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  • The Killer in the Choir

  • A Fethering Mystery
  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Although she hadn't known Leonard Mallett well, Carole Seddon feels duty bound to attend her fellow committee member's funeral. As she suspected, the sermon is very predictable - not unlike Leonard himself. What she couldn't have predicted was that the deceased's daughter would use the occasion to publicly accuse her stepmother of murder. Did Heather Mallett really kill her husband? Deciding to get to the heart of the matter, Carole's neighbour Jude joins the new community choir - and discovers that amidst the clashing egos and petty resentments lurk some decidedly false notes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Weak plot

  • By Virginia Slim on 30-07-19

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-07-19

I confess to abandoning this after 4 chapters. Mr Brett sounds somewhat bored in his narration which left me disinterested in characters, plot and outcome. A great shame

  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,078
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,568

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping story.

  • By Bernadette on 22-10-15

Great book

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

Reviewed: 25-10-18

Another wonderful read although Strike’s Cornish accent is more pronounced and Robyn’s Yorkshire accent seems to have faded!!!
Did not want t to end. The character of Strike is fascinating .........excellent plot and the roller coaster with Strike and Robyn lurches on.......

  • The Various Haunts of Men

  • Simon Serrailler 1
  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,009

A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquillity and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet cathedral town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unusual way to start a series

  • By Linda on 27-06-14

Stunning

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

I read all this series when they were first published. Hearing this beautifully performed version reminded me of the quality and beauty of the writing, the fine characters and enthralling plot. Just wonderful.

  • The Word Is Murder

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,043

A wealthy woman strangled six hours after she's arranged her own funeral. A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own. A reluctant author drawn into a story he can’t control. What do they have in common? Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's new thriller. Spread the word. The word is murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Unemployed Detective

  • By Sarah on 30-08-17

Mesmerising

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

Reviewed: 28-07-18

A book that I did not want to end. One of the best for a long time.

  • Original Sin

  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 391

An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery. Set on the banks of the River Thames in the literary world, P. D. James' Original Sin is the ninth Adam Dalgliesh mystery and a brilliant work of crime fiction from the best-selling author of Death Comes to Pemberley. The Peverell Press, a 200-year-old publishing firm housed in a dramatic mock-Venetian palace on the Thames, is certainly ripe for change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • P D James at her best.

  • By Maryb on 20-03-16

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 29-04-18

Another stunning performance by Daniel Weyman. Atmospheric, thoughtful and intricate characterisation and story from the unsurpassed P D James. I fell for Dalgleish decades ago in the original books.....now fallen for him all over again!!!

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  • Silence Observed

  • By: Michael Innes
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Respected Fine Art experts are deceived in one of the most intriguing murder cases Inspector Appleby has ever faced, beginning with Gribble, and a collector of forgeries whose latest acquisition is found to be a forged forgery! In the words of Appleby himself: 'Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad. Just a little mad, for a start. Inclined, say, to unreasonable jokes in the course of business. But later - well, very mad indeed.'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By slb on 02-01-18

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

Some wonderful writing, particularly in the early scenes. Matt Addis IS Appleby for me. Highly recommend all his Appleby books.

  • Sleeping in the Ground

  • The 24th DCI Banks Mystery
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

A shocking mass murder occurs at a wedding in a small Dales church, and a huge manhunt follows. Eventually the shooter is run to ground, and things take their inevitable course. But Banks is plagued with doubts as to exactly what happened outside the church that day and why. Struggling with the death of his first serious girlfriend and the return of profiler Jenny Fuller into his life, Banks feels the need to dig deeper into the murders.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly tedious and self-indulgent

  • By Kirstine on 17-08-17

Gripping story

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

The story had me hooked but found the narrator slightly lightweight in timbre and tone.

  • False Scent

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

In a poisonous cloud of spray, the curtain falls on a drama queen. Little did beloved British actress Mary Bellamy know that she would be done in at her own birthday party - choked by toxic mist from the bottle of Slaypest, a deadly insecticide. Basking in the glow of her most adoring fans - who all happened to be her most duplicitous enemies - Mary would make her final performance.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • How to ruin a great story

  • By slb on 18-12-16

How to ruin a great story

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

Reviewed: 18-12-16

This performance is so over the top........exaggerated accents, pantomime characters...completely ruins the whole thing. The books deserve careful interpretation and thought. Just dreadful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Surfeit of Lampreys

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Ngaio Marsh’s most popular novel begins when a young New Zealander’s first contact with the English gentry is the body of Lord Wutherford - with a meat skewer through the eye.... The Lampreys had plenty of charm - but no cash. They all knew they were peculiar - and rather gloried in it. The double and triple charades, for instance, with which they would entertain their guests - like rich but awful Uncle Gabriel, who was always such a bore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marsh joy

  • By Jean the Bean on 11-12-16

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 31-10-16

Wonderful reading of possibly the best Alleyn story. Just wish Mr Franks could do all the Alleyn books......he is far and away the best interpreter.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Artists in Crime

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

One of Ngaio Marsh’s most famous murder mysteries, which introduces Inspector Alleyn to his future wife, the irrepressible Agatha Troy. It started as a student exercise, the knife under the drape, the model’s pose chalked in place. But before Agatha Troy, artist and instructor, returns to the class, the pose has been reenacted in earnest: the model is dead, fixed forever in one of the most dramatic poses Troy has ever seen. It’s a difficult case for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gets Alleyn's name wrong

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-08-17

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 13-10-16

I devoured all the Alleyn books many years ago and still re read them. This Audible reading had me riveted. Although I knew the story well I was drawn completely into the world of the artists, Troy and Alleyn. Philip Franks has a very subtle style, the characters were credible and very distinctive, he never over plays things. So many male readers sound like pantomime dames when interpreting female parts...but his are quiet and distinctive. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Well done to all concerned.