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  • The Cold Summer

  • By: Gianrico Carofiglio
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

On May 23, 1992, a roadside explosion killed the Palermo judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife and three police officers. A few weeks later judge Paolo Borsellino and five police officers were killed in the center of Palermo. These anti-mafia judges became heroes but the violence spread to the region of Bari in Puglia, where we meet a new, memorable character, Maresciallo Pietro Fenoglio, an officer of the Italian Carabinieri. Fenoglio, recently abandoned by his wife, must simultaneously deal with his personal crisis and the new gang wars raging around Bari. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's brilliant.

  • By Catherine on 17-09-18

It's brilliant.

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

Reviewed: 17-09-18

I have loved everyone of carofiglio's novels as read by Sean Barrett. Utterly convincing. Dark and light intertwined. Characters striving to be good in the complexity of life. More please.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Girl Zero

  • Detective Harry Virdee, Book 2
  • By: A. A. Dhand
  • Narrated by: Muzz Khan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

There are some surprises that no-one should ever have to experience. Standing over the body of your beloved - and murdered - niece is one of them. For Detective Inspector Harry Virdee, a man perilously close to the edge, it feels like the beginning of the end. His boss may be telling him he's too close to work the case, but this isn't something that Harry can just let lie. He needs to dive into the murky depths of the Bradford underworld and find the monster that lurks there who killed his flesh and blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Niche Appeal?

  • By Simon on 05-03-18

Just didn't enjoy this

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

Reviewed: 24-02-18

Nope... A combination of narrator and story. I struggled through it, but never felt for the characters or for the 'need' of the plot - this last can be so important if the characterisation is complex...

  • Spook Street

  • Slough House, Book 4
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

Twenty years retired, David Cartwright can still spot when the stoats are on his trail. And he's not as defenceless as they might think. Jackson Lamb worked with Cartwright back in the day. He knows better than most that this is no vulnerable old man. 'The old bastard' has raised his grandson with a head full of guts and glory. But far from joining Spook Street, River Cartwright is consigned to Lamb's team of no-hopers at Slough House.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another scorcher

  • By K on 04-10-17

Utterly brilliant. Fabulous. Gosh.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

I have totally fallen for the 'slough house' series and this one is just as good as the earlier novels. These are brilliantly crafted, witty, sardonic thrillers which take john le carre's precision in observation, plot and character and add some very familiar 21st century flaws, some inter-departmental politics and bureaucracy, and a good dose of wit (scattered with the occasional juvenilia).
Mick Herron, you are a genius. I have nearly 400 audible titles and have posted a review for a handful (of the wonderful or awful). So I hope that statistic gives some perspective to my enthusiasm for the Slough House series. Voiced by the outstanding Sean Barrett, what is not to like??

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • I Let You Go

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe, Julia Barrie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,991

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she? In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief, and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous debut!

  • By Ann D on 09-05-15

Too graphic,

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

I really wish I hadn't bothered to keep on with this one. In fact, I wish I had returned it. Repeated, detailed, descriptions of graphic psychological and physical domestic violence and a hope free storyline. Why would anyone buy this? I won't make this mistake again.

  • Black Widow

  • By: Chris Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Angus King, Scarlett Mack
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128

There is no perfect marriage. There is no perfect murder. Diana Jager's life crumbles when her details are released on the Internet as revenge for her antisexism blog. Then she meets Peter. Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident - a nightmare end to their fairy-tale romance. But Peter's sister, Lucy, doesn't believe in fairy tales and tasks maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling 'Black Widow'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great listen

  • By N. Macdougall on 06-02-16

That's fourteen hours I won't get back

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

I am actually annoyed with myself that I bothered to finish this title. Boyishly written, terribly plotted, and with characters that one just can't care about. Don't waste your credit on this. Honestly, don't. Save them for a Nesbo or Deaver.

  • The Trespasser

  • Dublin Murder Squad 6
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Hilda Fay
  • Length: 20 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

Antoinette Conway, the tough, abrasive detective from The Secret Place, is still on the Murder Squad, but only just. She's partnered up with Stephen Moran now, and that's going well - but the rest of her working life isn't. Antoinette doesn't play well with others, and there's a vicious running campaign in the squad to get rid of her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Variably engaging

  • By Kirstine on 21-02-17

Gripping stuff!

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

Reviewed: 15-01-17

Gosh such a good listen! Avoids so many pitfalls of a tale so reliant on dialogue . The two detectives are brilliant, a woman so tough she'll rust and a likeable junior partner! Great. I don't do many reviews, only for 5 star listens.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Real Tigers

  • Slough House, Book 3
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

London's Slough House is where disgraced MI5 operatives are reassigned to spend the rest of their spy careers pushing paper. But when one of these 'slow horses' is kidnapped by a former soldier bent on revenge, the agents uncover a larger web of intrigue that involves not only a group of private mercenaries but also the highest authorities in the Security Service.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Undiluted enjoyment

  • By Earnest on 10-03-16

Ohhhh SUCH a great listen!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-09-16

The Slough House series gets better and better! The characters are so well drawn that every moment of plot is perfect, inextricable and inevitable. Wonderful. Witty. Compelling. Carre-esque....
Brilliant. More please Mr Herron...

  • The Madman of Bergerac

  • Inspector Maigret, Book 16
  • By: Georges Simenon, David Bellos (translator)
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

A new translation of Simenon's tense novel, audiobook fifteen in the Maigret series. "He recalled his travelling companion's agitated sleep - was it really sleep? - his sighs and his sobbing. Then the two dangling legs, the patent-leather shoes and hand-knitted socks... An insipid face. Glazed eyes. And Maigret was not surprised to see a grey beard eating into his cheeks...."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless, gripping, classic!

  • By Catherine on 01-05-16

Timeless, gripping, classic!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-16

A brilliant novella. Maigret is entirely bed bound through out, and we are totally kept guessing until the final scene. Although we are lured into several red herrings along the way! Great stuff. Very atmospheric too, of the period, of small town France, and of the tensions and dependencies between professional men working in the same town all their lives. Secrets deeply hidden. I really enjoyed Mrs Maigret's role in this too. Relaying information, making calls to be overheard in the hotel lobby, and busying herself in her apron throughout.
Brilliant, very characterful. So much better than so many contemporary best sellers in audible crime section!

  • Coffin Road

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,819

A man stands bewildered on a deserted beach on the Hebridean Isle of Harris. He cannot remember who he is. The only clue to his identity is a folded map of a path named the Coffin Road. He does not know where this search will take him. A detective from Lewis sits aboard a boat, filled with doubt. DS George Gunn knows that a bludgeoned corpse has been discovered on a remote rock 20 miles offshore. He does not know if he has what it takes to uncover how and why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ancient and Modern In Perfect Harmony!

  • By Simon on 15-01-16

Such a great listen

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

Reviewed: 18-04-16

Its the mix of the styles of May's prose and Forbes' narration that makes this such a great listen. Gripping, but like Gunn and Maclean calm, introspective, at the pace of the rain and the squalls. I loved it. So much to discover, from the opening page, right through.

  • A Banquet of Consequences

  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 22 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

Full of shocks, intensity and suspense from first minute to last, Banquet of Consequences reveals Lynley and Havers under pressure. The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind. But what was the cause of his tragedy, and how far might the consequences reach? Is there a link between the young man's leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge? Following various career-threatening misdemeanours, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By justmurr on 28-06-16

Great story

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

Reviewed: 15-02-16

This series has evolved so well. This is is a complex plot, entwined in a family riven with personality disorders, dominated by a matriarch to whom the truth is a stranger. Add in 'ex'-es accidental deaths, mysterious circumstances and Havers's burning passion to solve and resolve, against the confines of the her position and employer, and the Lynley/Havers series continues to strengthen in maturity and complexity. A great listen.