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  • The Sea Detective

  • By: Mark Douglas-Home
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729

Cal McGill is an Edinburgh-based oceanographer, environmentalist and one-of-a-kind investigator. Using his knowledge of the waves - ocean currents, prevailing winds, shipping records - McGill can track where objects came from or where they've gone. It's a skill that can help solve mysteries ranging from disappearances to murder. Two severed feet wash up on two different islands off the coast of Scotland. Forensics shows that the feet belong to the same body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story by a new author

  • By Renka on 24-01-16

Trite

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

I read the excellent reviews for this book and was looking forward to listening to it. Unfortunately I found the storyline trite and predictable and the characters one dimensional. I started skipping towards the end because I just wanted to end the purgatory.

  • The Wire in the Blood

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694

Young girls are disappearing around the country, and there is nothing to connect them to one another. Dr Tony Hill sets his team an exercise: they are given the details and asked to discover links between the cases. Only one officer comes up with a theory that is ridiculed...until one of their own is murdered. For Tony Hill the murder becomes a matter for personal revenge, and, joined by colleague Carol Jordan, he embarks on a game where hunter and hunted can all too easily be reversed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wire in the Blood

  • By Rachel on 03-11-15

It looked promising....but

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

Reviewed: 21-01-18

I was looking forward to listening to this book but found it a great disappointment. Briefly it was unnecessarily long to the point of tedium. I came to a point where a decision had to be made, stop listening or jump a long way forward. I jumped and felt that I had missed little and had, in fact, jumped to an unsatisfactory ending. All rather sad.

  • Murder in My Backyard

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

No one in Heppleburn has a bad word to say about Alice Parry. But here she is, murdered in her own backyard. And when detective Stephen Ramsay starts asking questions in the village, a more ambiguous picture begins to emerge. Yes, old Mrs Parry was loved by everyone, but sometimes her kindness had caused trouble. Yes, her two nephews were devoted to her, but they didn't really want her interfering in their personal lives.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So poor I couldn’t listen to it.

  • By judith gooding on 15-05-18

Not great

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

An Ann Cleeves fan I actually found myself losing the will to live with this title. The characters were poorly developed and the storyline downright boring. I struggled.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tuesday's Gone

  • A Frieda Klein Novel, Book 2
  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

For psychotherapist Frieda Klein, the days get longer, the cases darker…. She thought she was done with the police. But once more DCI Karlsson is knocking at her door. A man’s decomposed body has been found in the flat of Michelle Doyce, a woman trapped in a world of strange mental disorder. The police don’t know who it is, how he got there, or what happened - and Michelle can’t tell them. But Karlsson hopes Frieda can get access to the truths buried beneath her confusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisly but enjoyable

  • By Jill on 15-08-12

BEMUSED

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

I haven't looked at the other reviews but have to say that this book started well and fell away because it is too long and the "twists" in the plot simply become confusing. Sadly I was left not caring whodunnit because the author and the plot simply wore me down.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Station Eleven

  • By: Emily St John Mandel
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,206

Day one: The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the Earth like a neutron bomb. News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%. Week Two: Civilization has crumbled. Year Twenty: A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe. But now a new danger looms, and it threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just another dystopian novel

  • By Rosalynde on 20-07-15

Interminable

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

Reviewed: 22-05-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Absolutely no idea.

What was most disappointing about Emily St John Mandel’s story?

It went on and on and on.

What aspect of Jack Hawkins’s performance might you have changed?

Not much, it was quite a good narration.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

BOREDOM.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 71 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,881
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,523
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,500

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and five collections of short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant audio book, shame about the navigation.

  • By Mr. P. J. Marsh on 10-03-17

NAVIGARTION, NAVIGATION, NAVIGATION, TERRIBLE

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

Reviewed: 22-03-17

Any additional comments?

Excellent stories, brilliantly read. HOWEVER YOU CANNOT FIND YOUR WAY ROUND OVER 70 HOURS OF RECORDING. AUDIBLE YOU MUST SORT THIS. The whole production is RUINED by poor navigation because it is IMPOSSIBLE to find any particular book or short story unless you search the whole 70 hours of recording.

108 of 123 people found this review helpful

  • The Lewis Man

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,015

An unidentified corpse is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. News of the discovery soon reaches Fin Macleod. However, since swapping his life in Edinburgh for a quiet existence on Lewis, such mysteries are no longer a concern for the former detective inspector. Or so he thought. The sequel to The Blackhouse, which was selected for the WH Smith Richard and Judy Bookclub, and the second book in the Lewis trilogy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric sequel to The Blackhouse

  • By Kirstine on 24-02-12

Long and meandering

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

Reviewed: 22-02-17

Any additional comments?

I almost switched off. This novel went on and on and on. I didn't switch off and I shall never regain the time spent listening to it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Out Of Bounds

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074

When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to a twisted unsolved murder from 22 years before. Meanwhile, Karen Pirie finds herself irresistibly drawn into another mystery that she has no business investigating; a mystery that has its roots in a terrorist bombing two decades ago. And again, she finds that nothing is as it seems....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book - brought to life by the narrator

  • By Sam Jones on 31-08-16

The Curate's Egg

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

Reviewed: 21-11-16

Any additional comments?

About three hours in I almost lost the will to live listening to this book. The tedious stereotyped males in the book almost drove me away as the narrative almost juddered to a halt. BUT, it is worth persevering, it does get a lot better and I recommend this book as a good listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Town Like Alice

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Book Well Read

  • By Kindle Customer on 31-03-09

BRILLIANT

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

Reviewed: 20-08-16

What did you like most about A Town Like Alice?

The characters, the locations of the story, and a good story line.

What about Robin Bailey’s performance did you like?

Everything

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Listen to this book !

  • On the Beach

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: James Smillie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

Australia is one of the last places where life still exists after nuclear war starts in the Northern Hemisphere. A year on, an invisible cloak of radiation has spread almost completely around the world. Darwin is a ghost town, and radiation levels at Ayres Rock are increasing. An American nuclear-powered submarine has found its way to Australia where its captain has placed the boat under the command of the Australian Navy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking

  • By Mike on 08-05-15

SUPERB, MUCH FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

Reviewed: 14-08-16

What did you like most about On the Beach?

The understated fluent style, the characters and the excellent use of language.

What does James Smillie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The book was very well and intelligently read. Pace, intonation and (so often absent in many readings) the use of the subclause to intelligently support the sentence.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.