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  • Run for Home

  • By: Sheila Quigley
  • Narrated by: Rachel Bavidge
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5

1985: A man runs for his life - exhausted, wounded, hunted remorselessly by a woman assassin known only as The Head Hunter. At the end, he has just enough energy to spit in her face. 2001: Sixteen-year-old Kerry Lumsdon runs across the same terrain. She runs to win and she runs to forget. When a headless body is found in the wastelands of the Seahills Estate, Detective Inspector Lorraine Hunt is called in to investigate. Kerry and Lorraine, different ages and from different worlds, come together when Claire Lumsdon, Kerry's sister, is violently kidnapped.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Crime drama??? No way

  • By Ms on 27-12-17

Crime drama??? No way

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

Reviewed: 27-12-17

So disappointed as I googled top crime writers in UK and this author came up in top 10 but ta nothing like a Rebus etc
The police procedural element is not even mentioned. It’s more romantic and rags to riches thank anything. The accent got on my nerves so all in all - a waste of time. I didn’t even bother to finish it
Story was just pure trite rubbish

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death Note

  • By: Caroline Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

Women who gave a child up for adoption are being killed. A knock at their front door begins a nightmare from which they will never wake up. For Detective Ruby Preston and her team, it is a race against time to connect the dots before the killer can strike again. But when Ruby receives a sinister email, the case takes a terrifying personal twist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grabs you and refuses to let go.

  • By JayT on 16-12-16

Utter rubbish and unbelievable characters

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

What would have made Love You to Death better?

A plot without all the sordid police/criminal love story side . Supposed to be a thriller but more like a martina cole book and that's not a compliment

What could Caroline Mitchell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Remove the over sensationalism. Her characters are implausible; a martyr one minute, then a bent copper, then a do gooder. Really confusing

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Emma Newman?

Someone witn a bit more passion in their voice

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

Dull and disappointing

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No Name Lane

  • By: Howard Linskey
  • Narrated by: David Leon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

The hunt for a serial killer unearths an unsolved cold case from over 60 years ago. Young girls are being abducted and murdered in the Northeast. Out of favour detective constable Ian Bradshaw struggles to find any leads - and fears that the only thing this investigation will unravel is himself. Journalist Tom Carney is suspended by his London tabloid and returns to his home village in County Durham. Helen Norton is the reporter who replaced Tom on the local newspaper. Together they are drawn into a case that will change their lives forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad

  • By Ms on 22-07-16

Not bad

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

Reviewed: 22-07-16

Narrator drove me mad to begin with as he had a lack of punctuation and hardly drew a breath between sentences.
Story was ok but quite predictable

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Souls

  • An Inspector McLean Novel, Book 2
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179

Every year for 10 years, a young woman's body was found in Edinburgh at Christmastime: naked, throat slit, body washed clean. The final victim, Kirsty Summers, was Detective Constable Tony McLean's fiancée. But the Christmas Killer made a mistake and McLean put an end to the brutal killing spree. Twelve years later, and a fellow prisoner has murdered the Christmas Killer. But with the festive season comes a body; naked, washed, her throat cut. Is this a copycat killer? Was the wrong man behind bars all this time? Or is there a more sinister explanation?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creepier and More Sinister . . . In A Good Way!

  • By Simon on 15-09-15

Load of Rubbish

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

Reviewed: 12-06-16

Would you try another book written by James Oswald or narrated by Ian Hanmore?

One of the most boring books. Couldnt relate to the character at all - self pitying, smug and inconsistent....

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

Boredom

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Tapping at My Door

  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,206

From the best-selling author of Cry Baby, the beginning of a brilliant and gripping police procedural series set in Liverpool, perfect for fans of Peter James and Mark Billingham. A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She's disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes. DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story well worth a listen

  • By Cathryn B. on 11-04-16

Narrator should be shot

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

Reviewed: 02-06-16

What did you like best about A Tapping at My Door? What did you like least?

The characters were ok and the story seemed to be going well. I just couldnt finish the book becuase the Narator put me off with his oevr dramatic sentances and breathing. Its a Liverpool based book not a 3 part trilogy in Hollywood
The most annoying part is the authors continual references to the main characters dark past - bit tedious

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Didn't finish it as i got bored

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Loads - awful

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

No

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Even Dogs in the Wild

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005

Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is investigating the death of a senior lawyer during a robbery. But the case becomes more complex when a note is discovered, indicating that this may have been no random attack. When local gangster Big Ger Cafferty receives an identical message, Clarke decides that the recently retired John Rebus may be able to help. He's the only man Cafferty will open up to, and together the two old adversaries might just stand a chance of saving Cafferty's skin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything Perfectly In Place

  • By Simon on 08-11-15

Rebus is back with a bang!

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

Reviewed: 18-01-16

What did you like most about Even Dogs in the Wild?

The way Rebus is depicted and the cleverness of the plot. I saw some bits coming but Rankin still manages to pull a surprise or two out the bag

What did you like best about this story?

The way the older generation came together; good and evil joining to defeat one common enemy. Rankin still doesn't shy away from the Villain being a Villain even if he's retired.... There inst any sympathy
The way Rebus continues to do his own thing - my favourite Policeman ever

What about James Macpherson’s performance did you like?

Mostly - apart from the way DI Clarke is portrayed - which is a patronising English woman with a posh accent....

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

Yes, when a character died without those he left behind getting all closure

Any additional comments?

Great book - might start the Rebus series from the beginning again

  • Holy Island

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,280

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan retreats to Holy Island seeking sanctuary when he is forced to take sabbatical leave from his duties as a homicide detective. A few days before Christmas, his peace is shattered, and he is thrust back into the murky world of murder when a young woman is found dead amongst the ancient ruins of the nearby priory. When former local girl Dr. Anna Taylor arrives back on the island as a police consultant, old memories swim to the surface, making her confront her difficult past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled to finish this one

  • By Colette on 06-01-16

Should this be a Mills and Boons??

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

Reviewed: 18-01-16

Would you try another book written by LJ Ross or narrated by Jonathan Keeble?

No - this is marked as within the Crime Genre - it should have been romance or at least fantasy!
It was utter dribble with no conclusion as to why the villain had stooped to the levels he had. No credible explanation about why others had joined up. Poor Mr Keeble was overly annuciated - every romantic scene was cringe-worthy.
The main characters were too perfect - just boringly predictable too

Has Holy Island put you off other books in this genre?

Only by the author. Awful book

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Keeble?

No one - better left unnarrated or written

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

Frustration - I wasted a credit on this bilge. So annoying.

Any additional comments?

Never read anything by this author again

38 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • Stalkers

  • By: Paul Finch
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585

Time's up. You're Next. "All he had to do was name the woman he wanted. It was that easy. They would do all the hard work. "Detective Sergeant Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg is investigating the disappearance of 38 different women. Each one was happy and successful until they vanished without a trace. Desperate to find her missing sister, Lauren Wraxford seeks out Heck's help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Cliffhanger to the end...

  • By wixey on 24-08-13

Ridiculous plot and characters

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

Reviewed: 04-02-15

Would you try another book written by Paul Finch or narrated by Paul Thornley?

No

What could Paul Finch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Make the characters believable. No one in their right mind would believe that any police officer would be able to wage their own justice on a gang with civilians in tow. It was supposed to be full of suspense and action but some of it made me laugh out loud because it was so ridiculous.. the only thing he did get right was that it is quite likely the police would fail to tie in 37 missing women......

What three words best describe Paul Thornley’s voice?

Cant remember it

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Stalkers?

All of it

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Mystery of Mercy Close

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Niamh Daly
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 250

Meet Helen - youngest of the Walsh sisters and a law unto herself. She’s easily bored, has an inability to filter her thoughts and was fired from every job she ever had before she found her true calling as a private investigator. But times are tough for PIs, and Helen’s had no choice but to take on the search for AWOL boyband has-been Wayne Diffney: The Wacky One.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good story if you are running out of options

  • By Niome on 18-12-13

Hilarious

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

Reviewed: 31-07-13

What did you like most about The Mystery of Mercy Close?

It was funny but dealt with a serious issue in a sensitive but factual way
I thought Mammy Welsh was as funny as ever; some parts made me cry with laughter and one with sadness.
A great read/listen - would recommend

What did you like best about this story?

All of it - hugely entertaining

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

When we had to deal with the main characters severe depression and her almost indifference to dealing with her condition in any other way but following it through to the end in her own way

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Fault Line
    
    
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    Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
    233 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • Fault Line

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

A search for missing documents in an international mining company becomes a voyage into dangerous waters. A dead friend, a lost lover and a clutch of mysteries from Jonathan Kellaway's youth in Cornwall and Italy in the late 1960s come back to haunt him when he is tasked with discovering why there is a gaping hole in his employer's records - and to tempt him with the hope that he may at last learn the truth about the tragedies of those years. It is a truth that has claimed several victims before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A return to form

  • By Stephen on 29-05-12

Goddard not at his best

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

Reviewed: 31-07-13

Would you try another book written by Robert Goddard or narrated by Philip Franks?

I have read them all and possibly not narrated by Philip Franks

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fault Line?

The Capri murder

Did Philip Franks do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Yes he was ok