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  • Mermaids Singing

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903

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

Oh horror

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

Reviewed: 19-02-19

I barely made it into chapter 5, I don't know how to explain how one crime book is better than another, but I came off the high of Ann Cleeves 'Telling Tales' down to this muck. I'm sorry Val McDermid, this wasn't for me.

  • Salt Lane

  • DS Alexandra Cupidi, Book 1
  • By: William Shaw
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

She always went to far. DS Alexandra Cupidi has done it again. She should have learnt to keep her big mouth shut after the scandal that sent her packing - resentful teenager in tow - from the London Met to the lonely Kent coastline. Murder is different here, among the fens and stark beaches. She was the one who found the killers. The man drowned in the slurry pit had been herded there like an animal. He was North African, like many of the fruit pickers that work the fields. The more Cupidi discovers, the more she wants to ask - but these people are suspicious of questions. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First review I’ve left..

  • By Mark M. on 02-02-19

Whisper hell

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

Reviewed: 10-02-19

I was a great fan of The Birdwatcher, so it's disappointing that a continuation of the universe from Cupidi's point of view falls short in Salt Lane. The story is okay, but Cupidi as a person is characterised as crass yet constantly remorseful which quickly gets old. The friction between her and her daughter is also toe-curling at best. It ruined the development of the case for me every time Cupidi's personal life got in the way. Buuuut.... I almost stopped listening, not because of the main character, but the narration. I'm not sure how to describe how annoying it is, when you literally cannot hear what she's saying as she whispers her way through conversations. And I think I disliked Cupidi even more, because of the indifference of that ridiculous bedroom voice! Basically, you can't expect people to turn the volume up and down during a book...

  • Tastes Like Fear

  • DI Marnie Rome 3
  • By: Sarah Hilary
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

The fragile young girl who causes the fatal car crash disappears from the scene. A runaway who doesn't want to be found, she only wants to return to the man who understands her and offers her warmth, comfort, a home. He gives her shelter. Just as he gives shelter to the other lost girls who live in his house. D.I. Marnie Rome thinks that she knows families, their secrets and their fault lines. But as she begins investigating the girl's disappearance nothing can prepare her for what she's about to face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Jackie on 18-04-16

the narrator is grating

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

Reviewed: 21-08-18

I struggled through the second book but I just can't do this again, she butchers all the dramatic scenes which are already toe-curlingly over-phrased. nope.

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  • Childhood's End

  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

When the silent spacecraft arrived and took the light from the world, no one knew what to expect. When the Overlords finally showed themselves it was a shock but one that humankind could now cope with, and an era of peace, prosperity and endless leisure began. But the children of this utopia dream strange dreams of distant suns and alien planets, and soon they will be ready to join the Overmind...and, in a grand and thrilling metaphysical climax, leave Earth behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Story

  • By Darren on 05-08-16

Worst narrator I've come across

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

Reviewed: 18-04-18

What did you like best about Childhood's End? What did you like least?

Don't know yet, I came to warn people about the soul crushing narration.

How could the performance have been better?

Everything about the performance could have been better, Greg Wagland speaks like a robot, over-annunciating everything to such a degree that my toenails curled up and died. I'm not sure what went wrong, but he speaks like an OK, google with aspergers. Weird, hurried, emotionless pro-nun-ci-a-tion of words.

Any additional comments?

I went out and bought the book, because this reading was murder.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449

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

If Danny DeVito was a woman named Roberta

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

Reviewed: 24-01-18

If you could sum up Now We Are Dead in three words, what would they be?

Will phrases do? Slow-building, in-the-moment, realistic

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Unlike all other crime books that I read, Roberta is not the hero-type DS. I'm not sure how to explain it, but she's a demoted, foul-mouthed, at-times-lazy, borderline corrupt police detective, and it's just not the kind of detective I normally read about. That's quite interesting. It's her constable who does a lot of the actual thinking and leg work, she's just "moral support" lol. I like that.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

THE FINAL SCENE (no spoilers), but also when she rescues the baby from starvation at the flat, tough scene, made me tear up.

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

It's very much a slowly-building story, so I think it was good for my 2,5 h car ride to work. But it's light-hearted at all the right times, so I think I COULD listen to it in one sitting if I had a day.

Any additional comments?

The voice-over of Roberta Steel? It's so bad, it's good. It's as if Mr. Worsley channeled drag Danny DeVito -in-Penguin-voice when he did Roberta.

  • The Gingerbread House

  • By: Carin Gerhardsen
  • Narrated by: Candida Gubbins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 144

Ingrid Olsson returns home from a Stockholm hospital to discover a man in her kitchen. She's never seen the intruder before. But he's no threat - he's dead. Criminal Investigator Conny Sjoberg takes the call, abandoning his wife Asa and their five children for the night. His team identify the body as that of a middle-aged family man. But why was he there? And who bludgeoned him to death? Lacking suspect and motive, Sjoberg's team struggle until they link the case to another - apparently random - killing. And discover they face a serial killer on a terrible vendetta....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Low on tension but great police characters

  • By Kaggy on 10-01-15

Either poorly written,or poorly translated

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Candida Gubbins?

