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  • Six Degrees of Assassination

  • By: M J Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Andrew Scott, Freema Agyeman, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

Follow Andrew Scott (BAFTA-winner, Sherlock, James Bond: Spectre) and Freema Agyeman ( Sense8, Doctor Who) as they race against time to solve this multi-layered political thriller. On a sullen, cloudy July day, ten years since 7/7, the 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I WAS HOOKED!

  • By SM, Somerset on 24-02-18

Loved it, more please

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

A good story that kept me hooked until the end. I could not believe it was free. Definitely one to add to your library if you like a good crime story.

  • Ep. 10: X (Six Degrees of Assassination)

  • By: M J Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Andrew Scott, Freema Agyeman, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Alex and Ellen finally close in on those responsible for the death of the Prime Minister as renowned screenwriter and novelist M J Arlidge's sensational thriller, Six Degrees of Assassination, comes to a dramatic conclusion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good listen

  • By Anonymous User on 16-02-19

More please

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed each episode of the serial. It was clear who all the characters were (distinctive voices) and I didn't manage to guess all of the twists until the last few minutes. And thank you Audible for the freebie.

  • The Word Is Murder

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,910

A wealthy woman strangled six hours after she's arranged her own funeral. A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own. A reluctant author drawn into a story he can’t control. What do they have in common? Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's new thriller. Spread the word. The word is murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Unemployed Detective

  • By Sarah on 30-08-17

Different but with recognisable similarites

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

I really enjoyed listening trying to work fast from fiction. I hop the author writes more crime fiction like this

  • The Tomb in Turkey

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Carole Seddon has never enjoyed holidays much. Nevertheless, she has allowed herself to be persuaded by her friend Jude to accept a fortnight’s free accommodation at a luxurious Turkish villa owned by Jude’s property developer friend Barney Willingdon. But from the outset the holiday is marred by a series of menacing incidents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By fotini on 02-10-15

loved it

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

love the feathering series Carol is one of my favourite characters and putting her in Turkey was genius

  • Magpie Murders

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner, Samantha Bond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,267

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She's worked with the revered crime writer for years, and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway.... But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who? How? Where & Why?

  • By Mrs Q on 10-10-16

Enjoyable and Annoying in equal measure

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

Reviewed: 22-12-16

Would you listen to Magpie Murders again? Why?

I probably won't listen to the book again because once you know the twists its never going to be the same - like the Bruce Willis film...

What did you like best about this story?

It was different to other books I have read in this genre. It was recognisably Anthony Horowitz and as such an easy listen.

What does Allan Corduner and Samantha Bond bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The voices were particularly good matches to the story's requirements especially Samantha Bond

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

There is one part of the story that is annoying - and the book actually says that!

Any additional comments?

I was a little disappointed about some parts of the ending, but that's not unusual. Overall a very good read that I will recommend to other fans of the genre and I look forward to reading the next AH offering

  • The Chinese Shawl

  • By: Patricia Wentworth
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Tanis Lyle was one of those passionate women who always get their own way. Her cousin Laura hated her. Most women did. But men found her irresistible and she used them mercilessly. So when Tanis was found murdered there seemed to be any number of suspects on hand. But Miss Silver had her own suspicions....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery at its best

  • By L WILSON on 11-03-15

Not sure what it wants to be

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

Reviewed: 26-06-16

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

I would recommend it to somebody who was reasonably well read in the crime genre but with a warning that a large pinch of salt may be required.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most noticeable for me had little to do with the story. Rather the author's dislike for long engagements. Couples meet, fall in love and marry within hours! This is a feature of this author's books. Some of the depictions of the young women are very annoying to a modern woman

What three words best describe Diana Bishop’s performance?

Diana Bishop's performance is consistent, matches the story and listenable.

Any additional comments?

Overall this book (and the others in the series) are of their time. Women frequently "burst into tear", "start to cry" etc but if you can get past the mush, the whodunnit bits are ok.

  • The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers

  • By: Lillian Jackson Braun
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Things are spicing up in Pickax: huge inheritances from old families are suddenly and mysteriously pouring in to town, but nobody is quite sure why. Except Koko, that is - and he's not telling. Then things get really interesting when one resident drops dead from an apparent bee sting. Can Qwill and his cats get to the bottom of things?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What happened next!

  • By PPod on 04-10-15

What happened next!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-15

Would you listen to The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers again? Why?

I have listened or read most of the stories in this series and this was the last published before the author sadly died.

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

I love GG's voice. It's soothing.

Any additional comments?

The author seems to have decided to mix things up with the characters that appear in most of the stories. But as she died, we are left wondering what she had planned. Frustrating!

  • Thirty Great Detective Stories

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Ernest Bramah, R. Austin Freeman, and others
  • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

A wonderful collection of 30 of the greatest detective and mystery stories ever written. Featuring all the great classic sleuths, including Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown, Max Carrados, Dr. Thorndyke and Madame Rosika Storey. 1. 'Who killed Charlie Winpole?' By Ernest Bramah 2. 'The Blue Cross' by G. K. Chesterton 3. 'The Problem of the Five Marks' by Melville Davisson Post 4. 'The Comedy at Fountain Cottage' by Ernest Bramah 5. 'The Mysterious Card' by Cleveland Moffett 6. 'The Card Unveiled' by Cleveland Moffett

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good Stories - horrible narration.

  • By AMcT on 26-08-15

Don't buy until you have listened to the sample

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

Reviewed: 04-10-15

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

The book itself is probably fine, but for me it was totally unlistenable due the the awful narration.

What will your next listen be?

My next listen will be anything NOT read by Cathy Dobson.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

CD's intonation was awful, her sing-song narration was dire and did not vary. I had hoped that it would get better or that I would get used to it but sadly this was not the case

Any additional comments?

I thought this book was great value for my credit and I'm sure that I would have enjoyed most of the stories, but the narration was intolerable. I'd like my money back!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Bones Under the Beach Hut

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

The affluent seaside resort of Smalting is unaccustomed to crime. So when human remains are found beneath the floorboards of one of its beach huts, the community is awash with suspicion and fear. Amateur sleuths Carole Seddon and best friend Jude are drawn into the mystery, and their suspicion quickly falls on attractive Philly Rose, a young Londoner newly arrived in the area, whose boyfriend has recently vanished in mysterious circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Fethering!

  • By PPod on 07-03-15

Love Fethering!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a whodunnit, loves the interaction between the characters and isn't bothered by an absence of car chases or fight scenes. I've enjoyed all the Fethering series and this is my favourite so far

I enjoy the sound of Simon Brett's voice and as the author he is able to bring his intended emphasis to his words

Who was your favorite character and why?

I honestly couldn't choose between Carol or Jude, both are fascinating to me. Carol's relationship with Gulliver, the comfort of Jude or even Ted at the Crown and Anchor. All are very real.

Any additional comments?

Although the series could be read in any order, I would suggest starting at the beginning as the development of the characters through time and the relationship between the 2 women is better for reading the stories in the "right" order

1 of 2 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 632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 594

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

An Interesting Experiment - but its not Aggie

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14

Where does The Monogram Murders rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is not the most memorable book I have listened to but I saw it through to the end - not something I do for all.

Would you be willing to try another book from Sophie Hannah? Why or why not?

I haven't read anything else of Sophie Hannah's but intend to. I would like to try a book based on her own style and character and not that of another author.

Any additional comments?

The good points of this book are that the story and most importantly Poirot are true to Agatha Christie's originals. I didn't particularly like the policeman character and found him a bit unbelievable. The story was ok and kept me interested enough to want to know what happened next.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful