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  • Murder in the Woods

  • Detective Inspector Skelgill Investigates, Book 8
  • By: Bruce Beckham
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Camm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

When a dog walker discovers a decaying corpse in Harterhow Woods it is surely just a matter of time before the police will close in upon the murderer. But despite a nationwide appeal the distinctive remains defy identification. Skelgill believes he knows the perpetrator - but his team have other ideas. As they unearth contradictory clues Skelgill becomes impatient - an arrest is made. But when the victim is finally named a new prime suspect emerges. Skelgill is determined to prevail - but the facts don't fit his gut feel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly good!

  • By Midi on 10-04-18

Surprisingly good!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Up front: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review." 

With that being said, I had never heard of this series before and listened to it mainly because it was free and I like police procedural/detective/mysteries - especially of the British variety. So I had no expectations whatsoever. Hence, the title of my review: Suprisingly good. The plot was interesting: no crazy twists and turns, no elaborate drama. Just good old fashion dead bodies, creepy voyeur, creepier old men, questionable B&B, and dogs. Lots of dogs.

Personally, I found the present tense writing style a little jarring at first, but once I got accustomed to it, the story was interesting enough and I gained an appreciation for the present tense approach. The story itself was interesting, wrapped up with a lot of local color and detail.

The other difficulty has nothing to do with the book. It has to do with me popping into the story in Book 8. While having no knowledge of Books 1-7 didn't affect the plot at all of this book, it did make me curious about the relationships between the major characters in the book i.e. between DI Skelgill, DS Jones and DS Layton. So much so that I went back to see if Audible had Books 1 thru 7. Unfortunately, they don't. Their collection starts with this book - but there are Books 9 and 10, I think. I liked the book enough to purchase the Kindle version of Murder in Adland, Book 1. If I can't listen then I shall read...

As for the narrator, I really enjoyed Nicholas Camm's reading of this book so much so that while I'm reading the physical copy of Book 1, I can actually hear his voice in my head, especially when Skelgill is speaking with locals and the accents start going crazy.

  • The Atrocity Archives

  • A Laundry Files Novel
  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,849
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,848

Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen for IT People

  • By Raymond on 06-16-13

Lots of yada yada yada

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

Reviewed: 08-14-16

Good Lord! This book is nothing but exposition. I felt like I was sitting in some classroom listening to a lecture on the History of Nazi Occult Practices 101 or something... I found myself drifting off during these long winded lectures. And another thing...nothing is really explained about how a hacker-genius who inadvertently gets recruited into this super-secret-bureaucratic-by-the-books British agency gains such vast insight into the occult. Perhaps it is explained in later books, but some grounding here might have helped a little.

  • The Palace Job

  • By: Patrick Weekes
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 973
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 894
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 892

Loch is seeking revenge. It would help if she wasn’t in jail. The plan: To steal a priceless elven manuscript that once belonged to her family, but is now in the hands of the most powerful man in the Republic. To do so, Loch - former soldier, former prisoner, and current fugitive - must assemble a crack team of magical misfits that includes a cynical illusionist, a shape shifting unicorn, a repentant death priestess, a talking magical war hammer, and a lad with seemingly no skills.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful narration

  • By 9littlebees on 12-18-15

What a mess...

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

Reviewed: 10-26-15

Had a hard time following this one - not through the fault of the narrator - though she gave the sense she recorded this book while hiding from someone in a closet trying not to be heard. In my opinion, the story is a mess, jumping from one thing to another with no real substance behind the characters. Should have returned it...

  • Career of Evil

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,653
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,747

Audie Award, Mystery, 2016. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characters Mean Everything

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-09-15

Best One Yet!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-15

Probably the best of the series so far! Gritty and graphic but nothing gratuitous or over done. Even more than the story, the credit here goes to Robert Glenister who continues to do an amazing job with all the voices and accents! He is one of the few narrators who manages women's voices well and doesn't make them all sound whiny and snarky (sorry Michael Kramer!) in an effort to 'feminize' their voice. The worst thing is now we have to wait another year? maybe two? for another book in this series! I had been hoping JK Rowling wouldn't pursue a Harry Potter sequel so she could focus on this series...

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  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,837
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,790

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun premise, great performance, weak story

  • By J. Klinghoffer on 08-06-15

Read '14' first...

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

Reviewed: 08-28-15

While not necessary, reading 14 first helps you understand more of what is happening. Fun listen and like 14 - interesting wild ride!

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  • Freeze Frame

  • The Enzo Files, Book 4
  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

A promise made to a dying man leads forensics ace Enzo Macleod (a Scot who's been teaching in France for many years) to the study—a place the man's heir has preserved for nearly 20 years. The dead man left several clues there designed to reveal his killer's identity to the man's son, but ironically the son died soon after the father.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good series with one exception

  • By Mark Hancock on 04-23-16

Slower than others

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

Reviewed: 05-17-15

This book was a bit plodding compared to previous ones especially since a good chunk of the story is spent chasing an obvious red herring. Enzo's willingness to jump right into a trap w/ no preparation is also getting old. Then there is the sub plot w/ Charlotte - aggravating and perplexing with her sudden unexpected coldness/nastiness toward Enzo.

  • Blacklight Blue

  • The Enzo Files, Book 3
  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 159

Enzo MacLeod, a Scot teaching in southwest France, has confidently bet that he can crack seven notorious murders described in a book on cold cases. He has, in fact, solved the first two crimes, but the third is far from his mind right now. He's just been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and he's become the victim of someone who seems intent on destroying his credit and his relationships - and getting him arrested for murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing!

  • By Dave on 07-18-11

Love the series but...

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

Reviewed: 05-16-15

It does get a bit frustrating when Enzo just walks blythely into traps - knowing they're traps - without any sort of plan... Otherwise, it's well written and Simon Vance is wonderful as always. He could read instructions for assembling IKEA furniture and it would be entertaining...

  • Midnight Riot

  • Peter Grant, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,100

Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE this Book!

  • By Nancy J on 02-26-13

Interesting story but distracting narration

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

Enjoyed the premise of this story - the details of modern London/melting pot life and the casual blend of the supernatural and police procedural. I did have some trouble toward the end when our hero just seemed to 'know' what to do with no explanations on how he arrived at the ideas, but I didn't mind enough to stop listening. I also enjoyed the narration. Mr. Holdbrook-Smith did a fantastic job with the various accents and for the first person narrative, the voice of Peter Grant was excellent. My only problem was the way Mr. Holdbrook-Smith gasped audibly for air between sentences as if he had emphysema. It got a little bit distracting after awhile. I do feel as if I need a break from his breathless narration before I venture forth and attempt Book 2...

  • Late Season

  • By: Christobel Kent
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

Late September in an isolated Tuscan farmhouse, and a group of old university friends and their families have come there to relax and to put the tragic events of the past year behind them. Watching them arrive is Anna Viola, who remembers another Englishman arriving to seek shelter at the farmhouse during the war. Before the week is out, past and present will collide with unexpected and dramatic results.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, well read!

  • By Amyable on 04-12-07

Dull, predictable... and unconvincing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-10

It seems to me this book is supposed to about the relationship of three close friends but as I listened to this book, it seemed more like these women barely knew each other and never really talked to each other. So much so that it's hard to buy the whole relationship and why they are all even vacationing together. *** Spoiler Alert*** When it becomes apparent that one of the friends was having an affair with one of their husband and was planning on running away with him - it raises the question, what kind of friend was this who would steal her 'best friend's husband?' and yet, the characters in the story don't really react to this fact... nothing in the interactions, reactions, responses and behavior of these 'friends' are believable. And don't even get me started on the other story line of Paolo and his mother and the 'wow what a coincidence' incident later in the book...

Then I have to ask why the narrator had to use a cheesy Italian accent when speaking the parts of the Italians when they are presumably speaking to each other in Italian. It would have just as credible if she simply spoken their parts like normal and only resorted to the 'that's a spicy meat-a-ball' accent when they were struggling to use English to the English tourists.

Wow, what a waste of a credit...

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  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,160

It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal!

  • By 'Nathan on 03-03-10

Terrific story...spot-on narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-24-09

A nicely written mystery with all the classic elements: an English estate, an argument late at night, a dead body in the garden, a murder investigation. In the hands of a lesser writer, these elements could signify a contrived, cookie-cutter mystery. This is far from it. It follows some basic patterns expected in a mystery, but delivered in the first person narrative by a completely likeable, precocious eleven year old, it turns into a very engaging, suspenseful, funny and entertaining story.

I loved Jayne Entwhistle's reading, her voice and inflections perfectly capture what one might expect of an eleven year old telling her tale and really brings this story to life. This was so thoroughly enjoyable that I will probably let it sit in my ipod for awhile longer so I may listen to it again later.

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