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  • Deathly Wind

  • By: Keith Moray
  • Narrated by: David McCallion
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The Scottish Hebrides - Inspector Torquil McKinnon has returned to the remote Scottish island of West Uist to devastating news. His closest friend, Constable Ewan McPhee, is missing, presumed dead. When more bodies are found in suspicious circumstances, it is clear a serial killer is at large. Tensions are high, and paranoia is rife. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh dear

  • By Colette on 06-10-18

Oh dear

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

I had pre-ordered this one so was particularly disappointed when I started to listen and realised that it's just not very good. Imagine Monarch of the Glen crossed with River City...stereotypical nasty land owner and bumbling crofters. The story is told through a vast array of different characters, none of whom I found I had any interest in. The Anne Cleeve Shetland novels have such a strong sense of place that I can imagine myself there and always make me want to visit. This imaginery corner of the Western Isles seems dreary and unreal. It's going back.

  • No Time to Cry

  • James Oswald, Book 1
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Rose Akroyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

Undercover ops are always dangerous, but DC Constance Fairchild never expected things to go this wrong. Returning to their base of operations, an anonymous office in a shabby neighbourhood, she finds the bloodied body of her boss and friend, DI Pete Copperthwaite. He's been executed - a single shot to the head. In the aftermath, it seems someone in the Met is determined to make sure that blame for the wrecked operation falls squarely on Con's shoulders. She is cut loose and cast out, angry and alone with her grief....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oswald's Altered Mirror Images!

  • By Simon on 26-07-18

Great start to a new series

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

I love the McLean novels by James Oswald and was delighted to find this one which I hope is the start of a new series of novels. I’m surprised by all the negative reviews, this is a fast moving character driven novel which flits between London and Scotland. Con is an endearing character who I look forward to getting to know better in the future. The narrator is excellent.
My only gripe is a couple of uses of “go figure’ which seemed out of place and contrived.

  • Their Lost Daughters

  • Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,789

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smokin' Start to a New Series!

  • By Simon on 14-06-18

Vastly over hyped

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

Reviewed: 26-07-18

I really wanted to enjoy this. I like Richard Armitage and it sounded like an interesting storyline. I've persevered to about half way though but now I'm going to give in and send it back. The dialogue between characters is clunky and unbelievable with oddly formal language which seems completely out of place.

The narration is below average, there are so many better narrators available.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Next Girl: Detective Gina Harte, Book 1

  • By: Carla Kovach
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her as she sets out on her short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again.

Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results. The newborn belongs to Deborah. She’s still alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable story

  • By Yvonne on 26-05-18

Returning this one

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

I've had a run of bad luck recently with my downloads and I really wanted a book I could get my teeth into. The premise for this one sounded great and I started off with enthusiasm. Misplaced enthusiasm as it turned out. It's not well written and some of the dialogue and thoughts of the characters were very poor, very artificial and forced. It seemed to me that the author hadn't done much research into how a police investigation would be conducted and had picked it all up from watching cosy TV series.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Devil's Dice

  • A DI Meg Dalton Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Roz Watkins
  • Narrated by: Caro Clarke
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48

A white-knuckle crime debut introducing DI Meg Dalton, perfect for fans of Broadchurch and Happy Valley. A lawyer is found dead in a Peak District cave, his face ribboned with scratches. Amidst rumours of a local curse, DI Meg Dalton is convinced this is cold-blooded murder. There's just one catch - chiselled into the cave wall above the body is an image of the grim reaper and the dead man's initials, and it's been there for over a century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb - looking forward to more in this series

  • By Clematis on 09-03-18

Going to return it

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

Reviewed: 13-06-18

I've given this a good try, I've got about an hour into it. The narration is good but the rest of it is just quite silly. The dialogue is childish and unconvincing. After I'd cringed for the nth time I decided to move on to a better book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • You Were Gone

  • By: Tim Weaver
  • Narrated by: Joe Coen, Rachel Bavidge, Tom Burke
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 294

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of You Were Gone by Tim Weaver. Three days after Christmas, a woman walks into a police station. She has no phone and no ID, just a piece of paper with the name of investigator David Raker on it. She tells officers that Raker is her husband. When he turns up at the station, Raker is stunned. The woman looks exactly like his wife. She knows all about their marriage, their history, even private conversations the two of them had. There's just one problem: Raker's wife has been dead for eight years....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely loved it

  • By Debs on 02-06-18

Really unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 28-05-18

I’ve really enjoyed the previous books about David Raker and was looking forward to this one. I managed a couple of hours and am now going to stop and return it. I just couldn’t understand why Raker behaved the way he did when he was confronted with the allegations about his wife. It wasn’t believable that he wouldn’t immediately bring forward all the evidence that proved his case and the other people in his life who could back him up.The police approach to those allegations was equally bizarre. Just too silly to carry on with.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Craftsman

  • By: Sharon Bolton
  • Narrated by: Nathalie Buscombe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Florence Lovelady's career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Glassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago. Like something from our worst nightmares the victims were buried...alive. Larry confessed to the crimes; it was an open and shut case. But now he's dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves. Did she get it wrong all those years ago? Or is there something much darker at play?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the best

  • By P. Coleman on 07-05-18

Not her best

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

Reviewed: 15-05-18

I was really enjoying this one until the last hour or so when it went completely off track. It’s almost as if the author couldn’t think what to do with the ending and lost the plot, in all senses. The narrator did a great job.

  • Deadly Secrets

  • Detective Erika Foster, Book 6
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

On a cold icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a horrific killing on the victim’s doorstep? Straight off her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed. One chilling detail links them to the murder victim - they were all attacked by a figure in black wearing a gas mask.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely perfect

  • By Colette on 19-04-18

Absolutely perfect

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

Reviewed: 19-04-18

The Erika Foster books are about my favourite of all crime series and the latest book is one of the best. Ericka is a fascinating character who I have grown to really care about and the other characters, both goodies and baddies, are real and convincing. The plot develops quickly and moves in a range of different directions before coming together in an unexpected and very satisfying conclusion.

Jan Cramer is one of my favourite narrators, she really inhabits all the characters.

Can’t wait for the next one.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Come and Find Me

  • DI Marnie Rome, Book 5
  • By: Sarah Hilary
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Gripping, tense, twisty and full of emotional insight, Come and Find Me is the fifth book in Sarah Hilary's Marnie Rome series. On the surface, Lara Chorley and Ruth Hull have nothing in common, other than their infatuation with Michael Vokey. Each is writing to a sadistic inmate, sharing her secrets, whispering her worst fears, craving his attention. As the hunt for Vokey gathers pace, DI Marnie Rome fears one of the women may have found him - and is about to pay the ultimate price.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible twists and turns

  • By Jaye on 28-07-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 13-04-18

I’ve loved the rest of this series of books but this one left me feeling disappointed. The plot seemed to lose its way about a third of the way in and I struggled to carry on. There was much less about Marnie and Noah and more about trying to make the story as convoluted and protracted as possible. The narrator was excellent as always.

  • The Silent Girls

  • By: Dylan Young
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

When a young girl disappears on the edge of the Forest of Dean and blood is found where she was last seen, the town is terrified a killer has returned.The local police are convinced it’s the same man who stabbed a girl to death 18 years ago. They know who he is. They’re desperate to finally have the evidence they need to put him away. To save another girl before it’s too late. Only Detective Anna Gwynne is sure he isn’t the real killer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad...in the end

  • By Colette on 26-02-18

Not bad...in the end

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

Reviewed: 26-02-18

I very nearly gave up on this a couple of times in the first hour. I felt the start didn’t engage me at all. In the end though, I persevered and I’m glad I did. The characters became more interesting and the plot developed well. I’ll definitely give the next in ther series a try when it comes out.
The narration was pretty good but I’ve marked it down for some very odd mispronounciation of quite ordinary words and in one case a name. Careful editing should have picked these out.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful