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  • A Murder in Auschwitz

  • By: J.C. Stephenson
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

An SS officer is found standing over the body of a comrade, a smoking pistol still in his hand, a murder in a place of murders. His pleas of innocence force a court martial and he knows that there is only one man in the camp capable of defending him; a Jewish prisoner called Manfred Meyer. Manfred Meyer is forced to build a defence for him in his court martial. Drawing on his years of experience as a criminal lawyer in Berlin, Meyer must unravel the deceit and interpret the lies that infect the concentration camp and work to have him found not guilty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unusual murder mystery.

  • By Mary Carnegie on 03-09-16

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 28-10-16

Fantastic story. Excellent writing. Good story, well told. Excellent characterisation. Interesting structure of 2 streams of the story running at the same time but handled well Superb narrator. Gutted that there's only 1 book by JC Stephenson to choose on audio. Now my next dilemma is how can I find anything as good as this. A real gem amongst some fine messes I've plodded through. Worth a credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When We Were Orphans

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 484

England, 1930s. Christopher Banks has become the country's most celebrated detective, his cases the talk of London society. Yet one unsolved crime has always haunted him: the mysterious disappearance of his parents, in old Shanghai, when he was a small boy. Moving between London and Shanghai of the interwar years, When We Were Orphans is a remarkable story of memory, intrigue and the need to return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully crafted and gripping.

  • By Aliza Bat-Ami on 25-06-16

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 10-12-15

May not be everyone's cup of tea but I found the psychological characterisation fascinating. Good internal dialogue as opposed to superfluous unnecessary description of periphery characters, places or things, found in so many of today's writers. . Excellent narration. I'm sad to leave the atmosphere created in this novel.

22 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Tell Me No Secrets

  • By: Julie Corbin
  • Narrated by: Jane MacFarlane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

They say everyone has a secret. For Grace Adams, her secret lies underground and was called Rose. She was nine years old when she died...Grace has lived in the same idyllic Scottish village for almost her entire life. It is the perfect place to raise a family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable listen with a good twist

  • By Lucy on 15-10-15

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 08-07-15

Any additional comments?

Great story. Even though the main character could do with more questioning of her dilemma. Good flow to the story with little in the way of irrelevant detail, which I dislike. Excellent narration. I am very sensitive to narrators. All round good purchase. Wish there were more from this author on Audio

  • Cold Cold Heart

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she defeated her attacker, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred by her ordeal, with aftereffects including PTSD and memory loss. In an attempt to put herself back together after surviving the unthinkable, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn't provide the comfort she expects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable.

  • By Ms. H. S. Kelton on 14-02-15

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 14-04-15

Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No but I would listen to her again. Nice tone and neutral accent. The male characters all sound the same and her effort is not the best but is bearable and does not detract from the story. Very well read.

Any additional comments?

This was a good story. The pace was good. Trundled along very well. The writing is clear and uncluttered.. Yes, I feel it was worth the credit.

  • A Line of Blood

  • By: Ben McPherson
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36

A chilling psychological thriller about family - the ties that bind us and the lies that destroy us. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl. You find your neighbour dead in his bath. Your son is with you. He sees everything. You discover your wife has been in the man's house. It seems she knew him. Now the police need to speak to you. One night turns Alex Mercer's life upside down. He loves his family, and he wants to protect them, but there is too much he doesn't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Marie on 12-04-15

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

Where does A Line of Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This belongs to the style if gone girl. Very interesting take on the story told in the first person. Unfolds very interestingly by getting to know the characters intimately. Like them or loath them, the psychological profiles are understandable. . No unnecessary waffle. The story is well paced. I'm nearly finished it but still can't predict how it will end

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Line of Blood?

There are several moments when background information just decloaks, blink and you'll miss them.. You can't afford to fast forward, not that you'd want to. This is a new writer I believe. Could be wrong about this but I can't wait for the next book. Sad to be ending this book. It's a psychologically deep insight into flawed characters that you may not like. Very original take on story telling. I enjoyed the tone and atmosphere of the book

What about Peter Noble’s performance did you like?

Perfect narration. Great match for the lead character. Quirky. Would definitely listen to him again

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really as the characters neither evoke loathing, admiration, or pity. They are not particularly likeable but this does not detract from story. The narration sets the scene,

Any additional comments?

I loved it and will be hard pressed to pick a next book that equals this. Worth a credit for sure

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Under Your Skin

  • By: Sabine Durrant
  • Narrated by: Tracy-Ann Oberman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 396

Gaby Mortimer is the woman who has it all. But everything changes when she finds a body on the common near her home. Because the evidence keeps leading back to her. And the police seem sure she's guilty.... Under Your Skin is an unpredictable, exquisitely twisty story, which proves that there are only three rules in life that mean anything: Assume nothing. Believe no one. Check everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely gripping

  • By Saffy on 24-04-13

Dissapointed

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

Reviewed: 05-04-15

Any additional comments?

I struggled with this book, mostly because of the narration. Voice sounded as if she had a permanent cold. Nasally, hoarse and dry mouthed with a noisy tongue click feel to it. Cringeworthy. Reading too fast paced in places. Heavily accented as in English word daughter pronounced as DAWTA Hair pronounced as HA. . Will not purchase any book read by this narrator in future. I'm aware that there are also good reviews for this narrator and it may be just my personal irritation. The story was good but again spoiled for me by the narration. I have read other books by Sabine Durrant and the writing and stories are fair enough.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Holy Thief

  • By: William Ryan
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Moscow, 1936 and Stalin's Great Terror is beginning. In a deconsecrated Church, a young woman is found dead, her mutilated body displayed on the altar for all to see. Captain Alexei Dimitrevich Korolev of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Militia, is asked to investigate. But when he discovers that the victim is an American citizen, the NKVD - the most feared organisation in Russia - becomes involved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loyalty vs Greed vs Corruption

  • By Mr Rupert Seymour on 21-10-14

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 29-01-15

What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

I think this has to be the absolute best narration ever by far by anyone. Sean Barret has surpassed even himself on this one.

Any additional comments?

I loved this book. Well written. Great story. Very atmospheric. Good characterisation. No waffle or padding. Superb narration. What more could you ask for in this genre.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Apple Tree Yard

  • By: Louise Doughty
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,049
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,042

Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage. But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair. Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first. But she can’t control what happens next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Recommendation!

  • By Mrs. Helen M. Herbert on 09-02-14

Loved it.o

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

Reviewed: 05-11-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Apple Tree Yard to be better than the print version?

Audio. Juliet does an amazing job

Who was your favorite character and why?

Scottish female barrister.

What about Juliet Stevenson’s performance did you like?

Everything. Fantastic

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

Not. Possible. But it will cover a great weekend.

Any additional comments?

This is the only book on Audible by Louise Doughy. What a fantastic writer. Need to find more. This was a great story. In depth characters and great narration. Each to his own but I loved it

  • Thin Air

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692

A group of old university friends travel to Unst to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends to a Shetlander. But late on the night of the wedding party, one of them, Eleanor, disappears. The following day, Eleanor's friend Polly receives an email. It appears to be a suicide note. And then Eleanor's body is discovered, lying in a small loch close to the cliff edge. Detectives Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves are dispatched to investigate. Before she went missing, Eleanor claimed to have seen a ghost.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listening

  • By Lucy on 02-11-14

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 10-10-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Good story. Lovely atmosphere. Draws you in. Well written. Good characterisation. Excellent narration. Good pace to the story. Good on detail but no irrelevancies.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Thin Air?

The Shetlands.

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

Loved him. Excellent

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

Mystery in the Shetlands

Any additional comments?

Atmospheric

12 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Yard

  • By: Alex Grecian
  • Narrated by: Christopher Saul
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

London, 1889. Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror is finally over, but a new one is just beginning…. In the late Victorian era, as many as 96 bodies a month are pulled from the Thames, the majority of them with their throats slit. The broken body of a Scotland Yard detective is found in a steamer trunk, his eyes and lips sewn shut. Inspector Walter Day's first assignment is to catch the killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply a good read.

  • By Emmajane on 07-08-12

Thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 15-09-14

What made the experience of listening to The Yard the most enjoyable?

The narration was fantastic. The writing was very good. The story was paced well.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of them really. Good characterisations within this period setting

Have you listened to any of Christopher Saul’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but will listen again. He controls the story well. Does not vocally exaggerate his characters. Very easy to my ear.

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

Suspenseful period detective story at its best.

Any additional comments?

Loved the fact that the story was not littered with useless observations. It remained factual and was wrapped up well. No loose ends.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful