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  • Stone, Series 2: The Deserved Dead, Collateral Damage, The Bridge, The Night (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Danny Brocklehurst
    • Narrated By Hugo Speer
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A BBC Radio 4 detective series created and written by Danny Brocklehurst, starring Hugo Speer as Stone. This second series was originally broadcast in the ‘Afternoon Play’ slots from 29 September 2010 - 20 October 2010.In the first episode, ‘The Deserved Dead’, DCI John Stone and his team shake up the Bridgeton Estate when they embark upon an investigation into the brutal murder of a known sex offender.

    Susan says: "Great radio drama/mystery"
    "Great radio drama/mystery"
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    I'd never heard of this series before I bought it. Was just looking for "radio dramas." These police procedurals work surprisingly well. I thought the plots were more inventive than what you get in TV police dramas and had a nice, fast pace. The characters interact like real human beings, and the actors were excellent. Leave it to the BBC to keep good radio drama alive. This was a great surprise find for me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (7162)
    Performance
    (5077)
    Story
    (5061)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Horrible entry in solid series"
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    Have listened to about 5 or 6 Reacher novels and enjoyed all of them until I got to this one. So glad I didn't run into this one sooner (It was 2nd in the series) or I never would have listened to others. There are so many problems with this book I don't know where to begin. Nothing hangs together. Here are just a few examples: Characters are alternately smart or obtuse apparently based on the author's whim. The author goes on and on about what a small town the setting is, but Reacher has to explain to the drug store clerk that he's a stranger in town??? There's pressure to expose the bad guys by a certain deadline because some evidence will disappear--but according to the plot that Child constructed, the deadline just means the bad guys will go back to their old patterns of behavior,which means more evidence of the crime will be appearing regularly. So unless you're a diehard Reacher fan, skip this entry in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Predator

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tony Park
    • Narrated By Mark Davis
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Here's the first of best-selling author Tony Park's gripping thrillers to be published in audio by Bolinda."In a luxury private safari lodge in Kruger National Park, Detective Sergeant Tom Furey has just woken to a protection officer's worst nightmare. The VIP in his charge, British government minister, Robert Greeves, has been abducted. Knowing his career is on the line, Furey vows not to stop searching until Greeves is found - dead or alive.

    Beverley Zabow says: "Great book, enjoyable, despite the poor reading"
    "Nothing special"
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    Listened to this at 2X speed and even then the plot dragged and dragged in places. The only interesting part was the African settings. The narrator was competent, but the lead's woman voice was lower and sexier than the voice he did for the male lead, which was quite confusing during the dialogue sections.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    It was a case that haunts Bobby Dodge to this day - the case that nearly killed him and changed his life forever. Now, the gruesome discovery of six mummified corpses resurrects his worst nightmare: the return of a killer he thought dead and buried.

    Lisa says: "Hide"
    "Skip this for other Gardner books"
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    I've enjoyed many other Gardner books even with the contrived plotting, but this one was just ridiculous. **SPOILER ALERT** One victim targeted by two serial killers whose paths have crossed earlier in their lives??? I usually let authors get away with huge coincidences, but this was too much to swallow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jarrem Lee - Ghost Hunter - The Tollington Hall Case, The Ancient Burial Barrow, Lord Wentworth's Statue and Professor Taylor's Final Experiment: A Radio Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Gareth Tilly
    • Narrated By Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Meet Jarrem Lee, Ghost Hunter (or as he prefers to call it, a psychical detective). With the help of college student Arthur Bennett, he embarks on a series of spine tingling and exciting adventures in the world of the dead. Episode 1: "The Tollington Hall case" - Sir Frederick Carmichael asks Lee to visit Tollington Hall, where a ghost haunts the attic each night. Episode 2: "The Ancient Burial Barrow" - A demon is trying to escape from a grave discovered during an archaeological dig. Episode 03: "Lord Wentworths Statue" - A collector becomes obsessed with a strange statue that becomes more life-like each day.

    Susan says: "Abominable accents too distracting"
    "Abominable accents too distracting"
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    I have listened to other Colonial Radio Theater performances, including the Perry Mason series, which I enjoyed. But I had hard time following the plots here because the horrible, horrible British accents were too distracting. My advice: sample the audio before you purchase.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Holly and the Ivy (Classic Radio Theatre)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • By Wynyard Browne
    • Narrated By Stephen Murray, John Samson, Jane Knowles, and others
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A BBC Radio 4 production of Wynyard Browne’s classic play about a 1950s family homecoming at Christmas. It is Christmas Eve and the family are gathering at Reverend Martin Gregory’s Norfolk vicarage. A soldier son destined for Oxbridge, two elderly aunts with a passion for chatter, a cousin with a military background and a pair of daughters who are both hiding secrets join the vicar to celebrate the festive season.

    Susan says: "Doesn't quite pass the test of time"
    "Doesn't quite pass the test of time"
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    A mildly entertaining play. Performances were good. But the "scandal" driving the tension is so commonplace these days that it all seemed a lot of bother about nothing. Can see how it would have been much more impactful when it was first released. If, like me, you're a glutton for radio drama,the cheap price makes it worth it. But there are much better radio dramas out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silent in the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deanna Raybourn
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (334)

    Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

    Parusski says: "Happily surprised"
    "S-l-o-o-o-o-w moving, predictabe, poor narrator"
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    Interesting characters but the plot moved so slowly it got tiresome. To guess "whodunnit" in mystery novels, I always ask myself "who is the least likely culprit"... and I could tell very early in the novel that the author had chosen that old cliche to structure her plot. There are other pretensions in the novel that I found irritating as well, including the author's inexplicable need to break out of the first-person "real time" narrative at the end of many chapters to give omninous warnings ("Little did I realize...."). Also agree with other commentators that the lead character, as a married woman, would never have been addressed as "Lady Julia," which is the primary form of address used for her. I applaud the author's attempt to develop a realistic look at living conditions in Victorian England, but not the execution. Pick up a hard copy and skim through it on a cold rainy day, but avoid this audiobook. The narrator is awful. Her English accent for the main character is tolerable, but her other accents--Cockney, Scottish, French, gypsy--are horrible... what you might hear at a bad high school play. Haven't verified this, but I suspect she is American in part because I've never heard a British actress who was so bad at accents, and in part because she gives words like "clerk" and "privacy" their American pronunciations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Honourable Schoolboy (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    George Smiley has become acting chief of the Circus, but the credibility of the British Secret Service has been shattered. Smiley's adversary is Karla, the Soviet officer who masterminded the Circus's ruin. His battleground is Hong Kong and his choice of weapons is the Honourable Gerald Westerby. A brand new Radio 4 full cast dramatisation of the classic George Smiley novel by John le Carre, starring Simon Russell Beale. This is the sixth in the major new series of all eight George Smiley spy thrillers on radio.

    Susan says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
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    Haven't read or listened to any of le Carre's novels, but did hear a dramatization of a Murder of Quality, which I thought was quite good. In this one, I found the male voices to be awfully similar and I wasn't always sure who was speaking. Plotwise, I enjoyed the first half, but thought it degenerated into silliness with a ridiculously melodramatic ending. So I can't recommend this dramatization.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Borderline

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (167)

    While vacationing in Big Bend National Park, Anna and her new husband find themselves sucked into a riptide of danger and intrigue that surges from the Mexican desert to the Texas governor's mansion.

    W.Denis says: "Another hit"
    "Decent adventure, lousy mystery"
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    I'm surprised that an experienced writer like Barr couldn't do a better job of establishing a mystery in this book. I enjoyed the adventure aspects, but there's only one character who is described in a way that makes them an obvious suspect behind the murder--and it turns out they did it. So that means main character Anna P. spends a lot of time fretting over other possible suspects that we as readers/listeners know are good guys at heart. Having rescued a baby, she also spends an inordinate amount of time thinking "if I didn't have the baby, here's what I do..." and then makes other choices in the end. We get the point of this early on, and it's really overdone. If you want a book where you have to work to figure out whodunnit, choose something else. If you want to go along with Anna on another adventure, you'll probably enjoy this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deeper Than the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1431)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (812)

    Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn't yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer's escalating activity.

    John Wayne Tucker says: "A pleasant surprise"
    "Peyton Place meets Criminal Minds"
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    If you listen carefully to how the FBI profiler describes the serial killer--which is repeated several times in the book-- there's only one character who fits the description. I kept thinking there would be some twist at the end, but there wasn't. Agree with other comments that the book overdoes the "too bad we don't have DNA testing yet" kind of theme. And every single character has some sort of tragedy in their background. However, the narrator was terrific (never heard her before), so it was a fun listen. But not great plotting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Window: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (961)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (222)

    When Lincoln's estranged cousin Arthur Rhyme is arrested on murder charges, the case is perfect - too perfect. Forensic evidence from Arthur's home is found all over the scene of the crime, and it looks like the fate of Lincoln's relative is sealed.

    Audiophile says: "Long, Complex, and Good."
    "Be prepared to fast forward"
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    I've read and listened to a number of Deaver novels and like the Lincoln Rhyme/Amelia Sachs characters a lot. I didn't care for much of the plot devices here (e.g., we know all of Amelia's thoughts in detail until she comes face to face with the murderer and recognizes him immediately but suddenly we're not privy to that recognition).... Plus part of the audio is very tedious because the plot relies on reference to spreadsheets and the narrator has to go through all the columns and types of data ad nauseum. I'm also a little burnt out on having otherwise smart characters fall prey to the perpetrator through their own stupidity. That said, a mediocre Deaver is better than a lot of other books out there, but I'd suggest going hardcopy rather than audio for this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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