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  • Close Your Eyes

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,308

I close my eyes and feel my heart begin racing. Someone is coming. They're going to find me. A mother and her teenage daughter are found brutally murdered in a remote farmhouse, one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other left lying like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her Prince.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Devastating, brilliant and thrilling

  • By Cabaspre on 26-08-15

Fantastic listen

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

Reviewed: 16-04-17

Michael Robotham and Sean Barrett at their very best. Please be kinder to Joe. A great listen

  • Winter's Revenge

  • Guy Winter Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: James Philip
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The Ripper continues his rampage and the last secrets of Guy Winter's life are stripped away. As the bombs fall the mystery man unravels one mystery after another, knowing that sooner rather than later he must confront his deadliest foe. This time it is not just Guy Winter's life and loyalties that are under the microscope. The past mistakes of friends and enemies alike suddenly come home to roost, but Guy Winter never stops hunting his man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Zena on 22-07-17

Enjoyable and atmospheric

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

Reviewed: 28-12-16

I enjoyed this second book in the Guy Winters series. This isn't a substantially new story but a continuation on where things finished in the last book. I would recommend you read the first book in the series first. Melanie Frasers narration is once again like a Rolls Royce purring effortlessly conveying you along the paths of the story. I did miss some of the romantic tension of the first book which gave the book a nice edge. The book mixes London in the Blitz and Jack the Ripper London in its story line. This was mostly done well but on a couple of occasions I found this slightly jarring. All in all a good read. Bring on book three please.

  • The Final Dawn

  • A Debut Novella of Revenge, Betrayal and Treacherous Love
  • By: Alice Catherine Carter
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

In Joseph Stalin's early 1930s Russia, an entire class of people were at risk of exploitation. Valeyria and Alexei Yolkin were members of one such family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five stars plus!

  • By Zena on 21-06-17

Lovely Narrative But Just Getting Started

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

Reviewed: 19-09-16

Enjoyed this book i just wanted more. I wanted the story to carry on and felt it stopped early. Melanie Fraser's narration, was as always, impeccable and helped the listener through all the different characters.

Bill

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  • Winter's War

  • Guy Winter Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: James Philip
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

August 1940 - Chief Inspector Guy Winter has been Fleet Street's favorite detective for over a decade. Dubbed the "Mystery Man" by his friends and enemies alike, for all his fame he cuts a lonely figure at Scotland Yard, where every newspaper story is fresh grist to an already tired mill. Laid low by personal tragedy, there are many who suspect that the great detective's career is over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Zena on 14-07-17

Very Enjoyable London War Thriller

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

Reviewed: 18-09-16

I enjoy audiobooks set in London during world war 2. This is a very good example.

Excellent storyline with lots of twists the occasional cad and steamy love and crime under the cover of the blackout.

Good narration is at least half of a good audiobook. Melanie Philips does an excellent job in Winters War bringing the contrasts of a chaotic wartime to London to life. In the future I will take a gamble on new books simply because she is the narrator.

Ok I am off to download the rest in the series.

Please note that this audiobook was reviewed through the Good Reads reviewer programme.

Bill Scott
Edinburgh
September 2016

  • Anubis Nights

  • The Fourth Jonathan Shade Novel
  • By: Gary Jonas
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Jonathan Shade's old friend, Sharon, shows up with the master of time, Chronos, to send Jonathan and his team into the past to find and kill Winslow. Jonathan and Kelly arrive in Egypt during the reign of King Tutankhamun. As they appear from nothing, they are mistaken for gods, but when Tut is murdered during a chariot race, things get out of control.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cliff Hanger

  • By Ali on 26-09-16

My First Jonathan Shade Novel

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

Reviewed: 16-09-16


This was my first Jonathan Shade audiobook. Its a good solid urban fantasy novel with some Egyptian and wild west time travel thrown in for fun.

Joe Hempel as a narrator was excellent and made it it easy for the different simultaneous strands of the story to come together. Multi strand frequently cut audio stories can be hard to bring off and can leave me cross eyed and disengaged. But this was done well and added the the novel. I enjoyed myself.

I always feel guilty reading urban fantasy books. I feel i should be reading something more improving. But life is just too short. This was fun and enjoyable and i may go back and get another when my audiobook backlog settles down. Definitely something to keep you going until the next Harry Dresden.

Please note that This review was undertaken as part of the Good Reads Audiobook review Programme

Bill Scott
Edinburgh
September 2016

  • Fatal Forgery

  • By: Susan Grossey
  • Narrated by: Guy Hanson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Sent to arrest Henry Fauntleroy, Constable Samuel Plank is determined to find out why the banker has risked his reputation, his banking house, and his neck - and why he is so determined to plead guilty. As the case makes its way through the Regency justice system, exercising the finest legal minds of their generation and dividing London society into the banker's supporters and detractors, Plank races against time to find the answers that can save Fauntleroy's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fatal Forgery

  • By Emily on 22-01-17

Like a good radio drama.

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

Reviewed: 14-09-16

I enjoyed Fatal Forgery. The storyline and narration were good. Guy Hanson as Constable Sam Plank brought the whole story to life and I was transported to Victorian London. I did like it when Sam got excited at the trial and with all the different character witnesses quite quick fire. Felt like a Sherlock Holmes in Part and a James McLevy but without the sidekick.

The main downside is that this is the first in the Sam Plank series to be made available through Audible and I would really like to listen to the next one now to follow the story. So can you please get on with this now.
Please note that this review was undertaken through The Good Reads audiobook programme.

Bill Scott
Edinburgh September 2016

  • Green Hell

  • By: Ken Bruen
  • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Jack Taylor has again hit rock bottom: one of his best friends is dead, the other has stopped speaking to him. But Jack isn't about to embark on a self-improvement plan. Instead he has taken up a vigilante case against a professor of literature who has a violent habit his friends in high places are only too happy to ignore. And when Jack rescues a preppy American student from a couple of kid thugs, he also unexpectedly gains a new sidekick.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grand stuff but...........

  • By Ian Gregg on 17-06-17

Another great Lennox read

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

Reviewed: 18-08-16

Enjoyed the new instalment of Lennox thought the story was interesting with modern day relevance. Sean Barratt as narrator was immense just love his twinkle toes. The real star for me is the Glasgow of the 1950s love the details.

  • The Cleaner

  • John Milton, Book 1
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,157
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,991
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,994

Meet John Milton. He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder. Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn't want to be on his list. But now, after ten years, he's had enough - there's blood on his hands and he wants out. Trouble is, this job is not one you can just walk away from. He goes on the run, seeking atonement for his sins by helping the people he meets along the way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but oddly unsatisfying

  • By Lucy on 05-11-16

Not quite what I expected but well worth it

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

I expect spy intelligence books to be set in the exclusive end of big cities. This book isn't and it made sense to me. I had that brief moment of disappointment but stuck with it and really enjoyed the book. Nice narration as well.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ghosts

  • John Milton, Book 4
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402

John Milton is a ghost. He was Number One. The most dangerous assassin in Group Fifteen, the black-ops organisation that solves problems when diplomacy has failed. Now Milton is Her Majesty's most wanted fugitive - an anonymous loner with a deadly set of skills. So when he is arrested following a brawl in a Texas bar, the last person he expects to bail him out is a glamorous operative from the Russian Secret Service.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Getting Straight to the Point

  • By Simon on 14-02-18

Best of the John Milton Books so Far

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

I have enjoyed all the John Milton books but this one was particularly good resting well on the back history. Great Narration as well. Listen and enjoy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • End of Watch

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,786

End of Watch is a compelling and chilling suspense novel which sees retired detective Bill Hodges back on the trail of his nemesis, Brady Hartsfield, the criminal the press called The Mercedes Killer. Foiled in his attempt to commit a second mass murder, Hartsfield is confined to a hospital brain-injury unit in a seemingly unresponsive state. But all is not what it seems: Brady is able to influence both his physician and the hospital librarian to commit crimes in the outside world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointingly Supernatural

  • By Mr D C Finnimore on 27-10-16

Great performance but!!

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

Reviewed: 17-06-16

I have really enjoyed this trilogy Mr Mercedes especially. I loved all of Will Patons performances However this book is the weakest of the three and is some places a little silly. Still worth a read to finish the trilogy but there are a few elements that I just couldn't buy.

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