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Prof John S. Kelly

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  • The Water's Lovely

  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Siân Thomas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

The man who had died was Ismay's stepfather, Guy. Nine years on, she and her sister, Heather, still live in the same house in Clapham. But it has been divided into two self-contained flats. Their mother lives upstairs with her sister, Pamela. And the bathroom, where Guy drowned, has disappeared. Ismay works in public relations, and Heather in catering. They get on well. They always have. They never discuss the changes to the house, still less what happened that August day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Water’s Lovely

  • By Presto on 10-03-19

Too many side shoots.

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

Reviewed: 29-05-15

The story in the end rang true and Heather's immediate contacts rang true. The side characters were over drawn stereotypes unworthy of the rest of the story! That aside I would have liked to know more about the future of Heather's mother and Pam.

  • The Trinity Six

  • By: Charles Cumming
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

Europe is still littered with the darkest secrets of the Cold War. And the most deadly revelation of them all is about to be made…Hard-up Russia expert Dr Sam Gaddis finally has a lead for a book that could set his career back on track. He has staggering new information about an unknown sixth member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring – a man who has evaded detection for his entire life

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Trinity Six

  • By JOHN M. on 22-12-16

Addictive

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

Reviewed: 25-03-15

Goodpce. Likeable believable characters. Story intriguingly topical. My third book by the author and not the last! Looking forward to his next.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Foreign Country

  • By: Charles Cumming
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 278

Six weeks before she is due to take up her position as the first female head of MI6, Amelia Levene vanishes without a trace. Her disappearance is the gravest crisis MI6 has faced for more than a decade. There has been no ransom demand, no word from foreign intelligence services, and no hint of a defection. Should news of Levene’s disappearance leak out, the consequences would be catastrophic. But for disgraced MI6 officer Thomas Kell, the crisis offers a chance for redemption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cracking story incredibly well read

  • By A on 13-11-16

Stunning story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-15

Great book with the right degree of suspense and pace. Can't wait to read Cumming's next thriller!
J S K

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Alan Turing: The Enigma

  • By: Andrew Hodges
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 403

It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one. This classic biography of the founder of computer science, reissued on the centenary of his birth with a substantial new preface by the author, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Turing an enigma.

  • By Dennis G. on 14-02-15

More than a little tiresome

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

Reviewed: 25-01-15

Turing Book by Andrew Hodges. Great read if you survive the first ten hours. The title of the film is explained about this point.
The information for readers failed to mention that the book incorporates an unabridged account of Andrew Hodges' Oxford courses which although excellent of their sort are not a patch on Jim Al-Khalili's programmes on the BBC. One gem is the explanation of the tittle of the film of the book "The Imitation Game" which greatly enhanced my memories of the film. The accounts of the intelligence services in the UK during the first forty odd years of the 20th century are a revelation and worthy of greater exposure. The events surrounding the sinking of the aircraft-carrier Glorious were not far short of criminal. The lack of knowledge in the lead up to the Dunkirk equally embarrassing. The very much better position of France, Poland and Norway staggering. One of the most interesting features of the story is the role happenstance and pure luck that fortunately contributed to the British success. Although the account of Turing's life after the war is interesting Hodges' expositions on Turing's papers and philosophy more than a little tiresome.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama cover art
  • Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama

  • By: M J Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Andrew Scott, Freema Agyeman, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,590

On a sullen, cloudy July day ten years since 7/7, the happy, confident and optimistic British Prime Minister is visiting a charity in East London. It’s just two months after the general election which saw John Campbell's government returned to power with a clear majority, the economy is on the mend and the coalition is fast becoming a bad memory. Suddenly, a man appears out of the crowd and shoots him three times in the chest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shame - could have been so much better

  • By Chris on 24-12-15

Stunning visulisation of villians and action

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

Reviewed: 17-12-14

Great drama. Irresistible listen. Tension retained through out and the climax at the end well worth waiting on. Reminiscent of the writing of Jon Stock and the pace in the BBC's thriller "Line of Duty" on the BBC. I hope this is only the first of a great series.

  • Reykjavik Nights

  • By: Arnaldur Indridason
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

The Living. Erlendur works nights. He’s a young officer in Traffic, not yet a detective. And Reykjavik’s nights are full of car crashes, robberies, drinkers and fighters. Sometimes an unexplained death. The Lost. A homeless man Erlendur knows is found drowned. But few people care. Or when a young woman on her way home from a club vanishes. Both cases go cold. The Searcher. Two lost people from two different worlds. Erlendur is not an investigator, but his instincts tell him their fates are worth pursuing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Young Erlendur Fails to Match his Older Self

  • By Mike of Alsager on 28-10-17

:Poor Judgement

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

Reviewed: 17-12-14

I selected this book mainly because of the narrator Saul Reichlin and his thrilling reading of the Killings I and II. In addition I have booked a cruise to Iceland from Scotland in the Spring. The book is about as exciting as watching paint dry. In spite of hanging in to the bitter end there was no climax. Nothing I learned about Iceland and Reykjavik was worth the effort.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The House of Dolls

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 190

Anneliese Vos, 16-year-old daughter of detective Pieter Vos, disappeared three years ago. Her father's desperate search revealed nothing. One day, Laura Bakker, a trainee detective, visits to tell him that the daughter of local politician, Katja Prins, has gone missing in circumstances similar to Anneliese. Vos is drawn back into the life of a detective, hoping that somewhere will be a clue to his daughter’s fate….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By mollyeyre on 05-05-14

Very Nice Twist at the End

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

Reviewed: 06-10-14

Nice introduction to the supposed way of Dutch life. Rather leasurely approach to the investigation is at times irritating. However the consistency of the way in which each of the characters is built up is very satisfying. The ending is quite unexpected and at the same time satisfactory

2 of 4 people found this review helpful