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  • An Officer and a Spy

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,325

January 1895: On a freezing morning in the heart of Paris, an army officer, Georges Picquart, witnesses a convicted spy, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, being publicly humiliated in front of 20,000 spectators baying ‘Death to the Jew!’ The officer is rewarded with promotion: Picquart is made the French army’s youngest colonel and put in command of ‘the Statistical Section’ - the shadowy intelligence unit that tracked down Dreyfus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Julian Summer on 12-10-13

A great story, superbly written with believable characterisation.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

A story of bureaucratic incompetence with dreadful consequences on people’s lives. And all written as a thriller, sheer brilliance.
A further sad reflection is that many of the real characters are those that caused the death of thousands in the Great War of the early 20th Century.

  • Meet Me in Malmo

  • Inspector Anita Sundstrom, Book 1
  • By: Torquil MacLeod
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

A British journalist is invited to Malmö to interview an old university friend who is now one of Sweden's leading film directors. When he discovers the director's glamorous film-star wife dead in her apartment, the Skåne County Police are called in to solve the high-profile case.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • awful narration

  • By NHP on 11-02-17

Simplistic dialogue and story line.

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

Reviewed: 24-03-16

Nothing else to write other than there are far more intelligent and Covent authors out there; therefore I would not recommend this book nor will I seek out other novels by the author.

  • Holy Island

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,047

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan retreats to Holy Island seeking sanctuary when he is forced to take sabbatical leave from his duties as a homicide detective. A few days before Christmas, his peace is shattered, and he is thrust back into the murky world of murder when a young woman is found dead amongst the ancient ruins of the nearby priory. When former local girl Dr. Anna Taylor arrives back on the island as a police consultant, old memories swim to the surface, making her confront her difficult past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled to finish this one

  • By Colette on 06-01-16

Naive & amateur

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

Reviewed: 17-02-16

There is a story in this novel but it is let down by naive stereotypical characterisation, incredulous narrative and does not reflect real dialogue.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Exile

  • By: Denise Mina
  • Narrated by: Katy Anderson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

The last time Maureen O'Donnell saw Ann Harris, she was nursing a couple of broken ribs and reeking of alcohol at the women's shelter. Now Ann has turned up dead hundreds of miles away, in London. Eager to escape some family difficulties of her own, Maureen travels to London to determine the circumstances of Ann's brutal death. In the seedy underworld of criminal exiles and dangerous drug lords, Maureen tries to piece together the horror of Ann's last days - and to save herself from a similarly ugly fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not as funny as Garnethill but still a good read

  • By D L Campion on 16-09-18

A story that draws you in.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

DM returns to her heroin and gives one another taste of gritty family life of people who manage to get buy when weaker people would not. And all wrapped around a mystery. Totally believable characters.

  • Fear the Darkness

  • By: Becky Masterman
  • Narrated by: Kate Harper
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Ex-FBI Agent Brigid Quinn thinks she has a second chance at life. After too many years spent in the company of evil, she's quit the Feds and is working out what normal is meant to feel like. She's swapped serial killers, stakeouts and interrogation for a husband, friends and free time. But when you've walked in darkness for so long, can you stand the light? When a local teenager dies in a tragic drowning accident, the community thinks Brigid might be able to help comfort the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great story

  • By P on 20-01-16

A great story

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

Reviewed: 20-01-16

BM back to her best in characterisation and story; though at times credulity was stretched it fitted the story and did not detract with plenty of red herrings along the way. PS it also sets up a younger sleuth for the future given the age of them main protagonist.

  • Time of Death

  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 397

Discover one of the two masterful hit novels adapted for the massive new BBC One Drama series In The Dark, featuring brilliant heroine Helen Weeks. Two schoolgirls are abducted in the small, dying Warwickshire town of Polesford, driving a knife into the heart of the community where police officer Helen Weeks grew up. But this is a place full of secrets, where dangerous truths lie buried. When family man Stephen Bates has been arrested, Helen and her partner Tom Thorne head to the flooded town....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Thorne Tour De Force

  • By Ms. L. Chalkley on 27-04-15

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

Mark Billingham remains at the top of his game. Another fantastic Tom Thorne novel; a great story brilliantly told. Simply unsurpassable. To all who are a fan of the Thorn series this will not disappoint and fans of the author will be confirmed in their belief of the authors ability to spin and tell a plausible story with plenty of red herrings along the way.

  • Splinter the Silence

  • Tony Hill/Carol Jordan, Book 9
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582

When psychological profiler Tony Hill comes across a series of suicides among women tormented by vicious online predators, he begins to wonder if there is more to these tragedies than meets the eye. Could it be murder? But what kind of serial killer wants his crimes to stay hidden? Tony and DCI Carol Jordan begin the hunt for the most dangerous and terrifying kind of killer - someone who has nothing to fear and nothing to lose.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration has ruined a perfectly good story

  • By Kath on 21-11-15

Poor

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

Reviewed: 10-10-15

Poor, amateur attempt to reincarnate characters that are now one dimensional. Also read in a poor racist manner

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Shut Eye

  • By: Belinda Bauer
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

Five footprints are the only sign that Daniel Buck was ever here. And now they are all his mother has left. Every day Anna Buck guards the little prints in the cement. Polishing them to a shine. Keeping them safe. Spiralling towards insanity. When a psychic offers hope, Anna grasps it. Who wouldn't? Maybe he can tell her what happened to her son.... But is this man what he claims to be? Is he a visionary? A shut eye? Or a cruel fake preying on the vulnerable? Or is he something far, far worse?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent read

  • By Margaret Morton on 13-03-15

Cracking story unputadownable

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

Reviewed: 16-07-15

Belinha Bauer is a master at story telling; her previous novels are also a must