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  • The Katharina Code

  • The Cold Case Quartet, Book 1
  • By: Jørn Lier Horst, Anne Bruce - translator
  • Narrated by: Tim McInnerny
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Twenty-four years ago Katharina Haugen went missing. All she left behind was her husband, Martin, and a mysterious string of numbers scribbled on a piece of paper. Every year on October 9th Chief Inspector William Wisting takes out the files to the case he was never able to solve. Stares at the code he was never able to crack. And visits the husband he was never able to help. But now Martin Haugen is missing too. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Moderately OK.

  • By mollyeyre on 12-11-18

Moderately OK.

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

This did hold my interest, but somehow I found it rather stodgy and lack lustre. I felt that the successful conclusion was reached by bumbling coincidences, not by police procedures.
The characters were nothing special, nor particularly likeable.
It was OK, but I think that this is my last by this author.

  • The Last Juror

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

In 1970, one of Mississippi’s more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim, until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful

  • By Elizabeth on 31-08-15

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Grisham does either write superb stories that really draw one in, or stories that are totally boring. Thankfully this was one of the former sort.
I really enjoyed the story, it also helps to like the characters, which I did. This was an interesting tale that showed the intolerance towards Black people at the time when segregation was being overturned, albeit with plenty of animosity, but there was so much more to it than that. An interesting story of a young man making something of himself when he takes over the small town newspaper, and the friendship that he forged with a lovely Black lady. This has left me thinking long after I have finished the book.

I was taken in by the twist at the end.

  • The Name of the Rose

  • By: Umberto Eco
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 579

This hugely engaging story of murder, superstition, religious politics and drama in a medieval monastery was one of the most striking novels to appear in the 1980s. The Name of the Rose is a thrilling story enriched with period detail and laced with tongue-in-cheek allusions to fictional characters, the most striking of which is the Franciscan friar William of Baskerville, who displays many characteristics of Sherlock Holmes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sean Barrett does justice to this wonderful text.

  • By Booklover on 12-01-15

I am losing the will to live.

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I have listened to a couple of hours of this word strapped book, I have just reached the point where the monk comes upon a scene or something - I cannot be sure what as I lost concentration, he says 'I have hardly the words to describe it', and he then proceeds to describe it for TWELVE MINUTES. I hate to think how long he would have taken if he COULD have found words to describe it.
I cannot bear the thought of another 19 hours of this nonsense, listening to four words of intelligence wrapped in 20 minutes of rubbish. I also find the Latin parts to be difficult to follow, my schoolgirl Latin left me long ago.
I wish I had listened to the negative comments on Amazon.

I am not having any luck in the 2 for 1 bargains! I really should learn!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Snap

  • By: Belinda Bauer
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 226

On a stifling summer's day, 11-year-old Jack and his two sisters sit in their broken-down car, waiting for their mother to come back and rescue them. 'Jack's in charge,' she said. 'I won't be long.' But she never comes back. Three years later, mum-to-be Catherine wakes to find a knife beside her bed, and a note that says: 'I could have killed you'. Meanwhile Jack is still in charge - of his sisters, of supporting them all, of making sure nobody knows they're alone in the house, and - quite suddenly - of finding out the truth about what happened to his mother. But the truth can be a dangerous thing....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Belinda's words sound as well as they read

  • By Richard Latham on 09-06-18

I do not understand the high rating of the reviews

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I bought this on a 2 for 1 deal, I really should know better by now as I have had so many awful books on these offers.

This book had an interesting synopsis, and a reasonable rating - but having read the first couple of chapters I was already getting annoyed with the characters.
I am now a third of the way through this lacklustre tale, I hate the way a new set of characters is thrown in without any indication of their relevance to the plot, I dislike the family of children, even though I feel sorry for their initial plight - but WOULD a father think 'oh, this is too much to bear - I will leave too, and let his young children fend for themselves.
The 'three years later' woman who is burgled and threatened, but doesn't report it to the police nor does she tell her husband, is just so stupid I could scream.
The Policemen are idiots, the highest ranking chap is rude and as stupid as the rest of them, but he is just downright nasty too.

Overall there is nothing to make the story run smoothly, it is all over the place, and the characters are so awful and idiotic that I couldn't care less what happens to them.

The drama queen narration is not an asset - his dopey female voices are teeth clenchingly bad, overall I am so relieved to have made the decision to desert this tedious book. I woke this morning with a sense of dread and traced the feeling to the realisation that I had to continue with this dire offering.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Follow You Home

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 964
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 847
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 843

After a perfect start, Daniel and Laura's travels end abruptly when they are thrown off a night train in the middle of nowhere. To find their way back to civilization, they must hike along the tracks through a forest...a haunting journey that ends in unimaginable terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dare to go into the house and face yourself

  • By Kaggy on 16-02-16

Beyond daft

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

This was really utter rubbish, only got a second star because I actually finished it.
The characters had no depth, and not one was likeable The plot was dopey, and the character's reactions were strange, to say the least. There were several times that I thought 'Well you wouldn't do/say that' I really did not enjoy this at all, but felt compelled to finish the book.
I must remember to avoid Mark Edwards in future.

  • The Wanderer

  • By: Michael Ridpath
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Iceland, 2017: When a young Italian tourist is found brutally murdered at a sacred church in northern Iceland, Magnus Jonson, newly returned to the Reykjavík police force, is called in to investigate. At the scene, he finds a stunned TV crew, there to film a documentary on the life of the legendary Viking Gudrid the Wanderer. Magnus quickly begins to suspect that there may be more links to the murdered woman than anyone in the film crew will acknowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By mollyeyre on 06-11-18

Great story

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

I really enjoyed this book, great story, great characters and excellent narration by Sean Barratt. I love the setting in Iceland and one gets a taste of it without the descriptions being overdone.

  • Terry Pratchett: BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • Seven BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis, Sheila Hancock, Anton Lesser, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different.... Collected together for the first time are seven full-cast BBC Radio dramatisations of Terry Pratchett’s novels, with star-studded casts including Martin Jarvis, Sheila Hancock, Anton Lesser, Philip Jackson, Alex Jennings and Mark Heap.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent radioplay renditions of Pratchett's work

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-11-18

Not really suitable for radio programme

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

There is so much humour and subtlety in Terry Pratchett's writing that so much is lost in a 2 hour dramatisation. The strain of the stories was there, but none of the joy.

I was sadly disappointed in this book, but the actors did the best they could within the time constraints.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Involuntary Witness

  • Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1
  • By: Gianrico Carofiglio
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 118

A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Unlikely Crusader

  • By Alasdair on 09-04-13

This leaves me almost speechless

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Less of a Legal thriller, more of the private thoughts and musings of an Advocat who has a very high opinion of himself.

There was no search for evidence that his client was innocent, he just puttered along telling us all about how he coped with his life, and his sadness etc, etc ..... My God it was tedious, of the 7 1/2 hours I reckon the story took about an hour. I was reduced to shouting bad words at the phone. Really I only finished the book because I wanted to know if the poor man was found guilty!

No more Gianrico Carofiglio for me!

  • The Sentence Is Death

  • Detective Daniel Hawthorne, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Passion, deception, an unexplained death and a detective with quite a lot to hide lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's brilliant new murder mystery, the second in the best-selling series starring Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne. William Pryce is an elegant, smooth-tongued lawyer who has made a fortune out of celebrity divorces - and a lot of enemies in the process. Unmarried himself, he lives in a handsome bachelor pad on the edge of Hampstead Heath. Or rather he used to.... When he is found murdered, the police confront the most baffling of mysteries: who was the visitor who came to Pryce's house moments before he died, arriving while he was still talking on the phone? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Writing is On the Wall - GREAT NEW SERIES!

  • By Patricia on 08-11-18

So disappointing

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

The storyline was good, very convoluted, but interesting. However...... I REALLY don't like any of the characters, even the author comes across as thick as a brick. Hawthorne, the detective is basically snidey and not a nice man, the Police detectives were unbelievably disgraceful, even planting a book on the author in a store to give him the look of a shoplifter.

Rory Kinnear had some VERY strange voices for most of the characters, I felt quite irritated with the voices and also the fact that the idiot author had no backbone whatsoever and allowed himself to be taken advantage of so many times.

Overall it wasn't worth a credit, as I said, the story was good, but the writing of the plot and the characters was awful.

6 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Sacred Night

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver, Christine Lakin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

At the end of a long, dark night Detectives Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch cross paths for the very first time. Detective Renée Ballard is working the graveyard shift again and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find that an older man has snuck in and is rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is none other than legendary LAPD detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out, but eventually Bosch persuades her to help, and she relents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not one of his best

  • By mollyeyre on 31-10-18

Not one of his best

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

Reviewed: 31-10-18

I wasn't so impressed by this book, Bosch seems to have lost his sparkle. I like Ballard and I think that maybe in future books they will be better together.

I didn't like the narration, there didn't see any point in changing from male to female narrators, I found this distracting, also distracting and uneccessary was the loud music at the beginning of the book!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful