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Jennifer Chennell

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  • The Relentless Tide

  • A DCI Daley Thriller, Book 6
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 76

When Professor Francombe and her team of archaeologists find the remains of three women on a remote Kintyre hillside - a site rumoured to have been the base of Viking warlord Somerled - their delight soon turns to horror when they realise the women tragically met their end little more than two decades ago. It soon becomes clear that these are the three missing victims of the ‘Midweek Murderer’, a serial killer who was at work in Glasgow in the early 1990s.  DCI Jim Daley now has the chance to put things right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pull up a pew and pour yourself a wee dram . . .

  • By Simon on 09-10-18

simply brilliant

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

I love this series of books.. great well rounded characters some laugh out loud moments and plenty of twists and turns. As all who use audilbe know many a good book has been destroyed by a bad narrator but Denzil Meyrick has struck gold with David Monteath who brings these books to life. Would highly recommend to any who love this genre.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A History of the World in 21 Women

  • By: Jenni Murray
  • Narrated by: Jenni Murray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Britain has traditionally been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men and its monarchs. It’s high time that it was defined by its women. In this unique history, Jenni Murray tells the stories of 21 women who refused to succumb to the established laws of society, whose lives embodied hope and change. Famous queens, forgotten visionaries, great artists and trailblazing politicians - all pushed back boundaries and revolutionised our world. In Murray’s hands their stories are enthralling and beguiling; they have the power to inspire us once again. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • so disappointing

  • By Jennifer Chennell on 16-09-18

so disappointing

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

Reviewed: 16-09-18

I was really looking forward to listening to this book only to be left bored and bitterly disappointed. Whether you agree or not with the level of "greatness" of the women picked by Jenni ( all depends on your political social literary or artistic preferences) there can be no doubt their lives/accievements have been remarkable, for good or bad, but this book is as "dry as dust" often with anecdotes and asides that add absolutely nothing to the story. How anybody can make the life of such persons as diverse as Isabella of Castile, Frida Kahlo or Benazir Bhutto sound so dull it has you reaching for copious amounts of caffeine to keep you awake beggers belief. Am afraid not a book i could or would recommend to anybody.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Plague Pits & River Bones

  • The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Karen Charlton
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

London, 1812: Treacherous gangs roam the capital, and not even the Palace of Westminster is safe. When Detective Stephen Lavender is called in to investigate a highway robbery and a cold-blooded murder, both the cases take a dangerous and disturbing personal twist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love how

  • By Kevin on 21-02-18

ruined by the narrator

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

Reviewed: 29-08-18

i like these books and think the story lines are good but the narrator is just dreadful.. the book becomes almost ridiculous which is a shame.

  • The Fire Pit

  • By: Chris Ould
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

In the wake of a dying man’s apparent suicide, the skeleton of a young woman is discovered on a windswept hillside. Detective Hjalti Hentze suspects that it is the body of a Norwegian woman reported missing 40 years earlier, while a commune occupied the land, and whose death may be linked to the abduction and rape of a local Faroese girl. Meanwhile British DI Jan Reyna is pursuing his investigation into his mother’s suicide. But as he learns more about her final days, links between the two cases start to appear: a conspiracy of murder and abuse spanning four decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyable and hard to put down

  • By mollyeyre on 08-06-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 17-08-18

Am genuinely sorry that this trilogy is over.. It is a brilliant read and the Narrator perfect for it. Would recommend to anyone who liked PD James certainly up to her standard.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Killing Bay

  • Foroyar Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Chris Ould
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 198

When a group of international activists arrive on the Faroe Islands intent on stopping whale hunts, or grindadrap, tensions between islanders and protestors run high. And when a woman is found murdered only hours after a violent confrontation at a whale drive, the circumstances seem purposely designed to create even more animosity between the two sides. For Faroese detective Hjalti Hentze and DI Jan Reyna, the case exposes personal connections and conflicts of interest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book, well read

  • By mollyeyre on 03-03-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

I loved the first and the second is even better. Story and Characters well rounded and fast paced and narrator perfect. I simply couldn't stop listening and can't wait to dive into the 3rd and last book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Blood Strand

  • Foroyar Triology, Book 1
  • By: Chris Ould
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 379

Jan Reyna is a murder squad detective, British by adoption and choice, Faroese by birth and history. Called back to the remote Danish Faroe Islands when his father suffers a paralysing stroke, Reyna is forced to reexamine his decades-long rejection of the past and of his father in particular. But in this now-foreign country, whose language and customs he no longer understands, Reyna is also drawn into a rare Faroese murder case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Faroe - Scandinavian slow lane

  • By Rogayah on 17-03-16

really enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 13-08-18

great book that really kept my attention, lots of little twist and turns which meant a consistant fast pace yet still retained depth of character and scene setting. Narrator brilliant. Have brought book 2 already. Only down side is the unfamiliar names made it a little difficult for me to work out individual characters and places.

  • Life Sentence

  • By: Judith Cutler
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Chief Superintendent Frances Harman has been assigned to investigate the case of a woman beaten into a coma. Elise has been in a coma for two years, and if the hospital switches off her life support now, her attacker will be guilty of murder. Fran faces overload as she takes on more responsibilities – her elderly parents, Elise, a child abduction, the disappearance of her only witness, and the growing affection that she and her long-time colleague Mark Turner seem to share for one another.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A strange one this

  • By Linda on 18-08-15

reasonable story narrator is dreadful

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

Reviewed: 18-07-18

sadly while not a bad story with some promising characters the narrator is appalling absolutely no subtle nuances no acting skill and a voice that drones on and on...

  • The Vanishing Box

  • Stephens and Mephisto Mystery 4
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Luke Thompson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Christmas 1953. Max Mephisto and his daughter, Ruby, are headlining Brighton Hippodrome, an achievement only slightly marred by the less-than-savoury support act: a tableau show of naked 'living statues'. This might appear to have nothing in common with DI Edgar Stephens' investigation into the death of a quiet flower seller, but if there's one thing the old comrades have learned it's that in Brighton, the line between art and life - and death - is all too easily blurred....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful period detail

  • By Joy on 18-11-17

not as good as Ruth and Harry

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

Reviewed: 15-07-18

these are not as good as the Ruth Galloway series but still like them very much

  • The Rat Stone Serenade

  • A DCI Daley Thriller, Book 4
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468

It's December, and the Shannon family are returning home to their clifftop mansion. However, a century ago Archibald Shannon stole the land upon which he built their home, and his descendants have been cursed ever since. When heavy snow cuts off Kintyre, DCI Jim Daley and DS Brian Scott are assigned to protect their illustrious visitors. As an ancient society emerges from the blizzards, ghosts of the past come to haunt the Shannons. As the curse decrees, death is coming. But for whom, and from what?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as previous books..still okay

  • By simon on 20-07-17

Not as good as the others

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

Reviewed: 23-06-18

Narrator still perfect for these books but story a bit weak not as good as previous 3 but not weak enough for me not to read the next book.

  • Whisky from Small Glasses

  • A D.C.I. Daley Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,252

DCI Jim Daley is sent from the city to investigate a murder after the body of a woman is washed up on an idyllic beach on the West Coast of Scotland. Far away from urban resources, he finds himself a stranger in a close-knit community. Love, betrayal, fear and death stalk the small town, as Daley investigates a case that becomes more deadly than he could possibly imagine, in this compelling Scottish crime novel infused with intrigue and dark humour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great first novel.

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-10-16

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 18-06-18

Stumbled across this book by accident and so glad I did. Great all round modern detective story set in Scotland. Narrator good enough for me to search for other books read by him that i might enjoy. Have already purchased number 2 of the series hoping it manitains this standard.