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  • One Enchanted Evening

  • By: Anton Du Beke
  • Narrated by: Julian Ovenden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 263

Inside the spectacular Grand Ballroom of the exclusive Buckingham Hotel the rich and powerful, politicians, film stars, even royalty rub shoulders with Raymond de Guise and his troupe of talented dancers from all around the world, who must enchant them, captivate them and sweep away their cares. Accustomed to waltzing with the highest of society, Raymond knows a secret from his past could threaten all he holds dear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Enchanted Book

  • By Ville Girl on 09-11-18

Slow starter

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

Reviewed: 08-01-19

I found the beginning very slow and difficult to get in to, but it was quite enjoyable once it got going.

  • Pulse

  • By: Felix Francis
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

Chris Rankin is a doctor, a specialist in emergency medicine at Cheltenham Hospital, but a doctor who also has health problems. A smartly dressed man has been found unconscious at the local racecourse and is rushed to the hospital, where he subsequently dies. But who is he? Where does he come from? He had no form of identification on him, and no one claims the body.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-10-17

Truly dreadful. Shouldn't be a Dick Francis book

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

Unbelievable, irrational, unlikable lead.
It's true that in Dick Francis books female characters are usually portrayed quite badly. However, they generally only have minor roles, making the irritation caused bearable.
This was not the case in this book, which I really struggled to complete.
Tedious beyond words.

  • Sleepy Head

  • Tom Thorne, Book 1
  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 269

It's rare for a young woman to die from a stroke, and when three such deaths occur in short order it starts to look like an epidemic. Then a sharp pathologist notices traces of benzodiazepine in one of the victim's blood samples and just traceable damage to the ligaments in her neck, and their cause of death is changed from 'natural' to 'murder'.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me awake!

  • By PP Merge on 15-09-10

Dreadful music

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

Jarring loud music between chapters makes listening an irritating experience.
Story and narration both fine.

  • Lazybones

  • Tom Thorne, Book 3
  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Someone, a woman or somebody pretending to be a woman, is writing to convicted rapists in prison, befriending them and then brutally killing them when they are released. DI Tom Thorne must discover the link between these killings and a murder/suicide that took place twenty-five years before; a tragedy to which the only witnesses were two small children, now adults and nowhere to be found. How can you escape a past that will do a lot more than just catch up with you?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A powerful book

  • By Joseph on 23-08-06

Ruined by intermittent jangling music

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

Jarring loud music between chapters makes listening an irritating experience.
Story and narration both fine.

  • Vanish

  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

A nameless, beautiful woman appears to be just another corpse in the morgue. An apparent suicide, she lies on a gurney, awaiting the dissecting scalpel of medical examiner Maura Isles. But when Maura unzips the body bag and looks down at the body, she gets the fright of her life. The corpse opens its eyes. Very much alive, the woman is rushed to the hospital, where with shockingly cool precision, she murders a security guard and seizes hostages - one of them a pregnant patient, Jane Rizzoli.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent story, well-narrated

  • By Lolah on 17-06-17

Caution - have changed the title.

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

Reviewed: 03-11-16

Previously listed with Rizzoli & Isles added onto the title.

Now listed simply as Vanish.

Which would all be fine, if it weren't for Audible now listing it as a book that has not been purchased.

I thought it was one of the ones missing from the series, that had become available, and so got it gladly, only to find a book already in my library that was identical in all but title.

What a waste of a credit.

I will be more careful in future.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Prayer for the Dead

  • Inspector McLean, Book 5
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Prayer for the Dead, from the bestselling Inspector McLean series by Sunday Times bestselling author James Oswald, read by Ian Hanmore. Are you ready to be reborn?; The search for a missing journalist is called off as a body is found at the scene of a carefully staged murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book in the series

  • By Lucy on 08-03-15

Irritating periods of whispering.

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

Reviewed: 12-10-16

Have enjoyed the previous books in the series, but in this one the murderer's thoughts are spoken as quiet whispers. I find this beyond irritating. It means that the volume is not steady, and is so jarring that I find my own internal ranting monologue takes over from the story. I have to keep turning the volume up and down to hear the whispers without having the rest of the book painfully loud.
It makes me wish that I skipped this book and I fervently hope the next book is not the same because I have already purchased it.
Had I started this one first, I would not have risked it.
There must be a better way of differentiating thoughts from speech.

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  • In the Dark

  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Theo Shirley is ready to move up. Now that he's sold enough drugs to support a girlfriend and a baby son, his mate Easy Dennison offers him a boost up the next rung of the ladder. As part of his initiation, Theo's taken out one night in a car without headlights. When the driver of a BMW flashes her lights at his car, he's ordered to shoot into her back seat, and his target, Sarah Ruston, runs her BMW into a bus stop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gangsters old and new and just a little Thorne

  • By Andy Parsons on 15-03-09

Unexpectedly abrupt ending

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

Reviewed: 21-12-15

An enjoyable story with such an unexpectedly abrupt end that I found myself checking that the full book had downloaded.

Left guessing as to what had happened to several characters.

Made a change from Tom Thorne, but not necessarily a change for the better.

  • Don't Cry

  • By: Beverly Barton
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

The crime scenes are horrifying: the victims arranged with deliberate care, posed to appear alive despite their agonized last moments and the shocking nature of their deaths. No Place To Hide – Chattanooga grief counselor Audrey Sherrod moonlights for the local police. It-s clear to her, and to Special Agent J.D. Cass, that the murders are the work of a deranged serial killer. At first, the only link is the victims- similar physical appearance. But then another connection emerges, tying them to a long-ago series of horrifying crimes Audrey hoped would never resurface-crimes that hit all too close to home

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • very disapointing

  • By Jenny on 15-05-16

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 30-11-15

Boring and predictable.
Plus narrated in a simpering, whispering voice throughout, which certainly didn't help.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Not a Drill

  • A Jack Reacher Short Story
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Kerry Shale
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

The brand new Jack Reacher short story, published as a digital exclusive. The tiny town of Naismith has nothing going for it - except the start of a wilderness trail through Maine's ancient forests. But one day the trail is suddenly closed by county police. No reason is given. Rumours start - is there something in the woods that no one must see? That no one must even know about? Then Jack Reacher drifts into town. What does he make of the Do Not Enter tape strung between the trees?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I have been ripped off for such a short story

  • By david on 02-06-16

Pointless

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

Reviewed: 19-06-15

I cannot see why this exists. A huge waste of a credit. Precious little happens. What does is in no way impacted upon by reacher. He is about as useful as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Arc, but without the entertainment factor.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Divorce Papers

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Rieger
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Arthur Morey, Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Twenty-nine-year-old Sophie Diehl is happy toiling away as a criminal law associate at an old line New England firm where she very much appreciates that most of her clients are behind bars. Everyone at Traynor, Hand knows she abhors face-to-face contact, but one weekend, with all the big partners away, Sophie must handle the intake interview for the daughter of the firm's most important client....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • repetitive and dull

  • By Paxbungle on 23-10-14

repetitive and dull

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

Reviewed: 23-10-14

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

Somebody who enjoys the tedium of having the same things said to them over and over again

How could the performance have been better?

A bit less whiney.

What character would you cut from The Divorce Papers?

I would cut the bulk of the addresses. The caracters weren't too bad and the story would be more enjoyable without the constant irritation caused by having the same thing said for the umpteenth time.
Plus it would be a good deal shorter and while I usually avoid abridged fiction l was willing the tedium to end.

Any additional comments?

This is one audiobook to avoid!
If the book appeals I would suggest using a paper or digital print format.
That way you would never read every word of every address on every letter.
As an audiobook it simply does not work.