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ACT1

Australia | Member Since 2004

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  • 33 reviews
  • 227 ratings
  • 496 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • The Lewis Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By Peter Forbes
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (106)

    An unidentified corpse is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. News of the discovery soon reaches Fin Macleod. However, since swapping his life in Edinburgh for a quiet existence on Lewis, such mysteries are no longer a concern for the former Detective Inspector. Or so he thought. The sequel to the Blackhouse which was selected for the WH Smith Richard and Judy Bookclub, and the second book in the Lewis triology.

    dumbclub says: "Visit the Outer Hebrides"
    "A good story, just a bit slow to start"
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    I enjoyed the story and the narrator did a good job. It took a while to get into the plot with the insertions from an old man's memory but it all worked out in the end

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Other Paths to Glory

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anthony Price
    • Narrated By Simon Schatzberger
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Paul Mitchell spends his days researching WWI; his quiet life in the library can hardly be in greater contrast to the carnage he studies. Until, that is, the present catches up with him in the shape of Dr Audley of the MOD. Why does Audley want to know what really happened during the battle for Hameau Ridge on the Somme in 1916? The answer is complex and dangerous…

    ACT1 says: "Really enjoyed this"
    "Really enjoyed this"
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    What a gem of a find. I really enjoyed this story of a young man who gets embroiled in a present day thriller whilst studying a WW1 action. There was a nice balance of the now and the then and the climax when the two times come together (sort of!). The narration was quite laid back but it was gripping and I found myself taking longer on my walks because I was reluctant to leave the plot which, in hindsight was quite pedestrian compared with most modern day thrillers. I would happily read more by this author and listen more to this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Evil Act

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Barbara Havers puts her career on the line while DI Thomas Lynley attempts to straighten her out before it's too late. When Hadiyyah Upman disappears from London in the company of her mother, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is as devastated as the girl's father. They are her close friends as well as neighbours, but since the child is with her mother, nothing can be done. Five months later, Hadiyyah is kidnapped from an open air market in Lucca, Italy, and this triggers an investigation in the full glare of the media spotlight.

    ACT1 says: "And with a single bound, Jack was free!"
    "And with a single bound, Jack was free!"
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    I was hooked, no doubt, it was a good read from that point of view but the ending did have a sort of "with a single bound Jack was free" feel to it. Davina Porter is right up there on my list of favourite narrators, she manages male and female very well and certainly makes the plot come alive. I did want to smack Barbara Havers (as, I suspect, did Lynley!) from time to time but it looks as if the talented duo are destined to ride again in the future. I hope there is more with Lynley's romantic state the next time too, I like Deirdre!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in Thrall

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Anne Cleeland
    • Narrated By Marcella Riordan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    First-year detective Kathleen Doyle is a plucky Irish redhead of humble origins and modest means. Chief Inspector Michael Acton is her antithesis: a British lord turned cop. He's tall, handsome, and enigmatic - to a fault. He also has a knack for solving London's most high-profile crimes. Acton selects Doyle out of the newbie squad to partner with him on a series of investigations because she always knows when someone is lying - a trait that comes in handy when interviewing suspects and witnesses.

    Tracey says: "Great new entry into British mysteries"
    "Mediocre"
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    The narrator did a good job with this one but the storyline was a tad creepy - the murder line was alright but the relationship between Acton and Doyle I felt was really weird. I dont know that I will be trying any more - if there are any more Acton and Doyle novels

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silence: DC Goodhew, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alison Bruce
    • Narrated By Jonathan Broadbent
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Joey McCarthy is stabbed to death in a pub car park in a random act of violence. Shortly afterwards Charlotte Stone's terminally ill mother dies, and then, within weeks, two of her teenage friends commit suicide. With her home life disintegrating and both her father and brother racing towards self-destruction, Charlotte realises that her own personal nightmare may not be over yet. When DC Gary Goodhew finds the body of another suicide victim, he is forced to recall some deeply buried memories of an earlier death.

    Kathi says: "Heavy, dark and intricate"
    "An improvement on the last"
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    I was on the point of giving up with Alison Bruce despite these novels being set in my home town but thought I would give her another go. Only a limited amount of gratuitous sex in this one (an improvement) and the plot was good. I still find the narrator to be the weak point in this series although there werent as many glaring mispronunciations of local names in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Work

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1760)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1029)

    Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

    Andrew Stone says: "A Darn Good Book"
    "Rivetting read"
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    This book hooked me in at the start and didnt give up until the end. The premise of an investigator solving the mystery behind his heart - donated following a murder - is fairly standard but it was interesting to follow the rationale. The narrator gave life to the various characters very effectively and I was sorry when the story came to an end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Vision of Murder: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (337)

    Professional psychic Abby Cooper has invested in a fixer-upper, hoping to make a killing in the real estate market. But a killing of another kind puts her plans awry, as the ghost of a murdered woman and some troublesome poltergeists lead her into a mystery that stretches all the way back to World War II.

    Yuriko says: "Mystery solving couple"
    "Characterless"
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    The narration spoiled this for me - sounded like a prissy librarian reading the words off the page. Once I got beyond the sort of characterless reading, the story was rather banal and unrealistic - with her "spidey sense" and intuition the heroine was really beyond silly to do what she did when she did it. I listened to it all - more because I was on a long walk and couldn't be bothered to change books than the plot which was obvious to blind Freddie from the off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (178)

    When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

    Jane says: "Hopefully this is the first of a series"
    "Excellent"
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    I really enjoyed this yarn - it hooked you in from the first page, continued to grip until the last page and was very well read by Robert Glenister who portrayed some excellent characters. It would be great to see more of Cormoran Strike and Robin but now the identity of Galbraith has been revealed maybe that will be the end - hope not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Calling: DC Goodhew, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alison Bruce
    • Narrated By Jonathan Broadbent
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Kaye Whiting went to buy a birthday present and didn't come back. She isn't dead, or physically injured. But she is alone and very, very scared. Fifty miles away in Cambridge town centre, a deeply disturbed young woman is standing by a payphone. She knows she often feels compelled to do harmful things and is driven by a desire to make a call. DC Gary Goodhew is one of the detectives assigned to find Kaye, and when her body is discovered, the only clue to the potential murderer is a woman's voice on his answerphone.

    ACT1 says: "Probably no more"
    "Probably no more"
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    Ive stuck with this series because I enjoy books set in my home town but this will probably be my last. The gratuitous sex descriptions just dont cut it for me and there seems to be a sexual element running through all this series so far and if the next in the series is of similar ilk I just wont be bothered. Narration continues to irritate - there were a few attempts at character definition but not nearly enough in comparison with other narrators who can really lead you into a scene peopled with lots of individuals. Im sure he does his best but this young chap (I am assuming) just seems to be reading the book. At least there were no glaring mispronounciations of local place names this time which is a plus.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cambridge Blue: DC Goodhew, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alison Bruce
    • Narrated By Jonathan Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (31)

    DC Gary Goodhew is intelligent, intuitive, and the youngest detective at Cambridge's Parkside Station. He is the first on the scene when the body of a young woman is discovered on Midsummer Common and for the first time in his career is given the chance to work on a murder investigation. Soon there is an identity for the victim: Lorna Spence. Richard Moran, her boyfriend and employer, has reported her missing and is distraught to discover that she has been killed.

    Tracey says: "Tense British police procedural"
    "My home town"
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    I love reading books about my home town and Alison Bruce does a good job with Cambridge (to be listening to the book whilst, coincidentally, walking the same street was a tad surreal though!). I'm not sure that Goodhew's behaviour would get the same response in a real life police force but, hey it is fiction. I do have issues with the narrator though - he sounds young and Goodhewish to be sure but he mispronounces local names which really bugs me and I find myself wanting to yell at him when he does so - not a good look when you are walking in town! I will follow the series though, I enjoy the context.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hard Way: Jack Reacher 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    Late at night in a New York café army-cop-turned-drifter Jack Reacher orders coffee in a cup made of foam, not china, so that he can move on at a moment’s notice.He owns nothing, carries less, has never encountered a female colleague he can’t bed, or a case he can’t solve.But now Reacher is confronted by a situation so disturbing and deceptive that the truth eludes him.Has he painted targets on the good guys’ backs?So Reacher starts over at square one. He sweats the details and works the clues.

    Lynda says: "Excellent - couldn't put it 'down'."
    "Jeff Harding IS Reacher"
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    I really enjoyed this Reacher story - I suspect in the past I may not have given Reacher the concentration he needs but this one was fun especially as it ended on my home turf and I could relate much better to what was going on. Jeff Harding nails Reacher for me - he does characters very well too and once you concentrate it is so easy to be swept into the narrative. Thanks to a son who keeps choosing Reacher books, I will go back and concentrate more on the other Reacher titles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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