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  • The Quiet Death of Thomas Quaid

  • Lennox 5
  • By: Craig Russell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

Lennox liked Quiet Tommy Quaid. Perhaps it's odd for a private detective to like - even admire - a career thief, but Quiet Tommy Quaid was the sort of man everyone liked. Amiable, easygoing, well dressed, with no vices to speak of - well, aside from his excessive drinking and womanising, but then, in 1950s Glasgow those were practically virtues. And besides, throughout his many exploits outside the law, Quiet Tommy never once used violence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By Rogayah on 03-12-16

More please!

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

This latest story continues to live up the the high quality of writing and delivery as the previous books and can be enjoyed as a stand alone or as part of the series.
Highly recommended!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Deep Dark Sleep

  • A Lennox Thriller, Book 3
  • By: Craig Russell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

Human remains are recovered from the bottom of the River Clyde. Not an unusual occurrence, but these have been sleeping the deep, dark sleep for eighteen years. Suddenly Glasgow’s underworld is buzzing with the news that the dredged up bones belong to Gentleman Joe Strachan, Glasgow’s most successful and ruthless armed robber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Class

  • By Reader on 15-05-12

Dark and funny, gripping!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

The grittiness of the Glasgow subculture is well painted, its humour as well as its violence. This story had me gripped and anticipating the next twist. Loved it and appreciate the quality of Sean Barrett as the story teller.

  • The Blood Glucose Diet

  • Discover Rapid, Healthy Weight Loss by Giving Up Sugar
  • By: Craig Beck
  • Narrated by: Craig Beck
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Through years of painful research and bio-hacking, I can now show you exactly which foods to eat if you want to lose weight easily. I don't mean easy if you are well behaved. I mean you will never be hungry; you will never have to eat those tiny, disgusting diet meals; and you can even join your friends in indulging at parties and in restaurants.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good motivator

  • By Melvin on 01-04-16

Good motivator

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

Reviewed: 01-04-16

Excellent intro into the activity of sugar in our foods and its effect.
Not enough of a list of good foods which will aid wait loss by not having sugar or the ability to convert into sugar. I have started and am re-listening for reinforcement.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,004

Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keep going with this

  • By E on 23-02-13

Failed to grab me!

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

Reviewed: 24-02-16

I kept listening expecting something to happen, or some intrigue to present itself. It never did.

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,120

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Nick Moore on 15-07-13

Well crafted who done it.

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

Reviewed: 22-10-14

This is a smooth, well developed story with good characterisation and a hidden conclusion.
Cameron Strike is now set up for many more adventures, he is deep, hard bitten, with a touch of Harry Hole about him. I look forward to getting to know him better.

  • Treachery

  • By: S. J. Parris
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

Summer, 1585: Sir Francis Drake prepares to embark on an expedition by royal commission to cross the Atlantic and seize major Spanish ports, diverting King Philip of Spain’s treasure to Queen Elizabeth. When a ship captain is brutally murdered, and Drake’s life threatened, it becomes clear that someone plans to destroy the expedition before it begins. Giordano Bruno and Sir Philip Sidney hunt for the killer, but are they being lured into a trap?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The saga moves on...

  • By Alan R on 01-01-15

Gripping stuff

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

Reviewed: 28-06-14

Would you listen to Treachery again? Why?

There was so much detail, creating a great visual effect. Another listen would reveal even more.

What did you like best about this story?

It had a good pace, no filling in.

What about Laurence Kennedy’s performance did you like?

The accent was not overdone and kept constant throughout.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but it did make you like or dislike the characters.

Any additional comments?

My first Parris book but not my last!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Police

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,248

The police urgently need Harry Hole. A killer is stalking Oslo’s streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated, but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can’t help anyone. For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the centre of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry can’t protect anyone. Least of all himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an easy book to review

  • By Scullywag on 20-09-13

Classic Nesbo

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

Reviewed: 08-11-13

Would you listen to Police again? Why?

The detail is so tight, no wasted words, no filling or padding out. Listening again is almost a requirement to catch it all.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Police?

Rachael allowing Ceilia into the flat.

What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Mood and pace.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no, to be savoured over several 2 hour sessions

Any additional comments?

More Harry Hole please.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Lewis Man

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,648
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,208

An unidentified corpse is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. News of the discovery soon reaches Fin Macleod. However, since swapping his life in Edinburgh for a quiet existence on Lewis, such mysteries are no longer a concern for the former detective inspector. Or so he thought. The sequel to The Blackhouse, which was selected for the WH Smith Richard and Judy Bookclub, and the second book in the Lewis trilogy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric sequel to The Blackhouse

  • By Kirstine on 24-02-12

Great story grows to grip you.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

A slow burner to begin with, not sure where it is going, then with west coast gentleness grabs you to reveal its rich tapestry of damaged lives and violent repercussions.