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  • A Taste for Vengeance

  • A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel
  • By: Martin Walker
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

When a British tourist fails to turn up for a luxurious cooking vacation in Bruno's usually idyllic Dordogne village of St. Denis, the worried hostess is quick to call on Bruno for help. Monica Felder is nowhere to be found, and her husband, a retired British major, is unreachable. And not long after Bruno discovers that Monica was traveling with a mysterious Irishman (her lover?), the two turn up dead. The Irishman's background in intelligence and his connection to Monica's husband only raise more questions for Bruno.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the best

  • By Sharon Major on 06-28-18

Predictable, lightweight, don’t waste a credit on this.

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I would not recommend this book to anyone. It’s plotline is like a Nancy Drew or Famous Five “mystery”. No suspense, cardboard characters and bland narration.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Now We Are Dead

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel got caught fitting up Jack Wallace - that's why they demoted her and quashed his sentence. Now he's back on the streets, and women are being attacked again. Wallace has to be responsible, but if Detective Sergeant Steel goes anywhere near him, his lawyers will get her thrown off the force for good. The Powers That Be won't listen to her, not after what happened last time. According to them, she's got more than enough ongoing cases to keep her busy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another MacBride gem!!!

  • By 6catz on 11-25-17

Childish, comic book, dialogue does not help weak storyline

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

I have listened to a number of Stuart Mac bride books, and this one does not measure up. The storyline is very predictable and it’s made worked by ridiculous dialogue, comic book sound effects and name calling.

  • Good Friday

  • Jane Tennison, Book 3
  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Every legend has a beginning.... During 1974 and 1975, the IRA subjected London to a terrifying bombing campaign. In one day alone, they planted seven bombs at locations across central London. Some were defused - some were not. Jane Tennison is now a fully fledged detective. On the way to court one morning, Jane passes through Covent Garden Underground station and is caught up in a bomb blast that leaves several people dead and many horribly injured.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable

  • By Paul on 01-17-18

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

No suspense in this at all. It’s easy to predict the ending after a few chapters. Not really a mystery at all.

  • Behind Dead Eyes

  • By: Howard Linskey
  • Narrated by: Kieran Bew
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 170

A corpse is found, its identity extinguished in the most shocking manner imaginable. Detective Ian Bradshaw can't catch the killer if no one can ID the victim. Out there, somewhere, a missing young woman may hold the answers. Journalist Helen Norton is about to uncover a massive criminal conspiracy. She just needs the final piece of the puzzle. Soon she will learn the price of the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Behind Dead Eyes

  • By ZacharyKindle Customer on 07-26-16

Could have been much better

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narration spoilt this book for me. There are too many instances where the narrator leaves no break between sentences and/or paragraphs, maybe a good editor would have helped

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Story line was OK

What didn’t you like about Kieran Bew’s performance?

Flat, monotone voice. Read too fast, little or no pauses or breaks between sentences

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment, it could have been better

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Night School

  • A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 21
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,845
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,816

It's 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he's off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind. Two other men are in the classroom - an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there. Then they find out: A jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor - a Saudi courier seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Phil on 11-13-16

A kinder gentler Reacher, but still a great listen

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

Not as much rough stuff in this book, but the usual impeccable narration and a really good plot line. Well worth listening to.

  • Ordeal

  • By: Jørn Lier Horst
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 173

Together with her one-year-old daughter, Maja, single mother Sofie Lund moves into the house she inherited from her grandfather. Sofie has such painful memories that she has had every trace of the old man removed - every trace but a locked safe that has been bolted to the basement floor. Inside the safe Sofie finds something shocking that will also become crucial evidence in a case that has plagued Inspector William Wisting for a long time. To follow this lead, though, he must cut across important loyalties and undermine confidence in the police force.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Boring, predictable and pedantic

  • By Paul on 10-02-16

Boring, predictable and pedantic

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

I am a fan of the narrator. He did a great job in the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, but he really didn't have much to work with here. The book is a "procedural" and it is just that. All process no substance or suspense.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Likeness

  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,362

Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really on a Different Level

  • By Michael on 07-05-10

Tana French needs a good editor

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

Reviewed: 08-22-16

The overall premise of the book stretches credibility, but that's not the main problem. The Likeness is just too long. There are hours of self indulgent conversations between the characters, and despite the narrator's best efforts the storyline meanders and gets lost on a number of occasions.

  • Watching You

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976

Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched: A warm breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye that vanishes when she turns her head. She has reason to be frightened. Her husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or his life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now I'm Hooked!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 04-17-14

Yet another female kidnapped!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

Great narration, but the female victim/stalker/kidnapper theme in this series is a bit too repetitive. The attempt at a twist in the tale is way too predictable. That said, still worth a listen.

  • Collusion

  • By: Stuart Neville
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 404

Jack Lennon is a Detective Inspector trying to track down his former lover, Marie McKenna, and their daughter -- but his superiors tell him to back off. Bull O'Kane is a bitter old man who will stop at nothing for vengeance. The Traveller is an assassin without pity or remorse, who stalks Belfast, tying up loose ends. Forced into the center of it all is former IRA paramilitary Gerry Fegan, who must confront his past -- and The Traveller -- for the fight of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Irish noir

  • By Moku on 01-31-11

The best narrator for any book set in Ireland

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

The premise (a Republican assassin killing again to appease ghosts) seemed far fetched, but the story is well crafted and superbly narrated. Well worth the read.

  • The Last Girl

  • Maeve Kerrigan, Book 3
  • By: Jane Casey
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

Vast wealth offers London defense attorney Philip Kennford a lot of things: a gorgeous house with a pool in the backyard, connections in the top echelons of society, a wardrobe worthy of Milan runways. But his money doesn’t provide a happy marriage, or good relationships with his twin daughters...and it does nothing to protect his family when someone brutally murders his wife and daughter in their own home. When Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan arrives at the scene, the two survivors - Philip and his second-favorite daughter, Lydia - both claim to have seen nothing, but it’s clear right away that this is an unhappy family accustomed to keeping secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Liked It But New Readers Shouldn't Start Here

  • By Sires on 09-30-13

Good story but the narration detracts

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

Reviewed: 11-05-15

I have read 2 other books in this series, all read by the same narrator. In the other 2 the narration was good, not great but it did not detract from the story line. In this book the narration, in particular the accents and intonations were so overdone as to be annoying at best and cringeworthy at worst.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful