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  • The Love of the Dead

  • By: Craig Saunders
  • Narrated by: Molly King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

When medium Beth Willis is given a message from a ghost, she steps beyond her world and into the spirit realm. D.I. Coleridge is a man marking time, until a call from Beth gives him a lead on an elusive killer who takes trophies from his victims. He is a killer who walks through both worlds, taking lives, with powers no mortal can possess. A man, but something else, too. If Coleridge and Beth are to survive, they must understand him...but some men cannot be fought and some creatures cannot be bested. Death calls on us all in time. Will it call them home, too?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Make it Norfolk Virginia.

  • By Pen Name on 18-07-17

Make it Norfolk Virginia.

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

Reviewed: 18-07-17

If you are unable to write vernacular English and only think in American then don't embarrass yourself by trying it. The characters talk in American idioms, and the narrator can't even pronounce English place names.
Please study British police behaviour before attempting to write about it. Tried hard but the whole thing was so awful I had to abandon listening.
Do yourself a favour and save your money and time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow over the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 2
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

Detective Nikki Galena's friend and neighbor meets a tragic end, but there's more to his death than meets the eye. And someone terrible from DS Joseph Easter's past is back.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Total landslide. Lancashire isn't Lincolnshire.

  • By Pen Name on 19-02-17

Total landslide. Lancashire isn't Lincolnshire.

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

Reviewed: 19-02-17

More trouble at mill than fenland. In fact nothing fen at all in this mediocre reading. To not know how to pronounce Gallipoli is one thing but to say a Wayne smile instead of wan? Countless stupid mistakes ruined the reading. Too many to highlight here. At every one my thread of the story broke. Will have to be careful to avoid her reading again.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Madness

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Adrian Scarborough, Andrew Scott, Cillian Murphy, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

From Roald Dahl, the master of the sting in the tail, a newly collected audiobook of his darkest stories, read by Juliet Stevenson, Cillian Murphy, Adrian Scarborough, Tamsin Greig, Stephanie Beacham and Andrew Scott. 'There is a pleasure sure in being mad, which none but madmen know.' Our greatest fear is of losing control - of our lives, but, most of all, of ourselves. In these 10 unsettling tales of unexpected madness master storyteller Roald Dahl explores what happens when we let go our sanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible, macabre, great performances

  • By Catwat on 27-11-16

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 31-01-17

Beautifully and intelligently rendered. Top quality. If all audio books were this good I'd be ecstatic!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Medium

  • By: Peter John
  • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

The deathly silence is about to be broken. She disliked the company of others and death did little to warm her spirit. She had led an independent life and she faced death in much the same way. She was finally alone, finally free from the mindless babble of others, at least that's what she thought. May Elizabeth Trump was the rarest of spirits and she was none too happy about it either. She was a dead medium, a ghost who can speak with the living, and her services were to become in great demand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Give it a chapter or two.

  • By Pen Name on 30-01-17

Give it a chapter or two.

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

Reviewed: 30-01-17

After a slightly shaky start the narrator settles down to a rollicking read. A super mix of Hinge and Bracket with shades of Dame Maggie Smith brings the story alive. It's fun, fast and amusing. Ideal listening on a tedious journey.

  • Deadly Crimes

  • DCI Sophie Allen Series, Book 2
  • By: Michael Hambling
  • Narrated by: Cat Gould
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

A young man's mutilated body is found on top of the Agglestone. It seems that he was involved in a human trafficking and prostitution gang. But why is DCI Sophie Allen keeping something back from her team? Is it linked to the extraordinary discovery of her own father's body at the bottom of a disused mineshaft, more than 40 years after he disappeared? Find out.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The worst accents since Dick VanDyke attempted cockney

  • By Pen Name on 29-01-17

The worst accents since Dick VanDyke attempted cockney

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

Reviewed: 29-01-17

Good story ruined by an appalling reader. Characterisation clunked, not one regional accent could be identified as normal with the strange exception of Australian , which surfaced quite often. Sell a book as regional if you like but if you do at least have one character with a West Country burr.
The narration sounded unprepared. Sentences needed replaying to extract the meaning. Words were distractingly mispronunciation. By the time I'd realised the words were "in situ" rather than " see too" I'd lost the thread yet again. JUST PLAIN AWFUL.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • An Unsafe Pair of Hands

  • By: Chris Dolley
  • Narrated by: George Orlando
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

Peter Shand is the 'safe pair of hands' - a high-flying police administrator seconded to a quiet rural CID team to gain the operational experience he needs for promotion. On his second day he's thrust into a high-profile murder case. A woman's body is discovered in an old stone circle - with another woman buried alive beneath her.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh dear, never mind.

  • By Pen Name on 14-11-16

Oh dear, never mind.

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

Reviewed: 14-11-16

Imagine The Waltons read by someone with an Oxbridge voice, or the Archers read by the cast of Dallas. The vocabulary and syntax are American, the reader can't pronounce Salisbury and the SCO with a ' broad Scots accent' sounds like a bad attempt at Irish.
Someone should tell the author that English people just wouldn't phrase or construct sentences in the way he thinks they do. In short it's pretty diabolical. Got a few chapters in and decided my time was too valuable to waste.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Desecration

  • By: J.F. Penn
  • Narrated by: Rosalind Ashford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

When the body of a young heiress is found within the Royal College of Surgeons, Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke is assigned to the case. She enlists Blake Daniel, a reluctant clairvoyant, to help her discover the message it holds. When personal tragedy strikes, Jamie has nothing left to lose and she must race against time to stop the mysterious Lyceum claiming another victim. As Jamie and Blake delve into a macabre world of grave robbery, body modification, and the genetic engineering of monsters, they must fight to keep their sanity, and their lives.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dennis Wheatley meets Barbara Cartland and they drag each other down.

  • By martin g cummins on 06-07-16

So bad it's funny.

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

One of the worst books I've ever had the misfortune to encounter.
It starts well, which makes the middle and end unforgivable. From a start where I engaged with the protagonist the book rapidly sinks into an effort to shock, missing its aim by a mile. An attempt at eroticism also bombs.
Don't waste your time on this folks, I've had more depth of emotion from a cornflakes packet. I rarely review a book and only do so now to save other readers wasting their time.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Turn Around

  • Detective Jennifer Knight Crime Thriller Series, Volume 1
  • By: Caroline Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

As DC Jennifer Knight investigates a routine stabbing in the quiet town of Haven, she is shocked by what seems like a personal message from beyond the grave. When more bodies are found, Jennifer is convinced the killings are somehow linked. What she discovers is more chilling than she could possibly imagine. The murders mirror those of the notorious Grim Reaper - from over 20 years ago. A killer her mother helped convict.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling and thrilling.

  • By JayT on 16-03-16

Oh dear, never mind.

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

Reviewed: 15-06-16

That's 8 or so hrs I won't get back. Nothing fresh, same old hackneyed guff. Been done SO many times . Bored.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Requiem

  • The Kate Redman Mysteries, Volume 2
  • By: Celina Grace
  • Narrated by: Samara Naeymi
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

When the body of troubled teenager Elodie Duncan is pulled from the river in Abbeyford, the case is at first assumed to be a straightforward suicide. Detective Sergeant Kate Redman is shocked to discover that she'd met the victim the night before her death, introduced by Kate's younger brother Jay. As the case develops, it becomes clear that Elodie was murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book - Shame About the Narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-05-17

Nice story, shame about the reading.

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

Reviewed: 29-05-16

Oh dear, either hopelessly under prepared or badly directed. Like a hurdler she was good on the flat but fell heavily at the fences. What were those accents? Nowhere I've ever been and I've been all over Britain. She got in such a mess trying to do regionals that words were mispronounced , garbled and the whole meaning of quite seminal sentences lost. If I'd sent my child to a Public School and it returned talking the way those kids, who the author had clearly said were well spoken, did I'd be after a serious refund!