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  • Perfect Silence

  • DI Callanach, Book 4
  • By: Helen Fields
  • Narrated by: Robin Laing
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 267

When silence falls, who will hear their cries? The body of a young girl is found dumped on the roadside on the outskirts of Edinburgh. When pathologists examine the remains, they make a gruesome discovery: the outline of a doll carved into the victim’s skin. DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are struggling to find leads in the case until a doll made of skin is found nestled beside an abandoned baby. After another young woman is found butchered, Luc and Ava realise the babydoll killer is playing a horrifying game. And it’s only a matter of time before he strikes again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Joanna on 05-11-18

Thoroughly Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 20-12-18

Interesting well-developed characters who you can empathise with despite their flaws. A well-placed plot left me looking forward to the next Callanach book.

  • Cold Case

  • Bob Skinner Series, Book 30
  • By: Quintin Jardine
  • Narrated by: James Bryce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

The 30th gritty mystery in Quintin Jardine's bestselling Bob Skinner series, not to be missed by readers of Ian Rankin and Peter May. Former Chief Constable Bob Skinner may have left the police service, but he's never far from a case. When his old mentor on the force, Jimmy Proud, finds himself in a desperate situation, Skinner gets pulled into a murder investigation that's been closed for 30 years.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By barry on 03-02-19

Well-paced And Enjoyable Although Predictable

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

Reviewed: 20-12-18

There were plenty of twists and turns although the ending was mostly predictable. Despite this, overall I enjoyed listening to the book. The main issue I have, and I don't know if it is the writing or the performance of the book, is how dislikable Skinner is, and at times I found this distracting. I understand the classic flawed hero stereotype, but it would be hard to have portrayed a more smug individual. There seemed to be no end to the abilities of this 50-something man, from his golf handicap to everyone agreeing to speak to him to disclose key information or involve him in investigations. I don't think I will be listening to another Skinner book.

  • What Doesn't Kill You

  • DI Fenchurch, Book 3
  • By: Ed James
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

The body of a young City lawyer is discovered on an East London building site, assaulted and brutally murdered. Initial enquiries lead DI Simon Fenchurch to a driver employed by Travis, a controversial new app-based cab company. Within days another woman - a Travis driver - is found murdered. As the body count goes up, DI Fenchurch and his colleagues on the East London Major Investigation Team delve into the crimes and unveil a murky conspiracy that some will do anything to keep hidden.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful narration!

  • By flowergirl on 18-12-17

Awful Narration & Repetitive Story

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Firstly, the narration. It is truly awful. Bizarrely pronounced words, pantomime voices and the intonation of the reading was just wrong. It really did spoil the book. As for the story, and it pains me to say this as I have really enjoyed Ed James' Cullen series, this was also rather disappointing. I understand that there is a formula that needs to be followed for crime thrillers but the story here was both predictable and unbelievable at the same time. Possibly as a result of the bizarre narration, it is hard to empathise with Fenchurch and the number of times the police are incompetent or he is allowed to break the rules is irritatingly repetitive. There are much better crime thrillers out there.

  • Birdman

  • By: Mo Hayder
  • Narrated by: Damien Goodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

Greenwich, south-east London. Five bodies have been found, all young women, all ritualistically murdered, dumped on wasteland near the Millennium Dome. When a post-mortem examination reveals a singular, horrific signature linking the victims, officers realise that they are on the trail of the most dangerous offender known to the force: a sexual serial killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously dark stuff!

  • By T on 19-01-14

Formulaic and a bit boring

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

Reviewed: 15-02-18

This was a disappointing listen as I enjoy British crime, particularly those set in London. The narration was really not great and this was compounded by a story line that was rather formulaic. I appreciate that in this genre there is a formula to follow but the characters were so stereotypical and after a nice twist early in the book, the plot was very predictable. Much better audiobooks out there.