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  • A Capital Crime

  • By: Laura Wilson
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

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

Another well researched and well read story

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

Would you listen to A Capital Crime again? Why?

I don't tend to re listen but I enjoyed the well researched fictional account of a true story. The narrator Sean Barrett, as always, does an excellent job and the characters are easy to distinguish

Which character – as performed by Seán Barrett – was your favourite?

D I Stratton, because he is central to all the books in the series but his portrayal of Norman Blackhouse is excellent and chilling and true to the real life murderer John Reginald Christie

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

No, because the true murders and miscarriage of justice were already well known but this did not spoil the book even though for me it wasn't the usual mystery

Any additional comments?

As characters from previous books are in this, I would suggest reading/listening to them in sequence. I hope the series continues and will be listening to the next one. Sean Barrett is a narrator that always delivers a great "performance" and doesn't just narrate the book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sign of the Cross: A Collins-Burke Mystery, Book 1

  • By: Anne Emery
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Monty Collins is a sharp-tongued public defender who just wants to represent an upstanding character for a change. A priest with something to hide isn't quite what he had hoped for, but when the literate, arrogant, and tight-lipped Father Brennan Burke is implicated in the strange murder of a young woman, Monty doesn't just take the case - the case takes him. When Burke won't come clean, Monty is forced to play private detective, traveling into his client's past. Things look good for the case until another body is found....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very current issue

  • By susanna on 08-04-13

Narrator brings characters to life

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

Reviewed: 27-10-14

What made the experience of listening to Sign of the Cross: A Collins-Burke Mystery, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

Excellent narration, each character's personality brought out by the narrator which could be missed if just reading to yourself

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

Narrator defines the personalities more than if reading to oneself. Great Irish accents and always knew which characters were speaking

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, the enjoyment was in looking forward to listening over a number of days

Any additional comments?

I note the same narrator has narrated the other books in the series therefore I look forward to listening to them

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,709

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

brilliant original story great narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-11

This is the first book that I felt compelled to share my thoughts on and I would like to thank all previous reviewers for encouraging me to listen to this book.
I will endeavour to post reviews in future as I now realise how much I use them once I have listened to the sample.
I agree with other reviewers who enjoyed this book. The story was cleverly written and humerous and the combination of the story and the brilliant narration makes it come to life, particularly with the narrators interpretation of the characters. The storyline has been well described by others so I have nothing to add to that but just wanted to say that if the storyline appeals to you give this a listen.

I note that there is another book by the same author and narrator so will not feel too down now that I have come to the end.

Please continue with this author if he writes more, in what I hope will be a series,and please ensure that Kobna Holdbrook-Smith narrates them, he is a great narrator and hopefully his skills will be used in other authors books, perhaps modern thrillers.

23 of 23 people found this review helpful