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  • The Mystery of Three Quarters

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 430

Returning home after lunch one day, Hercule Poirot finds an angry woman waiting outside his front door. She demands to know why Poirot has sent her a letter accusing her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met. Poirot has also never heard of a Barnabas Pandy and has accused nobody of murder. Shaken, he goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him - a man who also claims also to have received a letter from Poirot that morning, accusing him of the murder of Barnabas Pandy.... 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious in the extreme!

  • By raven on 27-09-18

Terrific

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Absolutely brilliantly plotted, well told, some twisted convolutions, and well defined characters. Sophie Hannah has taken the mantle, updated the storylines and Poirot is I think improved for it. Well done can’t wait for the next one. Oh and the reader is magnificent!

  • A Perception of Sin

  • By: Juliet Cromwell
  • Narrated by: Cathy Conneff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

A Perception of Sin is a dark tale of forbidden sex, loneliness, and love. The story begins in modern-day London with a suicide bomb attack aboard an underground train. During the subsequent forensic investigation DNA taken from one of the adult victims is flagged up as a match to a Cold Case blood sample, dating back 25 years. The case is re-opened with chilling consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Rollercoaster Ride of Brilliance!

  • By U on 25-04-17

Loved the concept and the story

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

Reviewed: 29-12-17

I particularly liked the straightforward telling of the stories and the way the picture developed through the characters lives and histories. Found the last few chapters a hard listen but it couldn’t have been anything different. I wasn’t even too bothered by the occasional shoddy editing- but seriously guys sort it out the author deserves better

  • Lost Girls

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 3
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511

When nine-year-old best friends Charlie and Amy disappear, two families are plunged into a living nightmare. A text message confirms the unthinkable; that the girls are the victims of a terrifying kidnapping. And when a second text message pits the two families against each other for the life of their children, the clock starts ticking for D.I. Kim Stone and the squad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration much better - story outstanding

  • By Marie on 10-12-15

Phew

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

Tense dramatic exciting and well read. Highly recommend. So brilliantly crafted I saw it in my mind like a film which it could easily be turned into.

  • Swordfish

  • By: Andrea Bramhall
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Cassandra "Cassie" Finsbury has spent almost 25 years running for her life, hiding from everyone who knew her, and hoping it was enough to keep her daughter safe. When she learns that she no longer has to run, she is determined to find Daniela again and hires private investigator Bailey Davenport, a retired FBI agent, who is more than up to the task. Bailey finds nothing more irresistible than a mystery and a challenge, and in Cassie she finds both.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By j m hall on 12-08-16

Ruined by the reading

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

Reviewed: 31-08-17

My enjoyment of the story was completely ruined by the narrators over emphasis on even bland sentences. The story was on the edge of being too over the top anyway but could have been more believable if the reading had been more subtle and nuanced. The lack of English accent - let alone Manchester- for one of the central characters was lazy and unforgivable. Ms Bramhalls Norfolk based novels are much better I just hope that if and when they get performed they get better treatment

  • Lockdown

  • A Novel of Suspense
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Pilar Witherspoon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Using a premise pulled from the headlines - the very real vulnerability of students and teachers - the best-selling author of the Mary Russell mysteries delivers a contemporary novel of psychological suspense. The various presenters at a local school career day prepare for a day in class, not knowing that someone with a thirst for revenge is in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story well told

  • By Wendy b on 28-08-17

Excellent story well told

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

Reviewed: 28-08-17

It took me a short while to get into the rhythm of the book but once I got I could barely leave it.
The narrator was very good indeed (other than an appalling attempt at an Australian accent).
I've enjoyed every one of Ms Kings varied books so far and although I would say this is the best it's certainly up there

  • A Quiet Death

  • Dark Peak, Book 3
  • By: Cari Hunter
  • Narrated by: Nicola Victoria Vincent
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42

Things are looking up for Detective Sanne Jensen and Dr. Meg Fielding. Dating each other seems to be working, their families are behaving themselves, and the worst of the post-Christmas crime wave is over. The discovery of a Pakistani girl's body out on the moors changes all that. No one knows who she is, who hurt her, or how she came to be there. As pressure mounts on East Derbyshire Special Ops for a quick resolution, it becomes ever more apparent that the case won't provide one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Meg and Sanne stories just get better.

  • By Beni Pardy on 02-09-17

Really brilliant listen

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

Reviewed: 23-08-17

I thoroughly enjoyed the first 2 of the series and was pleased to start this one. I was not disappointed but I am now it's finished. The characters are like mates and I find myself caring about them and their families and friends. Great that Sannas boss figures more in this one. The narrator does a brilliant job and has judged the pace perfectly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Devil’s Rock

  • By: Gerri Hill
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Two women vow to bring a killer to justice. Deputy Andrea Sullivan had hoped to leave the horrors of Los Angeles behind her, but the serial murders of college students in peaceful, picturesque Sedona are her nightmare case to solve. The complexities stretch local resources to the limit, and the FBI joins the case with Agent Cameron Ross in the lead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Romance and crime, it works.

  • By Alice on 20-11-15

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 18-05-17

I'm surprised I liked this book so much. The crime element was very much secondary to the love story. The love story was pretty cliched: 2 damaged women finding healing through each other. ..... I could go on but I won't because despite the flaws the book was engagingly written, the characters were mostly believable, especially Lola who steals the show and the narration was really, really good. I was very entertained and will certainly read more by the author. Usually when I give 5 stars it's because a book is tightly written, unpredictable, and multifaceted, this book isn't but at the end I felt warm and happy and that is also, I think, a sign of a good read. Entertainment with the feel good factor. Must say I will look for other books read by Ms Craden too.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Medicus

  • A Novel of the Roman Empire
  • By: Ruth Downie
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. After a 36-hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner. And before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm hoping a successor to Falco!

  • By Mary Carnegie on 18-10-16

Held my attention from the beginning

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

Reviewed: 14-03-17

The narrator used a range of distinguishable voices to help keep the story clear and flowing. This is a good story enhanced by the telling

1 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 1,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,165

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

Really engaging

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

I've been a fan of Val McDermid since the early days of the Lindsay Gordon stories. She gets better and better. I particularly enjoyed Cathleen McCarron's narration and will certainly look for her renditions again. I mostly listen whilst driving but have found myself sitting in the car just to get to the end of the chapter at at the end of a long days driving. Can't wait for the next one.

  • Blood on the Strand

  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Spring, 1663: public London is executing plans to mark the third anniversary of the Restoration. Private London, murky, dangerous and seething with intrigue, is entertaining other plans. And other executions - for the death of wealthy merchant Matthew Webb and the killing of an apparent vagrant during a royal procession. Thomas Chaloner, spy for the king's intelligence service, soon realises that two murders point in one direction: upwards, towards the great and supposedly good.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The narration didn't do any favours

  • By Wendy b on 04-03-17

The narration didn't do any favours

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

Gregory's books always have loads of characters and interwoven plots that can require a lot of attention - or a pad and paper! They are also fun. This is the first time I've tried the audio version and have to say the narrator failed to distinguish the characters so that conversation became muddle and made events hard to follow. I'll go back to her books on the kindle

4 of 4 people found this review helpful