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  • The Reckoning

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

Pete Banning was Clanton's favourite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbour and a faithful member of the Methodist Church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murder wasn't shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete's only statement about it - to the sheriff, to his defense attorney, to the judge, to his family and friends and to the people of Clanton - was 'I have nothing to say'. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham Grinds to a Halt!

  • By Simon on 24-10-18

Rambling and irrelevant

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

Reviewed: 16-11-18

Oh dear. What a disappointing end to 2018. New books from Michael Connelly Lee Child and John Grisham and all fall short. This latest from Grisham is a rambling waffling tedious load of irrelevance. I have had several attempts at it and each time find myself skipping sections trying to find something to hold my interest or the story to start. It does not work. Another one for me to return. What a shame the man who gave us so many great stories has lost his power to entertain.

  • Past Tense

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Past Tense by Lee Child. From number one best seller Lee Child, the thrilling new blockbuster featuring hero Jack Reacher. Reacher, the eternal drifter, happens by chance on the small New Hampshire town he remembers his father was supposed to have come from. But when he starts looking for his dad's old home, he finds there's no record of anyone named Reacher ever having lived there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jack Goes Back to Basics!

  • By Simon on 06-11-18

Unusually feeble story

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

Reviewed: 14-11-18

I really enjoyed these books but this one is probably the worst. Not awful but far fetched. I know ALL Reacher stories are far fetched but somehow work. The hostage characters in this are really too stupid! Handy for the plot but makes it seem contrived. Jeff Harding reads to his usual high standard except oddly his eastern european accent keeps going mexican!!

  • Holy Ghost

  • Virgil Flowers, Book 11
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Pinion, Minnesota: a huge city of all of 700 folks who define the phrase ‘small town’. Nothing has ever happened in Pinion, and nothing ever will...until the mayor of sorts comes up with a scheme to put Pinion on the map. He’s heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of curious people and making the townsfolk rich overnight. Why not stage a prank in Pinion and do the same? What could go wrong? And then a dead body shows up. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Sandford

  • By christopher on 13-11-18

Classic Sandford

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

Yet another thoroughly enjoyable Virgil Flowers story so real world. People actually act as you would expect in real life . If you liked the others you’ll like this. Well read as always by Eric Conger who seems ideal for these stories.

  • Dark Sacred Night

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver, Christine Lakin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

At the end of a long, dark night Detectives Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch cross paths for the very first time. Detective Renée Ballard is working the graveyard shift again and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find that an older man has snuck in and is rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is none other than legendary LAPD detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out, but eventually Bosch persuades her to help, and she relents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not one of his best

  • By mollyeyre on 31-10-18

Awful ruined by narrator

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

I am a massive fan of Michael Connelly and really looked forward to this book. Sadly it is completely ruined by Christine Larkin who sounds as if she has been on mogadon. It is truly awful. Probably the bits read by Titus Welliver are fine but I cannot get past the first two chapters. I am returning the audiobook and will get a kindle version. I can’t really comment on the plot because I cannot stand the narration. What a huge disappointment.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Chasing the Dime

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

The messages waiting for Henry Pierce when he plugs in his new phone clearly aren't intended for him. They indicate something has gone terribly wrong for a woman named Lilly. Pierce probes, investigates, and then tumbles through a hole, leaving behind a life driven by work to track down and help a woman he's never met. Connelly's latest is "a grabber from the beginning...utterly compelling."

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Conelly goes science-fiction!

  • By Peter on 08-07-11

Not Connelly’s best

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

Disappointing. By far Michael Connelly’s worst. I rate him as one of the very best but this book is cringe-making. The main character is supposed to be a genius but is actually irritatingly dumb. No sensible person would act like it. I’ve tried twice to finish it but cannot.

  • The Burial Hour

  • Lincoln Rhyme, Book 13
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

The only leads in a broad-daylight kidnapping are the account of an eight-year-old girl, some nearly invisible trace evidence and the calling card: a miniature noose left lying on the street. A crime scene this puzzling demands forensic expertise of the highest order. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to investigate. Then the case takes a stranger turn: a recording surfaces of the victim being slowly hanged, his desperate gasps the backdrop to an eerie piece of music.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good book with a peculiar end.

  • By Ian on 06-06-17

Saved by Jeff Harding

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

Massively padded story full of virtually unrelated events and very stilted reported speech. The early Deavers were great books but he seems to have lost it. The book is only saved from total tedium by Jeff Hardings masterly narration.

  • The Professionals

  • By: Owen Laukkanen
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Four friends, caught in a terrible job market, joke about turning to kidnapping to survive. And then, suddenly, it’s no joke. For two years, the strategy they devise works like a charm – until they kidnap the wrong man. Now two groups are after them – the law, in the form of veteran state investigator Kirk Stevens and hotshot young FBI agent Carla Windermere, and an organised crime outfit looking for payback.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very good first attempt

  • By christopher on 14-01-17

Very good first attempt

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

Reviewed: 14-01-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes went on too long. I realised how it would all end by half way through

Would you be willing to try another book from Owen Laukkanen? Why or why not?

Yes this was a very competent start - he can only get better

What about Jeff Harding’s performance did you like?

All of it. It's amazing how he can deftly change voices from one character to another so there is never any confusion. He makes the whole book

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

This was a good book but I got fed up by just over half way - it was getting predicable and I actually gave up on it and returned it. BUT it was well written and I would certainly read his next offering - especially if Jeff Harding was narrator!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Visitor

  • Jack Reacher, Book 4
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Hayward Morse
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Highflying Army career women Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cook are both victims of sexual harassment by their superiors. And now they're both dead. Jack Reacher, former US military cop, is a smart guy, a loner, and a drifter. He knew both the victims. For FBI Agent-in-Charge Nelson Blake, he's the perfect match. He's sure only Reacher has the answers to their burning questions: how did these women die? And why?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • intrusive music

  • By Kathleen on 07-01-11

Where's Jeff Harding when you need him?

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Getting a better narrator

What did you like best about this story?

Everything - it's classic Lee Child

Would you be willing to try another one of Hayward Morse’s performances?

No

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Great disappointment. The narrator is terrible and his attempts at different voices are pathetic. He makes the jack reacher character sound like a gormless idiot

Any additional comments?

Yes - don't buy this recording. See if you can find the same book read by Jeff Harding. For some reason I didn't listen to this version when I bought it and it's too late to return it now.

  • Avenger

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

Canadian billionaire Steven Edmond's grandson was an aid volunteer in the former Yugoslavia. After he was murdered, Edmond sought revenge by hiring an ex-Vietnam special forces agent to hunt the killer down: Cal Dexter, ex-Vietnam Special Forces, the one man who could bring the killer to justice. But what starts as a personal, domestic tragedy soon explodes into a terrifying drama on the centre stage of world terrorism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Forsyth

  • By Eddie on 19-04-14

Far fetched but worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 24-11-16

This Forsyth got past me somehow. Not bad. You have to keep your attention as story jumps back and forth in time. The end is very far fetched but well read by Eric conger.

  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye

  • Harry Bosch, Book 19
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 970

Only Harry Bosch can uncover LA's darkest secrets in this new gripping thriller from global best seller Michael Connelly. Read by Titus Welliver, star of Bosch. 'What do you want me to do?' Bosch asked again. 'I want you to find someone for me,' Vance said. 'Someone who might not have ever existed.' Harry Bosch is working as a part-time detective in the town of San Fernando outside of Los Angeles when he gets the invitation to meet with the ageing aviation billionaire Whitney Vance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and performance

  • By Markus on 10-01-17

Great Michael connelly story

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

Reviewed: 22-11-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Wrong Side of Goodbye to be better than the print version?

No. Titus welliver is not suitable for harry Bosch. He cannot change voices or differentiate between characters

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bosch of course.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Not really he is a bit flat and it's hard to tell which character is talking

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No it's just a typical classic Michael connelly. The man is a master at his trade

Any additional comments?

Loved the story not so keen on narrator