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  • Swimming with Sharks

  • By: Nele Neuhaus, Christine M. Grimm (translator)
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 17 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Ambitious, brilliant, and beautiful, Alex Sontheim is the star of Wall Street - and she knows it. So when Levy Manhattan Investments taps her to take their firm to the next level, she can name her price - but she may be getting in over her head. Preoccupied by her steamy relationship with handsome real-estate mogul Sergio Vitali, Alex is blind to the reality that behind LMI’s glittering facade is a dangerous criminal cartel - and it expects more than just top-notch work and discretion. Desperate to put an end to this organized crime, New York’s crusading mayor needs someone on the inside, and no one is in deeper than Alex.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Catastrophic narration!

  • By isaac on 26-06-13

Terrible Narrator

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

Reviewed: 30-06-18

I have loved all of the other books in this series, however the new narrator sounds bored with no intonation. Ruined a great series for me.

  • Little Sister

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

Kim and Mia Timmers were just 11 years old when they were imprisoned in a local psychiatric institution, accused of murdering the man they believed to be responsible for the death of their family. Now, 10 years later, they are due for release. Detective Pieter Vos is given cause to reopen the case when the girls disappear. His investigation takes an unexpected turn when it becomes clear that someone is posing as Little Jo - Kim and Mia's other sister, who was killed along with their parents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favourite

  • By Allison B. on 03-06-16

Make Sure you Read in the Correct Order

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

Reviewed: 30-04-17

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

If you like Hewson's other books you will love this one

Any additional comments?

I made the mistake of listening to Little Sister First, the Audible site has them in the incorrect order, this is in fact book 3 so it has ruined it a little for me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Speech

  • By: Tom Rob Smith
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 216

Soviet Union, 1956: Stalin is dead. With his passing, a violent regime is beginning to fracture - leaving behind a society where the police are the criminals, and the criminals are innocent. The catalyst comes when a secret manifesto composed by Stalin's successor, Khrushchev, is distributed to the entire nation. Its message: Stalin was a tyrant and a murderer. Its promise: The Soviet Union will transform.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sadly not a match for Child 44

  • By Duncan on 26-05-12

Spoiled by narrator

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

Reviewed: 19-06-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator, Colin Mace sounds bored reading the book, it is very slow with quite large breaks and a lack of feeling for the main character that was developed so well in Child 66 by Stephen Pacey.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It is difficult to say as the narrator sucked all personality out of the characters

Would you be willing to try another one of Colin Mace’s performances?

No

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

I though Child 66 was such a good book so I then bought the remainder of the series, I think that I may come to regret this.

  • Blood Eagle

  • By: Craig Russell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

The first woman had her lungs ripped out. When the same gruesome ritualistic method was used again, it was clear that the same killer was responsible. But there is no precise evidence to link the two cases, except for a tantalising email. Kriminalhauptkommissar Jan Fabel (half-Scottish, half-German) is a man of conscience and imagination. In his desperate attempt to solve the case before more victims are discovered, he gradually uncovers layer upon layer of intrigue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By David on 04-05-08

As good as Lennox but Different

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

Reviewed: 04-04-15

What did you like best about this story?

I though the development of the characters worked well, there is a good plot with lots of twists and turns. Created a very good feel of Hamburg

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

His interpretation is always great

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

Hamberg Police vs Ex Communist KGB Vikings

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Nightmare

  • By: Lars Kepler
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

The chilling phenomenon begins again. On a summer night the dead body of a woman is found on board an abandoned pleasure boat drifting around in the Stockholm archipelago. Her lungs are filled with brackish water, but there are no traces of this water on her clothes or other parts of her body. Detective Inspector Joona Linna takes up the case. Forensics state that it was a simple drowning, that she must have been pulled aboard the boat which explains the lack of brackish water.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Non-stop Thrills- Written with a Film in Mind?

  • By c on 01-10-12

Thanks Heavens for Sean Barrett

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

Reviewed: 04-04-15

What made the experience of listening to The Nightmare the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the first book in the series, but the wonderful narration of Sean Barrett elevates the book to another level, it is a good well written book with plenty of twists and turns

Who was your favorite character and why?

Apart from the main character there is not a great of character development, but there are some interesting characters that I hope will be developed in other books in the series.

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

Great as always. He has made a good book even better.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

If you like Harry Hole you will like this one

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hypnotist

  • By: Lars Kepler
  • Narrated by: Eamonn Riley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

You need clues. You need time. You need a motive. You won’t have any of them.When a whole family is murdered in Stockholm, Detective Inspector Joona Linna knows there is only one person who can help find the perpetrator. Erik Maria Bark, retired hypnotist, is called in to work with Josef Ek, a fifteen-year-old boy who witnessed the brutal murder of his family.Following a series of accusations by his patients, Erik is reluctant to return to his craft but makes an exception for Joseph Ek

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Confused Drivel .

