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  • On Beulah Height

  • Dalziel and Pascoe, Book 17
  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

They moved everyone that long hot summer fifteen years ago. They needed a new reservoir and an old community seemed a cheap price to pay. They even dug up the dead and moved them too. But four inhabitants of the valley they couldn't move, for nobody knew where they were. Three little girls had gone missing, and the prime suspect in their disappearance, Benny Lightfoot. This was Andy Dalziel's worst case and now fifteen years on he looks set to relive it. It's another long hot summer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most enjoyable book to listen to.

  • By Patricia on 25-03-15

How high can Hill go?

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

Reviewed: 16-05-15

Great to have some new Dalziel and Pascoe books read by a proper narrator. Whoever has influence should get Jonathan Keeble to redo all the books butchered by Brian Glover

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin Bridges

  • By: Kevin Bridges
  • Narrated by: Kevin Bridges
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of We Need to Talk About... Kevin Bridges.Aged 17, Kevin Bridges walked on stage for the first time and brought the house down. He only had a five-minute set but he discovered he really could earn a living from making people laugh.Kevin began life as a shy, nerve-ridden school-boy. Reaching his teens, he followed his true calling as the class clown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New standard for comedians biography.

  • By alexander on 11-10-14

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 10-05-15

Wise, sincere and funny. This is a lovely journey and he is excellent company. I've enjoyed this so much that I have gifted it to others so they can have the same pleasure that I had.

  • The Third Policeman

  • By: Flann O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Jim Norton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

Flann O'Brien's most popular and surrealistic novel concerns an imaginary, hellish village police force and a local murder. Weird, satirical, and very funny, its popularity has suddenly increased with the mention of the novel in the TV series Lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imaginative brilliance

  • By Nigel Nicholson on 10-03-14

A tricky man with a tricky pipe!

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

Reviewed: 16-02-14

What made the experience of listening to The Third Policeman the most enjoyable?

Wonderful language and beautifully pitched narration. Lovely use of odd descriptive terms

What did you like best about this story?

The use of language and the characters. Its not about the destination....its all about the journey

Have you listened to any of Jim Norton’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Like the lovechild of Father Ted and The Guard on acid

Any additional comments?

Flann O'Brien wrote extensively in an Irish version of English. The odd grammar reflects elements of Irish sentence structure that helps imbue the language with extra absurdity. Its a shame that the influence of the Irish language will be superceded by the cocacolanistion of Ireland (and the UK) by the dominant American media culture

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

  • By: Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 953

A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting and beautiful

  • By S. Goodyear on 13-04-16

There's Methody in the Madness

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Terrific performance by Sir KB (an alumnus of Methodist college, Belfast: AKA Methody). Felt dramatic and emotional as apprpriate. The novel is a retelling of a tale and mostly in the storytelling style, hence the appropriateness of the presnetational style.



The story itself is an interesting story. The film Apocolypse Now, closely follows the story with phrases and even names reused. It clearly is an homage to the book.



Whilst far from uplifting the story is a good study of morality and mental balance. It length is perfect if you have a long journey and can complete it in one day. It dropped a star because of the style of language of the book. This is unfair as it was written for a contemporary audience, I guess, and language has moved on since then.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

Dr Yes
    
    
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        Stephen Armstrong
    
    


    
    Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
    89 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • Dr Yes

  • By: Colin Bateman
  • Narrated by: Stephen Armstrong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

The hilarious new Mystery Man crime caper from the master of menace and mirth. Beauty is in the eye of the be header. The wife of crime writer Augustine Wogan disappeared shortly after entering the exclusive clinic of the mysterious Dr Yes, plastic surgeon extraordinaire. As fatherhood approaches, the Small Bookseller with No Name is persuaded to investigate. He soon finds himself up to his neck in murder, make-up and madness - and face to face with the most gruesome serial killer since the last one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly quirky and funny thriller!

  • By Sophie Tomms on 30-12-13

Oh No

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Irritating non-stop pseudo-comedy. Jokes were telegraphed in the rather patronising style of Jeremy Clarkson. This will be to the taste of some. I gave up

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Fever of the Bone
    
    
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        Val McDermid
    
    


    
    
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        Andrew Wincott
    
    


    
    Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
    117 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • Fever of the Bone

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

When teenager Jennifer Maidment’s murdered and mutilated body is discovered, it is clear that there is a dangerous psychopath on the loose. But it’s not long before Tony and DCI Carol Jordan realise it’s just the start of a brutal campaign. Their chameleon-like killer is chatting with them online, pretending to share their interests – and then luring them to their deaths. But just when Tony should be at the heart of the hunt, he’s pushed to the margins and replaced by a dangerously inexperienced profiler.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Appalling narrator ruins book

  • By Elinor Dashwood on 19-03-10

Good story narrated 'Playschool' style

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Very good story, very good characters. The infantile narration style was annoying and got in the way enough to effect the story.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Cold, Cold Ground

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 1
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great stuff!

  • By Ann D on 08-12-18

Lord knows the Troubles I've seen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Enjoyable story, well narrated. Gives a great snapshot of a time and a place. Who'd have been in the RUC? Grim business and an unusual perspective

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Carnival Master

  • By: Craig Russell
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

A Cologne detective asks Jan Fabel for his help in tracking down the Carnival Cannibal, a terrifying serial killer who kills at the start of the world-famous annual Carnival. Unknown to anyone, Fabel's deputy, Maria Klee, also heads for Cologne to hunt down a different, even more dangerous killer - one with whom she has a score to settle. Taras Buslenko, a Ukrainian special-forces commander, prepares his undercover unit for a "black" operation into Cologne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FABULOUS

  • By Tanya on 02-01-11

Nice to visit Germany

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Good story with interesting characters. Nice to have a novel set in Germany. Good to travel without leaving home. Some weaknesses in the story drop a star, but time listening was reasonably well spent

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

The Complaints
    
    
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        Ian Rankin
    
    


    
    
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        Peter Forbes
    
    


    
    Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
    513 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • The Complaints

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Nobody likes The Complaints - they're the cops who investigate other cops. It's where Malcolm Fox works. He's just had a result, and should be feeling good about himself, but he's a man with problems: his new job is Jamie Breck, a dirty cop but no one can prove it. As Fox takes on the job, he learns that there's more to Breck than anyone thinks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Complaints by Ian Rankin

  • By Larry on 01-11-10

Fantastic Mr Fox?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

An interesting shift for Rankin. He seems to be playing with the concepts of right and wrong, idealism and pragmatism, lawful and unlawful. Uuummmm. Not as boring as it sounds. Not as good as a good Rebus though.

  • Lennox

  • By: Craig Russell
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

Glasgow, 1953, is a hard city at a hard time. The war may be over but the battle for the streets is just beginning, and shady investigator Lennox is the man in the middle. The McGahern twins were on the way up until Tam, the brains of the outfit, becomes the victim of a vicious contract killing. Tam's brother Frankie turns to Lennox to find out who killed his twin. Lennox refuses. Later that night, Frankie turns up dead, and Lennox finds himself in the frame for murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By mustrumridcully on 29-08-11

Scotland's Sam Spade

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Lennox is an enjoyable anachronism. Scotland is conjured up nicely with an interesting array of characters. Sean Barrett further demonstrates his excellent breadth of accents.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful