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  • Tennison

  • Jane Tennison, Book 1
  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470

In 1973 Jane Tennison, aged 22, leaves the Metropolitan Police Training Academy to be placed on probationary exercise in Hackney, where criminality thrives. We witness her struggle to cope in a male-dominated, chauvinistic environment, learning fast to deal with shocking situations with no help or sympathy from her superiors. Then comes her involvement in her first murder case. No one witnessed the savage beating of a tragic young girl who, the postmortem reveals, was pregnant when she died.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Before Prime Suspect

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-08-16

This should have SIX stars

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-18

I wanted to find out what happened but I didn't want the story to end - not may books to that

  • My Cousin Rachel: Film Tie-In Edition

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Pryce, Roger Michell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693

Ambrose Ashley, Philip's cousin, guardian, and god, married Rachel in Italy and died there. Jealous of his marriage and grief-stricken by his death, Philip prepares to meet his cousin's widow with hatred in his heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone should listen to this book!

  • By Elizabeth on 19-02-11

What a clever story & well told

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-18

This is a classic and should be on anyone's list. Although it's about a relationship it isn't Chic-Lit. The actors pitched this perfectly and the writing held me with them - I recommend it.

  • Clare in the Community

  • The Complete Series 1
  • By: Harry Venning, David Ramsden
  • Narrated by: Sally Phillips, Alex Lowe, Gemma Craven, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

Sally Phillips stars as Clare in the first series of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 comedy. Like plenty before her, social worker Clare Barker has entered a caring profession so that she can sort out other people's problems rather than deal with her own. A control freak, she is entirely lacking in self-awareness, making her encounters with colleagues, family, and her partner, Brian, wonderfully entertaining and richly comic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clare in the Community

  • By MrsFiddleback on 04-09-09

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

Maybe not the best radio show but certainly very enjoyable. Good actors and entertaining script

  • Life and Soul

  • How to Live a Long and Healthy Life
  • By: William Roache
  • Narrated by: William Roache
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

 

In his first memoir, Soul on the Street, Britain's most beloved actor, William Roache, shared his spiritual beliefs and experiences with the public for the first time. Now, in Life and Soul, William shares his most recent life experiences and the wisdom gained through these. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you William for sharing so much with us all

  • By J on 05-07-18

Thank you William for sharing so much with us all

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-18

I'm old enough to remember watching Ken Barlow in those early black & white episodes wjen Annie & Jack Walker ran to pub and Ena Sharples played the harmonium, but haven't watched Corrie for 20 years or more, so I certainly didn't buy this audiobook because I'm a fan of William Roache. However, something struck a cord when I saw him interviewed about his book and I was moved by his vitality and openness about his beliefs. I got so much more out of this book than I could have imagined. I listened to it all on day while convalescing from a chest infection so I had to just sit quietly. Having heard how William thinks, it won't surprise him to learn that his book was both healing and informative to me. As my health began to improve I was starting to see the world through his eyes and appreciating it all the more for his wisdom and insight. Thank you William for opening up my heart. I've bought the book for a friend who is enjoying now and will continue to recommend it to others. I'm also going to a funeral next week which with William's help I'm viewing very differently. I will now wave her off on her amazing journey and trust it will be equally wonderful for me when my time comes xxx

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  • Hand for a Hand

  • DI Gilchrist, Book 2
  • By: T. F. Muir
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646

When DCI Andy Gilchrist is called to a crime scene to find an amputated hand clutching a note addressed to him, he is pulled into an investigation that will test him to the limit. Soon other single word clues are found along with amputated body parts and the murderer's vengeful message becomes clear as the identity of the next intended victim is revealed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So much gore

  • By Rogayah on 22-03-13

I like DI Gilchrist and I enjoy David Monteath

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

Reviewed: 24-06-18

I like DI Gilchrist and I enjoy David Monteath - I had listened to and eye of an eye so I was familiar with the characters

  • The Girl with No Name

  • By: Diney Costeloe
  • Narrated by: Bea Holland
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

Thirteen-year-old Lisa escapes from Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport and arrives in England in August 1939. She can't speak a word of English, and among her meagre belongings is one precious photograph of her family. But when the Blitz blows her new home apart, she wakes up in hospital with no memory of who she is. The authorities give her a new name and despatch her to a children's home. With the war in full swing, what will become of Lisa now?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I just loved it

  • By Ingrid on 28-11-16

A really good story and well read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-06-18

I'd read her other book so was looking forward to reading this and it didn't disappoint.

  • Eye For An Eye

  • DI Gilchrist , Book 1
  • By: T. F. Muir
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 884

One psychopath. One killer. The Stabber. Six victims, all wife beaters. Each stabbed to death through their left eye. Six victims, all wife beaters. Each stabbed to death through their left eye. The cobbled lanes and backstreets of St Andrews provide the setting for these brutal killings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Looking for more

  • By Kaz on 24-04-13

Good story & I really like DI Gilchrist

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

I'm not a prude but to me the book had too much sexual content that really wasn't needed for the story, otherwise I would have scored it higher

  • Dead If You Don't

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220

Roy Grace, creation of the CWA Diamond Dagger award-winning author Peter James, faces his most complex case yet in Dead If You Don't. Shortly after Kipp Brown and his teenage son, Mungo, arrive at the Amex stadium for their team's biggest-ever football game, Mungo disappears. A short while later Kipp receives a text with a ransom demand and a warning not to go to the police if he and his wife want to see their son alive again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action Man Grace!

  • By Simon on 18-05-18

Welcome back Roy Grace, I've missed you!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Having read (listened to) all other books in this series I was keen to find out how Roy's son is settling in and what's happening in the lives of the other characters I've come to know. I was looking forward to having a mental picture of all the places mentioned in and around Brighton and I was of course expecting another great detective story. Dead If You Dont delivered in all areas and I'm really grateful, yet sorry I've finished this book so I'm looking forward to the next one.

  • Bad Guys

  • A Zack Walker Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Zack Walker is back, and much to his family's relief, the work-at-home science-fiction writer has left the house to take a job as a features writer for the city paper. But now that Zack's incessant plotting can no longer be hatched from the comforts of his own home, he must be ever more vigilant to outwit the evil at large, whether in the suburbs, the city, or his own imagination. Zack is ready - or so he thinks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a big fan of Linwood Barclay

  • By J on 06-06-18

I'm a big fan of Linwood Barclay

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I'm a big fan of Linwood Barclay and I always enjoy the narration by William Hope. Zac Walker is a really nice guy and I feel I know him. I've recommended this book to friends and I can't wait for the next

  • You Don't Know Me

  • By: Imran Mahmood
  • Narrated by: Adam Deacon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 504

An unnamed defendant stands accused of murder. Just before the closing speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer and decides to give his own defence speech. He tells us that his barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes the truth can be too difficult to explain or believe. But he thinks that if he's going to go down for life, he might as well go down telling the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By The One Who Reads on 30-06-17

Very good and kept me guessing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-18

Very good and kept me guessing right to the end and then I'm not sure