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  • A Murder of Crows

  • By: Ian Skewis
  • Narrated by: Ian Skewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

The most violent thunderstorm in living memory occurs above a sleepy village on the West Coast of Scotland. A young couple take shelter in the woods, never to be seen again.... DCI Jack Russell is brought in to investigate. Nearing retirement, he agrees to undertake one last case, which he believes can be solved as a matter of routine. But what Jack discovers in the forest leads him to the conclusion that he is following in the footsteps of a psychopath who is just getting started.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed very much

  • By Eve on 09-11-18

Slow and unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

This was most disappointing, I am a keen listener to crime stories and this was one of the worst. A police force with no sergeants or inspectors, a Detective Constable being called sir by another constable. This was surpassed by the said Insubordinate DC being promoted 3 ranks, quite incredulous!
I will not be following the adventures of “Jack” again. RogerC

  • The Fourth Friend

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906

Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl. Police detective Carter McLean is the only survivor of a plane crash that kills his four best friends. He returns to work, but he is left full of guilt and terrible flashbacks. So for each of his four friends he decides to complete something that they left unfinished....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ellis Gets Into The Groove!

  • By Simon on 07-12-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

The first 2 inthe series were excellent this was slow and predictable. The story was poor

  • Date with Death

  • The Dales Detective Series, Book 1
  • By: Julia Chapman
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Samson O'Brien has been dismissed from the police force and returns to his hometown of Bruncliffe in the Yorkshire Dales to set up the Dales Detective Agency while he fights to clear his name. However, the people of Bruncliffe aren't that welcoming to a man they see as trouble. Delilah Metcalfe, meanwhile, is struggling to keep her business, the Dales Dating Agency, afloat - as well as trying to control her wayward Weimaraner dog, Tolpuddle. Then when Samson gets his first case, investigating the supposed suicide of a local man, things take an unexpected turn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good plot dales flavoured murder mystery

  • By Michelle C on 23-06-17

Brilliantly performed rather different story line

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I was not sure about this book, I did not know the author, but had enjoyed listening to Elizabeth Bower before. The setting and plot were unusual but as the story got underway it quickly became a “cannot put it down” book.
This was mainly due to the exceptional performance and a story that built up tension at a good pace. The only slight downside was the almost bewildering range of character names early on, and unlike a written text it is not so convenient to look back a couple of pages to confirm who the character was.

  • Amnesia

  • By: Michael Ridpath
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Alastair Cunningham wakes up in hospital with almost total amnesia. But he knows that something terrible happened in his past, something that haunts him still. A young family friend, Clemence, is called in to help rekindle his memory. Retreating with Alastair to his remote cottage, Clemence finds a peculiar manuscript hidden away from prying eyes. Reading the prologue, she discovers a murder by someone very much like a young Alastair. The victim? Clemence's grandmother, Sophie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great "who dunnit"

  • By CW on 19-08-17

Superb Naration

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

Reviewed: 26-04-18

Sean Barrett is undoubtedly the finest reader of Audio books (apart from pronouncing loch as lock, but only a Scot would notice!) The story line was unusual but gripping, and kept me guessing up to the end. It is a while since I listened to a Michael Ridpath book they never fail to be an excellent “read”

  • Perfect Prey

  • DI Callanach, Book 2
  • By: Helen Fields
  • Narrated by: Robin Laing
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451

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

Very different and totally absorbing

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

Reviewed: 31-08-17

I enjoyed the 1st book in this series, but this surpassed it, in every sense. The narration was fantastic, differentiating between accents dialects and the male female voices so that it was all so well understood. I hope that there will be a 3rd not too far away.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Falcon Tattoo

  • The National Crime Agency Series, Book 2
  • By: Bill Rogers
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

A violent attacker is on the loose. His calling card: a tattoo on his victims' skin. With no witnesses and no evidence left at the crime scenes, it will take all of the National Crime Agency's resources to track him down. At the head of the investigation, codenamed Operation Juniper, Senior Investigator Joanne Stuart knows that the clock is ticking. The time between abductions is decreasing and the perpetrator grows ever more brazen. She fears it won't be long before his assaults turn deadly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but the narration could be irritating

  • By Roger Catto on 14-08-17

Great Story but the narration could be irritating

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

Reviewed: 14-08-17

I really enjoyed the story, but was disappointed to hear the narrator. Having listened to one of her readings before, I try to avoid her. However, Bill Rogers constructs a great story, which keeps me enthralled the whole way through, and the slightly irritating diction eases with the passage of the book. 5 stars with another Narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Private Investigations

  • Bob Skinner, Book 26
  • By: Quintin Jardine
  • Narrated by: James Bryce
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Quintin Jardine's 26th Bob Skinner mystery sees the Edinburgh sleuth plunged into a gruelling new case in which no score will go unsettled. Former Chief Constable Bob Skinner has uncovered his fair share of crime scenes over his 30-year career. But few have affected him quite as much as the horrifying sight he finds stowed in the back of a stolen car that collides with his own on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story

  • By Graham on 29-06-16

One of the best Skinners since the early days

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

Reviewed: 17-06-16

I have read all the Skinner books ( and the other Quintin Jardines as well).
This is the best for a while.