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  • Written in Bones

  • Inspector McLean, Book 7
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671

A body is found in a tree in the Meadows, Edinburgh's beautiful public park. The forensics suggest that the corpse has fallen from a height - but was it an accident or a shocking message? The dead man had led quite a life - a disgraced ex-cop turned criminal kingpin and, most recently, the head of a celebrated charity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tony M You've Been Gone Too Long

  • By Simon on 24-02-17

Another absorbing novel

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

Reviewed: 21-02-19

Well that’s three on the bounce. Do I dare go for number four? Never have been 100% sure about the supernatural element, but they are still darn good books. I do sometimes wonder how Andy McLean can exist on quite such a small amount of food though!

  • The Rottweiler

  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

The first girl had a bite mark on her neck, but they traced the DNA to her boyfriend. But the tabloids got hold of the story and called the killer 'The Rottweiler' and the name stuck. The latest murder takes place very near Inez Ferry's antique shop in Marylebone. When the Rottweiler’s trinkets start showing up in the shop, suddenly, everyone Inez knows is a suspect, and the killer feels all too close.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Rottweiler

  • By Susan Random on 28-02-16

So, so disappointing

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

Reviewed: 14-01-19

Well this is just such a shock - I don’t think I’ve ever read anything so poor from Ruth Rendell. I almost don’t believe this was written by her. Although I seem to be running against the tide on the Audible reviews. By the way Nigel Anthony’s narration Has much as I heard that is) seemed as professional as ever.

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  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,774
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,345

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Usual epic read

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

Reviewed: 29-12-18

Epic as in a good looong read.
Really enjoyed the majority of this but occasionally got a bit fed up of the multiple characters who, to me, didn’t seem to move the story forward very much. The problem is, perhaps, that the part of the story we want to see develop speedily is the one on the slow, slow, burner! That is, the romance so many of us probably want to see develop between Robin and Cormoran.
Also in this reading I found the narration by Robert Glenister not quite up there ti his usual standards. But that’s me being really picky.
Nothing however will stop me looking for the next instalment- sad really, can’t wait!
Read this via Kindle and listened on Audible, together and separately!!

  • The Obsession

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father's crimes and made him infamous. Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she's ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up - especially the determined Xander Keaton.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry Nora, this one isn't good enough...

  • By Veteran Listener on 30-04-16

Another written by rote

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Why are some Nora Roberts books really good, and some so darn poor. This was padded out so much with an incredibly expensive house makeover, in detail, and cooking tips. I really enjoyed something like The Witness and had hoped this would be similar. Always feels that there’s hours of padding which could be replaced with some storyline. Or just cut. And I can’t believe that she walked away from the trauma so lightly. Another to go back.

  • Frost at Christmas

  • By: R. D. Wingfield
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

With a healthy disregard for rules, he attracts trouble like a magnet. He has a newly assigned apprentice - the unfortunate Detective Constable Barnard - the Chief Constable’s nephew. Fresh to the provinces, just up from London in an embarrassingly flash suit, he’s ripe for Frost’s satire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty introduction to Frost

  • By Mrs J A Helm on 21-07-14

Maybe a tad old fashioned!

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Enjoyed this - yes some of the attitudes are now plainly old school, but all the same the story comes through. And greed is greed, and some deaths are so unnecessarily sad. As ever Frost bumbles his way through to the correct conclusions. Looking forward to the next one.

  • High Noon

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Police Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara found her calling at an early age, when a violently unstable man broke into her family's home, trapping and terrorizing them for hours. Now she's Savannah's top hostage negotiator, who puts her life on the line every day to defuse powder-keg situations.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Another disappointment

  • By JillyB on 25-11-18

Another disappointment

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

Reviewed: 25-11-18

I really enjoyed this book for the first few chapters, funny, charming in its way, and than it all fell apart. And the ending - too quick, as if she became bored by it all. I would have liked a little more. Another to go back. Liked the narrator by the way.

  • River's End

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Olivia's parents had been one of Hollywood's glittering golden couples...until the night the monster came. The monster who destroyed their beautiful home and took her mother away from her forever. The monster with the face of her father. Now a young woman, Olivia has a chance to confront her tragic past - and the longings of her own lonely heart. But before she can confront her past, she must safeguard her future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really wanted to enjoy this

  • By JillyB on 25-11-18

Really wanted to enjoy this

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

Reviewed: 25-11-18

This looked like an interesting premise for a novel, but in the end so disappointing. Guessed the main twist as soon as the character was offered. Mmmm not sure whether to risk any more. Thanks to Audible for the no quibble returns policy. It’s going back!

  • Chasing Fire

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there’s also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • intersteing and exciting romance

  • By Frances on 22-09-12

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

Usually enjoy Nora Roberts, but although I finished the book, I couldn’t somehow really get into it. Not up to Nora’s usual standard at all. And sometimes I do wonder in these days whether women do need these strong but so understanding men, but they still seem to be stalking. And I guessed far too early who our bad person was. Will probably try another but will return this.

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward, Robert G Slade
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258

The compelling new standalone novel from the Sunday Times number-one best-selling author of Unseen and Cop Town. With a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can’t help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared 20 years ago in a mystery that was never solved. But when Claire begins to learn the truth about her sister, nothing will ever be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fab but horrifying<br />

  • By Heidi on 16-09-15

Really tried to enjoy this

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

Reviewed: 25-08-18

Nothing against the topic of the story but it was soooo longwinded. I hate to admit this but I ended up reading the last two chapters to see if I wanted to go back to where I was. Prefer the Will Trent series and I believe some of those could do with a bit of blue pencil. Sorry but no. By the way even though I couldn’t be bothered to read the whole of the book, the final chapter did make me cry!!

  • Beau Death

  • By: Peter Lovesey
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

A wrecking ball crashes through the roof of a terraced cottage in Bath and exposes a skeleton in 18th-century clothes. Can these possibly be the remains of Beau Nash, the so-called King of Bath, whose body is said to have ended up in a pauper's grave? Peter Diamond, the city's most experienced detective, is ordered to investigate, but grappling with historical events causes ructions in his team until everyone is diverted by a modern killing during a fireworks display on the Royal Crescent lawn.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • totally formulaic!

  • By gaynor on 18-01-18

A real storyteller

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Great book, I’ve been reading and listening to some kindle unlimited novels, and I don’t suppose this would ever appear there. You can really feel the difference between some of the novels. However they all have their place in my library!!
Plotting and storyline both great - picked up some info on Beau Nash (who I managed to conflate with Beau Brummell- my error) and the City of Bath. All in all a great, great read. Looking forward already to the next one !!