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  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Tom Conti, Jane Asher, Ruta Gedmintas, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483

What begins as a routine journey on the luxurious Orient Express soon unfurls into Agatha Christie's most famous murder mystery. This all-star production features lead performances from Tom Conti ( The Dark Knight Rises, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence) as Hercule Poirot, Sophie Okonedo ( After Earth, Hotel Rwanda and Ace Ventura) and Eddie Marsan ( Sherlock Holmes, V for Vendetta and Hancock) plus a full supporting cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All-star Poirot!

  • By Mikey on 05-11-17

An old classic comes alive...

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

I must have watched Murder on the Orient at least half a dozen times if not more, but yet I could never recall the plot, or who dunnit ! But Tom Conti and the rest of the brilliant cast brought the whole Christie masterpiece to life with a vengeance. Utterly marvellous, thank you Audible ... I now know who dunnit !
More like it please !!

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  • Nineteen Seventy Four

  • Red Riding Quartet
  • By: David Peace
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44

Jeanette Garland, missing Castleford, July 1969. Susan Ridyard, missing Rochdale, March 1972. Claire Kemplay, missing Morley, since yesterday. It’s winter, 1974, Yorkshire, Christmas bombs, Lord Lucan on the run, the Bay City Rollers, and Eddie Dunford’s got the job he wanted – crime correspondent for the Yorkshire Evening Post. He didn’t know it was going to be a season in hell. A dead little girl with a swan’s wings stitched into her back. A gypsy camp in a ring of fire. Corruption everywhere you look.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When?s the next instalment?!

  • By Michael on 02-07-10

What a waste of four credits ...

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I bought the four books, I thought by the reviews that I was on to a winner. What a dreadful shock, I have never listened to such drivel. Reichlin did the best he could, but the content just wasn't there. So disappointing, I actually thought I had returned these books in 2010 ... I see I didn't, now they are hogging much needed memory. Yuk !

  • The Hanging Girl

  • Department Q, Book 6
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 727
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 679

In the middle of a hard-won morning nap in the basement of police headquarters, Carl Mørck, head of Department Q, receives a call from a colleague working on the Danish island of Bornholm. Carl is dismissive at first, but then he receives some shocking news. Carl then has no choice but to lead Department Q into the tragic cold case of a vivacious 17-year-old girl who vanished from school, only to be found dead hanging high up in a tree.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator???

  • By Alexandra Allan on 16-12-15

Don't be in a hurry ...

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

Reviewed: 18-02-17

What did you like most about The Hanging Girl?

... take your time to listen to this book. The narration by Graeme Malcolm is excellent, the descriptive pieces are worth absorbing, and slowly but surely the plot thickens, the end is near and the twists come! I do so enjoy Jussi Adler-Olsen, and I am not disappointed with The Hanging Girl. There is so much in this book, that I am quite happy to go right back to Chapter 1 and listen to the whole thing over again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hanging Girl?

It was an amusing reminiscence to a life I thought I had left long behind !!

What does Graeme Malcolm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I don't even notice Graeme reading the book! He is so seamless, smooth and has the perfect voice for every character. Love him !

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I don't want to be marked down for spoiler alerts, so shan't answer that one !

Any additional comments?

More Department Q please !!

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  • Cross and Burn

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565

Guilt and grief have driven a wedge between long time crime-fighting partners psychologist Tony Hill and ex-DCI Carol Jordan. But just because they're not talking doesn't mean the killing stops. Someone is killing women. Women who bear a disturbing resemblance to Carol Jordan. And when the evidence begins to point in a disturbing direction, thinking the unthinkable seems the only possible answer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Val McDermid at her best

  • By Saffy on 24-11-13

Tired of the relentless killings ...

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

Reviewed: 14-02-17

I've listened to each book in the series in order, hoping for a little less violence, hopeless hapless killings and maybe a furtherance of the Tony and Carol relationship. It isn't happening, and I dread listening to all the violence in order to reach happier dialogue. So, sadly, I think I'll move on to Jussi! However, I have to say that Mr Reichlin has done a splendid job with this author, and to all those critics out there, just you try to do upwards of a dozen different voices without sounding a little off at times. Give the man a break, good job Saul. Thank you!

  • The Girl Before

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,559
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,551

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping thriller

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-17

Couldn't stop ...

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

I spent all my waking hours doing quiet jobs and avoiding many requiring my concentration so I could binge on The Girl Before uninterrupted, and I don't feel guilty, or regret a single minute. A brilliant story, totally gripping!

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  • Fever of the Bone

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326

Meet Tony Hill's most twisted adversary - a killer with a shopping list of victims, driven by the most perverted of desires. The murder and mutilation of teenager Jennifer Maidment is horrific enough on its own. But it's not long before Tony realises it's just the start of a brutal and ruthless campaign that's targeting an apparently unconnected group of young people. Tony battles to find the answers that will give him personal and professional satisfaction in his most testing investigation yet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very poor writing - lots of bad language

  • By mollyeyre on 04-05-17

Gripping stuff ...

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

I love all of this series, and Fever of the Bone is no exception ... it had me second guessing for a while, but a clever and satisfying ending.

  • A Rising Man

  • By: Abir Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 546

Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, Wyndham has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force. But with barely a moment to acclimatise to his new life or to deal with the ghosts which still haunt him, Wyndham is caught up in a murder investigation that will take him into the dark underbelly of the British Raj.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! Worthy of Rankin

  • By Arthur on 21-05-16

Loved it ...

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

Reviewed: 25-07-16

A really good story, unfolding gently, without too much gore, to an excellent end. The narration was superb, and the characters were diverse and tangible. Loved it.

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  • Passenger 23

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Max Beesley, Rebecca Hall, Anthony Head, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,291

With no police to investigate and no escape, could it be the perfect setting for a crime? Martin Schwartz (Beesley) is an undercover detective who is recovering from his wife and sons' bizarre disappearance from a cruise ship 5 years ago. He is a desperate man willing to take big risks. Martin never wanted to step onto a cruise ship again until he receives a call which can't be ignored. On average, 23 people per year disappear without a trace from cruise ships. Never before has someone come back... until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Interesting stuff!!!

  • By lynsey on 22-12-15

Excellent production, masterful sound effects

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

Reviewed: 17-01-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Passenger 23 to be better than the print version?

Most definitely, but curiously, i would now like to buy the book !!

What did you like best about this story?

The plot is such an unusual one ... can't think why it hasn't been done before, maybe it has, but this one is eye- and ear- catching !

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

All members of the cast were excellent, though i think this is my first time to listen to Max Beesley. Still mystified as to who Sian Phillips played !

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Loved it when "le franc a tombé" for Martin !!

Any additional comments?

All in all a great story, brilliantly acted, very visual. I look forward to finding more.

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  • The Visitor

  • Jack Reacher 4
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Hayward Morse
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,101
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013

Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cooke have a lot in common. Both were army high-flyers. Both were acquainted with Jack Reacher. Both were forced to resign from the service. Now they're both dead. Found in their own homes, naked, in a bath full of paint. Apparent victims of an army man. A loner, a smart guy with a score to settle, a ruthless vigilante. A man just like Jack Reacher.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Comic voices spoil a good yarn...

  • By Freiburg on 18-12-13

Narration totally spoiled a good plot ...

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

Would you try another book written by Lee Child or narrated by Hayward Morse?

I am an avid reader of Lee Child books, and if it weren't for this fact I would have stopped listening to Hayward Morse's ruination of a good story. His attempts to mimic female voices were ludicrous, male voices weren't much better. Hopefully this was an appointment never to be repeated. What a shame, it was so off-putting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Jack Reacher, and i so enjoy his scrapes and escapades, I'm not going to argue with 6' 5" worth of hunk !

What didn’t you like about Hayward Morse’s performance?

His whiny, denture-afflicted attempts at a woman's voice were so bad. Even a young seductive female was made riduculous by Morse's Punch and Judy style. What a disaster.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The book, the content of the story kept me going ... but i felt anger and annoyance with the narration. I'm sorry, I hate to knock someone's hard work and effort, but ill placed comic narration totally ruined this audible version.

Any additional comments?

I hate being negative, but this is an audible book, thus the narration needs to match the class of the author !

  • Me Before You

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Jo Hall, Anna Bentinck, Steve Crossley, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,552

Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop, and she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live, and now everything feels small and joyless. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great book but it did make me cry!

  • By R. Dang on 08-06-12

This is my book of the year ...

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

Reviewed: 23-12-15

What did you like most about Me Before You?

Jo Jo Moyes crafts her way through what is a deliciously long audio book. She keeps you guessing from page one to the end, it is such a cliff hanger.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Me Before You?

Several ! When things weren't going the way I wanted them to go for Louisa, I was virtually shouting at the app to tell it to see sense !!!

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I think it was my first experience of them all, but their performances were faultless, and it was so SO clever to use different voices for different characters. It was an important method of pausing the book and allowing the 'reader' to reflect on the important content thus far consumed.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Best before ... ?

Any additional comments?

Just congratulations to a really talented author, giving her full 100 per cent to a tricky subject, and yet making it a gripping novel, cover to cover. Love her, gonna find more now!

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