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  • Carte Blanche

  • A James Bond Novel
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Toby Stephens
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 494

Fresh from Afghanistan, James Bond has been recruited to a new agency. It operates independent of Five, Six and the MoD, with its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary. The Night Action alert calls Bond from dinner with a beautiful woman. GCHQ has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week. And 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfil his mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ian Fleming's Bond for the 21st century

  • By Steve on 30-06-11

If you’re a Bond fan, don’t bother

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

If this wasn’t supposed to be a James Bond novel I suppose it might be an okay read, but as it it is, it’s dire. Bears no resemblance to Bond, even an updated Bond. The storyline is tedious, the plot unappealing (recycling!?) and the insertion of name checks for products, incredibly detailed meals and drinks feels clunky and a pathetic attempt at adding some Bond sparkle. Toby Stephens narration is leaden and he turns Bond into a sneering bore.

  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

  • By: Stuart Turton
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,574
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,570

'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder, and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.' It is meant to be a celebration, but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself over and over again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex but Brilliant. A Classic in the making!

  • By Martin on 03-08-18

Interminable...

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

This had rave reviews. It was billed as 'a dazzling take on the murder mystery'. I stuck with it for the entire 16 hours and 41 minutes... and wish I hadn't wasted my time. It's far too long, full of one-dimensional characters and a ludicrous plot - if you can call it a plot. It was like being trapped in a very boring computer game. It's not clever, it's not well written and is a deeply unsatisfying read.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Dying Fall

  • A Ruth Galloway Investigation
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 940
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 845
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 839

Shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library. Ruth Galloway receives a phone call that bears shocking news. A friend of hers from college, Dan Golding, has been killed in a fire at his Lancashire home. Her shock turns to alarm when she gets a letter from Dan. He has made a discovery that will change archaeology forever but he needs Ruth's advice. Even more alarming, he sounds vulnerable and frightened. DCI Harry Nelson is also rediscovering his past. Up north for a holiday, he meets his former colleague Sandy MacLeod, now at Blackpool CID.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, annoying narrator

  • By Clare pitt on 16-04-15

Disappointing narrator

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

I am working my way through the Ruth Galloway series, and generally enjoying them. However, we have now changed narrator and while Clare Corbett does a marvellous child voice, sadly only a very minor character, the voices she uses for male characters are absolutely dire. They are so irritating they detract from the whole story. I have yet to look ahead and see if she narrates others, if she does, this may mean I don’t bother…

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,012
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,568

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Rambling and overlong

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

A disappointing book on so many levels. The plot was rambling, to say the least, far too many characters, far, far too much relationship stuff with Strike and Robin. My goodness, this needed editing! As good an actor as he is, I didn’t feel Robert Glenister made a particularly good job of the narration. Some of his accents particularly Strike’s supposed West Country burr just didn’t work for me. Really surprised that JKR has published something like this, it really isn’t very good.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • 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 368
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

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 1,550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,382

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
  • Crime and archaeology - what's not to like?!

  • By Adrian on 05-06-11

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 4,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,371

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smokin' Start to a New Series!

  • By Simon on 14-06-18

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.

62 of 73 people found this review helpful

  • 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 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

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 1,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,286

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

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
  • Hugely enjoyable

  • By DartmoorDiva on 01-07-18

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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful