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  • Prayer for the Dead

  • Inspector McLean, Book 5
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Prayer for the Dead, from the bestselling Inspector McLean series by Sunday Times bestselling author James Oswald, read by Ian Hanmore. Are you ready to be reborn?; The search for a missing journalist is called off as a body is found at the scene of a carefully staged murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book in the series

  • By Lucy on 08-03-15

Who thought it'd be good to whisper in an audio book?

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

Reviewed: 30-07-15

Who thought it was a good plan to have a major character in an audio book WHISPER??? It made it a difficult and frustrating listen. The story was pretty good and gripping as the rest of the series has been. But whispering in an audio book WITH A BACKGROUND ECHOING HUM!!! What?? It spoilt the experience for me. Good story though.

  • Just One Evil Act

  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 28 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

Barbara Havers puts her career on the line while DI Thomas Lynley attempts to straighten her out before it's too late. When Hadiyyah Upman disappears from London in the company of her mother, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is as devastated as the girl's father. They are her close friends as well as neighbours, but since the child is with her mother, nothing can be done. Five months later, Hadiyyah is kidnapped from an open air market in Lucca, Italy, and this triggers an investigation in the full glare of the media spotlight.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Agreeing with other listeners.......

  • By barjil on 18-11-13

Good listen despite plodding Italian!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-15

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

Its not the best audio book I have listened to, but the story was enough to keep me interested

What did you like best about this story?

I like the characters of Inspector Linley and Sgt Havers and their interaction

What aspect of Davina Porter’s performance might you have changed?

I wasn't a fan of her plodding rendering of the Italian phrases.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was all a bit pedestrian although I liked the sinister nature of the plot. I felt a bit uncomfortable about the constant reference to race and religion- 'the muslim man....' the Pakistani.... etc etc It seemed a bit over the top and not how we speak in England.

Any additional comments?

even though it wasn't my favourite, I'm still looking forward to the next one.

  • Natural Causes

  • An Inspector McLean Novel, Book 1
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,525

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of James Oswald's gripping new Inspector McLean crime thriller Natural Causes, read by the actor Ian Hanmore. A young girl's mutilated body is discovered in a sealed room. Her remains are carefully arranged, in what seems to have been a cruel and macabre ritual, which appears to have taken place over 60 years ago.For newly appointed Edinburgh Detective Inspector Tony McLean this baffling cold case ought to be a low priority - but he is haunted by the young victim and her grisly death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is Edinburgh turning into Midsummer?

  • By Patricia on 22-06-13

Cosy but brutal! An involved, spooky mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-01-15

Would you listen to Natural Causes again? Why?

No, too many other stories out there to discover!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the characters and their relationships involved in an intriguing mystery.

What about Ian Hanmore’s performance did you like?

His gorgeous Scottish accent is the best! I could listen for hours.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The sensitive friendships between hardened coppers was beautifully described.

Any additional comments?

I thought the whole super natural element was a bit unnecessary- but it was fun....

  • The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle

  • By: Kirsty Wark
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Redmond
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 180

Born just before the First World War, Elizabeth Pringle has been a familiar yet solitary figure on the Scottish island of Arran. A dutiful daughter, an inspirational teacher, a gardener. But did anyone really know her? When Elizabeth dies, her will contains a surprise. She has left her home and her belongings to someone who is all but a stranger, a young mother she watched pushing a pram down the road more than thirty years ago. Now it falls to Martha, the baby in that pram, to find out how her mother inherited the house in such strange circumstances, and in doing so, perhaps leave her own past behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why should a house be left to your mother?

  • By J on 20-06-14

Surprising, heart warming Scottish story

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

Reviewed: 01-01-15

Would you listen to The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle again? Why?

No - too many new stories to discover

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was perfect- the journey there was initially too calm and cosy for me, I almost gave up, thinking this was a simple romance. Then it turned a bit more interesting.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Scenes with mothers and daughters were beautifully depicted.

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

No, I was content to let it drift on gently. I wasn't gripped until the last quarter of the book.

Any additional comments?

The reading was sympathetic and easy to listen to.

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,074

Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Hand Picked By Tartt- Outstanding!

  • By Tara Mcgrath on 02-12-13

An epic tornado of a tale

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

Reviewed: 06-11-14

If you could sum up The Goldfinch in three words, what would they be?

Wrenching, convoluted, memorable

What did you like best about this story?

The involving nature of it. Theo's world became my world for the hours of the book, the light east coast voice, the language and most of all the characters. From Theo's doormen to Boris' henchmen- all knowable and charming...

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I loved the awkwardness of Andy's family and the multicoloured wildness of feral teenagers in Las Vagas

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

An epic tale of a journey lit by a ray of ancient sunlight

Any additional comments?

The heavy and obvious symbolism of the ending was the least satisfactory part of the book - added little but it was the whole journey that mattered, not the last few lines. Oh and 'Robin's egg blue', the emphasis should be on 'Robin's' not 'egg'! -he only said it once but it jarred!

  • The Silkworm

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 2
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,281

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star rating based on quality not name

  • By Linda on 06-08-14

intrigue and death in the publishing world

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

Reviewed: 16-09-14

Where does The Silkworm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Its up there with the best. I love the characters, particularly Strike and Robin. I enjoyed the complexity and atmosphere. London is a character in the book as is Cormoran's leg.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silkworm?

The journey to Devon in the snow on the motorway when Robin, calmly and unexpectedly saves lives.

Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favourite?

Cormoran Strike

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The reaction of Orlando's Mum when she realises she must stay locked up...

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next one...

  • Defending Jacob

  • By: William Landay
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

Andy Barber's job is to put killers behind bars. So when a boy from his son Jacob's school is found stabbed to death, Andy is doubly determined to find and prosecute the perpetrator. Until a crucial piece of evidence turns up linking Jacob to the murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We need to talk about Jacob

  • By sarahmoose2000 on 16-07-13

Disturbing and relentless

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

Reviewed: 12-09-14

Would you listen to Defending Jacob again? Why?

No- too many other audio books to discover to listen twice!

What did you like best about this story?

The relentlessness of the pace and action- just kept wanting to know what happened next.

Have you listened to any of Eric Meyers’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

How far would you go to protect your son.....

  • Little Face

  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 84

She's only been gone two hours. Her husband, David, was meant to be looking after their two-week-old daughter. But when Alice Fancourt walks into the nursery, her terrifying ordeal begins, for Alice insists the baby in the cot is a stranger she's never seen before. With an increasingly hostile and menacing David swearing she must either be mad or lying, how can Alice make the police believe her before it's too late?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyed

  • By Alison on 05-06-15

Another tense thriller

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

Reviewed: 28-07-14

Would you listen to Little Face again? Why?

I wouldn't listen again- too many other books to listen to. And I know what happened now- The thrill is listening and trying to work out the mystery...

Who was your favorite character and why?

Simon Waterhouse in his arrogance!

Which character – as performed by Charlotte Strevens – was your favourite?

Vivienne was expressed so coldly - very skilfully I thought. All the characters are well read with no confusion about who is who.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some aspects turned my stomach- She writes so powerfully about a woman in a vulnerable position.

Any additional comments?

I have just bought the next book!

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  • Moon Over Soho

  • Rivers of London, Book 2
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,682
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,825

I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good sequel

  • By P. J. Williams on 05-08-11

A real pleasure to listen to- I'm hooked

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

If you could sum up Moon Over Soho in three words, what would they be?

Cool, complicated, clever

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the continuing development of the characters and introduction of new people, who I know will appear again and again.

What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His voice! He has the ability to smoothly transition between characters without any jarring or interruptions. He does it so well, its not like listening, its like having the story gently poured into my head.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

London is chilled and the killing jazz beat goes on and on and on....

Any additional comments?

This series is just wonderful and I want lots more, its intelligent, English and a happy second cousin to Harry Potter, Terry Pratchet, Ian Banks, Morse, Lord Peter Whimsy etc

  • Whispers Under Ground

  • Rivers of London, Book 3
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,011
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,382

Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And it’s just as well - he's already had run ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho. Progression in the police force is less easy, especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn't even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, wonderful narration

  • By Jane on 04-07-12

Un-put-downable- write more books please!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

What did you like most about Whispers Under Ground?

I loved the unexpected twists and turns of the plot, through (and under) the history of London. I loved the smells and squelches, the lights and shadows, the noises and echoes and the wonderful fitting voices of the reader.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Whispers Under Ground?

Meeting the quiet people, their whispering and need to touch.

What about Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s performance did you like?

I really appreciate the difference in characters and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's ability to slide so easily from character to character. There was never any confusion with who was speaking, yet done so un-noticeably that it never interrupted the joy of listening.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A rollicking passage to a parallel world

Any additional comments?

This book has a cool humour and an energy that suits London down to (and underneath) the ground. The book (and the series) capture the nonchalance and understated character of modern, intelligent, multicultural England.