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  • The Fifth Woman

  • An Inspector Wallander Mystery
  • By: Henning Mankell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Four nuns and a fifth woman, a visitor to Africa, are killed in a savage nighttime attack. Months later in Sweden, the news of the unexplained tragedy sets off a cruel vengeance for these killings. Inspector Kurt Wallander is home from an idyllic holiday in Rome, full of energy and plans for the future. Autumn settles in, and Wallander prays the winter will be peaceful. But when he investigates the disappearance of an elderly birdwatcher, he discovers a gruesome and meticulously planned murder - a body impaled in a trap of sharpened bamboo poles.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • *SO SO*

  • By Anne on 12-02-17

*SO SO*

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

It was ok. Though drawn out with Kurt's depressive nature. The novel could have been shorter giving more impact to the mystery.

Sean Barrett was great, as always.

  • Alphabet House

  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

How long can you pretend to be mad without going mad? Two English pilots are forced to find out when they are shot down behind enemy lines in 1944. The area is swarming with German troops, so, unable to escape, they ditch their clothing and personal belongings, pose as German soldiers, and board a train carrying wounded SS men home from the eastern front.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best

  • By Jesper L Jorgensen on 03-31-18

**EXCELLENT**EXCELLENT**EXCELLENT!

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

Definitely listen to this story. Engrossing. Great characters. The best I've listened to in a long while. Which says a lot - as I've had some good reads.

  • Slow Horses

  • Slough House, Book 1
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

Slough House is Jackson Lamb’s kingdom; a dumping ground for members of the intelligence service who’ve screwed up: left a secret file on a train, blown surveillance, or become drunkenly unreliable. They’re the service’s poor relations – the slow horses – and bitterest among them is River Cartwright, whose days are spent transcribing mobile phone conversations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Le Carre's Heir Apparent

  • By Susianna on 08-31-13

* MARVELLOUS HUMOUR * * VERY ENJOYABLE *

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

Yes, it takes a while to get going, but that's because we are being introduced to the characters. This is not a boring introduction to them because of the subtle humour. Keep with it, as the others say. Great story.

I would say that the humour is brought out by the clever Sean Barrett. My favourite, favourite narrator. If someone else had read it, they may not have given due justice to the humour Mick Herron was intending.

I will definitely follow this up with the next in the Slough House series. I'm on to it right now.

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it's Meghan Shaughnessy's. These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common - a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear. Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Twisted but wonderful

  • By Anonymous User on 03-05-18

*HUGE DISSAPOINTMENT*

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

I love Michael Robotham. But, I've finished up feeling very flat. I'm not a fan of books where the characters are speaking for themselves.

Aside from that, the storyline was very boring and I've fast forwarded through half of it. But listening to the end. It got better about four hours from the end.

The narrator, Lucy Price-Lewis is okay for a woman narrator. Says things as they are and doesn't use the soft feely nicey tone of voice as most women do.

Would I spend the money if I knew it was written like this - no.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Fine Summer's Day

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

On a fine summer's day in June, 1914, Ian Rutledge pays little notice to the assassination of an archduke in Sarajevo. An Inspector at Scotland Yard, he is planning to propose to the woman whom he deeply loves, despite intimations from friends and family that she may not be the wisest choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bravo! Prequel Success!

  • By Christy on 01-11-15

BOTH NOVEL AND NARRATOR ARE EXCELLENT.

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

I really enjoyed A Fine Summers Day. It held me until the end. I rather enjoyed not having 'Hamish' around. Really enjoyed the narration. Excellent. It's a pity that all the other books Steven narrates aren't my cup of tea. Very smooth to listen to. I highly recommend.

  • A Cold Treachery

  • Inspector Ian Rutledge, Book 7
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

Called out by Scotland Yard into the teeth of a violent blizzard, Inspector Ian Rutledge finds himself confronted with one of the most savage murders he has ever encountered. Rutledge might have expected such unspeakable carnage on the World War I battlefields, where he’d lost much of his soul - and his sanity - but not in an otherwise peaceful farm kitchen in remote Urskdale. Someone has murdered the Elcott family at their table without the least sign of struggle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable listening!

  • By GrandmaG on 06-22-15

Another Superb Charles Todd Novel

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

Te headline says it all. I really enjoyed this book. Samuel Gillies is a good narrator.

  • The Thirst

  • Harry Hole, Book 11
  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

A woman is found murdered after an Internet date. The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer. Under pressure from the media to find the murderer, the force know there's only one man for the job. But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him. Until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and his one failed case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid and exiting

  • By Fridbjorn B. Moller on 09-17-18

A bit too drawn out, but still a great listen.

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

Reviewed: 04-29-17

I feel the overall story could have been more concise. This would have made it wonderfully thrilling and not just mediocre thrilling. However,Jo Nesbo has done it again and I still recommend this novel.

I had tears in my eyes in parts near the end,caused by knowing the history behind the characters.

Sean Barrett as wonderful as ever.

  • Deceptive Cadence

  • The Virtuosic Spy, Book 1
  • By: Kathryn Guare
  • Narrated by: Wayne Farrell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

A talented Irish musician reluctantly reinvents himself, disappearing into an undercover identity to search for the man who ruined his career: his own brother. On a journey from the west of Ireland to the tumultuous city of Mumbai, Conor McBride's only goal is to redeem the brother who betrayed him. But he's becoming a virtuoso of a different kind in a dangerous game where the rules keep changing - and where the allies he trusted to help him may be the people he should fear the most.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just OK For Me

  • By Lia on 04-05-18

Loved it from the beginning to the end!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

I can only agree with all the others. Great partnership between author and narrator. Brilliant story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Hunting Dogs

  • By: Jørn Lier Horst
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 756
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 755

Seventeen years ago William Wisting led the investigation into one of Norway's most notorious criminal cases, the murder of young Cecilia Linde. When it is discovered that evidence was falsified, he is suspended from duty. It looks like a man has been wrongly convicted, and suddenly the media are baying for blood. Wisting, who has spent his life hunting criminals, is now the hunted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, thoughtful police procedural

  • By L. K. on 01-12-15

Monotonous?

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

Reviewed: 11-06-16

I can't work out if it's the story that's the same old same old or if it's the narrator. If Sean Barrett was narrating this book would it have more oomph to it?
Nearly three hours in and it's still going slow and uninteresting. I won't be listening to the end or indeed, to anymore of the story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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

Annoying Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-16

A good story, so worth buying. But the narrator got on my nerves. He was easy to listen to, just that he would not pause between new scenes. He would transition into the next scene like it was the next line.You had to picture even harder where he was up to. Where we had left off with that scene. Extraordinary,considering the editors could have made this happen. Or for a man who is supposed to be a professional.
However it was a good story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful