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  • A Place of Execution

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Paddy Glynn
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779

In the Peak District village of Scarsdale, 13-year-old girls didn’t just run away. So when Alison Carter vanished in the winter of '63, everyone knew it was a murder. Catherine Heathcote remembers the case well - a child herself when Alison vanished. Now a journalist, she persuades DI George Bennett to speak of the hunt for Alison. But when a fresh lead emerges, Bennett tries to stop the story - plunging Catherine into a world of buried secrets and revelations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 'Nice'

  • By Kathleen M Moon on 18-12-15

Resolves a little implausibly

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

Reviewed: 16-04-19

Good performance, good story, but ends a little quickly and a little hard to believe

  • Stillhouse Lake

  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband's crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace. But just when she's starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake - and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Gilly 50 on 06-07-17

Excellent book, marred only by one implausibility

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Well written, held interest well. A couple of minor unbelievable actions by the main character were the only downside. Enjoyed this.

  • The Moth Catcher

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640

Life seems perfect in Valley Farm, a quiet community in Northumberland. Until a shocking discovery. The owners of a big country house have employed a young ecologist named Patrick to look after the place while they're away. But Patrick is found dead by the side of the lane into the valley. DI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene with her colleagues. When they look round the attic of the house - where Patrick has a flat - she finds a second body.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Way too introspective

  • By Bim on 14-05-16

Disappointing denouement

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

Reviewed: 30-03-19

The ending bore no relationship to the rest of the book, which undermines the main point of a whodunnit. The detective questions everyone...then the result is unrelated to their answers.

  • The Vanishing Point

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 250

Five-year-old Jimmy Higgins is brazenly snatched from the middle of a busy airport; but this is no ordinary kidnapping. Jimmy’s mother is Scarlett, a reality TV star who, dying of cancer, entrusted the boy to her friend Stephanie Harker. Now Stephanie, reaching into the past to discover the motive behind the abduction, soon encounters a shocking tale of murder and conspiracy, and is faced by the most difficult choice of her life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dissapointment!

  • By Mary on 22-08-14

Clearly ghostwritten with contempt for the reader

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

Reviewed: 12-03-19

Steals heavily from the life of Jade Goody. Badly written, and the plot denouement is just embarrassing. Not to mention the sneer in having a novel about a ghostwriter ghostwritten.

Should be illegal to pass off someone else's work as your own, IMHO.

  • Home Fire

  • By: Kamila Shamsie
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

Isma is free. After years spent raising her twin siblings in the wake of their mother's death, she is finally studying in America, resuming a dream long deferred. But she can't stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London - or their brother, Parvaiz, who's disappeared in pursuit of his own dream: to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. Then Eamonn enters the sisters' lives. Handsome and privileged, he inhabits a London worlds away from theirs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Alice on 14-07-18

Muslims as terrorists yet *again* - disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 19-02-19

When can we get rid of these tired old stereotypes and factual inaccuracies? :( Well read though...but no one available who can pronounce Arabic?

  • Silent Voices

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Charlie Hardwick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904

When DI Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, she wonders briefly if she’s uncovered a simple death from natural causes. But a closer inspection reveals ligature marks around the victim’s throat…Vera pulls her team together and sets them interviewing those connected to the victim, while she and colleague, Sergeant Joe Ashworth, work to find a motive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oneof the best audiobooks I've heard

  • By Gill on 17-05-11

Best audio performance I've ever heard! :)

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

Reviewed: 16-11-18

I'm from Washington myself, and it was so great to hear the accent. Performer struck the perfect balance between reading and acting.

The book itself was entertaining...only wish there'd been more clues hinting at the ending, which seemed slightly implausible as a result. Still, thoroughly enjoyed - would have liked a list of others by this performer, not necessarily Geordie titles only.

  • Kafka on the Shore

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
  • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230

Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new dimension of fiction and sleep

  • By Clare on 24-07-08

best audio book performance I've heard.

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

Reviewed: 21-08-18

story drifted a little towards the end, but still brilliant. great performance - more books voiced like this, please. really brought the book to life

  • The Paris Secret

  • By: Karen Swan
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Somewhere along the cobbled streets of Paris, an apartment lies thick with dust and secrets: full of priceless artworks hidden away for decades. High-flying fine art agent Flora from London, more comfortable with the tension of a million-pound auction than a cosy candlelit dinner for two, is called in to assess these suddenly discovered treasures. As an expert in her field, she must trace the history of each painting and discover who has concealed them for so long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Lyn Chrimes on 23-08-16

Irresponsible fake rape accusation storyline

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

Reviewed: 27-07-18

A vindictive false rape accusation is incredibly rare. One that gets past both police and CPS is a one in literally millions odds. To make matters worse, the accuser having visited the accused's flat the next day is given as "proof" the allegation was false. Though genuine victims often do such when they know their rapists, as a vain attempt to convince themselves there was some misunderstanding.

Ditto the accused's family "knowing" he would never rape anyone. Classic rape culture/rape myths.

  • Emma

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 18 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Emma is a literary classic by Jane Austen following the genteel women of Georgian-Regency England in their most cherished sport: matchmaking. Emma is spoiled, headstrong, and self-satisfied. After a couple she has introduced gets married, she greatly overestimates her own matchmaking abilities and, blind to the dangers of meddling in other people's lives, proceeds to forge ahead in her new interest despite objections.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good could be better

  • By Shewana on 19-03-17

Prefer a book read, rather than performed

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

The reader had an excellent voice, and paced well. The same gripe as another reviewer: too much interpretation I never found in the written original, in the voicing of the characters, for my taste.

Eg, Mr Knightley is 37 years old, the romantic hero, but voiced as unbearably pompous and pedantic. The characters were mostly rendered less likeable. Mr Woodhouse and Miss Bates were very well done though, imho. Best performance of the latter I've seen/heard.

Story is great, of course.

  • Men Explain Things to Me

  • By: Rebecca Solnit
  • Narrated by: Lucy Christian Bell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

Rebecca Solnit's essay 'Men Explain Things to Me' has become a touchstone of the feminist movement, inspired the term 'mansplaining', and established Solnit as one of the leading feminist thinkers of our time - one who has inspired everyone from radical activists to Beyonce Knowles. Collected here in print for the first time is the essay itself, along with the best of Solnit's feminist writings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great essays, awful perky narration

  • By trulymadlysalsa on 05-02-18

Great essays, awful perky narration

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

The narrator sounds like she's smiling through all the descriptions of terrible wars, gang rapes of children etc. Like the endlessly, inappropriately cheery newsreader from 'Futurama', but with vocal fry.

Sorry, but has to be said. :(

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