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  • The Blackhouse

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

When a grisly murder occurs on the Isle of Lewis that bears similarities to a brutal killing on the mainland, Edinburgh detective Fin Macleod is dispatched to the Outer Hebrides to investigate, embarking at the same time on a voyage into his own troubled past. As Fin reconnects with the people and places of his tortured childhood, the beautiful island and its ancient customs once again begin to assert their grip on his psyche. Every step toward solving the case brings Fin closer to a confrontation with the dark events of the past that shaped - and nearly destroyed - his life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • dull and tedious

  • By avidreader on 07-01-19

dull and tedious

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

i did not enjoy this book at all. it had very litte 'detecting' and far too much reminiscing and back story. it was like hearing water running. Won't bother with this author again as I have had similar experience with some of his other work. Sorry, Peter.

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  • High Force

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943

Hell has unleashed a demon - and he's coming for you.... Detective Chief Inspector Ryan's worst nightmare has just become a reality. Notorious serial killer The Hacker has escaped prison and kidnapped one of his best detectives from her own home. His brutality is the stuff of legend - Ryan lost his sister and nearly his own life bringing the man to justice first time around. Can Ryan do it again to save his friend? There's a nationwide manhunt underway but the trail has gone cold and fear spreads like a virus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, really enjoyed that!

  • By Salter on 14-11-17

enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I enjoy this series and this didn't disappoint. The narrator brings the characters to life and he has a voice that I can listen to easily. it woulď help to listen to the earlier novel but not essential, purely for more context and characterisation.

  • 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 1,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,462
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,456

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

Great intro to new detective

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

Reviewed: 15-11-17

great description rather than bland fillers. believable narrator, looking forward to hearing number two in series.

  • The Restless Dead

  • David Hunter 5
  • By: Simon Beckett
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Composed of over 60 per cent water itself, a human body isn't naturally buoyant. It will float only for as long as there is air in its lungs before gradually sinking to the bottom as the air seeps out. If the water is very cold or deep, it will remain there, undergoing a slow, dark dissolution that can take years. But if the water is warm enough for bacteria to feed and multiply, then it will continue to decompose. Gases will build up in the intestines, increasing the body's buoyancy until it floats again. And the dead will literally rise....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable with good twist

  • By I Cogley on 07-07-17

Feel the cold and wet!

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

unexpected twist at the end but some cliché scenes . overall enjoyable and well narrated

  • An Honest Man

  • Charles Holborne, Book 2
  • By: Simon Michael
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Criminal barrister Charles Holborne may have just escaped the hangman by proving he was framed for murder, but his life is now in ruins. His wife is dead, his high-flying career has morphed into criminal notoriety, and bankruptcy threatens. When the biggest brief of Charles' career unexpectedly lands on his desk, it looks as if he has been thrown a lifeline. But far from keeping him afloat, it drags him ever deeper into the shadowy underworld of 1960s London. Now, not only is his practice at stake, but his very life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really good series

  • By R. Long on 07-10-18

Courtroom drama with back story.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

Listened to this over two days. Compelling plot, well read. unexpected twist at the end.

  • Bloodline

  • Tom Thorne, Book 8
  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

When a dead body is found in a North London flat, it seems like a straightforward domestic murder until a bloodstained sliver of X-ray is found clutched in the dead woman's fist - and it quickly becomes clear that this case is anything but ordinary. DI Thorne discovers that the victim's mother had herself been murdered 15 years before by infamous serial killer Raymond Garvey. The hunt to catch Garvey was one of the biggest in the history of the Met and ended with seven women dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tom Thorne at his best

  • By Patricia on 23-02-17

great plot line, twists were surprising.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

Mark Billingham is probably the best narrator of his books and I can listen to him for hours; just as well as I tend to listen over 2-3 days rather than spread it out. the plot line had some unexpected twists and I won't spoil it. love the Tom Thorne series anyway and this did not disappoint.

  • The Verdict

  • By: Nick Stone
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk, desperately trying to get promoted. And then he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, turns out to be not only someone he knows, but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him so badly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Verdict by Nick Stone

  • By Steven on 29-01-14

gripping legal drama

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Great plot line, unexpected resolution, well read. created suspense and frustration with legal process. enjoyable

  • 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 9,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,736

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

Good intro to new private eye character.

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

Good into to this unusual private eye character. enjoyed it.
didn't like the excessive xswearing in one section, I thought it was unnecessary. apart from a couple of misprononunciatons , I like to listen to Robert Glenister.

  • A Christmas Carol

  • By: Charles Dickens, R. D. Carstairs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Cranham, Miriam Margolyes, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,029

'If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!' Charles Dickens’ ghostly tale of sour and stingy miser Ebenezer Scrooge has captivated readers, listeners and audiences for over 150 years. This Christmas, Audible Studios brings this story to life in an audio drama featuring an all-star cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THANK YOU 🎄🤶🏻🎄& Merry Christmas

  • By Highlight on 14-12-16

Seasonal Treat great story told well. loved it.

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

Reviewed: 16-12-16

always watch this story at Christmas so hearing the original read out made a great start to Christmas.

  • When the Music's Over

  • The 23rd DCI Banks Mystery
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414

When the body of a young girl is found in a remote countryside lane, evidence suggests she was drugged, abused and thrown from a moving van - before being beaten to death. While DI Annie Cabbot investigates the circumstances in which a 14-year-old could possibly fall victim to such a crime, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks must do the same - but the crime Banks is investigating is the coldest of cases.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bang up to the minute!

  • By Rachel Redford on 05-08-16

parallel lines

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

Reviewed: 12-09-16

Good narration. Sometimes a little too much description which did not seem to add to the story for me. overall the plot was good anď parallel threads added to interest.