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  • Luck and Judgement

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 3
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787

When a worker goes missing from a North Sea gas platform, there seem to be just two possible explanations - it was a tragic accident or a suicide. It does not take Smith and his detectives long, however, to discover that James Bell led a double life back onshore in Kings Lake, a life complicated enough to make him at least one dangerous enemy. Before the case can be unraveled, Smith must get a new team working together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected, very good series

  • By Katie on 02-10-17

Book 3 in Series and Not Let Down Yet

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I love this series and the characters, especially DC Smith. I feel like I am visiting good friends now that I am into the third book. The wit of the characters and cleverness of the mysteries keep me going. Usually when you get further into a police procedural series, you start to spot the weaknesses of the author. I have not been able to identify a single one as I am never bored and am constantly thinking about getting back to it. This series of books has been great for my exercise routine as I have gone much longer so that I can continue with the story.

Gildart Jackson is the perfect narrator for this series. He makes me feel like I am in the room where the story is happening.

When I say I feel like the characters are friends, it is the same feeling I get when I listen to stories by Michael Connelly, Adrian McKinty, Louise Penny and Craig Johnson. I want to find out what is going in with the lives of the characters as much as I want to figure out the mystery.

I wish Peter Grainger would publish actual books of this series as my father (who won't use a Kindle or Audible) would love them. Thanks for a great experience. Keep writing!

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,041
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,029

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series. West Cork is FREE through May 9, 2018.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Tale!

  • By Paula on 03-11-18

Podcast - Not an Audiobook

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-18

It's not bad, but it felt like I was listening to a "Dateline" episode. You would think that is great since I love to watch "Dateline", but I found that the visual story is as necessary as the audio. I finished at the middle of the listen and haven't wanted to go back.

To those that don't mind a Podcast, several reviews suggest it will be enjoyable. I can't get past my preference for listening to a well-developed book.

  • The Sea Detective

  • By: Mark Douglas-Home
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255

Cal McGill is an Edinburgh-based oceanographer, environmentalist and one-of-a-kind investigator. Using his knowledge of the waves - ocean currents, prevailing winds, shipping records - McGill can track where objects came from or where they've gone. It's a skill that can help solve mysteries ranging from disappearances to murder. Two severed feet wash up on two different islands off the coast of Scotland. Forensics shows that the feet belong to the same body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply a great book

  • By William Michael Dunn on 04-10-16

Different View of Solving Crimes

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-18

I can't say I have ever given a thought to Oceanography being a useful tool in solving crimes, but I am convinced now. The pacing of the story is excellent as I was never bored. That surprised me as this is more of a character driven mystery story with few thrills. It was smart and I learned some interesting facts about how tides, streams are useful in pinpointing where a body on a beach is matched to a location in the ocean. Fascinating.

I don't want you to think this story is boring -- it is just a slow build-up -- but each step is interesting. The main character, Cal McGill, follows a story about his grandfather that ended up being my favorite thread through multiple storylines.

The narration was fine. I am happily ordering the second book in the series today.

  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,941
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,929

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

IQ - Sherlock Holmes living in the Hood

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-18

I loved it - loved it!!! When I am listening to a good mystery or police procedural, I have to admit that I am not usually finding something original. I love the mystery genre, but most stories are familiar in some way. This story and character, IQ, are so original and captivating. I literally could not stop listening. I found every excuse to find more time to listen. IQ has been living in my brain for several days after completion of the story. He is a character I want to know much better. I am ordering the 2nd book in the series today.

The narrator, Sullivan Jones, is very talented. He is the type of narrator where I would easily buy an audiobook just to hear how he interprets it.

If you live near Long Beach or Los Angeles, you will enjoy the location references. If you don't like frequent bad language, you need to find another choice for your next listen. I don't usually seek out stories that are set in "the hood", but I have been wrong and will remedy that immediately.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,710

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

The Best - Beyond Description it is so good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-18

I won't give anything away because it is so clever and different with twist after twist. If you enjoy an Agatha Christie / Poirot type story, this is even better. I loved it and dreaded getting to the end of the story. I haven't felt that way about a book in a long time.

Did I guess the outcome? No way, but the solution made sense and I was very satisfied with the outcome.

If you love a good whodunit, police procedural, you have to get this audiobook. Beautifully narrated.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Rising Man

  • By: Abir Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, Wyndham has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force. He is immediately overwhelmed by the heady vibrancy of the tropical city, but with barely a moment to acclimatize or to deal with the ghosts that still haunt him, Wyndham is caught up in a murder investigation that threatens to destabilize a city already teetering on the brink of political insurgency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warning - Same book was issued May 5, 2016

  • By Katharine on 07-04-17

Debut of a 1919 Colonial Calcutta Detective Series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-18

I will start off by saying I will definitely get the second book in this series and look forward to using a credit for it. This is despite this debut story in a new crime series not meeting my expectations. I think the pacing was too slow and my mind wondered too much. I am optimistic that the next story will be better.

I did enjoy parts of this audiobook though. The characters were written so that I cared about them. That would include Captain Wyndham, a former Scotland Yard detective that has just moved to colonial India. Sergeant Banerjee is a newly promoted Calcutta detective with excellent instincts. I wish the book had been from Banerjee's point of view instead of Wyndham's since it was interesting to see how the English treated the native citizens of India. The history in the story carried me to the end of the story.

Without question, the narration by Mark Williams was excellent.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Moth Catcher

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

Life seems perfect in the quiet community of Valley Farm. Then a shocking discovery shatters the silence. The owners of a big country house have employed a house sitter, a young ecologist, to look after the place while they're away. But his dead body is found by the side of the lane - a lonely place to die. When DI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene, she finds the body of a second man. What the two victims seem to have in common is a fascination with studying moths - and with catching these beautiful, intriguing creatures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much More Than A "Procedural"

  • By Chalis on 10-31-16

My favorite in the series so far

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-17

I enjoy Ann Cleeves writing whether it is the Vera Stanhoe or Shetland series. This is probably my favorite book so far. Highly recommended!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Glass Houses

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,259

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Balm Of Community

  • By Sara on 01-28-18

Louise Penny is a Brilliant Writer

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-17

I have thoroughly enjoyed the Louise Penny books and love the main characters, especially Inspector Gamache. This story is set in Three Pines and has drug smuggling as the main topic, but you will be fascinated by the history on the Spanish cobradors that is woven into the story. I won't spoil the surprise, but this topic had me searching the internet for more information. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is that there are better books in this series.

The ending is dark and while it covers all the loose ends for the mystery, there are some unknowns about the main characters that will have to be resolved in the next book. I did not guess the murderer, but found it very believable. I could have figured it out with the clues provided. I am amused for not being more clever, but that is the fun of reading a whodunit.

After the story is complete, be sure to listen to the interview with Louise Penny. It was very informative as she talked about her life and inspiration for this story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • But for the Grace

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 2
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809

When another resident of the Rosemary House care home is found dead in her chair one Saturday evening in December, no one is very surprised - not until the results of a routine post-mortem reveal something extraordinary. Sergeant DC Smith and his team have to tread carefully as they investigate what took place, and Smith himself has to confront some difficult memories. Others, meanwhile, seem intent on getting him to leave the force altogether.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I Like Sergeant DC Smith. He Doesn't Disappoint.

  • By Ted on 04-25-18

Great Story, Perfectly Narrated

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-17

I love this series by Peter Grainger. DC Smith and I are around the same age so have lots of the same thoughts about work difficulties in the latter part of our careers. Yet, DC Smith is no slacker. He does a thorough investigation that is as intriguing as the story. Can't wait to listen to more books in this series as the narration is spot on.

One interesting note: I wanted to buy the book form of this series for my Dad who will only read an actual book. This series is only offered as an e-book or audible book. Hope the books are published some day. That is the main reason I think Peter Grainger is not more well-known. He would be a runaway bestseller writer, if published, in my opinion.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • An Accidental Death

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 1
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,694
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,678

The story opens with the apparently accidental drowning of a sixth form student in the Norfolk countryside. As a matter of routine, or so it seems, the case passes across the desk of Detective Sergeant Smith, recently returned to work after an internal investigation into another case that has led to tensions between officers at Kings Lake police headquarters. As an ex-DCI, Smith could have retired by now, and it is clear that some of his superiors wish that he would do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent British Mystery

  • By Customer on 09-07-16

Solid First Book of Police Procedural Series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-17

I have actually listened to the first and second book in this series led by DC Smith. DC Smith is a widower with a long career as a police detective. My personal listening preference are police procedurals that are serious (no cozies) and thoughtful. When the hunt for the murderer is unpredictable, and the available clues match a realistic outcome, I am thrilled. This series fits the bill and has exceeded my expectations. In addition, DC Smith is someone I can relate to without the serious flaws usually given to the lead detective. He is experienced and smart, with an excellent dry humor, but not brilliant or super-human.

I especially enjoyed that DC Smith has a new partner right out of school. The training and dialog between these two men has some wonderful light-hearted moments. I am enjoying all of the characters I have been introduced to so far. I think these stories would make an excellent TV series such as the VERA or MORSE TV series.

The narrator does a great job with the different characters. The story flows very well from his telling. I have book 3 loaded and ready to go. Can't wait!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful