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  • The Infirmary: A DCI Ryan Mystery

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Tom Bateman, Bertie Carvel, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

There's a serial killer targeting the streets of Newcastle, seemingly picking his victims at random but subjecting them all to the same torturous end. When the Chief Inspector on the case goes missing, it falls on DCI Ryan to track down the man who is brutally murdering women and goading the police to 'catch me if you can'. As everyone becomes a suspect, Ryan and his team get drawn further and further into the case, but for Ryan the nightmare gets closer to home than he could ever have imagined. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent DCI Ryan mystery....

  • By Salter on 08-11-18

A captivating audio drama

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

The Infirmary, the newest release in the fantastic DCI Ryan series takes us back in time to before the Holy Island (book 1) events occurred. This prequel to the series gives us an insight into the early days of the team and the backstory of its members. It’s captivating for all who are familiar with the series, while for others it’s a brilliant introduction to DCI Ryan, his crew and their gripping cases.
Audible releasing a dramatized version of the story is also a first for any LJ Ross book: it veers away from the traditionally narrated set up with a multicast drama. I was really impressed by how incredibly well it worked! I would close my eyes, listen to the story and picture everything like a TV show in my head. (Note to self: don’t do that while driving and listening to it in the car.)
All in all, it’s another fascinating story and a must-listen-to audiobook for the fans of the DCI Ryan mysteries. LJ Ross never disappoints!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Killed

  • By: Thomas Enger
  • Narrated by: David Shaw Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Someone has to die.... Henning Juul sits in a boat on a dark lake. A man with a gun sits opposite him. At the man's feet is a body that will be soon be dumped into the water. Henning knows that the same fate awaits him. And he knows that it's his own fault. Who started the fire that killed Henning's young son? How is his sister, Trine, involved? Most importantly, who can be trusted?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The book where the puzzle pieces fall into place

  • By Timi on 24-05-18

The book where the puzzle pieces fall into place

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

Reviewed: 24-05-18

The book where all the puzzle pieces fall into place.
I am left with mixed emotions after finishing Killed: really glad to finally be able to find out what happened on that fatal night that changed the lives of many, but equally sad to have to say goodbye to Henning Juul. It's a fantastic series that I got hooked on after coming across Burned a couple of years ago.
Henning is such a compelling character; watching him evolve from a broken, depressed person to someone who accepts his fate and makes peaces with the world was my favourite aspect of these novels.
I would highly recommend this series to all who love Scandi Noir, especially Norwegian authors.

  • Cragside

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714

After his climactic battle with notorious serial killer The Hacker, DCI Ryan is spending the summer with his fiancée within the grounds of Cragside, a spectacular Bavarian-style mansion surrounded by acres of woodland. When they are invited to attend the staff summer party - a Victorian murder mystery evening - it's all a joke until the lights go out and an elderly man is found dead. It looks like an unfortunate accident but, as the dead man's life begins to unfold, Ryan and his team of detectives realise that all is not as it appears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 5 star murder mystery

  • By Timi on 19-10-17

A 5 star murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 19-10-17

I came across this series in the beginning of the year and binge-listened to all audiobooks that were available at the time. I became a big fan of the DCI Ryan novels and the writing style of LJ Ross'; I always look forward to where the next story takes us and how the characters develop.

A fun evening of a murder mystery game turns into a real life catch-the-killer as we welcome back DCI Ryan and co. Although Ryan is present when the first death occurs, he is none the wiser about what exactly happened. There are more questions than answers during the investigation and the team is working around the clock to try to solve the crimes. They have their work cut out for them as, even with a limited amount of suspects, the motive is still unclear. It's a great big puzzle, and finding all the pieces requires everyone's skill and attention. I like how they work together in unison, making them a successful, close-knit law enforcement group.

The location offers the perfect backdrop to this whodunit; you can't help but think of Agatha Christie, with a modern twist. (However, Ryan is more handsome than Poirot!) While the setting is old fashioned, the story is fast paced and gripping. It has the right balance between solving crimes and having an insight into the personal lives of the main characters. It's great to see how the relationships/friendships evolve throughout the series.

I really enjoyed this well written novel and definitely highly recommend it!

Jonathan Keeble narrates this story brilliantly; he's been a great choice for all of the books in the series.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Scared to Death

  • Detective Kay Hunter, Book 1
  • By: Rachel Amphlett
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

"If you want to see your daughter alive again, listen carefully." When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong. But Detective Kay Hunter isn't convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession. When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay's worst fears are realized.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I do like a female detective story.

  • By Oops 66 on 22-08-18

An intense and gripping first novel in the series

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

Reviewed: 15-10-17

I'm always glad to find authors and series new to me. Thanks to Rachel Amphlett and Audiobook Boom for introducing me to the first instalment of the Detective Kay Hunter series, Scared to death!
The story grabbed my attention right away. Although this isn't a whodunnit, the identity of the culprit is known from early on, there is still a guessing game to find out his reasons and other unknown matters related to these kidnappings/murders. It is also a race against time, making it a fast paced, intense and really interesting novel.
The protagonist, Kay Hunter is a great lead character: she is realistic, down-to-earth, a good team player and determined. She is not without faults though and I'm looking forward to finding out more about her backstory in the next book.
Overall, this is a gripping novel that I would recommend to anyone who likes a great police procedural.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Huntress Moon

  • By: Alexandra Sokoloff
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke is closing in on a bust of a major criminal organization in San Francisco when he witnesses an undercover member of his team killed right in front of him on a busy street, an accident Roarke can't believe is coincidental. His suspicions put him on the trail of a mysterious young woman who appears to have been present at each scene of a years-long string of accidents and murders, and who may well be that most rare of killers: a female serial.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book

  • By sally on 26-10-15

This series is off to a fantastic start

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

I've had this book on my Kindle for a while but didn't get around to it until receiving the audiobook version recently. I'm now hooked on this series and can't wait to listen to the next one!
It is such a fast paced, gripping story with life-like characters. I loved the descriptions of locations and the personalities of the main characters, as well as their background stories and the cause and effect of it all.
R.C. Bray is the perfect narrator for this book; he brought each character to life and made it a great listen.

  • Cold Blood

  • Detective Erika Foster, Book 5
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She's worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before. As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim - the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago. Erika quickly realizes she's on the trail of a serial killer who's already made their next move.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Erika Foster is back!

  • By Timi on 21-09-17

Erika Foster is back!

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

Reviewed: 21-09-17

Erika Forster, one of my favourite protagonists, is back and this series gets better and better with each book. This novel is darker, faster and more gruesome than the previous ones and I loved it! It will keep you on the edge of your seat and you will find it hard to put it down. At least I did.
Jan Cramer's narration is once again first-rate and makes listening to this audiobook a treat.
I can't recommend Robert Bryndza's books highly enough; a must read/listen to series!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • You Don't Know Me

  • By: Imran Mahmood
  • Narrated by: Adam Deacon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 529

An unnamed defendant stands accused of murder. Just before the closing speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer and decides to give his own defence speech. He tells us that his barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes the truth can be too difficult to explain or believe. But he thinks that if he's going to go down for life, he might as well go down telling the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By The One Who Reads on 30-06-17

Awesome narrator

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

Reviewed: 17-09-17

For me, the best part of this audiobook was the narration. Adam Deacon is fantastic; really brought to story to life and sounded authentic.
The story itself started off very well; a unique and interesting approach to courtroom drama. I felt it got a bit too long winded towards the middle though. I think it should have been somewhat shorter; I kept thinking how such a long closing speech was quite unrealistic.
All in all, I did enjoy it and I will check out the author's next book as well.

  • A Mind to Kill

  • A gripping psychological thriller packed with suspense
  • By: John Nicholl
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

When Rebecca's childhood abuser escapes justice, it sets her on a path to revenge. Revenge on any man who preys on the innocent. A gripping, audiobook psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection

  • By Melanie Preston Lewis on 12-09-17

"Will you walk into my parlour?"

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

“Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly,
'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.”

This poem - also quoted in the book - brilliantly sums up A mind to Kill. It's a fast paced, gruesome, disturbing and thought provoking novel about revenge and regret. If you liked John Nicholl's previous books, you won't be disappointed!
The narration by Jake Urry is once again spot on. It's definitely an audiobook worth listening to!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • He Said/She Said

  • By: Erin Kelly
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Broadbent, Helen Johns
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 942
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 943

In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She and her boyfriend, Kit, call the police, and in that moment it is not only the victim's life that is changed forever. Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear. And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, the events that follow have taught her that you can never see the whole picture: something - and someone - is always in the dark....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping & different

  • By Lulu M on 04-05-17

A slow burner story

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

The story line started off really slowly; I wasn't sure if I'll make it to the end. However, I stuck with it and it took a turn for the better in the last 3 hours. The pace picked up and the story became interesting.
This book had potential with an interesting idea and setting but unfortunately was just ok for me. That said, it didn't put me off the author and I will make sure to check out her next book.

  • A Suitable Lie

  • By: Michael J. Malone
  • Narrated by: Steven Cree
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 203

Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna. Feisty, fun and beautiful, she's his perfect match.... And she loves his son, too. When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all that she seems. He ignores it; a dangerous mistake that could cost him everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Domestic abuse noir

  • By Timi on 18-07-17

Domestic abuse noir

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

Reviewed: 18-07-17

A very realistic, greatly disturbing account of domestic violence that will stay with you for a long time after finishing the novel. I found the reasoning why the abuser should get away with everything and not be reported quite scary. This must be how many of the ill-treated people excuse their partner's actions and the thought of this going on behind closed doors more often than can be imagined is a very frightening aspect of married life.
It's an incredible book that I can't recommend highly enough!
Steven Cree is definitely a suitable narrator for this book!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful