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bath, United Kingdom
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  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,452

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

An aspect of London we don't often think about...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-12-11

An original and engaging author who knows how to skirt the edge of possibility, with great characters and a horrid dog!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Moon over Soho

  • Rivers of London, Book 2
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,155
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,265

I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good sequel

  • By P. J. Williams on 05-08-11

Vampires, but not as you know them

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-12-11

Ben Aaronovitch gives a new aspect on the overworked vampire genre; it is funny, clever, and engaging. I can't wait for Peter and Nightingale's next adventure.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Labyrinth

  • Greywalker, Book 5
  • By: Kat Richardson
  • Narrated by: Mia Barron
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Returning to Seattle from London following her last paranormal adventure, Harper is greeted with surprising news: The man who "killed” her has been murdered. His ghost could hold the key to valuable information about her father’s ghostly imprisonment and her own murky past, making Harper desperate to find him. Tracking this ghost down, however, puts Harper on a path fraught with supernatural dangers in addition to some corporeal ones....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Knockout stuff

  • By GRANIA on 26-08-11

Knockout stuff

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-08-11

Kat Richardson's Greywalker series is a wonderful concept, skillfully plotted and written. She gives a great idea of the atmosphere of Seattle (it is a rather...odd... city), and her heroine is always interesting and engaging. My favourite character has to be the ferret Chaos - Richardson obviously loves Mustela putorius furo, and that love comes over in her writing. I look forward to more of Harper and the Grey.

Sleepy Head
    Tom Thorne, Book 1
    
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    Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    39 ratings
    Overall 3.7
  • Sleepy Head

  • Tom Thorne, Book 1
  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

It's rare for a young woman to die from a stroke, and when three such deaths occur in short order it starts to look like an epidemic. Then a sharp pathologist notices traces of benzodiazepine in one of the victim's blood samples and just traceable damage to the ligaments in her neck, and their cause of death is changed from 'natural' to 'murder'.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling who dunnit

  • By Anonymous User on 27-10-17

Another failure...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-08-11

Sleepyhead itself is not a failure, in fact it keeps up the suspense very well indeed - but Billingham's Tom Thorne never seems to be able to maintain a relationship, and I had such hopes of this one!
The idea of the only witness suffering locked-in syndrome, and the race to access her memories is exciting, original, and well researched. I liked Sleepyhead very much; every book increases one's knowledge of Thorne's character and personality which adds to the fun. I find myself shouting at him occasionally when he gets a bee in his bonnet, an occupational hazard when reading Billingham.

  • The Lemon Table

  • By: Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Timothy West, Prunella Scales
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

In a collection that is wise, funny, clever and moving, Julian Barnes has created characters whose passions and longings are made all the stronger by the knowledge that, for them, time is almost at an end.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bit of a lemon

  • By GRANIA on 26-05-11

Bit of a lemon

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-11

Sorry Mr Barnes, I know you are a good writer, but this collection of short stories did not leave me wanting more - in fact I couldn't even finish it.

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  • Day By Day Armageddon

  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Amazon Customer on 25-01-10

Gripping

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-11

I made the mistake of listening to this story before going to sleep, and had to stay awake most of the night as I really got involved and anxious about the protagonists. You have been warned!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Airframe
    A Novel
    
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        Blair Brown
    
    


    
    Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
    5 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Airframe

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Blair Brown
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Airframe is nonstop Crichton: the extraordinary mixture of super suspense and authentic information on a subject of compelling interest that has been a Crichton hallmark since The Andromeda Strain.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This airframe just isn't airworthy

  • By GRANIA on 26-05-11

This airframe just isn't airworthy

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-11

As a long-time fan of Michael Crichton I was very disappointed with this potboiler which was short on ideas, plot and surprises, and gave the impression that he tossed it off somewhere between sorting his sock drawer and checking his bank account.

Meat
    
    
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    Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
    36 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Meat

  • By: Joseph D'Lacey
  • Narrated by: Sorcha Cusack
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Both a dystopian masterpiece and a timely cautionary tale of what could happen if the powers that be monkey around with the food chain for their own ends, "Meat" breaks new ground in horror fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • you need to listen to this

  • By Mrs. Deborah L. Fox on 13-03-10

A dystopian shocker

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-11

Despite the disturbing images of the survivors of an unnamed but cataclysmic tragedy I very much enjoyed this book. There are some parts of the story which don't quite ring true, possibly because I know more about farming than the author - but the basic premise of the book is shocking but perfectly believable. A great read, or listen!

  • Dark Matter

  • By: Michelle Paver
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343

January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top 5 Horror

  • By Joseph on 04-04-11

Don't listen to this alone, at night.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-11

An utterly gripping narrative that piles emergency on crisis, while at the same time giving a very good impression of life in the High Arctic, in itself a fraught experience. Michelle Paver has obviously done her research and the period 'grace notes' are authentic. The narrator is first class, with a clear and well modulated voice and great timing, which makes a good story even better. I hope Paver and Northam can get together on further books.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful