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  • Hope to Die

  • DS Nathan Cody, Book 2
  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

On a bitterly cold winter's night, Liverpool is left stunned by a brutal murder in the grounds of the city's Anglican Cathedral. A killer is on the loose, driven by a chilling rage. Put on the case, DS Nathan Cody is quickly stumped. Wherever he digs, the victim seems to be almost angelic - no one has a bad word to say, let alone a motive for such a violent murder. And Cody has other things on his mind, too.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Hooked

  • By Ted on 01-07-18

A different kind of detective.

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

First off, great series, clever story lines, believable characters, really well narrated. Read the first book first.

The kicker, though, is Nathan Cody, the main character. Complex, flawed, vulnerable in ways that set his character apart and thoroughly decent.

The author has established a line of tension around Cody’s circumstances unrelated to the cases that make up each book which leaves one always wanting more.

Well worth the read.

  • The Bourbon Thief

  • By: Tiffany Reisz
  • Narrated by: Kim Staunton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 172

When Cooper McQueen wakes up from a night with a beautiful stranger, it's to discover he's been robbed. The only item stolen: a million-dollar bottle of bourbon. The thief, a mysterious woman named Paris, claims the bottle is rightfully hers. After all, the label itself says it's property of the Maddox family, who owned and operated Red Thread Bourbon distillery since the last days of the Civil War, until the company went out of business for reasons no one knows...no one except Paris.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed Feelings

  • By Lia on 04-26-17

Unexpected Delight.

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

Reviewed: 07-15-16

I bought this book on recommendation and immediately wondered whether I'd made a mistake. I hadn't.

Epic, simultaneously old-fashioned and daring, beautifully read. Paris Shelby will captivate you as the seductive narrator, but it's Tamara you'll remember v

  • Killings

  • Bino Phillips, Book 3
  • By: A. W. Gray
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Bino Phillips has seen his share of crime-fighting, but nothing has prepared him for the desperate search for a serial killer stalking the streets of Dallas - a serial killer that has more than the usual thirst for blood. One woman has been found, the blood sucked from her body. She and a friend, who remains missing, were to be key witnesses in Bino's defense of a young coed dealer. Now Bino finds himself in a sudden race against death, especially when the killer gets personal and targets Bino's secretary as his next victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Police Work, Clever Banter and Funny as Hell

  • By Charles Atkinson on 01-15-15

Bino Rules.

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

Reviewed: 05-17-15

This is the 3rd book in the series and I have enjoyed them all. Quirky, well read, clever. Well worth the while.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Girl Walking

  • By: Chris Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Angus King, Kate Bracken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Famous, beautiful, and talented, Heike Gunn has the world at her feet. Then one day she simply vanishes. Jack Parlabane has lost everything. A call from an old friend offers a chance for redemption--but only if he can find out what happened to Heike. From Berlin to Barcelona, from the streets of Milan to remote Scottish islands, Parlabane must find out what happened before it's too late, all while the walls are closing in...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brookmyre rules.

  • By Gideon on 03-09-15

Brookmyre rules.

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

You may miss some of his earlier over the top humour, but the more serious Chris B is an increasingly accomplished writer of really good thrillers. Well plotted, well read. Highly recommended.

  • A Song for the Dying

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

A heart-stopping crime thriller from the author of three consecutive No. 1 bestsellers, including Birthdays for the Dead and the DI Logan McRae series. He's back... Eight years ago, ‘The Inside Man' murdered four women and left three more in critical condition - all of them with their stomachs slit open and a plastic doll stitched inside. And then the killer just … disappeared. Ash Henderson was a Detective Inspector on the initial investigation, but a lot can change in eight years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MacBride knocks it out of the park.

  • By 6catz on 01-22-14

MacBride at his brutal best.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

Beautifully read, very clever. Read Birthdays for the Dead first. Not for the faint hearted. Ash Henderson is one of a kind

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • All the Things You Are

  • By: Declan Hughes
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

About to turn 40, there’s no doubt in her mind that suburban wife and mother-of-two Claire Taylor has settled. A wild week in Chicago may have shaken things up a bit, but as she turns the key in her Wisconsin home on the eve of Hallowe’en, she knows that this is where her life is. Except that it’s all gone. The house stripped, her husband Danny, her daughters, all gone: no message, nothing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hughes in America.

  • By Gideon on 01-01-15

Hughes in America.

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

Reviewed: 01-01-15

Very different from the previous books by Declan Hughes I've read. If you can suspend your disbelief at the coincidences necessary to make the storyline work, this venture into the disrupted lives of a seemingly ordinary American family has a lot going for it. Beautifully read it has more twists and surprises than is decent, well developed characters and an underlying ever present tension line that kept me listening well after my usual bedtime.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Kafka on the Shore

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
  • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,359

Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Meandering--what was in those brownies..

  • By Mel on 05-09-12

Murakami is even better than many people think

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

Reviewed: 06-27-14

What did you love best about Kafka on the Shore?

Everything. Funny, challenging, suspenseful, magical, gripping.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Kafka on the Shore?

The slaughter of the cats. Not a favourite moment, but a memorable one.

What about Sean Barrett and Oliver Le Sueur ’s performance did you like?

Their pacing is superb.

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

Nothing is at it seems.

Any additional comments?

If you haven't discovered Murakami, you should.

  • When the Devil Drives

  • By: Chris Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Private investigator Jasmine Shar has been hired to find Tessa Garrion, a young woman who has vanished without trace. What begins as a simple search awakens a malevolence that has lain dormant for three decades. As Jasmine uncovers a hidden history of sex, drugs, ritualism, and murder, she realises she may need a little help from the dark side herself if she's going to get to the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a classic Brookmyre, but a solid one

  • By Alexandra on 07-30-12

Better than ever.

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

Reviewed: 08-26-12

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

Yes. Devilishly clever plot, great characters, wonderfully read.

What did you like best about this story?

The multi-layered texture with which Brookmyre takes one under the skin of contemporary Scotland. The way it weaves different strands together to make a not-too-neat whole.

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably the one where Jasmine takes the last train home. The shooting scene at the Lodge was also in contention.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending. And the torching of Jasmine's car.

Any additional comments?

Brookmyre seems to have found a second breath if not an entirely new voice - thankfully. The anarchy, black humour and surprising insights are all there, and in Jasmine Sharp and the other companion characters he has created a pond in which I suspect he'll play for some time.

  • Where the Bodies are Buried

  • By: Chris Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

In Glasgow, aspiring actress Jasmine Sharp is reluctantly - and incompetently - earning a crust working for her Uncle Jim's private investigation business. When Jim goes missing, Jasmine has to take on the investigator mantle for real. Soon she stumbles into a web of corruption and decades-hidden secrets that could tear apart an entire police force - if she can stay alive long enough to tell the tale...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Brookmyre for beginners

  • By Gideon on 08-20-12

Brookmyre for beginners

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

Reviewed: 08-20-12

What did you like best about Where the Bodies are Buried? What did you like least?

The central mystery is really clever and the various story lines weave together nicely. The characters are well imagined. Jasmine Sharp, the wannabe private investigator around whom the story unfolds, is sure to be with us for a while. Having said that, everything is a little too contrived. Brookmyre (who claims to have moved into a more serious, less anarchistic mode - he now writes as "Chris" as opposed to "Christopher") seems to be trying too hard to be conventional. "Where the Bodies are Buried" lacks some of the irreverence and exuberance of earlier works like Quite Ugly One Morning and the Unsinkable Rubber Duckies, but is still well worth the effort.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

A little too predictable.

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

The book is really well read with Sarah Barron's Scottish lilt adding a level of atmosphere and intensity that a reading of the book would lack.

Was Where the Bodies are Buried worth the listening time?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Brookmyre has long been a favourite author and I have both read and listened to all his books. Here's hoping he finds the groove he is looking for.

  • Pandaemonium

  • By: Christopher Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

The senior pupils of St Peter's High School are on retreat to a secluded outdoor activity centre, coming to terms with the murder of a fellow pupil through the means you would expect: counselling, contemplation, candid discussion and even prayer...not to mention booze, drugs, clandestine liaisons and as much partying as they can get away with. Not so far away, the commanders of a top-secret military experiment, long-since spiralled out of control, fear they may have literally unleashed the forces of Hell.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the fainthearted.

  • By Gideon on 08-13-12

Not for the fainthearted.

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not everyone will enjoy this book. But I can think of several who will.

Would you be willing to try another book from Christopher Brookmyre? Why or why not?

Have read or listened to just about everything he has written.

What three words best describe Kenny Blyth’s voice?

Right, rich, convincing.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not sure I would.

Any additional comments?

Black as the night, light as the day. Brookmyre at his anarchistic, acerbic best.