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  • In Cold Blood

  • Beatrix Rose, Book 1
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

They gunned down her husband and kidnapped her daughter, and now the debt needs to be repaid. It's a blood feud she didn't start but is going to finish. Beatrix has already crossed one name off her Kill List. Her second target is a mercenary being held hostage by Somali terrorists. Can she infiltrate the most dangerous failed state on the planet and scrub him off the List, too?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth a read!

  • By Susan D on 24-11-14

Poor narration

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

A good story spoiled by narration. Why have an American male when the main character is female? Section 15 is an English creation.

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  • Russian Roulette

  • By: James Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Daniel Coonan
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

David Callan has proved himself a ruthless and effective assassin working for a small section of British intelligence. As a consequence he has made many enemies and very few friends. The Russians have uncovered a British spy inside the KGB but are willing to trade. The price they demand for the mole’s safe return is the death of Callan, in revenge for being a thorn in their side. Callan has no say in the matter; he is to be sacrificed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By dav on 24-10-18

Poor narration

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

Probably one of the best Callan stories unfortunately, spoilt by unemotional narration with emphasis in the wrong places. Some mispronunciation of words - the worst being the name Meres. Anyone who watched the excellent TV series knows it Meres like in Windermere, not Merez.

  • The Defence

  • By: Steve Cavanagh
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

The truth has no place in a courtroom. The truth doesn't matter in a trial. The only thing that matters is what the prosecution can prove. Eddie Flynn used to be a con artist. Then he became a lawyer. Turned out the two weren't that different. It's been more than a year since Eddie vowed never to set foot in a courtroom again. But now he doesn't have a choice. Olek Volchek, the infamous head of the Russian mafia in New York, has strapped a bomb to Eddie's back and kidnapped his ten-year-old daughter, Amy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast and furious.

  • By anne on 25-02-16

Implausible

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

Reviewed: 10-12-15

An ok listen if you want something light but you do have to listen carefully to follow the plot which twists and turns. A good narrator did his best with the voices of each character. It played fast and loose with the courtroom scenes even by US standards. A fair way to pass the time on a long drive.

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  • The Godfather

  • By: Mario Puzo
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,024
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,874
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,870

A modern masterpiece, The Godfather is a searing portrayal of the 1940s criminal underworld. It is also the intimate story of the Corleone family, at once drawn together and ripped apart by its unique position at the core of the American Mafia. Still shocking 40 years after it was first published, this compelling tale of blackmail, murder, and family values is a true classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DO NOT MISS THIS!

  • By suze0501@aol.com on 26-02-15

Classic story

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

The film was so well made that the book will be very familiar to any fans. I particularly enjoyed the reading as the narrator captures the feel of the story very well and certainly adds to a very well written book.

  • Drumfire

  • Brock and Poole Series
  • By: Graham Ison
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

The new and unusual case for Detectives Brock and Poole - One Saturday night, a masked gunman walks into a jazz club and murders the drummer. Very soon, Detective Chief Inspector Brock and Detective Sergeant Poole find themselves taking an interest in the guests at a party in Surrey's stockbroker belt, which leads them to look again at a five-year-old robbery and to interview a dozen or so armed robbers. The killer is eventually arrested, but not before numerous extra-marital affairs come to light and a bullion van is attacked...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drumfire

  • By Just Ordinary. on 30-04-16

Ok but...

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

The plot is reasonable but the detection a bit simplistic. The author was a high ranking police officer who does not seem to be in touch with modern methods and misses the procedures of the past. This would not be true of an officer of the modern day. The jargon and language is old fashioned. Ok if you want a very easy read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fluke

  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

A likely tail. He was a stringy mongrel, wandering the streets of the city, driven by a ravenous hunger and hunting a quarry he could not define. But he was something more. Somewhere in the depths of his consciousness was memory clawing its way to the surface, tormenting him, refusing to let him rest. The memory of what he once had been. James Herbert was one of Britain's greatest popular novelists and our #1 best-selling writer of chiller fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A dog's life

  • By Barry on 01-12-13

A dog's life

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

I have always loved this book having read it about five times and this narration brings it to life. James Herbert has imagined a dog's life very well and the plot almost becomes irrelevant. Whether you listen in one go or in short bursts makes no difference as it is very easy to follow. Congratulations to Damian Lynch for his subtle characterisation.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,093

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By MrsFiddleback on 29-05-09

So much better than the film

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

As with all films, they leave out so much of the plot that is essential to understanding the character of the main protagonists. These are well developed in this first book of the trilogy and developed even further in the subsequent books. Just when you think that the end is reached there is more to come...