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  • Even Dogs in the Wild

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008

Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is investigating the death of a senior lawyer during a robbery. But the case becomes more complex when a note is discovered, indicating that this may have been no random attack. When local gangster Big Ger Cafferty receives an identical message, Clarke decides that the recently retired John Rebus may be able to help. He's the only man Cafferty will open up to, and together the two old adversaries might just stand a chance of saving Cafferty's skin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything Perfectly In Place

  • By Simon on 08-11-15

Top marks to Ian Rankin and James Macpherson both

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

Reviewed: 27-04-19

One of the things I particularly appreciate with the Rebus novels is the way the back stories of the characters develop from book to book.
Loved the way Siobahn has taken on the dominant role. Rebus is becoming more an more devious, while dealing with his personal demons - getting old, fighting lung disease, trying to lay off the booze. He is a flawed hero to the end. Even Big Ger is getting old and showing some weakness.

Wish all the Rebus series was read by Mr Macpherson, he seems to encapsulate the voices of each of the characters.


  • A Lesson in Dying

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

Who hanged the headmaster in the playground on the night of the school Hallowe'en party? Almost everyone in Heppleburn either hated or feared the viper-tongued Harold Medburn. Inspector Ramsay is convinced it was the headmaster's enigmatic wife, but Jack Robson, school governor and caretaker, is determined to prove her innocence. With the help of his restless, enthusiastic daughter, Patty, Jack digs into the secrets of Heppleburn, and uncovers a cesspit - of lies, adultery, blackmail and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't think I would like this book, but it surprised me.

  • By Flint on 07-09-17

Disappointingly weak

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

Reviewed: 26-03-19

Perhaps this is a very early Ann Cleese’s novel - I like her work as a rule and one of her strengths is in giving pen illustrations of her characters. This time, the timeline simply didn’t allow for the events or the characters to develop and as there were no real backstories for any of the characters I felt no need to engage with any of them. Very disappointing.
The narrator was great with accents for the “voices” but his reading of the book itself was very humdrum.
Don’t let this put you off trying other Ann Cleeves novels but make sure they’re narrated by a different actor.

  • You Were Gone

  • David Raker, Book 9
  • By: Tim Weaver
  • Narrated by: Joe Coen, Rachel Bavidge, Tom Burke
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 411

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of You Were Gone by Tim Weaver. Three days after Christmas, a woman walks into a police station. She has no phone and no ID, just a piece of paper with the name of investigator David Raker on it. She tells officers that Raker is her husband. When he turns up at the station, Raker is stunned. The woman looks exactly like his wife. She knows all about their marriage, their history, even private conversations the two of them had. There's just one problem: Raker's wife has been dead for eight years....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely loved it

  • By Debs on 02-06-18

Pedestrian, repetitive and unconvincing

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Positively cringed as I tried to listen to this turgid tale of a self obsessed PI who appears to have no idea how people think. Very disappointing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Charles Dickens

  • A Life
  • By: Claire Tomalin
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Charles Dickens: A Life, the major new biography from the highly acclaimed Claire Tomalin, published for the 200th anniversary of his birth. Read by the actor Alex Jennings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As lively a story as a good novel

  • By Kirstine on 27-01-12

Amazingly researched and well written

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

Reviewed: 20-11-17

Reading was good - no annoying ticks & production quality also good.
I started listening to this hoping I’d find something to like about the man. I didn’t. Nonetheless, thank you Claire Tomalin - his life story far more interesting than his books.

  • Watching the Dark

  • The 20th DCI Banks Mystery
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

Banks is back - and this time he's investigating the murder of one of his own. Detective Inspector Bill Reid is killed by a crossbow in the tranquil grounds of a police rehabilitation centre, and compromising photos are found in his room. DCI Banks, brought in to investigate, is assailed on all sides. By Joanna Passero, the Professional Standards inspector who insists on shadowing the investigation in case of police corruption.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspector Banks! Hoorah!

  • By JoannaSefton on 01-10-12

Awful waste of time

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

I would not recommend this book to anyone. It was slow moving, predictable, characters one-dimensional and reader unable to convey nuances of accent nor suppress his apparent, if understandable boredom.

  • In the Cold Dark Ground

  • Logan McRae, Book 10
  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547

Sergeant Logan McRae is in trouble.... His missing-persons investigation has just turned up a body in the woods - naked, hands tied behind its back, and a bin bag duct taped over its head. The Major Investigation Team charges up from Aberdeen under the beady eye of Logan's ex-boss, Detective Chief Inspector Steel. And, as usual, she wants him to do her job for her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Darker, Colder, more conflicted - very Aberdeen.

  • By Sarah on 18-01-16

Dixon of Dock Green....

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

Reviewed: 31-01-16

The author's ability to write dialogue is fantastic. However, he has no grasp of time, no understanding of the frailty of the human body and even less insight into human nature.
If you enjoy an awful lot of gore and violence and don't mind a tame resolution to what is definitely an action packed story, this is definitely the book for you!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

A Moment Towards the End of the Play
    An Autobiography
    
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        Timothy West
    
    


    
    
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        Timothy West
    
    


    
    Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    18 ratings
    Overall 3.8
  • A Moment Towards the End of the Play

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Timothy West
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Timothy West is held in high regard and great affection for his versatility and his reliability. He has played roles as diverse as Edward VII and Thomas Beecham, Falstaff and Uncle Vanya, Stalin and Churchill, and he became a household name in the TV series Brass. He has played in the West End, joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, toured the country doing the classics, performed Dickens and Dostoyevsky on television, has had a stint running the Old Vic, and married an actress called Prunella Scales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful listening

  • By Lorraine on 01-06-07

Delicious!

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

Reviewed: 14-08-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes yes yes! Timothy West is a consummate narrator, and his autobiography could hardly have been better handled by anyone else. It's well-written, fascinating and funny.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Umm - Timothy West....

Which character – as performed by Timothy West – was your favourite?

Umm - Timothy West I think....

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

Yes, but I could, and have, listened again to several of the chapters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Chessmen

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,988
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,977

Fin Macleod, now head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal-game hunting taking place on the island. This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill - a local poacher, Fin's teenage intimate and possessor of a long-buried secret. But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn and Fin puts together the fractured pieces of the past, he realises that revealing the truth could destroy the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterclass in Storytelling

  • By MISS E J BIRD on 19-02-13

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 14-08-14

What disappointed you about The Chessmen?

It didn't live up to the two preceding books of the trilogy.

Would you ever listen to anything by Peter May again?

Probably, but I might explore them before buying them from Audible. Narration was very good, as usual, so it made up for what was lacking in the storyline.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Nothing springs to mind.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

A little of each. The central characters had had such substance in The Lewis Man, and been highly believable in Blackhouse, so it was sad to end on an anticlimax.

Any additional comments?

Peter May must find visiting the Isle of Lewis a worrying experience, as there have been so many murders there, if one were to believe his novels. His writing is forceful and evocative in the first two books of the trilogy, but descends into repetition in The Chessmen. Only 5 out of 10 for this one, I'm afraid.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Children of the Revolution

  • The 21st DCI Banks Mystery
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

A disgraced college lecturer is found murdered with £5,000 in his pocket on a disused railway line near his home. Since being dismissed from his job for sexual misconduct four years previously, he has been living a poverty-stricken and hermit-like existence in this isolated spot. The suspects range from several individuals at the college where he used to teach to a woman who knew the victim back in the early '70s at Essex University, then a hotbed of political activism.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A slow burner but gets you in the end!

  • By Gill in Gloucs on 18-07-14

Excruciating experience

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

Reviewed: 14-08-14

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

Someone who was learning English as a foreign language and needed to hear a lot of repetition in order to grasp the basic story. Also, being a non-native speaker, they might not mind the inadequacies of the narrator.

What will your next listen be?

Nothing by Peter Robinson, and practically anything that isn't read by Simon Slater.

What didn’t you like about Simon Slater’s performance?

His inability to make any of the dialogue (and there's loads of it) sound as though it might have been spoken by a believable character. Any figures of authority were made to sound cuttingly supercilious, and he often had to give up on an accent half way through a conversation.

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

None that I noticed, I tried hard to listen to the bitter end, but decided to get a life instead and abandoned it 2 hours and 47 minutes before the blessed relief of being able to consign it to a well-deserved oblivion.

Any additional comments?

Haven't I said enough? This was a real disappointment, as it seemed okay for about the first chapter. Shall definitely avoid anything I might buy on spec mainly because it has had glowing reviews, in future.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wolf Hall

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 24 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,694

Tudor England. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce. Into this atmosphere of distrust comes Thomas Cromwell - a man as ruthlessly ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lose yourself in 16th century England

  • By Phil on 22-01-10

Wolf Hall - a Tour de Force

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-13

Perhaps the most outstanding books ever! Buy it, listen and revel. The plot is complex, the language and characterisation faultless. I was swept along in a tide of the sixteenth century's most celebrated personalities, interwoven with the truths and half truths that history has handed down. An amazing piece of work that richly deserves all the encomiums and awards it has received.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful