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Anna

Carcassonne, France

ratings
112
REVIEWS
21
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
4
HELPFUL VOTES
24

  • Night Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Clare Francis
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    His secret could win the war for the Allies, unless the Nazis get to him first... In the brutal chaos of the Second World War, three people find their lives inextricably interwoven in a web of courage, betrayal and love: Julie Lescaux, the young Englishwoman caught up in one of the most dangerous operations of the French Resistance; Paul Vasson, vicious Paris pimp turned Nazi collaborator; David Freymann, German scientist caught up in unimaginable horror, destined to lose everything except his faith in his own discovery.

    Anna says: "Excitement & history stretched a tiny bit too far"
    "Excitement & history stretched a tiny bit too far"
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    This is a beautifully written book with rich characterisation and a compelling plot. I really wanted to know what happened to the two main protagonists but I found the tale a little overlong and at times I felt it dragged. However the first class narration by Robert Powell kept me going and I was glad I did.
    This is a tale of war and adversity and the search for meaning and truth but it does not preach - it sweeps us along a thrilling path to a satisfying conclusion.
    Well worth the effort.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Time to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Alex Howard
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The kidnapping of a 12-year-old diabetic boy has blown the case of some missing children wide apart and the finger is pointing at the heart of the Met. Boss Corrigan sends in the only cop in his team who would care more about the life of a boy than about her own career. Detective Inspector Hanlon. And then he sends someone to spy on her.

    Anna says: "Timely and transfixing."
    "Timely and transfixing."
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    I really could not stop listening to this gripping thriller. Amazon lists this as the start of a series - I do hope so.
    DI Hanlon, "the face of post feminist policing", as a colleague describes her, is a complex and fascinating character - a cross between Boudicca and Superwoman. She may cut corners and dispense her own rough justice but we are behind her all the way. The plot is dark and sometimes deeply disturbing focusing as it does on institutional corruption and paedophilia but it is executed in an intelligent and un salacious manner and keeps the reader hooked until the end.
    Extremely well written and extremely well read - this is I hope a tantalizing foretaste of things to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Imogen Church
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    No. 23 has a secret. In this bedsit-riddled south London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, something waits to be discovered. Yet all six residents have something to hide. Collette and Cher are on the run; Thomas is a reluctant loner; while a gorgeous Iranian asylum seeker and a 'quiet man' nobody sees try to stay hidden. And watching over them all is Vesta - or so she thinks. In the dead of night, a terrible accident pushes the neighbours into an uneasy alliance. But one of them is a killer, expertly hiding their pastime, all the while closing in on their next victim....

    Anna says: "Excellent - more please!"
    "Excellent - more please!"
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    Gripping novel of colliding circumstances & lives.
    Fabulously eccentric and believable characters - well written and well narrated.
    What more could anyone want?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bones Beneath: A Tom Thorne Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mark Billingham
    • Narrated By Mark Billingham
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Tom Thorne is back in charge - but there's a terrifying price to pay. Stuart Nicklin, the most dangerous psychopath he has ever put behind bars, promises to reveal the whereabouts of a body he buried 25 years before. But only if Thorne agrees to escort him. Unable to refuse, Thorne gathers a team and travels to a remote Welsh island, at the mercy of the weather and cut off from the mainland. Thorne is determined to get the job done and return home before Nicklin can outwit them.

    Sam Q says: "A Tedious, Boring Disappointment"
    "Excellent Book Spoilt by Drab Narration."
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    Mark Billingham always delivers high quality, enjoyable fiction but he is not a good narrator.
    This could have been an outstanding listen but was severely diminished by drab lack lustre narration by the author.
    Excellent plot and though still enjoyable the monotonous drone of the reader really spoilt this for me. Next time use someone good like Paul Thornley.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Carrier

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sophie Hannah
    • Narrated By Julia Barrie
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When her plane is delayed overnight, Gaby Struthers finds herself forced to share a hotel room with a stranger: a terrified young woman named Lauren Cookson - but why is she scared of Gaby in particular? Lauren won't explain. Instead, she blurts out something about an innocent man going to prison for a murder he didn't commit, and Gaby soon suspects that Lauren's presence on her flight can't be a coincidence. Because the murder victim is Francine Breary, the wife of the only man Gaby has ever truly loved. Tim Breary has confessed, and even provided the police with evidence. The only thing he hasn't given them is a motive.

    Anna says: "A tour de force"
    "A tour de force"
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    This is an magnificent novel. Brilliantly crafted, excellent characterisation and with a plot that intrigues until the end. This is Sophie Hannah at the height of her powers - I was transfixed. Julia Barrie's narration is faultless. I defy any one who loves a psychological thriller not to enjoy this hugely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gilded Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Danny Miller
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Vince Treadwell investigates the seemingly unrelated murders of a playboy aristocrat from Belgravia and a young black nurse from the wrong side of town. It takes the detective to the illegal drinking dens of Notting Hill, the nightclubs of Soho and the exclusive gaming tables of the Montcler Club. As Vince Treadwell digs deeper he finds a world of espionage and corruption where the underworld mixes easily with the aristocracy and no one is innocent.

    Anna says: "Goddard back on form"
    "Goddard back on form"
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    I agree with the previous reviewer - this is Goddard at his best. Gripping from start to finish Plus excellent narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summertime Death

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Mons Kallentoft
    • Narrated By Jane Collingwood
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    As the temperature in Sweden reaches a record-breaking 45 degrees, forest fires break out. All those who have failed to escape Linköping for the summer take shelter indoors, shocked and paralysed by the heat. However, when a teenage girl is discovered naked and bleeding in the local park, it is clear that the raging heat is not the only plague affecting the town. Then a second girl is found dead. Alarmed by the fact that the victims are the same age as her daughter, Tove, detective Malin Fors will work round-the-clock to capture the perpetrator.

    Anna says: "Drivel"
    "Drivel"
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    There is little to recommend this drab little tale which suffers the double disadvantage of extremely poor authorship with bad translation.
    After a promising debut with Midwinter Sacrifice I was hoping for far more than this. The problem is that the author pads his tale with mind numbing trivia and the risable mental meanderings of his increasinly unattractive female lead, who manifests as an out of context Victorian hysteric with pseudo feminist pretensions.. That the whimpering, but allegedly "Brilliant", Malin has attained such an elevated position in the Swedish police force is hardly credible and the authors delusional portrayal of women does them no favours. Then there is the simpering chorus of the murdered young girls rattling away in the background like a swarm of prematurely senile wasps adding yet another meaningless dimension to this plastic confection.In addition there are worrying glimpses of very real sexism & racism in this shallow tome.
    Summertime Death is a fine example of, in Kallentofts own words,"the rapturous elevation of the mediocre and the uninteresting"
    The writing is truly abysmal and the author should be prosecuted for crimes against the simile.
    Scandanavian Crime Fiction has some stunning works, such as the books of Jo Nesbo & Henning Mankell - this execrable rambling is not among their number.
    Given the appaling material the female reader fits very well

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss Me Quick: A Vince Treadwell Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Danny Miller
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Set in Brighton over the bank-holiday weekend of 1964, an ambitious and handsome young detective named Vince Treadwell is sent down to solve a murder and catch the elusive and powerful gangster Jack Regent. In the tangled web of the crime, Vince falls for Jack's beautiful girlfriend, Bobbie LaVita, and discovers the truth about their own dark past.

    Anna says: "Slow Burner"
    "Slow Burner"
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    This splendid Noir novel starts slowly and builds into a deeply satisfying tale of seedy 1960's Britain. The sexual proclivities of the Establishment highlighted in scandals such as the Profumo Affair is the fulcrum around which an emerging post war liberalism is explored.
    The central character is a real fallible human being struggling in a largely corrupt police force and is very likeable.
    The narrator Paul Thornley was perfect, although a little research on pronunciation of unfamiliar words would not have gone amiss.
    I can only hope for more well crafted works by Danny Miller - I was hooked.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Requiem

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Clare Francis
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The idyllic Scottish home of ex-rock star Nick MacKenzie and his exotic wife Alusha is a haven of peace and security. Until the day a small plane with a deadly chemical cargo flies off course. In the tragic aftermath, Daisy Field, environmental campaigner, picks up the trail. She’s determined to fight the ’profits before safety’ attitude of the agrochemical industry. But to win she needs Nick’s millions, and Nick is facing difficulties of his own.

    karen says: "Requiem"
    "A roller coaster read"
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    At 24 hours plus this may be a tad long for some people but I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this novel. The reader was excellent and the combination of this and first rate writing and plot made for a rich and satisfying experience. The characters as always with Clare Francis are skillfully and sensitively wrought and the plot tight and complex.
    The lure of Francis is that she spirits us away to a new milieu which is always enthrallingly dangerous.
    Top Notch!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exposed

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Liza Marklund
    • Narrated By India Fisher
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Trainee journalist Annika Bengtzon has secured a summer placement at Sweden’s biggest tabloid newspaper. She’s desperate for this to be her big break, although manning the tip-off phoneline isn’t quite what she had in mind… Until a caller tells her that the naked body of a young woman has been found in a nearby cemetery. As she pieces together details of the young woman’s life, Annika stumbles across video footage that places the main suspect hundreds of miles from the crime scene, right at the time of the murder. Are the police looking for the wrong man?

    Anna says: "Abysmal - don't waste your money!"
    "Abysmal - don't waste your money!"
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    Buyer beware – this is not crime fiction it is very bad chick lit more suitable for a comic strip aimed at the early teens.
    It is yet another leap onto the very lucrative Scandinavian gravy train started by real intelligent writers such as Henning Mankel & Jo Nesbo. As in the case of the execrable Camilla Lackberg, Liza Marklunds heroine is a vacuous, self-pitying ninny. She feels sick, she has a slight headache, she feels dizzy, thirsty zzzzz….. She cries because she has her period and has forgotten to buy tampons, although we know she has sanitary towels in her handbag because we have been told so earlier in this infuriating travesty of literature. She is a dreadful narcissistic, arrogant and stupid monstrosity - Bridget Jones meets Heidi’s idiot sister.
    I mention the plot last because it is a drab and unattractively flaccid thing hardly worth a mention. Like a bad piece of knitting it is full of holes and loose ends and has not been constructed with any semblance of care.
    Miss Marklund has peppered her book with pretentious pseudo intellectual moralising on the ethics of journalism in an attempt; presumably to con us into thinking we have not wasted our time and money. She also has a nauseating go at some Freudian descriptions of perverted sex and the odd bit of lyricism such as, ”the rain hung like a wet curtain outside”
    Yet again another deplorable effort has made its way on to the printed page. How?
    The reader is not bad but it's a chick lit voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Knife Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Adam Paul
    • Narrated By Seán Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In London, a newly-arrived Kurdish immigrant is brutally murdered by Turkish people-traffickers. The dead man’s wife, Irena, flees to East Anglia where she disappears into the murky world of illegal foreign workers. Reporter Joe Verdi goes undercover as a migrant worker to try to find Irena. But he’s not the only one looking for her – the Turks are also on her trail. Meanwhile, Joe’s colleague, Elli Mason, is following up the story of a typhoid outbreak. Three people have contracted the disease and the only link between them is a supermarket chain.

    Anna says: "Gripping Stuff"
    "Gripping Stuff"
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    This is unputdownable fiction with an uncomfortable storyline.
    The central character, a journalist, falls into the plot of a potential scoop. He puts his life on the line to get to the bottom of a series of callous executions and in doing so transforms the lives of those around him.
    This novel exposes the heavy human and moral cost of cheap supermarket food but in an un preachy way. I was nailed to my metaphorical seat from start to finish. Beautifully written by Adam Paul whose characters breathe life into the tale and impeccably narrated as ever by Sean Barrett

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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