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  • The Cleaner

  • By: Paul Cleave
  • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Joe is in control of everything in his simple life - both his day job as a janitor for the police department and his "night work". He isn't bothered by the daily news reports of the Christchurch Carver, who, they say, has murdered seven women. Joe knows, though, that the Carver killed only six. He knows that for a fact, and he's determined to find the copycat. He'll punish him for the one then frame him for the other six. All he needs now is to take care of all the women who keep getting in his way, including his overprotective mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Andromeda's Twin on 18-03-19

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 18-03-19

I purchased this back when it was released, and somehow got it ,muddled with the Mark Dawson book of the same name, so have only just listened to it, and I can honestly say that it's the most engrossing story I've heard so far this year (2019) over three years after I purchased it.

The story is told from the killers perspective and I've never listened to this type of thriller before but I'm glad I found this one, Joe is quite hysterical, as in funny, all the way through, so I would class this as a black comedy thriller, I am not sure if it's inteneded to be humerous but I found it so. It's a little gory, it's a little gruesome, it's downright unpleasant at times but it's also jolly good fun, I highly recommend this book to all (except people who don't like gore etc.)

Oh, and Paul Ansdell narrated it brilliantly, I don't know why a New Zealander was not chosen to narrate but I am British so I totally enjoyed the narration.

  • The Turning

  • The Forsaken Series
  • By: Phil Price
  • Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

 

He had escaped the horrors of the last few months. He started a new life with his new family. His life was returning to normal, his scars healing. Until they found him. After his loved ones were taken to their world...to their horrors. Now, Jake must follow, hoping it's not too late. But will he reach them in time...before they are turned against him?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Turning

  • By JEYCEE on 14-03-19

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 11-03-19

The first thing to note about book two in ''The Forsaken'' trilogy is that the first five hours are rather tedious, it starts out just fine with Father Stephen venturing through the gate in the Lickey HIlls but rather goes downhill from there until around five hours in when it picks up a little more speed and finally becomes really interesting at around eight and a half hours. The first section is mostly interplay between Jake, his family and some other interested parties, it builds the story though so this is all required material to lead us into the main part of the story which has a very exciting but quite abrupt finale.
The second thing to note about this book is that there is considerably more swearing than in the first book, this does not bother me but may bother some.
The third thing to note is that the writing style is not always perfect, it contains lines such as ' you're even stupider than I thought' and this line was uttered by Father Stephen who is an educated man so it's not in character.
The final thing to note is that Mr Hills narrates it perfectly again, so the first five hours fly by and I cannot wait for book three to be released in audio because I simply have to listen to it.

I received my copy free of charge in exchange for my frank and honest review.

  • Unknown

  • The Forsaken Series, Book 1
  • By: Phil Price
  • Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

It happens every year. A select few disappear, never to return. From The Falkland Islands to the Himalayas, Puerto Rico to England, people are vanishing without a trace or explanation. A young man who's lost everything stumbles across an ancient secret. Can he unlock the mystery? Will he find those who need him? Can he escape the Unknown? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun and not a sparkle in sight

  • By Andromeda's Twin on 09-03-19

Great fun and not a sparkle in sight

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

Reviewed: 09-03-19

This is an intriguiging but complex first installment in what I believe is to be a trilogy. It's a little complicated at the start due to there being many characters involved with various plotlines that need to be woven together, so you have to keep up and fit those pieces together before you'll be rewarded with the big picture which is worth waiting for. It's a little bit ''Dark Tower'' with portals between worlds, and a little bit ''30 Days of Night'' with ugly vampires who like tearing humans apart.

The narration from Mr Hills is great, some of his characterisations are marvellous, I especially love Katherine's west country accent.

I received my copy free of charge in exchange for my frank and honest review which is what I've given above and now I'm off to listen to book two.


  • Tennessee Night

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

When Jack Nightingale learns that there is a mysterious list of children who are at risk, he takes the case, spurred on by the fact that he knows one of the names, and that makes it personal. His investigation brings him up against a demon from hell who is being used on a mission of revenge. But if Nightingale is to save the children, and his own soul, he’ll need help from an old adversary. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody marvellous

  • By Andromeda's Twin on 07-03-19

Bloody marvellous

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

Reviewed: 07-03-19

This was a weird one, sad and triumphant all in one, bravo Mr Leather, I was pretty in much in terror from the seventh hour onwards, would this be the end of Jack? Sighs in relief, NO, he gets to live on and the reason why made me smile so wide my face is still aching hours later ... read it and laugh ... this one's a winner

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  • Neighbours from Hell

  • DCI Miller, Book 2: The Gripping Manchester Thriller with a Killer Twist
  • By: Steven Suttie
  • Narrated by: Simon Williams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

The Haughton Park development just outside Manchester is an exclusive new suburb of expensive homes for professional families. When the developer fails to sell half of the properties, the project is thrown into financial chaos. The local council steps in with a workable solution. They propose to use the unsold homes as social housing for homeless families in return for the much-needed cash injection that the developer needs to pay the bills. It’s a win-win situation. Or is it?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this, found it hilarious

  • By Andromeda's Twin on 04-03-19

I loved this, found it hilarious

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

I read this on kindle firstly, I loved it so much I grabbed the audio, it's hysterically funny, not sure that it's meant to be, it is deadly serious too in a pretty dark way, but it appealed to my dark sense of humour so I enjoyed it.

The warning should be taken seriously, the warning about the swearing, there is a lot of that but many people live surrounded by this all day every day so yes, it can be treated as realistic, it just depends on where you live as to how normal it will seem.

The narrator is not so great sadly, he speaks too fast and does some rather silly female voices but he didn't manage to ruin it so I'd say give it a go if you have got this far you may well enjoy it.

It's a rather sad story overall though, another thing to bear in mind.

  • Don't Make a Sound

  • Nathan Cody, Book 3
  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812

You can't choose your family. Or can you? Meet the Bensons. A pleasant enough couple. They keep themselves to themselves. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy. There's just one problem. Daisy doesn't belong to the Bensons. They stole her. And now they've decided that Daisy needs a little brother or sister. DS Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jackson Makes it a Hat Trick!

  • By Simon on 08-05-18

Five stars

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

I give this a solid five stars but I did not enjoy it as much as the first two, I found it quite distresssing due to the content, so parents beware, you may be distressed by the content too, it did not spoil the story however, so listen and weep but listen on, Jonathan Keeble narrates excellently as always.

  • Hope to Die

  • DS Nathan Cody, Book 2
  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

On a bitterly cold winter's night, Liverpool is left stunned by a brutal murder in the grounds of the city's Anglican Cathedral. A killer is on the loose, driven by a chilling rage. Put on the case, DS Nathan Cody is quickly stumped. Wherever he digs, the victim seems to be almost angelic - no one has a bad word to say, let alone a motive for such a violent murder. And Cody has other things on his mind, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gobsmacked

  • By Jackie Cody on 09-04-17

I loved this

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

I read the first book, listened this one. The narration is excellent and the storyline is amazing, kept me entranced for the full duration, literally, I could not sleep until I had finished it. Anyone who has read or listened to book one will love this, I wholeheartedly recommend.

  • Murder at the Old Cottage

  • By: David Pearson
  • Narrated by: Aidan Kelly
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Are detectives right to think that the brutal murder of a pensioner is more than just a burglary gone wrong? A health worker visiting clients in a remote area on the West Coast of Ireland has a nasty surprise when she finds a reclusive old man dead in his armchair in his tumbledown cottage. When the local Garda is called, it soon becomes obvious that this is no death from natural causes. The man has been tortured and his house ransacked.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite as bad as book one

  • By Andromeda's Twin on 03-03-19

Not quite as bad as book one

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

Slightly better storyline than book one but narrator just as dreary and monotonous, no character development (literally none) despite having a whole five hours of story here compared with the three hours and twenty minutes of the first installment. I would not recommend this book, it's pretty dismal.

  • Defiance

  • Hell on Earth, Book 4
  • By: Iain Rob Wright
  • Narrated by: Charles Robert Fox
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

It's been months since the demons arrived and slaughtered the world. The Earth belongs to the damned, and barely anything of civilization remains, but some still fight. Mankind's last survivors remain defiant. Nestled deep in the middle of the UK's largest forest, a small group of adults fight to remain hidden in the apocalypse. In their care are almost 50 children, perhaps the last children left. Their survival is vital to mankind's survival.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable

  • By Andromeda's Twin on 02-03-19

Thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

Excellent storyline, pretty good narrator, all round a solid and enjoyable experience.

Charles Robert Fox does a pretty good job of narrating here and the storyline is superb, I would say it's the best so far, and certainly leaves an opening for a further book.

The main storyline follows a group holed up in the Kielder forest visitor centre, a Doctor named Chris (surname hard to discern), a soldier named Hannah, and a builder named Tom who, at first, wants nothing to do with the other survivors but ends up being a big hero (not the biggest hero though). I totally recommend this audio version of book four and cannot wait for book five to hit the shelves.

  • Murder on the Old Bog Road

  • By: David Pearson
  • Narrated by: Brian Walsh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

It’s a cold winter evening, and rain is sweeping in from the Atlantic when a young woman, having braved the weather to visit her sick mother in a remote part of Ireland, comes across an obstacle in the road. She clears the highway of stones from a damaged bridge only to see the body of a woman in a ditch. With no phone reception, she travels to the nearest police station to report what she has found. The local Garda waste no time in attending the scene of the crime. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty terrible

  • By Andromeda's Twin on 01-03-19

Pretty terrible

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

The only good thing about this is it's brevity which is also a bad point, a credit for three and a half hours is poorly spent, especially in this case, I made a huge mistake by getting this and book two at the same time, I shall not bother with any more by this author, the writing is clunky, no character building, no emotion at all, the narrator is sonorous and dreary.

I would totally recommend people to AVOID this book altogther.