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  • The Cry

  • By: Helen Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 128

When a baby goes missing on a lonely roadside in Australia, it sets off a police investigation that will become a media sensation and dinner-table talk across the world. Lies, rumours and guilt snowball, causing the parents, Joanna and Alistair, to slowly turn against each other. Finally Joanna starts thinking the unthinkable: could the truth be even more terrible than she suspected? And what will it take to make things right?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not a dark thriller on any level -disappointing

  • By L. russell on 27-03-14

Totally disappointing

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

Reviewed: 19-10-18

Watching The Cry series I wanted to get "the whole story". Kept trying to listen, but with 3½ hours to go, I gave up. Why, oh why do too many writers write in cliches?

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,224

When an 11-year-old boy is found murdered, forensic evidence and reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach. But the jailed suspect, arrested in a public spectacle, has an alibi, and further research convinces Detective Ralph Anderson that the coach was indeed out of town. So how can he have been in two places at the same time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Outsider Stands Tall

  • By Simon on 24-05-18

Bad narration spoils the book

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

Reviewed: 29-05-18

I find it hard to say if I like this book. I am a great King fan and I have all his books, many of of them both as audio and real books, but the narrator totally spoils it. I don't know why some narrators think it is pleasant to listen to a whispering voice. Also, Will Patton makes some of the female characters sound like idiots. I have never, ever heard women speak the way he does.
From now on I will not buy audio books that are narrated by him. I will keep to the written word. It is a shame, because I really love my audio books.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Good Friday

  • Jane Tennison, Book 3
  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377

Every legend has a beginning.... During 1974 and 1975, the IRA subjected London to a terrifying bombing campaign. In one day alone, they planted seven bombs at locations across central London. Some were defused - some were not. Jane Tennison is now a fully fledged detective. On the way to court one morning, Jane passes through Covent Garden Underground station and is caught up in a bomb blast that leaves several people dead and many horribly injured.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh No!

  • By Kerrie on 14-12-17

Cliche upon cliche.

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

What would have made Good Friday better?

Fewer unnecessary descriptions.They just dragged on and on and on.

What could Lynda La Plante have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Fewer cliches. More dynamic. For once I am surprised that I prefer the tv series to the book. It is usually the other way for me. I shan't hear/read any more books by Lynda La Plante.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jessica Ball’s performances?

Rather not.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom.

Any additional comments?

Far too many cliches. Tennison's parents for one thing, also in her relations with men.Too many descriptions about food, clothes. I'm surprised that Jessica Ball did not know how to pronounce HARWICH.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Riddle of the Third Mile

  • Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: Colin Dexter
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

By the 16th of July, the Master of Lonsdale was concerned but not yet worried. Dr Browne-Smith had passed through the porter's lodge at approximately 8:15 a.m. on the morning of Friday, 11th July. And nobody had heard from him since. Plenty of time to disappear, thought Morse. And plenty of time, too, for someone to commit murder....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the riddle of the thitd mile

  • By kay appleton on 28-05-18

Thoroughly enjoyablle

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Would you consider the audio edition of The Riddle of the Third Mile to be better than the print version?

About as good as, though with Samuel West as narrator I think it does get better.

What does Samuel West bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His narration is flawless. He does not overwhelm you with "acting", just enough for you to get the feel of the person. He does not try to be John Thaw, but you still recognize the character you know from the tv-series..

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

I just wish more authors would use Samuel West as narrator. Some narrators completely ruin a book so that I have had to return it.

  • The Book of Souls

  • An Inspector McLean Novel, Book 2
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168

Every year for 10 years, a young woman's body was found in Edinburgh at Christmastime: naked, throat slit, body washed clean. The final victim, Kirsty Summers, was Detective Constable Tony McLean's fiancée. But the Christmas Killer made a mistake and McLean put an end to the brutal killing spree. Twelve years later, and a fellow prisoner has murdered the Christmas Killer. But with the festive season comes a body; naked, washed, her throat cut. Is this a copycat killer? Was the wrong man behind bars all this time? Or is there a more sinister explanation?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creepier and More Sinister . . . In A Good Way!

  • By Simon on 15-09-15

Disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 20-05-17

What disappointed you about The Book of Souls?

Could have been good but it is filled with clichés. Clichés about profiling, about counselling, about superior officers, about partnership. These things made me feel irritated. I listened to the book till the end, but not with great enjoyment. I don't think I'll be spending more time with James Oswald.

  • Ruling Passion

  • Dalziel and Pascoe Series, Book 3
  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Brian Glover
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Peter Pascoe is in shock. A weekend in the country with old friends turns into a nightmare when he finds three of them dead and the missing fourth a prime suspect in the eyes of the local police. They want his cooperation. Superintendent Andy Dalziel wants him back in Yorkshire where a string of unsolved burglaries are turning nasty. But it is all getting too much for Pascoe?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hard work to listen to

  • By MumsieWumsie on 06-04-11

Good story, bad narration

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

If you could sum up Ruling Passion in three words, what would they be?

Good well written book

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ruling Passion?

The story.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Brian Glover?

