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  • The Laws of Our Fathers

  • Kindle County, Book 4
  • By: Scott Turow
  • Narrated by: Robert G. Slade
  • Length: 25 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

It was another drive-by shooting in one of Kindle County's most drug-plagued housing projects - but the victim was the ex-wife of a politician. Now this explosive case is about to reunite an unlikely group of men and women who first bonded in the revolutionary fires of the 1960s...and show a once-crusading female judge, driven by both her fears and her courage, just how devastating a single wrong choice can be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Far too long

  • By Trixie on 16-02-19

Far too long

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

Reviewed: 16-02-19

I've loved every Turow book so far but really struggled with this one. The moving from past to present seems to have no rhyme or reason to it and the long, long sections from the past are a bit tedious.

I also think that although the narrator is excellent, it would have been much better to have had a second voice for the sections featuring Sunny. Having her chapters read by a man jarred and I often forgot that it was meant to be Sunny because it was the same voice (with no discernible effort to be a female voice) as all the male characters. Yet another example of what works on the page doesn't always translate well to audio. I wish Audible commissioning editors would give more thought to this.

  • Innocent

  • By: Scott Turow
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Twenty years ago, Tommy Molto charged his colleague Rusty Sabich with the murder of a former lover; when a shocking turn of events transformed Prosecutor Rusty from the accuser into the accused. Rusty was cleared, but the seismic trial left both men reeling. Molto’s name was dragged through the mud and while Rusty regained his career, he lost much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me on tenter-hooks!

  • By Kirstine on 09-01-14

Excellent well-plotted story

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

Reviewed: 10-02-19

Scott Turow is a master of "why" rather than "who" dunnit? This story is full of questions and answers, some believable, some not. The main character of Rusty is as enigmatic as previously and you're often wondering whether he's an outright villain or just a complex man.

The main narrator is first class, especially his voice for the Chinese-American trial judge. The female narrator is also excellent, although has a much smaller role. Really hard to stop listening to this story, so clear your diary and enjoy!

  • My Sister's Grave

  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 521

Tracy Crosswhite has spent 20 years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House - a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder - is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the narration

  • By NorthernLaura on 29-12-16

A "B-movie" book but none the worse for that!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

This book isn't a blockbuster but is well written and has an excellent narrator. I enjoyed it and would buy other books by this author.

  • The Suspect

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Mark Meadows, Sian Thomas, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

When two 18-year-old girls go missing in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry. What were the girls up to before they disappeared? Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth - and this time is no exception. But she can't help but think of her own son, whom she hasn't seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By R on 25-01-19

Another gripping story from Fiona Barton

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

Reviewed: 27-01-19

Loved her previous books so bought this the day it came out and wasn't disappointed. It features characters from the earlier stories, particularly Kate, the journalist sleuth and her friendly detective.
This time the storyline occurs in Thailand as well as England and features Kate's estranged son, Jake. Her golden boy is looking rather tarnished....

The narrators are all extremely good and my only quibble is that every short chapter is headed by the date of the action and the character featured. This probably works quite well on the page but is irritating when read aloud, especially when the following chapter is about the same character on the same date. Why chop the narrative up into such tiny chunks? It adds nothing to the plot line.

However, this is a five star listen and a worthy addition to the previous Barton books. Can't wait for the next one!

  • The Burden of Proof

  • By: Scott Turow
  • Narrated by: Robert G. Slade
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

One afternoon in late March, Sandy Stern, the brilliant, quixotic defense lawyer in Presumed Innocent, returns home to find his wife, Clara, dead in the garage. They have been married for 31 years. Her suicide note leaves him just four words: 'Can you forgive me?' But on 6 March, Clara had expected to live....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally absorbing story

  • By Trixie on 22-01-19

Totally absorbing story

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

Reviewed: 22-01-19

The combination of an excellent writer and a skilful narrator makes this book an unmissable treat. I found myself listening into the early hours over many nights, reluctant to emerge from the magic of such a talented storyteller.

Sandy Stern is a complex and beguiling main character, not your usual dashing hero by any means. He's balding, overweight and introverted, full of doubt and insecurities despite his successful career as a defence attorney.

He gradually puts together reasons why his reserved wife killed herself as he looks back over their life together, while dealing with a complex fraud investigation into his shady brother-in-law's brokerage firm.

He takes a fresh look at his adult children and doesn't like everything he sees in them. He ventures into new relationships after more than thirty faithful years with the same woman and realises he didn't know his wife as well as he thought he did.

  • Dogs of War

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

An astonishing discovery is made in the remote African republic of Zangaro, one which could change the course of a nation's history forever. But such a discovery cannot be kept secret for long and Sir James Manson will stop at nothing to protect this find. A ruthless and bloody-minded tycoon, Manson immediately hires an army of mercenaries and with this deadly crew behind him he sets out to topple the government and replace its dictator with a puppet president.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forsyth at his best!

  • By Andy on 15-07-11

Very dated

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

This is a plodding story and nothing like as good as other Forsyth books. David Rintoul does his usual excellent job of narrating but even he sounded bored by the endless details of shopping around for mercenary must-haves before a coup in a pretend African country.

Don't waste a credit on this one, folks.

  • A Mind to Murder

  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

An Adam Dalgliesh mystery. Set in London, A Mind to Murder is the second novel in the Adam Dalgliesh series and a thrilling work of crime fiction from P.D . James, the award-winning author of Death Comes to Pemberley and The Children of Men. A piercing scream, shattering the evening calm, brings Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh hurrying from his literary party to the nearby Steen Psychiatric Clinic, where he discovers the body of a woman sprawled on the basement floor, a chisel thrust through her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story brought alive

  • By Linda on 04-12-15

A real period piece

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

I love all of P.D.James' stories and this is a very early one, before she made Dalgleish such an interesting character. It's set in the 60s but feels more like post-war 1940s and some of the attitudes towards women will sound extremely dated to modern ears (especially as it's written by a woman).

Definitely not her best work but Daniel Weyman weaves his usual magic with the excellent narration. I think I might have seen a television adaptation of this story as I kept seeing mental pictures of some of the scenes. Either that, or my inner screenwriter was working overtime as my mind wandered from this ponderous tale.

  • Heads You Win

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408

Heads You Win is the incredible and thrilling novel by the master storyteller and best-selling author of the Clifton Chronicles and Kane and Abel, Jeffrey Archer. Leningrad, Russia, 1968. Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-11-18

Tried and tested Archer!

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

Reviewed: 24-11-18

Not his best work, in fact a bit formulaic, but a good yarn nevertheless.
Skilled narration brings out the best in this story, especially the Russian accents, both male and female. It's always a pleasure to listen to audio books that have married story and story teller so well.

It's slightly confusing at first as he explores both paths the main character might have taken (this isn't a spoiler!). Both are carried through to a similar, inevitable, ending and use real life characters for added authenticity.

The journey to the denouement is entertaining in each case. Alexander is quite an enigmatic character and you have to marvel at Archer's fertile imagination in bringing each storyline to life!

Worth a listen.

  • The House at Sea's End

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830

A team of archaeologists, investigating coastal erosion on the north Norfolk coast, unearth six bodies buried at the foot of a cliff. How long have they been there? What could have happened to them? Forensics expert Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson are drawn together again to unravel the past. Tests reveal that the bodies have lain, preserved in the sand, for sixty years. The mystery of their deaths stretches back to the Second World War, a time when Great Britain was threatened by invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favourite out of the first three!

  • By Ann D on 05-03-16

Turgid tale

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

Reviewed: 15-11-18

There's a complete lack of tension in this story and it just plods on with several references to past episodes from other books written by this author. The main character, Ruth, isn't particularly sympathetic and her secret lover, the detective, even less so.

Irish and Catholic stereotypes are aired and the supposed crux of the story, the six sets of remains uncovered on the beach, is less than riveting.

I got really bored with this book and the narration was OK but a better sound engineer would have moderated the voice level, which sometimes became very loud for no good reason. It's a plodding plot by numbers effort, so I won't be listening to this author again.

  • The Sentence Is Death

  • Detective Daniel Hawthorne, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498

Passion, deception, an unexplained death and a detective with quite a lot to hide lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's brilliant new murder mystery, the second in the best-selling series starring Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne. William Pryce is an elegant, smooth-tongued lawyer who has made a fortune out of celebrity divorces - and a lot of enemies in the process. Unmarried himself, he lives in a handsome bachelor pad on the edge of Hampstead Heath. Or, rather, he used to....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Writing is On the Wall - GREAT NEW SERIES!

  • By Patricia on 08-11-18

Drop Hawthorn, please!

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

It’s an interesting idea for Horowitz to tell the tale as himself, with a background of his real life events, and I usually love everything he writes. However, I’m puzzled as to why he portrays himself as so feeble and supine in his relationship with the ghastly Hawthorn. Was there ever such an unattractive and irritating character in a detective story?

Well, yes, since I’m on the subject - the female DI in this story, who is so OTT as to be in the realms of pantomime villainy. Rory Kinnear, usually so reliable as a narrator, makes a complete dog’s dinner of this book. His voices are ridiculously exaggerated for some of the characters - and also very LOUD at times. Doesn’t he realise that many audiobook listeners do so to relax and don’t want to leap to the volume control every time a particular character features?

I urge the splendid Mr H to give up this particular series (assuming he plans more tales of the unpleasant Hawthorn) and come up with a more sympathetic and entertaining character.

By the way, I hope Michael Kitchen didn’t object to being portrayed as a tedious nitpicker about his scenes in Foyle’s War.

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