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Dee Murray

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  • A Deadly Habit

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Having landed a small part in a new West End play, The Habit of Faith, Charles Paris is dismayed to discover that his good fortune has been orchestrated by his bête noire, the now-famous screen actor Justin Grover. But why has Grover become involved in this relatively obscure production - and why has he roped in Charles to star? From the outset the production is fraught with difficulties - and matters become even more complicated when a body is discovered at the foot of the dressing room stairs. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad but I prefer the Bill Nighy versions

  • By Ms. S. Smith on 04-10-18

A Deadly Dull Listen

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

Overall the story was interesting with some lovely characters but the author got bored and the story was tied off in a joyless ending. I enjoy Mr Brett's books and usually manage to listen to his readings without complaint but, after listening to his quavering voice struggle through this book, I think it's time he gave an actor (should that be voice artist?) some work. If an audiobook with Bill Nighy and Suzanne Burden appears I will buy it. I enjoy Mr Front's interpretations. I can't recommend this book.

  • The House Sitter

  • By: Peter Lovesey
  • Narrated by: Steve Hodson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

A woman is found strangled on a beach in Sussex. It takes the police 12 days to discover she was a top profiler for the National Crime Faculty. Why was she killed? And why is the NCF thwarting Detective Peter Diamond's efforts to unmask her murderer?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen

  • By Sue on 14-03-06

The House Sitter

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

Reviewed: 21-07-18

Another great Peter Diamond story. In this book we meet Hen Mallen (sp?). The recording is odd in places but that doesn't detract. Very enjoyable. If you like Peter Diamond I think you'll like this book.

  • The Seagull

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880

A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a part in his downfall. Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer, if she will look out for his family. He tells her that Marshall is dead, his body buried close to St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • don't try the accent if you can't keep it up<br /><br />

  • By Yvonne on 07-12-17

The Seagull

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

Reviewed: 29-10-17

A wonderful book beautifully read by the narrator. I found a couple of her accents not quite perfect but I always knew who was talking. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It kept me guessing. Plenty of well rounded characters and enough twists to satisfy any whodunit fan but without being overly gory.

  • Runaway

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256

In 1965, five teenage friends fled Glasgow for London to pursue their dream of musical stardom. Yet before year's end three returned, and returned damaged. In 2015, a brutal murder forces those three men, now in their 60s, to journey back to London and finally confront the dark truth they have run from for five decades. Runaway is a crime novel covering 50 years of friendships solidified and severed, dreams shared and shattered and passions lit and extinguished.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen!

  • By jane on 02-01-15

Another Peter May masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

I'm only allowed 15 words for a review -- buy this book, with no regrets. Now I can have more.... The book is set in two time periods. There's great attention to detail in both. You'll laugh out loud, you'll stifle a tear, you'll love the characters, you'll be amazed at the twists in the plot and, for us oldies, you'll be pleased to know you still can.

  • The Lost Daughter

  • A Jean Brash Mystery, Book 2
  • By: David Ashton
  • Narrated by: David Ashton, Siobhan Redmond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

For fans of Elementary, Ripper Street and Sherlock Holmes - meet Jean Brash, a feisty, self-made woman turned sleuth in murky Victorian Edinburgh where crime and high society meet. After Mistress of the Just Land, the second adventure in David Ashton's Jean Brash series.... A theatre company arrives in Leith to perform King Lear. A robbery is planned, a gruesome murder committed, both of which set Inspector James McLevy on the prowl....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jean Brash

  • By Dee Murray on 29-09-17

Jean Brash

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

Reviewed: 29-09-17

My husband and I greatly enjoyed this book. Siobhan Redmond's acting is a joy. From bawdy house keeper to King Leer we were hanging on her every word. An exciting tale with plenty of historical atmosphere, great characters (Plooky Galbraith is very real), murders galore and the enjoyable Hannah Semple and Constable Mulholland. Laughs, joy and pathos this book is worth your time. We only wish that Brian Cox had read it too. David Ashton is an accomplished actor. He played McLevy, Roach and Mulholland well. We weren't so keen on his delivery as the narrator.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 44 Scotland Street

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Blythe Duff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

One of McCall Smith's particular talents is his ability to portray archetypes without resorting to stereotype or cliche. We immediately recognise the Edinburgh chartered surveyor, stalwart of the Conservative Association, who dreams of membership of Scotland's most exclusive golf club. We have the pushy Stockbridge mother, and her prodigiously talented 5-year-old son, who is making good progress with the saxophone and with his Italian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful narration

  • By Dee Murray on 16-06-17

Beautiful narration

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

Reviewed: 16-06-17

I thoroughly enjoyed this book not least because of the narrator. She captures the Edinburgh accents perfectly (to my Glaswegian ears at least). As Domenica she sounds like a neighbour who is from Edinburgh. The book is about a close in Edinburgh and the people who live there. Some you will love, some you will like well enough and one, maybe two, you will not like at all. Poor Bertie. I don't usually listen to abridged books but didn't feel anything lacking. I had a look to see if Blythe Duff had recorded anything else but, sadly, there's nothing in the Audible library. I hope she does more soon. I recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Written in Dead Wax

  • The Vinyl Detective, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Cartmel
  • Narrated by: Ben Allen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 619

He is a record collector and a connoisseur of vinyl, hunting out rare and elusive LPs. His business card describes him as the Vinyl Detective, and some people take this more literally than others. For example, the beautiful, mysterious woman who wants to pay him a large sum of money to find a priceless lost recording on behalf of an extremely wealthy yet shadowy client. And so begins a painful and dangerous odyssey in search of the rarest jazz record of them all....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT

  • By Viv on 07-11-16

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

This is a wonderful book. I wanted to find out what would happen but didn't want it to end. It is well read too and, yes, there are cats in it. A giggling good read.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Run Out Groove

  • The Vinyl Detective, Book 2
  • By: Andrew Cartmel
  • Narrated by: Finlay Robertson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331

When a mint copy of the final album by Valerian - England's great lost rock band of the 1960s - surfaces, all hell breaks loose. Finding this record triggers a chain of events culminating in our hero learning the true fate of the singer of Valerian, who died under equivocal circumstances just after...or was it just before the abduction of her two-year-old son? Along the way the Vinyl Detective finds out what happened to the missing child, and it wasn't what anyone expected - or wanted - to hear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book in ages

  • By Ade on 15-03-18

Joy

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

I loved this book. Please make more. Fun, suspenseful, well read, and there's cats in it too.

  • Rather Be the Devil

  • Inspector Rebus 21
  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817

Some cases never leave you. For John Rebus, 40 years may have passed, but the death of beautiful, promiscuous Maria Turquand still preys on his mind. She was murdered in her hotel room on the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there, and Maria's killer has never been found. Meanwhile, the dark heart of Edinburgh remains up for grabs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Half Measures Here!

  • By Simon on 04-11-16

Rebus is getting old

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

Reviewed: 14-11-16

but he's still got it. Lots of twists and turns, many evil wee rat bags. Fox and Clarke are there too. How do they manage without Rebus?

James MacPherson is his usual brilliant self with many voices (does anyone else think of Scunner Campbell when they hear Big Ger's voice?).

My husband and I both loved it. Quite a few laughs thrown in. Use a credit. You won't be disappointed.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Souls

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

Stalking a poisoner at the local zoo, Inspector John Rebus comes across a paedophile taking pictures of children. When the social workers claim he is there for legitimate educational reasons, Rebus is faced with a dilemma - should he be outed to protect local kids or given a chance to start anew? As the locals begin a hate campaign, Rebus gets a call from the past: The son of a friend has gone missing, and no one else will make time to ask the right questions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vintage Rebus... Rankin on top form

  • By Dee Murray on 19-10-16

Vintage Rebus... Rankin on top form

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

Reviewed: 19-10-16

A complex storyline with many devious twists and turns. Edinburgh, again, features heavily with day trips to the Kingdom. The story kept us guessing up to the end but, for us, the best thing about this book is James MacPherson's narration. He is convincing as both male and female characters but his dark, creepy psycho will make your flesh crawl. He brings Rankin's many characters to life.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful