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  • Seven Bridges

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 8
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811

It's been five months since a killer walked free, and DCI Ryan is preparing to leave Newcastle to hunt him down - this time for good. But Ryan's plans are scuppered when events take a dramatic turn and he is forced to stay and face his past one last time or watch a friend suffer the consequences. Amid the chaos, another killer is preparing to strike. When the Tyne Bridge explodes, Ryan's team are faced with a frantic race to uncover a deadly foe who won't stop until every bridge is burned, along with everybody on it....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story lines

  • By Ronnie Ingledew on 02-10-18

Glad I tried this one

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

Reviewed: 29-07-19

I have read quite a few of the first books in the series and whilst I enjoyed them I got quite fed up with the strange cult going on on holy Island. I therefore stopped reading them. When this came up as an offer I thought I would just give it a try. It is set back in Newcastle and is a much better procedural police thriller enjoyed it very much might persevere with some others in the series now!

  • Faith

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Ross Ransome is at the top of his profession; one of the most successful, and certainly one of the richest, plastic surgeons in the business. Such a man would expect his wife to be perfect - and why not? After all, he has spent enough hours in surgery to get her that way. But when his wife falls ill she turns her back on conventional medicine, and her arid marriage, and seeks help from the world of alternative medicine and a charismatic therapist who promises not just medical salvation. For Ransome, this is the ultimate betrayal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Linzi King on 02-08-19

Not the story I was expecting

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

Reviewed: 27-07-19

The blurb and introduction by the author leads you to believe that this is a story about a plastic surgeon seeking perfection in his wife. Which it is, at first, then it becomes something much more sinister and develops into a rollicking thriller. My great caveat though is the narrator. She is not good! I tried speeding her up to 1.25 but that didn't really work. How they chose her for this book I have no idea. It shows that the story is good enough for me to put up with her and her strange growling male voices and terribly slow or high pitched female voices!

  • Just What Kind of Mother Are You?

  • By: Paula Daly
  • Narrated by: Laura Brattan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350

What if your best friend’s child disappears? On your watch? What would you do? This is exactly what happens to Lisa Kallisto one freezing December in the English Lakes. Her whole world descends into the stuff of nightmares. Because, not only is 13-year-old Lucinda missing, and not only is it all Lisa’s fault, but she’s the second teenage girl to disappear within a fortnight. And the first one turned up stripped bare, after suffering from a terrifying ordeal. Wracked with guilt over her mistake, and after being publicly blamed by Lucinda’s family, Lisa sets out to right the wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very satisfying 'read'

  • By Giftgiver on 03-09-14

I will be returning this

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

Reviewed: 16-07-19

I was disappointed with this book, I have no idea what people liked it. It is a chic lit story with a twist. Far too much domestic story line for me. I listened to a few hours, gave up and skipped to the end, and... nothing was lost by missing out the middle 3 hours!

  • Dead Beat

  • PI Kate Brannigan, Book 1
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Chloe Massey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 344

As a favour to her rock journalist boyfriend, private detective Kate Brannigan agrees to track down a missing songwriter, Moira Pollock - a search that takes her into some of the seediest parts of Leeds and Bradford. But little does she realise that finding Moira is only a prelude to murder. Juggling her other cases, including a search to uncover the source of counterfeit luxury goods, Brannigan finds herself for the first time on the trail of a killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Found Myself A New Heroine

  • By EmGem22 on 05-06-19

Unrelentingly Mancunian!

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

Reviewed: 16-07-19

It took me quite a while to get used to the very Mancunian accents in this narration. Once I had the story was quite fun.

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  • Closer

  • By: K. L . Slater
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 357

I know my daughter better than I know myself, and if there’s one thing I know for sure at this moment it's that Maisie is not okay. My ex-husband, Shaun, and I are still friends. We would do anything for our beautiful little girl, Maisie. But now Shaun has moved in with Joanne, and suddenly Maisie has a brand-new family. And there’s something not quite right about it.... I know Joanne isn’t everything she says she is. Yet no-one will listen. I need to discover what she’s hiding. Because if I don’t, my daughter will be in terrible danger. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable

  • By Mrs. Karen Proctor on 22-12-18

Don’t bother

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

Reviewed: 27-06-19

Terribly slow chic lit narration. I even tried listening to it on 1.25 but that still didn’t work. I have to say I have listened to several hours of the story and nothing happened and I’m fed up of listening about Maisie and what she wants for tea and her husband and how she wants to live in the house. I’ve lost the will to live I’ve certainly lost the will to finish the book it’s chic lit and boring. I feel cross it’s being sold as a thriller.

  • Beach Lawyer

  • Beach Lawyer, Book 1
  • By: Avery Duff
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

After five grueling years, Robert Worth is just days away from making partner at a powerful Santa Monica law firm. When a client confides in him that senior partner Jack Pierce sexually assaulted her, Robert breaks two of his mentor's cardinal rules: Never let yourself get emotional about clients. And never make an enemy of Jack Pierce. Robert crosses Pierce and is fired on the spot, losing not only his job but also his reputation. Advised to go quietly, Robert vows revenge against the ruthless man who betrayed him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You only get what you deserve .

  • By Fleetwoodboy on 14-06-17

Legal thriller

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

Reviewed: 14-06-19

This is a juxtaposition between a legal drama and a thriller with a smattering of violence thrown in. Not quite Grisham but enjoyable enough that I will look for another by this author. Narrator a bit over dramatic but ok.

  • Simple Genius

  • King and Maxwell, Book 3
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are both haunted by their last case. Realizing that Michelle is teetering on the brink of self-destruction from long-buried demons, Sean arranges therapy for his reluctant partner. But instead of focusing on her recovery, Michelle unearths disturbing secrets in the hospital....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Spoilt by music and poor quality audio

  • By Amanda on 18-07-17

The blurb put me off...

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

Reviewed: 11-06-19

The blurb about this book put me off downloading it for a long time. But I enjoyed it as much as his other books. I’m not mad keen on the narrator’s slow drawl at times but it isn’t too off-putting. Story is satisfyingly far fetched! Bit gruesome in it’s description of torture towards the need so be warned!

  • Into the Blue

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Paul Shelley
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

Harry Barnett, a middle-aged failure, leads a shabby existence. He is reduced to caretaking a friend's villa on the island of Rhodes and working in a bar to earn his keep. Then a guest at the villa - a young woman he had instantly warmed to - disappears on a mountain peak. Under suspicion of her murder, Harry becomes obsessed by the mystery that has changed his life and begins to trace back the movements and encounters that led to the moment where she vanished into the blue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Poppey on 16-05-13

Sooooo long!

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

Reviewed: 05-06-19

This is beautifully written and well narrated but it is a very very long boom and nothing seems to happen for a long time. I listened to 7 hrs then, I admit, jumped to the end section. So I can’t really review the whole thing!

  • Dead at First Sight

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

A man waits at a London airport for Ingrid Ostermann, the love of his life, to arrive. Across the Atlantic, a retired NYPD cop waits in a bar in Florida’s Key West for his first date with the lady who is, without question, his soul mate. The two men are about to discover they’ve been scammed out of almost every penny they have in the world - and that neither woman exists.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite Hitting All the Grace Notes!

  • By Simon on 17-05-19

Love this series

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

Reviewed: 27-05-19

This is a worthy successor in this excellent series. Although it stands alone, it is much better read in sequence. A really interesting concept for a story. But gory at times though! Excellent cool narration adds to the enjoyment. I’m still worried about Bruno, so bro g on the next book!

  • Sometimes I Lie

  • By: Alice Feeney
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,467

"My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me. I'm in a coma. My husband doesn't love me anymore. Sometimes I lie." Unnerving, twisted and utterly compelling, you won't be able to put this new thriller down. Set to be the most talked about book in 2017, it's perfect for fans of Behind Closed Doors, The Girl on the Train and The Widow.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Utter nonsense

  • By S. Christie on 30-04-18

I'm still a bit confused!

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

Reviewed: 15-05-19

This book certainly jumps about a bit which, if you are doing other things whilst listening as I often am, makes it tricky to keep up. I'm still not sure I have it straight even after I have listened to it all! Explain someone please. Narration is Ok, not great, but worth a listen.

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