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  • The Moscow Cipher

  • Ben Hope, Book 17
  • By: Scott Mariani
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

When 12-year-old Valentina fails to return from a visit to her father in Moscow, alarm bells start ringing. Her rich and powerful family know there's one man they can depend on to bring her back safe: former SAS major Ben Hope. But what starts off as an apparently straightforward case of parental child abduction quickly takes on more sinister dimensions as Ben travels to Moscow and starts to investigate the whereabouts of Valentina and her father, Yuri, a man with a hidden past not even his ex-wife knows about. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!!!

  • By Mich on 03-06-18

As thrilling as ever

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Mariano is a master of tricky plots and believable characters, I always look forward to a new Ben Hope adventure.

  • The Black Mile

  • Soho Noir Thrillers, Book 1
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: Brian J. Gill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

London, 1940: The Luftwaffe blitzes London every night for 57 nights. Houses, shops, and entire streets are wiped from the map. The underworld is in flux: The Italian criminals who dominated the West End have been interned, and now their rivals are fighting to replace them. Meanwhile, hidden in the shadows, the Black-Out Ripper sharpens his knife and sets to his grisly work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the rest!

  • By Benjibutton on 29-11-14

The first Mark Dawson flop for me

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

Reviewed: 28-06-17

I've loved Mark Dawson's other works, but I'm giving up on this one half way through.

The main reason is Brian Gill's narration, which is close to the worst torture of spoken English since Dick van Dyke in Mary Poppins. His mispronouncing of simple words and misreading of phrases has made it unbearable to continue.

The story also seems to have historical inaccuracies, such as the use of plastic sheets and bags to wrap bodies in a story set in WWII London.

Very sorry to have to be so critical, but I'm going to be much more cautious picking new series from old favourites in future.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Moon Rising

  • Beatrix Rose, Book 2
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Beatrix has returned from Somalia with a fresh target in her sights. Bryan Duffy is in Iraq, surrounded by mercenaries, with no easy way to get to him and no easy way to get out. Will Duffy prove to be a challenge too far?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dig two graves

  • By Derek on 25-09-17

Another good spinoff from the John Milton stories

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

Reviewed: 25-03-17

Rather odd to have an American narrator for a book whose principal characters are British, but he does a good job.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In Cold Blood

  • Beatrix Rose, Book 1
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

They gunned down her husband and kidnapped her daughter, and now the debt needs to be repaid. It's a blood feud she didn't start but is going to finish. Beatrix has already crossed one name off her Kill List. Her second target is a mercenary being held hostage by Somali terrorists. Can she infiltrate the most dangerous failed state on the planet and scrub him off the List, too?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth a read!

  • By Susan D on 24-11-14

Interesting spin off from the John Milton series.

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

Reviewed: 30-01-17

Well written as should now be expected from this author, but puzzled by the choice of narrator. An American male reading a story in which the principal character is a British woman

  • The Sacred Sword

  • Ben Hope, Book 7
  • By: Scott Mariani
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

Returning to the UK to try to sort out his stormy personal life, Ben runs into two old friends. Simeon and Michaela were once his fellow students at Oxford; now they are the Reverend and Mrs Arundel. Ben senses that Simeon is deeply troubled, but before the truth can emerge about his secretive research project concerning a mysterious, ancient "sacred sword", both he and Michaela are wiped out in a devastating road crash. Convinced that his friends' deaths were no accident, Ben is propelled on a global quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Amber Bulger on 12-07-12

Another gripping tale of Ben Hope

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

Reviewed: 07-04-16

Mariani yet again blends historical intrigue with an up to the minute action plot and well developed characters. Another great listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,837

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had doubts, I never should have. Brilliant

  • By Andy on 26-01-15

Fantastic plot, terrifically presented

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

Reviewed: 27-01-16

Wasn't sure what to expect but this novel exceeded my hours, a really gripping tale with more twists than a corkscrew.

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • Millennium Series, Book 4
  • By: David Lagercrantz, George Goulding - translator
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,902
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,905

Mikael Blomkvist is contacted by renowned scientist Professor Balder. Fearing for his life, but more concerned for his son's well-being, Balder wants Millennium to publish his story. More interesting to Blomkvist than Balder's advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection with a certain female superhacker. It seems that Lisbeth Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters that will soon bring terror to the streets of Stockholm, the Millennium team....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Dear!

  • By mollyeyre on 05-09-15

Entertaining but trying too hard

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

Reviewed: 16-09-15

David Lagercrantz had a tough challenge to follow in Stieg Larsson's shoes. Had the book not needed to follow the Millennium trilogy, it could have been a great thriller, but the book spent way too much dialogue between characters linking to the first three books and trying to tie up lots of details from Salander's past. For me, this took the edge off the story and somewhat disappointed.

  • Someone Else's Skin

  • D.I. Marnie Rome 1: Winner of the Crime Novel of the Year
  • By: Sarah Hilary
  • Narrated by: Abigail Thaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 471

Introducing DI Marnie Rome, Someone Else's Skin will enthral fans of Val McDermid and Mo Hayder. Devastating, brilliant, and heralding an outstanding new talent in crime fiction, this is the crime debut of the year. Some secrets keep you safe, others will destroy you.... Detective Inspector Marnie Rome. Dependable; fierce; brilliant at her job; a rising star in the ranks. Everyone knows how Marnie fought to come back from the murder of her parents, but very few know what is going on below the surface.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed this book

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-05-15

Gripping from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

I was recommended to this book by a friend and was not disappointed, it well deserves the Theakston's prize. Well rounded characters and a plot full of intrigue, I look forward to Sarah's next novel.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Blood on Snow

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Patti Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 144

Olav lives the lonely life of a fixer. When you ‘fix’ people for a living - terminally - it’s hard to get close to anyone. Now he’s finally met the woman of his dreams. But there are two problems. She’s his boss’ wife. And Olav’s just been hired to kill her. From the best-selling author of BAFTA-nominated Headhunters comes Jo Nesbo’s Blood on Snow.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Please bring back Sean Barrett

  • By puffmattie on 17-04-15

Good story, wrong narrator

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

Reviewed: 26-05-15

Would you try another book written by Jo Nesbo or narrated by Patti Smith?

Nope. Not unless the main character was meant to be an American female, rather than a Norwegian male. Totally miscast in the role of narrating a first person story about a male character. I've been loving the Harry Hole books but this one is not working.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Haven't got to the end yet and may not be able to as the narration is really ruining it for me.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Patti Smith?

Any male performer who can pronounce Krone or Chaise Longue correctly.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful