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  • Psycho Romeo

  • Ward Security, Volume 1
  • By: Jocelynn Drake, Rinda Elliott
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Geoffrey Ralse is known for being the life of the party. He loves the club scene, hanging with his friends, and flirting with whomever catches his eye. He certainly isn’t going to stop living his life just because some would-be stalker starts sending him threats. But it all changes when Geoffrey is drugged and wakes up half naked in his own home with a new message from his stalker. He needs help, and there’s only one person he trusts....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't get far into it, as it's dreadful

  • By elly gausden on 06-05-19

Didn't get far into it, as it's dreadful

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

Reviewed: 06-05-19

Clumsily written and not well read. It reads like a high school creative writing project, possibly an okay plot but poor, stilted dialogue and "what I did last summer' description ruin it. This might be manageable if the reader was any good, but he's not so it's really noticeable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Andrea Vernon and the Superhero-Industrial Complex

  • By: Alexander C. Kane
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

More than a year after she helped save the world from the Sparnaxian invasion, Andrea Vernon is in a good place. Her boss is giving her greater responsibility and she’s getting to travel a lot (although her fill-in is hopeless at making coffee); things could be getting even more serious with her 8’ 4” superhero boyfriend, The Big Axe; and she has a really fun new BFF, Never More. Small issue, though, with that last item - Never More is a supervillain bent on world domination, and it looks as if nothing can stop her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant blend of action and comedy

  • By RobE on 04-05-19

Not as good as the first book

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

Reviewed: 12-04-19

Still funny, and super well read, but the plot's not as tightly written and it just drags a bit.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death in the Tunnel

  • By: Miles Burton
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

On a dark November evening, Sir Wilfred Saxonby is travelling alone in the five o'clock train from Cannon Street, in a locked compartment. The train slows and stops inside a tunnel, and by the time it emerges again minutes later, Sir Wilfred has been shot dead, his heart pierced by a single bullet. Suicide seems to be the verdict, even though no motive can be found, but Inspector Arnold of Scotland Yard thinks again when he learns that a mysterious red light in the tunnel caused the train to slow down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed it but not exciting at all

  • By elly gausden on 19-02-19

Enjoyed it but not exciting at all

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

Reviewed: 19-02-19

While I kind of figured out who'd done it, I didn't know for sure and couldn't work out how. And despite this sounding like an exciting idea for a murder in the tunnel, it's a very staid book. Mostly dialogue rather than action.

The biggest complaint is that the police are made to look sooooooo stupid it's unbelievable. I know in reality police investigations get fixated on suspects but I think the DI in this book would still believe his own theory of the suspect if the real murderer had done it in front of him. It was annoying in places, but still a clever plot underneath all that.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • West Cork

  • By: Audible Original
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,063
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 962

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery.Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story Brilliantly Presented!

  • By Simon on 28-07-18

Completely mad but brilliantly done

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

What a ride? Amazingly well done documentary about the maddest, most frustrating case. Makes you angry and amused by turns. I think I'm with the horse chap (you'll understand when you listen).

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Manhunt

  • By: Colin Sutton
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

Levi Bellfield is one of the most notorious British serial killers of the last fifty years - his name alone evokes horror and revulsion, after his string of brutal murders in the early 2000s. At 3:07pm on 21st March, 2002, Milly Dowler left her school in Surrey for the last time. Less than an hour later, she was to be abducted and murdered in the cruellest fashion, sparking a missing person investigation that would span months before her body was found.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good effort but change the cover

  • By Bilberry on 11-02-19

Excellent book, slow reader

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

Reviewed: 16-01-19

Thoroughly enjoyed this as not only is it the story of how a serial killer is caught, but it's also a brilliant insight into how a modern police investigation should be done. Written beautifully by an obviously smart and humane man.

The person reading it though needs his engine cranking up. I had to listen at 1.10 speed to make him bearable.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes

  • Incredible Real-Life Murders
  • By: Robin Odell
  • Narrated by: David Shaw-Parker
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

A gripping collection of stories of human criminality at its most bizarre.

These unusual, sensational murders recall not only gruesome historical crimes, but also touch on shocking and macabre modern murders. Included are details of groundbreaking advances in crime detection, law enforcement, and forensic science. This is the top-secret report on the most grisly, and unusual, criminal activity of our time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lives up to the title

  • By James Wing on 11-05-17

Interesting for dipping into, but easily bored of

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

The stories of each of the murders are interior but very brief. If you know anything about the murders already you end up saying to yourself 'but what about the other victims' or 'but there was the whole thing with the bloody clothes' etc.

And worse than that, the otherwise excellent reader, has clearly never left his house, watched any American TV or films or had a producer who tells him how to pronounce US place names. I ended up shouting Puh-kip-see at him every time he got it wrong. And Joliet prison is not pronounced like it's in French. Drove me mad.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hannibal Fogg and the Supreme Secret of Man

  • By: Tahir Shah
  • Narrated by: Alec Brooks
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Banished from England, Hannibal G. Fogg lived out his days in secrecy - before disappearing on an expedition to Manchuria in the winter of 1939. Almost eight decades passed. Then, one morning, William Fogg receives a letter from a legal firm in London, claiming he's the sole inheritor to his great-great-grandfather's estate. Knowing almost nothing of his forebear, he takes possession of the single object left in the bequest - a large rusty iron key...the key to a door in Marrakesh.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great adventure

  • By Audible Fan on 14-08-18

Strangely dull despite being action packed

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

Reviewed: 25-11-18

This book should have been great because it hits all my buttons. Steampunk-ish elements, crazy adventures and clever world building. Except it's utterly tedious.

It might be better on the printed page because the reader is the dreadful. Not in the usual dreadful reader type of way in that they have an annoying voice or do the characters all wrong. No, this guy just doesn't do any characters at all. All of them are read as generic British in the same voice, despite at least half of them being American or Indian or Australian etc. And they're all read in the same voice regardless of the emotion they're supposed to be expressing.

That said it's not all the reader's fault. The main character doesn't 'do' anything. It's all handed to him on a plate and he goes through the motions. That would be okay if you liked any of the characters, but they're possibly the most one dimensional characters I've ever read.

I wanted to like this book, but really I can't.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Paddington Mystery

  • Detective Club Crime Classics
  • By: John Rhode
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

When Harold Merefield returned home in the early hours of a winter morning from a festive little party at that popular nightclub, the Naxos, he was startled by a gruesome discovery. On his bed was a corpse. There was nothing to show the identity of the dead man or the cause of his death. At the inquest, the jury found a verdict of ‘death from natural causes’ - perhaps they were right, but yet? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining but predictable

  • By Bucks Pedant on 29-08-18

Dull

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

Reviewed: 16-11-18

Fairly predictable story, which would be okay if anything actually happened in it. Instead it's just a logical problem dealt with from the armchair of Dr Priestly with a bit of befuddled questioning by the main character and Priestly's unbelievably wet daughter.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Nocturnal: A Novel

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 22 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Homicide detective Bryan Clauser is losing his mind. How else to explain the dreams he keeps having - dreams that mirror, with impossible accuracy, the gruesome serial murders taking place all over San Francisco? How else to explain the feelings these dreams provoke in him - not disgust, not horror, but excitement? As Bryan and his longtime partner, Lawrence 'Pookie' Chang, investigate the murders, they learn that things are even stranger than they at first seem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely amazing.

  • By sean on 08-01-14

Very, very, very long. And you feel it

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

Reviewed: 16-08-18

Some good characters, a great idea and what would have been brilliant in about half the number of words. Also super short on female characters at all and the two in it are a bit 1 dimensional.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Elder Ice: A Harry Stubbs Adventure

  • By: David Hambling
  • Narrated by: Brian J. Gill
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

In this novella set in 1924 London, ex-boxer Harry Stubbs is on the trail of a mysterious legacy. A polar explorer has died, leaving huge debts and hints of a priceless find. His informants seem to be talking in riddles, and Harry soon finds he isn't the only one on the trail - and what he's looking for is as lethal as it is valuable. The key to the enigma lies in an ancient Arabian book and it leads to something stranger and more horrifying than Harry could ever imagine.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable story read by an annoying reader

  • By elly gausden on 06-06-18

Enjoyable story read by an annoying reader

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

An enjoyable little romp with the supernatural in the 1920s. Liked the story but the reader have some of the oddest pronunciation I've ever heard. The main character is an ex'boxer from Norwood who at times sounds like Prince Charles. He says Herry instead of Harry amongst other things and it's quite wearing. Would be excruciating for a full length novel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful