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  • The Word Is Murder

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,996

A wealthy woman strangled six hours after she's arranged her own funeral. A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own. A reluctant author drawn into a story he can’t control. What do they have in common? Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's new thriller. Spread the word. The word is murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Unemployed Detective

  • By Sarah on 30-08-17

Loved It!

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

Reviewed: 15-02-18

Unusual style for a book but it really works well. It is a work of fiction but the author, Anthony Horowitz is the central character who is drawn reluctantly into the plot as it unwinds - great stuff, hope he writes more in this style. Recommended!

  • The Baltimore Boys

  • By: Joël Dicker, Alison Anderson - translator
  • Narrated by: Robert Slade
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

Fresh from the staggering success of The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, Marcus Goldman is struggling to write his third novel. A chance encounter in Florida throws him some inspiration from a surprising source: Alexandra Neville, the beautiful, phenomenally successful singer and Marcus' first love. All at once memories of his childhood come flooding back. Memories of a family torn apart by tragedy and a once glorious legacy reduced to shame and ruin.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dire!

  • By M A B on 22-04-18

Superb!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

Having listened to and thoroughly enjoyed Joel Dicker's previous book The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, I was eager to discover if he would maintain the same high standard and quality with this his second novel and he most certainly has. It's a wonderful story, beautifully written - the characters are three dimensional and I really cared what was happening to them. A fairly long listen at a shade over 14 hours I loved every minute of it. Robert Slade's narration was perfect - just wished I hadn't finished it now.

  • Sunnyside

  • By: Glen David Gold
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 25 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

On a winter's day in 1916, Charlie Chaplin is spotted in over 800 places simultaneously - an extraordinary mass delusion in an America desperate for distraction from the oncoming war. From there, Sunnyside follows the overlapping fortunes of Leland Wheeler, son of the world's last (and worst) Wild West star, as he heads to the battlefields of France; snobbish Hugo Black, drafted to fight under the British General Ironside in Siberia in the Allies' doomed attack on the Bolsheviks; and Chaplin himself, facing a tightening net of complications....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as Carter Beats the Devil but ok

  • By anura33 on 23-04-16

Not as good as Carter Beats the Devil but ok

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

Reviewed: 23-04-16

I loved Carter Beats The Devil - I felt though that this, his second book, was unnecessarily long and did tend to ramble in parts- the history aspect of it was truly fascinating though and I'm glad I read it - its a long old listen at 25 hours! Jeff Harding's narration was, as usual excellent although I was most surprised to hear Jeff let out a mighty belch and then simply repeat the previous sentence as though nothing had happened - I'm sure it must just have been overlooked during the editing but it goes to show that we are all human (Its at around 5 hours 53 mins in on the third section)

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  • Finders Keepers

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,049

1978: Meet Morris Bellamy ,the man who robs the safe of America's most famous reclusive writer, John Rothstein. But it isn't just the money he is interested in. Morrie is obsessed by the author's notebooks and is prepared to kill the author for them. 2009: Meet young Pete Saubers, whose father was knocked down by an out-of-control Mercedes in a job line-up. When he discovers a buried trunk of money and notebooks of a famous writer, he has the means to rescue his family from poverty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mr Mercedes

  • By Mel on 03-12-15

A bit of a disappointment

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

Reviewed: 26-11-15

As you can see from my other reviews, I'm usually a big fan of Stephen King's books and loved the first one in this trilogy but this 2nd one I thought was a bit of a disappointment. Brilliantly written as usual but it just sort of petered out with an anti-climactic and predictable ending - not one of his best!

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  • The Trespass

  • An Archaeological Mystery Thriller
  • By: Scott Hunter
  • Narrated by: Chris Macdonnell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

First they tried to kill him. Then they took his daughter . . . Anthropologist Simon Dracup knows that his only hope of finding her alive lies within the pages of his grandfather's diary, the record of a near century old expedition to Mount Ararat, legendary resting place of the great Ark of Noah. When the CIA pays him a visit Dracup learns that something was found on the Ark. Something priceless. Now its owners have taken it back, but they want revenge and Dracup is their prime target . . .

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I gave up half way through!

  • By anura33 on 22-12-14

I gave up half way through!

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

Reviewed: 22-12-14

The story was very slow and not really believable.
The characters were two dimensional clichés.
I might have persevered to the end (just to get my moneys worth) had it not been for the truly dire narrator with his awful irritating impressions of American accents that come straight out of British 'B' movies from the 50's. It would have been much more acceptable if he'd just read the whole thing in his own voice, as it now stands I will, in future, avoid anything he narrates - which is a shame as it precludes me from listening to several books I might have otherwise been interested in.
One to avoid!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Grumpy Old Rockstar and Other Wonderous Stories

  • By: Rick Wakeman
  • Narrated by: Rick Wakeman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Around about September of 1948, Mr and Mrs Cyril Wakeman had an early night. And some time later, at Perivale in Middlesex, Mrs Wakeman produced a bonny baby son. They named him Richard, but he quickly became known as Rick.

Rick was a likable little fellow who had a talent for the piano (and for making trouble), and music became his life. Later, he joined a popular music group called Yes and became a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow car trips to hear more of this

  • By Donald on 30-05-09

Witty and interesting stories.

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

Reviewed: 16-09-14

I'm a fan of Rick Wakeman and his music.
I had heard some of the reminiscences before when I saw him on stage in the USA several years back.
The stories were, as you would expect from this larger than life character, often outrageous and very funny - just wish it could have been a little longer than just the short of 7 hours.
Well worth a listen!

  • City of the Lost

  • By: Will Adams
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

A high-stakes thriller which weaves Turkey's war-torn past with action, adventure and conspiracy. British business intelligence operative Iain Black is caught up in the car-bombing of a hotel in Southern Turkey while investigating a murky Lebanese banker. His partner, Mustafa, is killed in the blast, and Iain vows to find out who is responsible. Working with beautiful Dutch historian Aletta Neuhuis, who was also affected in the bombing, Iain ‘s investigative trail leads to Turkey's past - to the invasion of Northern Cyprus in 1974, and further back in time to the Trojan War.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting story

  • By anura33 on 16-09-14

An interesting story

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

Reviewed: 16-09-14

This is the first book I'd listened to by this author and I was quite impressed.
The historical side of the story was fascinating, the action moved along at a good pace and was made even better by the superb narration of Jonathan Keeble
I shall certainly get further books from this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Kill Room

  • Lincoln Rhyme, Book 10
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Kerry Shale
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 201

They are calling it the 'million-dollar bullet': a sniper shot from a near-impossible distance. But there is no crime-scene investigation, no evidence, and no co-operation from the local Bahamian police. Ambitious New York district attorney Nance Laurel won't let it go. This murder has all the hallmarks of a contract killing, and she has evidence that the order came from the highest levels of the US government.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pedestrian story - enthralling performance

  • By Allison on 18-07-13

One of the better Rhyme novels

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

Reviewed: 25-08-14

For some reason I missed this book and listened to The Skin Collector first but it didn't seem to make any difference.
This is an interesting, well constructed story and one in which Rhyme actually travels to one of the foreign locations - a good listen and if, like me, you've enjoyed the previous books then you'll like this one too.

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,049

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woodcutter

  • By jackie Hammond on 23-05-11

Excellent story - very well read.

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

Reviewed: 22-08-14

This is the first book I've tried by this author and I was very impressed.
The story was fascinating and I couldn't wait to see how it developed - the narration was superb - a great read/listen and thoroughly recommended!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Pilgrim

  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,484

Pilgrim is the code name for a man who doesn't exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation. But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting but a bit too full of cliches

  • By Anna on 19-12-16

Interesting, well constructed story.

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

Reviewed: 12-08-14

This review is for both volumes.
Not usually a fan of 'First Person' books but this one had me hooked from the off.
Its a long read/listen (nearly 23 hours for the 2 volumes).
It cleverly describes all the characters and elements of the story and then slowly brings them all together for the climax. Thoroughly recommended!