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  • Midwinter Sacrifice

  • Malin Fors, Book 1
  • By: Mons Kallentoft
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 76

An investigation consists of a mass of voices, the sort you can hear, and the sort you can't. You have to listen to the soundless voices, Malin. That's where the truth is hidden. The snow covered all the tracks, as the killer knew it would. But it couldn't hide the victim, the man who now hung naked from a lonely tree on a frozen plain. Malin Fors is first on the scene.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and Eerie

  • By Louise on 09-06-12

Highly recommended Swedish crime

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-12

I downloaded this audio book as it was on Richard and Judy's book club list for spring 2012 - not always an entirely reliable list but I have come across some good reads through it. I was badly in need of a gripping crime listen as I have been struggling for the last month or so to find something. After listening to Midwinter Sacrifice I cannot wait for Mons Kallentoft's next book. The plot is tight and moves along at a good pace, the characterisation is excellent and I was really drawn into the life of the main character. The description of a
Swedish winter is superb and perfect listening for this time of year. The narration too is excellent and Lisa Coleman is definitely one of my favourite narrators - her voice is mesmerising.
I just need to find another crime listen to match this now!

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Return of Captain John Emmett

  • By: Elizabeth Speller
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

1920. The Great War has been over for two years, and it has left a very different world from the Edwardian certainties of 1914. Following the death of his wife and baby and his experiences on the Western Front, Laurence Bartram has become something of a recluse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Escapism

  • By Janice on 27-08-11

Could have been so much better

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-11

This audiobook showed so much promise and could have been so much better. I thought the premise of the book extremely promising and I was completely drawn into the mystery of John Emmett and the lives of those young men so affected by their experiences in the First World War. However it fails for two main reasons: there were too many characters and in an audiobook it is easy to lose track of who they all are. Secondly, this could have been a much shorter and tighter book as after half way through it became plodding and dragged on unnecessarily.
On a more positive note , the narrator is one of the best I have heard and there was excellent description and characterisation. With better editing I hope Speller's next book will be a 5 star listen!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Blackhouse

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,765

The Isle of Lewis is the most desolate and harshly beautiful place in Scotland. When a bloody murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. Since Fin himself was raised on the island, the investigation represents not only a journey home but a voyage into his past. Each year twelve island men sail out to a remote and treacherous rock called An Sgeir on a perilous quest to slaughter nesting seabirds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book

  • By Flint on 09-04-16

Fantastic thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-11

This was not at all what I was expecting, it is not so much a crime novel but a thriller that moves between past and present with a hugely likeable, sympathetic main character. Evokes the atmosphere of life on the Isle of Lewis, mesmerising narration and a gripping storyline. Can't wait for part 2 in the series.

28 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • The Crime at Black Dudley

  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

When George Abbershaw is invited to Black Dudley Manor for the weekend, he has only one thing on his mind: proposing to Meggie Oliphant.Unfortunately for George, things don't quite go according to plan. A harmless game turns decidedly deadly and suspicions of murder take precedence over matrimony. Trapped in a remote country house with a murderer, George can see no way out. But Albert Campion can....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Never disappoints

  • By Ligs on 22-12-10

Melodramatic fun

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-11

This was my first Margery Allingham and I found it to be an enjoyable listen. Loved the period and the reader was perfect. Think I will try a later Allingham next as I understand these are less melodramatic!

  • The Empty Nesters

  • By: Nina Bell
  • Narrated by: Tracey Childs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Clover Jones and Laura Dangerfield have been best friends since their children were born. They share holidays, sleepovers, school runs and childcare; they are like one big family. But all families have secrets. When the children leave home, Clover and Laura's lives and marriages change forever, and the old rules on love and loyalty no longer apply. Without the children, can their marriages - and friendship - survive? Join the gang for their latest animal adventures at the one and only Silver Street Farm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect literary 'chick lit'

  • By Michelle on 23-11-11

Perfect literary 'chick lit'

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-11

I was gripped by the storyline and the characterisation in this my first Nina Bell audiobook. The reader was perfect. My only criticism is that most of the characters were not particularly likeable!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Capital Crime

  • By: Laura Wilson
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

It is winter in London in the early 1950s: John Davies confesses to strangling his wife and baby daughter. It promises to be a depressingly straightforward case for DI Ted Stratton of West End Central. When Davies recants, blaming respectable neighbour Norman Backhouse for the crimes, nobody sees any reason to believe him. Davies is convicted and hanged. But after a series of gruesome discoveries, Stratton begins to suspect there has been a terrible miscarriage of justice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy read...

  • By Madgey on 22-03-11

Outstanding crime

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-11

Why can't there be more crime novels like this? Even though this is based on a true life crime it doesn't make it any less gripping - I could not stop listening! The reader is perfect.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wisdom of the Breath

  • Three Guided Meditations for Calming the Mind and Cultivating Insight
  • By: Bodhipaksa
  • Narrated by: Bodhipaksa
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

The answers to the most profound spiritual questions lie within us-but how do we gain access to our deepest wisdom? "Breathing is the gateway to insight," reveals Scottish-born teacher Bodhipaksa, "and meditation gives us the key." In The Wisdom of the Breath, this master teacher guides listeners through breath-centered meditations for opening to the inner core of spiritual awareness we all possess.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended meditations

  • By Michelle on 14-10-11

Highly recommended meditations

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-10-11

If you are looking for a Mindfulness/Meditation audio download Bodhipaksa's meditations are the place to start. He has an amazing hypnotic voice that I could listen to for hours! I have listened to many meditation CDs and his are definitely the best. I would give this audiobook 5 stars for the meditations, however about an hour of this audiobook is taken up by some biographical information which I feel was unneccessarily long.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Retribution

  • A Tony Hill & Carol Jordan Novel
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386

In 2010, Val McDermid received the prestigious CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing. Her last novel, Trick of the Dark, hit the best-seller lists, and now she returns with The Retribution. Tony Hill, criminal profiler and hero of TV's Wire in the Blood, is back in a terrifying psychological thriller. Teaming up once again with Carol Jordan, the pair face a serial killer unlike any they have ever encountered before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen

  • By Judith on 08-11-11

Gripping Thriller

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-10-11

Val McDermid does not let her fans down in the latest Carol Jordan and Tony Hill thriller. It is well written, gripping and I couldn't stop listening. The narrator does a good job and has a great voice for the relentlessly grim nature of this book. Not sure if his character voices are completely convincing but I did get used to that. I do have a few issues that have stopped me giving this 5 stars- found the two different storylines slightly disjointed and wasn't happy with the development of Carol and Tony's relationship. Despite this, a highly recommended listen

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Decision (Unabridged)

  • By: Penny Vincenzi
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 30 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

A love affair...between Matt Shaw, self-made property tycoon, and Eliza Clark, dazzling fashion editor and one-time Deb of the Year. Their story spans sixties London, the extravagance of Milan and the lovely decaying country house that has been in Eliza's family for generations, and the source of huge trouble itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One for Vincenzi fans

  • By Michelle on 10-10-11

One for Vincenzi fans

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-11

If you love the novels of Penny Vincenzi you will not be disappointed with this! It has all the Vincenzi trademarks- the story of a family through a decade (the 1960s this time) and love and friendship across the classes. It is an easy (although very long) engrossing listen and I was completely drawn into the lives of Eliza, Matt and their friends and family. Also, the reader is brilliant and portrays the characters and different accents perfectly. The downside for me was that I found it very difficult to like any of the characters and so by the end
cared very little about the outcome.
If you have never listened to Penny Vincenzi before I don't think this is one of
her best and would highly recommend the classic 'No Angel'



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Poison Tree

  • By: Erin Kelly
  • Narrated by: Alison Reid
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

It is the sweltering summer of 1997 when strait-laced, straight-A student Karen meets Biba - a bohemian and impossibly glamorous aspiring actress.She is drawn to her new friend’s carefree world of constant parties, and quickly abandons her old life to move into the crumbling Highgate mansion Biba shares with her brother Rex and a stream of lodgers. For a while, life is one long summer of love. But summer must end. And by the end of theirs, two people would be dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling from start to finish

  • By Ann in Durham on 26-10-11

A great debut!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-11

I would highly recommend this debut novel from Erin Kelly. At times there are hints of early Ruth Rendell and I loved the intermingling of past and present. It keeps you gripped and guessing most of the way through. My only criticism is at times some of the characters were a little unbelievable but this is not a huge problem. I am very excited to see Kelly's new novel on Audible and can't wait to listen

1 of 1 people found this review helpful