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  • Winter Dark

  • Audible's Thriller of the Year 2019
  • By: Alex Callister
  • Narrated by: Ell Potter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 754

GCHQ agent Winter has just 14 days to bring down a website before a teenager is tortured to death in front of an internet audience of millions. Winter has to go deep undercover, disguised as the paid assassin Snow White, to infiltrate the criminals’ organisation and bring down the man at the heart of the dark web. Winter is razor-sharp, quick-witted and sexy, an expert in all forms of combat, master hacker and the number one field agent of British Intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and charming

  • By Jennifer on 11-04-19

I really really really really really wanted to like this book ...

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

Unfortunately, I’ve just reached two hours from the end of this book and have to start reading it now. It’s just not working for me. I’m really sad about this, as the concept and the summary looked really really great! Certainly one I will be sending back to reclaim my credit I’m afraid.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Moving Targets

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

Not all terrorists are driven by religion or politics. Dan "Spider" Shepherd and his SAS team are on the trail of a terrorist whose motives are much more personal. Sabit Kusen wants revenge and doesn’t care how many innocents he kills along the way. Shepherd and his team hunt their quarry around the world - from Athens to Paris to Zurich to Singapore and on to Sydney - but the elusive Kusen is always one step ahead of them. Can Shepherd catch Sabit Kusen before he carries out his most audacious attack? And does he have what it takes to pull the trigger to end the fanatic’s reign of terror?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Conicidentally

  • By Wayne Flint on 12-12-18

Sadly, this has nothing whatsoever to recommend it

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

The single factor that kept me reading was the narrator - great job - and usually in other circumstances I love Spider Shepherd, but on this occasion the double tap has missed it’s mark in my view.
There re no particularly well-identified bad guys to dislike, so it’s hard to cheer on the good‘ S when there’s nothing to base that on - pity ... but nothing here to recommend the book.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Fix

  • A Rick Fuller Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Robert White
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Camm
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596

In the winter of 1996, on the orders of the British government, the SAS stole the contents of a safe belonging to the Provisional IRA. Rick Fuller headed that team. Days later Fuller's wife was brutally murdered. Convinced he was betrayed from within, Fuller begins a relentless search for her murderers. Ten years on, Fuller is a Manchester gangland enforcer, a lone and bitter figure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An initial slow burn...

  • By Nel Taran on 23-02-18

Great book, only spoiled by a terrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 31-08-18

I’ve been looking for a new series to get into, and I think I found it with this first book by Robert White. It’s a different take on the usual scenario, but done really really well! Anything letting you down is the dreadful narration! The volume of the narrator’s voice is all over the place, sometimes loud sometimes not so loud, and the accents aren’t accents really… If you cannot be on this this is a great book!

  • The Final Hour

  • Victor the Assassin, Book 7
  • By: Tom Wood
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

From best-selling author Tom Wood comes a unique and gasp-inducing Victor thriller that turns all your expectations on their head.... Former CIA agent Antonio Alvarez has been tracking a dangerous murderer for years, a nameless hitman responsible for numerous homicides. Once, the Agency deflected him away from his search, but now a promotion has given him a second chance to right the past. Only problem is the murderer has vanished.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent read as usual

  • By Ali O'G on 14-09-17

Unnnreadable ... the plot lost it, and the narration ....

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

Reviewed: 29-05-18

I very very rarely do’t finish a book - I like to think I respect the work of the writer and readers so try to struggle on to the end ... but this, is the exception (along with Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes by the way). There is little or no plot as far as I can tell, and the voices that the reader conjures up are incredible (and not in a good way) - from West Country to Canadian in one breath - and for the same characters). This is one I will be getting my Audible credit back on.

  • Now We Are Dead

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465

Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel got caught fitting up Jack Wallace - that's why they demoted her and quashed his sentence. Now he's back on the streets, and women are being attacked again. Wallace has to be responsible, but if Detective Sergeant Steel goes anywhere near him, his lawyers will get her thrown off the force for good. The Powers That Be won't listen to her, not after what happened last time. According to them, she's got more than enough ongoing cases to keep her busy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fudge Flavoured Wombles in Tartan Noir

  • By Simon on 03-11-17

I’ve been saving this. Book for Christmas - my treat away from the madness ... and well, like the turkey we had, it’s alright

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

Reviewed: 31-12-17

But nothing to write home again, and I’ll not be rushing to listen again ...
What made this was the narration, just on the farcical side of hamming it up; but all the better for it!
Would I recommend this book? Yes, of course, as I love Stuart MacBride’s work overall, but it’s like turkey at Christmas, sometimes it’s alright, but you wouldn’t have it often, but you wouldn’t go without it either.

  • The Alamo

  • John Milton, Book 11
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653

New York isn't ready for Britain's most dangerous ex-assassin.... John Milton has finally found a place to escape the bloodshed: off-season Coney Island. No tourists. No special ops. Just peace and quiet. But when a local boy witnesses a grisly murder, Milton can't resist investigating. Milton uncovers a vicious drug kingpin and a group of crooked cops from a notorious precinct known as The Alamo. Against such dangerous foes, Milton's quest for redemption could come to an end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another superb Milton thriller...

  • By Salter on 14-12-18

Perhaps I'm just sick of John Milton, but seriously ... can this be written by the author of the other Milton books?

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

So the author knows their way around the NY subway system??? Granular detail about interchanges and journeying on the subway and on a motorbike through the Big Apple don't make for a thrilling read in my world.
There wasn't really a story here, and David Thorpe's usual delivery of Dead pan emotionless Milton had nothing to hold on to. But like I say, maybe I'm jaded with the Milton series? I've loved a series recently (Ben hope Harry Bosch, Logan McRae, but perhaps I'm at the end of my pleasure of them. Try this, and maybe you'll get something from it I didn't ... I am sad though; Milton was GREAT, long-live the old Milton!

  • A Dark So Deadly

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796

Welcome to the Misfit Mob... It's where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can't get rid of but wants to: the outcasts, the troublemakers, the compromised. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So when an ancient mummy turns up at the Oldcastle tip, it's his job to find out which museum it's been stolen from. But then Callum uncovers links between his ancient corpse and three missing young men, and life starts to get a lot more interesting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely amazing

  • By Andromeda's Twin on 24-04-17

If you've not read anything by Stuart Macbride before, you'll love this ... If your a Mr Macbride fan, then read on ...

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

Reviewed: 13-05-17

I stumbled on this book by accident, and nearly had a little wee with excitement and anticipation! And the thought of 21 hhours of Scottishy goodness gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling. I hate writing this, really I do, but it didn't work for me. The story was unbelievable; mostly, and the characters were too similar to the Logan and Steel crew. (But I love Alice MacDonald and want to have her crazy babies). I don't think my view was helped having just reread Shatter the Bones just before reading this. Overall, it's my least favourite of Mr Macbride's writing; but read it, then read HalfHead if you've not tried it, it's completely different and BRILLIANT!

  • Sometimes I Lie

  • By: Alice Feeney
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,449

"My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me. I'm in a coma. My husband doesn't love me anymore. Sometimes I lie." Unnerving, twisted and utterly compelling, you won't be able to put this new thriller down. Set to be the most talked about book in 2017, it's perfect for fans of Behind Closed Doors, The Girl on the Train and The Widow.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Utter nonsense

  • By S. Christie on 30-04-18

Oh dear - another example of "jumping on the current trendy band wagon" ...

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

Poor, trying too hard, and failing ...
Maybe I've read too many books about coma patients lately, but this is clearly trying to be B A Paris, or Gone Girl, but unlike these books, (which actually have a story and suspense), this missing the point. I accept there was probably meant to be a twist, but I'm afraid I missed it - and any sense of story. It felt very much like the author had an idea, but didn't know how to execute it. And there was the district lack of an editor (and continuity was poor). I'm sure enough people will buy this and like it; and doubtless there will be some kind of spin off, so good luck Alice Feeney, I admire you for grasping the super ontrend nettle and running with it! As a good read however, I will be asking Audible for my credit back on this one.

7 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Ragdoll

  • By: Daniel Cole
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 623
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 624

Translated into over 30 languages, Ragdoll is a rocket-paced serial killer thriller with twists and turns you won't see coming. You will not be able to stop talking about this book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a Ride!

  • By Simon on 11-02-17

Undoubtedly this book is in my top 5 ...

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

Reviewed: 24-02-17

List of books I will never Ever read again!
Apart from not getting past this being read by Adam from The Archers; there is nothing whatsoever to recommend this.
Sorry, but its only about the 2nd occasion I've wished for a zero on the ratings scale!

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Bone Field

  • The heart-stopping new thriller
  • By: Simon Kernick
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 725

A new twist to a decades old mystery. 1990. A young woman goes missing while backpacking in Thailand. She is never seen again. 2016. Her bones are discovered 6000 miles away in an English field and, within hours, the boyfriend who reported her disappearance all those years ago is dead. So begins a hunt to solve her murder that will take DI Ray Mason and PI Tina Boyd into a dark and terrifying world of corruption and deadly secrets, where murder is commonplace, and nothing and nobody is safe....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By P M Sedgwick on 08-10-17

I really wish I liked this book, but ...

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

The only thing to recommend this book is the reader - Well done Paul "you ^had a poor story to work with." - I suggest if you want a good story including grusome details, and good characters that you check out Stuart McBride, but don't waist your money ′or credit" on this title - this makes me sad as someimon Kernick can be amazing

1 of 2 people found this review helpful