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  • Dead in the Water

  • By: Penny Farmer
  • Narrated by: Tessa Gallagher, Ian Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

This is a study of the brutal torture and murder of the author's brother and his longtime girlfriend 40 years ago. In July 1978, two bodies were found in the sea off the coast of Guatemala and proved to be the remains of Chris Farmer and Peta Frampton, respectively a medical graduate and a law graduate, aged 25 and 24, from Greater Manchester. They had been beaten, tortured, and killed, their bodies weighted down and dumped in the sea from the yacht on which they had been crewing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a listen

  • By Danny on 10-10-18

Worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Well written story and for the most part very good narration, though the American accent at the very end which only took up a tiny amount of the book was horrific. Though to be honest the majority of the book is wonderfully read.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,823
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,814

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Claire on 21-02-18

Poor execution

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

Reviewed: 16-08-18

The wonderful story of Lale and Gita feels as if it was hidden behind a movie script. The book is filled with loads of dialogue, and almost never describes the scenes of the brutal camp in any depth at all. The author just tells a basic A to B story which is a massive disappointment. The story is strong enough to make it perfectly readable, but considering this author spent 3 years writing this with Lale after the death of Gita, it's definitely a missed opportunity. It's such a shame that an inexperienced writer was the one who got to tell this tale.

  • The Looting Machine: Warlords, Tycoons, Smugglers and the Systematic Theft of Africa's Wealth

  • By: Tom Burgis
  • Narrated by: Dugald Bruce Lockhart
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

A shocking investigative journey into the way the resource trade wreaks havoc on Africa, The Looting Machine explores the dark underbelly of the global economy. Africa: the world's poorest continent and arguably its richest. While accounting for just 2 percent of global GDP, it is home to 15 percent of the planet's crude oil, 40 percent of its gold, and 80 percent of its platinum. A third of the Earth's mineral deposits lie beneath its soil. But far from being a salvation, this buried treasure has been a curse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding.

  • By Mark H on 18-02-16

The book should be called "Businessmen in Angola"

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

Reviewed: 22-05-18

I was hoping the book would include a lot more about the African continent and its history with natural resources. The book is incredibly specific, and focuses on a few politicians and businessmen working in Angola, whilst avoiding discussions about wider topics or how oil has an impact in different areas of Africa.

If you're looking for a book about businessmen in Angola, then this is the perfect book, however for me it was very dry and too specific. Not bad, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it.

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  • The Blackhouse

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

A brutal killing takes place on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland: a land of harsh beauty and inhabitants of deep-rooted faith. Detective Inspector Fin Macleod is sent from Edinburgh to investigate. For Lewis-born Macleod, the case represents a journey both home and into his past. Something lurks within the close-knit island community. Something sinister. As Fin investigates, old skeletons begin to surface and soon, he, the hunter, becomes the hunted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much more than just a crime story

  • By Nils on 07-05-13

Okay

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

I found it was a bit boring in the middle, and only really got into the book in the last few chapters.

  • Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

  • By: Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Narrated by: Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444

In February 2014, Reni Eddo-Lodge posted an impassioned argument on her blog about her deep-seated frustration with the way discussions of race and racism in Britain were constantly being shut down by those who weren't affected by it. She gave the post the title 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race'. Her sharp, fiercely intelligent words hit a nerve, and the post went viral, spawning a huge number of comments from people desperate to speak up about their own similar experiences.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Flagrant Racism Posing as Social Justice

  • By Joaquin on 11-09-18

Good

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

This was so close to being a great book, but being only 250 pages it just lacked depth. Reni discussed many different areas, but some of them were rushed, with little explanation and statistical analysis (ie the tiny football / Rooney Rule section). Sometimes she made references as if we all knew what she meant, there were parts which were unclear because of a lack of definition and so on. But I did learn quite a bit, there were many parts of black history that I didn't know or think about, and this is the first book of its kind that I've read so I found it informative.

Maybe she was rushed, but I just wish she would revise and re-release it to add way more depth. 7/10.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Criminal

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345

The past will always find you. A woman is found brutally murdered in a sordid Atlanta apartment. Her blood-soaked body bears a startling similarity to a woman found dead almost 40 years earlier. Soon Special Agent Will Trent finds himself returning to the home he grew up in - and a past that could hold the clue to the killings.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great read!

  • By sonia on 11-08-12

Good

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

Reviewed: 18-03-18

Not quite as good as some other the other books in the series but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Good book, would recommend if you enjoyed the earlier stories.The previous ones aren't vital, but do help a lot to understand the characters.

The Kept Woman (#8) is my favourite in the series, and the best standalone which doesn't force you to read the ones before.

  • Coffin Road

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,850

A man stands bewildered on a deserted beach on the Hebridean Isle of Harris. He cannot remember who he is. The only clue to his identity is a folded map of a path named the Coffin Road. He does not know where this search will take him. A detective from Lewis sits aboard a boat, filled with doubt. DS George Gunn knows that a bludgeoned corpse has been discovered on a remote rock 20 miles offshore. He does not know if he has what it takes to uncover how and why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable whodunnit.

  • By bookylady on 18-01-17

Great

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Karen was a bit annoying and didn't think her involvement was necessary, but overall it's a great book.

  • David Copperfield

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 34 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429

When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which leads him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak, and friendship and betrayal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Joy of Audible

  • By Mr David Newton on 15-09-09

So boring

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Treacherous to listen to, how people have managed to read this is beyond me. Not much happens, even if you cut it in half it would be way too long. Very safe, dull, watered-down story, empty of anything interesting, and few (if any) good characters.
Unfortunately in this case, this book was not destined for Great Expectations so to speak.

  • Fallen: A Novel

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

On an ordinary spring day, Special Agent Faith Mitchell of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation returns home to a nightmare. Expecting to find her mother minding Faith’s new baby daughter Emma, she is horrified to discover Emma locked in the shed, her mother’s safe open, her gun missing and a trail of blood to the front door. Without waiting for back-up, Faith enters the house to a scene of carnage. It has been torn apart and a man lies dead in a pool of blood.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book - Wrong Narrator

  • By sonia on 16-06-12

Good

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

Reviewed: 27-02-18

Decent addition to the series, but not quite as gripping as the other two I've read (#4 and #8) which I loved.

  • Magpie Murders

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner, Samantha Bond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,206

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She's worked with the revered crime writer for years, and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway.... But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who? How? Where & Why?

  • By Mrs Q on 10-10-16

So boring. Couldn't make it past two hours.

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Dull characters and nothing even remotely interesting happened in the first two hours.
I couldn't hack how boring it is so had to refund it. Disappointing given the high ratings it has; I have no idea how people have rated it so well.

Update: finished. the first half about Pünt was appalling for the most part but picked up towards the end. But the damage had been done, the book in whole was okay, but completely ruined by how boring the Pünt story was. 5/10.