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  • The Fourth Friend

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442

Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl. Police detective Carter McLean is the only survivor of a plane crash that kills his four best friends. He returns to work, but he is left full of guilt and terrible flashbacks. So for each of his four friends he decides to complete something that they left unfinished....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ellis Gets Into The Groove!

  • By Simon on 07-12-18

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

This was less of a murder mystery, than an in depth view of the psychoanalysis of a troubled man. There was far too much emphasis on the police chats and discussions and very little chasing of evidence.

I was troubled by the way that there seemed to be open discussion by the psychologist with other colleagues and the detectives, concerning the state of mind of the detective who had suffered the trauma. The excuse given that the detective was the closest thing to family he had just didn't wash with me.

Overall, I found this book slow to the point of inertia, and the police procedure was just not plausible.

I even found the narration by Richard Armitage dull and slow so I kept looking to see 'how much more?'. My last from Joy Ellis I think!

  • Sal

  • By: Mick Kitson
  • Narrated by: Sharon Rooney
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

This is a story of something like survival. Sal planned it for almost a year before they ran. She nicked an Ordnance Survey map from the school library. She bought a compass, a Bear Grylls knife, waterproofs and a first aid kit from Amazon using credit cards she'd robbed. She read the SAS Survival Handbook and watched loads of YouTube videos. And now Sal knows a lot of stuff. Like how to build a shelter and start a fire. How to estimate distances, snare rabbits and shoot an airgun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautifully written & read

  • By Joanne on 27-06-18

Couldn't understand the speech

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

This is told in a VERY broad Glasgow accent and I really cannot understand whole chunks of it. I haven't got beyond chapter 2 because I have absolutely no idea what is being said!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • As the Crow Flies

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450

Charlie Trumper's earliest memory is of hearing his grandfather's sales patter from behind his costermonger's barrow. When Grandpa Charlie dies, young Charlie wants nothing more than to follow in his footsteps - his burning ambition is to own a shop that will sell everything: 'The Biggest Barrow in the World'. Charlie's progress from the teeming streets of Whitechapel to the elegance of Chelsea Terrace is only a few miles as the crow flies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • classic archer

  • By stephen iles on 20-04-16

Good story

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

I find that Jeffrey Archer, although he is an excellent story teller, tends to be formulaic in his writing, there's always the good guys who we like and respect, and then there's the spiteful aristocrat who goes about plotting our hero's downfall in a nasty underhand way. Overall it does make a good story - but somehow one feels that it's the same story as every other - just a different set of characters and a different setting.
Well narrated by John Lee

  • The Sans Pareil Mystery

  • The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Karen Charlton
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

On a cold February night in Regency London, a dark curtain falls on the Sans Pareil Theatre following the death of April Clare, a promising young actress, whose body is found in mysterious circumstances. Detective Stephen Lavender and his dependable deputy, Constable Woods, quickly discover that nothing is quite as it seems. As successive mysteries unfold, they soon realise that it is not only the actors from the Sans Pareil who are playing a part.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A favourite Narrator performing a excellent book

  • By murder mystery fan on 07-01-18

Boring in the extreme - why the high reviews?

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

Dear me, this felt so out of place, the setting in 1810 was odd in the extreme and did not seem to be accurate. The story was plodding and really tedious. I nearly gave up half way through, but then just went to the last few chapters - it wasn't worth the effort.
I hated the female voices that the narrator used, really unbelievable and unpleasant to the ear.

I am at a loss to understand how this got such high ratings, I really felt irritated by the whole thing.

  • Lost Voice Guy: Inspiration Porn

  • By: Lee 'Lost Voice Guy' Ridley
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

Winner of Britain’s Got Talent and the BBC New Comedy Awards, with his own sitcom and book deal under his belt... Lost Voice Guy’s career has gone stratospheric. Lost Voice Guy – aka Lee Ridley – has a form of cerebral palsy which leaves him unable to speak, but he now performs to sold out crowds using his voice synthesizer app. This set, recorded at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, is one of his most honest, open and hilarious to date. Lee takes on subjects including the perception of disability in the media, government cuts, and the painful reality of dating and love. The audio show includes an interview with Lee by legendary comedian - and close friend - Ross Noble. Fun fact: the pair first met after Lee challenged him on who could do the best impersonation of Stephen Hawking....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By mollyeyre on 27-12-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 27-12-18

I don't understand why this chap, who is capable of being very funny, feels it's necessary to add vulgarity and constant 'F***' words. It is advised as being 'adult'! I always thought that adults were capable of using the English language without embellishment.

So disappointing as I thought that he was clever and funny having seen him on Britain's got Talent.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Puppet Show

  • Washington Poe, Book 1
  • By: M. W. Craven
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District's prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues, and the police are helpless. When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of. He is reluctantly partnered with brilliant but socially awkward civilian analyst Tilly Bradshaw, and the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan, and for some reason Poe is part of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning new series

  • By Jack on 23-08-18

What a find!

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

Reviewed: 23-12-18

Brilliantly written, superbly narrated, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the characters had an impact on me, I loved the friendship between Tilly and Washington, laughing out loud on more than one occasion because Tilly's innocence was so sweet.

The story was excellent, and kept me guessing. I feel sad having to wait for the next book in the series!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gallows View

  • The 1st DCI Banks Mystery
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 224

Gallows View is the first novel in Peter Robinson's best-selling Inspector Banks series. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks has recently moved to the Yorkshire Dales from London to escape the stress of the metropolis. But he soon finds that life in the country is not quite as idyllic as he had imagined. A peeping Tom is frightening the women of Eastvale. Two glue-sniffing thugs are breaking into homes. An old woman may or may not have been murdered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Comfortable Start to a Popular Series

  • By Simon on 29-06-18

God give me strength!

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

Reviewed: 20-12-18

I know this is a book written a long while ago, and yes, it is horribly dated. But I cannot cope with the boredom, a quarter of the way through an I am bored senseless, so far all we have is a description of a woman stripping naked and finding that she has a peeping Tom, and also a couple of guys discussing their share of the proceeds of robberies.

I am off to watch some paint dry, in the search for some excitement. Thank goodness I only paid 99 pence for this, I think it's a case of... You get what you pay for!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girls

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister, Amelie Jewell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 528

You live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. You’ve known your neighbours for years, and you trust them. Implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really? On a midsummer’s night, a 13-year-old girl is found unconscious in a dark corner of the garden square. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real find!

  • By Ann D on 21-09-15

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 20-12-18

I enjoyed the last Lisa Jewel novel I read, but this one was a terrible let down. I couldn't take to any of the characters, they all seemed to be unpleasant and self obsessed.

The story was rather daft overall, and in the end justice was NOT seen to be done.

The narration didn't seem 'right' somehow, Gabrielle Glaiaster has a very low pitch to her voice which I really didn't enjoy, but the child reading the letters to her father sounded like a 5 year old with a REALLY bad head cold, in fact she was supposed to be an 11 or 12 year old girl. These two factors nearly made me throw in the towel, I listened through to the end in the vain hope that it would improve............ It didn't!

  • The Mystery of the Blue Train

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

When the luxurious Blue Train arrives at Nice, a guard attempts to wake serene Ruth Kettering from her slumbers. But she will never wake again, for a heavy blow has killed her, disfiguring her features almost beyond recognition. What is more, her precious rubies are missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hugh Fraser

  • By Alf on 20-05-16

Clever as ever but dated

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

Reviewed: 18-12-18

I have always enjoyed the tales that Agatha Christie weaves, but they are, of course, very dated.

  • Criminal

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

The past will always find you. A woman is found brutally murdered in a sordid Atlanta apartment. Her blood-soaked body bears a startling similarity to a woman found dead almost 40 years earlier. Soon Special Agent Will Trent finds himself returning to the home he grew up in - and a past that could hold the clue to the killings.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great read!

  • By sonia on 11-08-12

Very slow moving

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

Reviewed: 17-12-18

I found this a bit tedious, it was OK, but not brilliant. The story was very slow moving, and the switching the dates made it more complicated than it needed to be.

The earlier time span was overboard with its racism and anti female rhetoric, I found that really uneccessary and unpleasant.