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  • State Secrets

  • Bob Skinner, Book 28
  • By: Quintin Jardine
  • Narrated by: James Bryce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Former Chief Constable Bob Skinner is long out of the police force, but trouble has a habit of following him around. So it is that he finds himself in the Palace of Westminster as a shocking act befalls the nation. Hours before the Prime Minster is due to make a controversial statement, she is discovered in her office with a letter opener driven through her skull. Is the act political? Personal? Or even one of terror? Skinner is swiftly enlisted by the Security Service to lead the investigation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration again

  • By Revmama on 25-11-17

Best Bob Skinner yet

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

Where does State Secrets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Despite the fact that this book isn't set in Edinburgh and only 1 of Bob's group of detectives is involved, State Secrets is the best Skinner mystery yet.. I couldn't put it down, and read far into the night desparate to find out what happened next. The twists and turns of the plot are fascinating and the setting, mostly around the Westminster Parliament is excellent. Read it to find out why!

Have you listened to any of James Bryce’s other performances? How does this one compare?

It ranks amongst the best of James Bryce's performances.. Skinner wouldn't be the same without him.

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,000
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,685

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely enthralling!

  • By Misspelt on 18-04-17

An excellent follow up to Bobiverse book 1

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

I thought that it would be difficult to keep up the imaginative story lines but I was wrong. The author has surpassed himself and developed the existing and new threads really well. I'm impatiently awaiting book 3.

  • Dying Games

  • By: Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Washington, DC: Twin brothers are found drowned in a Perspex box, one gagged and strapped to a chair. It's the latest in a series of cruel and elaborate murders with two things in common: the killer has left a family history chart at each crime scene, and the victims all have a connection to genealogical sleuth Jefferson Tayte. Hoping his insight and expertise will help solve the case, the FBI summon Tayte back to the capital. But as he struggles to crack the clues, the killer strikes again - and again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant read.

  • By Alan on 11-05-17

A brilliant read.

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

This is the sixth book in the Jefferson Tayte saga it is also the best. The plot is fascinating. It is impossible to guess the next twist and there are lots o twists that enforce you to carry on reading just one more chapter. JT is such a good character that I hope the author will continue to write about him. Great stuff, Steve?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mathew's Tale

  • By: Quintin Jardine
  • Narrated by: James Bryce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

1818, Carluke, Lanarkshire. Mathew Fleming returns home to Scotland following heroic service at the Battle of Waterloo. After seven years away, he is a ghostly presence to those he left behind. But Mathew is ambitious and soon becomes a man of influence in his country and beyond. Yet through all his success, he still hides the loss of his one true love. When a terrible act of murder occurs, Mathew must choose between the rule of blood and the rule of law.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First but not my last audio book

  • By Macskyper on 16-10-15

A great new character .......

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

Reviewed: 01-05-15

.....and a marvellous story line. Narrator James Bryce who does the Skinner books is excellent. Keep up the good work QJ.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mightier than the Sword: Clifton Chronicles, Book 5

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085

When the bomb goes off, how many passengers on the Buckingham lose their lives? You will only find out if you read the opening chapter of  Mightier than the Sword. When Harry visits his publisher in New York, he's told that he's been elected the new president of English PEN and immediately launches a campaign for the release of a fellow author, Anatoly Babakov, who's imprisoned in a Russian gulag in Siberia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still no ending?

  • By mollyeyre on 02-03-15

great read. tantalising cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 25-04-15

the narrative dashes along at great pace and the cliffhanger ending is out of this world.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • As Easy as Murder

  • A Primavera Blackstone Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Quintin Jardine
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

A tranquil Spanish village by the sea is the perfect place for Primavera Blackstone to raise her ten-year-old, Tom, son of the late lamented Oz, especially once they are joined by Oz's nephew, pro golfer Jonny Sinclair. But when her best friend, Shirley, introduces her new man, Patterson Cowling, he seems to be a magnet for trouble. A casual thief tries to pick his pocket and is found a few days later with his face blown off. A bloody coincidence? Or does Patterson Cowling have a past to protect?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More please

  • By N W R on 14-04-13

QJ comes up trumps again

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Another super read with Primavera getting into hot water again. The only drawback is that the reader, Julie Maisey, is not in the same league as the previous reader, Hilary Neville. Sorry, Julie!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Red

  • By: Quintin Jardine
  • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Primavera is enjoying the quiet life in an idyllic village on the Catalan coast of Spain. The attractive single mother and eight-year-old Tom, son of the late and still lamented Oz Blackstone, are popular figures in the tiny community. But her close friendship with the parish priest has eyebrows rising and tongues wagging. Then a dispute explodes with a powerful councillor who refuses to allow the village wine fair to go ahead. When his body is found, head caved in, some ominous questions are asked.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Primavera comes into her own

  • By Alan on 13-04-13

Primavera comes into her own

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

I wasn't taken with the character of Primavera when she appeared in the Oz Blackstone books but in this new series she is really good. A romp around Spain with her long lost cousin is unputdownable and the sexy honeyed voice of the reader Hilary Neville adds spice to the narrative. Most enjoyable!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,427
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,428

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stick with it

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-10-12

Very different from Harry & Co

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-12

I didn't know what to expect from this book, and listened to it out of curiosity more than anything else. I was pleasantly surprised. Despite the fact that I found it difficult to empathise with any of the characters I felt compelled to find out what happens to these unfortunate citizens of Pagford. The final denouement was breathtaking. I only wondered if all small communities have so many unlikeable residents. I hope not.



Tom Hollander's narration is excellent and makes the whole of Pagford come to life.



This is a good read and is strongly recommended.

  • The Loner

  • By: Quintin Jardine
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart, Steve Worsley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Brought up by his hard-nosed father and ferocious Spanish grandmother, Xavier Aislado is a gentle giant. And though Xavi’s bond with his grandmother grows, he is abandoned when his family return to Spain, leaving him in Edinburgh to complete his education. Years later, when his promising sporting career is cut short, Xavi pursues his true passion: journalism. And when his first assignment ends in violent death, he is drawn into a dark new world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen but not the same as Bob Skinner

  • By Ewansnan on 29-01-12

New central character, same QJ magic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-11

The Loner is an excellent listen. Good pace throughout the narrative, plenty of action, QJ's Edinburgh background and some superb twists from early in the book all go to make this highly recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gamble

  • By: Felix Francis
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

As one of the youngest ever winners of the Grand National, Nick ‘Foxy’ Foxton’s career as a world-class jockey is on perfect track until a near-fatal accident cuts his dream brutally short. But when he returns to Aintree as a spectator years later, nothing can prepare him for what unfolds. Minutes before the biggest event on the racing calendar, Nick’s affable American colleague Herb Kovak is shot at point-blank range, the gunman disappearing among the stunned crowd.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His father's son

  • By Gordon on 07-01-12

As good as his Dad

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-11-11

This is a great listen. From the first page I was gripped, staying up late to finish it. Michael Maloney's narration is speedy and exciting and his characterisation is superb. The twists at the end are excellent. Highly recommended!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful