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  • Bring Me Back

  • By: B A Paris
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hely, Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 343

The million-copy best-selling author returns with a breathtaking thriller. The disappearance. The suspicion. The fear....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good as the first two books

  • By Mrs B. on 11-03-18

Not the book the hype makes you believe it is!

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

Reviewed: 19-03-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I'm not sure I would. I felt the story was very basic and quite easy to see where it was going from very early on in the book and you almost think to yourself 'It cant be this basic...can it?'. For me, the characters didn't really offer depth and it was if some parts of their background were thrown in to fit the story-line. The middle of the book seemed to drag forever with nothing much really happening. The end was extremely disappointing and it really didn't twist or turn for me.

Has Bring Me Back put you off other books in this genre?

Not all all

What aspect of Kevin Hely and Cathleen McCarron ’s performance might you have changed?

Although I felt some of the reading was 'over acted' it was generally ok

Could you see Bring Me Back being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No.

  • Schreiber's Secret

  • By: Roger Radford
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 341

Crime reporter Mark Edwards and his colleague Danielle Green wade deep in red herrings and a twisting and turning plot as they seek to discover the terrible secret of a Nazi sadist who has continued his murdering ways in modern London. The story switches from a wartime transit camp in Czechoslovakia to contemporary Germany; from a London suburb to the Old Bailey, the world's most famous criminal court, where two men strive to claim that the other is the real Hans Schreiber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping story, very well read

  • By N. Stewart on 12-08-15

Good story but a little predictable

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

Reviewed: 30-10-15

If you could sum up Schreiber's Secret in three words, what would they be?

Good, interesting subject

What about Nigel Patterson’s performance did you like?

Pretty good character distiction

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

No

Any additional comments?

I must say I am really surprised at all the 'amazing' comments, this really is an average book and does have areas of naivety, for instance, the fact that a top London newspaper reporter (Mark Edwards) can be so, well..thick and grossly uninformed on some subjects.

I do appreciate this is a sensitive subject and do feel that the author has handled it well in general.

  • Lamentation

  • Shardlake, Book 6
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 25 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819

Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government of Henry's successor, eight-year-old Prince Edward. As heretics are hunted across London, and the radical Protestant Anne Askew is burned at the stake, the Catholic party focus their attack on Henry's sixth wife, Matthew Shardlake's old mentor, Queen Catherine Parr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like listening to a play

  • By Brodie on 06-11-14

Such a shame about the narration!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-14

Would you listen to Lamentation again? Why?

No. Unfortunately like the other reviewers this masterpiece was ruined by the narration. Surely for an audiobook the narration is key, I do wonder how the selection process works somethimes as in my opinion it really can make or break a book. I love CJ Sansom and have listened and read all the books in this series. I just cant listen to Steven Crossleys narration on this or the last shardlake book, why oh why does he attempt such ridiculous accents, although this current book is better than the last where the narration was terrible.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lamentation?

Classic Shardlake, the descriptions and history of the era were first class throughout

What didn’t you like about Steven Crossley’s performance?

As above, poor attempt at certain accents, in my opinion ruined Jack and Dr Guy.Anton Lesser is the voice of Shardlake

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

No

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Head of State

  • By: Andrew Marr
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 58

Two corpses. A country on the edge of a political precipice. A conspiracy so bold it would make Machiavelli wince. Andrew Marr's debut novel imagines what really might be going on behind the door of 10 Downing Street. When a young investigative reporter is found dead on the streets of London few people notice. But when another body - minus its head and hands - is washed up on the banks of the Thames, its grisly condition arouses a little more interest.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste time listening to this rubbish

  • By Mr K Burgess on 18-11-14

Please Mr Marr, no more fiction!

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

Reviewed: 15-10-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narration wasnt very good, Steven Crossley has a good natural voice for narration but he uses a different voice for each character which becomes extremely grating and doesnt help in the light of Mr Marr's 'many' characters.

What was most disappointing about Andrew Marr’s story?

As well as a story that defies belief, there are just too many characters and I found it difficult to follow the plot through characterisation. It was hard to remember what a character had previously done in the earlier pages - unless you made notes of course!

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Steven Crossley?

The King of course - Sean Barrett, although I think even he would have struggled to breath life into such a poor story.

What character would you cut from Head of State?

Im not sure I remember any of them too well to make such a decision

Any additional comments?

I do wonder if this book would have been published without Andrew Marr's name on it. I do admire the mans political intellect and insight, but fiction is a different beast and this is not a good attempt in my opinion.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Monogram Murders

  • The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 558

Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffee house is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified, but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done. Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one's mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Boring Monogram Murders

  • By Ulla on 18-09-14

Far Too Long Winded!

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

Reviewed: 16-09-14

What would have made The Monogram Murders better?

A more straightforward plot to follow, I dont remember many of Agatha Christie's books being this complex.

What was most disappointing about Sophie Hannah’s story?

Extremely good author, just too long!

Have you listened to any of Julian Rhind-Tutt’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Ive always like this narrator, not a Sean Barrett, but very good nevertheless.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Monogram Murders?

The third act seemed to go on and on.

Any additional comments?

I think with some historic authors, the works should just be left and not reinvented. I realise this is a personal view but after reading House of Silk (sherlock holmes)too, I have reached this conclusion

10 of 11 people found this review helpful