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  • Cold as the Grave

  • The Insepctor McLean Series, Book 9
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

Her lifeless body is hidden in the dark corner of a basement room, a room which seems to have been left untouched for decades. A room which feels as cold as the grave. As a rowdy demonstration makes its slow and vocal way along Edinburgh's Royal Mile, Detective Chief Inspector Tony McLean's team are on stand-by for any trouble. The newly promoted McLean is distracted, inexplicably drawn to a dead-end mews street...and a door, slightly ajar, which leads to this poor girl's final resting place. But how long has she been there, in her sleep of death? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best One for a While!

  • By Simon on 10-02-19

Interesting read.

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

Reviewed: 09-03-19

I have been a bit addicted to the Inspector McLean Series, but it may be getting a wee bit too silly now. The Gipsy Rose stuff is good and all very plausible if your believe that sort of thing, but glowing red eyed monsters are just a step too far. However apart from that, this is a very good book and I enjoy the Edinburgh familiarity. Over time I have become quite attached to Tony, Grumpy Bob et al... and hope there will be another in the series - without the monster! The narration by Ian Hanmore is excellent!

  • Natural Causes

  • An Inspector McLean Novel, Book 1
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of James Oswald's gripping new Inspector McLean crime thriller Natural Causes, read by the actor Ian Hanmore. A young girl's mutilated body is discovered in a sealed room. Her remains are carefully arranged, in what seems to have been a cruel and macabre ritual, which appears to have taken place over 60 years ago.For newly appointed Edinburgh Detective Inspector Tony McLean this baffling cold case ought to be a low priority - but he is haunted by the young victim and her grisly death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is Edinburgh turning into Midsummer?

  • By Patricia on 22-06-13

Phew!! I’ll get off the edge of my seat now!

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

I struggled a bit with remembering all the different characters (possibly due to listening rather than reading and being able to easily refer back), but couldn’t drag myself away from listening, it was riveting. The characters with nicknames were much easier to remember i.e. Grumpy Bob etc. Very imaginative but given the Edinburgh background and realistic characters it was very plausible. Narration by Ian Hanmore was excellent, especially the different voices.

  • Love and Ruin

  • By: Paula McLain
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

In 1937, courageous and independent Martha Gellhorn travels to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and finds herself drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in devastating conflict. She also finds herself unexpectedly - and uncontrollably - falling in love with Ernest Hemingway, a man already on his way to being a legend. In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the tumultuous backdrops of Madrid, Finland, China, and especially Cuba, where Martha and Hemingway made their home, their relationship and professional careers ignite.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificient book

  • By Bookaholic on 12-02-19

Magnificient book

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

Reviewed: 12-02-19

Only one disappointment in this magnificent book - the emotion and sentimentality applied to the fictional dialog between Gellhorn and others. As a work of fiction it is excellent, but to endow this non-fictional character with imagined conversations was difficult to endure. However, it is a fictional account and as such it was riveting, enlightening and very well written.

  • The Fox

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Fox by Frederick Forsyth. The 18th novel from best-selling thriller writer Frederick Forsyth, the man who defined the genre. The Fox is based on the stories of British hackers Gary McKinnon and Lauri Love and centres around an 18-year-old schoolboy with Asperger’s Syndrome who is able to penetrate intricate firewalls to access the secrets at the highest level of foreign governments and other major organisations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite Such a Cunning Fox!

  • By Simon on 21-09-18

Maybe not Freddie’s best.

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

Reviewed: 27-12-18

This was interesting enough, well researched, but perhaps missing something in the story when compared with previous Forsyth books. Very up to date politically and cleverly fictionalised. The narration by David Rintoul was excellent!

  • Made in Scotland

  • My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country
  • By: Billy Connolly
  • Narrated by: Gordon Kennedy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

Billy Connolly may be a citizen of the world, but in his heart he's never been far from his homeland. Made in Scotland is Billy's unique and intimate portrait of his native Scotland, a love letter to the places and people that made him. It's an adventure inspired by a single incident: the moment Billy received his Knighthood and was asked, 'How does it feel to have achieved all this when you came from nothing?' His response was, 'But I did come from something!'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It’s great

  • By jdg on 23-10-18

Like life itself - Chust Too Short!

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

Ah Billy - a very interesting life story - honest, from the heart, humility and with warts and all! Your outlook on Parkinson’s is admirable. I’m sure you would prefer not to have it, but you come across as - well seeing that I have it I might as well see the interesting side of it. I have never met you, but I feel as though I grew up with you - your like a big brother.

Gordon Kennedy (two surnames!) did a fine job of narration - I would have loved to hear you narrate it yourself and I figure that you didn’t because of your illness. But your voice came through.

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,768
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,339

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Biggest question still not answered!

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

Reviewed: 24-10-18

Will they - won’t they - get it together? Maybe the next Cormoran Strike book will answer the biggest question!

Great book, well narrated (although the Scottish accent sometimes became Irish and sometimes a bit Geordie). I’ve read (listened) to the previous three books and scored them each five stars - this one was a bit complex, overworked and the story not quite as plausible. Book three - Career of Evil - was my favourite. Cormoran and Robyn are really likeable characters and I am already looking forward to the next instalment.

  • Captains and the Kings

  • The Story of an American Dynasty
  • By: Taylor Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Susie Berneis
  • Length: 36 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Joseph Armagh was 13 when he first saw America through a dirty porthole on the steerage deck of The Irish Queen. It was the early 1850s, and he was a penniless orphan cast on a hostile shore to make a home for himself and his younger brother and infant sister. Some 70 years later, from his deathbed, Joseph Armagh last glimpsed his adopted land from the gleaming windows of a palatial estate. A multimillionaire, one of the most powerful and feared men, Joseph Armagh had indeed found a home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marathon saga!

  • By Bookaholic on 03-09-18

Marathon saga!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

This book is a marathon to listen to - but well worth the effort. Excellently researched. Variations on Kennedy family rise from Irish Catholic obscure background, rise in the USA and then assassination. I may have struggled to actually turn the numerous pages in a paper book, but the narrator made the listening so very easy and held my interest even through the technical bits. It might be advisable to jot down names and relationships of some of the more obscure characters as you just never know when they might turn up later.

  • Crisis

  • By: Frank Gardner
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 457
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 420

Introducing Luke Carlton - ex-Special Boat Service commando and now under contract to MI6 for some of its most dangerous missions. Sent into the steaming Colombian jungle to investigate the murder of a British intelligence officer, Luke finds himself caught up in the coils of a plot that has terrifying international dimensions.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not great.

  • By G.Russell on 19-10-16

Very Freddie Forsyth!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

Interesting book - a well written and riveting listen! Frank Gardner showed a different side to himself in this book. I would not normally associate him with having any emotional insight (perhaps a strange view on my part of a man who has faced more difficulties than most). I often think he comes across as being very ‘stiff upper lip’ and ‘we don’t do sensibility, we’re British’. However, it is good to see him prove me wrong, he is not a one dimensional writer. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good Frederick Forsyth book.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,991
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,042

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Puts Bridget Jones in the shade

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 10-07-17

Great read

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

Reviewed: 25-07-18

Book was really good - personally I didn’t find it “excellent” as some readers have said, but it certainly held my interest. The narrator however was excellent. Some bits were so very funny, some cringeworthy, some sad and reflective. The character Eleanor was likeable and Raymond too. Loved Raymonds Mum and the corner shopkeeper. On the whole all the characters were very true to life, especially in Glasgow. I would recommend this book, it will stay with you for a while but it isn’t a masterpiece.

  • Then She Was Gone

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,364

A missing girl. A buried secret. From the acclaimed author of I Found You and the Richard & Judy best seller The Girls comes a compulsively twisty psychological thriller that will keep you gripped to the very last moment. She was 15, her mother's golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Kate on 18-10-17

Well Written

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

Reviewed: 29-06-18

Interesting story line, but having read/listened to a few similar ones, the subject matter, abduction, is beginning to wear thin. However, this one is very well written and narrated and I would happily recommend it. The “who done it” question is, it would appear, deliberately obvious almost from the start, but the unfolding is page turning.