • Narrated by: Joshua Manning
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581

John Carr has recently left the SAS, after a long and distinguished career, and is now working for a Russian oligarch in the murky world of private security. But an incident from his past - in which three terrorists were brutally killed - suddenly comes back to haunt him. Tracked by a hit man out for revenge, John Carr is forced to step over the line to defend himself and his family. It's a cruel and violent world - and one he thought he'd left behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts!

  • By Simon on 19-09-18

Simply epic

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

I love this genre and this is simply the best book I have ever read.
And I have read a lot.
I cannot praise this book more highly.
Massively recommended.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Ashes to Ashes

  • Detective Mark Heckenburg, Book 6
  • By: Paul Finch
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

John Sagan is a forgettable man. You could pass him in the street and not realise he's there. But then, that's why he's so dangerous. A torturer for hire, Sagan has terrorised - and mutilated - countless victims. And now he's on the move. DS Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg must chase the trail, even when it leads him to his hometown of Bradburn - a place he never thought he'd set foot in again. But Sagan isn't the only problem. Bradburn is being terrorised by a lone killer who burns his victims to death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome and Paul Thornley cracks it again.

  • By Duncan Bell on 12-05-17

Awesome and Paul Thornley cracks it again.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

The story is very good and never lets its foot off the gas.
Paul Thornley really is a master of narration and adds to the twists, turns and excitement.
Highly recommended.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Enough Rope

  • Hakim and Arnold, Book 4
  • By: Barbara Nadel
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Private investigator and ex-soldier Lee Arnold and police superintendent Paul Venus are by no means friends, but when Venus' son, Harry, is kidnapped and ransom demands arrive from an address in Arnold's patch in east London, the superintendent doesn't know who else to turn to. Arnold and his Muslim assistant, Mumtaz Hakim, soon find themselves chasing leads into several of the East End's uneasily coexisting communities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next one!

  • By lesley Burling on 09-02-16

Thank goodness that's over.

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

Reviewed: 24-04-17

Great performance but hampered by the story. Struggled with it the whole way though but Paul Thornley was great as usual.

Buried
    A Tom Thorne Novel
    
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        Mark Billingham
    
    


    
    
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        Paul Thornley
    
    


    
    Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
    125 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Buried

  • A Tom Thorne Novel
  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Luke Mullen, 16-year-old son of a former, high-ranking police officer, has disappeared, presumed kidnapped. While no-one quite dares to voice the fear that he could also be presumed dead, Detective Inspector Tom Thorne is brought in to beef up the squad dedicated to locating the missing boy. The first thing the team looks for is anyone with a grudge against Luke's father, a man who'd put a lot of tough villains away in his time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed listening

  • By Ms on 19-03-15

Run of the mill

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

Reviewed: 30-12-16

Had to plough through. Paul Thornley is great but even he struggled to bring life to the characters and story.

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,937

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Roberto on 23-06-13

Slow and all over the place

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

Reviewed: 09-04-14

What would have made The Cuckoo's Calling better?

I only found out half way through that this was ghost JK Rowling.
I was surprised to say the least.
Where the Harry Potter books are simple to read and free flowing I found this book slow, complicated, devoid of charm, slow and down right boring.
I stomached it to the end but it was a painful 15 hours.
Could have and should have been much much better.
There were also ridiculous names of some of the characters that made the story completely non believable. To be fair the name would have fit slap bang in the middle of a Harry Potter book.
Overall I'm a bit gutted really.

Has The Cuckoo's Calling put you off other books in this genre?

No

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

What character would you cut from The Cuckoo's Calling?

Use proper names! Silly names all the way through!