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Faye

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  • Firewall: An Inspector Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (20)

    Stopping to use a cash machine one evening, a man inexplicably falls to the ground: dead. A taxi driver is brutally murdered by two teenage girls. Quickly apprehended they appal local policemen with their total lack of remorse. One girl escapes police custody and disappears without trace. Soon afterwards, a blackout covers half the country. When an engineer arrives at the malfunctioning power station, he makes a grisly discovery. Inspector Kurt Wallander is sure that these events must be linked - somehow.

    Lia says: "Great book"
    "Top Scandanavian crime"
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    Would you listen to Firewall again? Why?

    Good contemporary thriller


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The global nature of the crime as action switched between Angola and Sweden was critical. The power of computer linked financial information and the ability of competing and skilled hackers to access and manipulate this information gave the plot a sense of Good vs. Evil in the race against time. The build up of tension was strong and the story well told.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes he is a particularly fine reader of Scandanavian crime and is able to give his characters distinct and effective voices.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bring Up the Bodies

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (95)

    By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. In Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.

    Elena says: "As good as the Wolf Hall"
    "At the royal court of Henry VIII"
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    Where does Bring Up the Bodies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A beautifully written evocation of life, politics and intrigue in the court of King Henry VIII as Anne Boleyn falls out of royal favour. A worthy Booker prize winner.


    What other book might you compare Bring Up the Bodies to and why?

    A more in-depth look at a particular passage of time from Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The slow build-up to Anne's execution as she waits in the tower will live in my memory


    Who was the most memorable character of Bring Up the Bodies and why?

    Thomas Cromwell, consummate politician


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Water's Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Karin Fossum
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Walking through the woods one warm September day, Reinhardt and Kristine Ris pass a man who is in a state of agitation. Unusually in a small town, he does not return Kristine’s smile and drives off in a hurry. Near the end of their walk they make a terrible discovery: lying in a cluster of trees is the lifeless body of a young boy. It is a moment that will change their lives for ever.Inspector Sejer is called to the scene, but can find no immediate cause of death.

    Faye says: "Another chilling Norwegian thriller"
    "Another chilling Norwegian thriller"
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    Would you listen to The Water's Edge again? Why?

    Probably not as I now know how the crimes occurred


    What other book might you compare The Water's Edge to and why?

    Like Karin Fossum's other novels this novel takes place in a small regional town in Norway, where a sexual assault and death of a young boy in the woods, then the disappearance of a second boy are investigated by police team Sejer and Skarre. A more chilling crime than most it makes many townsfolk rethink their attitudes to children and their security, and tests the endurance of their own relationships.


    What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

    Well read and paced.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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