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  • The Strings of Murder

  • By: Oscar de Muriel
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 675

Penguin presents the unabridged,downloadable audiobook edition of The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel, read by Andy Secombe, including musical interludes recorded by the author himself. Edinburgh, 1888. A virtuoso violinist is brutally killed in his home. But with no way in or out of the locked practice room, the murder makes no sense. Fearing a national panic over a copycat Ripper, Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Frey to investigate under the cover of a fake department specializing in the occult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Class

  • By Mr Chops on 29-10-15

Awful narrator

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

Reviewed: 17-05-19

The story might be a good one but the narrator is jarringly bad. It's set in Scotland and every character sounds like a bad American cartoon of a Scottish person.
It's not just that the accent is bad (and it's offensively bad) but the actually delivery of the dialogue is so erratic and over the top that it's unbelievable and actually unpleasant to listen to.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Day That Never Comes

  • The Dublin Trilogy, Volume 2
  • By: Caimh McDonnell
  • Narrated by: Morgan C Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Dublin is in the middle of a heat wave, and tempers are running high. The Celtic Tiger is well and truly dead, activists have taken over the headquarters of a failed bank, the trial of three unscrupulous property developers teeters on the brink of collapse, and in the midst of all this, along comes a mysterious organisation hell-bent on exacting bloody vengeance in the name of the little guy. Paul Mulchrone doesn’t care about any of this; he has problems of his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, great voice actor

  • By CER on 12-04-19

Great story, great fun

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

Reviewed: 20-04-19

This is actually better than the first in the series as it jumps straight into the action. Good solid thriller plot with sense of urgency and continues to be really funny series with interesting characters.

  • A Man with One of Those Faces

  • By: Caimh McDonnell
  • Narrated by: Morgan C. Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

The first time somebody tried to kill him was an accident. The second time was deliberate. Now Paul Mulchrone finds himself on the run with nobody to turn to except a nurse who has read one-too-many crime novels and a renegade copper with a penchant for violence. Together they must solve one of the most notorious crimes in Irish history. Or else they’ll be history.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Moz on 14-09-18

Great fun, good thriller

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

Reviewed: 20-04-19

This is a good thriller that made me laugh out loud on multiple occasions. A really nice antidote to Grim Dark thrillers that flood the genre.
Took a little while to kick in but once it got going was great fun and a compelling story.

  • Angels in the Moonlight: A prequel to the Dublin Trilogy

  • By: Caimh McDonnell
  • Narrated by: Morgan C Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 59

For Detective Bunny McGarry, life is complicated, and it is about to get more so. It’s 1999 and his hard won reputation amongst Dublin’s criminal fraternity, for being a massive pain in the backside, is unfortunately shared by his bosses. His partner has a career-threatening gambling problem and, oh yeah, Bunny's finally been given a crack at the big time. He’s set the task of bringing down the most skilled and ruthless armed robbery gang in Irish history. So the last thing he needs in his life is yet another complication.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, fab performance

  • By Sarah Finch on 25-02-19

Solid thriller lacks the humour

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

Reviewed: 20-04-19

It's a solid thriller but lacks the humour that raises the other books in the series. All in all, this is a bit grim dark compared to the earlier books so it's a bit more run of the mill crime thriller.

  • Full Dark House

  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

In Full Dark House, Christopher Fowler tells the story of both the first and last case of an unlikely pair of crime fighters - and how along the way they changed the face of detection. A present-day bombing rips through London and claims the life of 80-year-old detective Arthur Bryant. For his partner John May, it means the end of a partnership that lasted over half a century and an eerie echo back to the Blitz of World War II when they first met. Desperately searching for clues, May finds his friend’s notes of their first case....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where it all begins?

  • By Russ on 09-07-12

Wanted to like it but...

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

Reviewed: 26-03-19

I really wanted to like this as a sort of proto Rivers of London. But two insurmountable issues:
One, the narrator is terrible. He can barely do a standard female London voice. Then when he attempts to do the various immigrant accents it's borderline offensive he's that bad.
Second, the author seems to have done zero research into how policing works. The metropolitan police don't care about a central London bomb that kills one of its officers two years after 9/11? Yeah, sure. The investigating officers are shouted at for spending too much time at a crime scene instead of in their office? Hmmm, totally.
It's not just that it's unrealistic, it's that it's such a painfully constructed persecution fantasy.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Drown the Witch

  • By: Michael Coolwood
  • Narrated by: Sohm Kapila
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Susan Fletcher has been hired to infiltrate a secret society of witches. Her contact promises fame, fortune, and protection from the fallout. Now, Susan’s contact is dead, murdered by one of the people she threatened to expose. Can Susan uncover the murderer, escape the mansion of monsters, and above all, keep the witches from discovering she's not one of them? Listen to find out more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murder most foul

  • By Alex on 26-01-19

Fun steampunk murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 26-01-19

I really enjoyed this - it was well paced, the characters were interesting and the world was well realised. The murder mystery could have been a little better and it ends on a sequel hook but otherwise it was really worth a read. The narrator is really good too.

  • 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 2,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,959
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,955

'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

Twisty turny murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

The first hour is a little slow but generally this is really good. It's written so that the grand old house the story is set in feels like another character in the drama, so that it overshadows everything that happenes.

The characters are all interesting and well realised. The central mystery is complex without being ridiculous. There's possibly one too many twists but otherwise this is damn near perfect. One of the best books I've read in a long time. Although its female characters are... mostly absent. It's a bit of a shame but hey.

  • Faith & Fire

  • Sisters of Battle
  • By: James Swallow
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

In the grim nightmare future of the 41st millennium, the witch-hunting zealots of the the Sisters of Battle stand between humanity and damnation. From the elite Seraphim warriors to the berserk Sisters Repentia, they are the strong arm of the Ecclesiarchy and the brutal hammer of witches. When dangerous psychic heretic Torris Vaun escapes from her custody, Seraphim Miriya is disgraced in the eyes of her fellow sisters and superiors. Following Vaun's trail to the planet Neva, Miriya takes her sisters in pursuit and, along with Hospitalier Sister Verity, starts her investigations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Mr. S. Betteridge on 23-01-19

Pretty decent

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

Reviewed: 23-11-18

The plot is surprisingly complex for a 40k story. It was a compelling core cast of characters and a couple of antagonists who combine cunning and monstrousness. Everything works from beginning to end - I'm just not really convinced by James Swallow's writing. It's fine. It's competent. He does characters well but action less well. If you're in the mood for a Sisters of Battle novel this will definitely be your thing.

If you're not familar with Warhammer 40k, be warned that James drops a LOT of terminology (Rhino, multi-melta, bolter) without any explanation. You can pick it all up from context but it might get annoying.

  • Lies Sleeping

  • Rivers of London, Book 7
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,816
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,607

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice. But even as the unwieldly might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love these characters and these books.

  • By Pegs on 23-11-18

Excellent, as always.

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

Reviewed: 19-11-18

Bloody love it! Excellent latest installment. Kobna is brilliant as usual. Hope there are many more to come.

  • Phule's Company

  • Phule's Company, Book 1
  • By: Robert Asprin
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

After being court-martialed by the Space Legion for ordering the strafing of a treaty-signing ceremony, multimillionaire Willard Phule receives his punishment: He must command the misfit Omega Company on Haskin's Planet, a mining settlement on the edge of settled space. At his duty station, he leverages his personal money and a knack for managing people to get the company to come together as a unit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Book

  • By kian on 24-09-17

Sexist

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

Reviewed: 27-09-18

This author just can't seem to describe a woman without commenting on her attractiveness, her breasts or her bum. He does this constantly, even long after we've got to know the characters. It's relentless. Does he ever comment on the male characters shapely testicals or how attractive they are? Of course not. The author even does an honest to goodness no-homo at one point. I know this was written in the 90s but it really hasn't aged well.

Also, the story is about the 1% solving every situation by throwing money at problems. That side hasn't aged super well either.