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  • From the Cradle

  • By: Mark Edwards, Louise Voss
  • Narrated by: James Clamp
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 460

When Helen and Sean Phillips go out for the evening, leaving their teenage daughter babysitting little Frankie, they have no idea that they are about to face every parent's greatest fear. Detective Inspector Patrick Lennon is hopeful that the three children who have been abducted in this patch of south-west London will be returned safe and well. But when a body is found in a local park, Lennon realizes that time is running out - and that nothing in this case is as it seems.…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but not brilliant

  • By Mrs yvie on 14-02-16

Laboured reading spoiled this for me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-17

In my last review, I pointed out that a poor narrator can totally ruin an otherwise good story. This is one such. Seriously, my child could have read this more fluently. And this narrator really made a real of the various accents in the story and was completely inconsistent.
The story itself was average - the characters poorly rendered and rather two-dimensional. Disappointing.

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,123

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tchaikovsky is still writing Symphonies!

  • By Simon on 11-05-17

Well written and innovative story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-12-17

I don't really read science fiction becausej (sorry fans of the genre), a !ot of it is very poorly written. However, this book has the makings of a modern classic. Not only is the concept of the story unusual, but the characters are sympathetically written and the language manages to be both gritty and amusing and wonderfully descriptive. Happily, the narrator really does the prose and the characters justice - so. a h books that wou!d otherwise be enjoyable have been ruined by dreadful narration! Well worth a listen - I am definitely going on to try other titles by this author.

  • All Fall Down

  • By: Tom Bale
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 456
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 423

It should have been an idyllic day for the Turner family - until a dying man, beaten beyond all recognition, arrives at their home, uttering the words 'help me'. Rob and Wendy Turner and their children try to explain away the horrific scene as being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but in the days that follow, their lives are threatened in ways they could never imagine. The family is unaware that they are being watched by someone with their own terrifying agenda, who will stop at nothing to fulfil their own twisted desires.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Phew - What a twisty turny thing!

  • By Kaggy on 09-03-17

Stretching the bounds of credibility

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

Reviewed: 19-02-17

This story feels somewhat contrived, but bumps along at a fair pace. The narrator was somewhat annoying because, according to him, one of the main protagonists was called "Windy* and it jarred my ficus every time he said it.

  • The Crow Girl

  • By: Erik Axl Sund
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaisters
  • Length: 30 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 362

It starts with just one body - tortured, mummified and then discarded. Its discovery reveals a nightmare world of hidden lives. Of lost identities, secret rituals and brutal exploitation, where nobody can be trusted. This is the darkest, most complex case the police have ever seen. This is the world of the Crow Girl.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but not for the faint-hearted

  • By crowdance on 12-11-16

Good story, but not for the faint-hearted

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

I enjoyed this book, but there were a couple of negatives. I wondered several times whether it was ever going to end. It is very convoluted and there are so many characters that it is difficult to keep track of who everybody is - or isn't! Worth sticking with it, though if you re prepared to keep hitting the rewind button.

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  • Dead Man's Hand

  • DI Hal Luchewski, Book 1
  • By: Mark Lock
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 168

The first in a new series by debut author Mark Lock, for fans of Mo Hayder, Belinda Bauer and Mark Billingham. Detective Inspector Hal Luchewski's life is complicated. The stress of his job is getting to him - usually in the form of hard liquor. He's still living in his dead father's shadow, his relationship with his daughter is strained and his love life is complex, to say the least.... Although nearly 40, Hal's still reconciling himself to the fact he's gay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great first book

  • By Jackie on 13-03-16

Expect to be disappointed

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

Struggled to finish the one. The writing was clumsy and any crime novel that requires its perpetrator to write a letter of explanation at the end s a dismal plot failure! I don't object to bad language when it is used effectively, but the author has all of the characters swearing like dockers on the lash. In fact it is used to the extent that it becomes a distraction and it adds nothing to the story. The narration is average at best - I normally enjoy Paul Thornley's performance,. but perhaps even he struggled to get through this book! The accents are decidedly dodgy! The story jumps around from one character perspective to another without any indication either in the text or the narration, which is really confusing.
The detective, Hal, is two-dimensional and completely unlikable -- to be honest, I would have shot him myself if I had been his partner. What a prick!!
Definitely not a Billingham, don't waste your time and money on this book

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • From the Dead

  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

When Donna Langford receives a very recent photo of her ex-husband in the post, she gets the shock of her life. Because she's just spent 10 years in prison for organising his murder. When her daughter goes missing, Donna believes there can only be one man responsible and hires Anna Carpenter, a determined young private investigator, to find him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good one

  • By Anonymous User on 25-11-10

Another great outing for Thorne

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

Reviewed: 16-04-16

Gillingham has created a real person in Tom Thorne. Not only are the stories good crime drama, but they bring the characters to life. Well worth reading the whole series and I can't wait for the next one!

  • Shallow Waters

  • Hannah Robbins, Book 1
  • By: Rebecca Bradley
  • Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35

When the naked, battered body of an unidentified teenager is found dumped in an alleyway, postmortem finds evidence of a harrowing series of events. Another teenage death with the same MO pushes DI Hannah Robbins and her team on the Nottingham City division Major Crimes Unit to their limits - and across county borders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shallow Waters

  • By Melanie Hodges on 13-03-16

Like a channel 5 docudrama

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

Reviewed: 01-04-16

This was rather like audible wallpaper - the story was OK, but the writing style was dull and the performance seemed at times as though the narrator was reading from a police procedural manual. I suspect that was probably the fault of the author, who seems to have either worked in a police station at some point, or else had information fro M a Po!ice officer and lifted it word-for-word from what she has been told. The story doesn't flow, but is broken by these passages of police procedure. Also the narrator has an unfortunate habit of pronouncing had as "hat", which is something I tell my young daughter off for, so I found that really distracting.
Not really worth the time e it takes to listen to it, unless you want to be pulled to sleep.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Silent Scream

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 895
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797

Five figures gather 'round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult-sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken, but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood. Years later a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders that shock the Black Country.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, dreadful narrator.

  • By G. Willoughby on 04-10-15

Somewhat implausible story

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

Reviewed: 25-10-15

I found myself wandering off a bit while listening to this story. I think that it might have had a lot to do with the reader, though who, certainly at the beginning, was reading it as though it was a bus time-table. Her characterisation for the main protagonist made her unlikeable and I wouldn't have worried if she had come to s sticky end by the third chapter. The chapters are really short which I suppose is meant to keep the pace of the story, but I just found it distracting at first and then just plain irritating. I managed to plough on to the end, but it isn't a book that I will go back to.

  • Good People

  • By: Ewart Hutton
  • Narrated by: Iestyn Arwel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Introducing DS Glyn Capaldi, half Welsh, half-Italian, all maverick. He's fallen from grace in Cardiff and exiled to be the catch-all detective in the big bit in the middle that God gave to the sheep. A place where nothing of any significance is meant to happen, a place where supposedly he can do little harm. But trouble have a way of catching up with Capaldi. Six men and a young woman disappear into the night. They don't all reappear. The ones that do are good people with a good explanation. Only Capaldi remains unconvinced....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed when it ended

  • By Colette on 16-10-14

Highly recommended

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

Reviewed: 25-09-15

Loved this story - bits of it are painfully graphic, so not for the faint-hearted, but the author still manages to bring in humour. Capaldi seems very real - flawed and damaged, which makes him all the more sympathetic as a character. Looking forward to listening to the other books in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead People

  • By: Ewart Hutton
  • Narrated by: Iestyn Arwel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

DS Glyn Capaldi, half Welsh, half Italian, all maverick, returns in the CWA shortlisted series blowing fresh life into crime fiction. DS Glyn Capaldi, exiled to the big, empty middle of Wales to atone for past sins in Cardiff, is called in to investigate a human skeleton that has been uncovered during the excavations for a wind farm in a remote valley. The body is missing its head and its hands. Identity erasure or a ritual killing? Glyn's assertion that there must be a local connection is overruled by his superiors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Colette on 16-10-14

good characters and entertaining turn of phrase

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

At first, Glyn Capaldi seems to have echoes of Jimmy Perez from Cleeves's Shetland series: the mix of Felt and Mediterranean, the second meant to rural isolation with a somewhat murky past, but that is where the comparison ends. Where Perez is brooding and contemplative, Capaldi is much more your regular guy and writing in the first person with his tongue-in-cheek style, the author has made him seem very real. He certainly has his faults, but is, at the same time, a very sympathetic character. The story is original and keeps the reader guessing and has a nice couple of twists. The performance is also excellent. Recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful