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  • The Blackhouse

  • The Lewis Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647

A brutal killing takes place on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland: a land of harsh beauty and inhabitants of deep-rooted faith. Detective Inspector Fin Macleod is sent from Edinburgh to investigate. For Lewis-born Macleod, the case represents a journey both home and into his past. Something lurks within the close-knit island community. Something sinister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Utterly Compelling Atmosphere of Desolation

  • By Simon on 16-02-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 19-12-18

Authentic story telling by the author, and excellent reading, really absorbing, I want the next book immediately.

  • 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 593
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553

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

Thoroughly enjoyed this

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

What a good listen this is, thoroughly enjoyed it, I’m off to see what else is available by both author and narrator

  • Sheltering Rain

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Judith Boyd
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 376

On Coronation night the ex-pat community in Hong Kong gathers for a celebration party, and 21-year-old Joy falls in love at first sight. She is engaged within 24 hours, but will not see her fiancé again for a year. Fifteen years later, when Sabine, her mother and grandmother are brought together, not only a deeply buried family secret is discovered, but also some fundamental truths: about the conflict between love and duty, about women's choices, and about mothers and daughters.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So So JoJo

  • By Kaggy on 06-10-15

Nicely written

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

Nicely written, well researched, but can only manage this sort of book once in a while, and even then I question why I did. Confess it did make me teary somewhere in the beginning chapters, I liked that, but the rest...I would probably have loved it when I was a teenager. Narrator is very good at accents, can’t fault her at all, although perhaps her cool tones are a bit squeaky clean for me. I had to see why the author is a best selling writer, I still don’t know really, there’s a lot of stuff like this out there, but if this book makes people happy, then...(shrug) it’s ok I guess.

  • Knight's Shadow

  • The Greatcoats, Book 2
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

The Greatcoats have found the heir to the throne...but now they must keep her alive, against all the odds. Falcio Val Mond has completed the final task given to him by the late King Paelis: he has found the King's Charoites (well, one at least). But his task isn't over, and now he, Kest and Brasti must protect the girl from those who want her dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great sequel to a good first book.

  • By Daniel Plunkett on 09-01-18

Enjoying this series very much

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

Really thoroughly appreciating this series, everything about it, story, characters, performance, including the swearing. The swearing makes it real.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Traitor's Blade

  • The Greatcoats, Book 1
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537

The Greatcoats - legendary heroes, arbiters of justice...or notorious traitors? The Greatcoats are travelling magistrates bringing justice to all...or at least they were, before they watched the Dukes impale their King's head on a spike. Now the land's heroes are reviled as traitors, their Greatcoats in tatters. Facio, Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as mercenaries, but when they find their employer dead - and are forced to watch as the killer plants evidence framing them for the murder - they realise things are about to get even worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-03-18

It’s been a while

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

Reviewed: 29-01-18

It’s been a while since anything in the genre has captured my attention this well, thoroughly enjoyed it, will get next in series ASAP. Well read in a lively, clear manner, no lengthy battle scenes, plenty of dialogue, thumbs up from me

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Temptation

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616

A twisted killer targeting psychologists has left a grisly trail across Europe. Dr Tony Hill, expert at mapping the minds of murderers, is reluctant to get involved. But then the next victim is much closer to home....Meanwhile his former partner, DCI Carol Jordan, is working undercover in Berlin on a dangerous operation to trap a millionaire trafficker. When the game turns nasty, Tony is the only person she can call on for help.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • what on earth

  • By Mrs L Morley on 15-05-17

Enjoyed the story

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

But the reader, oh dear...his voice is just too dated, when he says ‘ezine’, or anything to do with modern technology, it sounds as if he isn’t familiar at all. Needs a more energetic voice. This doesn’t put me off though, because the author tells good tales.

  • The Men Who Stare at Goats

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 593

In 1979, a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US Army. Defying all known accepted military practice - and indeed, the laws of physics - they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling Ronson at his best

  • By David Grogan on 04-09-16

Loved this

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

Reviewed: 23-09-17

Funny, and bloody serious all at once.

I need eight more words to complete this <- there they are

  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue Treasury

  • Classic BBC Radio Comedy
  • By: BBC Radio Comedy
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Lyttleton, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden
  • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471

A bumper collection of classic fun and games from one of BBC Radio 4's best-loved and most enduring comedy panel games. The inimitable Humphrey Lyttelton is in the chair for these 36 hilarious editions, collected together for the first time. He presides over regular players Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Willie Rushton, plus guests including Stephen Fry, Tony Hawks, Andy Hamilton, Paul Merton, Sandi Toksvig and Jeremy Hardy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud

  • By AR on 24-02-17

Grinning

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

Reviewed: 22-09-17

Never fails to make me either laugh out loud, or walk around grinning, because they're all just so naughty. No opportunity for filthy humour is missed, and yet they get away with it, mostly because of the giggling. I don't know how some of this was broadcast at the time.
I love Clue.

  • A God in Ruins

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966

Kate Atkinson’s dazzling Life After Life, one of the top-selling adult books of 2014, explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula’s beloved younger brother, Teddy – would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband, and father – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving and memorable

  • By Kirstine on 16-06-15

Absolutely Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 16-09-17

I don't think I can do a review justice, it's a truly beautiful book, fabulous narrator, touching stories (I recognised people I know in it, and also myself) and all the while it was like cool water, brittle but flowing, stark, yet bursting with detail and passion. What a talented writer Kate Atkinson is.

  • The Dream Hunter

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

In search of a legendary mare, Lord Winter enters the crucible of the red sands, forging unbreakable bonds of loyalty and trust with his young companion in the desert. But hidden beneath the ragged costume of a Bedouin boy is a remarkable young woman: Zenia Stanhope, daughter of the extraordinary Queen of the Desert. Zenia wants nothing of the danger that Lord Winter lives for. She wants only to reach England, far from the blood and sand of the desert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story telling

  • By Stephanie on 11-09-17

Excellent story telling

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

It's as if LK lived in the times she writes about, every detail is believable. Some of the storylines are a bit out there, but then again, they are proper rollicking adventures, and I found myself happily going along with them. The greatest pleasure though, is Nicholas Boulton's fantastic range, his perfect voice. Bliss.