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  • Twelve Days

  • John Milton, Book 14
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

John Milton hasn't seen Elijah Warriner for three years. The last time they met, Milton's efforts to keep the boy safe didn't go exactly to plan. Now Elijah is a promising boxer, preparing for the bout that will take him to the big time. Milton decides that he will spend the week before Christmas in London so that he can watch the fight. But Elijah's burgeoning fame has brought him to the attention of old acquaintances with long memories and grudges to bear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb..

  • By Salter on 12-03-19

Seems to have been quickly churned out

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

Reviewed: 25-03-19

I used to look forward to Mark Dawson's new John Milton books, especially those narrated by David Thorpe. Not sure why, but these shorter and rather unpolished episodes have become more frequent. Feels like a publisher chasing the author to meet a deadline and the story is the casualty.

  • Close to Home

  • DI Fawley, Book 1
  • By: Cara Hunter
  • Narrated by: Emma Cunniffe, Lee Ingleby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016

How can a child vanish without a trace? Last night, eight-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from a summer party at her home. No-one at the party noticed her leave. Even her parents aren't sure of the last time they saw her. DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows that in nine cases out of 10, it's someone close to the victim. When a pair of bloody tights is discovered, Fawley's worst suspicions are concerned. Someone knows where Daisy is. And her time is running out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a rollercoaster ride

  • By j c rogers on 07-02-18

TWISTS AND TURNS GALORE

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

Reviewed: 25-03-19

This book has taught me how to use Twitter though I am not sure that this is such a good thing. I find that books that feature up to date technology, tend to lose their edge after a few years and become dated as technology moves on. A very readable story, however, which keeps you guessing all the way to the rather surprising (albeit unbelievable) end. Although the plot was carefully crafted, the author had to revert to past events in order to explain how it all made sense.

  • The Temptation of Forgiveness

  • Commissario Brunetti, Book 27
  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: David Sibley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon, read by David Sibley. When important information is leaked from inside the Venetian Questura, Commissario Guido Brunetti is entrusted with the task of uncovering which of his colleagues is responsible. But before Brunetti can begin his investigation, he is surprised by the appearance in his office of a friend of his wife's, who is fearful that her son is using drugs. A few weeks later, Tullio Gasparini, the woman's husband, is found unconscious with a serious head injury at the foot of a bridge, and Brunetti is drawn to pursue a possible connection to the boy’s behaviour. But the truth is not straightforward.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As good as the all the Brunetti series

  • By Andrea Edan on 25-03-19

As good as the all the Brunetti series

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

Reviewed: 25-03-19

I like Donna Leon and have read all the Brunetti series. This one doesn't disappoint and has all the likeable and not-so-likeable characters from the rest of the series. Fortunately she doesn't rely on previous stories and the history of the characters and all the books stand nicely on their own so one can dip into them as and when.

  • A Dangerous Fortune

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806

In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A splendid melodrama

  • By Kirstine on 22-05-14

A period upstairs-downstairs Soap

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

Reviewed: 08-03-19

Hadn’t read any Ken Follet before this one so wasn’t sure what to expect. What I didn’t expect was basically a period Soap. Sort of like Dallas set in the lates 1800’s. A couple of times I almost gave up and abandoned the rather trite romaticism but managed to get to the end. If you like chic-lit and Hollywood endings through gruelling ups and downs, this book is for you. Personally, will not be looking for more Ken Follet epics.

  • The One

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Vicky Hall, Simon Bubb, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140

How far would you go to find The One? One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner - the one you're genetically made for. A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking - and deadlier - than others....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I absolutely loved this book!!

  • By Daisy on 02-06-17

Interesting idea, badly written

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

Reviewed: 26-02-19

The opening chapters of this book are very intriguing. However, from that point, in my opinion, everything goes downhill. The underlying message is, of course, that because humans are only human, this cannot work. As the individual stories develop we are treated to all the frailties of human nature. Somewhere in the middle I was tempted to just return the book as it was becoming so annoying, but I did persevere to the end. The end was predictably unrewarding. It was almost as if, having had this great "sci-fi" type idea, the author didn't know quite what to do with it.

  • Home Fire

  • By: Kamila Shamsie
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344

Isma is free. After years spent raising her twin siblings in the wake of their mother's death, she is finally studying in America, resuming a dream long deferred. But she can't stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London - or their brother, Parvaiz, who's disappeared in pursuit of his own dream: to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. Then Eamonn enters the sisters' lives. Handsome and privileged, he inhabits a London worlds away from theirs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Alice on 14-07-18

An unlikely tale of headline stories

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

Reviewed: 26-02-19

If you were to take all the headlines relating to extremist and minority groups and put them into one story, this would be the result. It felt to me that the author had a lot to say about how Islamaphobia affects ordinary people and the potential consequences of stereotyping and political correctness. As each of these is a huge subject on its own, I felt that they were rather trivialised by putting them into one story. The coincidence of a (rather secular) Muslim Home Secretary being appointed and making controversial decisions was interesting though the chance of his (privileged) son becoming involved with extremists was a bit of a leap. Sorry if this is a spoiler...

  • Don't Let Go

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 447

Fifteen years ago two teenagers were mysteriously found dead by the old railroad tracks in a small affluent town in New Jersey. One of them was Nap Dumas' twin, Leo, and the other the town's sheriff's daughter. Most people concluded it was a double suicide; others just didn't buy it. Nap has dedicated his life to finding out what really happened that summer, and when his missing ex-girlfriend's fingerprints show up at a crime scene, he's thrown into a labyrinth of dark family secrets and lies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Coben continues to deliver.

  • By Stephen on 30-09-17

Not his best

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

Reviewed: 26-02-19

As usual Harlan Coben writes a good story with a beginning, middle and end but I find myself rather fatigued by storylines in whodunnits that end up reverting to the detective's past life, loves and family. It seems that whenever they run out of ideas for crimes to be solved by the maverick detective, a grim past is dredged up.

  • The Long Goodbye

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

Down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of LA fast. So he turns to his only friend in the world: Philip Marlowe, Private Investigator. He's willing to help a man down on his luck, but later, Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty. Marlowe finds himself drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in LA's Idle Valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to find a better crime fiction audiobook

  • By Andy on 27-09-16

One of the best in it's genre

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

Reviewed: 15-02-19

New writers of P.I. books should take a lesson for this straightforward and linear, though twisted story, of LA society. Populated, as usual, by beautiful rich women who lead the story in many different directions only to be untangled by long suffering P.I. Philip Marlowe. Well written and well narrated and although set in mid 20th Century, it is not dated. I wish there were more like this.

  • Brush Back

  • V.I. Warshawski, Book 17
  • By: Sara Paretsky
  • Narrated by: Liza Ross
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Twenty-five years ago, Stella Guzzo beat her daughter to death and then walked up the street to play bingo at her church. V. I. Warshawski grew up with the Guzzo family. She dated Frank Guzzo when they were teens and knew Stella's murderous rages firsthand. She didn't think about the family again until the day Frank came to her office, wanting V. I. to help his mother with an exoneration claim. The detective wants no part of Stella Guzzo's world, but she doesn't feel able to say no.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best V.I.W book

  • By Andrea Edan on 15-02-19

Not the best V.I.W book

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

Reviewed: 15-02-19

I was really looking forward to this book as I have read most of Sara Paretsky's V.I.W series and enjoyed them. Felt that she may have run out of ideas for her P.I. and reverted to the story that many police procedurals and private eye books seem to gravitate to - the personal (his)story of the P.I. The characters, and particularly the talented godchild, I found to be annoying and unlikeable and the narrator seemed to make her even more so. Dredging up long dead cousin Boom Boom up also seemed to indicate lack of new ideas. As I had read most of the previous books in the series in print, I somehow imagined the "voice" of V.I.W differently. Although this is not really a fault, it bothered me. As these stories are more or less chronological, and V.I. is now 50 in this book, I felt that the likeable Mr Contrerus should have by now been written out....Oh well. I would perhaps recommend this book only to people who have not read other books in the series.

  • The Cold, Cold Ground

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 1
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great stuff!

  • By Ann D on 08-12-18

Good story, excellent narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

It was good to find a story set during the Troubles in Northern Ireland that wasn't really about the Troubles. There were many satisfying twists to the story right to the end. Gerard Doyle's voice is worth listening to even if he is reading from a telephone directory. A voice like melted chocolate - my opinion, of course. Both story and narration recommended.