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  • In Her Blood

  • Catherine Berlin, Book 1
  • By: Annie Hauxwell
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

On a bone-chilling February morning, Catherine Berlin, investigator with the Financial Services Agency, finds the almost-headless body of her informant, "Juliet Bravo", rolling in a shallow reach of the Thames. That Juliet Bravo's death is linked to an investigation of local loan shark Archie Doyle is no surprise to Berlin, but when Berlin's own unorthodox methods are blamed for the murder, she realises bigger predators are circling.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unusual Heroine

  • By Patj on 31-07-13

Interesting idea, but I found it a bit confusing

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

Reviewed: 10-09-14

What did you like best about In Her Blood? What did you like least?

Different storyline with a detective who is a drug addict. Seems unlikely, but who knows?

If you’ve listened to books by Annie Hauxwell before, how does this one compare?

First one.

Was In Her Blood worth the listening time?

Not really. Unusually for me., I didn't finish it. Kept losing the plot and had a hard time keeping the characters straight.

  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,383

Fight them, Mr Brigance. To the bitter end. We must prevail. In the long-awaited successor to the novel that launched his phenomenal career, John Grisham brings us the powerful sequel to A Time to Kill. As filled with twists as it is with legal mastery, Sycamore Row proves beyond doubt that John Grisham is in a league of his own. Jake Brigance has never met Seth Hubbard, or even heard of him, until the old man's suicide note names him attorney for his estate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham back at his best

  • By Liz on 10-12-13

Grisham in Top Form

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

Reviewed: 17-03-14

Where does Sycamore Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top ten. Fantastic gripping story. Spot on narration.

What did you like best about this story?

Grisham is in top form weaving a suspenseful courtroom plot with great characterizations.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The courtroom video scene is the highlight of the book. Very emotional.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Lettie's forgiveness of Ansell.

Any additional comments?

Grisham has written one of his best and the outstanding narration brings it to life. Didn't want it to end.

  • 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 9,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,272

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
  • Entertaining and likeable

  • By Dragon on 06-05-13

Wonderful combination of author and actor

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

Reviewed: 21-08-13

What did you like most about The Cuckoo's Calling?

A good story with memorable and colourful characters.

What did you like best about this story?

Robert Glenister's acting. He is absolutely amazing and brings the book to life.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All the scenes from familiar London locales.

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

Even though it's a bit far fetched, I've met enough real characters in London like these in the book to help it be believable.

Any additional comments?

Please can we have another... soon?

  • Winter of the World

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222

Five linked families live out their destinies as the world is shaken by tyranny and war in the mid-20th century. Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil step her mother’s formidable friend and former British MP, Ethel Leckwith, and her student son, Lloyd, who soon learns for himself the brutal reality of Nazism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winter of the World

  • By Rachel on 06-10-12

Great author, Brilliant narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-12

I have enjoyed every one of Ken Follet's historical novels and this is certainly one of his best. But, what really makes the audiobook special is the narrator, John Lee. I am in awe of his narration skills and have begun to search for his books, regardless of the author. Thank you John for bringing great books to life.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Outsiders

  • By: Gerald Seymour
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

They used to meet for a smoke behind the MI5 building. They were disbanded after the death of the youngest member of their team at the hands of a Russian gangster. Now, suddenly, the Graveyard Team is being called back together. Word is that the gangster is staying at a villa in Spain - the Costa del Sol being a multi-billion dollar hub in the worldwide drug trade....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An okay listen

  • By Silver Surfer on 08-04-13

A good listen, if a bit confusing at times

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-12

I'm a fan of Gerald Seymour, but I think it might be better to read this book rather than listen to it. The plot of MI5 agents seeking revenge for the death of a former colleague takes place in the Costa del Sol. So many characters are introduced, without much background on each, that it was rather confusing to keep track of them all. However, it's a good story, with a rather dark depiction of in the post crash Costa and some very scary Russian mobsters- sort of "costa noir". The action drags a bit at times and some of the characters are poorly drawn with rather naff dialogue. Nevertheless, it kept me interested and I was on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what how it ends.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Only Time Will Tell

  • Clifton Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,346

The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international best-selling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the chilling words, ‘I was told that my father was killed in the war’. But it will be another twenty years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story-telling

  • By Kirstine on 16-06-11

Another wonderful Jeffrey Archer story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-07-11

Couldn't stop listening. Another great Jeffrey Archer story. Wonderful characters and fast moving plat. Superb narration. Can't wait for the next instalment.

  • The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster

  • By: Winston Churchill
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 165

Churchill's history of the Second World War is, and will remain, the definitive work. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely good listening

  • By William on 18-08-09

One of the best narrators I've heard

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-10

Christian Rodska really makes this book come alive. You can imagine sitting next to Churchill himself reading the book. His accent and interpretation are spot on. And he is equally adept at other character accents in the book. I really enjoyed listening to it and became absorbed in both the story and in Churchill's splendid use of the language.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Scarecrow: Jack McEvoy, Book 2

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Jack McEvoy is at the end of the line as a crime reporter. Forced to take a buy-out from the LA Times as the newspaper grapples with dwindling readership and revenues, he's got 30 days left on the job. His last assignment? Training his replacement, a low-cost reporter just out of J-school who couldn't find the police station if it was right next door to the Times, which it is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Winner from Michael Connelly

  • By Kurt on 29-05-09

Another Winner from Michael Connelly

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-09

Michael Connelly just seems to get better with each new book. I couldn't put it down. It's a very topical story about the demise of the newspaper industry, internet identity theft, plus the usual dose of heroes and villains. Wonderful narration combined with excellent audio production quality. You won't be disappointed.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Playing for Pizza

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Rick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In a championship game, to the surprise and dismay of everyone, Rick actually got into the game and then provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he became a national laughingstock and, of course, was immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams. But against enormous odds, Arnie finally locates another team that will have him: the mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • impressionable

  • By game lover22 on 25-03-15

pizza in paradise

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-08

I thought this book was absolutely delightful and was disappointed when it finished. I read some very negative reviews from UK readers on Amazon and almost didn't purchase the audio book. I'm glad I did. It's a lighthearted love story- love for football (the american version), love for all things Italian, and regular old boy-girl love. I'm a fan of 'futball americano' so quite enjoyed the story of the washed up quarterback who finds not just his game, but his humanity and appreciation for what's really important in life when he is 'deported' to the Italian version of the NFL. John Grisham's descriptions of Italian food made me hungry and I've now put Parma on my list of Italian cities to visit. OK- so this isn't your typical Grisham legal thriller, but he's a wonderful writer, whatever the genre.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • Pillars of the Earth, Book 1
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Set in the turbulent times of 12th century England where civil war, famine, religious strife, and battles over royal succession tore lives and families apart, The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the building of a magnificent cathedral. Against this richly imagined backdrop, filled with intrigue and treachery, Ken Follett draws the reader irresistibly into a wonderful epic of family drama, violent conflict, and unswerving ambition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely absorbing

  • By Kurt on 30-11-07

Absolutely absorbing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-11-07

I had always meant to read this book, but never quite got around to it. The size of the volume might have had something to do with it. I even hesitated to purchase the audiobook when I saw that it required four separate downloads. However, I am really happy it did. I couldn't put it down. What a great story. It was Ken Follet's passion and it shows. Richard Grant does a fabulous job of narration. Not only is his voice a pleasure to listen to - he handles the various characters beautifully. Buy this book. You won't regret it.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful