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  • Wild Fire

  • Shetland, Book 8
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Drawn in by the reputation of the islands, a new English family move to the area, eager to give their autistic son a better life. But when a young nanny’s body is found hanging in the barn of their home, rumours of her affair with the husband begin to spread like wildfire. With suspicion raining down on the family, DI Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate, knowing that it will mean the return to the islands of his on-off lover and boss Willow Reeves, who will run the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb vocal performance brings a classic Shetland to life ...

  • By Mr. Timothy Linford on 07-09-18

Enjoyable, but not her best

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

Reviewed: 16-09-18

This Shetland outing focusses very much on Willow Reeves, rather than Jimmy Perez. I enjoyed it, but I didn't feel it was one of Ann Cleeves best novels. The plot was pretty improbable, and I wanted more of Jimmy's brooding and less of Willow's somehow. But it was good to be back on the island and to have Sandy gambolling around like a puppy as usual.

  • The Crossing Places

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068

When she's not digging up bones or other ancient objects, Ruth Galloway lectures at the University of North Norfolk. She lives happily alone in a remote place called Saltmarsh overlooking the North Sea and, for company; she has her cats Flint and Sparky, and Radio 4. When a child's bones are found in the marshes near an ancient site that Ruth worked on ten years earlier, Ruth is asked to date them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Archeological based who dun it

  • By Linda on 14-09-14

A very good read

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

Reviewed: 16-09-18

I was looking for a new author to follow and, after someone else's review mentioned Elly Griffiths, I gave this book a try. The fact that it is set in an area that I know helped. I thoroughly enjoyed it - ticked all the boxes: Well written; Believable and sympathetic characters; decent (if slightly improbable) plot; Beautifully narrated. It was enthralling without the need for an excess of gore, sex or swearing, which makes a change! The descriptions of the landscape were spot on and were key to the story. I really liked both the main characters and, although I had a pretty good idea who done it, she did keep me guessing almost to the end. It was also great to listen to a narrator with a very pleasant voice and with no peculiar intonations or mispronunciations, only criticism was that the Norfolk accent was slightly off, but it didn't matter. I'm off to buy more in this series...

  • Their Lost Daughters

  • Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,082

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Strange subject

  • By Maryb on 28-08-18

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

I fell for the Audible hype and bought this. It’s really very pedestrian and second rate. The most ludicrous plot that gets increasingly bizarre as the book trundles laboriously on. Boring, one-dimensional characters, very average writing and, the final nail in the coffin, not particularly well read either. People in this fenland area all sound as if they come from up north! Welsh accents wandered in and out characters seemed to deliver their lines at the same pitch and tempo regardless of whether they were meant to be whispering or shouting et cetera. Compared to writers like Ian Rankin or Anne Cleaves this is really a very poor effort.

  • Broadchurch

  • The Official Novel
  • By: Erin Kelly, Chris Chibnall
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Pickles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

The unmissable Broadchurch novel, inspired by the first season of 2013's mega-hit ITV series. Containing never-before-seen material and adding great depth and insights to the unforgettable cast of characters, this is a must-listen not only for everyone who loved the TV programme ahead of the second series but for all fans of evocative, atmospheric crime drama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good as the TV show

  • By Heidi on 02-09-14

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

I didn't see the TV series but heard such good reports about it that I thought I'd give this a go. Enjoyed it very much. Well written, great plot, Erin Kelly is a very good writer. The only negative was Carolyn Pickles' inability to voice a Scottish accent.

  • Holy Island

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 993
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 992

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan retreats to Holy Island seeking sanctuary when he is forced to take sabbatical leave from his duties as a homicide detective. A few days before Christmas, his peace is shattered, and he is thrust back into the murky world of murder when a young woman is found dead amongst the ancient ruins of the nearby priory. When former local girl Dr. Anna Taylor arrives back on the island as a police consultant, old memories swim to the surface, making her confront her difficult past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled to finish this one

  • By Colette on 06-01-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 18-07-18

I had high hopes for this series, being a fan of detective fiction. Perhaps I have been spoilt by the likes of Ann Cleeves and Ian Rankin, but this just isn't in the same league. Thoroughly predictable, drawn-out, over-wrought and an impressive use of cliches - sorry not for me. The only saving grace was good old Jonathan Keeble giving it his all.

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  • Manhattan Beach

  • By: Jennifer Egan
  • Narrated by: Heather Lind, Norbert Leo Butz, Vincent Piazza
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

Anna Kerrigan, nearly 12 years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles. Years later her father has disappeared, and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A clever and intriguing novel

  • By Marie on 08-04-18

Hugely enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

I'm not sure how I came across this book, as it's subject matter wouldn't automatically have appealed, but I'm glad I did. A well-crafted story very well read it kept me entertained throughout. The story spans a number of years and the various plot lines are skillfully woven together. It was a treat to have such great narrators too. There are too many really bad ones out there on Audible!

  • So Many Ways to Begin

  • By: Jon McGregor
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. David Carter cannot help but wish for more: that his wife, Eleanor, would be the sparkling girl he once found so irresistible; that his job as a museum curator could live up to the promise it once held; that his daughter's arrival could have brought him closer to Eleanor. But a few careless words spoken by his mother's friend have left David restless with the knowledge that his whole life has been constructed around a lie.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rather tedious

  • By DartmoorDiva on 01-07-18

Rather tedious

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

I couldn't wait to read this after enjoying Reservoir 13 but sadly, this novel did not appeal half as much. The technique Jon McGregor uses was perfect for Reservoir 13 but there, I found it immensely dull. There is just not enough action/character/description to hold my interest. I found the characters feeble and the casual 'realistic' speech patterns tedious, especially when delivered in the narrator's rather monotone nasal voice. His whine of characters constantly bleating 'I don't know' became really wearing. A shame, as the other novel was great.

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  • Reservoir 13

  • By: Jon McGregor
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 273

Midwinter in the early years of this century. A teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on their usually quiet home. Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, beds made, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed. The search for the missing girl goes on, but so does everyday life. As it must.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Like a very long episode of The Archers

  • By Mr on 15-10-17

Intriguing...

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

The mixed reviews almost put me off this novel, but I am very glad I persevered. True, it is *not* a murder mystery or a suspenseful novel (and it's a shame that the negative review are due to it being wrongly classified as such), but it is beautifully written and I enjoyed the structure that the author employs. I found it quite mesmerising and agree that it has an 'Under Milk Wood' quality to it. The narrator was fine, but he does have a rather monotonous tone. Read it if you want to be intrigued, but not if you want blood and action.

  • 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

An enthralling listen

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

As a huge fan of the late Ruth Rendell, this was suggested as an alternative author in a similar vein. And how right they were! I enjoyed this immensely. Despite thinking I had sussed out most of the plot twists, the author was always able to surprise me, right to the end. Very well written, great plot and believable characters. The narrator was fine but could have perhaps managed a little more variation between character voice but, overall, an enthralling listen.

  • Force of Nature

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 244

Is Alice here? Did she make it? Is she safe? In the chaos, in the night, it was impossible to say which of the four had asked after Alice's welfare. Later, when everything got worse, each would insist it had been them. Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More a Gentle Push of Nature

  • By Simon on 03-02-18

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 14-04-18

Another superb novel from Jane Harper, even better than the previous one ‘The Dry’. Great plot, lots of twists, lots of intrigue, well written and well read. Again, her use of setting is key to the story and so well evoked. All the characters are well drawn and the dialogue spot on. I hope there will be more.

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