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Carcassonne, France
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  • In the Blood

  • By: Ruth Mancini
  • Narrated by: Kelly Adams
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

In southeast London, a young mother has been accused of an unthinkable crime: poisoning her own child - and then leaving him to die. The mother, Ellie, is secretive and challenging - she's had a troubled upbringing - but does that mean she's capable of murder?  Balancing the case with raising her disabled five-year-old son, criminal defence lawyer Sarah Kellerman sets out in desperate pursuit of the truth. But when her own child becomes unwell, Sarah realises she's been drawn into a dangerous game.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sloppy

  • By Anna on 11-16-18

Sloppy

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

This was a big disappointment as it had been well reviewed on Amazon. However I found the badly written, sloppy prose and the whiny tone of the book deeply irritating and I soon gave up the fight, the reading was also bad. The narrator slipped from Posh to a northern accent mid sentence and was clearly trying too hard to establish any fluency. I would call this bad chick lit rather than thriller. I will return the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lying to You

  • By: Amanda Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Sarah Feathers, Jane Collingwood, Esther Wane, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

The best-selling author of Close to Me returns with another stunning psychological drama. Full of secrets, obsession and betrayal, Lying to You will hold you in its grip till the final, breathtaking twist. Perfect for fans for He Said/She Said, Close to Home and The Husband's Secret. The lies we tell ourselves are the worst kind, for we have all the time in the world to convince ourselves they are true.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slick production great writing....

  • By ashley on 04-03-18

Ugh

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

This book was dreadful. A collection of thoroughly unbelievable and unpleasant characters and a far fetched tale. The device of interspersing the story with so called counseling supervision sessions is laughable. That someone as witless, self absorbed and disturbed as Jess could possibly be considered as a therapist is risible.
The writing and narration are not too bad but the story line? Please......

  • London Rules

  • Slough House, Book 5
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

London rules might not be written down, but everyone knows rule one. Cover your arse. Regent's Park's First Desk, Claude Whelan, is learning this the hard way. Tasked with protecting a beleaguered prime minister, he's facing attack from all directions himself: from the showboating MP who orchestrated the Brexit vote and now has his sights set on Number 10; from the showboat's wife, a tabloid columnist, who's crucifying Whelan in print; and especially from his own deputy, Lady Di Taverner, who's alert for Claude's every stumble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Anna on 02-14-18

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

Mick Herron has to be one of the best crime/spy writers on the scene today. Not only is he an intelligent and highly skilled writer who is a joy to read but he has a wickedly acute sense of humour and is an wry observer of our common humanity.
The Slough House series goes from strength to strength.
i can't recommend this book highly enough - outstanding.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20,984
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19,296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,244

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An excruciating listen.

  • By Debra on 01-12-18

Drab, dreary and depressing

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

This is the worst book I have listened to in a long time. Utterly dreary tale not very well told of a self obsessed neurotic. It meanders aimlessly about and never says or does anything.
I cannot believe the hype from authors I respect - I can only assume they were paid to give positive reviews. This is an atrocious piece of writing.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Man's Hand

  • DI Hal Luchewski, Book 1
  • By: Mark Lock
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

The first in a new series by debut author Mark Lock, for fans of Mo Hayder, Belinda Bauer and Mark Billingham. Detective Inspector Hal Luchewski's life is complicated. The stress of his job is getting to him - usually in the form of hard liquor. He's still living in his dead father's shadow, his relationship with his daughter is strained and his love life is complex, to say the least.... Although nearly 40, Hal's still reconciling himself to the fact he's gay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Left me panting for more!

  • By Anna on 01-25-16

Left me panting for more!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-16

Excellent tight, intelligent thriller perfectly read by Paul Thornley.
Very sympathetic hero whose humanity, strength and frailty make this more than a formulaic read. Fantastic plot that keeps you guessing beautifully written.
Can't wait for the next one.
Five Star Plus

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Subject 375

  • By: Nikki Owen
  • Narrated by: Yolanda Kettle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

'My name is Dr Maria Martinez and I am - was - a Consultant Plastic Surgeon. I am 33 years old. Place of birth: Salamanca, Spain. And I was convicted of the murder of a Catholic priest.' Maria is in prison. She says she's innocent and is fighting to clear her name. Because deep down she knows the truth better than anyone. Doesn't she?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Risable

  • By Anna on 08-07-15

Risable

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

Reviewed: 08-07-15

I am often surprised at the quality of manuscripts that make it to publication. This is a case in point. The author clearly knows nothing about Asperger's Syndrome which afflicts her tedious central character & she insults her readers and those who have the Syndrome by her shoddy depiction of it. Why she could not take the time to do a little basic research at the very least escapes me.
The book is also badly written and peppered with grammatical errors and clumsy prose. The story line is totally unbelievable & frankly laughable.
The reader does a passable job given the execrable material.
If I could have given this book no stars in order to comment on it - I would have.

  • Time to Die

  • By: Alex Howard
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The kidnapping of a 12-year-old diabetic boy has blown the case of some missing children wide apart and the finger is pointing at the heart of the Met. Boss Corrigan sends in the only cop in his team who would care more about the life of a boy than about her own career. Detective Inspector Hanlon. And then he sends someone to spy on her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely and transfixing.

  • By Anna on 07-07-14

Timely and transfixing.

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

I really could not stop listening to this gripping thriller. Amazon lists this as the start of a series - I do hope so.
DI Hanlon, "the face of post feminist policing", as a colleague describes her, is a complex and fascinating character - a cross between Boudicca and Superwoman. She may cut corners and dispense her own rough justice but we are behind her all the way. The plot is dark and sometimes deeply disturbing focusing as it does on institutional corruption and paedophilia but it is executed in an intelligent and un salacious manner and keeps the reader hooked until the end.
Extremely well written and extremely well read - this is I hope a tantalizing foretaste of things to come.

  • The Killer Next Door

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

No. 23 has a secret. In this bedsit-riddled south London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, something waits to be discovered. Yet all six residents have something to hide. Collette and Cher are on the run; Thomas is a reluctant loner; while a gorgeous Iranian asylum seeker and a 'quiet man' nobody sees try to stay hidden. And watching over them all is Vesta - or so she thinks. In the dead of night, a terrible accident pushes the neighbours into an uneasy alliance. But one of them is a killer, expertly hiding their pastime, all the while closing in on their next victim....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An All Nighter.

  • By Virginia Waldron on 01-05-16

Excellent - more please!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-14

Gripping novel of colliding circumstances & lives.
Fabulously eccentric and believable characters - well written and well narrated.
What more could anyone want?

  • The Bones Beneath

  • A Tom Thorne Novel
  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Tom Thorne is back in charge - but there's a terrifying price to pay. Stuart Nicklin, the most dangerous psychopath he has ever put behind bars, promises to reveal the whereabouts of a body he buried 25 years before. But only if Thorne agrees to escort him. Unable to refuse, Thorne gathers a team and travels to a remote Welsh island, at the mercy of the weather and cut off from the mainland. Thorne is determined to get the job done and return home before Nicklin can outwit them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Tedious, Boring Disappointment

  • By Sam Q on 06-24-14

Excellent Book Spoilt by Drab Narration.

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

Reviewed: 05-31-14

Mark Billingham always delivers high quality, enjoyable fiction but he is not a good narrator.
This could have been an outstanding listen but was severely diminished by drab lack lustre narration by the author.
Excellent plot and though still enjoyable the monotonous drone of the reader really spoilt this for me. Next time use someone good like Paul Thornley.

  • The Carrier

  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

When her plane is delayed overnight, Gaby Struthers finds herself forced to share a hotel room with a stranger: a terrified young woman named Lauren Cookson - but why is she scared of Gaby in particular? Lauren won't explain. Instead, she blurts out something about an innocent man going to prison for a murder he didn't commit, and Gaby soon suspects that Lauren's presence on her flight can't be a coincidence. Because the murder victim is Francine Breary, the wife of the only man Gaby has ever truly loved. Tim Breary has confessed, and even provided the police with evidence. The only thing he hasn't given them is a motive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A tour de force

  • By Anna on 02-22-13

A tour de force

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

Reviewed: 02-22-13

This is an magnificent novel. Brilliantly crafted, excellent characterisation and with a plot that intrigues until the end. This is Sophie Hannah at the height of her powers - I was transfixed. Julia Barrie's narration is faultless. I defy any one who loves a psychological thriller not to enjoy this hugely.