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  • The Pick, the Spade and the Crow

  • By: Bill Rogers
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 87

When the body of a man is discovered in woodlands outside Manchester, a ten-year missing-persons investigation can finally be filed away. But this was no ordinary death: gagged, bound and buried alive, he was the victim of a sophisticated and sadistic killer. And there is something else that has the National Crime Agency puzzled. A single character carved into a nearby tree.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Could not stand the weird narration voice

  • By Voyager on 09-11-16

Worst narration style ever........

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

Reviewed: 16-01-18

Torturous listen.
Great book though - read the series it's a spin off from as well - they're better narrated......

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Die Last

  • DC Max Wolfe Series, Book 4
  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677

As dawn breaks on a snowy February morning, a refrigerated lorry is found parked in the heart of London's Chinatown. Inside, 12 women, apparently illegal immigrants, are dead from hypothermia. But in the cab, DC Max Wolfe finds 13 passports. Twelve dead women. Thirteen passports. The hunt for the missing woman will take Max Wolfe into the dark heart of the world of human smuggling, mass migration and 21st-century slave markets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Contemporary Thriller

  • By Mark on 21-04-17

Audible Website Is JUNK

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

Reviewed: 17-11-17

This series has AT LEAST FIVE audiobooks in it, on audible, yet the magnificent audible webombsite shows just three in it....so if you like this book....and I do....then search by author, or go somewhere decent for the other books in the series.

  • The Hanging Club

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925

A band of vigilante executioners roam London's hot summer nights, abducting evil men and hanging them. Sentenced to death is the gang member who abused vulnerable girls, the wealthy drunk driver who mowed down a child and the hate preacher calling for the murder of British troops. As the bodies pile up and riots explode all over the sweltering city, DC Max Wolfe embarks on his most dangerous investigation yet: hunting a gang of killers whom many believe to be heroes....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By tired & cynical on 12-10-16

Audible Website Is JUNK

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

Reviewed: 17-11-17

This series has AT LEAST FIVE audiobooks in it, on audible, yet the magnificent audible webombsite shows just three in it....so if you like this book....and I do....then search by author, or go somewhere decent for the other books in the series.

  • The Hope That Kills

  • A DI Fenchurch Novel, Book 1
  • By: Ed James
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 143

The body of a young woman is found on the streets of East London, in the shadow of the City's gleaming towers. No ID on her, just hard-earned cash. But there is no doubting the ferocity of the attack. DI Simon Fenchurch takes charge but, as his team tries to identify her and piece together her murder, they're faced with cruel indifference at every turn - nobody cares about yet another dead prostitute.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Police Yarn, shame about the narration

  • By JonR on 12-01-17

Some of the very worst narration ever.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

So bad, it's comical. All the voices are the same, and the narrator can't pronounce lots of basic English words.....funny!!

  • Classic Love Poems

  • By: William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

For anyone who's in love - or hopes to be - what greater celebration could there be than to hear the world's greatest love poetry read lovingly by Richard Armitage? With 13 poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more, Classic Love Poems is a listening treat for Valentine's Day - or any day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Poems, Balm For The Soul.

  • By bookylady on 10-02-15

A CLASSIC....I LOVE...the reading and the POEMS!!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-15

Extremely well read - not an easy task I assume.

The poems in this excerpt were, personally, a mix of those I knew well, knew a little and did not know at all....a very nice mix. I can only assume this continues throughout the full version. If all the narrations are as good as in this snippet then you are in for a treat!!!

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  • FREE FIRST CHAPTER: Feral Youth

  • By: Polly Courtney
  • Narrated by: Deanna Rodger
  • Length: 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

The truth is, it ain't just a race thing. They talk like it is, but really and truly it's black against white, young against old, authorities against the rest. It's countless of things. There's bare reasons for feeling vexed right now. Growing up on a south London estate and excluded from every school that would take her, Alesha is the poster girl for the nation's 'feral youth'.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I fink ill give it a miss init.

  • By Hazel on 20-11-16

Wild.....

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

Reviewed: 11-03-15

Exceptionally well read - the "street language" style and accent are very well done - it's difficult to pull it off without becoming annoying but the exceptionally good narration with plenty of feeling and the correct emphasis makes it sounds like they are really talking about their own life and feelings and not reading something...brilliant!!

The story itself seems quite interesting but, as is often the case with these previews, the preview is just too short to be sure, hence the 3 stars - down the middle, innit cuz?

  • FREE FIRST CHAPTER: The Defence

  • By: Steve Cavanagh
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

The truth has no place in a courtroom. The truth doesn't matter in a trial. The only thing that matters is what the prosecution can prove. Eddie Flynn used to be a con artist. Then he became a lawyer. Turned out the two weren't that different.It's been more than a year since Eddie vowed never to set foot in a courtroom again. But now he doesn't have a choice. Olek Volchek, the infamous head of the Russian mafia in New York, has strapped a bomb to Eddie's back and kidnapped his 10-year-old daughter, Amy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I fear that It's a hung jury....

  • By The Cat Herder on 11-03-15

I fear that It's a hung jury....

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

Reviewed: 11-03-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It's probably worth it if you can decide whether you'll like the book or not. If you decide not then you'll save yourself the cash or a credit and if you do like it then you'll get a good read. Sadly, I fell somewhere in the middle....I was not sure I could take the narration for an extended period of time, and as for the story....there isn't enough time to be sure, but I think it's probably pretty decent.....

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

N/A really...however, I think a sampler has to be a bit longer than this....the fact that I couldn't be sure about the story means I needed more time.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Adam Sims?

On balance I think probably not...I certainly wouldn't seek out books narrated by him.

Do you think FREE FIRST CHAPTER: The Defence needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

As I said, we need a second and maybe even third chapter to make a proper and informed decision.

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  • Friends Like These

  • Free Extract
  • By: Danny Wallace
  • Narrated by: Danny Wallace
  • Length: 5 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 48

Danny Wallace is about to turn 30. Recently married and living in a smart new area of town, he's swapped pints down the pub for lattes and brunch. For the first time in his life, he's feeling, well...grown-up.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Something quick

  • By Mr. J. Patel on 02-12-14

Impossible to tell.....

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

Reviewed: 11-03-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd say either buy the book itself or save yourself five minutes - too short to really tell if the book will be any good. You can, however, tell the performance is very good.

Would you be willing to try another book from Danny Wallace? Why or why not?

I might.....having looked at the list of DW's titles they seem, in the main, to be very expensive for what you get in terms of listening hours.....but maybe it's quality and not quantity? Personally I like / want both.....

Which scene did you most enjoy?

In five minutes...I think N/A

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I think even the soundbite generation can manage 5 minutes so yes!!

Any additional comments?

To be serious for a moment....this needed to be about 15-20 minutes to really be able to tell if this will be enjoyable...I have a sneeky suspicion it will be, but I also have a certain amount of foreboding...will it try too hard? Is it the kid at the back who isn't cool because he is always trying too hard to BE cool?

  • Autumn Killing

  • Malin Fors, Book 3
  • By: Mons Kallentoft, Neil Smith (translator)
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

It is Autumn in Linköping and the heavens have opened, but not even these biblical rains can wash away the blood of crimes, past and present. Then the brutally-stabbed body of self-made Internet billionaire Jerry Petersson is discovered floating face down in the moat surrounding his home, the imposing Skogså Castle. Malin Fors, the brilliant but flawed star of the Linköping police force, is already struggling to keep her life together following the recent murder attempt on her teenage daughter, Tove.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Malin, Murder, Madness & Misery

  • By The Cat Herder on 06-03-15

Malin, Murder, Madness & Misery

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

Reviewed: 06-03-15

The third book in the Malin Fors series sees our Swedish blonde bombshell bobby struggling to deal with the final events of the second book; reading them in order is not essential but definitely recommended.

A body of a nouveau riche lawyer in the grounds of his own castle begins the investigation, but as lawyers are hardly on a par with aid workers when it comes to being loved, the list of suspects soon expands.

Was new money killed by old money, stolen money, no money or could money not be part of the motive?

Good narration let down on occasion when Malin is sometimes made to sound, accidentally I hope given the contexts, like a precocious five year old.

The story itself is good, however it can't in anyway be considered a true detective book - this is no modern day Christie in Scandinavia.

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  • FREE The Playground

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46

"The Playground" was part of the first hardcover edition of Ray Bradbury's legendary work Fahrenheit 451, published in 1953. In the story, Charles Underhill is a widower who will do anything to protect his young son Jim from the horrors of the playground - a playground which he and the boy pass by daily and the tumult of which, the activity, brings back to Charles the anguish of his own childhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant. ALMOST clichéd but classic premise,.

  • By The Cat Herder on 27-02-15

Brilliant. ALMOST clichéd but classic premise,.

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

Reviewed: 27-02-15

Absolutely perfectly written. A classic premise done so many times that it could be a big cliché; what it actually is cannot be much more different.......you can feel the emotion and put yourself there....if you dare!