I have to admit, I'm the type who likes male voices for a male main character or a female voice for a female main character. If there's both, either will do, but both Tomas and Conny are dudes. Gubbins voice is very light and childish, and it just didn't sit with me.

Any additional comments?

I'm half-way and really struggling. It could be a very bad translation that fails to capture the Swedish-ness(?) of the characters' mannerisms and observations, but the descriptions are annoying dull, weirdly self evident, and often cringe-worthy to listen to. I also struggle with more or less all the character development, everyone is stupidly one-dimensional, and even the killer's motivation comes off as flimsy. Too much shock-value and very little substance. I'm going to finish it, because so many seem to like it and I might be missing some amazing revelation nearer the end, but I'm not sure my opinion will change. Fingers crossed.

  • Perfect Prey

  • DI Callanach, Book 2
  • By: Helen Fields
  • Narrated by: Robin Laing
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514

In the midst of a rock festival, a charity worker is sliced across the stomach. He dies minutes later. In a crowd of thousands, no one saw his attacker. The following week, the body of a primary school teacher is found in a Dumpster in an Edinburgh alley, strangled with her own woolen scarf. DI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach have no motive and no leads - until around the city, graffitied on buildings, words appear describing each victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very different and totally absorbing

  • By Roger Catto on 31-08-17

Where did Angus King go?

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

Reviewed: 30-09-17

Two things spoiled the otherwise great plot of the second book: 1) GOOD LORD, the new narrator is terrible! Callanach's accent is now a mix between lisping and dramatic pauses in between sentences. And is also now a Portuguese accent. wtf. 2) DI Turner is a completely different person in this book, just a nonsensical lady person who whips up drama every chance she gets. Why.

  • The Constant Gardener

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 277

The beautiful Tessa Quayle is murdered near Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, the birthplace of mankind. And her putative African lover and travelling companion has vanished from the scene of the crime. Tessa’s husband, a career diplomat and amateur gardener at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive. On his way he meets terror, violence, and conspiracy, but his greatest discovery is the woman he barely had time to love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emotional, addictive and typical Le Carre

  • By joanna green on 30-11-14

flawed recording

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The recording seemed flawed; a segment was repeated around chapter 9 (something about security in the houses, and shards of glass in concrete instead of real barbed wire), there were page-ruffling and I'm pretty sure the reader bumped the mic once - and then the change in volume between characters (the reader does different people in a range of voices) was very disruptive; anything Tessa said in the first half of the book, I didn't catch because the voice was in a whisper. If I increased the volume, I was blasted the moment another character spoke. Finally, it seemed illogical that the "post script" came before Justin's last narration.... but I don't know if that was how it was in the book. It struck me as odd, and considering the repetition mentioned earlier, I wouldn't put it pass production to make that mistake.

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  • The Spire

  • By: William Golding
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 199

Dean Jocelin has a vision: that God has chosen him to erect a great spire on his cathedral. His mason anxiously advises against it, for the old cathedral was built without foundations. Nevertheless, the spire rises octagon upon octagon, pinnacle by pinnacle, until the stone pillars shriek and the ground beneath it swims. Its shadow falls ever darker on the world below, and on Dean Jocelin in particular.From the author of Lord of the Flies, The Spire is a dark and powerful portrait of one man's will, and the folly that he creates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scintillating, metaphysical scream.

  • By Earnest on 27-01-15

Such a drag

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

Reviewed: 19-05-16

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

I can't imagine who would enjoy this - a priest perhaps?

Would you ever listen to anything by William Golding again?

Oh god no.

Would you be willing to try another one of Benedict Cumberbatch’s performances?

Probably not. He seems to overact, which... I didn't even think was possible on a tape. I thought I enjoyed his voice, but it turns out you can only have so much of it before it gets a bit too much.

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

It was short.

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  • Just Kids

  • By: Patti Smith
  • Narrated by: Patti Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

In 1967, a chance meeting between two young people led to a romance and a lifelong friendship that would carry each to international success never dreamed of. The backdrop is Brooklyn, Chelsea Hotel, Max’s Kansas City, Scribner’s Bookstore, Coney Island, Warhol’s Factory and the whole city resplendent. Among their friends, literary lights, musicians and artists such as Harry Smith, Bobby Neuwirth, Allen Ginsberg, Sandy Daley, Sam Shepherd, William Burroughs, etc

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By ReadingWild on 25-11-15

Mild-mannered woman goes through life. The end.

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

Reviewed: 19-05-16

What didn’t you like about Patti Smith’s performance?

The woman cannot pronounce 'drawing' to save her life. And she says 'drawing' a lot. Finding out during the book that she used to do poetry readings I'm like.... wut. Could be that her way of speaking is good for a short poem, but it's tedious for the duration of a whole book.

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

I liked the little snippets of observations about her contemporaries. But there's a long way between them.

Any additional comments?

This was just a colourless narration of stuff that happened. I didn't feel close to the people in it, or drawn in by her journey, but I might just not be into this kind of stuff.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful