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Tom Southern

Bradford, United Kingdom
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  • Cliff Diver

  • Detective Emilia Cruz Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Carmen Amato
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Unexpectedly put in charge of the investigation when her lieutenant is found dead, Emilia Cruz uncovers the lieutenant's sordid sexual past as well as his involvement in a kidnapping and counterfeit money scheme. Reputations are threatened by her discoveries, and truth is for sale. Emilia becomes a pawn in an ugly game of checkmate and corruption played by Acapulco's ambitious mayor and the powerful police union.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Murder in Mexico

  • By Tom Southern on 29-08-17

Murder in Mexico

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

Reviewed: 29-08-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Cliff Diver to be better than the print version?

No.

What did you like best about this story?

The sense of place and the location descriptions. The author obviously knows her setting very well.

What aspect of Johanna Parker’s performance might you have changed?

more feeling for the story and character.

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

Not really.

Any additional comments?

The book could have done with more editing because there were bits that lagged. The novel could have been a little shorter to make it more impactful.

  • Kill Me Again

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,071
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,886

When your life is a lie, who can you trust? When Maggie Taylor accepts a new job in Manchester, she is sure it is the right move for her family. The children have settled well, although her husband, Duncan, doesn’t appear to be so convinced. But nothing prepares her for the shock of coming home from work one night to find that Duncan has disappeared, leaving their young children alone. His phone is dead, and she has no idea where he has gone or why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Smooth and Classy Thriller

  • By Simon on 26-08-16

Read Me Again - and Again

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

Reviewed: 13-09-16

If you could sum up Kill Me Again in three words, what would they be?

Fast. Gripping. Exciting.

What did you like best about this story?

There wasn't a moment to pause or feel bored. It kept me wanting to know more. The ending was creative and a good plot twist.

What does Lisa Coleman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Feeling.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. But it made me want to keep reading and held my attention.

Any additional comments?

I can see why Rachel Abbott is a best-selling author. More please.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Exposure

  • By: Helen Dunmore
  • Narrated by: Emma Fenney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 350

By the Sunday Times best-selling author of The Lie. Forbidden love, intimate betrayal and the devastating power of exposure drive Helen Dunmore's remarkable new title. London, November 1960: the Cold War is at its height. Spy fever fills the newspapers, and the political establishment knows how and where to bury its secrets. When a highly sensitive file goes missing, Simon Callington is accused of passing information to the Soviets and arrested.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartstopping and addictive

  • By Kindle Customer on 27-03-16

Exposing story

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

Reviewed: 22-07-16

Would you listen to Exposure again? Why?

Yes, I would. It's a great story and told from all the characters viewpoints but always holds together and keeps your interested in what happens next.

What did you like best about this story?

A simple plot and gripping story.

Have you listened to any of Emma Fenney’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, this is my first time.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. No. But it kept me reading till the end.

Any additional comments?

The original description of the story doesn't really relate to the story. So ignore it and just listen and be transported.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • As the Crow Flies

  • By: Damien Boyd
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 263

Rock climbers can't afford to make careless mistakes. But Detective Inspector Nick Dixon's former climbing partner, Jake Fayter, died doing just that. Or so it seems. Dixon suspects foul play, but his only leads are unreliable accounts of something odd happening in Cheddar Gorge seconds before Jake fell.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Average story, dreadful narration

  • By MRS FFION M WORTHINGTON on 17-11-17

This Crow Flies Pretty Well

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

Reviewed: 14-09-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would. It's a good read, entertaining and pulls you in.

What other book might you compare As the Crow Flies to, and why?

There isn't one. Yet.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Napoleon Ryan?

If I bought the book.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Can't think of one.

Any additional comments?

Other reviewers mention the female voice sounding odd or breathy. To me this voice sounds audibly created and then added in at the appropriate places. If it is the male narrator's voice re-engineered to sound female, it would've sounded better if a female narrator was used to voice the parts. But that would probably have made the book more expensive.

Also, the male narrator's voice did sound a bit re-engineered too at times.

Otherwise, the story made the narration worth putting up with.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lazybones

  • Tom Thorne, Book 3
  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Someone, a woman or somebody pretending to be a woman, is writing to convicted rapists in prison, befriending them and then brutally killing them when they are released. DI Tom Thorne must discover the link between these killings and a murder/suicide that took place twenty-five years before; a tragedy to which the only witnesses were two small children, now adults and nowhere to be found. How can you escape a past that will do a lot more than just catch up with you?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A powerful book

  • By Joseph on 23-08-06

Best Billingham yet!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-15

What did you like most about Lazybones?

A good story told well. And I one whose ending I didn't see coming, although I had my usual fun guessing.

What did you like best about this story?

Opened up lots of false trails.

What does Robert Glenister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Good voice and great story telling.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. I just enjoyed it.

Any additional comments?

Billingham is becoming my favourite author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Shut Eye

  • By: Adam Baron
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

A married airline pilot is found dead in his London flat, surrounded by shards of glass and the shattered remains of a champagne bottle. But who was the man seen with the pilot on the concourse of Heathrow airport? Private investigator Billy Rucker joins the case at the request of the pilot's brother, a well-known Tory MP. For Rucker it's the start of a long lonely trail through the city, clutching a grainy black and white photo and a gnawing suspicion in the pit of his stomach....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good story, interesting & believable characters.

  • By anura33 on 07-09-13

Good Story But Slow

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

Reviewed: 29-04-15

Would you try another book written by Adam Baron or narrated by Gordon Griffin?

Yes, I would, just to see if the slow pace was just a one-off for this story.

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

Didn't see it coming but still, a little disappointing. Wanted a big reveal. Didn't get it.

Which character – as performed by Gordon Griffin – was your favourite?

The MP

Could you see Shut Eye being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

not really

Any additional comments?

For the story as it is it could have been shorter.

  • Secret of the Thorns

  • Donavan Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Tom Haase
  • Narrated by: John M. Perry
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

We know what happened to the robe of Christ. We think we know what happened to his cross. What really happened to the Crown of Thorns? A controversial thriller set in modern times solving an ancient mystery.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dissapointing

  • By Tom Southern on 21-03-15

Dissapointing

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

Reviewed: 21-03-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Less sentences like: "Sweat ran down her face and fell between her ample breasts."

Would you ever listen to anything by Tom Haase again?

I'd give him another try.

Would you be willing to try another one of John M. Perry’s performances?

I don't know why but his voice sounds computer generated.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Didn't get passed the third chapter, so I don't know.

Any additional comments?

I would have persevered with this story but the computerised sounding voice was difficult to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Virtual Freedom

  • How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business
  • By: Chris Ducker
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Entrepreneurs often suffer from "superhero syndrome" - the misconception that to be successful, they must do everything themselves. They are not only the boss but also the salesperson, HR manager, copywriter, operations manager, online marketing guru, and so much more. It's no wonder so many people give up the dream of starting a business - it's just too much for one person to handle. But outsourcing expert and "Virtual CEO" Chris Ducker knows how you can get the help you need with resources you can afford.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous & comprehensive practical guide!

  • By The Property Voice on 22-04-15

Virtual Freedom Now

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

Reviewed: 26-02-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Virtual Freedom to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version

What was one of the most memorable moments of Virtual Freedom?

The opening. Great hook

What aspect of Gildart Jackson’s performance might you have changed?

Made it less staccato

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It's non-fiction, so no

Any additional comments?

Great information on hiring and managing virtual assistants to help you grow your business, online or off.

  • Elizabeth Is Missing

  • By: Emma Healey
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,021
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,020

Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: Her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabeth is missing

  • By Mrs. Denise Slatter on 08-07-14

Gripping and touching

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

Reviewed: 26-02-15

Where does Elizabeth Is Missing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A good story. I listened to it in one sitting virtually, except for the very beginning. Maud is well-crafted and observed. I would read this story again. Didn't see the end coming which is a sign of a great story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Elizabeth Is Missing?

Maud wishing that she could have kept her company. Can't say where as this would spoil the end.

Which character – as performed by Anna Bentinck – was your favourite?

Maud

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

When you're losing you mind, nobody thinks you know the truth

Any additional comments?

I would listen to this book because it's a great story.

  • The First Apostle

  • By: James Becker
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

An Englishwoman is found dead in a house near Rome. Her distraught husband enlists the help of his closest friend, Chris Bronson, who discovers an ancient inscription on a slab of stone above their fireplace. But who are the liars? And what is it they are lying to protect? Pursued across Europe, Bronson uncovers a trail of clues that leads him back to the shadowy beginnings of Christianity; to a chalice decorated with mysterious symbols; to a secret code hidden within a scroll. And to a deadly conspiracy which – if revealed – will rock the foundations of our modern world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The First Apostle

  • By Tom Southern on 26-11-13

The First Apostle

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

Reviewed: 26-11-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only if they were a Dan Brown fan.

What three words best describe Philip Franks’s voice?

Good story-teller's voice.

Do you think The First Apostle needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. I think the story is succinct as it is.

Any additional comments?

I think at times the plot and research got in the way of the story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful