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Portsmouth, Hampshire, United Kingdom
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  • The Monkey's Raincoat

  • Elvis Cole, Book 1
  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

When quiet Ellen Lang enters Elvis's office, she's lost her husband and her son. Their search down the seamy side of Hollywood's studio lots and sculptured lawns soon leads them deep into a nasty netherworld of drugs and sex - and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic listen

  • By R on 02-03-09

The First Of Many

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-10

Personally, I love Robert Crais. Having read many of his books before I decided to give the first Elvis Cole case a try.
As it is the first, all the characters are introduced with clarity.
However, what I love the most is the flippant attitude of our P.I. The comments that continally follow the story line makes this so special, and you can not fail to want him to succeed.
Throughout the story line,you care about Elvis and even manage to have feelings towards his partner Joe Pike.
Buy it, you will not be disappointed. Now I'll have to work my way through all those I've missed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Precious Blood

  • By: Jonathan Hayes
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

New York City Medical Examiner Edward Jenner thought he'd got out, turning his back forever on forensics after the nightmare of 9/11. But then his students started turning up dead, their bodies forced into bizarre poses, and Jenner is dragged back into the city's dark streets in a nightmare race against the clock-and the twisted imagination of a psychopath. College sophomore Ana Dejong survived the attack that killed her roommate; she thought she'd escaped, but the killer has other plans.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Precious blood

  • By David on 04-05-09

Very Precious with lots of blood

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-08-09

I have to let you know what a fabulous read Precious Blood was.
I decided to give it a go having never heard of the author before.
Although I did not initially think I would get into the book I soon warmed to the character of Edward Jenner.
The opening few chapters really do not prepare you for the torment and chilling description of what follows.
Surely, to write something so vividly exciting and expressive requires a talent that so few possess. The characters become like friends as you follow the rollercoaster of events. I particularly liked the way Jonathan Hayes moved between events thus extending the feeling of time.
There was no way it was going to end well.
Look forward to the next instalment with baited breath as I stopped breathing for a lot of the story.

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  • The Blood Detective

  • By: Dan Waddell
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

As dawn breaks over London, the body of a young man is discovered in a windswept Notting Hill churchyard. The killer has left Detective Chief Inspector Grant Foster and his team a grisly, cryptic clue... However it's not until the clue is handed to Nigel Barnes, a specialist in compiling family trees, that the full message becomes spine-chillingly clear. For it leads Barnes back more than one hundred years - to the victim of a demented Victorian serial killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is this his first novel?

  • By Ronald on 06-06-09

Is this his first novel?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-09

This came up as a recommend on the audible website. I can only say a big thank you, as I found this to be one of the best books I have listened to on my i-pod for well over two years.
As a great fan of Ian Rankin and the Rebus books it was interesting to listen to another detective storyline.
The story unfolds majestically, and you are transported with ease into both Victorian London and the study of geneology, which combine to form a fascinating insight.
The book itself is read brilliantly by Colin Mace who manages to carry across the female voice without sounding ridiculous.
I spent the whole book wondering where this would take me next, and each step of the investigation insisted thatI should find out the next twist in the tale.
In the end, I wanted to discover more of Dan Waddell's writing, to read or listen for myself, a mixture of mystery and intrigue.
download this you will not regret it!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Severed

  • By: Simon Kernick
  • Narrated by: Paul Panting
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 404

When former soldier Dan Tyler wakes up in a strange room on a bed covered in blood, with no idea how he got there, he thinks he's stepped into someone else's nightmare. But he's wrong. This is reality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Listened start to finish non stop...KNACKERED!

  • By Glynn on 27-06-08

The opening leaves you numb

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-05-09

I really like Simon Kernick's style of writing
It is basic and gets on with the story without too much messing around. Like his last novel, the events take place in an extremely short space of time, 24 hours.
Paul Panting's aggressive style of narration suits my listening habit, basically bored at the gym, or walking the dog in a windswept park.
He manages to allow to empathise with the main character and worry enough about him that you don't want anything else to go wrong.
Obviously, this can never be allowed to happen as our hero- not just an ordinary guy this time, but a trained army assasin, gets deeper and deeper into the sort of situations that you don't really want to believe exist.
Simon manages to build the tension in such a way that you can not see where the next twist in the story will lead you.
Read this book at your peril, you may come out a weaker person at the end of it.
Better still, let someone read it for you!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Not a Star

  • By: Nick Hornby
  • Narrated by: Eve Karpf
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

It's bad enough for a mother to discover that her son is a porn star - and even worse that the nosy neighbours knew first. When Lynn sees her son Mark in an adult film, she is forced to ask many difficult questions. How well does she really know Mark? How will she tell his father? And where did he get his obvious talent? There are some things a mother should never know.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a star but the who is?

  • By Ronald on 12-09-08

Not a star but the who is?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-08

Having been a fan of all of Nick Hornby's previous efforts, I was excited by the fact that an offer of ?2.99 for a short novel surely couldn't be a waste of money.
Buy this.
If, like me you have children, you will not fail to associate with the narrator, a mum, hey, I'm a dad), but if you found out that your son, no matter how quiet was in fact a porn star, how would you feel?
The novel lets us first feel the pain, the anger and the upset and finally, it manages to bring together a family, where, as most of us are aware, gaps appear in our love for each other.
I can tell you that although I cried at the end, it was, hopefully with tears that I might get it right with my family!
Not his best, but in parts very funny.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stripped

  • Jonathan Stride, Book 2
  • By: Brian Freeman
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Jonathan Stride and Serena Dial are both investigating high-profile murders in Las Vegas. A celebrity is assassinated during a fling with a prostitute, and a young boy is killed in a brutal hit-and-run incident. When the cases converge, Jonathan and Serena find themselves racing the clock against a determined serial killer and searching for a connection to the unsolved murder of a showgirl years earlier.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not as good as "Immoral"

  • By JonR on 18-07-09

Stripped, but not of passion.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-08

Having read his first novel, I was interested to hear what was on offer in this, his second offering.
Well, I was enthralled. Often, I listen to audible recordings walking the dog, whilst listening to this tale the dog often came back panting and needing water. So did I!
It was the type of book that kept you thinking who was exactly involved, and, when the final reality hits you, wow, you did not really expect an ending of that calibre.
He will also reply to your e-mail on the thoughts you have on the book. Who has the time to do that today ?
Make it your next download.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • The Closed Circle

  • By: Jonathan Coe
  • Narrated by: Colin Buchanan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Set against the backdrop of the Millenium celebrations and Britain's increasingly compromised role in America's war against terrorism, The Closed Circle lifts the lid on an era in which politics and presentation, ideology and the media have become virtually indistinguishable. Darkly comic, hugely engaging, and compulsively readable, it is the much-anticipated follow-up to Jonathan Coe's best-selling novel The Rotters' Club, and reintroduces us to the characters first encountered in that book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Closed but not forgotten

  • By Ronald on 11-06-08

Closed but not forgotten

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-08

Having read all of Jonathan Coes previous books, I was delighted to find this book on audio.
Even if like myself, you have already enjoyed reading the book itself, you are in for a real treat if you purchase this version.
Colin Buchanan's voices are stunning.
He conveys every aspect of Brummie life with wonderful eloquence.
He is even able to make the women in the story sound `real`.
As the final chapters unfold and you realise that you are not hearing things as the numbers of the chapters are given, you will quite literally, not want to put this book down.
Well, your i-pod at least.
5 out of 5 is no idle rating, in my best Birmingham accent, all I can say is that its brilliant.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful