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  • Corpus Delicti

  • By: Keith McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Helena Flemming has fallen out of love with John Eisenmenger and wants their relationship to end. Eisenmenger is devastated and finds solace in returning to his life as a forensic pathologist. His first case reunites him with DI Beverley Wharton; a young petty criminal is found stabbed and the obvious suspect is a man who had threatened to kill him just hours before. There is pressure on Beverley to close the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stop persecuting Eisenmenger!

  • By Mr L A TUCKER on 15-02-15

Stop persecuting Eisenmenger!

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

Reviewed: 15-02-15

In this book I feel that McCarthy is getting bored with his creations. I have absolutely no problem with any fate that befalls the astoundingly tedious Helena but does he have to persecute poor blameless John so relentlessly and where is Beverly's vicious wit?
An excellent plot but tying Helena into it personally stretched credibility too far. He should have consulted me, I can think of myriad ways to deal with her!
I will promptly download the next one though .

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Murder Bag

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273

Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard, but a high standard

  • By Philip on 05-04-15

Clever stuff.

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

I was hooked. Max Wolfe is a great character. At first I thought the plot was going to be a simple revenge killing but in fact it is tortuously complicated and very well planned. I learned a little about boxing and a lot about the police museum. I will read more of this author.

  • The Nightmare

  • By: Lars Kepler
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

The chilling phenomenon begins again. On a summer night the dead body of a woman is found on board an abandoned pleasure boat drifting around in the Stockholm archipelago. Her lungs are filled with brackish water, but there are no traces of this water on her clothes or other parts of her body. Detective Inspector Joona Linna takes up the case. Forensics state that it was a simple drowning, that she must have been pulled aboard the boat which explains the lack of brackish water.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Non-stop Thrills- Written with a Film in Mind?

  • By c on 01-10-12

Two distinct halves to this excellent book.

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

The first half of this book is high drama and just when you think things are nearing a conclusion the plot opens wide to weave together a wealth of subplots which were quietly brewing beneath the main action. The author brings it all together brilliantly and Sean Barrett could turn the Shipping news into a best seller.

  • Half Bad

  • By: Sally Green
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 403

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Half Bad by Sally Green, a breathtaking debut novel about one boy's struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches. Read by the actor Carl Prekopp. You can't read, can't write, but you heal fast, even for a witch.You get sick if you stay indoors after dark. You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one.You've been kept in a cage since you were fourteen. All you've got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not your average YA teen witch story!

  • By Beccameriel on 20-05-14

Brilliant and original .

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

Reviewed: 06-11-14

I was captivated by the first two thirds of this book then it sadly became a bit more predictable and less memorable; I am recommending it to everyone however on the strength of it's creation of a brilliant new hero.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Burial Rites

  • By: Hannah Kent
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789

In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of her lover. Agnes is sent to wait out her final months on the farm of district office Jón Jónsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderer in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. Only Tóti, the young assistant priest appointed Agnes’ spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force the household to work side by side, Agnes’ story begins to emerge and with it the family’s terrible realization that all is not as they had assumed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Agnes - understanding the human being

  • By Kaggy on 27-06-14

Be warned, bleak, black and depressing.

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

Reviewed: 06-11-14

Poetically written and hypnotically read but nothing can lift this book from it's relentless misery. The main character is deeply unlikeable and I would have willingly hanged her myself to bring the book to an early conclusion. Morven Christie has a beautiful voice but I think this story was too much for her, her reading became slower and more lifeless as the tale progressed.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Natural Causes

  • An Inspector McLean Novel, Book 1
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,578

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of James Oswald's gripping new Inspector McLean crime thriller Natural Causes, read by the actor Ian Hanmore. A young girl's mutilated body is discovered in a sealed room. Her remains are carefully arranged, in what seems to have been a cruel and macabre ritual, which appears to have taken place over 60 years ago.For newly appointed Edinburgh Detective Inspector Tony McLean this baffling cold case ought to be a low priority - but he is haunted by the young victim and her grisly death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is Edinburgh turning into Midsummer?

  • By Patricia on 22-06-13

Too grisly for me.

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

Reviewed: 17-09-14

The reading is excellent, the hero is impeccable but the story surely belongs in the "Horror" genre. Take heed, those hoping for a great detective read will groan aloud as I did as yet another and then another ritualistic disembowelling are tutted over by weary officers and only fine, upstanding Mclean realises the demoniacal links and quietly saves the day.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sea of Stone

  • By: Michael Ridpath
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

Oli and Magnus Jonson have spent decades trying to escape from the shadows of their past. Raised by their grandparents in Bjarnarhofn, a remote farmstead in Iceland, both brothers had to endure brutal violence at the hands of their grandfather. When Constable Pall Gylfason is called to investigate a suspected homicide in a remote farmstead, he is surprised to find Detective Magnus Jonson is already there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nearly all tied up

  • By mollyeyre on 27-10-17

Icelandic Bloodbath!

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

Reviewed: 21-08-14

Michael Ridpath's final episode in Magnus's search for his father's killer descends into black farce as most of his icelandic family are killed off and the author leaves his nicest creation 'Arna', on the sidelines. Saved by Sean Barret's rich, gravelly reading this book lacks credibility but is a pleasant enough 'whodunnit'.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Accidents Happen

  • By: Louise Millar
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

How many times, when things go wrong, have you said to yourself 'Why me?' Some people seem to have more than their fair share of bad luck, and Kate Parker is one of them. So when Kate and her ten-year-old son Jack move to Oxford to start a new life, Kate is determined that events of the past will not come back to haunt them. Despite the suffocating support she receives from her overbearing in-laws, she starts to feel threatened. Somehow her comfortable family home doesn't feel quite safe - it's almost as though someone is watching them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A compulsive listen

  • By Saffy on 08-07-13

Chick-lit meets Stephen King

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

This really is a most irritating, tortuous story. Despite the heroic efforts of the narrator I really can't recommend it on any level.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Death du Jour

  • A Temperance Brennan Novel, Book 2
  • By: Kathy Reichs
  • Narrated by: Bonnie Hurren
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Dr. Temperance Brennan, Forensic Anthropologist for the Province of Quebec, digs for a corpse where Sister Elisabeth Nicolet, dead for over a century and now a candidate for sainthood, should be lying in her grave. A strange, small coffin, buried in the recesses of a decaying church, holds the first clue to the cloistered nun's fate. The puzzle surrounding Sister Elisabeth Nicolet's life and death provides a welcome contrast to discoveries at a burning chalet, where scorched and twisted bodies await Tempe's professional expertise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another good story, but not the best narrator.

  • By Crackdown on 03-10-13

Not for the faint hearted!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

I have a medical friend who recommended Kathy Reichs to me with a casual reference that she is 'Quite graphic' ! That is an understatement. I am a painter and every gory detail,(and there are so many of them) appeared in techni-colour to me. The book is otherwise light hearted in places and almost a romp which sits very strangely with the forensic passages.

Reichs is a good story teller but I'm not volunteering for another one.

  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481

Imagine a nation banishing the outside world for two centuries, forbidding its subjects to leave its shores on pain of death, and harbouring a deep mistrust of European ideas.

Set in Japan in 1799, a young Dutch clerk, Jacob de Zoet, is about to embark on a strange adventure of duplicity, love, and murder - and all the while the axis of global power is turning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet

  • By Robin B on 27-07-10

Oscars all round!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-09-10

One of the most brilliant books I have read and the two readers of this recording are wonderful. I am stunned it wasn't short listed for the Booker.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful