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  • Original Skin

  • The 2nd DS McAvoy Novel
  • By: David Mark
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

The second instalment in the acclaimed Hull-based DS Aector McAvoy series and the follow up to the Sunday Times best-selling Dark Winter. Their sins will seal their fate. Suzie Devlin lived for pleasure - until her best friend Simon was murdered. Now Suzie seems to be in the killer's sights.... Who wants her dead? And why? She's done nothing wrong...except, perhaps, get involved with the wrong person. DS Aector McAvoy has been a marked man all his life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very easy and enjoyable

  • By Darkin on 05-04-14

Brooding thriller.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-19

There is a sense of always being in a dark shadowed world with David Mark's writing, added to by Toby Longworth's brooding tones.
It all adds to this deep sumptuous novel that pulls you along, sometimes despite the darkness and despair that engulfs it, to its unexpected conclusion.
Like another reviewer the pronunciation on the area of Hull, Anlaby, being wrongly pronounced AnLAYby seemed to me a glaring mistake by this HULL loving writer. How did he let this glaring error through!!

  • Marked

  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrow
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

In New York a young girl is brutally raped and murdered. Detective Callum Doyle has visited the distraught family. Now he wants justice. Doyle is convinced he knows who the killer is; the problem is he can't prove it. And the more he pushes his prime suspect, the more he learns that the man is capable of pushing back in ways more devious and twisted than Doyle could ever have imagined.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Doyle is a disappointing detective

  • By Susan Gould on 29-03-15

Turgid

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-03-19

I am a fan of David Jackson, and the 'Doyle' series, but this book doesn't seem to work.
There is no suspense, and there is a turgid theme that becomes boring.
Doyle in this book seems to have had some sort of metamorphosis and his character seems lessened, self indulgent, and VERY wearing.
The disappointment I personally have felt will not stop me reading David Jackson novels. He has a hypnotic almost poetic style that can engage and involve, it just didn't work for me this time.
Nick Landrow's narration is as always superb in bringing Doyle to life.

  • Dead Catch

  • DCI Andy Gilchrist, Book 8
  • By: T. F. Muir
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

When Joe Christie's fishing boat is swept onto Tentsmuir beach during a fierce storm, a man's mutilated body is found in the hold. DCI Andy Gilchrist of St Andrews CID is called in to investigate. But his murder investigation deepens when he learns that Joe Christie and his boat have been missing for three years. The police pathologist, Dr Rebecca Cooper, retrieves a five pound note from the dead man's throat. Is this the killer's calling card? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Left Me Wanting Muir!

  • By Simon on 08-02-19

Dead Loss!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-02-19

I've read most of the Gillcrest series, but have become disillusioned at the later batch. Muir still has the ability to conjure some deep and fascinating stories which engage and thrill, but he now people's these with a range of very grating type characters.
Cooper seems hated by most reviewer's, and her inclusion mytstifies.
However 'Jessie Jane's' as Gillcrest's sidekick is the main reason I'll stop reading Muir.
There is nothing to like in her, and her poor me, "I've got a Son who is deaf" diatribe is cringing. God help her if he had Leukaemia!.
She is I think meant to be liked for her 'humour '..??? This to me is lost because (a) she isn't funny, and (b) it comes accross as sniping and bitching making her character abrasive unsympathetic and boringly dull. Jane as a character is nasty and lacking in depth, and is poorly developed. Her 'good girl from a wrong batch is clunking and not believable, and the addition of a deaf son seems achingly lazy and bad from an author like Muir.
I suppose if I'm honest all I'll miss is the supreme David Monteath's narration.

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  • The Fourth Friend

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,265
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167

Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl. Police detective Carter McLean is the only survivor of a plane crash that kills his four best friends. He returns to work, but he is left full of guilt and terrible flashbacks. So for each of his four friends he decides to complete something that they left unfinished....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ellis Gets Into The Groove!

  • By Simon on 07-12-18

Funereal Narative.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-19

I haven't disliked a book so badly for ages. A dire story is read by Richard Armitage in a depressing sonorous funereal tone that is wearing in the extreme.
A very thin story goes nowhere for most of the book to the point I couldn't have cared less about how it ended which was wise as if was a truly soulless one.

  • Eye For An Eye

  • DI Gilchrist , Book 1
  • By: T. F. Muir
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 990

One psychopath. One killer. The Stabber. Six victims, all wife beaters. Each stabbed to death through their left eye. Six victims, all wife beaters. Each stabbed to death through their left eye. The cobbled lanes and backstreets of St Andrews provide the setting for these brutal killings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Looking for more

  • By Kaz on 24-04-13

Disappointing.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-19

I have read all the Gillcrest novel's, and find him a fascinating character. He is troubled in many ways, but is a grounded fallable type man. T F Muir has brought Gillcrest to life and made him a sort of loveable guy.
He has made this series come to life, but unfortunately Muir's additional characters are now spiteful and hateful, especially towards horrid "Men". Cooper, Jessie and Coogan. Their loathing of what "Men" have done is becoming a mainstay for Muir now, and it's boring !
Gillcrests love interest 'Cooper' appears one dimensional and bland. She hates men especially her husband and her voicing by the supreme David Monteath seems simpering and jars when she is brought into the story.
Gillcrest's new sidekick 'Jessie' is the main reason I'm not going to read anymore of these books. She REALLY hates Men!! She is meant to be 'funny' she isn't, she grates in her inclusion and has spoilt the dynamics of the series. Muir I think wants her to be seen as rising from the ashes of her awful family, courageous in her bringing up Robert (who HAS of course to be disabled), stalwart in her hatred of her lover and how she was "done wrong" with ALL the men in her life, but sadly he fails miserably . She just grates, and comes across as an overweight, argumentative (the world hates me) boring ' poor me' mess. Her supposed humour is gutwrenchingly awful, and her inclusion to the series has ruined it.
The story is FULL of gore as ever, but this aspect seems stretched to the point that Muir appears to feel he has to increase the death count exponentially with each book as if to shock more will increase his followers, but it is just getting tiresome sadly.
Even the fabulous David Monteath cannot save what has become dire boring listening.

  • The Rat Stone Serenade

  • A DCI Daley Thriller, Book 4
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590

It's December, and the Shannon family are returning home to their clifftop mansion. However, a century ago Archibald Shannon stole the land upon which he built their home, and his descendants have been cursed ever since. When heavy snow cuts off Kintyre, DCI Jim Daley and DS Brian Scott are assigned to protect their illustrious visitors. As an ancient society emerges from the blizzards, ghosts of the past come to haunt the Shannons. As the curse decrees, death is coming. But for whom, and from what?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as previous books..still okay

  • By simon on 20-07-17

Disappointing Blip.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-18

Usually a lover of Denzil Meyrick, but 'The Rat Stone Serenade ' really disappoints. It verges on pantomime, and defends into farce, and I found myself thinking 'will this never end'!
The redeeming quality is of course the fantastic David Monteath narration.

  • 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 4,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,371

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smokin' Start to a New Series!

  • By Simon on 14-06-18

'Like wading through treacle '

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-18

This story is extremely convoluted, but has merit. However never was I as glad to get through a book. The reason,Richard Armitage and his funeral delivery. His tone throughout was dour, souless, and monotone. To me he ruined an otherwise good story. Listening was like wading through dark treacle. I could never listen to another book he narrates.

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  • Black Heart

  • Detective Dan Riley, Book 1
  • By: Anna-Lou Weatherley
  • Narrated by: James Lailey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560

When Nigel Baxter, a middle-aged married banker with an unremarkable past, is found dead in the bath of a plush hotel suite, his wrists slit, it looks as if he's taken his own life. At first. But when Detective Inspector Daniel Riley is assigned to the case, he soon realises all isn't as it first appears to be. When a postmortem shows Baxter was poisoned, Riley suspects foul play. And then there's the odd addition of a teddy bear left at the crime scene....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story!

  • By Ann D on 21-03-18

Narrator saves the day!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-08-18

A simple story in effect, but it has edge and grit. The main saving grace was James Lailey's superb narration. He is the best narrator by far. He brings characters to life, and his ability to do female voices is excellent. I have found other male narrators trying to do the same usually resort to a high camp effeminate high pitch effort. James does not.

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  • The Party

  • By: Lisa Hall
  • Narrated by: Georgia Macguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

It was just a party. But it turned into a nightmare. When Rachel wakes up in a strange room the morning after a neighbour’s party, she has no memory of what happened the night before. Why did her husband leave her alone at the party? Did they row? Why are Rachel’s arms so bruised? And why are her neighbours and friends so vague about what really happened?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An average book, poorly read.

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-08-18

Appalling.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-18

This is an appalling book, so badly written, which includes every cliche around. I became so bored with this overwritten story that from chapter 11, I skipped to the last couple. Nothing seemed to have happened as this dreary, overly melodramatic rubbish reached a conclusion. The writer appeared to be someone who had done loads of creative writing courses, as she battered every cliche in the book, lots of blood coursing through veins, lots of heavy aroma of after shaves, and oh, I lost count of her male characters brushing their hands accross bristles on their faces "making scratching noises". Dire, dire, dire!!!

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  • The Date

  • By: Louise Jensen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, and she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future. By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognizable. She wakes, and she knows that something is wrong. She is home, she is alone, she is hurt, and she has no memory of what happened to her. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Another poorly edited novel...

  • By Ninecatz on 22-08-18

Tense deep thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-18

The writing is exquisite, the narration devine, making this such an immersive thriller you just don't want to put down. Not for the faint hearted!!