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  • Cold as the Grave

  • The Insepctor McLean Series, Book 9
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

Her lifeless body is hidden in the dark corner of a basement room, a room which seems to have been left untouched for decades. A room which feels as cold as the grave. As a rowdy demonstration makes its slow and vocal way along Edinburgh's Royal Mile, Detective Chief Inspector Tony McLean's team are on stand-by for any trouble. The newly promoted McLean is distracted, inexplicably drawn to a dead-end mews street...and a door, slightly ajar, which leads to this poor girl's final resting place. But how long has she been there, in her sleep of death? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best One for a While!

  • By Simon on 10-02-19

As good as ever

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

Reviewed: 20-02-19

Although this is the latest in a series with a cast of familiar candidate - it has not gotten stale...just yet.
Well written, with the usual top class narration, the story deals with a sinister and unpleasant crime, in a quite contepary story line. This is not a “heavy weight” story but is still very enjoyable, with old friends not disappointing. As a novel with quit a few previous episodes, I would describe this part as going into a favourite cafe, - you hope there might be something different on the menu, but in any case you know you will not be disappointed in what you get.

  • The Holocaust

  • A New History
  • By: Laurence Rees
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 364

Laurence Rees, in his magnum opus, combines largely unpublished testimony with the latest academic research to create the first accessible and authoritative account of the Holocaust in over three decades. Rees argues that whilst hatred of the Jews was always at the epicentre of Nazi thinking - and the Holocaust was the most appalling crime in history - what happened cannot be fully understood without considering the murder of the Jews alongside other Nazi plans to kill millions of non-Jews as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holocaust - A masterly telling

  • By Rathelstan on 28-02-17

A terryfing clarity of the Holocaust

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

Reviewed: 24-07-18

The narration by Johnathan Keeble good, he is one of my favourite story tellers.
I bought this book thinking it was along the lines of - The Auschwitz tattooist and other books of the same type - however it is far more informative than that.
This is a book that describes how the political and some public opinion of the time created the Holocaust, by giving a sort of history of the development of the camps, and the parts countries other than Germany played in events. And also it informs on the German industries part in the horrors.
It goes a long way to describing what the awful combination of greed, corruption, bigotry, ignorance, fascism and a belief in eugenics "achieved"
Overall it is a very sobering, informative and interesting book

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,331
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,312

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

Not a type of book i would normally listen to

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Because I could not find the usual type of book I listen to, bought this book almost out of curiosity, and I am very glad I did.

At it's most basic level it is a love story that begins in some very adverse circumstances and then last for the two main characters lives. (But did they ever meet again ????)

The story (it is a true story) is set in the second world war, and Lali and Geta meet and fall in love in Auschwitz - Berkenow concentration camp, the book gives a good representation of the barbarity of the time, and deals with how some people had to do things they not want to do or agreed with - just to stay alive, and also how despite putting themselves in a position they might be thought of as a collaborators, they still manage to help others. The story is told in a sensitive manner, and you can not help but think what life for the detainees must have been like - but was that enough justification for "working" for the camp regime?.

I feel It is a very good book, based on heartbreaking inhumane times, well written, and very well narrated. It is an unusual book in as much as it is based on a true story - but still gets you to wonder what you would have done in such circumstances.

PS. listen to the book to the very end there are some interesting interviews, and updates on what happened to some of the people involved in the story after the war was over.


  • Price of Duty

  • By: Dale Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

In a top-secret location deep in the Ural Mountains, Russian President Gennadiy Gryzlov has built his nation's most dangerous weapon since the atomic bomb - a fearsome tool to gain superiority in Russia's long-running battle with the West. From inside Perun Aerie - an intricate network of underground tunnels and chambers that is the heart of the Russian cyberwarfare program - he is launching a carefully plotted series of attacks on an unsuspecting US and its European allies.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not so gripping and idiotic narration.

  • By Stefan on 13-02-18

Tom Clancy meets iron man

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

Reviewed: 17-04-18

This is the first book I have listened to by this author, when I first started listening I seriously thought of returning it, however I stuck with it, and to be fair it was better than the sum of its parts, the narration is at best ok, the story although a bit cheesy was not too bad, however if you approach the book as a bit of fun escapism it is more enjoyable than I expected, I would listen to it again on a long journey because it is not too taxing and a bit of a “ripping yarn”

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bear and the Dragon

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349

President Jack Ryan faces a world crisis unlike any he has ever known. A high-level assassination attempt in Russia has the newly elected Ryan sending his most trusted eyes and ears - including antiterrorism specialist John Clark - to Moscow, for he fears the worst is yet to come. And he’s right. The attempt has left the already unstable Russia vulnerable to ambitious forces in China eager to fulfill their destiny. If they succeed, the world as we know it will never look the same. If they fail, the consequences may be unspeakable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The ending had my heart pounding in my chest!

  • By RoguePlank on 04-12-14

Good book .....BUT

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

What did you like best about The Bear and the Dragon? What did you like least?

I did like the story line

What was most disappointing about Tom Clancy’s story?

The story was spoilt by poor narration

How did the narrator detract from the book?

For me -the story was ruined and made hard to follow by the narrator...but that is my view, other may disagree

Did The Bear and the Dragon inspire you to do anything?

I returned the book, and got a refund.

Any additional comments?

I do like tom Clancy books, although the story lines are now a bit dated, generally they are still entertaining, however I found the narration of this book made it almost impossible to enjoy it.

  • 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 748
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696

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

Good book, but not as good as previous ones

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

What made the experience of listening to Written in Bones the most enjoyable?

The narration is as good as usual, but the story relies a bit too much on previous books, I won't say things are getting a bit stale....yet.... but come on James you can and have done better work.

Would you be willing to try another book from James Oswald? Why or why not?

Absolutely - however it would need to be as good as previous work by the author - or it would be getting returned.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

any thing to do with Mrs MacCutchens cat

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really

Any additional comments?

Overall the book was ok, all the well known characters were there, the narrator seemed like an old friend,..... However so did the story line

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Tapping at My Door

  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,284

From the best-selling author of Cry Baby, the beginning of a brilliant and gripping police procedural series set in Liverpool, perfect for fans of Peter James and Mark Billingham. A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She's disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes. DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story well worth a listen

  • By Cathryn B. on 11-04-16

This book has the potential to be a brilliant series

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

Reviewed: 29-11-16

I chose this book because there were no new Karin fossum or similar books available that I had not listened to. The narrator was very good, however as I live in Liverpool I thought the accents were a bit off the mark.
But it did not distract from the book, it was a good story, the book did not try to be a police procedure manual. I would recommend this book. It was refreshing having a brilliant book set in my home town instead of a Scandinavian city or London.....mor the same please

  • Ordeal

  • By: Jørn Lier Horst
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Together with her one-year-old daughter, Maja, single mother Sofie Lund moves into the house she inherited from her grandfather. Sofie has such painful memories that she has had every trace of the old man removed - every trace but a locked safe that has been bolted to the basement floor. Inside the safe Sofie finds something shocking that will also become crucial evidence in a case that has plagued Inspector William Wisting for a long time. To follow this lead, though, he must cut across important loyalties and undermine confidence in the police force.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • quite a good book,

  • By r100gser on 10-07-16

quite a good book,

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

Reviewed: 10-07-16

this book was no littery masterpiece, but it was entertaining, I would buy books by this author again. At first the narration does not seem very good,but if you stick with for a little while you will become a fan of Saul Riechlin and the gentle way he tells the story

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mercy

  • Department Q, Book 1
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,658

The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Mercy, Scandinavia’s new bestselling crime phenomenon. Read by the actor Steven Pacey. At first the prisoner scratches at the walls until her fingers bleed. But there is no escaping the room. With no way of measuring time, her days, weeks, months go unrecorded. She vows not to go mad. She will not give her captors the satisfaction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Danish Noire superbly read by Steven Pacey

  • By Nick on 08-02-13

this is the start of an excellent 5 book series

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

What made the experience of listening to Mercy the most enjoyable?

the book is well narrated, and the plot is good, it's well written and easy and enjoyable to listen to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

difficult to pick a favourite character - the three main characters are all equally as interesting

Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is about the 100th audio book I have bought - and Steven Pacey is in my opinion an easy narrator to listen to

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

I laughed when I realised what a good listen it was, and almost cried when I had finished it

Any additional comments?

Some of my favourite crime writers are T F Muir, Stuart McBride, James Oswald and of course Reginald Hill - I have not listened to a book by any of them I have not enjoyed - now I have listened to all 5 books in this series I feel I can say the same about this author
My personal preference on crime novels are that they are enjoyable, and don't get bogged down with too much technical detail and allow a certain artistic licence in the story - I do by the way work within the justice system - like the other authors mentioned above Jussi Adler - Olson writes a very entertaining story with good characters who develop over the five book series ......... I can hardly wait for episode six in the department Q saga

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Birthdays for the Dead

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

Five years ago his daughter, Rebecca, went missing on the eve of her 13th birthday. A year later the first card arrived: homemade, with a Polaroid picture stuck to the front – Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. Every year another card: each one worse than the last. The tabloids call him The Birthday Boy. He’s been snatching girls for 12 years, always in the run-up to their 13th birthday, sending the families his homemade cards showing their daughters being slowly tortured to death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Jill on 18-01-12

not quite James Oswald but still very good

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

Reviewed: 08-12-14

If you could sum up Birthdays for the Dead in three words, what would they be?

very good listen

What was one of the most memorable moments of Birthdays for the Dead?

comments about a phycoloical profilers flatulance

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

he is a very good story teller

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

the very unlikley detective

Any additional comments?

this story is not pretending to be based on a real life policeman, he is a ex bare knuckle fighter with debts and some strange interpretations of the law - however I found it to be an entertaining story, with plenty of twists in the tale - I have already startred another book by the author.....and of course Ian Hanmore only add to the enjoyment.........but if only he did'nt have to sing.