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  • No Time to Cry

  • James Oswald, Book 1
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Rose Akroyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

Undercover ops are always dangerous, but DC Constance Fairchild never expected things to go this wrong. Returning to their base of operations, an anonymous office in a shabby neighbourhood, she finds the bloodied body of her boss and friend, DI Pete Copperthwaite. He's been executed - a single shot to the head. In the aftermath, it seems someone in the Met is determined to make sure that blame for the wrecked operation falls squarely on Con's shoulders. She is cut loose and cast out, angry and alone with her grief....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oswald's Altered Mirror Images!

  • By Simon on 26-07-18

An Excellent Start to the New Series

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

I was so attached to the characters in the earlier books that I didn’t think I would like a new series with different characters, but I loved it. I like the slightly supernatural element to the books and I’m pleased that the cat theme has continued in this series too. It was reassuring to (briefly) encounter a well loved character from the Inspector McLean series and I hope that will continue in future books.

Part of the attraction of the first series was the wonderful narration by Ian Hanmore. This book is set mainly in England and a very different narrator was required. I think Rose Akroyd did very well, by the second or third chapter I was totally immersed in the book and entirely comfortable with her narration. I think she was a good choice, she suits the main character and she deals effortlessly with a wide range of characters and accents.

Overall this was an excellent start to the new series and I hope we do not have to wait too long for the next book from James Oswald.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Balmoral Incident

  • By: Alanna Knight
  • Narrated by: Lesley Mackie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Balmoral Castle, 1905. For Rose McQuinn, a handsome cottage on the Royal estate promises a summer holiday of unaccustomed luxury. As Rose travels by train with her little stepdaughter, Meg, and her trusty dog, Thane, she wonders what exciting adventures await them at the Royal household. The holiday takes a darker turn when Rose is warned not to interfere in two deaths that occur soon after her arrival. When they’re dismissed as accidents, she suspects foul play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story.

  • By Millie on 09-12-17

An Interesting Story

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

This book flowed better than some of the books in this series. It was well read but it took me a little while to get used to the voice of the narrator. I enjoyed the story and the plot was interesting enough to keep my attention. I listened to the whole book in one day.

  • The Restless Dead

  • David Hunter 5
  • By: Simon Beckett
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Composed of over 60 per cent water itself, a human body isn't naturally buoyant. It will float only for as long as there is air in its lungs before gradually sinking to the bottom as the air seeps out. If the water is very cold or deep, it will remain there, undergoing a slow, dark dissolution that can take years. But if the water is warm enough for bacteria to feed and multiply, then it will continue to decompose. Gases will build up in the intestines, increasing the body's buoyancy until it floats again. And the dead will literally rise....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable with good twist

  • By I Cogley on 07-07-17

Very Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 21-04-18

I listened to the whole book in one day because I quickly became engrossed in the story. It was well read and well paced. It is my first book by this author but I am now keen to discover more of his books.

  • The Attenbury Emeralds

  • A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery
  • By: Jill Paton Walsh
  • Narrated by: Edward Petherbridge
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

It was 1921 when Lord Peter Wimsey first encountered the Attenbury emeralds. The recovery of the magnificent gem in Lord Attenbury's most dazzling heirloom made headlines - and launched a shell-shocked young aristocrat on his career as a detective. Now it is 1951. A happily married Lord Peter has just shared the secrets of that mystery with his wife, the detective novelist Harriet Vane. Then the new young Lord Attenbury - grandson of Lord Peter's first client - seeks his help again, this time to prove who owns the gigantic emerald that Wimsey last saw in 1921.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • True to characters if not to language and discretion.

  • By Ms. E. Morgan on 03-12-16

I loved this book

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

Reviewed: 14-04-18

The book was well read with an interesting and surprising plot as well as a lot of new information about the family and their adjustment to post war life. I wish that Jill Paton Walsh had written more in the Lord Peter series. I have now listened to this book three times and it was every bit as enjoyable on the second and third reading.

  • Lord Peter Wimsey: BBC Radio Drama Collection Volume 2

  • Four BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: Dorothy L Sayers
  • Narrated by: full cast, Ian Carmichael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 188

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in the much-acclaimed radio dramatisations of Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, Strong Poison, Five Red Herrings and Have His Carcase.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable

  • By Flint on 09-04-18

Very Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

This is the second volume of BBC dramatisation of the Lord Peter Wimsey stories. I prefer well read unabridged books, but these adaptations were excellent and it is always nice to hear them again.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Like You

  • Roy Grace, Book 6
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: David Bauckham
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542

Don't imagine for one moment that I'm not watching you.... The Metropole Hotel, Brighton. After a heady New Year's Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims' shoes are taken by the offender.... Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realises that these new cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in the city back in 1997.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A cracking book....but a lousy listen.

  • By Paul on 04-07-10

The end is better than the beginning

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

The first half of this book was so tedious and boring that I was ready to give up on it. It got better in the latter part of the book when that was more about the investigation and not so much about the attacker. I like the way that the police team is made up of less than perfect characters, but some of the information about the team seemed irrelevant and distracted from the story. The ending was the best part of the book but still not entirely satisfactory because it felt incomplete.

The narration was good, competent but not sparkling. I think the quality of the story made it difficult for the narrator because it was such a boring first half of the book.

  • The Gathering Dark

  • Inspector McLean, Book 8
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488

A truck driver loses control in central Edinburgh, ploughing into a crowded bus stop and spilling his vehicle's toxic load. The consequences are devastating. DI Tony McLean witnesses the carnage. Taking control of the investigation, he soon realises there is much that is deeply amiss - and everyone involved seems to have something to hide. But as McLean struggles to uncover who caused the tragedy, a greater crisis develops - the new DCI's son is missing - last seen in the area of the crash....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Darkness continues...

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-02-18

A very enjoyable read

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

The first time I listened to this book I felt a bit disappointed. I had waited for it for a long time and when I finished it I didn’t think it had as good a plot as the previous books. However it prompted me to listen to the whole series in order and when I listened to this book for a second time I found it more enjoyable and I realised that there was considerably more to the plot than I had given it credit for the first time.

It is a good story with an odd end, but there are lots of twists and turns to keep the reader interested and as always there is a sprinkling of the supernatural. Mrs McCutcheon’s cat and Madam Rose are my favourite characters in the series as a whole but it is hard to identify a favourite character in this book. I rather liked the new Chief Superintendent but it seems that there will be more changes to get used to in the next book.

I like the supernatural element, I think he gets it just right. Best of all I like the wonderful narration by Ian Hanmore, he brings the books to life.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Merchant's House

  • By: Kate Ellis
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

DS Wesley Peterson, newly arrived in the West Country town of Tradmouth, has his hands full when a child goes missing and a young woman is brutally murdered on a lonely cliff path. Then his old friend, archaeologist Neil Watson, unearths the skeletons of a strangled woman and a newborn baby in the cellar of an ancient merchant's house nearby. As the investigation continues, Wesley begins to suspect that these deaths, centuries apart, may be linked by age-old motives of jealousy, a sexual obsession and desperate longing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a bad story

  • By JPH on 30-01-18

Feels very dated

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

Reviewed: 27-01-18

In the end it was quite a good story but it was a bit of an ordeal to listen to because of Gordon Griffin's very odd delivery. He is a competent narrator but he sounds the same in every book he reads and somehow he makes the book feel more dated than it should. The characters in this book were not as well developed as I would have liked which made it hard to follow the plot or to care about what had happened.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Special Dead

  • By: Lin Anderson
  • Narrated by: Sally Armstrong
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Mark Howitt expects a fun, no-strings night of passion with Leila. But when he wakes up in the early hours of the morning, he is horrified to stumble upon his former bed partner dead and suspended from the ceiling alongside 27 Barbie dolls. Rhona Macleod's forensic investigation of the scene reveals the cord used to hang Leila to be a cingulum, an artefact used in the practise of Wicca, and sketches hidden in nine of the dolls suggest the dolls are linked with nine men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable story

  • By Flint on 23-01-18

An enjoyable story

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

Reviewed: 23-01-18

It took a while for me to connect with the story but once the plot developed I enjoyed the story. The narrator was easy to listen to with a lovely accent but the mispronunciation of the same word throughout the book was irritating and there were one or two similar errors. It was a minor annoyance as in other respects she was a good narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • I'll Keep You Safe

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Anna Murray, Peter Forbes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 854

Husband and wife Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own Ranish Tweed: a Hebridean company that weaves its own special variety of Harris cloth, which has become a sought-after brand in the world of high fashion. But when Niamh learns of Ruairidh's affair with Russian designer Irina Vetrov, then witnesses the pair killed by a car bomb in Paris, her life is left in ruins. Along with her husband's remains, she returns home to the Isle of Lewis bereft.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing

  • By Michael D Hewitt on 28-01-18

Not as good as his other books

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

Reviewed: 19-01-18

I had looked forward to this book, but I'm disappointed. The narration was excellent, and the characters were well rounded and interesting but the plot was weak. It was distracting to have the book written in alternate chapters relating to different time periods one in the voice of the main character the other from the point of view of the narrator. It made the book feel jumbled and disjointed.

The ending was the weakest and most unsatisfactory part. It had been obvious who the killer was for at least half the book but there was no satisfactory expiation as to why and especially not why now. There was too much pointless violence at the end. The other twist to the plot was obvious from the start of the book and the facts revealed were unbelievable. I feel a bit cheated because I invested time to listen to a book with such an unsatisfactory conclusion.