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A riveting listen!

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

Reviewed: 25-01-19

A character who stimulates your interest as his present and past unfold, supported by a plot which twists and grabs your attention, not letting you go until the final “page”.

The hardened killer with a moral centre and emerging emotions facing dilemmas and equally tough opponents out to kill him had me riveted from the start! I can’t recommend this enough to those who love the fast paced adrenalin rush of thrillers from the likes of Childs, Connelly, Baldacci and Dawson. I immediately downloaded the next books and can’t wait to continue in Evan Smoak’s dangerous world.

A gripping thriller

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

Reviewed: 15-12-18

A believable thriller with conceivable plot twists and characters to whom readers can relate. I enjoyed the characterisation and premise of the story about the Sunderland police officer who has moved to New Zealand. Great reading by Jerome Pride too. I really hope we have more from Alan Carter featuring Nick Chester.

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Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

At first, I was enthusiastic to have a new series from James Oswald as I really enjoyed the Inspector Maclean novels.

Unfortunately, I haven’t enjoyed the first person narrative. To me, Con’s character lacks depth and maturity and I found it hard to connect with her. I am not sure whether I might have felt differently if I’d read the book rather than listened to it.

The narrator’s “voices” for the characters just didn’t work for me either. I found it a struggle to listen.

I almost feel bad about giving a negative response. I wish I had listened to a sample of the book before purchasing as I suspect that it would have put me off and I wouldn’t have gone ahead with the purchase. I don’t like giving up on a book, so I persevered but it didn’t grow on me!

Confusing thriller

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

Reviewed: 22-12-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would only recommend this book to friends who I know would persevere with a confusing plot line. I found the story confusing and felt that the heroine lacked depth so that I wasn't really concerned about what happened to her. That said, I realised that the jumping forward and backward in story lines represented the protagonist's state of mind/flashbacks but I was more irritated than interested. Because I access books almost exclusively via audio, I persevered but didn't enjoy this book as much as the earlier Beautiful Lies and Sliver of Truth.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The resolution and ending tied everything up neatly, but wasn't really credible and felt that the formula boxes were ticked.

Some of the resolution depended on things which were apparently only in the heroine's mind... really??? Just when I thought the story was acceptably credible it let me down.

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

Not enough different characterisation in the voices, sadly.

A Great Escape!

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

Reviewed: 22-12-14

What did you like most about The Escape?

What I liked most about The Escape was the satisfying continuity from the earlier 2 books. In particular, the resolution of why Bobby Puller had ended up in Leavenworth Prison - a situation which seemed totally at odds with his apparently illustrious career. It was a great dilemma to have the Puller brothers on opposite sides of the law because I was rooting for both of them!

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

In the same stable as Jack Reacher, John Puller is a likeable 'hero' and the action is fast paced but with enough depth of detail to make the characters take on personalities that I care about. I lose interest when the descriptive writing is great but the depth of characters is so shallow that I can't engage with them. No such problems EVER with Baldacci's writing.

What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

These days, I access books almost exclusively via audio. I feel relieved when I see that Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy are the narrators as, for me, it adds to the story and to my mental images of the characters to have male/female voices for the male/female characters. These two narrators always do a great job and add continuity to the main characters; I somehow get confused about who's who when a series has different narrators for sequels and it can even change my feelings towards a character...

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

Surprisingly, I was tearful with the latter scenes with General Puller who suffers from dementia. I was reminded of my late father, who also suffered from that terrible condition, and the flashes of his 'former self'.

I laughed at the little details such as the cat, Awol, being perfectly happy staying with the vet. We are so sure about how much cats love us, but as long as they have their needs met, they are more than happy with another human!!

I had a racing heart and was literally frozen at certain moments of the story, such as the stand-off outside the cabin on the woods. To be more specific would involve spoilers.

Any additional comments?

I've enjoyed all 3 John Puller books and can't wait for the next one from the amazing Mr Baldacci... although, obviously, I will have to!!

A fitting conclusion

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-13

What a brilliant conclusion to the epic! The characters we have come to know so well fulfilled their destinies with passion, humour, bravery and humility. All credit to Robert Jordan for his amazing imagination in creating the world of the Dragon Reborn, and due credit and thanks to Brandon Sanderson for adapting his style and weaving the final threads so that the wheel turned as RJ had willed.



I often listen in my car and there were times I had to pull over to get through some particularly nerve-wracking episodes such as Perrin vs Slayer, Egwene vs M'Hael, Olver vs Trollocs and of course Rand vs Moridin. I cried for the 'friends' who died, revelled in the humour of reluctant hero Mat and almost felt sorry for the Forsaken as their diabolical schemes unravelled.



Final credit to Kate Redding and Michael Kramer for their reading and characterization - it made listening such a pleasure and added depth to the characters: thank you.

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Frustrating

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-13

The crime writing in this book is really good and the story had me in suspense. The frustrating parts were the overlong diversions into slushy romance and theological discourse. I'm certainly not against romance but it completely interfered with and took the pace away from the crime element of the book which spoilt it for me. With an audio book you can't easily skim through pages! I won't be buying any more of Dee Henderson's titles if this book is anything to go by. Crime 9/10, but spoiled by mistaken idea of weaving it with a romantic novel.

A cracking supernatural yarn!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-12

Set in Moscow, the work of the Others soon had me gripped. Told by Anton, his work as a 3rd grade magician patrolling the streets ensuring the balance between the Light and Dark Ones revealed a world of morals and rules followed by the creatures of the supernatural. With vampires, magicians, shape-shifters, sorcerers, monsters and inquisitors as well as the souls of those with their future as yet undecided, the plots between the two sides writhe almost palpably. At last, the three stories within this book bring all of the characters together for a final denouement with a twist in the tail.

Lukyanenko's imaginative portrayal of an invisible-to-mortals yet endless supernatural tussle between Dark and Light, playing out alongside the unsuspecting mortals, is captivating. From the laconic Anton, Svetlana the potentially powerful sorceress, Igor the young teen who vacillates between the pull of Dark and Light, to the Light "Boss" who relentlessly steers his charges towards a secrecy-shrouded goal, the listener is never entirely sure whether these are the good guys or not.
I can't wait to hear the second book!!

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Ill wind blows good 'reading'

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-12

A superb story to listen to. I love the idea of weather wardens controlling Earth's more extreme weather. This is a great opening story and promises an excellent series. Told by Jo, the central character, with humorous comments and a gradual revelation of the terrible event that catapulted her into a desperate race trying to evade violent weather storms and the warden posse chasing in order to save herself and her friends Louis and Star. The addition of Djinn maverick magical beings spices up the story even further and I found myself listening in the car, in the kitchen and even in the bathroom - like not being able to put a book down, I just couldn't stop listening as the breathtaking finale unfolded. I fell in love with David too and can't wait to download and start listening to Book 2!

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