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Montignac sur Charente, France
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  • Beneath the Surface

  • An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Jo Spain
  • Narrated by: Brian Tynan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

From top-10 Irish best-selling author Jo Spain comes the second novel in the Inspector Tom Reynolds series. Ryan Finnegan, a high-ranking government official, is brutally slain in Leinster House, the seat of the Irish parliament. Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds and his team are called in to uncover the truth behind the murder. As the suspects start to rack up, Tom must untangle a web of corruption, sordid secrets and sinister lies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a Jo Spain fan but ....

  • By Deirdre More on 15-03-18

Sending me to sleep!

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

Reviewed: 26-04-19

I've had to write a review when I am only about ninety minutes into this book because the narrator's style is so monotonous! He makes very little effort to define different characters, male or female, and it is very hard to work out who's speaking most of the time. He also seems to have an American lilt to his voice, which doesn't help. I enjoyed the first Jo Spain novel and no doubt would be enjoying this one if only it could have been read by Caroline Lennnon, or Aoife McMhan - don't think I'll ever get to the end of this one as I keep dropping off to sleep! The story, no doubt, will be a good one, if I can bear to struggle on with it.

  • Kiss and Kin

  • By: Angela Lambert
  • Narrated by: Siân Phillips
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Oliver and his wife arrive by Eurostar to attend the birthday party of grandchild Hugo. Hugo's grandmother Harriet is also on her way. Oliver and Harriet fail to recognise one another at first - but the physical attraction is instantaneous. Harriet's son, Roderick,, a successful banker, is married to Jennifer, who works in publishing. Attempting to reconcile careers, marriage and children leads to high stress levels as the two generations walk a dangerous tightrope between fidelity and parenthood.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 2 thoroughly nasty families

  • By Annie on 22-04-19

2 thoroughly nasty families

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

Reviewed: 22-04-19

I am only continuing with this awful story because I want to see at least one of the main characters get their just deserts! Two families of self-obsessed, shallow adults and I feel really sorry for the three children affected by the actions of their selfish parents and grandparents. I suspended belief at the beginning when the grandmother and the father of her daughter-in-law fell instantly in love and lust after meeting for the first time after many years but their actions and those of their children were going to have such a traumatic effect on their children that this story was certainly not entertaining. Lies, cheating, obsession with clothes and sex - a really cheery story - don't read this if you are the least bit depressed! Families with good jobs, plenty of money, lovely homes and access to holidays, entertainment and culture but not one of them is a happy soul. Having said all that, the book is well-narrated by Sian Phillips, but I certainly won't be seeking out any other titles by this autho.

  • The Serial Killer's Daughter

  • By: Lesley Welsh
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

Suzanne's life changes forever the day she receives a visit from Rose Anderson, the woman who has been living with her estranged father, Don. Don is dead, but Rose wants Suzanne to have his possessions - including a series of intimate diaries and a mysterious collection of photographs of women. To Suzanne's shock, one of the photos is of her friend, Sophie, who died 10 years ago in an unexplained and devastating fire. But Don met Sophie only once, during an unsettling visit he paid Suzanne just days before Sophie's death.... So why did he have a picture of her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-07-17

Not worth reading

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Abandoned this book after a couple of hours: couldn't stand listening to the crude descriptions of the serial killer's sexual conquests - enough said!

  • The Sudden Departure of the Frasers

  • By: Louise Candlish
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

When Joe and Christy Davenport step behind the Oxford-blue-painted door of their 'forever' home, they believe their dreams have come true. Yet the boxes aren't even unpacked before a series of events leads Christy to become obsessed with the previous occupant, the glamorous, enigmatic Amber Fraser, whose departure from Lime Park Road is shrouded in mystery. What happened to her? And why are Joe and Christy's attempts at friendship with neighbours met with an unnerving silence?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me guessing.

  • By Anna on 14-06-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 18-03-19

This book celebrates an adulterous lying self-obsessed woman who covers up an affair by accusing her lover and father of her child of rape. I read one book by Louise Candlish which ended disappointingly and this one, sadly, was exactly the same. The narrator read fairly well but the story was weak and the characters one-dimentional. Shan't read another by this author.

  • The Burning House

  • By: Neil Spring
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5

It was a victimless crime.... Estate Agent Clara is struggling to make a sale. With her abusive ex-husband on the brink of finding where she's hiding, she needs to make a commission soon or lose her chance to escape. Boleskine House on the shores of Loch Ness has remained unsold for years, and Clara is sure that an 'innocent' fire will force the price down. But the perfect crime soon turns into the perfect nightmare: there was a witness, a stranger in the village, and he's not going to let Clara get away with it that easily.... 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and predictable

  • By T on 04-03-19

Gruesome

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

Reviewed: 19-02-19

If you like thrillers based on Satanic worship and murder, then this is one for you - not for me, I'm afraid - HORRID!

  • Schoolgirl Missing

  • By: Sue Fortin
  • Narrated by: Grace Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Have you seen this girl? When 14-year-old Poppy vanishes on a family boating trip, suspicion soon turns close to home - to the two people who should do everything to keep her safe: her parents, Kit and Neve. Neve has a secret. Kit is lying. Everyone is watching. Who do you believe?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disfunctional family

  • By Annie on 16-02-19

Disfunctional family

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

Reviewed: 16-02-19

It was difficult to warm to either of the main characters, or any of the other characters either. Niamh (Neve) was an unlikeable woman, obsessed with finding a father for her child and Kit wasn't much better - seemed to have only married Niamh to get a mother for his daughter. Lies, lies and more lies were the basis of this story and I stuck with it to the end but won't be listening to any more by this author.

  • The Murder Wall

  • DCI Kate Daniels, Book 1
  • By: Mari Hannah
  • Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Eleven months after discovering a brutal double murder in a sleepy Northumbrian town, Detective Chief Inspector Kate Daniels is still haunted by her failure to solve the case. Then the brutal killing of a man on Newcastle’s Quayside gives Daniels another chance to get it right, and her first case as Senior Investigating Officer. When Daniels recognises the corpse but fails to disclose the fact, her personal life swerves dangerously into her professional life. But much worse, she is now being watched. As Daniels steps closer to finding a killer, a killer is only a breath away from claiming his next victim.... 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wasted an hour and a half on this

  • By Annie on 25-12-18

Wasted an hour and a half on this

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

Reviewed: 25-12-18

Impossible to connect with the characters in this book, when the author clearly doesn't care enough about them to use their first names - got really fed up with the main female character being referred to as 'Daniels' all the time - most crime novels give you some insight into their characters' private lives and emotions, but after an hour and a half I have given up. Far too much minute detail about police procedures. Bored by this and have stopped reading it and will ask to return it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • In Self-Defense

  • By: Sarah Gregory
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Mitchell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

In this spine-chilling courtroom drama, beautiful 30-something defense attorney Sharon Hays takes on the case of Midge Rathermore, the teenage daughter of a Texas millionaire, who is accused of hiring a hit man to kill her father. In addition to her case, Sharon finds herself and her daughter being stalked by a savage sexual psychopath.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gave up after an hour!

  • By Annie on 10-11-18

Gave up after an hour!

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Far too much detail of the minutiae of each character - 'the slithering of silk as Sharon crossed her legs', 'he loosened his tie by pulling it down with one finger'; far too much detail about the processes of US law; unable to feel any attachment to the two main characters and there were obviously going to be more sleazy characters to appear. The narrator's reading was also very one-dimentional, so won't try anymore books by this author.

  • Panic Room

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Hollie Taylor, John Sackville
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

High on a Cornish cliff sits a vast uninhabited mansion. Uninhabited except for Blake, a young woman of dubious background, secretive and alone, currently acting as housesitter. The house has a panic room. Cunningly concealed, steel lined, impregnable - and apparently closed from within. Even Blake doesn’t know it’s there. She’s too busy being on the run from life, from a story she thinks she’s escaped. But her remote existence is going to be invaded when people come looking for the house’s owner, missing rogue pharma entrepreneur Jack Harkness. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • MISMATCHED NARRATION MARS BUDGET BOND MASH UP

  • By Patricia on 29-10-18

Such a disappointment

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

I have thoroughly enjoyed Robert Goddard's books, until this one, and wish I had been able to read the reviews before buying. An unbelievable plot, one-dimensional characters, and really badly narrated: the actress reading the 'Blake' character struggled with the male voices and really didn't need to read Blake as a silly, overexcited teenager. Lots of things didn't ring true - at one minute Blake admits she has never had a mobile phone, and then she's able to access files and emails from a stolen phone - no password? I don't think so! In previous Goddard novels, he has never used the number of 'f' words that appear in this book - lazy writing in my opinion, and the story told by two characters, one (Blake) in the present tense and first person, really did not work. I advise any Goddard fans to steer clear of this one - a dreadful book from start to finish

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Child Taken

  • By: Darren Young
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey, Jonathan Keeble, Jilly Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

One hot summer's day, two-year-old Jessica Preston disappears from the beach. The police are convinced she drowned, but Sandra Preston won't give up hope that her daughter is still alive. How can she? Twenty years later, another child goes missing, and Sandra is approached by a young journalist who raises questions about what really happened to Jessica Preston all those years ago.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable and far too long

  • By Annie on 08-09-18

Predictable and far too long

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

With a bit of judicious editing this book could have been at least three hours shorter and might then have been worth sticking with. The review I read predicted a whopper of an ending, but I'd worked out who the missing child was about halfway into the story. Far too much detail on domestic life (putting on the kettle, etc.) and work life too and the characters were not developed enough for me. A mother dies in a tragic accident and neither her daughter or husband seemed to show too much emotion and the daughter's best friend's solution to any of her friend's problems seemed to be to open another bottle of wine and box of chocolates!. The parts written for the parents and read by the male narrator and the older female one were much more interesting to listen to but the main narrator, although she had to be a younger voice for the younger characters, was far too immature and didn't make enough effort to change accents between the characters of Laura and Dani. Altogether a disappointing listen and I won't be listening to anything else written by this author or read by this narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful