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  • The Stone Circle

  • The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries, Book 11
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526

DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters telling him to 'go to the stone circle and rescue the innocent who is buried there'. He is shaken, not only because children are very much on his mind, with Michelle's baby due to be born, but because although the letters are anonymous, they are somehow familiar. They read like the letters that first drew him into the case of The Crossing Places, and to Ruth. But the author of those letters is dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic as usual

  • By M BeeH on 12-02-19

Another good book

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

Reviewed: 19-03-19

I love the Ruth Galloway books, and althought the stories are sometimes not totally believable, the characters are. And always well written.

  • A Lesson in Dying

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

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 very good.

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

I think this must have been an early Cleeves, neither the writing nor the story impressed me, and I love her more recent stuff.

  • High Island Blues

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

West Country Wildlife's birdwatching package to America has presented tour guide Rob Earl with the perfect opportunity for a reunion with his old college friends Mick Brownscombe, now working in Texas, and Oliver Adamson. Rob's tour party is hoping for spectacular sights at High Island on the Upper Texas coast. But as the birds descend, the party is greeted with a far more shocking sight - the dead body of Mick Brownscombe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A little long winded but worth reading

  • By mollyeyre on 29-04-17

Not great

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

Reviewed: 25-01-18

I didn't really get inro this one. It was OK, but I didn't care what happened. I don't think Ann Cleves' birdwatching books are anywhere near as good as Vera or Shetland. The characters aren't likeable or interesting - especially the main ones. I think I'll just stick to her other series in future.

  • The Outcasts of Time

  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 844

December 1348: With the country in the grip of the Black Death, brothers John and William fear that they will shortly die and go to Hell. But as the end draws near, they are given an unexpected choice: either to go home and spend their last six days in their familiar world or to search for salvation across the forthcoming centuries - living each one of their remaining days 99 years after the last. John and William choose the future and find themselves in 1447, ignorant of almost everything going on....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imaginative, thought-provoking historical fiction

  • By Kirstine on 13-10-17

A bit hard going

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

This was a great idea, but I found it hard going, and the first part was very slow and very depressing - I nearly didn't bother. It was very interesting as a concept, but I couldn't find it exciting or engaging as a book.

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  • Dry Bones

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 813
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 724
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 718

What happened to Jacques Gaillard? The brilliant teacher at the École Nationale d’Administration, who trained some of France’s best and brightest as future prime ministers and presidents, vanished ten years ago, presumably from Paris. This ten-year-old mystery inspires a bet—one that Enzo Macleod, a biologist teaching in Toulouse, France, instead of pursuing a brilliant career in forensics back home in Scotland, can ill afford to lose.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy Listening

  • By Linda on 10-05-15

I didn't finish it

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

In one way this book was OK, twists and turns in the plot etc, but it got to the stage where the main characters were trying to solve the crime, and were (predictably) targeted by (presumably) the original murderers, and I realised that I didn't really care what happened, and life is too short to read books which don't engage me. I didn't find the narration very compelling - I suppose there were too many accents not always well done. I have enjoyed Peter May's books before, but this one didn't do it for me.

  • Bryant & May - Strange Tide

  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

The Thames is London's most important yet neglected artery. When a young woman is found chained to a post in the tide, no one can understand how she came to be drowned there. That's only part of the problem. Bryant's deteriorating condition prevents him from handling the case. To make matters worse, May makes a fatal error of judgment that knocks him out of action.

In an adventure that's as twisting as the river, will there be anything left of the Peculiar Crimes Unit when it's over?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Maintaining a consistently high standard.

  • By Gary Hart on 16-04-16

Another great listen

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

Reviewed: 13-01-17

Quite a few twists in this one, but it was great to have the old team together at last.

  • Mrs Pargeter's Principle

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

For Mrs Pargeter, it is a matter of principle that she should complete any of her late husband's unfinished business. Amongst his many bequests, perhaps the most valuable is his little black book, in which he listed all the people who ever worked for him, with details of their particular skill sets. This means that whenever Mrs P has a crime to solve, she can readily contact someone with the relevant expertise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please make more available!

  • By Bookshake on 28-09-16

Good book, easy listening

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

Reviewed: 18-12-16

I really enjoyed this. I've read a couple of Mrs Pargeter books before, but preferred them on Audible. Simon Brett reads it very well (not surprising). I'm sorry there don't seem to be any of the others on Audible.

  • Conclave

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Roy Mcmillan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,105

The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, 118 cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next 72 hours, one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bizarrely gripping

  • By Biker on 12-01-17

Terrific

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

Reviewed: 24-10-16

This is the best book I have read in ages. It has believeable multifaceted characters, plenty of surprises, but a sort of goodness at its core. Beautifully written, I was sorry to finish it.

  • When the Music's Over

  • The 23rd DCI Banks Mystery
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421

When the body of a young girl is found in a remote countryside lane, evidence suggests she was drugged, abused and thrown from a moving van - before being beaten to death. While DI Annie Cabbot investigates the circumstances in which a 14-year-old could possibly fall victim to such a crime, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks must do the same - but the crime Banks is investigating is the coldest of cases.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bang up to the minute!

  • By Rachel Redford on 05-08-16

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 22-08-16

I'd forgotten what a good author Peter Robinson is. Good story, good characterisation and also a good narrator.

  • Holy Island

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,332

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan retreats to Holy Island seeking sanctuary when he is forced to take sabbatical leave from his duties as a homicide detective. A few days before Christmas, his peace is shattered, and he is thrust back into the murky world of murder when a young woman is found dead amongst the ancient ruins of the nearby priory. When former local girl Dr. Anna Taylor arrives back on the island as a police consultant, old memories swim to the surface, making her confront her difficult past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled to finish this one

  • By Colette on 06-01-16

Had to give up

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

Would you try another book written by LJ Ross or narrated by Jonathan Keeble?

No to LJ Ross, yes to Johathan Keeble.

Has Holy Island put you off other books in this genre?

Yes

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator was fine, part of the story was OK, but characters were awful.

What character would you cut from Holy Island?

Main characters

Any additional comments?

I wish I'd read the other comments about this book. I'm sure some people will enjoy it, it's not badly written but as far as I got the main character was so annoying and the obvious love interest interfered with the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful