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  • All the Hidden Truths

  • By: Claire Askew
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron, Angus King
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

This is a fact: Ryan Summers walked into Three Rivers College and killed 13 women, then himself. But no one can say why. The question is one that cries out to be answered - by Ryan's mother, Moira; by Ishbel, the mother of Abigail, the first victim; and by DI Helen Birch, put in charge of the case on her first day at her new job. But as the tabloids and the media swarm, as the families' secrets come out, as the world searches for someone to blame...the truth seems to vanish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really quite stunning

  • By Dom on 10-08-18

A solid crime mystery, with a unique view

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

Reviewed: 18-08-18

The author has a similar style of writing to zadie Smith, but unlike white teeth, has a solid and exciting narrative at it’s core.

Given the subject, it could wallow, or be depressing, however that’s deftly avoided. The narrative drives on, revealing bits and bobs like a pass the parcel.

The narrator does an excellent job, she has a good accent range and clearly defines each character.

Well worth a listen.

  • White Teeth

  • By: Zadie Smith
  • Narrated by: Pippa Bennett-Warner, Ray Panthaki, Lenny Henry, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

Zadie Smith's White Teeth is a classic international best seller and an unforgettable portrait of London. One of the most talked about fictional debuts ever, White Teeth is a funny, generous, big-hearted novel, adored by critics and readers alike. Dealing - among many other things - with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations, one brown mouse and the tricky way the past has of coming back and biting you on the ankle, it is a life-affirming, riotous must-listen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Spoilt by uneven narration

  • By S. Brearley on 29-08-18

Good narration, shame about the narrative.

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

The book showed much promise, strong opening narration by Lenny Henry. However that doesn’t save the somewhat empty narrative.

The most engaging characters Irie, Millat & Magid however appear to be short changed.

It felt like the novel was strung out, and needed a good edit to get it down to something more concise.

  • 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 7,740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,392

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

A love story to the essence of London

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

This is a vivid crime thriller, with a hint of the supernatural. Told through the eyes of a junior policeman, the descriptions are Orwellian in power and brevity.

Having worked around Covent Garden, the anchoring of the story to a physical location is smashing. I can imagine its impact is blunted if you've not been.