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  • Last Seen Wearing

  • Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Colin Dexter
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

The statements before Inspector Morse appeared to confirm the bald, simple truth. After leaving home to return to school, teenager Valerie Taylor had completely vanished, and the trail had gone cold. Until two years, three months and two days after Valerie's disappearance, somebody decides to supply some surprising new evidence for the case....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent narration

  • By Nick on 23-03-18

Poor ending

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

Reviewed: 19-03-19

Just like the first in the series (Last Bus to Woodstock), this is a great tale until the conclusion. What? Despite listening very closely I've no idea why the perpetrator did what they did. The main thing I want out of a whodunnit story is for the ending to be a denouement where suddenly everything makes sense - not a perplexing riddle within a riddle.

As others have said, there's some rampant misogyny and racism in here that won't sit well with most contemporary readers. Morse himself seems to be oddly sex obsessed yet prudish at the same time - and rare is the woman who can be in the same room as him without wanting to get in his pants. Bizarre.

  • Last Bus to Woodstock

  • Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Colin Dexter
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

The death of Sylvia Kaye figured dramatically in Thursday afternoon's edition of the Oxford Mail. By Friday evening Inspector Morse had informed the nation that the police were looking for a dangerous man - facing charges of willful murder, sexual assault and rape. But as the obvious leads fade into twilight and darkness, Morse becomes more and more convinced that passion holds the key....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No Case for Re-Morse

  • By Simon on 06-10-17

Disappointing ending

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

Reviewed: 17-03-19

My first foray into Morse. Fabulous writing and storytelling until the last few chapters. The solution proved so convoluted as to be almost comedic, and the motive for the murder incredibly weak to the point of being unbelievable. Saved by a superb narration.

  • Death on the Nile

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish, and beautiful. A girl who had everything...until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalled an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: "I'd like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger." Yet in this exotic setting nothing was ever quite what it seemed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, let down by narration

  • By Tab on 22-05-18

my favourite Christie

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

Reviewed: 27-02-19

Fabulous to have Suchet narrating the quintessential Christie. Death, exquisite manners and Egyptian sunshine. Highly recommended.

  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

For more than 10 years, a mysterious and violent predator committed 50 sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated 10 sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website True Crime Diary, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called the Golden State Killer. Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, Compelling True Crime, But Material Missing!

  • By Simon on 26-11-18

If only she'd have lived to see the day...

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

Reviewed: 24-02-19

I came to this after listening to Audible's excellent free download on the same topic: Evil Has a Name. McNamara deals with traumatic real crimes in a sensitive and compassionate way. Very interesting to see the twists and (wrong) turns taken by the various investigators.

  • The Son

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840

Sonny's on the run. Sonny is a model prisoner. He listens to the confessions of other inmates, and absolves them of their sins. He's been lied to his whole life. But then one prisoner’s confession changes everything. He knows something about Sonny’s disgraced father. Sonny wants revenge. He needs to break out of prison and make those responsible pay for their crimes. Whatever the cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By David on 26-04-14

Fantastic storytelling from Nesbo

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

I only missed Harry for the first half hour, after that I was swept up in the twists, turns and double bluffs that are trademark Nesbo. As always, a stellar narration from Sean Barrett. I'd listen to him read anything. Top Notch.

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  • 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

Saved by Sean Barrett

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

Reviewed: 22-12-18

Starts slowly but soon picks up the pace to become an interesting enough story. But only Sean Barrett's superb narration saves it from the vapid non-character of Jonna Linna and some substantial plot holes. Fairly good - but Nesbo it ain't.

  • Mermaids Singing

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900

Up until now the only serial killers Tony Hill had encountered were safely behind bars. This one’s different - this one’s on the loose. Four men have been found mutilated and tortured. As fear grips the city, the police turn to clinical psychologist Tony Hill for a profile of the killer. But soon Tony becomes the unsuspecting target in a battle of wits and wills, where he has to use every ounce of his professional nerve to survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good ( if a little too gory) book but terrible narration

  • By S. Christie on 09-08-16

Ruined by terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

This is a rather dated story, largely because of the horribly un-PC attitudes of all the characters - including the 'good guys'. But it's hard to give a true review of the story as my view of it is so coloured by the narration. Saul Reichlin makes all the characters sound like geriatrics. I kept trying to remind myself that most of the characters - including the killer/narrator - are supposed to be young and vibrant. But too late, in my mind they all look like Compo and Clegg. The phone sex scenes are so cringey they're hilarious - probably not what Val McDermid was aiming for. And that's before we get to the wandering accents... good grief.

I had wanted to proceed with the Carol & Tony series, as it sounds right up my street, but as I notice Saul Reichlin continues as narrator I might have to reconsider.

  • The Lost Man

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

Two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of the outback. In an isolated part of Australia, they are each other's nearest neighbour, their homes hours apart. They are at the stockman's grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family's quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story and perfectly narrated.

  • By Caroline on 23-11-18

Better than ever

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

Jane Harper just can't write them quickly enough for me. Simply superb storytelling that's possibly even better than The Dry - and unlike Forces of Nature this one is set in the hot, dusty, fierce outback of Australia once again - an atmosphere she evokes perfectly. There is also a subtle scene that links this story to The Dry - very nicely done and easy to miss.
Wonderful narration, as ever, from Stephan Shanahan. More more more please.

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Narrated by: Charlie Norfolk
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146

January 1946 and writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a man in Guernsey, who has found her name written inside a book. As they exchange letters, she is drawn into the eccentric world of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which boasts a charming cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!

  • By Christina O'Brien on 30-07-18

Really engaging listen

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

Reviewed: 21-10-18

Funny and moving in equal measure. Superb narration too. Wonderful to hear the many voices come alive.

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  • Deep Water

  • A Virago Modern Classic
  • By: Patricia Highsmith
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Melinda Van Allen is beautiful, headstrong and sexy. Unfortunately for Vic Van Allen, she is his wife. Their love has soured, and Melinda takes pleasure in flaunting her many affairs to her husband. When one of her lovers is murdered, Vic hints to her latest conquest that he was responsible. As rumours spread about Vic's vicious streak, fiction and reality start to converge. It's only a matter of time before Vic really does have blood on his hands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If Carlsberg did Thrillers

  • By Barbara on 11-05-17

Thrilling and suspenseful

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

Loved this all the way through. A slow building but relentless tension. Thought the ending was a little rushed, but still enjoyed it. Fantastic narration.

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