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Ben The Cat

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  • Harbour

  • By: John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt.
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44

They only stopped watching her for a matter of minutes. That was all it took. It was a beautiful winter's day. Anders, his wife and their feisty six-year-old, Maja, set out across the ice of the Swedish archipelago to visit the lighthouse on Gavasten. There was no one around, so they let her go on ahead. And she disappeared, seemingly into thin air, and was never found. Two years later, Anders is a broken alcoholic, his life ruined. He returns to the archipelago, the home of his childhood and his family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • where's the last bit?

  • By Ben The Cat on 24-08-11

where's the last bit?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-08-11

there's something wrong with this download, which seems to be missing it's third part. If it reaslly is complete then the story just stoips mid way!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Let the Right One In

  • By: John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 394

John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel, a huge best seller in his native Sweden, is a unique and brilliant fusion of social novel and vampire legend. And a deeply moving fable about rejection, friendship and loyalty. Oskar and Eli. In very different ways, they were both victims. Which is why, against the odds, they became friends. And how they came to depend on one another, for life itself. Oskar is a 12-year-old boy living with his mother on a dreary housing estate at the city's edge. Eli is the young girl who moves in next door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Alexander on 02-01-11

Disturbing!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-11

I have just finished this book and still trying to decide what I made of it. The style of the writing and vampire theme made me think on first listening that it might be something my niece (13) might enjoy. Of course once we got to the paedophilia and gruesome kilings, it changed my mind a bit!
I found myself identiying too much with Oscar, the 'hero', with uncomfortable parallels with my young self, while wanting to shake him at the same time. An the monster, the predator, who in the end is more human than the human monsters that form the majority of the characters in the book. I still can't decide!
So a book full of monsters, only some of whom have fangs. The fact that I'm still thinking about it, tells me that while disturbing, it was a good listen worth trying.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The American Boy

  • By: Andrew Taylor
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

England, 1819. Two enigmatic Americans arrive in London and soon after, a bank collapses. A man is found dead on a building site; another goes missing in the teeming stews of Seven Dials. A deathbed vigil ends in an act of theft and a beautiful heiress flirts with her inferiors. A strange destiny links each of these events to the American boy Edgar Allen Poe, brought to England by his foster father and sent to the leafy village of Stoke Newington to be educated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absolute must

  • By The Fool on 23-04-06

Wilkie Collins is not dead...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-11

... but back here in the modern form of Andrew Taylor. It was a compelling mystery that I'd recommend to any fans for Conan-Doyole or Collins - not to mention Poe of course!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Singing in the Shrouds

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

On a cold February night, the police find the third corpse on the quayside in the Pool of London, her body covered with flower petals and pearls. The killer walked away, singing.

When the cargo ship, Cape Farewell, sets sail, she carries nine passengers, one of whom is known to be the murderer. Which is why Superintendent Roderick Alleyn joins the ship at Portsmouth on the most difficult assignment of his professional career....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • an easy listen

  • By Ben The Cat on 07-10-10

an easy listen

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-10

This was a pleasant listen, if somewhat dated in its attitude to women and homosexuality. Agatha Christie 'light' when you want something unchallenging to wash over you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Snowman: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 7

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115

A young boy wakes to find his mother missing. Their house is empty but outside in the garden he sees his mother's favourite scarf – wrapped around the neck of a snowman. As Harry Hole and his team begin their investigation they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years. When a second woman disappears it seems that Harry's worst suspicions are confirmed: for the first time in his career Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his home turf.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nailbiting from start to finish

  • By Wilma on 06-12-10

why did he give it away?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-10

Like Sally, (another reviewer here), I was disappointed. Very listenable but then, fairly early on, Jo Nesbo gives away the identity of the killer. After that the various red herrings were a bit annoying and I was frustratedly shouting at Harry 'it's ******* you idiot!'.

The hunt for the next Stieg Larsson continues! Suggestions please.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Brooklyn
    
    
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    Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
    93 ratings
    Overall 3.8
  • Brooklyn

  • By: Colm Toibin
  • Narrated by: Niamh Cusack
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

From the twice Booker-shortlisted author of The Blackwater Lightship and The Master comes a novel of devastating emotional power.

It is the early 1950s in the south-east of Ireland. Eilis Lacey is one among many of her generation who cannot find work at home. When a job is offered in America, it is clear to everyone that she must go. Leaving her family and country, Eilis heads for unfamiliar Brooklyn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An infuriating tale of a life lived for others.

  • By David on 27-03-10

Listenable, but unsatifying

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-06-10

Overall I enjoyed this, but not as much as I hoped. The author seems to be trying to be William Trevor, but ultimately he falls short of the poignancy and pathos Trevor brings to bear, which allows you to sympathise with the most unlikely characters. Here I just got annoyed with them!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nemesis

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Joan Hickson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

In utter disbelief, Miss Marple read the letter addressed to her from the recently deceased Mr Rafiel, an acquaintance she had met briefly on her travels. Recognising in Miss Marple a natural flair for justice, Mr Rafiel had left instructions for her to investigate a crime after his death. The only problem was, he had failed to tell her who was involved or where and when the crime had been committed. It was most intriguing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favourite!

  • By Rachel OK on 10-09-12

A good story, but not so well read

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-09

I enjoyed the TV series with Joan Hickson, and enjoyed the story, but Joan's reading was very flat, and every so often it sounded like her top plate was slipping. The original language was a surprise too. She does go on about "old pussies" a lot!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Trilogy, Volume 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Martin Wenner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

The Industrialist: Henrik Vanger, head of the dynastic Vanger Corporation, is tormented by the loss of a child decades earlier and convinced that a member of his family has committed murder. The Journalist: Mikael Blomkvist delves deep into the Vangers' history to uncover the truth. But someone else wants the past to remain a secret and will go to any lengths to keep it that way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unputdownable!

  • By Parissa on 21-08-08

excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-09

I was hesitant about this choice, as I didn't know the author, but read the reviews and thought I'd try it. I was not disappointed - excellent detective thriller in the old school. Shame part 3 of the trilogy isn't out yet!

  • The Girl Who Played With Fire

  • The Millennium Trilogy, Volume 2
  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Martin Wenner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Millennium publisher Mikael Blomkvist has launched an explosive investigation into the sex-trafficking industry in Sweden and its international links. When two journalists are found dead in a Stockholm apartment, police are baffled by what appears to be a professional killing. Ex-security analyst and former child delinquent Lisbeth Salander is wanted for murder, but the trail has gone cold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Linda on 25-01-09

great stuff..!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-09

Having finish the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, i couldn't wait to start on this one, and it didn't dissappoint at all. A great detective thriller - best i've heard in ages.

  • The Haunted House

  • By: Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Wilkie Collins, and others
  • Narrated by: Philip Bird
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

On Christmas Eve, a party of friends descends on a purportedly haunted country retreat, charged with the task of discovering evidence of the supernatural. Sequestered in their rooms for the holiday, the friends reconvene on Twelfth Night at a great feast and share their stories of spectral encounters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Dickens treasure trove!

  • By Joy on 30-07-08

Have to disagree about this one

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-08-08

I was very disappointed in this book of 'ghost' stories with no ghosts. Great writers at their poorest, with a set of cobbled together short stories that were uninspiring.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful