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  • The Retribution

  • A Tony Hill & Carol Jordan Novel
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445

In 2010, Val McDermid received the prestigious CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing. Her last novel, Trick of the Dark, hit the best-seller lists, and now she returns with The Retribution. Tony Hill, criminal profiler and hero of TV's Wire in the Blood, is back in a terrifying psychological thriller. Teaming up once again with Carol Jordan, the pair face a serial killer unlike any they have ever encountered before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen

  • By Judith on 08-11-11

Silly,simplistic and gratuitously violent

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-07-12

The Retribution
I am a great crime and thriller fan.
The plot for this book is just plain silly and simplistic, as are the names of some of the main personalities in the story. As for Saul Reichlin, I loved his reading of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, but unfortunately he only seems to have one set of characterisations and I can only agree with some reviewers that the narration is uncomfortable and borders on the hysterical in places.
Listeners should also be prepared for some fairly graphic and gratuitous violence, which in all honesty, doesn’t add anything to the story. I couldn’t recommend this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Carte Blanche

  • A James Bond Novel
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Toby Stephens
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 485

Fresh from Afghanistan, James Bond has been recruited to a new agency. It operates independent of Five, Six and the MoD, with its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary. The Night Action alert calls Bond from dinner with a beautiful woman. GCHQ has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week. And 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfil his mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ian Fleming's Bond for the 21st century

  • By Steve on 30-06-11

For the eyes of true James Bond fans only

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-11

After reading the rave reviews I thought that I'd give this a try. I found it boring and stuck in a time warp circa 1960. The constant listing of designer goods and accessories I found tedious. Did anyone ever think that secret agents drove around in Bentleys and drank £60 bottles wine as a matter of course? Time has moved on but, not it appears James Bond - you need to be a lover of the James Bond life style to get through this - I would almost call the plot childish in places.
Not recommended unless you're a complete JB freak.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • A Place of Execution

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Paddy Glynn
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Winter 1963: 13-year-old Alison Carter vanishes from the isolated Derbyshire hamlet of Scardale. For the young George Bennett, newly promoted to inspector, it is the beginning of his most difficult and harrowing case: a murder with no body, an investigation full of dead ends. Decades later he tells his story to journalist Catherine Heathcote, but inexplicably pulls the plug just before publication. Catherine is forced to reinvestigate the past with results that turn the world upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My first Val McDermid - I'll be back for more

  • By chris on 20-09-10

It's grim up north !

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-11

I thought that I must be listening to another book given the comments of the other reviewers. I found this tedious and very easy to fall asleep to. Suspense - no, gripping - no, predictable - yes. Narration, flat and monotonous.

  • Timebomb

  • By: Gerald Seymour
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25

In 1992, after being fired from a secret nuclear facility, a KGB agent buried a nuclear suitcase. Sixteen years later he has found a buyer for it. Travelling to the exchange point with the buyer is an undercover policeman. But as their journey begins, it becomes clear that the agent may be suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, putting the lives of millions across Europe at risk...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last an unabridged Gerald Seymour on Audible!

  • By Michael on 24-08-10

Disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-10

I found this book very tedious. Little or no suspense, rambling, overly long and predictable; I could not recommend it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Paul Temple and Steve

  • By: Francis Durbridge
  • Narrated by: Crawford Logan, Gerda Stevenson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

A brand new, fully dramatised remake of the lost archive drama Paul Temple and Steve, starring Crawford Logan and Gerda StevensonFrom 1938 to 1968, crime novelist and detective Paul Temple and his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve solved case after case in one of BBC Radio’s most popular serials. Now the dapper duo return refreshed and reinvigorated to the airwaves, to investigate the activities of a shadowy and ruthless criminal mastermind in post-war London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant “who done it”

  • By barbara on 08-11-18

Good but a little disjointed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-10

I'm a big Paul Temple fan and this audio book doesn't disappoint, although more complex than usual and a little disjointed in places.

  • The Adventures of Inspector Lestrade

  • By: M J Trow
  • Narrated by: M J Trow
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

It is 1891, and London is still reeling from the horror of the unsolved Ripper murders when Inspector Lestrade is sent to the Isle of Wight to investigate a strange corpse found walled up in Shanklin Chine. It is merely the beginning of a series of brutal and bizarre killings so apparently random, that only a warped genius could be responsible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By laura bingham on 19-02-17

A real disappointment

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-10

I'm a dedicated SH fan, therefore I assumed that an Inspector Lestrade story would be a real bonus. Unfortunately, the story and the main character are weak the narration is irritating and I didn't finish the book. A clear case of someone jumping on the band wagon. Not recommended

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Restless

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Richard and Judy Best Read, 2007.
Winner of the Costa Book Awards, Novel of the Year, 2006.
A Richard and Judy Book Club selection.
Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.

What happens when everything you thought you knew about your mother turns out to be an elaborate lie? During the summer of 1976, Ruth Gilmartin discovers that her very English mother, Sally, is really Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigrée and one-time spy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping and thoughtful book

  • By Tom on 03-11-07

Best ever

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-10

I've been downloading audiobooks for about a couple of years and I can say that this is the best I've ever heard, Gripping story, excellent narration; a real gem.

  • A Week in December

  • By: Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

A Week in December takes place over the course of a single week. It brings together an intriguing cast of characters, each apparently in his or her own world but - as gradually becomes clear - intricately related. As the story builds to its climax, Faulks pulls together powerful ideas about family, money, religion and the way we live today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really gripping story

  • By Paul Taylor on 19-02-10

Total disappointment

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-10

Three five star reviews, how can you go wrong? Easily by downloading this book. The first eight hours are tedious, shallow portraits of various characters, so shallow that I couldn't really care less about what happens to them. It seems to be a current trend to write in this fashion, the result is a total lack of coherence apart a very tenuous theme linking the various thin plots collimating in a sense of disappointment and let down that you've just wasted the last 14 hours.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Seventh Sacrament

  • The Rome Series: Book 5
  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.
Back in Rome after their dramatic adventures in Venice, Detectives Costa, Peroni, and Leo Falcone are rebuilding their lives. But they team up once again when faced with the sudden appearance of fresh bloodstains on a missing young boy's T-shirt in a small museum exhibit displaying supposed evidence of communication from souls in Purgatory. Soon they find themselves embroiled in a mystery involving both the ancient cult of Mithras and the sinister House of Bones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful book

  • By Louise on 13-10-07

An interesting plot

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-04-10

The plot of the book is good and it moves along at a fair pace. I'm unfamiliar with the author therefore I downloaded this book on the basis that it was read by Saul Reichlin. Previously I had listened to the Lisbeth Salander trilogy back to back and like others thought that Reichlin's narration was Oscar winning stuff. However, Reichlin uses exactly the same characterisations for his reading of The Seventh Sacrament, which I must admit was a little difficult from time to time. If like me, you want to listen to this immediately after the Salander trilogy, perhaps best to take a break first !

  • The Honourable Schoolboy

  • The Karla Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630

George Smiley has become chief of the battered British Secret Service. The betrayals of a Soviet double agent have riddled the spy network, and Smiley wants revenge. He chooses his weapon: Jerry Westerby, "The Honourable Schoolboy", a passionate lover, and a seasoned, reckless secret agent. Westerby is pointed east, to Hong Kong. So begins the terrifying game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Honourable Shoolboy

  • By Bruce on 13-02-11

Health warning

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-10

Having given the dramatisation of The Spy Who Came In From The Cold a five star rave review, I eagerly awaited this new LeCarre
offering. I'm sorry but I found it very irritating and overly long, so much so that I didn't finish it. The dramatised and narrated versions of LeCarre are very different animals.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful