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  • Truth and Lies

  • A DI Amy Winter Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Caroline Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

DI Amy Winter is hoping to follow in the footsteps of her highly respected police officer father. But when a letter arrives from the prison cell of Lillian Grimes, one half of a notorious husband-and-wife serial-killer team, it contains a revelation that will tear her life apart. Responsible for a string of heinous killings decades ago, Lillian is pure evil. A psychopathic murderer. And Amy’s biological mother. Now, she is ready to reveal the location of three of her victims - but only if Amy plays along with her twisted game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-09-18

Excellent start to a promising series

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

Reviewed: 23-05-19

Not being familiar with Caroline Mitchell’s work, I bought the book as a filler whilst laid up with a bad back. What a pleasant surprise! I liked Amy’s professional assertiveness coupled with her more wary personal traits. Lilian is another full character, being the archetypical, scheming, evil creature. The play between the two was fascinating. I enjoyed the story, which never lost me. Elizabeth Knowelden was another newbie to me, but was an excellent narrator. All in all I’d recommend this story and shall now go looking for book 2.

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  • Mission Critical

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

Court Gentry's flight on a CIA transport plane is interrupted when a security team brings a hooded man aboard. They want to kick Gentry off the flight but are overruled by CIA headquarters. The mystery man is being transported to England where a joint CIA/MI6 team will interrogate him about a mole in Langley. When they land in an isolated airbase in the UK, they are attacked by a hostile force who kidnaps the prisoner. Only Gentry escapes. His handlers send him after the attackers, but what can one operative do against a trained team of assassins?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book... Dodgy accents

  • By Amazon Customer on 17-06-19

Great series!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

This has become a favourite. I enjoy the characters and the pace of the stories. This one is non-stop. The Grey Man actually meets his match, amazingly, and suffers accordingly! Zoya takes a central role in this story, which gives more of her back story. Just waiting for the next one now...

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Longstone

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 10
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489

Between the devil and the deep blue sea... Viking treasure is discovered beneath the icy waters of the North Sea, and local historian Dr Anna Taylor is called in to help catalogue the most exciting hoard in living memory. But when a shipwreck diver washes up dead, she’s soon out of her depth. Luckily, she knows just the person to call.... When DCI Ryan arrives at the picturesque fishing town of Seahouses, he's faced with an impenetrable wall of secrets and lies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant..

  • By Salter on 11-03-19

Another great

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

Reviewed: 28-03-19

I love this series. The characters are well rounded and so real. The plots are sufficiently intriguing and complex to hold you from start to finish - and there’s always a final surprise! LJ Ross is a talented author and her stories are wonderfully complemented by the skilful narration of Jonathan Keeble. I truly hope for more!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Hermitage

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 9
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

When an old man is found dead inside the ancient hermitage at Warkworth Castle, Northumbria CID are called in to investigate. With no apparent motive, it’s their job to unravel why he was murdered - and this time they’re forced to do it without their star detective.... DCI Ryan is thousands of miles away. He’s tracked a killer across Europe and has sworn not to return until he has his man in custody. Nathan Armstrong is a dangerous psychopath, but there’s just one problem - he’s also an international celebrity: a world-famous thriller writer with money and connections.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Brilliant DCI Ryan adventure..

  • By Salter on 07-03-19

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 25-03-19

I’ve got all of this series and have thoroughly enjoyed each. The Hermitage is no except. Jonathan Keeble gives life to each character superbly. His wonderful skill gives an individual voice to each, supporting L. J. Ross’ skill as a talented author perfectly. Her characters have depth, dimension and life. This story takes us to Italy, pursuing an old adversary. The twists in the plot engaged me throughout. I thoroughly recommend the book and the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Dead Eye

  • A Gray Man Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283

Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry. But now, Whitlock is a free agent who has been directed to terminate his fellow student of death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good

  • By M Fowler on 04-12-17

A great series

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

Mark Greaney’s characters are beautifully rounded and draws the reader either to or from then. His pacy stories hold you from start to finish. Jay Snider’s narration gives credit to the story and characters. In this book, the Grey Man seems almost to feel empathy and warmth for the female Mossad Officer. Can’t wait to get the next one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Gray Man

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 531

Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Escapism

  • By Mark on 30-10-13

Far-fetched but enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

Not my usual type of story but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Yes, it’s impossibly far-fetched but I found myself liking the assassin and other “goodies” and wishing inevitable I’ll on the “baddies.” I actually kept it going whilst I cooked and cleaned and did household tasks. I’d recommend it as pure escapism. The narrator did have problems with some accents and pronunciations but it could be dismissed relatively easily. Seriously considering getting the next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,444
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,597
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,548

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio better than print

  • By Fersh on 03-12-18

Audio better than print

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Unusually, I’m certain that the audiobook is better than the hard copy would be. Maybe this is because Michelle Obama read her own life story. She writes with the same honesty and grace she demonstrated as FLOTUS. Inspiring a plethora of emotions, her story allows us to understand the source of her drive and achievements. One thing surprised me: her recurring question of “Am I good enough?” The answer is evident: she most definitely is! A must listen autobiography.

96 of 106 people found this review helpful

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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,483
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,397

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deliciously original quirky story about loneliness

  • By jenny wren on 27-06-17

Slow start but so well worth it

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

This is a lovely tale, poignant but heart warming. It took me a while to care about Eleanor but then I really took her to heart. I cringed at some of her behaviours and glowed at others. Her relationship with Ray is pivotal to her development. Her outward timidity belies a hidden strength, masking a mild autism. That there was a traumatic childhood becomes apparent but its denouement is a twist. The author handles Eleanor’s story delicately and sensitively and the narrator tells her story beautifully. A truly worthwhile audible book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Shelter in Place

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Then the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait - and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-06-18

A must have!

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Captivating from the first chapter, Nora Roberts’ novel is super. It has the thriller, a growing romance, dysfunctional families and much more. I played some every time I awoke! A definite addition to the listening library!! Highly recommended.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Slow Burn

  • Detective Alec Ramsay Series, Book 3
  • By: Conrad Jones
  • Narrated by: Paul Holbrook
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Slow Burn is the second book in the best selling Alec Ramsay series, following The Child Taker, Slow Burn, Criminally Insane, Frozen Betrayal.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • the worst narrator ever

  • By SHIRLEY on 02-08-15

Great story but the wrong narrators

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

This is another good Alec Ramsay story. Conrad Jones has developed a strong character and great stories. Sadly, whoever chose the narrator, both Paul Holbrook and the female occasional voice, forgot to rationalise that an American (these two anyway) cannot replicate accents from NW England. Furthermore, neither can alter their voices convincingly for different characters and results are very odd. Such a shame, because the narration detracts from an interesting and clever story. I’m not certain I’ll get others in this series because of the use of the same narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful