LISTENER

Homeburd

  • 14
  • reviews
  • 29
  • helpful votes
  • 14
  • ratings
  • The Kept Woman

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457

The latest novel in the Will Trent series from number one best-selling author Karin Slaughter. A body is discovered in an empty Atlanta warehouse. It's the body of an ex-cop, and from the moment Special Agent Will Trent walks in he knows this could be the most devastating case of his career. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim - a woman - has left the scene and vanished into thin air.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What's happening

  • By Christine on 17-07-16

Great characters

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

Reviewed: 24-06-18

Well I wouldn’t normally start with book 8 in a series but I had this on audible and was keen to listen to a book whilst gardening and leapt straight in without realising. Having said that it didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything so this definitely works as a stand alone. The female narrator was very easy to listen to and she did well as the voice of both the male and female characters. The story itself was twisty enough to hold my attention throughout even though I was listening in fits and starts over a month or so. I don’t believe I have read any Karin Slaughter before and while I’m wondering why I’m also aware that I can fix that.

  • Wretchedness

  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

A peculiar tablet unearthed in a Middle Eastern ossuary provokes madness in those who encounter it. One by one, people come under the tablet's sway and are subjected to horrific visions and dreams. In time, the tablet's true purpose becomes clear: It is the harbinger of an eons-dead god whose reemergence will steep the world in terror and suffering. Having put the pieces together, two men race against the clock and attempt to disrupt the terrifying work of an ancient cult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy

  • By TerryHeth on 28-08-17

A really good horror story

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

I don’t listen to many audiobooks but there is something quite joyous about having a book read to you. To be honest this is not a book that I would have picked up to read as I generally avoid horror but I really enjoyed listening to it. I have listened to other books narrated by Jake Urry and knew that I would like listening to his voice but I’m genuinely surprised how much I enjoyed the story so maybe Ambrose Ibsen has converted me to horror. There was a great build of tension as the book progressed and an ending that was worth waiting for.

  • A Mind to Kill

  • A gripping psychological thriller packed with suspense
  • By: John Nicholl
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

When Rebecca's childhood abuser escapes justice, it sets her on a path to revenge. Revenge on any man who preys on the innocent. A gripping, audiobook psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection

  • By Melanie Preston Lewis on 12-09-17

A bit lacking in tension for me

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

I have listened to a couple of John Nicholl’s other books and like them this was also narrated by Jake Urry. Once again it was nice to sit back and have Jake read to me although I did switch to the kindle version towards the end as I thought I could finish it quicker that way. I know that DI Gravel is suffering from PTSD but I really found him hard going in this book. I thought the new DS Keley was a good addition and whether it is authentic or not I liked the accent she had in the narration. Overall I thought this one lacked tension and I didn’t find it particularly gripping.

My thanks to Jake Urry for this Audible copy of A Mind to Kill.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Pilgrim

  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,584

Pilgrim is the code name for a man who doesn't exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation. But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting but a bit too full of cliches

  • By Anna on 19-12-16

Grabs you and doesn't let go

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

Reviewed: 22-08-17

I wanted to read this book but thought I would never complete it due to its length so Audible seemed the obvious answer. I have enjoyed the company of Pilgrim while driving, gardening and washing the car as I was looking for jobs to do that would let me listen. The narration was good, very clear and easy to listen to however, other than American, the character accents let him down. I found this really entertaining and the narration definitely made the length of the book less intimidating. Highly recommended.

  • Unethical Conduct

  • Terry McGuire Series of Thrillers: The Garnwen Trust, Book 1
  • By: Arthur Cole, Nigel C. Williams
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Corrupt senior officers, a murder, a rape, and a flasher. Can DI Terry McGuire's day get any worse? McGuire became a police officer to uphold the law and to protect those who cannot protect themselves. When he discovers a connection between a former friend and colleague, and a body buried on a beach that appears to have been frozen for five years, McGuire knows there is only one course of action he can take.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding narration!

  • By Melanie Preston Lewis on 26-07-17

Good introduction to the series

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

Jake Urry has one of those voices that hold your attention to the point where I think he could read out his shopping list and I would find it interesting. The book did have more to offer than a list of provisions. I haven't read anything by either author before but there was a definite feel of authenticity to the police characters and their language and it's no surprise that both authors are former police officers. This was fairly short with the narration lasting under 4 hours. DI Terry McGuire was a great character and I will probably read more of the series. My usual problem here with swearing as while it felt totally in character I just don't like to hear it narrated.

My thanks to Jake Urry for this audible copy of Unethical Conduct

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

FREE: The Window Man cover art
  • FREE: The Window Man

  • By: Louise Millar
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 494
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 499

The Window Man is the first story in the Killer Women: Crime Club Anthology #1 collection. Enjoy it for free, exclusively in audio! Blade-sharp and pared to the bone, these original stories by best-selling, award-winning female crime writers will lure you to the dark side. Fifteen perfectly twisted tales with a measure of evil, a dash of horror, and a dose of humour. Expect the unexpected....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant!

  • By E. Faulkner on 20-08-16

Good short story

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

Reviewed: 16-04-17

I think when you are used to reading or listening to full length books there's always a bit of an adjustment with a short story as it feels like it's just getting going and then it's finished. The narration was good and I could have listened to Clare Corbett for longer. I liked the characters here and on he back of this I would like to read or listen to more by Louise Millar

  • White Is the Coldest Colour

  • Dr. David Galbraith, Book 1
  • By: John Nicholl
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

Fifty-eight year old Dr. David Galbraith, a sadistic, predatory paedophile employed as a consultant child psychiatrist, has already murdered one child in the soundproofed cellar below the South Wales Georgian townhouse he shares with his wife and two young daughters. Anthony becomes Galbraith's latest obsession and he will stop at nothing to make his grotesque fantasies reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard hitting subject, incredible story

  • By Devilish Accord on 05-06-16

Uncomfortable story but excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 16-04-17

From the blurb it was clear that this was not going to be a comfortable read but I don't think I was quite prepared for how some of the descriptions made me feel. I have listened to a Jake Urry narration before so I knew that I could happily listen to him for hours and it was a gripping story. I think what makes it so uncomfortable is that from recent high profile child abuse cases we know that it's probably very close to the truth. Dr David Galbraith is a horrible man and I spent the entire book hoping that he would get his comeuppance. You will of course need to listen to it or read it to find out whether he did.
The narration was worthy of 5 stars but overall it's a 4 star for me.
I received a free Audible copy of White is the Coldest Colour and my thanks to Jake Urry for that.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Try Not to Breathe

  • By: Holly Seddon
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies, Lucy Middleweek, Katy Sobey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,031

For fans of Gillian Flynn, Laura Lippman, and Paula Hawkins comes Holly Seddon's arresting fiction debut: an engrossing thriller full of page-turning twists and turns, richly imagined characters, and gripping psychological suspense. Some secrets never die. They're just locked away. Alex Dale is lost. Destructive habits have cost her a marriage and a journalism career. All she has left is her routine: a morning run until her body aches, then a few hours of forgettable work before the past grabs hold and drags her down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If you can get over annoying irritating inflections in speech of two readers it's worth listening to.

  • By Pete on 02-12-16

Easy to listen to in several sessions

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

When I started listening to this I fully expected to finish it in a week or so however in the end I took 3 months to listen through. I was mostly listening in my car but on short journeys whic is not ideal. I was able to pick up the storyline no problem which I'm not sure would be the case with every book. The use of the three narrators worked well and for tthe most part I thought they did a good job. I personally find swearing quite jarring in audiobooks (I barely notice it in written text) and there seemed to be a fair bit of it here. I particularly liked when the story was told from the viewpoint of Amy and that made the book more interesting than the investigation itself.

  • 11/9

  • By: Ben Lovejoy
  • Narrated by: Chris Abell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Nine-eleven was the world's worst terrorist atrocity. Julian Fox intends to change that fact. The planning will take months. The attack will take just two minutes. Nine-eleven involved four airliners, three buildings, and 3,000 deaths. What Fox is planning will down 1,300 airliners, devastate countless city centers, and kill around half a million people. His method won't require a single hijacker, just 23 lines of computer code.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overly technical

  • By Sarah on 16-11-15

So that's what a techno thriller is

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

Reviewed: 04-11-16

This is definitely the first techno thriller I have read so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect but it seems that's it's a genre that I enjoy. Yes there is a fair bit of technical jargon in here but I think it was necessary to satisfy the 'techno' description and I was able to listen without totally understanding what it meant. I found the narration jarred a little in terms of accents and particularly the pronunciation of 'mobile' which was a frequently used word. Overall it's a really well plotted story but probably not one you want to read on an aircraft.

  • Black Widow

  • By: Chris Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Angus King, Scarlett Mack
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286

There is no perfect marriage. There is no perfect murder. Diana Jager's life crumbles when her details are released on the Internet as revenge for her antisexism blog. Then she meets Peter. Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident - a nightmare end to their fairy-tale romance. But Peter's sister, Lucy, doesn't believe in fairy tales and tasks maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling 'Black Widow'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great listen

  • By N. Macdougall on 06-02-16

A great crime thriller

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

I haven't read anything by Chris Brookmyre in years but when I saw his had won Crime Novel of the year I thought I should try it. I thought both narrators were really great and I did enjoy the switching back and forth between the male and female voice. There were enough twists in the story that even when I thought I had worked out the ending I couldn't be sure. Overall just a cracking great story.