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Sandy

Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.

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  • The Wire in the Blood: Tony Hill / Carol Jordan Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Tony Hill is asked by the Home Office to form a national task force of trained psychological profilers, a hit squad capable of moving in on particularly complex cases. He gives his new team the details of thirty missing teenagers and asks them to discover whether there is a sinister link between any of the cases. Only one officer, Shaz Bowman, comes up with a concrete theory. She is ridiculed by the rest of her group...until a killer murders and mutilates one of their number.

    Sandy says: "Well Narrated"
    "Well Narrated"
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    A book from the 90's when 'serial killers' were a popular suspense topic. Even though we have a good idea who the baddie may be, McDermid writes her story so well that the reader remains engaged, interested and curious. While this is a part of a series, you do not need to read/ listen to them all.
    'Wire in the Blood' became the title of a TV series based on McDermid's novels.
    In the days of hard copy reading, this story would have had me reading all night till I had finished. Having Michael Tudor Barnes doing the telling so well was a great bonus.
    For the squeamish, this does have some nasty bits, and rather than being just gory detail, the inclusion does add to the story.
    The 3 stars for story is from the distance of 2012 looking back, The writing style though as distinct from story would be a 4 or 5 star rating. Mc Dermid writes consistently well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John le Carré Value Collection: Tailor of Panama, Our Game, and Night Manager

    • ABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By John le Carré
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Night Manager: Enter the new world of post-Cold War espionage. Penetrate the secret world of ruthless arms dealers and drug smugglers who have risen to unthinkable power and wealth. Our Game: With the Cold War fought and won, British spymaster Tim Cranmer accepts early retirement to rural England and a new life with his alluring young mistress, Emma.... Tailor of Panama: Le Carre's Panama is a Casablanca without heroes, a hotbed of drugs, laundered money and corruption. It is also the country which on December 31, 1999, will gain full control of the Panama Canal.

    J. says: "Carre' reads Carre'"
    "you want to know what I think?"
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    LeCarre is who he is.
    love him or yawn stretch ' who'?

    Well I do love most of his yarns and have done for decades.
    for me to hear a favourite author read his own work is just bliss

    So I love Tolkien talk elfish.

    and
    in this audio
    My only grief is the story is abridged,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Crowded Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Martin Walker
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Life in south-west rural France is not the sleepy idyll you might suppose. Local duck and goose farms are being attacked by animal rights protestors attempting to halt the production of foie gras. A senior policeman has been shot by terrorists believed to be the Basque Separatists of ETA. And if that weren’t enough, a group of students have just unearthed a ‘modern’ skeleton during a dig at one of the ancient sites of this famous region and home to prehistoric man - a dig that has brought an influx of foreigners to the Dordogne.

    Sandy says: "Bill Wallis reading is the 'Icing on this Cake'"
    "Bill Wallis reading is the 'Icing on this Cake'"
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    The Narrator Bill Wallis makes this an enjoyable listen. Having heard other narrators read Mr Walker's Brubo books I have to think that if Bill is not reading I would rather the hard copy and read myself.

    Like many others I love the other faces of Bruno, his wine and cheese and odd description of a dish. his garden, his love affairs (without too much detail) and his yearning to be a Dad..
    These are charming stories and Bruno is very much his own man who loves his villiage and the people in it.

    The stories are better without the superman aspects, like jumping out of burning buildings, however I can live with that, as Bruno is such a likeable cop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness at the Wedding

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Simon Brett
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Carole Seddon's son is about to be married. But as plans for the big day get underway, Stephen's future parents-in-law, Marie and Harold, seem desperate to keep the affair as discreet as possible. Then, after a quiet engagement party, Harold disappears...only to be found dead the next day, in a burnt out car in Epping Forest. While the family try to deal with their grief, Carole discovers they are concealing secrets that can be traced back 30 years, to the murder of Marie's best friend.

    Sandy says: "Does anyone actually edit the remastering?"
    "Does anyone actually edit the remastering?"
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    OK it is nit picking, but if an old recording is remastered or rerecorded surely an editor is called for
    That is my biggest beef, and it really does spoil the quality of the perfprmance.

    Otherwise Simon Brett reads this charming early 'Feathering' story well. It was a pleasant exposure of Carol and had a gorgeous conclusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nixon's Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Roger Stone, Mike Colapietro
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Learn the inside scoop on Watergate, the Ford Pardon, and the 18-minute Gap. Roger Stone, The New York Times best-selling author of The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ, gives the inside scoop on Nixon’s rise and fall in Watergate in his new book Nixon’s Secrets. Stone charts Nixon’s rise from election to Congress in 1946 to the White House in 1968 after his razor-thin loss to John Kennedy in 1960, his disastrous campaign for Governor of California in 1962, and the greatest comeback in American Presidential history.

    Alan says: "Great book but...."
    "Oh Boy!"
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    There may be other bio out there on Nixon and I thought Roger Stone did a great job writing on LBJ, so I have been listening to this. Not a close listen, I'll do that later

    It is personal taste and I found I did not like the Stephen Hoye narration and that made listening a bit of an effort. A lot of the names, as important as they are were lost on me and I need a brief Who is Who beside me.
    Hoover certainly had his camera everywhere.
    This is more action packed than the Wild West.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Candidate

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Daniel Pembrey
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Nick Thorneycroft is a British headhunter working in Luxembourg. His company asks him to recruit a high-flying executive for the company's Russian business. The best candidate turns out to be smart, beautiful...and mysterious. Soon the effects of Russia’s political upheaval, and the arrival of an ex-girlfriend who won’t leave him alone, make Nick’s Luxembourg life increasingly perilous; worlds collide in this gripping, atmospheric tale.

    Sandy says: "look forward to more from this author on Audible"
    "look forward to more from this author on Audible"
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    Simon Vance is in top form.
    Engaging suspense

    but.... but it stopped with a 'then I woke up' ending.

    more experimental than a 'short story' story to my thinking. OK it added to the character, and not the story

    Now we know Daniel Pembrey can write, "bring it on" and do have Simon as narrator please.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Men's Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Oswald
    • Narrated By Ian Hanmore
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    Penguin presents the new unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Dead Men's Bones, the new gripping thriller from James Oswald. Morag Weatherly and her two young daughters have been shot by husband Andrew, an influential politician, before he turned the gun on himself. But what would cause a rich, successful man to snap so suddenly? For Inspector Tony McLean, this apparently simple but high-profile case leads him into a world of power and privilege.

    Sandy says: "saucy demon fails to recruit new sacrificial soul"
    "saucy demon fails to recruit new sacrificial soul"
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    Trust an ex British SAS soldier to be a hero. And one does wonder who else was in the club and who exactly are the dark angels and why Geordy thought.he was the target.

    The story lacks a kind of cohesion and is still lots of fun. I found myself keenly engaged and wanting to learn what comes next. The cat is wonderful. So is the Secret Service visitor.
    Very well read by Ian Hanmore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Foreign Country

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Charles Cumming
    • Narrated By Jot Davies
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Six weeks before she is due to take up her position as the first female head of MI6, Amelia Levene vanishes without a trace. Her disappearance is the gravest crisis MI6 has faced for more than a decade. There has been no ransom demand, no word from foreign intelligence services, and no hint of a defection. Should news of Levene’s disappearance leak out, the consequences would be catastrophic. But for disgraced MI6 officer Thomas Kell, the crisis offers a chance for redemption.

    Sandy says: "More please"
    "More please"
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    Top narration

    Great writing and good story

    I hope Audible manages to get more for us,from this author with Jot Davies reading for us.

    For now, avoid downloading any other than top format as part 2 seems to be lost on 4 and 3. I think I have 6 part 1 as I tried to get part 2 without avail.

    I enjoyed The Trinity Six and this is even better

    As Charles Cumming is a widely acclaimed author who is well respected, I am surprised that there are so few Audible listeners. It may reflect the great divide of the pond in storytelling even if the UK and US are much closer than people know in other ways.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natural Causes: An Inspector McLean Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By James Oswald
    • Narrated By Ian Hanmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of James Oswald's gripping new Inspector McLean crime thriller Natural Causes, read by the actor Ian Hanmore. A young girl's mutilated body is discovered in a sealed room. Her remains are carefully arranged, in what seems to have been a cruel and macabre ritual, which appears to have taken place over 60 years ago.For newly appointed Edinburgh Detective Inspector Tony McLean this baffling cold case ought to be a low priority - but he is haunted by the young victim and her grisly death.

    Sandy says: "Read well by Ian Hanmore"
    "Read well by Ian Hanmore"
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    Waiting on Audible to release 'dead men's bones' . book4.

    There are a couple of stories running through this series and they can be read or heard separately.
    Not brilliant 5 stars at this time, though I expect that if the series continue with the same reader, the series may rank high 4 or 5.

    Forget any Ian Rankin references from the reviewers/publishers.I am beginning to think quite a few reviewers are illiterate. (And have no idea why there will only ever be one Ian Rankin.) I get a tad sus whenever I read silly remarks like,,the new ,, etc.
    On the surface there is a fairly preictable plot, a current day Batman with an Alpha and a few good fellas and girls. Then read on.
    No shrinking rooms or damsels tied to railway tracks yet,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By R. D. Wingfield
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    A serial killer is terrorizing the senior citizens of Denton, and the local police are succumbing to a flu epidemic. In uncertain charge of the investigations is Detective Inspector Jack Frost, crumpled, slapdash, and foul-mouthed as ever. Trying to cope despite inadequate backup, but there is never enough time; the unsolved crimes pile up and the vicious killings go on.

    Sandy says: "really poor production"
    "really poor production"
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    hardly serious. with silly superiors. lots of crime, graveyard shifts in graveyards. granny slasher, greasy midnight meals and new partners.
    Just for fun, a low 3 star foggy frosty tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murphy's Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Colin Bateman
    • Narrated By Stephen Armstrong
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    If you found the person who brutally murdered a loved one, what would you do? Forgive and forget? Or take the law into your own hands? Detective Martin Murphy is the law and he's back with a vengeance.... Someone has started killing the killers - who just happen to have been under the surveillance of 'Confront', a support group for relatives of murder victims who believe that therapy conies through empowerment. Suspecting the group of revenge killings, Murphy goes undercover and joins them.

    Sandy says: "a lingering thinker of a story"
    "a lingering thinker of a story"
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    well 'no'
    I did not like this one too much and
    it is a very very good story

    After hearing this I wonder if I need to re listen to, re read my other Bateman stories.
    It is a well read provocative story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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