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Something special this way comes

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-09

I am a fan of AC. Its quite simple, she writes well, the plots are great and nowadays I feel transported to a simpler life when I read her stories.

So how did I get on with this one...? I rated it. Hugh Fraser is a splendid reader and has the knack down to a tee. His narration is concise and clear, the characters come to life and the pace/quality are spot on. No peaks and troughs here.

I could quite imagine our principle characters off having their adventures whilst being able to come home at the end to a nice roast chicken. I shall certainly be avoiding Anywhere named Sunnyridge in future.

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A corking read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-09

I have not read any Ian Rankin/Jack Harvey novels before so I had no prior thoughts or can make any comparisons. This book was great. Although I was unsure after 15 mins as to whether it was 'my thing' by 30 mins in I was totally absorbed.

The plot is plausible and well constructed. I found myself egging the characters on, or shouting at them to hold back which is always a good sign that I am enjoying the story.

The narration was clear, well paced and the characters completely discernable from each other. I vry much enjoyed the narrators voice and he brought warm and life to the various roles.

I will certainly be checking at the next novel in this series.

Tom finds the dark waiting for him

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-09

The next chapter in Toms life and it really has got dark for him. He is suffering from the effects of his fathers death and the 'what if' demons in his head have begun to win over. His venture onto the streets of London is both harrowing and enlightening. I found it hard to 'enjoy' but was engrossed none the less.

I am a big fan of Tom Thorne and look forward to the next in the series.

Don't forget your torch

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-09

I have read many James Herbert's but had not heard of the Secret of Crickley Hall before. I actually picked it because of the title, sounding so very un horror like. I wasn't disappointed.

OK it is the scariest book out there and nor do I think it is JH's best work but I enjoyed it. The pace was good and overall the plot was quite satisfying. The characters were slightly obvious but I warmed to them and I found myself talking to them during the story which is generally a good sign that I am pretty engrossed.

The narration was good, the quality and pace were fine. I liked it and this one has inspired me to select another JH from the pile.

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Another sprinter

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-09

The sequel to Plague Of The Dead. This book continues right from where the last book ended No gaps in time that the reader has to guess about.

This is as well written and enjoyable as the original Morningstar Strain book. Again the story focuses in two places and I think the split works just great. You get plenty about each group and lots of action and adventure along the way. I was driving along shouting encouragement or wincing with anticipation.

As for the ending... well you must listen for yourself.

I am hoping it won't be too long before Audible has the next part ready for download. Hoo-arr!

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This one is a spinter

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-09

I downloaded this book on a whim. I had never heard of the author, nor the title but decided to give it a whirl. I must say I am impressed. The story is not too far fetched and have several notes of truth about it. I like the characters and the pace at which they were introduced, although the first 30 minutes were a bit slow. I am delighted to have listened on as I would have missed a treat.

The narration is clear, well paced and consistent. No speed changes or obvious pauses in the reading. The characters are easy to spot and some of the 'voices' really give a flavour of the character in question.

I recommend this book and since I have just finished the sequel, suggest you get that one as well. (Thunder & Ashes)

Gripping stuff

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-09

I really enjoyed this book and so wanted to hear more that I took the long way home on more than one occasion so I could get a few extra minutes in. It is well written and the dynamics between the characters are presented clearly. The story unfolds at a pleasing rate and each aspect is brought into play well.

The narration is good although there were some unexpected pauses but it was placed well, clear, the characters well defined and the other 'people' in the book were easily told apart.

I was impressed overall and will certainly be checking out more by this author. As mentioned in another review, the content of Hell House can be somewhat graphic but it is integral to the story, not gratuitous for shock value.

13 people found this helpful

Superb beginning to a great series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-09

This is the first book in a series featuring John Eisenmenger and believe me it is a fantastic start. The characters are clearly described, well rounded and full of surprises. Brilliantly narrated by Sean Barrett, the book comes alive and each intricate description builds a whole picture in the mind. I found this book spellbinding.
The reading pace is perfect, the narration is perfect and each character is clearly identifiable in the reading.

If you like forensics coupled with a good thriller you should put this one on your list!

8 people found this helpful

Corking!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-08

A lovely romp round Blandings Castle, complete with mad relatives, impeccable butlers, mistaken identity, duplicity and revenge. What a treat to be transported back to a simpler time what a fellows word was his bind, couples fell in love at the drop of a summer hat and Lords spent their time ogling fat swine.
A sweet read that really helped me chill on the way home after a rough day. No stresses could withstand the gentle pace, intrigue and laughter provided by such a lovely story.
Audio quality is fine although you can hear when the narrator has taken a break but this in no way detracts from the pleasure. The pace is measured beautifully and delivery is perfect, splendid all round.
I am off to try an earlier book about Blandings residents and brothers who should have set thier faces against sisters right from the start.

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Gripping stuff

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-08

The fourth novel featuring Tom Thorne by Mark Billingham. I enjoyed the story and it tackled a whole new area of dodgy characters lurking in the underworld. The subject matter was bold which must have been quite challenging to write et alone research.
I have given all the other books 5 stars and this one only drops to four because of the change in narrator. No offense to Robert Lloyd Pack, he read it very well, but I simply could not get past his character in the vicar of dibley reading this. Not fair I suppose but I did find that distracting.
Overall audio quality and pace were up to the usual standards