I could almost write anybody, Brian Glover shouts all the way through the book It is giving me ear ache.
Colin Buchanan is the best narrator of the Dalziel and Pascoe books. I think that maybe he came after Brian Glover, but I can't remember.

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

Don't know. Not really my field

Any additional comments?

I am just so glad that Reginald Hill was such a prolific writer. I have read/heard most of his books and I often go back to them, apart from the Brian Glover ones.

  • Traitor's Blood

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

His refuge had become a prison. The world outside a trap. But it was time that was his greatest enemy…Viscount Bessacarr was once the centre of a notorious trial. When the news comes that cancer is suspected, he is determined to see his young daughter again. But the price of being allowed back in Britain is high. Bessacarr’s job is to kill a famous traitor and defector – his father. Soon he is caught up in a mad race from London to Rome and along the coast to Amalfi. His opponents? The KGB, British Intelligence and his family.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very dated dialogue. Not to my taste.

  • By Caroline Lawless on 19-04-18

Not Reginald Hill's best book

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It wanders a bit in the middle. Could have been a bit more dynamic.

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

Liked the ending, quite surprising

What does Seán Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Seán Barret is a really good narrator. He never disappoints me.

Was Traitor's Blood worth the listening time?

On the whole, yes, but meanders too much in the middle.

Any additional comments?

I have read a very large part of Reginald Hill's books, but this have enjoyed many of them more than this one. However, I often read/listen a book more than once, and I might give this one another go. I think that maybe I'll enjoy it more the second time around.

  • Mermaids Singing

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843

Up until now the only serial killers Tony Hill had encountered were safely behind bars. This one’s different - this one’s on the loose. Four men have been found mutilated and tortured. As fear grips the city, the police turn to clinical psychologist Tony Hill for a profile of the killer. But soon Tony becomes the unsuspecting target in a battle of wits and wills, where he has to use every ounce of his professional nerve to survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good ( if a little too gory) book but terrible narration

  • By S. Christie on 09-08-16

Terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 22-02-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend the book, but not the audio book.

What did you like best about this story?

It is well written and gruelling and exciting. The characters are well thought out.

What didn’t you like about Saul Reichlin’s performance?

It's a shame that such a good book is marred by such bad narration. I find it hard to listen to the mewing, whining voice as soon as there is dialogue. Saul Reichlin's northern accent is appalling. Don Merrick is supposed to be a Geordie, but he sounds Welsh. I am so sorry the publishers have chosen this narrator for so many of Val McDermid's books. Luckily, i have the real books too and thus be able to make my own voices.

  • The Attenbury Emeralds

  • A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery
  • By: Jill Paton Walsh
  • Narrated by: Edward Petherbridge
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

It was 1921 when Lord Peter Wimsey first encountered the Attenbury emeralds. The recovery of the magnificent gem in Lord Attenbury's most dazzling heirloom made headlines - and launched a shell-shocked young aristocrat on his career as a detective. Now it is 1951. A happily married Lord Peter has just shared the secrets of that mystery with his wife, the detective novelist Harriet Vane. Then the new young Lord Attenbury - grandson of Lord Peter's first client - seeks his help again, this time to prove who owns the gigantic emerald that Wimsey last saw in 1921.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • True to characters if not to language and discretion.

  • By Ms. E. Morgan on 03-12-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 21-12-16

What disappointed you about The Attenbury Emeralds?

Over long and too many irrelevant side stories. I kept thinking "When are we getting back to the actual story" It was just boring.

What was most disappointing about Jill Paton Walsh’s story?

I am convinced that Dorothy L. Sayers will turn in her grave. It had none of 'her elegant story telling. Both Peter Wimsey and Harriet we portrayed in an overly sentimental way.
It was a poor copy. It had no soul.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Edward Petherbridge?

Almost anyone who was not trying to emulate Ian Carmichael with such poor result.

What character would you cut from The Attenbury Emeralds?

Wimsey's children and Bunter's son were irrelevant. The sister-in-law and the mother-in-law and her letters were given much too much space.
Also, the whole story about the fire and what to do with the "Ole Pile". Totally irrelevant.

Any additional comments?

I am sure that Dorothy L. Sayers would have written this story in a captivating way. This was mostly a boring pastiche.
On the whole, lesser writers should be barred from writing other peoples stories and adopting other writer's characters.
This was supposed to be a detective novel and it lost it's way.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Monogram Murders

  • The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 605

Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffee house is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified, but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done. Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one's mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Boring Monogram Murders

  • By Ulla on 18-09-14

The Boring Monogram Murders

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

Reviewed: 18-09-14

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Some one who is not an Agatha Christie fan, even then, maybe not.

What will your next listen be?

Any other Agatha Christie to get the mood back.

What three words best describe Julian Rhind-Tutt’s performance?

Sorry, too much over the top as Hercule Poirot

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story could have been OK if it had been a good deal shorter

Any additional comments?

I found it long winding and boring. At one point I thought the conclusion was drawing near i noticed there were over three hours left. It just goes on, and on, and on.
In no way would Agatha Christie have written this book.
I am really disappointed as one critic said that Agatha Christie fans would nor be disappointed, well, the critic was wrong.

23 of 24 people found this review helpful