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  • Company of Liars

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,343

On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Medieval Road Movie - Well worth a listen

  • By I. Jamie on 02-02-09

Utterly absorbing

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

Reviewed: 08-01-19

Not my normal Genre, but having listened to the narrator before I thought I would give this a go. From the first chapter, I was totally hooked. Well written and absorbing a mix of history, mystery and the dark arts. Characters that you could engage with and as with any good book when it ended I felt bereft as I wanted to know more about what happened to them in the future.

Highly recommend this book the narrator was perfect, a good selection of voices for the different characters all totally believable. The first book with this author, I will definitely be buying more of Karen Maitland

  • Tennison

  • Jane Tennison, Book 1
  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529

In 1973 Jane Tennison, aged 22, leaves the Metropolitan Police Training Academy to be placed on probationary exercise in Hackney, where criminality thrives. We witness her struggle to cope in a male-dominated, chauvinistic environment, learning fast to deal with shocking situations with no help or sympathy from her superiors. Then comes her involvement in her first murder case. No one witnessed the savage beating of a tragic young girl who, the postmortem reveals, was pregnant when she died.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Before Prime Suspect

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-08-16

What a pile of tosh

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

Reviewed: 13-10-18

Firstly. The Narrator, I feel sorry for her having to read this utterly boring book, it was bad enough listening to it ! Secondly. The first chapter is the author pontificating on women in the work force, I don’t need the author to explain women’s rights , I expected to find that out in the storyline. I found Tennison ridiculously naive and asked the most stupidest of questions. I’ve given up by chapter ten. Full of cliche characters with absolutely no depth. Won’t be listening to any more and I certainly won’t be downloading any La Plante books ever again

  • Let the Devil Sleep

  • By: John Verdon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

The most decorated homicide detective in NYPD history, Dave Gurney, is trying to adjust to his life of quasi-retirement when a young woman who is producing a documentary on a notorious murder spree seeks his counsel. Soon after, Gurney begins feeling threatened: a razor-sharp hunting arrow lands in his yard, and he narrowly escapes serious injury in a booby-trapped basement. As things grow more bizarre, he finds himself reexamining the case of The Good Shepherd, which 10 years before involved a series of roadside shootings and a rage-against-the-rich manifesto.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dave Gurney returns!

  • By anura33 on 07-04-13

Not as enjoyable as the first book

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Although I enjoyed the book, it was not as good as the first book. I found the young female very irritating and the connections between everyone a bit rushed. NarratIon ok on this one. Please no more wifey holding pasta or making a salad. I’m going to give the next few a miss for a while. 6/10

  • Anatomy of a Scandal

  • By: Sarah Vaughan
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal, Luke Thompson, Esther Wane, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,118

You want to believe your husband. She wants to destroy him. Gripping psychological drama for fans of Apple Tree Yard, The Good Wife and Notes on a Scandal. Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tense, engrossing and very topical

  • By Kaggy on 06-02-18

Excellent, didn’t miss a beat

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

I was a bit suspicious of downloading this at first, how wrong I was. Superbly written, great characters whose paths crossed in a believable way. As far as the storyline goes, it just goes to show that you can have a story about a violent sexual crime without the use of bad language and over the top descriptions. I thought the author portrayed the incident with care and compassion and the whole story was totally believeable. Narrators , without exception, brilliant. Great book, kept me engaged

  • A Kiss Before Killing

  • By: Keith McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

In the wake of several unexpected deaths at the hospital, Dr Claire Woodforde suspects there is a killer amongst the staff. As Detective Chief Inspector Beverley Wharton and her new sergeant, Tom Bayes, begin to investigate, they too start to wonder if the deaths were natural or whether someone helped them along. But as they start to make headway, something much more sinister comes to light. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice to have you back Dr John Eisenmenger

  • By Tanya on 30-08-18

Nice to have you back Dr John Eisenmenger

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

Reviewed: 30-08-18

I have always enjoyed this series and found them to be an entertaining read. The usual macabre murders interspersed with relationships and mistakes. This was, I feel, probably the worst of the series overall however it was rescued by the supreme narration from Sean Barrett

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Think of a Number

  • By: John Verdon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

It begins with a letter... The letter contains a request - think of a number, any number - and a sealed envelope. Inside the envelope is that number... When Dave Gurney, retired NYPD homicide detective, is contacted by an old college acquaintance about some startling letters he’s been receiving, it is at first little more than a diverting but sinister puzzle. Until the acquaintance is brutally killed.Suddenly Gurney finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation that makes no sense.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping tale

  • By Paul on 11-01-12

Good old fashioned jog along book

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

Reviewed: 30-08-18

I enjoyed this book. The story jogs along nicely at a good pace, no long lingering chapters of nothingness, each chapter sits well and adds to the the story. It’s has a good start middle and ending. An easy read. The narrator was good, only a few voices grated on me but generally did not detract from the story telling and I would listen to him again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Child

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,917

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers, it's impossible to ignore. For one woman it's a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another it's the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for a third, a journalist, it's the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. The Child's story will be told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story!

  • By joanna Prendergast on 30-06-17

Did not see that coming

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Very often, when reading a book, the ending becomes apparent long before the end . Fiona Barton managed to keep me guessing and even then when I found out.... I said out loud, Noooooooo

Brilliant book, well narrated and a great follow up to the Widow... no where is book three

  • Sleep Baby Sleep

  • Pieter Vos, Book 4
  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Twenty-two-year-old Annie Schrijver works in the picturesque Albert Cuyp flower market. But then she goes missing, only to be found barely alive, tied to a stone angel in a graveyard. But Annie seems to have been the lucky one, as a body is found nearby. Detective Pieter Vos knows that if he is to outwit the murderer, he will need to employ everything he has to avert a greater tragedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of series, Hewson at his best!

  • By Steven on 18-01-18

Dire

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

Reviewed: 18-05-18

Purely the narrator. I used to love this narrator but I now find him really annoying

  • Mermaids Singing

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878

Up until now the only serial killers Tony Hill had encountered were safely behind bars. This one’s different - this one’s on the loose. Four men have been found mutilated and tortured. As fear grips the city, the police turn to clinical psychologist Tony Hill for a profile of the killer. But soon Tony becomes the unsuspecting target in a battle of wits and wills, where he has to use every ounce of his professional nerve to survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good ( if a little too gory) book but terrible narration

  • By S. Christie on 09-08-16

Mr Riechlin...... what happened

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

Reviewed: 18-05-17

Would you try another book written by Val McDermid or narrated by Saul Reichlin?

Yes and no

What was most disappointing about Val McDermid’s story?

The narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I've always enjoyed Mr Reichkins narrations in the past, Girl with the dragon tattoo and other books, but I'm afraid, recently I've been very disappointed. This book was dire. Female voices awful, no consistency with male voices. I didn't finish it

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

Annoyed

Any additional comments?

Poor poor poor

  • Sometimes I Lie

  • By: Alice Feeney
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,271

"My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me. I'm in a coma. My husband doesn't love me anymore. Sometimes I lie." Unnerving, twisted and utterly compelling, you won't be able to put this new thriller down. Set to be the most talked about book in 2017, it's perfect for fans of Behind Closed Doors, The Girl on the Train and The Widow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read/listen

  • By Annie Tompkins on 30-03-17

Reasonable story spoiled by dire narrator

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

Reviewed: 18-05-17

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

This was written with a tv series in mind

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Predictable

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Stephanie Racine?

A five year old could have put more fizz into this. Probably one of the worst narratives I've listened too. Returned book because of the poor narration.

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

Nothing

Any additional comments?

A reasonable story totally ruined by a narrator who failed to impart any sense of fear, danger, remorse, sympathy. Terrible narration