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  • Silent Scream

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681

Five figures gather 'round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult-sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken, but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood. Years later a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders that shock the Black Country.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, dreadful narrator.

  • By G. Willoughby on 04-10-15

Narrator - Dick Van Dyke School of Accents

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

What did you like best about Silent Scream? What did you like least?

I cannot understand why the narrator, Jan Cramer, was chosen for this story set in the Black Country. Her attempt at the accent is nothing short of insulting to the people of the region (myself included) and distracts from the excellent story. I also found it a constant annoyance that the place name Rowley Regis was mispronounced throughout the story.

I will not buy any further audio books narrated by Jan Cramer. Please Angela, put your Black Country foot down and change the narrator as soon as you can!

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jan Cramer?

Rebekah Staton or Helen Monks - actresses with authentic knowledge of the West Midlands region and the Black Country accent.

  • The Missing

  • By: Jane Casey
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

Jenny Shepherd is twelve years old and missing. Her teacher, Sarah Finch, knows better than most that the chances of finding her alive are diminishing with every day she is gone. As a little girl her older brother had gone out to play one day and never returned. The strain of never knowing what has happened to Charlie had ripped Sarah’s family apart. Now in her early twenties, she is back living at home, trapped with a mother who drinks too much and keeps her brother’s bedroom as a shrine to his memory. Then, horrifically, it is Sarah who finds Jenny’s body....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not author's best work

  • By LJP123 on 24-09-16

Not author's best work

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

Reviewed: 24-09-16

I found the story weak and disliked the main character intensely. Although the narrator portrays some female characters well, she uses ridiculous voices for others which I found distracting. I'm afraid the male voices were even worse. I wouldn't recommend using a credit on this audio book.

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  • Dying Fall

  • A Ruth Galloway Investigation
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 808
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 723
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 718

Shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library. Ruth Galloway receives a phone call that bears shocking news. A friend of hers from college, Dan Golding, has been killed in a fire at his Lancashire home. Her shock turns to alarm when she gets a letter from Dan. He has made a discovery that will change archaeology forever but he needs Ruth's advice. Even more alarming, he sounds vulnerable and frightened. DCI Harry Nelson is also rediscovering his past. Up north for a holiday, he meets his former colleague Sandy MacLeod, now at Blackpool CID.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • readers

  • By Margaret on 25-04-13

Issue with new narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-05-16

Any additional comments?

Like many other reviewers, I found the new narrator's attempt at male voices jarring. It did effect my enjoyment of the book as I couldn't get to grips with the completely new accents of familiar male characters. That said, the narrator portrayed female characters very well, and I enjoyed her portrayal of the child's voice. I'm not sure I will buy the next audio book in the series if the same narrator is used again.