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  • Whisky from Small Glasses

  • A D.C.I. Daley Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,652
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,645

DCI Jim Daley is sent from the city to investigate a murder after the body of a woman is washed up on an idyllic beach on the West Coast of Scotland. Far away from urban resources, he finds himself a stranger in a close-knit community. Love, betrayal, fear and death stalk the small town, as Daley investigates a case that becomes more deadly than he could possibly imagine, in this compelling Scottish crime novel infused with intrigue and dark humour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellently read.

  • By fiona on 19-03-17

Well written characters let down by tired tropes of female victims

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

Reviewed: 23-08-17

The narrator does well and all the accents are enjoyable. The writing is pleasant - easy listening/reading - a light holiday read. The story is somewhat formulaic and the twists are heavily signposted but it's still engaging enough.

However, my gripe is that the women have so much less colour and depth than the men. They are there to be rescued or protected (exception of Annie, who is a side character at best). The gory and gruesome details of the female deaths are in gleeful detail compared to the flat description of the men's.

It's always annoying to have women's bodies sexually described constantly compared to the men being described in terms of age and fitness. The story is let down by the fact that half the population are only visible when having sex.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,311
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,206

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful audiobook!!

  • By Philip on 13-02-17

Thandie Newton made this beloved story even more wonderful

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

Reviewed: 15-08-17

I would recommend this to anyone who was interested in reading Jane Eyre but was put off by the age of it.

Thandie Newton reads SO well, she really elevates the experience to something more than just listening to a story read aloud. All the characters live clearly; all the descriptions are engaging; all the philosophy is relatable.

The central love story and gothic famous twist are so well described and naturally spoken that you really feel as if the narrator is reading from their memoirs rather than a shocking ancient novel.

I already loved the book as a child but listening to it was the best audible purchase I have made by a mile. Such an enriching experience.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful