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Marie Murphy

Cork, Ireland
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  • Their Lost Daughters

  • Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,144

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • wow, was this overhyped

  • By Marie Murphy on 21-06-18

wow, was this overhyped

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

Reviewed: 21-06-18

I feel a bit stupid for falling for the hype but hey life is for discovering new stuff and sometimes you get gold. not in this case though.
theres nothing in this book to justify the big hype it got.
its a reasonably mundane detective drama, pretty slow paced, the detective and sidekick pretty unmemorable.
Nothing like a Rebus or a Wallander.
Sorry Author but I just cant understand why audblie hyped this particular book - unless it was to test if they could push sales of their middle of the road material.

42 of 48 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Bodies are Buried

  • By: Chris Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

In Glasgow, aspiring actress Jasmine Sharp is reluctantly - and incompetently - earning a crust working for her Uncle Jim's private investigation business. When Jim goes missing, Jasmine has to take on the investigator mantle for real. Soon she stumbles into a web of corruption and decades-hidden secrets that could tear apart an entire police force - if she can stay alive long enough to tell the tale...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great characterisation and a hot plot

  • By Lorraine on 13-08-11

not a Glaswegian Rebus by a long shot!

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

Reviewed: 23-02-16

this was entertaining enough but something in me gets despondent when I have to deal with yet another vaguely incompetent and ditsy female character who saves the day despite her shortcomings.
could we have a vaguely stupid and bumbling man for a change?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rogue Lawyer

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 606

Worldwide best-seller John Grisham goes rogue with his most suspenseful thriller yet.... Sometimes you have to fight dirty to get clean. Sebastian Rudd takes the cases no one else wants to take: the drug-addled punk accused of murdering two little girls; a crime lord on death row; a homeowner accused of shooting at a SWAT team. l Rudd believes that every person accused of a crime is entitled to a fair trial - even if he has to cheat to get one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham scores

  • By linda anderson on 15-12-16

appallingly lazy writing

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

Reviewed: 24-01-16

Halfway through this I was still waiting for some sort of story to form.
this reads like a collection of discarded scenes drafted for other books that didn't make the cut and were used here with a thin narrative to tie otherwise disjointed material loosely together.
its cynical moneymaking and delivers nothing for the reader.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bleeding Hearts

  • Jack Harvey, Book 2
  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: Jamie Glover
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

A TV reporter is murdered with a single bullet wound to the heart. The twist in the tale is that, this time, it's the man who fired the bullet who's asking all the questions. Michael Weston wants to know why the police were on his tail so quickly. His first task is to find the writer of his pay cheque, the second is to make sure he doesn't get caught.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cracking Ian Rankin

  • By Marie Murphy on 04-04-12

Cracking Ian Rankin

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-12

What more is there to say except this is not an Inspector Rebus story and Ian Rankin proves thats hes more than just Edinburgh and whiskey and DI Rebus with all his forgivable flaws.
Well worth a listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Before I Go To Sleep

  • By: S J Watson
  • Narrated by: Susannah Harker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,535
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,529

As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me ...'Memories define us.So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight.And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.Welcome to Christine's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This will keep you awake!

  • By MRS on 20-05-11

Repetitive and uninteresting

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-12

I bought this because the premise sounded interesting and I though it had the makings of a good read---well listen.
I should have heeded the other reviews warning me I would lose interest.
Its very difficult to write this type of storyand make it really compelling. This book really didn't make for compelling reading. I think it was because the main character developed no personality and attracted no reader empathy. And for an unsympathetic character you had to spend so much bloody time with her.
I dont receommend this. But if its ever rewritten as a very short story - or with a better developed character, who maybe has a small sense of humour(aka Bill Murray in Groundhog Day) it could be a really cracking read. Full marks for imagination, Zero for character development and the telling of the story.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful