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  • The Lewis Man

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

An unidentified corpse is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. News of the discovery soon reaches Fin Macleod. However, since swapping his life in Edinburgh for a quiet existence on Lewis, such mysteries are no longer a concern for the former Detective Inspector. Or so he thought. The sequel to the Blackhouse which was selected for the WH Smith Richard and Judy Bookclub, and the second book in the Lewis triology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visit the Outer Hebrides

  • By dumbclub on 02-10-12

Murder seen through the tragic world of dementia

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

What made the experience of listening to The Lewis Man the most enjoyable?

The wonderful reader; each character was so real

What did you like best about this story?

The writer tells the tale through two different people. Fin who is trying to solve the mystery with no knowledge of the past. And Tormod MacDonald who is losing his memory to dementia. The story is told in two parts cleverly intertwined. Fin's investigation and Tormod's tale of the past through his erratic and emotional memory . It is incredibly moving - you are part of this person's deterioration but you are also so aware of his life and all that he felt as a young man. Peter May has nailed this and I wonder if he has had some personal experience of the disease.

What about Peter Forbes’s performance did you like?

Each character he portrays is believable and I was particularly impressed with his rendition of Tormod - he was a confused old man. It was an excellent performance

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Where you fill feel compassion for a murderous past......

Any additional comments?

You will see and almost smell the places May describes and you will be transported to the Islands he writes about - read it.

  • Phantom: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 9

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

The murder has been solved. But has justice been done? Harry Hole is back in Oslo. He's been away for some time, but his ghosts have a way of catching up with him. The case that brings him back is already closed. There is no room for doubt: The young junkie was shot dead by a fellow addict. The police don’t want him back....Denied permission to reopen the investigation, Harry strikes out on his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best in the Series

  • By Ian C Robertson on 02-18-15

A Must for Harry Hole Fans

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

Reviewed: 04-13-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would indeed recommend the Harry Hole books to anyone who enjoys this genre. Once you are hooked on Harry, all the books are a must.

What other book might you compare Phantom: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 9 to and why?

There are some similarities to Mo Hayder's character 'Jack Caffrey', although Harry is darker and sadder and his life is quite out of control more often than not

What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Personally I think Sean Barret is one of the greatest performers when it comes to reading. He becomes each character, all of which are entirely believable. It's almost like watching a stage performance as you can visualise everything that he reads.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did. I didn't cry but I was left with both a sense of loss and a feeling of relief when the book was finished.

Any additional comments?

For anyone who hasn't read any Harry Hole - treat yourself. Start at the beginning and enjoy the whole series.

  • Poppet

  • By: Mo Hayder
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

The Maude is outside. It wants to come in. It wants to sit on your chest. The mentally ill patients in Amberly Secure Unit are highly suggestible. A hallucination can spread like a virus. When unexplained power cuts lead to a series of horrifying incidents, fear spreads from the inmates to the staff. Amidst the growing hysteria, AJ, a senior psychiatric nurse, is desperate to protect his charges.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poppet Will Make Your Skin Crawl

  • By Angela on 04-13-13

Poppet Will Make Your Skin Crawl

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

Reviewed: 04-13-13

If you could sum up Poppet in three words, what would they be?

Riveting, thrilling, creepy.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack Caffrey because he is a good man but he has flaws. He is imperfect but moralistic, which sounds strange but it's a successful combination which works and makes him a 'real' character.

Have you listened to any of Jot Davies’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. I enjoy his work. He is easy to listen to and all his characters are distinguishable. His accents are excellent and you can get lost in his reading which is how it should be.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have loved to have had that luxury. As it was, it was the last thing I listened to before falling asleep and the first thing I reached for on waking up!

Any additional comments?

I did miss the 'Walking Man' as he is a powerful and wise character. I will wait in anticipation for Mo Hayder's next offering.

  • A Secret Affair

  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 358

Once the temepestuous Hannah Reid, Duchess of Dunbarton, and dangerous Constantine Huxtable, two passionate and scandalous figures, find each other, they discover that it isn’t so easy to extricate oneself from the fires of desire - without getting singed. For the duchess and the dark lord each have startling secrets to reveal, and when all is said and done, neither will be able to say which one fell in love first, who tamed whom, and who has emerged from this game of hearts with the stronger hand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Way better than first reviewer's one!

  • By HistRomReader on 10-02-10

Don't Bother

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

Reviewed: 04-13-13

Would you try another book from Mary Balogh and/or Anne Flosnik?

There is no way that I could listen to Anne Flosnik again. I really can't comment on Mary Balogh after only listening to half a book, although I found it boring and the characters unbelievable.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not this Mills and Boon type of book. Probably a psychological thriller

Would you be willing to try another one of Anne Flosnik’s performances?

Absolutely not.

What character would you cut from A Secret Affair?

Hannah - the Duchess of Dunbarton

Any additional comments?

This book belongs in a Mills & Boon cover