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  • Closed Casket

  • The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 557

Lady Athelinda Playford has planned a house party at her mansion in Clonakilty, County Cork, but it is no ordinary gathering. As guests arrive, Lady Playford summons her lawyer to make an urgent change to her will - one she intends to announce at dinner that night. She has decided to cut off her two children without a penny and leave her fortune to someone who has only weeks to live.... Among Lady Playford's guests are two men she has never met - the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and Inspector Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ridiculous plot, badly in need of editing

  • By Karen on 13-10-16

Great

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

Loved it, lovely puzzling plot. Interesting characters. The Irish accents were a bit lacking, not Cork accents, but not terrible. Would recommend.

  • A Blade of Black Steel

  • Book Two of the Crimson Empire
  • By: Alex Marshall
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 21 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Action-packed epic fantasy from the author of A Crown for Cold Silver: a retired warrior returns to battle to seek revenge for a terrible blow; old friends and old enemies will pay the price. After 500 years the Sunken Kingdom has returned and brought with it a monstrous secret that threatens to destroy every country on the Star.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic fantasy

  • By fiona on 24-01-17

fantastic fantasy

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

Reviewed: 24-01-17

great characters, great action , very funny . couldn't recommend it more. narration spot on

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Seveneves

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Peter Brooke
  • Length: 32 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 762
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 708

The astounding new novel from the master of science fiction. What would happen if the world were ending? When a catastrophic event renders the Earth a ticking time bomb, it triggers a feverish race against the inevitable. An ambitious plan is devised to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere. But unforeseen dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings

  • By Chris on 24-07-15

great sci fi

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

Reviewed: 26-05-15

fantastic attention to detail. Good characters. Well constructed plot. Enjoyable read for any sci fi fan.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,466

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it

  • By Miss N. Bleakley-wadlow on 05-02-17

excellent plotting

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

Reviewed: 19-02-15

great flawed intriguing characters, interesting story. there is no such thing as a reliable witness

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  • Snow White Must Die

  • Bodenstein & Kirchhoff, Book 4
  • By: Nele Neuhaus
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

One rainy November day police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious accident. A woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath, but according to a witness, she may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and a case from the past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So many characters in one book

  • By Amelia on 11-12-13

mixed bag

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

Reviewed: 26-02-14

I enjoyed the story. I feel the translation wasn't great though. Mixed Anglo and US references, like fall and sixth form were a bit jarring. Occasional repetition and there are a few pacing problems.

In the end though it's an interesting story with good characters

  • The Farm

  • By: Tom Rob Smith
  • Narrated by: James Langton, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 358

Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden, the country of his mother's birth. But with a single phone call, everything changes. Your mother... she's not well, his father tells him. She's been imagining things - terrible, terrible things. In fact, she has been committed to a mental hospital. Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls: Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad... I need the police... Meet me at Heathrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and unusual...

  • By Caro on 15-02-14

intriguing

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

Reviewed: 26-02-14

Great plot, Scandinavian themed crime, very well done.
The author mirrors the uk's obsession with scandi crime with a once removed English narrator.
Beautiful descriptions. Good characterisations. Very tense and well paced.
I recommend this for any crime fan really.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Raising Steam

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,202

To the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork - a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all of the elements: earth, air, fire and water. This being Ankh-Morpork, it’s soon drawing astonished crowds, some of whom caught the zeitgeist early and arrive armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Essential for fans, but not the best of Discworld

  • By Andrew John Rae on 19-11-13

classic prattchet

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

The storyline is classic prattchet. Great appearances from favourite characters, vetinari, moist etc. It's a nice return to ankh morpok after the tiffany series. I'd highly recommend this to any fan of the discworld series. Not a good book to begin reading discworld novels on though.
Performance is good, however I've always preferred Tony Robinson's narration of prattchet.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Night Film

  • By: Marisha Pessl
  • Narrated by: Jake Weber
  • Length: 23 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

Cult horror director Stanislas Cordova hasn't been seen in public since 1971. When his daughter Ashley is found dead in a believed suicide, journalist Scott McGrath is not convinced. For McGrath, another death connected to the legendary director seems more than a coincidence. Driven by revenge, curiosity and a need for the truth, he finds himself pulled into a hypnotic, disorientating world which begins to threaten his grip on reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely gripping

  • By James on 02-09-13

enthralling

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

Reviewed: 15-09-13

Perfect story. This is a detective -investigative piece. intriguing throughout, the main three characters provide a wonderful balance of hard boiled detective, streetwise kid and iNgenue. The story brings us on a tour of New yorks underbelly . Nothing is certain. Every encounter is fascinating. I could not reccomend this more

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Hand in Mine

  • By: Robert Aickman
  • Narrated by: Reece Shearsmith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

Cold Hand in Mine stands as one of Aickman's best collections and contains eight stories that show off his powers as a 'strange story' writer to the full. The listener is introduced to a variety of characters, from a man who spends the night in a Hospice to a German aristocrat and a woman who sees an image of her own soul. There is also a nod to the conventional vampire story ("Pages from a Young Girl's Journal") but all the stories remain unconventional and inconclusive, which perhaps makes them all the more startling and intriguing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen

  • By Pip on 24-10-18

atmospheric stories

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

Reviewed: 15-09-13

Aickman is a master of the creepy tale. great characters wonderful slices of lives under pressure. Always spooky, well written and enthralling.
Narration by shearsmith suits these tales down to the ground

  • The Haunted

  • By: Bentley Little
  • Narrated by: Dan Butler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

The Perry family's new house is perfect - except for the weird behavior of the neighbors, and that odd smell coming from a dark corner in the basement. Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it's too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the basement stairs is rising.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Genuinely unsettling, well written horror

  • By Jonathan Mills on 24-06-12

haunted house

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

Reviewed: 15-09-13

Original story about a family living in a haunted house. The author has done a good job on characterisation,. The haunted house themes are all here and updated. The narrative has been updated but there are a few cliches. This didnt knock my socks off but it was entertaining. The narration is really well done.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful