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  • London Falling

  • The Shadow Police, Book One
  • By: Paul Cornell
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,103
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,027

Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect, Rob Toshack, is murdered in custody. Furious, Quill pursues the investigation, co-opting intelligence analyst Lisa Ross and undercover cops Costain and Sefton. But nothing about Toshack’s murder is normal. Toshack had struck a bargain with a vindictive entity, whose occult powers kept Toshack one step ahead of the law - until his luck ran out. Now, the team must find a 'suspect' who can bend space and time and alter memory itself. And they will kill again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow and a bit confusing but stick with it!

  • By Beccameriel on 07-07-15

Great Story but Narrator Needs More Practice

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

Reviewed: 23-06-15

I really enjoyed this story and feel that comparing it to Rivers of London is a little unfair. Whilst the overall idea of reality grounded police becoming intertwined with the magical world is the same that really just puts it in a similar genre category. Narratively there is really no comparison between the two - London Falling has far more action than Rivers of London and moves along at a great pace once the main characters have been introduced.

A slight let down is the combination of poor editing and a narrator who doesn't seem to understand about new paragraphs / narrative sections when he's reading. Damian Lynch will transfer from one characters story into the next with barely a breath in-between which caused me to skip back each time to make sure I'd followed what was happening. Then there are sections where errors made during narration haven't been edited out and the reader repeats himself and at one great moment during an action scene you can hear papers moving in the background!

Overall, this is a great story and worth a listen if you like the old cops and magic combo. I will definitely be listening to the sequel.

  • The Orpheus Descent

  • By: Tom Harper
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong, Kris Milnes, Sarah Feathers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 44

Today, 12 golden tablets sit in museums around the world, each created by unknown hands and buried in ancient times, and each providing the dead with the route to the afterlife. Archaeologist Lily Barnes, working on a dig in southern Italy, has just found another. But this tablet names the location to the mouth of hell itself. And then Lily vanishes. Has she walked out on her job, her marriage, and her life - or has something more sinister happened? Her husband, Jonah, is desperate to find her. But no one can help him: not the police, and not the secretive foundation that sponsored her dig.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Myth Reworked - Badly

  • By Michelle on 27-05-13

A Story that Descends into Nonsense

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

Reviewed: 21-06-13

What did you like best about The Orpheus Descent? What did you like least?

I enjoyed the general idea of the story but felt it could have been executed with more passion and excitement. A lot of the ideas have now become such old hat that they could have been plucked from a British TV drama series. A rock star main character, a dysfunctional group of wealthy and highly educated university graduates, a clever look at the past with much historical name dropping.

What was most disappointing about Tom Harper’s story?

The whole lead up to the end and the ending are extremely dissapointing. The whole narrative disintergrates into a trippy nonsense which really left me feeling I should have dropped out and not tuned in.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narration is really well read, in particular by Gareth Armstrong. Kris Milnes voice jars a little at first against Gareth's but once the listener gets used to the swinging narrative between the two it becomes less so.

Any additional comments?

There are similar books out there which have been written with more decisive and satidfactory narrative. Well read but best left alone.

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  • A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

A movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. In a seemingly unrelated case, a loner is murdered, leaving the sheriff's department with no clues. One unsettling revelation after another leaves a retired FBI agent and an L.A. detective thinking they've unmasked a most frightening killer with almost inconceivable calculation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen

  • By Anthony Smith on 07-07-06

Another Great Story but I missed Dick Hill

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

Reviewed: 21-06-13

Who was your favorite character and why?

It has to be Harry. Why get the book otherwise?

Did Richard M. Davidson do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Richard M. Davidson did a great job of narrating the story and his characters were well delivered. Vocally though I prefer the way Dick Hill presents Harry's voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I found this book better when broken up over a week.

Any additional comments?

Harry fans be warned, a large amount of this one is dedicated to the investigation from Terry McCalebs side. That said, McCaleb is a good character and the interaction between him and Harry when the story gets going is worth the wait.

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  • The Firm

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Vincent Marzello
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The law student was young and had his dreams. He'd qualified third in his class at Harvard, now offers poured in from every law firm in America. The firm was small but well-respected. They were prepared to match, and then exceed Mitch's wildest dreams: eighty thousand a year, a BMW and a low-interest mortgage.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Why So Surprised?

  • By Moonface on 13-04-13

Why So Surprised?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

I got this book having previously been told by a friend to give John Grisham a try. I really wish I hadn't. The plot is tedious and everything that every character does is screamingly obvious way before they do it. As for the narration, Vincent Marzello is a very dull reader, and when he does try to ramp up his performance he just makes everyone sound surprised. I definitely prefer the style of the Lincoln Lawyer books.

  • Monster Hunter International

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 24 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463

Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent

  • By ben on 09-05-12

They Shoot Monsters, Don't They?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

This was a great surprise! It's a really great action / adventure fantasy novel which doesn't pretend to be anything other than it is. Just sit back and listen to the great narration by Oliver Wyman as the adventure washes over you. I know a lot of people out there have issues with Larry Correia's gun lovin' attitudes and obvious political opinions but if you can get over that then you'll really enjoy this book (and the rest in the series). It's fun, it goes bang, it has monsters and then the monsters go bang!

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon

  • Burton & Swinburne, Book 3
  • By: Mark Hodder
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

Africa, 1863. Sir Richard Francis Burton is an explorer, a linguist, a scholar, and the king's agent - or is he a puppet being manipulated by forces he cannot understand? A race to find the source of the Nile! Algernon Charles Swinburne is a famous young flame-haired poet, thrill-seeker, and follower of the Marquis de Sade. Here they are, back to where the adventure began. It is 1863, but not the one it should be. Time has veered wildly off course, and moves are being made that will lead to a devastating world war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Weak End to a Great Series

  • By Moonface on 08-04-13

A Weak End to a Great Series

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

I really enjoyed this trilogy but it has to be said that this closes the series more with a steam powered whimper than a clockwork bang. Burton and Swinburne are still great personalities but unlike the previous books the additional characters start to feel a bit like narrative cannon-fodder. That's not to say this is a bad book, it's not and I enjoyed it. I just feel that it doesn't bear up to the previous two exploits and so gets 3 stars through basis of comparison.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Every Dead Thing

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 400

Tormented and racked with guilt over the brutal slaying of his wife and daughter, Charlie Parker, ex-cop with the NYPD, agrees to track down a missing girl. It is a search that will lead him into an abyss of evil. At the same time, he is warned by an old black woman in Louisiana that "The Travelling Man" is about to strike again. Multiple strands converge with a horrific confrontation in which hunter and hunted are intimately connected by guilt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good book if you like this kind of thing

  • By knittyboot on 03-07-12

A Strong Start to a Compelling Character

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

I stumbled onto this after wanting to read 'The Wrath of Angels' but felt I should do the groundwork and start Charlie Parker's story from the beginning. I'm glad I did, this is a great book and the narration by Jeff Harding is spot on. As other reviwers have mentioned the level of detail covering the Travelling Man killings is prety horrific but helps to set up Charlie Parker's character and motivations in later books. The hardboiled gumshoe thing is heavier in this book than later ones but suits the overall tone. Listen to this and then listen to all the other books in order. I did, and can thoroughly recommend all of them.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful