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  • Meet Me in Malmo

  • Inspector Anita Sundstrom, Book 1
  • By: Torquil MacLeod
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

A British journalist is invited to Malmö to interview an old university friend who is now one of Sweden's leading film directors. When he discovers the director's glamorous film-star wife dead in her apartment, the Skåne County Police are called in to solve the high-profile case.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • awful narration

  • By NHP on 11-02-17

Excellent thriller

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

Reviewed: 21-07-15

If you could sum up Meet Me in Malmo in three words, what would they be?

Good Scandinavian story

What was one of the most memorable moments of Meet Me in Malmo?

The final few pages.

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

Not having to strain trying to pronounce the Scandinavian names etc.

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

Not really but these sort of crime stories are always a satisfactory read.

Any additional comments?

Will follow the series without hesitation.

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  • I'll Be Watching You

  • By: Beverly Barton
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

"Not for the faint of heart! Shocking and terrifying, it will chill you to the bone." Tess Gerritsen Perfect for fans of Karen Rose and Karin Slaughter, this is an atmospheric and nerve-jangling crime thriller. Lovers of CSI, this one is for you.Ella, sweet Ella, I dream of you at night and wake in a cold sweat. You were meant to be mine. You can't even begin to imagine all the things I want to do to you. When the time is right, I will come for you. And that is only the beginning of my revenge.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Is this really how the US Southern States are?

  • By faye on 20-11-14

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 15-07-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A good narrator

What will your next listen be?

Not this narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

So far from reality with voices it spoilt the book totally. Got on my nerves very quickly and abandoned the read. Was so bad with her so-called American accent that the drawl made it sound like a primary school lesson in pronunciation, only that would be detrimental to the intelligence of pupils. Terrible.

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

Probably a good storyline but couldn't bear the narrator long enough to find out.

Any additional comments?

This narrator has a lot to answer for and authors should beware of using her. Totally spoilt!

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Atossa Leoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passionate story, passionless reading

  • By Siobhan on 31-07-07

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 18-12-14

Would you listen to A Thousand Splendid Suns again? Why?

Yes. Makes me realise how lucky we are in the Western world.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Thousand Splendid Suns?

It was the realisation that no matter what I thought of the Afghan way before, my vision gave little credence to what it is actually like.

Which character – as performed by Atossa Leoni – was your favourite?

All the women named.

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

Made me feel very inadequate in my knowledge of Middle Eastern and Islamic ways especially having also read The Kite Runner by the same author.

Any additional comments?

A book that should be in every school and library

  • Dies the Fire

  • A Novel of the Change
  • By: S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 22 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And, as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but jumpy

  • By Andrew on 07-07-11

How to spoil a story

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

Reviewed: 18-12-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. The narrator obviously doesn't know when to pause for paragraphs etc. Book was spoilt by having to second guess which part of the story he was reading.

What other book might you compare Dies the Fire to, and why?

Similar theme to many post-apocalyptic novels

What didn’t you like about Todd McLaren’s performance?

There was no pause for paragraphs, changes of scene etc which spoilt the novel for me. His voice was fine but it became annoying to second guess where in the story we were at. I am not talking even slight pauses, but straight from one sentence into another which bore no resemblance to the thread of that particular part of the story. In a novel that is following 2 or 3 different threads that is not good enough.

Could you see Dies the Fire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

Novel spoilt by lack of basic punctuation rules.

  • The Book of Kings

  • By: James Thackara
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 35 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    1.5 out of 5 stars 3

The Book of Kings is an epic novel that begins in the years shortly before World War II and leads up to the present day. While Europe drifts toward Nazism, four students share an apartment on the rue de Fleurus in Paris. Thackara brilliantly forges the stories of these four men whose lives mirror the larger picture.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A super extended version of 'Allo 'Allo

  • By Peter on 15-06-11

Philosophy gone mad.

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

Reviewed: 02-06-14

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Deep thinkers and those able to hold a large number of characters and situations in their head.

What will your next listen be?

something simple and back to crime.

Did Robert Whitfield do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

A difficult job not altogether successfully.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Book of Kings?

A lot of the superfluous cutting back and forward into history.

Any additional comments?

Some will enjoy this book but it was far too long, with far too much back-chasing and very little description of where you were and about whom at any one time.

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  • Vicious Circle

  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 158

When Hector Cross's new life is overturned, he immediately recognizes the ruthless hand of an enemy he has faced many times before: a terrorist group has re-emerged - like a deadly scorpion from beneath its rock. Determined to fight back, Hector draws together a team of his most loyal friends from his former life in Cross Bow Security, a company originally contracted to protect his beloved wife, Hazel Bannock, and her company, the Bannock Oil Corp. They travel to the remotest Middle East, to hunt down those who pursue him and his loved ones.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful

  • By robert on 01-12-13

Not his best!

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

Reviewed: 14-12-13

What did you like best about Vicious Circle? What did you like least?

I thought this was a good storyline that lost its way. At times it was a bit like listening to M explaining gadgets to James Bond. A bit unreal, with events being disjointed and badly put together as a storyline. Having already read the prequel I was expecting better.

Would you ever listen to anything by Wilbur Smith again?

Yes.

What aspect of John Lee’s performance might you have changed?

I don't know what I would change since I am not sure that John Lee is the correct person to narrate this book. His voice is a bit deadpan for what I assume is an adventure / action story.

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

No

Any additional comments?

I am an avid fan of Wilbur Smith and have read all his books, but his latest books have lost some of the reality. At present I still look for any new WS coming out and am always eager to read it, but would prefer him to go back to how he was in the past and discontinue with the fantasy stories. Otherwise, quit while he is at his best.

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  • An Echo in the Bone

  • Outlander, Book 7
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 45 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493

Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wait for book 8 before buying this one

  • By April on 08-05-12

Give us more!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

What made the experience of listening to An Echo in the Bone the most enjoyable?

It was DG at her best and DP at her usual excellent narration. I have followed all seven books now and am completely absorbed in this saga.

What did you like best about this story?

It is so varied and the research is superb.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All of them

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

Definitely, but I have to sleep sometime!

Any additional comments?

The ending has left so many balls in the air and situations unresolved. Please hurry with the next book.

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  • The Bible of Clay

  • By: Julia Navarro
  • Narrated by: Shohreh Aghdashloo
  • Length: 20 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

In St. Peter's Basilica, a man sits in a confessional asking forgiveness for a murder he's about to commit. And a young priest begins a desperate journey to stop him....It's only the beginning of a ruthless race among the world's most powerful to find a rumored cache of sacred texts inscribed with the story of Creation as told by Abraham. This account, on tablets of clay, predates the Bible by a thousand years and could be one of the most important discoveries of all time.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • unlistenable

  • By Griff on 05-07-16

Extremely disappointed!!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-12

The book promised a good listen and I was really looking forward to it. Then the narrator started and I just couldn't listen any more after the first two or three minutes. Aghdashloo appears to have a very limited vocabulary of English and his native accent drove me crazy because I could not understand most of his words. Very disappointed and a hard lesson to learn.........always look at the narrator before buying.

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  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • Pillars of the Earth, Book 1
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Set in the turbulent times of 12th century England where civil war, famine, religious strife, and battles over royal succession tore lives and families apart, The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the building of a magnificent cathedral. Against this richly imagined backdrop, filled with intrigue and treachery, Ken Follett draws the reader irresistibly into a wonderful epic of family drama, violent conflict, and unswerving ambition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely absorbing

  • By Kurt on 30-11-07

Pillars of the Earth

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-10-10

This is a fantastic book which I had read previously in paperback, but which I now have to listen in audio. I was extremely disappointed that such a good book should be abridged to about a quarter of the true length. However, the book and story is a really good read and is narrated superbly.