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  • The Black Country

  • Scotland Yard's Murder Squad
  • By: Alex Grecian
  • Narrated by: Toby Leonard Moore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 661

When members of a prominent family disappear from a coal-mining village - and a human eyeball is discovered in a bird's nest - the local constable sends for help from Scotland Yard's new Murder Squad. Fresh off the grisly 1889 murders of The Yard, Inspector Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith respond, but they have no idea what they're about to get into. The villagers have intense, intertwined histories. Everybody bears a secret. Superstitions abound. And the village itself is slowly sinking into the mines beneath it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Geat, especially if you love historical mysteries!

  • By Ann on 03-04-14

Endless description makes this a sad follow up to the “Yard”.

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

This village is straight out of “Village of the Damned”. There isn’t a redeeming feature in the whole place. I kept hoping that the village would hurry up and sink into the mines and get it over and done with.
I enjoyed the “Yard” and enthusiastically purchased the next 2 books in the series. After this gloomy rendition, I will probably wait for some time before I go to the 3rd book. One can only take so much misery in one book!

  • The Yard

  • By: Alex Grecian
  • Narrated by: Toby Leonard Moore
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,596

Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only 12 detectives - known as “The Murder Squad” - to investigate thousands of murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. When Walter Day, the squad’s newest hire, is assigned the case of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in the Yard’s first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable annoying book

  • By Debra on 07-13-12

It seems you either hate it or love it!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

I enjoyed it. A bit rough starting off with the narrator taking audible breaths at the start of each sentence but those seemed to disappear as the story progressed. The narrator must’ve relaxed a bit! I couldn’t quite get over the kid from Wales talking with an Irish accent throughout the story. Ah well, suspension of disbelief was ever part of the performing arts ... and that included allowing a Victorian era doctor taking a few futuristic liberties with his work in forensic science.
One wondered how all the crimes and sub-plots were going to get resolved in one cohesive solution ... but it worked and the loose ends were tied up satisfactorily... giving the listener plenty of reasons to anticipate the next set of adventures!

  • Bad to the Bone

  • DI Bliss, Book 1
  • By: Tony J. Forder
  • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

A skeletal body is unearthed in a wooded area of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. DI James Bliss, together with DC Penny Chandler, investigates the case and discovers that the young female victim had been relocated from her original burial site. A witness is convinced that a young female was struck by a vehicle back in the summer of 1990 and that police attended the scene. However, no record exists of either the accident or the reported victim. As the case develops, two retired police officers are murdered. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Listen

  • By Cindy Birkner on 09-28-18

Unable to get to sleep? This narrator can fix that!

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

Some of my collage professors had more animation in their lectures than this gentleman. He reads well but no tone or rhythm variation. Hard to not drift off ...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Murder at Redmire Hall

  • A Yorkshire Murder Mystery, Book 3
  • By: J. R. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

Lord Redmire’s gambling habit has placed him in serious debt. Determined to salvage his fortune by putting Redmire Hall on the map, the aristocrat performs an impossible locked-door illusion on live TV. But as the cameras roll, his spectacular trick goes fatally wrong. Special guest DCI Jim Oldroyd has a front-row seat, but in all his years with the West Riding Police he’s never witnessed anything like this. He sees Redmire disappear - and then reappear, dead, with a knife in his back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magic Room

  • By Readaholic on 10-03-18

Loved the 1st book...nothing else has measured up.

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Same well-used format; introduce a multitude of characters, make them all suspects, invite everyone to a meeting where the detective ties everyone to the murder ... then bring in the actual murderers and explain the other names they were known by and the motives that no-one ever knew about before .... I won’t be bothering with any more in the series.

  • The Quartet Murders

  • Yorkshire Murder Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: J. R. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

DCI Oldroyd has seen his fair share of victims, but he has never witnessed a murder - until now. When world-famous violinist Hans Muller is shot and killed during a concert, the detective is faced with a case beyond logic. The culprit is nowhere to be found - and the victim’s priceless violin has disappeared too. As Oldroyd investigates the murderer’s identity and the motive for the killing, he enters the ruthless world of wealthy instrument collectors and stumbles upon a dark path where shocking secrets have been buried in the past. But the secrets will soon take centre stage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2nd J.R. Ellis winner!

  • By Panache on 08-16-18

Oh no ... not the ‘Last Minute Twin’!

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Story started off well ... then collapsed into several last-minute denouements introducing characters that were never there before ... very contrived ... very disappointing.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Ring for Murder: A Malcolm Priestly Detective Novel

  • By: Ajith Ram
  • Narrated by: Daki De Alwis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

The sleepy Himalayan hill resort of Mussoorie is shaken by the murder of a rich British colonel. Hundreds of kilometres away in New Delhi, Chief Inspector Malcolm Priestly receives an urgent message from his friend, John Harrison. Harrison informs Priestly that he has been arrested for the murder and pleads with him to leave for Mussoorie immediately.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Reader would be better suited for cartoons

  • By puplhunt on 11-21-18

Reader would be better suited for cartoons

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

Story is very basic. Would have been passable without the distraction of the reader. To start off with, the characters were almost indistinguishable. As the story moved along, they morphed into cartoon characters ... with the most mutilated accents I’ve ever heard! I’m still cringing from what was represented as a Cockney rendition! Could have been good ... sadly ... it wasn’t.

  • The Incident at Fives Castle

  • By: Clara Benson
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

It is Hogmanay, and Angela Marchmont is at Fives Castle, the Scottish seat of the Earl of Strathmerrick, to see in the start of 1928. But when she finds out that the Foreign Secretary, the American Ambassador, and the Head of British Intelligence are also among the guests, Angela begins to suspect that something momentous is afoot. Before long, they are all snowed in and a body is discovered, and Angela soon finds suspicion directed against herself.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery in a Scottish Castle

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-20-18

Don’t listen to this audiobook on a long road trip!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

The high pitch of the narrator (sometimes sounding like a very young Hermione Granger) can put nerves on edge and create enough tension to promote a state of road rage!
Every character sounds like a child, which gets confusing when the multiple children are involved.
Only the last hour or so of the audiobook can actually be construed as a story. The rest is a rambling of relatives and pompous class description. I was looking for something light hearted and fun when I chose this book. What I got was a bit on the air-head side ... your mind can wander for a while and when you come back to it ... you haven’t missed anything!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lords of the North

  • The Saxon Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Tom Sellwood
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,430

The year is 878, and the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Different reader

  • By Tracy Moshier on 05-14-15

The reviews were so bad ... but the 1st 2 were so good...I couldn’t stop myself from buying it ...

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I’m always skeptical of book critics, everyone has different tastes... but when a multitude cries out in terror ... it’s time to consider them seriously. ... how bad could it be ...?
I will buy the book because I love the story but I will never get through this audiobook!
Sometimes the narrator makes the characters sound as if they had stepped out of a child’s reading of Wind in the Willows, sometimes as if they had just stepped off a drag queen’s stage . They just can’t be taken seriously. Our hero now sounds like an adolescent Manchester teddy boy. Jonathan Keeble ... you ARE Uhtred , a warrior of formidable reputation, you have deserted us and left us with a weak and puny substitute.

  • The Last Kingdom

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,699
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,307

The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex, Alfred's kingdom and the last territory in English hands, Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cornwell is becoming my current best favorite author

  • By Eyal on 10-20-15

Wonderful combination of legend, history and adventure!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

Much, much better than the ‘movie’! I enjoyed how the characters entwined with the history of regions and events. I cared for the characters, whether Dane or English ... something the visual series was lacking. The constant play between religions and their gods was very entertaining. I was fascinated by the place names and how they would evolve into the places we know today.

  • Sweet Revenge

  • A Lady Arianna Regency Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Andrea Penrose
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Determined to find the men responsible for her disgraced father's murder, Lady Arianna Hadley disguises herself as a man and contrives to be hired as a chef in one of London's aristocratic households. But when the prince regent is poisoned by Arianna's special chocolate dessert, she finds her own quest has become intertwined with a far more deadly intrigue. The earl of Saybrook is asked by the government to investigate. When someone tries to kill them both, they become reluctant allies in the hunt to discover what evil is afoot.   

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ugh! Horrible narration

  • By puplhunt on 09-01-18

Ugh! Horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Narration swings from whispering so low you cannot hear to shouting. Narrator struggles with male voices. The ‘hero’ sounds as if he has a vocal impediment. I think he was supposed to sound soft, gruff and masculine ....NOT!! The heroine sounds like a shrew... the roller coaster of conversation volume combined with the monotone of descriptive passages is very annoying. I have lost interest in how this one ends ....good luck!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful