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  • 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 1,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 933

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.

  • 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 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

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 263
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 242

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 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

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 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 211

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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  • The Confession

  • By: Jo Spain
  • Narrated by: Michele Moran, Christopher Bonwell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife, Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear. Just an hour later the attacker, JP Carney, has handed himself in to the police. He confesses to beating Harry to death, but JP claims that the assault was not premeditated and that he didn't know the identity of his victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I cannot rate this book highly enough.

  • By Deirdre More on 18-02-18

Entertaining, but predictable

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I really enjoyed 'With our blessing' so had high expectations of this novel. It didn't grip me somehow and I found the main female character unbelievably naive and, ultimately, irritating. I also found the two-handed approach detracted rather than added to the story.

  • The Dry

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770

I just can't understand how someone like him could do something like that. Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn't rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Revisiting the past...

  • By FictionFan on 10-03-17

Enthralling and suspenseful

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I bought this on the basis of a good newspaper review and was not disappointed. A very well plotted story, well written and performed, it ticked all the boxes for me. The characters were all well drawn and her description of the landscape really conveyed the feeling of menace and isolation and the effect of the drought. I have already bought Jane Harper's next book and am looking forward to it.

  • Sleeping Beauties

  • By: Jo Spain
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

The inspector frowned and examined the earth under the trees. As he scanned the glade, his stomach lurched. One, two, three, four. Five, counting the mound of earth disturbed under the tent. Somebody had cleared the earth of its natural layer and sown their own flowers. In five places. Five graves. A young woman, Fiona Holland, has gone missing from a small Irish village. A search is mounted, but there are whispers. Fiona had a wild reputation. Was she abducted, or has she run away?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly entertaining

  • By DartmoorDiva on 08-11-17

Thoroughly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

So glad to have discovered this author. I am really enjoying her characters and plots, do hope she writes more in this series. Also excellent narration, highly recommend.

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  • In Bitter Chill

  • By: Sarah Ward
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

You can't bury the truth forever.... Derbyshire, January 1978. Two girls go missing: Rachel Jones returns, Sophie Jenkins is never found. Thirty years later, Sophie Jenkins' mother commits suicide. Rachel Jones has tried to put the past behind her. But news of the suicide reopens old wounds, and Rachel realises that the only way she can have a future is to finally discover what really happened all those years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Secrets That Won't Stay Buried - Gripping!

  • By MRS V L HALL on 18-03-16

Entertaining, if slightly bland

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

I enjoyed this novel, but it was let down by rather bland main characters and some dodgy narration. I found myself muddling Inspector Sadler with his male sidekick, neither character being strong or their names particularly distinctive. I also found Rachel deathly dull and could quite happily have shaken her to get some reaction out of her. The plot twists were good and the outcome satisfying and, overall, it was a well-structured novel. Sadly, I don't care for Juanita McMahon's narration, some of her accents are very dodgy and there were some odd pronunciations which should surely have been sorted before recording?