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  • Fallen: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Jennifer Woodward
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (12)

    On an ordinary spring day, Special Agent Faith Mitchell of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation returns home to a nightmare. Expecting to find her mother minding Faith’s new baby daughter Emma, she is horrified to discover Emma locked in the shed, her mother’s safe open, her gun missing and a trail of blood to the front door. Without waiting for back-up, Faith enters the house to a scene of carnage. It has been torn apart and a man lies dead in a pool of blood.

    jackson says: "Not one of her best"
    "Not one of her best"
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    I love Karin Slaughter's books and think it would be impossible for her to write badly, but this one didn't grab me. Maybe it is the focus on different characters than is the norm. Maybe it is the setting of gangs in Atlanta. Maybe it is the fact that some characters made me feel repulsed. Maybe it is the rather confusing plot. Maybe it is a mix of all of those plus the fact the narrator's delivery in a high pitched perky voice. I didn't hate this one but didn't love it either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger House

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    For years, the Stranger House has stood in the village of Illthwaite, offering refuge to travellers. People like Sam, a brilliant young mathematician, who believes that anything that can't be explained by maths isn't worth explaining. And Miguel, a historian running from a priests' seminary, who sees ghosts. Sam is an experienced young woman, Miguel a 26-year-old virgin.

    Jennifer says: "an OK read"
    "Not one of his best"
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    Absolutely loved The Woodcutter and many of the Dalziel books, but I had to force myself to stick with this one all the way through. I'm not sure how much of the problem is attributable to the Writer and how much to the Narrator but the story doesn't gell. I guess it would be best described as a local history book, but it is fairly slow moving. I also had to go and check when it was written as it felt rather like a 1930s book that had been jarringly updated by mentioning laptops, sex and mobile phones at random moments. As it turns out, it is indeed written and set in current times but is an odd blend that feels very out of date. The central characters are meant to be in their 20s but as depicted they are implausible and the characterisation is wooden and does not get beyond caricature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vanishing Point

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Antonia Beamish
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Five-year-old Jimmy Higgins is brazenly snatched from the middle of a busy airport; but this is no ordinary kidnapping. Jimmy’s mother is Scarlett, a reality TV star who, dying of cancer, entrusted the boy to her friend Stephanie Harker. Now Stephanie, reaching into the past to discover the motive behind the abduction, soon encounters a shocking tale of murder and conspiracy, and is faced by the most difficult choice of her life.

    jackson says: "95% great"
    "95% great"
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    It's a bit of a challenge fairly rating a book that is fantastic nearly all the way through, but right at the end the writer drops the bundle and delivers a truly silly finale. My overall feeling about it is 'extremely enjoyable book.... but....'. The narration is brilliant. I'll be looking out for this narrator in the future. She's up there with the best and springs the characters into vibrant life. Writing wise, full points to Val McDermid for a wonderfully lively book that is very different from any other of her books. It isn't a crime novel, instead she focuses on the world of reality tv. It isn't a book with a lot of tension, but it's very enjoyable. Thoroughly worth hearing, but unfortunately let down by the implausible end which sounded like the writer ran out of time or ideas for finishing the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Autumn Killing: Malin Fors, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mons Kallentoft, Neil Smith (translator)
    • Narrated By Jane Collingwood
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    It is Autumn in Linköping and the heavens have opened, but not even these biblical rains can wash away the blood of crimes, past and present. Then the brutally-stabbed body of self-made Internet billionaire Jerry Petersson is discovered floating face down in the moat surrounding his home, the imposing Skogså Castle. Malin Fors, the brilliant but flawed star of the Linköping police force, is already struggling to keep her life together following the recent murder attempt on her teenage daughter, Tove.

    jackson says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
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    I've read the other books in this series and quite enjoyed them. The focus of the writer is normally as much on the emotions of the main character, Malin Fors, as on the crime at hand. In this book, however, the writer goes way too far in one direction. The book is mainly about Malin Fors' descent into alcoholism whilst giving up on every other aspect of her life. And boy, does the character wallow and moan! I was starting to loathe the main character within about 15 minutes and it didn't improve. I was hanging out for the crime novel elements but they were few and far between. The narrator does a game job but you can't turn a sow's ear into a silk purse. The other books are far better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nightmare

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lars Kepler
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    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.

    jackson says: "Thoroughly entertaining"
    "Thoroughly entertaining"
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a thoroughly entertaining scandi-crime tale. Very much in the Jo Nesbo mould (without the serial killers and with a more politically related storyline). There are some implausabilities every now and again but overall it is a rollicking and highly enjoyable story. Sean Barrett is one of my favourite narrators and he does another great job to boot.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Look Back

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karin Fossum
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Beneath the imposing Kollen Mountain lies a small village where the children run in and out of one another's houses and play unafraid in the streets. But the sleepy village is like a pond through which not enough water runs - beneath the surface it is beginning to stagnate. When a naked body is found by the lake at the top of the mountain, its seeming tranquillity is disturbed forever. Enter Inspector Sejer, a tough, no-nonsense policeman whose own life is tinged by sadness.

    jackson says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This was the first Karin Fossum book I've read and I enjoyed it so much I'm going to give the others a go. A very enjoyable, very well written book. If you enjoy Scandinavian crime fiction and writers such as Henning Mankell, you will like this - it has the Inspector Wallender novels feel about it. It has that calm aura whilst being engrossing. And David Rintoul is an excellent narrator - very engaging. He has that valuable attribute of making it more like hearing a play than listening to someone reading a book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Misterioso: Intercrime, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Arne Dahl, Tiina Nunnally (translator)
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    After successfully - but bloodily - dismantling a complicated hostage situation at a bank in the suburbs of Stockholm, Detective Paul Hjelm is faced with the requisite investigation by Internal Affairs. It is a potentially career-ending inquiry, but he is plucked out of it by the National Criminal Police commissioner, who drops him into an elite task force of officers assembled from across the country to find an elusive killer with a sophisticated modus operandi and even more sophisticated tastes.

    jackson says: "Terrific"
    "Terrific"
    Overall

    I totally enjoyed this book and hope they hurry up with the rest of the series, I'll be getting them all. It is very well written, kept my interest and you start to get a real feel for the cast of characters. The narration is terrific. I've never heard John Lee before but I'll be looking out for him in future. If you like Scandinavian crime fiction, this won't disappoint.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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