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J Whitfield

Newcastle-U-Tyne
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  • The Murder Pit

  • An Arrowood Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Mick Finlay
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

1896: Sherlock Holmes has once again hit the headlines, solving mysteries for the cream of London society. But among the workhouses and pudding shops of the city, private detective William Arrowood is presented with far grittier, more violent and considerably less well-paid cases. Arrowood is in no doubt who is the better detective, and when Mr and Mrs Barclay engage him to trace their estranged daughter, Birdie, he’s sure it won’t be long before he and his assistant Barnett have tracked her down.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • O Dear

  • By J Whitfield on 23-04-19

O Dear

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

Reviewed: 23-04-19

After the first Arrowood book I was really looking forward to the follow up.
Unfortunately I was very disappointed, the characters are great and the narration by Malk Williams is yet again superb. However this is one of the most boring books I have heard in as long time.
I really struggled to finish it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Diary of a Bookseller

  • By: Shaun Bythell
  • Narrated by: Robin Laing
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 853

Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff. He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle pleasure

  • By Flint on 11-12-17

Oh dear

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

unfortunately this is the most boring audiobook I have heard, in fact so much I gave in half way.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Blind Eye

  • Logan McRae, Book 5
  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Stuart MacBride
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417

Aberdeen's growing Polish community is under attack from a serial offender who leaves mutilated victims to be discovered on building sites - eyes gouged out and the sockets burned. Detective Sergeant Logan McRae is assigned to the investigation, codenamed Operation Oedipus, but with the victims too scared to talk, it's going nowhere fast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertainment at high speed!

  • By BlueQuill on 29-09-14

Good series of books

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Very good, it is very entertaining and occasionally funny just at the right time.
Recommend

  • The Hairy Bikers Blood, Sweat and Tyres

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Si King, Dave Myers
  • Narrated by: Si King, Dave Myers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 388

Si King and Dave Myers, aka The Hairy Bikers, have lived life to the fullest. They had fantastically rich northern childhoods laced with food and fun, but of course with some tragedy too. But we also get to know the early Bikers - we find out how their friendship developed and all of the mad capers and round-the-world trips they went on. Perfect for their fans, heavily seasoned with warmth, food, love, bikes and bro-mance, the Hairies never fail to entertain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!!

  • By Glynne on 01-12-15

Hairy guys

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

Reviewed: 20-08-18

I really enjoyed this book, from start to finish.
Nice little anecdotes mixed with a real emotional punch about there personal life.

  • Cold Granite

  • Logan McRae, Book 1
  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706

It's DS Logan McRae's first day back on the job after a year off on the sick, and it couldn't get much worse. Three-year-old David Reid's body is discovered in a ditch: strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. And he's only the first. There's a serial killer stalking the Granite City, and the local media are baying for blood. Soon the dead are piling up in the morgue almost as fast as the snow on the streets, and Logan knows time is running out. More children are going missing. More are going to die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Sandra on 21-06-17

Very good

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

Very good start to this Aberdeen detective series. The story was written in 2005 but I babe only discovered out recently.
Good plot lines (even though some of them were quite obvious).
Good pacing made this story very enjoyable.

  • Doctor Who: The Five Doctors

  • 5th Doctor Novelisation
  • By: Terrance Dicks
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Briggs, Jon Culshaw
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Jon Culshaw reads this classic novelisation of Doctor Who's special 20th Anniversary TV adventure, featuring the Doctor in each of his first five incarnations. Each one has been removed from his time-stream and - with one unfortunate exception - brought to the Death Zone on Gallifrey. There, they - along with an array of their loyal former companions - encounter numerous deadly obstacles including Daleks, Cybermen, Yeti, the Master and a fiendish set of puzzles. Who is the ultimate enemy they must all unite to defeat?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nostalgic bliss...

  • By Justin Webb on 04-11-17

best who audiobook

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

great narration and one of my favourite stories makes this an exceptional audiobook. A must have

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Seagull

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863

A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a part in his downfall. Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer, if she will look out for his family. He tells her that Marshall is dead, his body buried close to St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • don't try the accent if you can't keep it up<br /><br />

  • By Yvonne on 07-12-17

Just alright

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

Reviewed: 28-10-17

Story quite entertaining, however narrator made Joe sound very stupid which grated on me after a while

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Lesson in Dying

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 133

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

Not the best Ann Cleeves

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

Disappointing is the word to describe this book. Very one dimensional characters leaves you not caring about any of the group of characters.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Fever of the Blood

  • Frey & McGray, Book 2
  • By: Oscar de Muriel
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of A Fever of the Blood by Oscar De Muriel, read by Andy Secombe. New Year's Day, 1889. In Edinburgh's lunatic asylum, a patient escapes as a nurse lies dying. Leading the manhunt are legendary local detective 'Nine-Nails' McGray and Londoner-in-exile Inspector Ian Frey. Before the murder, the suspect was heard in whispered conversation with a fellow patient - a girl who had been mute for years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Cosima on 21-02-16

A very good 2nd story

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

Reviewed: 26-07-17

Having absolutely loved the first installment I already had the 2nd book waiting for me in my library.
These characters are extremely well written and the banter between them is a joy to listen to.
I must admit the story did lapse a little in the middle but the narration from Andy Secombe kept things going.
The finale was exceptional and kept me riveted until the last word was spoken.
Thoroughly recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Strings of Murder

  • By: Oscar de Muriel
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 668

Penguin presents the unabridged,downloadable audiobook edition of The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel, read by Andy Secombe, including musical interludes recorded by the author himself. Edinburgh, 1888. A virtuoso violinist is brutally killed in his home. But with no way in or out of the locked practice room, the murder makes no sense. Fearing a national panic over a copycat Ripper, Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Frey to investigate under the cover of a fake department specializing in the occult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Class

  • By Mr Chops on 29-10-15

Marvellous

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

It is an atmospheric, funny and a fast paced book that I'm delighted to have discovered .