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  • DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 4
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604

In the peace and tranquility of the woods at Pinehills on a Saturday afternoon, a mobile phone begins to ring. The phone belongs to DC Smith, and it isn't unusual that the call is from Kings Lake Central police station; what is unusual is the fact that he seems to be the subject of an investigation rather than taking part in one. What can the links be between a prisoner's violent death in another county, the disappearance of two teenagers, and the highest profile case in Kings Lake for many years?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Visit to "DC"'s World

  • By Chalis on 06-27-17

Good, but previous books are better

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

Enjoyed this fourth book in the DC Smith series, as the writing and characters continue to be excellent. Smith himself is a fascinating character—equal parts musing philosopher, humorist, and good copper. As Chris Waters observes, Smith has many personalities “...hanging up inside himself, ready to slip a new one on at a moment’s notice.” One of my favorite Smith observations from this book is, “Experience becomes instinct, in the end.”

But one major plot point seemed questionable to me. Would the Regional Serious Crimes Unit really send out 40+ police officers in small teams to see what was happening in the Kings Lake drugs trade, without telling them what was really going on? Wouldn’t such a sudden police presence on the streets just spook the criminals?

I was also bothered by an error in the last chapter: the nursing home from book 2, Rosemary House, is referred to as Lily House. It’s an odd mistake in an otherwise well-edited series. Some readers/listeners might object to the way Grainger weaves in plot lines from previous books. Not me—I think it’s great. But you have to get the details right.

  • A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,058
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,112

A Tale of Two Cities is one of Charles Dickens's most exciting novels. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, it tells the story of a family threatened by the terrible events of the past. Doctor Manette was wrongly imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years without trial by the aristocratic authorities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • it's the singer not the song*

  • By Maynard on 11-09-13

And what a tale it is!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

Thoroughly enjoyed Simon Vance narrating this classic. Wonderful story and characters. It helps to review the list of characters before beginning to listen.

  • 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 1,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of series so far...hope we can get the remaining books soon

  • By Mark Hancock on 03-22-17

“Sometimes life is just circles and ironies.”

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

This is an enjoyable series, with credible police work, some philosophical musings, and very human characters. A visit to a “married singles” club stretches believability a bit, but it was also an interesting plot device. DC Smith is both sad and witty. I laughed out loud a number of times. I appreciate how each investigation unfolds logically from one step to the next. Good writing and narration.

  • 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 1,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984

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

Wry humor along with sadness

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

This book tackles the tough issues of aging, illness, and dying with insightful compassion. We learn more about DC Smith’s personal loss and grief over the death of his wife, and listen as he weighs the pros and cons of beginning a new relationship. He wouldn’t mind some company, but isn’t so sure about intimacy with another person. I enjoyed the slow pace and the humor along the way. It’s a well-written, thought-provoking story. The narrator has a rocky start in the first chapter with an odd choice of voice for Dougie Waters that seems to infect Smith as well. But that works itself out quickly and, after that, the narration is great.

  • 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 3,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,120

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

A good story that unfolds slowly

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

This book has good characters and an excellent narrator. The story has an appealing symmetry, but the pace is slow. If you’re looking for thrilling action, you won’t find much here. Although DC Smith gets a tad preachy at times, he’s likable and interesting. I will read more in this series.

  • The Impossible Dead

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

The Complaints: that's the name given to the Internal Affairs department who seek out dirty and compromised cops, the ones who've made deals with the devil. And sometimes The Complaints must travel. A major inquiry into a neighboring police force sees Malcolm Fox and his colleagues cast adrift, unsure of territory, protocol, or who they can trust. An entire station-house looks to have been compromised, but as Fox digs deeper, he finds the trail leads him back in time to the suicide of a prominent politician and activist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Not a Popularity Contest

  • By Pat on 04-29-12

Good story and characters

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

Great narration adds a lot to a good story. I’d like to see more of Malcolm Fox and the “Complaints.”

  • Twenty-One Days

  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Samuel Roukin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

It's 1910, and Daniel Pitt is a reluctant lawyer who would prefer to follow in the footsteps of his detective father. When the biographer Russell Graves, who Daniel is helping defend, is sentenced to execution for the murder of his wife, Daniel's Pitt-family investigative instincts kick in, and he sets out to find the real killer. With only 21 days before Graves is to be executed, Daniel learns that Graves is writing a biography of Victor Narraway, the former head of Special Branch and a close friend of the Pitts. And the stories don't shed a positive light. Is it possible someone is framing Graves to keep him from writing the biography-maybe even someone Daniel knows in Special Branch? The only answer, it seems, lies in the dead woman's corpse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Pitt Novels

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-19-18

Ridiculous plot

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

From beginning to end, the plot proceeds from one implausible point to the next, especially the legal and court proceedings. Too bad—the new character of Daniel Pitt has promise. Very good narrator.

  • The Fourth Sacrifice

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

The Chinese police have once more been forced to enlist the services of American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell, this time to investigate a series of four horrific ritual executions in Beijing. Detective Li Yan is determined to discover just how one of the victims in particular, an American diplomat, became caught up in the slaying. And he is arguably even more determined to have nothing to do with Campbell, whom he finds simultaneously too foreign and too... familiar. The personal polarity that once attracted Yan and Campbell again strengthens their professional partnership.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A big come down from Lewis Man trilogy

  • By D. Crosby on 09-16-18

Misses the mark

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

Peter May is a good writer, but this book doesn’t do justice to his talent. The basic plot is pretty good, and the end has a nice twist. But I guessed who the bad guy was by chapter 5. The police are slow and inept. Most of the dialog throughout the book is terrible. And the main characters, especially Margaret Campbell, are juvenile and annoying. By turns, Campbell is a nasty, petulant child, and a swooning idiot, who belongs more in a True Romance novel than a police procedural. It’s hard to see why anyone would be attracted to her. No more of this series for me.

  • Entry Island

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358

When a murder rocks the isolated community of Entry Island, insomniac homicide detective Sime Mackenzie boards a light aircraft at St. Hubert airfield bound for the small, scattered chain of Madeline Islands, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, as part of an eight-officer investigation team from Montréal. Only two kilometers wide and three long, Entry Island is home to a population of just more than 100 inhabitants, the wealthiest of whom has just been discovered murdered in his home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yet another great read from Peter May- and a request for Audible to complete Peter May collections

  • By Mark Hancock on 03-07-17

Peter May links two stories across time and space

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

Peter May, who is a great storyteller, weaves two stories together in this book, one set in 1800s Scotland (and Canada), and the other a present-day murder mystery in Canada.

I enjoyed both stories, and learned some interesting history. But I felt that the device May used to bridge the two stories, “the diaries,” were too detailed and well written (in English—not their author’s native language) to be believable as the work of a minimally educated crofter’s son in 1847 Scotland.

As to the modern-day murder mystery, the police seemed pretty incompetent—not following up on alibis, and being quick to dismiss potential suspects. I guessed who did it long before they did. And I doubt anyone could function at all with the severity and duration of Sime’s insomnia.

Still, the stories are worth hearing, and the narrator, Peter Forbes, does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life.

  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,138

This Audible Original production is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt, Morgana Robinson, Aisling Loftus, Joseph Millson, Alexa Davies and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More of a Radio Drama than an audiobook

  • By Cyberlucy on 09-11-18

Background noises and music too much for me

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

This production is like an old radio show. The sound effects are way overdone, and the intermittent music is annoying. Emma Thompson is a great actor and has a fine voice, but I felt her tone in this adaptation just wasn’t right for the story. I’m not going to finish it. Wish I’d read the reviews before I got this book.

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