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  • The Vanishing Point

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Antonia Beamish
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    thriller with a nightmare scenario: a parent who loses her child in a bustling international airport. Young Jimmy Higgins is snatched from an airport security checkpoint while his guardian watches helplessly from the glass inspection box. But this is no ordinary abduction, as Jimmy is no ordinary child. His mother was Scarlett, a reality TV star who, dying of cancer and alienated from her unreliable family, entrusted the boy to the person she believed best able to give him a happy, stable life: her ghost writer, Stephanie Harker.

    Brock says: "So close to being great"
    "Just when you think you have it figured, you don't"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it has twists and turns and the ultimate turn leaves you going "what!"


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vanishing Point?

    The last chapter


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the abduction, It had the feeling of the raw emotions that were running through the main character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    As above, the abduction scene.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the download.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cage of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Tania Carver
    • Narrated By Martyn Waites
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Into the house. Down the stairs. Through the dripping dark of the cellar. Someone is there. Someone that shouldn't be there. As a building awaits demolition, a horrifying discovery is made inside the basement: a cage made of human bones - with a terrified, feral child lurking within. Unbeknownst to DI Phil Brennan and psychologist Marina Esposito, they have disturbed a killer who has been operating undetected for 30 years. A killer who wants that boy back.

    But the cage of bones is also a box of secrets - secrets linking Brennan to the madman in their midst.

    Janie says: "certainly is a thriller......"
    "Very well narrated,"
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    If you could sum up Cage of Bones in three words, what would they be?

    edge of seat


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cage of Bones?

    The twists and turns that constantly occur throughout the book. You are lead to think the direction is one way and then are disabused of that notion.


    What about Martyn Waites’s performance did you like?

    Very well narrated, though the acent drifted all around the north east of England at times. However the overal naration was superb, certainly an edge of seat performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes but I can't say without ruining a major plot line.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first Tania Carver novel I have listened to, but I can guarantee it won't be the last.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1681)
    Performance
    (1456)
    Story
    (1416)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Melinda says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "Yet another success"
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    What made the experience of listening to Creole Belle the most enjoyable?

    Will Patton's naration, I almost have to stop and look round to see if there are any alligators in the swamp.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like twists and turns and this had some good ones.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wire in the Blood: A Tony Hill & Carol Jordan Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (198)

    Across the country, dozens of teenage girls have vanished. It's the job of criminal profilers Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan to look for a pattern. They've spent years exploring the psyches of madmen. But sane men kill, too. And when they hide in plain sight, they can be difficult to find. He's handsome and talented, rich and famous - a notorious charmer with the power to seduce...and the will to destroy. No one can fathom what he's about to do next.

    connie says: "I think I get McDermid now: Kate Millet of crime?"
    "Nice to go back"
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    Where does The Wire in the Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 15%, If you consider when it was written, it would be a lot higher. It was the first Val Mcdermid book I ever read and has lead to a long and happy succession of others.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wire in the Blood?

    The twists and turns of the plot.


    What about Michael Tudor Barnes’s performance did you like?

    Does the characters very well, and kept the impetus of the story going.


    Any additional comments?

    I do find Dr. Hill's comment very worth a chuckle now and again, sort of a deadpan, grave humor, no pun intended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Retribution

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (101)

    World-class crime writer Val McDermid has sold millions of copies of her books worldwide. In The Retribution, clinical psychologist Tony Hill and detective Carol Jordan face a terrifying reality: Serial killer Jacko Vance has escaped imprisonment - and appears hell-bent on revenge against those who put him behind bars.

    Ruth says: "Very disappointed"
    "The end did seem rather sudden"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Retribution the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was excellent


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really, I prefer to sip rather than quaff books, but that is a personal preference.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the plot, enjoyed going back to revisit an earlier episode and found the majority of the book enjoyable. It is a measure of how engrossing the characters are when you start thinking that they need shaking and some strong advice next time you see them, until you remember this is fiction. I did, however find the ending somewhat truncated and unsatisfcatory. No point in revealing it but it was a bit predictable. Still very enjoyable on the whole though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mermaids Singing

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Graham Roberts
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (381)

    The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield. Enlisted to investigate is criminal psychologist Tony Hill. Even for a seasoned professional, the series of mutilation sex murders is unlike anything he's encountered before. But profiling the psychopath is not beyond him. Hill's own past has made him the perfect man to comprehend the killer's motives. It's also made him the perfect victim. A game has begun for the hunter and the hunted.

    Barbara says: "Not for the squeamish"
    "Nice to be able to go back to the begining"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Mermaids Singing the most enjoyable?

    You just get caught up in the twists and turns of the plot and the characters


    Which character – as performed by Graham Roberts – was your favorite?

    Tony


    Any additional comments?

    I read the book many years ago and now I get to liten to itwhen driving on a long comute. It has not lost the ability to draw me in and it was nice to be able to listen to the start of the series again.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1208)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (897)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "outstanding"
    Overall

    This is an outstanding novel and very well read, nice twists and turns and a satisfactory conclusion. Very well worth the download

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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