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  • Closer

  • By: K. L . Slater
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 358

I know my daughter better than I know myself, and if there’s one thing I know for sure at this moment it's that Maisie is not okay. My ex-husband, Shaun, and I are still friends. We would do anything for our beautiful little girl, Maisie. But now Shaun has moved in with Joanne, and suddenly Maisie has a brand-new family. And there’s something not quite right about it.... I know Joanne isn’t everything she says she is. Yet no-one will listen. I need to discover what she’s hiding. Because if I don’t, my daughter will be in terrible danger. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable

  • By Mrs. Karen Proctor on 22-12-18

Not up to the usual standard

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

Reviewed: 04-08-19

Described as a gripping thriller, I found this book to be neither. It took an age to get going and then was totally predictable. The main character is unlikable and whines the whole way through the book. The ‘sting in the tail’ was a damp squib which was fairly obvious and the very ending unclear. Not her best.

  • One Good Deed

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

In 1949, Aloysius Archer arrives in the dusty Southern town of Poca City. He has nothing but a handful of dollars, the clothes he’s wearing and an appointment with his new parole officer. After his wartime experiences in Italy and a prison sentence for a crime he didn’t commit, Archer is looking for a fresh start and a peaceful life. On his first night of freedom, Archer meets local business tycoon Hank Pittleman, who promises Archer handsome compensation to work as his debt collector. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Baldacci Hits the Top Forties!

  • By Simon on 30-07-19

Not Baldacci’s Best

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

I wasn’t really taken with this book. Having it set in post war, small town America didn’t work for me. I found the main character of the book rather bland .

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  • Thieves on the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 8
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 175

DI Nikki Galena gets a series of anonymous calls. She is told the place, time, and who will die. But the messages are in a secret language used only by villains. Nikki and her team must decode the riddles and work out where the threats are coming from.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb story

  • By Diane Walmsley on 16-01-19

A good Book But......

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

Reviewed: 14-06-19

I have really enjoyed all of Joy Ellis’s Nikki Galena Books and this one was no exception. A good, fast paced plot and characters who come and go, as well as the existing ones becoming more complete. There is one thing which drives me mad though - the narrators inability to pronounce commonplace words correctly. I find myself shouting at my iPad. It doesn’t stop me from reading more books but it is VERY irritating!

  • Hunted on the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 3
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

DI Nikki Galena faces her toughest challenge yet. Can she save her team and herself from a cruel and determined adversary who will stop at nothing to harm Nikki and her colleagues? First she must work out who wants revenge against her or one of her detectives. Full of twists and turns, this is a crime novel that will keep listeners riveted until the stunning ending.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great story

  • By Cathryn B. on 26-05-18

A reasonable book spoiled by the narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-06-19

I enjoyed this book but the narrators constant mispronunciations took the edge away for me. How on earth can you not know how to pronounce cagoule ?

  • Shadow over the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 2
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354

Detective Nikki Galena's friend and neighbor meets a tragic end, but there's more to his death than meets the eye. And someone terrible from DS Joseph Easter's past is back.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Total landslide. Lancashire isn't Lincolnshire.

  • By Pen Name on 19-02-17

A decent book spoiled by the narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-04-19

This book is not as good as the first one and I thought that the plot was a bit far fetched but it is fiction after all. I almost stopped listening because the narrator was so bad. She almost put me of the series with the first book but it seemed to improve a little as the book went on. However in this book the number of words (some of them commonplace) which she mispronounces is atrocious. I would like to listen to more to see how the relationship between the police officers develops but not if they are narrated by HM.

  • Therapy

  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 768

Twelve-year-old Josy has an inexplicable illness. She vanishes without a trace from her doctor's office during treatment. Four years later Josy's father, psychiatrist Viktor Larenz, has withdrawn himself to an isolated North Sea island in order to deal with the tragedy. Then he's paid a surprise visit by a beautiful stranger. Anna Glass is a novelist who suffers from an unusual form of schizophrenia: All the characters she creates for her books become real to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You have to listen to this book

  • By Anita nicholson on 08-04-16

OK - but not is best

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Whilst this has the usual Fitzek sting in the tale, I don’t feel that it is as tense as other of his books which I have listened to eg The Child and Amok. Still worth a listen though because Robert Glenister does his usual brilliant job with the narration and brings the characters to life.

  • Agatha Christie: Twelve Radio Mysteries

  • Twelve BBC Radio 4 Dramatisations
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander, full cast, Julia McKenzie, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 159

Twelve BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations of short stories by the Queen of Crime. First broadcast in the early 2000s, the stories were adapted and brought up-to-date for a contemporary audience. The stories are 'Philomel Cottage'; 'Swan Song'; 'Magnolia Blossom'; 'Witness for the Prosecution'; 'The Gates of Baghdad'; 'The Hounds of Death'; 'In a Glass Darkly'; 'The Dressmaker's Doll'; 'The Case of the Perfect Carer'; 'The £199 Adventure'; 'The Gypsy'; and 'The Last Seance'. Duration: 6 hours approx.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Repackaged version of 2010 dramatisations

  • By M. K. on 05-02-16

Not her best

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

Reviewed: 27-02-19

These stories are some of Agatha Christie’s weakest to start with and the dramatisations are not always great. A waste of a credit

  • The Late Scholar

  • By: Jill Paton Walsh
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 254

When the fellows at an Oxford college appeal to Peter Wimsey to resolve a dispute, he and Harriet are happy to oblige. The dispute between the two passionate parties is evenly balanced, that is, until several of the fellows unexpectedly die. And the causes of death bear an uncanny resemblance to the murder methods in Peter's past cases - methods that Harriet has used in her novels.…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as a DL Sayers but better than nothing

  • By Claire on 15-05-14

Narrator spoiled this book

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

The story was very slow but the narrator and his awful pronunciation totally ruined this book for me and I found myself almost shouting at the iPad. Gave up in the end

  • Bring Me Back

  • By: B A Paris
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hely, Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 668
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 617

The million-copy best-selling author returns with a breathtaking thriller. The disappearance. The suspicion. The fear....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Love Paris in the Springtime!

  • By Simon on 08-03-18

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 16-01-19

I agree with other reviewers that this book is not up to Paris’s usual standards. The whole premise of the book is simply ridiculous and the characters are poorly drawn. I stuck with it for as long as I could but it was pretty clear from early on what was happening. And it didn’t take a genius to find the so called sting in the tale.

  • The First Lady

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Deborah McBride
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

As he steps out of his hotel in Atlanta with the love of his life, the last thing President Tucker expects is to be greeted by the flashing cameras of the media. Or for his affair to be revealed to the world. The President must act to stop the scandal from spiralling out of control, just weeks before the vote for a second term. But not before he figures out how to keep the First Lady on his side. Grace Tucker, however, has other plans. Betrayed and deeply hurt, she heads for a safe haven outside the capital. But when her security detail loses all trace of her, all hell breaks loose. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • First the President Now the First Lady!

  • By Simon on 16-12-18

James Patterson’s back!

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

Reviewed: 15-01-19

I enjoyed this book very much. It is noticeably better than some of JP’s recent offerings when he has ‘written’ with other people