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  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,034

My name is Peter Grant and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-11

What can I say - I loved it! Unusual and well-thought out. What can I say - I loved it! Unusual and well-thought out.

  • Only Time Will Tell

  • Clifton Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,364

The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international best-selling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the chilling words, ‘I was told that my father was killed in the war’. But it will be another twenty years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story-telling

  • By Kirstine on 16-06-11

Not so Good

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-11

All the Geoffrey Archers I have read so far have been good reads. This one is not. Boringly predictable - too much like other books...

I won't bother to read the rest of the story!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Fear Index

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 293

His name is carefully guarded from the general public but within the secretive inner circles of the ultra-rich Dr Alex Hoffmann is a legend – a visionary scientist whose computer software turns everything it touches into gold. Together with his partner, an investment banker, Hoffmann has developed a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that tracks human emotions, enabling it to predict movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. His hedge fund, based in Geneva, makes billions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unpleasantly close to the present

  • By Nils on 08-10-11

Another Great Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-10-11

Robert Harris has never failed me yet. This book is an addition to the long list of his titles that I have enjoyed. I was initially worried that it might be a bit 'dark' but it was just a thoroughly enjoyable read - and right up-to-date!

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,828

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By MrsFiddleback on 29-05-09

Excellent Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-07-10

I was worried that, given the length of this book, there would be a lot of padding. However, it was a really good read and excellent value for money. I will certainly read the next two!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • The Drowning Girl

  • By: Margaret Leroy
  • Narrated by: Lorraine Coady
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Young single mum Grace is drowning. Her little girl Sylvie is distant, troubled and prone to violent tantrums which the child psychiatrists blame on Grace. But Grace knows there's something more to what's happening to Sylvie. Grace and Sylvie are about to embark on a journey of discovery that will change both their lives forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and eerie

  • By Sylvia on 19-12-09

Excellent Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-07-10

Well-written and thought-provoking, I thoroughly enjoyed my second 'read' of this novel. Exciting and gripping, if a little contrived at the end, I hope to read many more of Margaret Leroy's books.

  • Devil May Care

  • By: Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 670
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 265

This new instalment in the adventures of the world's most iconic spy has been written by one of Britain's most admired novelists, Sebastian Faulks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Devil May Care (Unabridged)

  • By Katharine Murray on 17-06-08

Not your average Bond

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-10

Not much like Fleming's Bond. The gratuitous violence in this book would never appear in any of Ian Fleming's titles. The storyline is weak and the girl unlikely, but still not a bad read.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,014
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,256
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,250

Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relished every minute

  • By Sara on 22-03-10

Brilliant Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-10

No other way to describe it! Read it!

  • White Corridor

  • Bryant and May, Book 5
  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

The unthinkable has happened at London's Peculiar Crimes Unit. In the depths of winter, a member of staff has been found murdered, and everyone who works there is suddenly a suspect. But Arthur Bryant and John May, the eccentric elderly detectives who run London's strangest crime division, aren't on hand to solve the crime. They've ventured into the heart of the English countryside, only to become stranded on a desolate snowbound section of road.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As quirky as ever

  • By MS P WILSON on 14-09-16

Laughing policemen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-10-09

I found this slow to start and my download had a peculiar 'underwater' characteristic. However, the story soon gripped me and held my attention to the very end. I laughed a lot!

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  • The Ghost

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

The narrator of Robert Harris's gripping new novel is a professional ghostwriter. Accustomed to working with fading rock stars and minor celebrities, he jumps at the chance to ghost the memoirs of Britain's former prime minister, especially as it means flying to the American resort of Martha's Vineyard in the middle of winter and finishing the book in the seclusion of a luxurious house. But it doesn't take him long to realise he has made a terrible mistake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was astonished by this novel

  • By Mary on 24-06-09

Fast-moving and suspensful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-09

I enjoyed this book very much. As has been said, it was obvious that the writer had a very much alive ex-prime minister of the UK in mind which might have made it more interesting to anyone from the UK or the USA! However, even without this at the back of one's mind, it was a fascinating and plausible story.

  • Consolation

  • By: James Wilson
  • Narrated by: Jonathon Oliver
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

1910 and Corley Roper, an eminent children's author mourns the death of his young daughter. Estranged from his wife, and wracked by grief, he happens one night upon Mary Wilson's, a woman mourning the stillbirth of her son.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • No Consolation

  • By Penny on 10-07-09

No Consolation

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-09

Disappointing is far too mild a word to describe this audiobook. The narration was dreadful - the reader almost shouting most of the time and the female voices being delivered in a peculiar breathy way.

As for the content - bitterly disappointing! Part ghost story and part love story was the description, but this book was neither. I could not believe it would not get better, but even 5 minutes from the end I was hoping it would fulfil the description.

Seems I need consolation to recover from having wasted an audio credit on <i>Consolation </i>

4 of 4 people found this review helpful