  • By George on 20-12-14

Keep Going with Series

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

Reviewed: 04-04-15

What did you like most about The Hypnotist?

The story was well constructed, it slowly pulled you in, there is a nice level of complexity to the story

What other book might you compare The Hypnotist to, and why?

if you like the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Harry Hole you will like this, it is a tried and tested formula. However, the lead character does not have the personality or depth as other characters such as Harry Hole etc.

Would you be willing to try another one of Eamonn Riley’s performances?

No

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Skinner's Festival

  • Bob Skinner, Book 2
  • By: Quintin Jardine
  • Narrated by: James Bryce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Every August thousands of tourists and performers flood into Edinburgh for its famous festival. But this year, on the very first day, an explosion rocks Princes Street, and a man is killed. A few hours later, a threatening letter is delivered to the Secretary of State – apparently from a freedom group – demanding political separation from England. Assistant Chief Constable Bob Skinner, head of CID, quickly assembles his team, with SAS backup.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skinner's Festival

  • By Lillian on 12-03-13

Skinner's Folly

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

Reviewed: 04-03-15

Would you try another book written by Quintin Jardine or narrated by James Bryce?

I was not sure about the first book in series Skinners Rules (see addition comments), but I thought I would give the second book a go, but it made me realise I would not read another one.

Has Skinner's Festival put you off other books in this genre?

No, just this series

What three words best describe James Bryce’s performance?

occasionally strange accents

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

Some of the book is OK, there are some elements that I found too annoying to continue with it

Any additional comments?

Without trying to spoil the plot, there is probably the biggest ongoing terrorist attack Scotland has ever seen, but Skinner manages to have sex on a beach, sex at home twice, still have evenings off. I was a bit concerned in the first book when I was told the size of his male member (WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW THIS!!) Skinner is just too perfect, or maybe I am just jealous, it just all stretched reality a little too far.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,038

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Nick Moore on 15-07-13

Great Start to a Series

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

Reviewed: 07-11-14

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

I really enjoyed this book, the story moved along well, the main characters were endearing, it also had some really nice moments of humour. Robert Glenister is brilliant and really brings the characters to life and gives real depth and personality.

What did you like best about this story?

Good contemporary detective novel with no ego based characters

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Drunk scene in pub

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

Made me chuckle a number of times

  • The Wolves of London

  • Obsidian Heart, Book 1
  • By: Mark Morris
  • Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 957

Alex Locke is a reformed ex-con forced into London's criminal underworld for one more job. He agrees to steal a priceless artefact - a human heart carved from the blackest obsidian - but when the burglary goes horribly wrong, Alex is plunged into the nightmarish world of the Wolves of London, unearthly assassins who will stop at nothing to reclaim the heart. As he races to unlock the secrets of the mysterious object, Alex must learn to wield its dark power - or be destroyed by it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next one!

  • By Magenta on 24-01-15

Wolves of London

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

Reviewed: 07-11-14

Would you try another book written by Mark Morris or narrated by Ben Onwukwe?

Ben Onwukwe always provides a good and interesting interpretation of the characters, I think that he kept me motivated to complete the book.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I felt the actions and some of the emotions of the characters were sometimes unrealistic and one dimensional. I also hated the way in which time travelling is used as a means of reviving characters etc. I also did not like the way in which there is no resolution within part 1 when there could have easily been resolution.

Did The Wolves of London inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

It is trying to be the Rivers of London but without the irony and wit

14 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Magus of Hay

  • By: Phil Rickman
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

A man's body is found below a waterfall. It looks like suicide or an accidental drowning – until DI Frannie Bliss enters the dead man's home. What he finds there sends him to Merrily Watkins, the Diocese of Hereford's official advisor on the paranormal. It's nearly 40 years since Hay was declared an independent state by its self-styled king. A development seen at the time as a joke, a publicity scam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • exemplary

  • By P. F. Mcwilliams on 04-05-16

No Daughter

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

Reviewed: 31-10-14

What made the experience of listening to The Magus of Hay the most enjoyable?

Back to the roots of Merrily

What did you like best about this story?

Daughter on Gap Year

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Merrill telling us Daughter on gap year

Any additional comments?

I felt that I needed to listen to all of the Merrily books, I have always enjoyed the Merrily book with the mixture or religion, mysticism. However the past two books I have been becoming increasingly annoyed with Merrily's daughter, her behaviour and un-logical ranting. I enjoyed this book, it had the twists and turns of the earlier books, really enjoyed it

2 of 3 people found this review helpful