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LEICESTER, United Kingdom
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  • The Oz Files: Broometime Serenade

  • Australian Crime Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Barry Metcalf
  • Narrated by: Bryan Zee
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

When authorities fail to identify human remains uncovered after a cyclone ravages the Western Australian coastline, Martin and Claire are sent to Broome, a popular holiday destination, far from major population centers. Posing as new arrivals, the SOC agents (offshoot of the Australian Security Intelligence Organization) attempt to merge with the locals in an effort to solve the baffling case and bring the killer to justice.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Started well, but in the end quite disappointing

  • By Liz on 15-06-16

Started well, but in the end quite disappointing

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

Reviewed: 15-06-16

Must admit, I'm a bit surprised by the good reviews on Amazon for this book. To me, it is really obvious that it's a first book - hopefully the 2nd and 3rd ones are better, but not sure I'm going to bother to find out. The reader did his best with the material, but it just wasn't good enough really...

The plot didn't seem to know whether it was an ordinary murder mystery novel, or whether it was a supernatural one. The mixture of the two just seemed contrived and didn't work for me. There seemed to be some back-story regarding an earlier encounter between the witch and one or both of the agents, but as there isn't a previous book I just found this puzzling and a bit annoying.

I got really bored of hearing what tune was playing in the background, on the radio, in a shop etc etc. I didn't find that the over the top description added anything - the same was true of the constant references to who the characters resembled (generally celebrities from the 60s). Part of the fun of reading is to imagine the character for yourself, so knowing that they were fair or dark, tall or short etc would have been sufficient.

I didn't find either of the main characters - Martin and Claire particularly sympathetic - and just found the romance/wedding a bit irritating.

Quite disappointing as the novel started off well and had the other books been available on Audible I might have bought and downloaded them in order to carry on with the series. I'm now glad that I didn't!

  • Burn

  • Michael Bennett, Book 7
  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Danny Mastrogiorgio
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Detective Michael Bennett finally returns to New York City – and to the most unsettling, horrific case of his career. At last, Detective Michael Bennett and his family are coming home to New York City. Thanks to Bennett, the ruthless crime lord whose vengeful mission forced the Bennett family into hiding has been brought down for good. Back in the city that never sleeps, Bennett takes over a chaotic Outreach Squad in Harlem, where he receives an unusual call.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By Sandra88 on 12-09-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 27-01-15

This series started so well, but seems to have gone downhill in the last 2 or 3 novels. For a start, the books are too short, so there's not time to develop a decent plot. Storylines are started and then rounded off fairly hurriedly, so no real suspense. Michael should be likeable, but to be honest he's just a bit too annoyingly perfect, half of the characters are more like caricatures and I've just stopped believing in it all. Shan't be bothering with another one...

  • Con Law

  • John Bookman, book 1
  • By: Mark Gimenez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

John Bookman - Book to his friends - is a tenured professor at the University of Texas School of Law. He's 35, handsome, and unmarried. He teaches Constitutional Law, reduces senators to blithering fools on talk shows, and is often mentioned as a future Supreme Court nominee. But Book is also famous for something more unusual. He likes to take on lost causes and win. Consequently, when he arrives at the law school each Monday morning, hundreds of letters await him, letters from desperate Americans around the country seeking his help. Every now and then, one letter captures his attention and Book feels compelled to act.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • excellent romp

  • By Judith on 06-04-16

Slow to get going and not that great when it does!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

I had high hopes for this book as it had got good reviews from other people. However, the overly long introduction to the story which focussed significantly on points of American constitutional law became drawn out and rather boring to me - and I am a lawyer, but a British one, not American.. I normally find the legal aspects of novels by John Grisham interesting, but this just didn't grip me. Then, when the story got going, I found the character of the female intern quite whiny, rather than entertaining as described by other reviewers. I haven't finished the book yet, so am will keep going and hope that it gets better.... but I'm beginning to doubt it.

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  • The Racketeer

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 762

Number One bestseller John Grisham returns with his most suspenseful thriller yet. Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of the USA only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett just became number five. His body was found in the small basement of a lakeside cabin he had built himself and frequently used on weekends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Racketeer

  • By Lynda on 31-12-12

Excellent story - made me want to get to the end

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

Reviewed: 25-04-14

I really enjoyed this book. Like one of the other reviewers, I had been avoiding John Grisham books as the last one that I read/listened to was full of too much repetitive detail and a fairly mundane plot. This book however, was completely different. I kept listening because I wanted to know what the next plot twist was going to be and unlike one of the other reviewers, I had no idea what was coming... I thought that the way the reader/listener was kept in the dark and details gradually revealed was a very clever device. Towards the end, I just waited for the next twist to be revealed and listened for as long as possible as the gaps got filled in. Very enjoyable read - would thoroughly recommend... My only complaint was the way that the narrator pronounced Antigua... (an-ti-gwa?) I've never heard it said like that before and it grated a bit, as unfortunately towards the end, that name came up on numerous occasions! But otherwise I thought that the reader was also excellent.

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    Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    183 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • Scaredy Cat

  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Christopher Kay
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

An enduring top-ten bestseller, and genuinely gripping novel in the spirit of Ruth Rendell and Elizabeth George.... London-based detective Tom Thorne has his work cut out. The killer chose his target at Euston station, followed her and strangled her to death. The victim wasn't his first in North London, and Thorne realises the murders are happening simultaneously. This is not a serial killer Thorne is up against... this is two of them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Kirstine on 01-12-17

Good story - terrible accents!

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

Reviewed: 28-05-13

I agree with one of the previous reviewers. While I found the book gripping and wanted to get to the end of the story, I also found the use of bad language rather gratuitous. Other authors manage to get a "gritty" storyline over without resorting to this kind of language. I found that after a while it grated - and certainly didn't add anything to the plot. While I'm sure that this kind of language gets used by both the police and criminals, is it really necessary to litter it amongst the dialogue?

I also found the reader disappointing when he tried to do any regional accents. When he was reading normally he was very good, but most of the accents were terrible! His brummie accent left a lot to be desired and the Geordie one wasn't much better!

All this aside, I did enjoy the book, but would also think twice before buying another if Mark Billingham's writing style means that he will resort to expletives on such a regular basis.

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