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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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  • A Reconstructed Corpse

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Simon Brett
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Charles Paris’ acting career plumbs new depths when he takes the part of a possible murder victim in ‘Public Enemies’, a true-crime television series. Finding himself in a bizarre world somewhere between police procedure and showbiz, Charles is inexorably drawn into the investigation... especially after the dismembered limbs start turning up. The viewers of ‘Public Enemies’ get caught up in the macabre jigsaw puzzle of death; it is ghastly, of course, but it does make good television.

    Sandy says: "Dont let my rating fool you"
    "Dont let my rating fool you"
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    I love Simon Brett's stories. Just some are better than others.

    Having an often 'just resting between parts' actor as our hero is good fun. So too are many of the one liners . Usually there is at very least a smile or an " I must remember that one".

    This time Charles is working on a TV set for a crime show where he gets to meet a few coppers and learns of their departmental politics, as well as surviving the self important crew fom 'Bob's Your Uncle Productions'.

    And as much as I also enjoy the Charles Paris BBC plays, I like Simon Brett reading his stories too.
    If you emjoy British humour and quirky murders, chances are you would enjoy Simon Brett as an author .All up a very pleasant change of pace after a work out on adrenaline inducing stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinner's Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated By James Bryce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    As head of Edinburgh’s CID, Detective Chief Superintendent Bob Skinner has seen it all…but even he is shocked by the savagely mutilated corpse discovered in a dark alleyway. The victim is identified as a successful young lawyer, and the motive for the brutal death remains a mystery. Then further seemingly random killings in the city begin to suggest a vicious serial killer on the rampage. But when the lawyer’s fiancée is also murdered, Skinner realises that someone is in deadly earnest.

    Sandy says: "series starts here"
    "series starts here"
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    do check the UK reviews.

    Police procedural, more at the higher end and involving different departments.

    It reads a little like a series intended for a tv show as the story does have natural breaks where there is a resolution and then kicks off in a new direction.
    Skinner is an over the top hero who is not really lovable.

    There are a few plot weaknesses, when the whole story is considered. The introduction of the diplomatic and secret service is actually quite good as it does highlight the difference between English and Scotish law.

    Not a bad listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    May, 1982. Britain celebrates the sinking of the Belgrano, Jimmy Savile has the run of the airwaves and Denton Police Division welcomes its first black policeman, DC Waters -- recently relocated from Bethnal Green. While the force is busy dealing with a spate of local burglaries, the body of fifteen-year-old Samantha Evans is discovered in woodland next to the nearby railway track. Then a fifteen-year-old boy is found dead on Denton's golf course, his organs removed.

    Sandy says: "The 'Ghost' writer is better"
    "The 'Ghost' writer is better"
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    James Henry does a decent Frost story and Stephen Thorne is the better reader..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dance of the Seagull

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Inspector Montalbano is awake at dawn, sitting on his porch, when his attention is caught by a seagull that falls from the sky, performing a strange dance, before lying down to die. Montalbano is perplexed by what he has witnessed and the scene hangs over him like an omen. About to depart for a holiday with his girlfriend Livia, Montalbano makes a quick trip to the police station to tie up loose ends. But when his dear colleague Fazio is discovered missing, Montalbano instead launches a desperate search for his lost friend....

    Sandy says: "Thanks to Oakhill Publishing and Daniel Philpott"
    "Thanks to Oakhill Publishing and Daniel Philpott"
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    I may prefer Sean Barrett as the narrator, as he does have a real skill with European stories, however having read and enjoyed so many of Camilleri novels my ear still hears the humour. And Daniel Philpott does a fair iob.

    An inspector of police based in Sicily must have a sense of humour. Our aging Inspector is growing weary of the horrors he encounters and still needs to manoeuver around and through the endemic political corruption to achieve a just result. True to form when one of his men goes missing his plans for a few days and nights with Livia are forgotten.

    A good story well read.

    I do hope Oakhill continue to publish more Camilleri

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pyramids and the Pentagon: The Government's Top Secret Pursuit of Mystical Relics, Ancient Astronauts, and Lost Civilizations

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nick Redfern
    • Narrated By Peter Jude
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    The Pyramids and the Pentagon is a detailed study of how and why government agencies have, for decades, taken a clandestine and profound interest in numerous archeological, historical, and religious puzzles. Focusing primarily upon the classified work of the U.S. Government, The Pyramids and the Pentagon invites you to take a wild ride into the fog-shrouded past.

    Sandy says: "misleading"
    "misleading"
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    With Redfern as author I was expecting so much more.And Why? an American reader?

    Miost of this is a series of statements of 'the bleeding obvious'.

    If you have been in a coma or solitary confinement for 50 years then this a quick expensive update
    To be fair, I did learn a little more about Radar in the 50's and the ET request to have British minders.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Design for Living

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 45 mins)
    • By Noel Coward
    • Narrated By Douglas Weston, Hamish Linklater, Claire Forlani
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Three terminally stylish friends, who share rivalrous affections, attempt to uncoil their twisted love triangle in this sexy and scandalous gem. Written in 1932, the play was deemed extremely daring, and even by today's standards is considered controversial. In its frank and funny take on sex, love, and commitment, Design for Living proves to be one of Coward's greatest successes.

    Sandy says: "Loved the design"
    "Loved the design"
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    Having not seen or read this play before, I loved it.

    And for my money $5.00 is not too high a price. I will now be looking out for a live performance and I do expect it will be an amateur theatre group who puts it on.

    First performed in the US in 1933.
    It does evoke the 1930's and I imagine it would be great fun and a challenge to perform well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Moving Finger

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Richard E Grant
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Of poison pens and poisoning: a gripping Miss Marple mystery. Lymstock is a town with more than its share of shameful secrets - a town where even a sudden outbreak of anonymous hate-mail causes only a minor stir. But all that changes when one of the recipients, Mrs Symmington, commits suicide. Her final note said ‘I can't go on'. Only Miss Marple questions the coroner's verdict of suicide. Was this the work of a poison-pen? Or of a poisoner?

    Sandy says: "An early Christie"
    "An early Christie"
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    And not a lot of Miss M, though she does show up with her knitting.

    I did find myself wondering 'who did it?' when my main suspect was ruled out, only to be reinstated later.

    Richard E Grant did read quite nicely thank you. A few fluffs at times though that really did not detract very much, More perhaps that a real live person was reading me a story and that is always a treat.

    All up a lovely Christie I had never read before and enjoyed very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Late Monsieur Gallet: Inspector Maigret, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Georges Simenon, Anthea Bell (translator)
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    George Simenon's devastating tale of misfortune, betrayal and the weakness of family ties, translated by Anthea Bell. Instead of the detail filling itself in and becoming clearer, it seemed to escape him. The face of the man in the ill-fitting coat just misted up so that it hardly looked human. In theory this mental portrait was good enough, but now it was replaced by fleeting images which should have added up to one and the same man but which refused to get themselves into focus.

    Sandy says: "This one lingers in the mind"
    "This one lingers in the mind"
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    I expect I will up this to a 5 rating after a second listen

    From the local Inspector's dismissal of this 'most uninteresting murder' and Maigret's expectation of a routine investigation to Maigret's report on the murder we are truly led through a shifting mirage.

    Set in 1930 France, there is both careful investigating and world weariness as counterpoints. As listener you may well guess this and that but for me the story is in the story. It is in the homes, the hotel rooms, the bars and restaurants, the streets. trains, bridges and the people who are moved through the investigation.

    So there is no great car race. shooting spree or jumping out of tall buildings but an unfolding of the why and how. The truth does come out of the shadows and the story lingers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon's Fire: Gideon of Scotland Yard, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Creasey
    • Narrated By Hugh Kermode
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Commander George Gideon of Scotland Yard has to deal successively with news of a mass murderer, a depraved maniac, and the deaths of a family in an arson attack on an old building south of the river. This leaves little time for the crisis developing at home...Master crime fiction writer John Creasey's near 600 titles have sold more than 80 million copies in over 25 languages under both his own name and ten other pseudonyms. His style varied with each identity and led to him being regarded as a literary phenomena.

    Sandy says: "entertaining"
    "entertaining"
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    Written under the pseudonym 'J. J. Marric', John Creasy won the MWA Edgar award for Best Novel in 1962 for this story.

    It follows a few days in the life of Gideon, and to me reads more like a crime, police procedural. We also get to glimpse a cross section of the crims his Section in ScotlandYard is following.
    It is an interesting take on the early 1960's and very well read by Hugh Kermode.

    In future when I am looking for an entertaing crime fiction story I expect I will try a few more in this Series.

    Some of the crimes are anything but friendly or funny and, there is light humour and humanity as Gideon keeps up the pace in difficult times.

    Maybe a fireside or beach listen

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City of Veils

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Zoe Ferraris
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In the maze of narrow streets, a faceless killer hides... The burkha-clad body of a young woman is discovered on the grimy sands of Jeddah beach. Investigating policeman Osama Ibrahim, forensic scientist Katya Hijazi and her friend, the strictly devout Bedouin guide Nayir Sharqi join forces to search out the truth in the scorching city streets and the vast, lethal emptiness of the desert beyond.

    Sarah says: "enjoyable read"
    "refreshing"
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    This work sits in Contemporary Fiction, yet it a suspense and murder mystery too.

    Beautifully narrated by Jonathan Keeble. I had read this a few years ago and have found the narration by Jonathan has given the story another dimension.
    Some characters are almost thunbnail sketches and some are so finely detailed and others are given an Impressionist's brush. They all fit well together.
    This is Zoe Ferraris' second book set in Saudi Arabia that I have read.

    I do hope Zoe Ferraris continues to write and that her books become available through Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dead Man in Barcelona

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael Pearce
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    Barcelona in 1912 is a city still recovering from the dramatic incidents of the so-called 'Tragic Week' when Catalan conscripts bound for the unpopular war in Spanish Morocco had rebelled at the city's dockside against the royalist forces. In the fighting many were killed and afterwards even more were thrown into prison. Including an Englishman, who was later found dead in his cell.

    Sandy says: "An unexpected good story"
    "An unexpected good story"
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    I have enioyed a few other of Pearce's novels, and I was not expecting a lot from this one.
    Mantle is not my favourite narrator for his stories about 'A Dead Man in....'

    It was a most interesting plot and well read.

    No car chases or superpersons or steamy sexual descriptions, the light hearted humour is still there and there is a mystery...who did kill cock robin?.. and why!

    Set in Europe before The Great War. Seymore is sent to Gibralter and Barcelona superficially to investigate theft of Naval Stores while he tries to learn why and how an Englishman died in a Spanish Prison.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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