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  • Kill Game

  • Seven of Spades, Volume 1
  • By: Cordelia Kingsbridge
  • Narrated by: Wyatt Baker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Homicide detective Levi Abrams is barely holding his life together. He’s reeling from the fallout of a fatal shooting, and his relationship with his boyfriend is crumbling. The last thing he’s prepared for is a serial killer stalking the streets of Las Vegas. Or how he keeps getting thrown into the path of annoyingly charming bounty hunter Dominic Russo. Dominic likes his life free of complications. That means no tangling with cops—especially prickly, uptight detectives. But when he stumbles across one of the Seven of Spades’s horrifying crime scenes, he can’t let go, despite Levi’s warnings to stay away. The Seven of Spades is ruthless and always two moves ahead. Worst of all, they’ve taken a dangerously personal interest in Levi and Dominic. Forced to trust each other, the two men race to discover the killer’s identity, revealing hidden truths along the way and sparking a bond neither man expected. But that may not be enough to protect them. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the story, shame about the narrator....

  • By BevS on 27-05-18

Thoroughly enjoyed this book

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

Reviewed: 17-10-18

As is usual, I read this as an e-book first and I really enjoyed it so when I saw that it was available as an audio book I decided to give it a go and have not been disappointed. I've read the second book in the series and I've got books 3 & 4 so I hope that they'll all eventually come out in audio so I can have the full set. The story was very good and I haven't guessed who the antagonist is yet so we'll have to wait and see if I manage it before the author reveals all.
The narration was interesting; when Wyatt Baker was narrating dialogue it came out well, sounding natural and with pretty good distinction between the characters, when he narrated non-dialogue text it sometimes came out a bit like a film trailer voiceover, and that's not to say that was a bad thing, and it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story, it was just an interesting difference.
I'm still giving it 5 stars overall.

  • Murder on the Lake of Fire

  • Mourning Dove Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Mikel J. Wilson
  • Narrated by: Hugh Bradley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

At 23 and with a notorious case under his belt, Emory Rome has already garnered fame as a talented special agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. His career is leapfrogging over his colleagues, but the jumping stops when he's assigned a case he fought to avoid - an eerie murder in the Smoky Mountain hometown he had abandoned. The mysterious death of a teen ice-skater once destined for the pros is soon followed by an apparent case of spontaneous human combustion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really good murder mystery

  • By JillB on 09-10-18

Really good murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I had read it before listening to it, and had enjoyed it then, but Hugh Bradley really got the characters across well; there was good differentiation between them and you didn't get confused as to who was speaking at any point. The mystery itself was well laid out and the ending presents interesting possibilities for the future on a number of fronts. Emery and Jeff's relationship comes across well and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series and I hope it will also become available in audio.
I'm definitely going to be listening to this again. Highly recommend.

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  • Murder Takes the High Road

  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Librarian Carter Matheson is determined to enjoy himself on a Scottish bus tour for fans of mystery author Dame Vanessa Rayburn. Sure, his ex, Trevor, will also be on the trip with his new boyfriend, leaving Carter to share a room with a stranger, but he can’t pass up a chance to meet his favorite author. Carter’s roommate turns out to be John Knight, a figure as mysterious as any character from Vanessa’s books. His strange affect and nighttime wanderings make Carter suspicious. When a fellow traveler’s death sparks rumors of foul play, Carter is left wondering if there’s anyone on the tour he can trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book!

  • By JillB on 17-07-18

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

I am a Josh Lanyon fan, but I don't like all books equally however this is one of my favourites of Josh's. I've read it twice - first switching between reading and listening, the second time just listening to the audio version and I found it an engaging - and often humorous - experience. Carter is a great character, well aware of his flaws in the role of amateur sleuth and the other people on the trip with him were interesting in varied ways (some were awful!)
I really got drawn into the story, the narration was great and I just enjoyed the whole thing!

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  • Seven Summer Nights

  • By: Harper Fox
  • Narrated by: Chris Clog
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

It's 1946, and the dust of World War Two has just begun to settle. When famous archaeologist Rufus Denby returns to London, his life and reputation are as devastated as the city around him. He's used to the most glamorous of excavations, but can't turn down the offer of a job in rural Sussex. It's a refuge, and the only means left to him of scraping a living. With nothing but his satchel and a mongrel dog he's rescued from a bomb site, he sets out to investigate an ancient church in the sleepy village of Droyton.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful story with wonderful characters

  • By JillB on 23-02-18

A beautiful story with wonderful characters

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-18

I think this will have to sit alongside Harper's 'Priddy's Tale' as one of my favourites in print, pixel and audio. The characters of Rufus and Archie are brilliant and so full of life and warmth - something that the narrator, Chris Clog, brings vividly to life. I loved the characters when I read the book but, having now listened to their story, I can say I adore Archie & Rufus. The supporting characters were well fleshed out and the dual strands of the story: Rufus' amnesia and Archie's church, intertwined in a logical fashion, answering various questions posed throughout the book. The ending was satisfying and I didn't really want to leave the characters.
All in all this was a wonderful, engaging story with characters you loved, some you disliked, and some you'd quite happily like to see get some of their own treatment. Heartily recommend Seven Summer Nights and I would give it more than 5 stars if I could.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tinsel Fish

  • The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Harper Fox
  • Narrated by: Tim Gilbert
  • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Christmas in a Cornish seaside town, bright lights, and a hot new romance to ward off the winter storms...what could be finer? But Gideon and Lee's first festive season together is shockingly interrupted when Lee tries to rid a client's home of a malevolent presence. The ritual goes wrong, and in its aftermath Lee is strangely altered.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • No, Not for me

  • By Caz in Maspalomas on 19-09-18

A good series with great characters

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-18

I'm really enjoying the audio of this series, the characters are growing with each book as we learn more about them as they go about their lives and solve mysteries with a paranormal bent. This time, Lee is in trouble from a session gone wrong when he tries to help a woman remove a troubling presence in her house and it takes the help of Gideon's brother Ezekiel to start sorting things out. Something also seems to be haunting Lee which is not resolved so that's still to be dealt with.
The narration is very good although it has taken me a bit to get used to Gideon's voice as it's a lot more gravelly than I expected/ had in my head from reading the pixel version of the book. I'm enjoying it enough to want to get the rest in the series so I'm looking forward to making my way through the set.

  • Casting the Runes

  • By: M. R. James
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

The tale of a man who unwittingly angers a sorcerer, who is assumed by some Monty scholars to be based on the self-styled 'Great Beast,' occultist Aleister Crowley. Montague Rhodes James was a noted British mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–1918) and of Eton College (1918–1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An encounter with evil

  • By Kaggy on 07-12-14

Excellent narration of a ghostly tale

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

Reviewed: 25-12-17

M.R. James' ghost stories are wonderfully atmospheric and creepy and David Suchet's narration brings them wonderfully (horribly!) to life. The characters are well defined with different voices / tones and when put together with D.S.'s lovely voice made the whole listening experience great. I will be listening to this again but I will also be hunting out more books/ stories narrated by David Suchet as his voice is lovely and his narration very skilful and engaging; even without seeing his expression, the feelings of the characters came through brilliantly. Loved it.

  • Once Upon a Haunted Moor

  • The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Harper Fox
  • Narrated by: Tim Gilbert
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Gideon Frayne has spent his whole working life as a policeman in the village of Dark on Bodmin Moor. His first missing-child case is eating him alive. When his own boss sends in a psychic to help with the case, he's gutted - he's a level-headed copper who doesn't believe in such things, and he can't help but think that the arrival of clairvoyant Lee Tyack is a comment on his failure to find the little girl. But Lee is hard to hate, no matter how Gideon tries. At first Lee's insights into the case make no sense, but he seems to have a window straight into Gideon's heart.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice mystery short story

  • By Mary on 12-04-18

Very good mystery & paranormal

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

Reviewed: 19-12-17

This is a good mystery about a missing girl and the PC and psychic who find her. The descriptions of the countryside are well realised and the language is beautiful. The paranormal incidents are cleverly done and come across as logical when the process of working out what they mean is set out. The characters are easy to differentiate between although, in my head, Gideon wasn't quite as gravelly as portrayed so that threw me slightly but apart from that the narration was very good and I'm going to carry on with the series. Would recommend.

  • Friends vs. Family

  • The Academy: The Ghost Bird, Book 3
  • By: C. L. Stone
  • Narrated by: Natalie Eaton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Sang Sorenson is forced to suffer through another of her mother's extreme punishments. It almost kills her. The Academy boys vow it will be the last. They're determined to keep Sang safe, especially from her own family. Their solution: complete invasion of her life. Kota, Luke, Silas, Nathan, Victor, Gabriel and North do everything within their power to show Sang what true loyalty means.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent narration of bk 3 in Ghost Bird series

  • By JillB on 05-11-17

Excellent narration of bk 3 in Ghost Bird series

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

I have the whole series so far in pixels and print and, after hearing Natalie Eaton's narration of book 1, decided that I would get the other audio books in the series as so far they are very well done.
Sang and the boys get to know each other better and we see more of her interaction with them and also her mother and sister. There are some dark moments revolving around how Sang is treated by her mother, and her mother's attitude towards her is explained at the climax of the book - not justified, but rather her skewed viewpoint is explained.
The romance between the boys and Sang is very slow burn; she feels affection for them and they for her but it's still nascent enough that it's sitting in the box of close friendship and it's nice to see it develop gradually as Sang works out what she wants as she moves away from her mother's abusive control.
I love the different voices used for the characters; I know exactly who's speaking just by Natalie's narration which is excellent. I'm really enjoying the whole experience of listening to these novels and will give others by this author and narrator a go as well.

  • Between Ghosts

  • By: Garrett Leigh
  • Narrated by: Craig Beck
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

In 2003, journalist Connor Regan marched through London to add his voice to a million others, decrying the imminent invasion of Iraq. Eight months later, his brother, James, was killed in action in Mosul. Three years on, Connor finds himself bound for Iraq to embed with an elite SAS team. He sets his boots on the ground looking for closure and solace - anything to ease the pain of his brother's death. Instead he finds Sergeant Nathan Thompson.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable military romance

  • By JillB on 03-11-17

Enjoyable military romance

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

I enjoyed Craig Beck's narration of Garrett Leigh's 'Between Ghosts' - the characters' personalities came through well (although the Welsh accent was a bit dodgy but not enough to fully pull me out of the story) and he paced it well.
The story was engaging, following Connor as he tried to come to terms with his brother's death in the army years before by following military personnel as they fought in the Middle East and recording what they did and endured in an effort to make sense of it all. The growth of his relationship with Nat was well drawn and the tension it caused in relation to the missions was well narrated by Beck. The whole thing came to a very satisfying conclusion and I'll be trying other books written by Leigh, as well as checking out what other books Beck has narrated.
I will be listening to this again.

  • Trying to Live with the Dead

  • The Veil Diaries, Book 1
  • By: B. L. Brunnemer
  • Narrated by: Kris Koscheski, Carla Mercer-Meyer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Hi, I'm Alexis Delaney. I'm your average 17-year-old girl. Except I can see the dead. And talk to the dead. And push them away and, well, help them move on. For years I've been struggling to survive the souls still roaming around. The shitheads always seem to find me. Moving from town to town every few months never helped either. More dead just always find me. But things are changing for me now. I'm moving in with my uncle Rory and cousin Tara. I'm finally going to be able to do normal teenage stuff I've been missing out on. Right?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Alright if you are in your teens

  • By Sylv Sheehan on 04-02-18

Better in audio than pixels

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

The storyline for this book is good - girl who can see the dead goes to live with her uncle; makes friends with some cool guys and when they realise what she can do they stick with her - which is good because the Veil that the dead pass through is broken and everything is going pear-shaped.
Issues with the print version get smoothed out somewhat in audio - you can't tell where the wrong homonym is used (there vs. their) & poor sentence structure where it's hard to tell who's speaking gets covered up leaving the listener to concentrate on the actual story.
There is some word repetition where the same word appears 3 or 4 times in the same sentence and that can be jarring but the narration itself was good and there were nice tonal differences between the characters so you could tell who was speaking after listening for a little while.
I have got the next book, because as I said - the story is good & so is the narration - there were just some minor irritations (but far less than were apparent in the written form).