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Virginia S. O'Bryan

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  • Harlequin

  • DS Jason Smith, Book 5
  • By: Stewart Giles
  • Narrated by: Bryce Layton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

The circus comes to town and children start to disappear. Detective Sergeant Jason Smith is persuaded to return to work after three weeks of a marijuana induced haze. Forced to endure the leadership of a new DI, the fulsome Bryony Brownhill, Smith is faced with the most difficult investigation of his colorful career.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • TERRIBLE, Nauseating Narration

  • By Virginia S. O'Bryan on 02-07-19

TERRIBLE, Nauseating Narration

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

Of all the audible books to which I have listened, this was the WORST narrator I have ever heard. He sounds like he is a 12-year-old from Boston. WHERE to they get these people? I couldn’t take it. I listened to one chapter and skipped to the last two chapters just to see how the book ended. His voice for Jason Smith is ABSOLUTELY AWFUL. Trust me—Read the book. Don’t waste your money on this audio version.

  • Smith

  • A Detective Jason Smith Thriller
  • By: Stewart Giles
  • Narrated by: J.T. McDaniel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

It is Christmas Day in York. A woman is found dead in her bed. A suicide note is found on her chest. It reads "I am so sorry Martin". Hours later, the police are called to a house a few miles away. A mother and her daughter have been brutally attacked; the mother is dead and the daughter is barely alive. The father is found shaking uncontrollably in the corner of the room. He is covered in blood but he is unharmed. His name is Martin Willow

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could have used Some Further Editing

  • By Sires on 06-27-16

Entertaining Novel; Unsuitable Narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

I enjoyed the complexity of the story although the sub plot about Smith’s sister was s pointless distraction. Perhaps the author plans to revive it in a future novel. If so, I hope he does a better job with it at that time. The narrator had a lovely voice but perhaps better suited for Shakespeare. There was no differentiation between men’s and women’s voices or characterization of varying emotions. Sometimes in multi-character scenes, I had trouble distinguishing who it was that was talking. I only hung in there because I liked the story. Please—a different narrator next time!

  • The Common Enemy

  • DCI Warren Jones, Book 4
  • By: Paul Gitsham
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

In Middlesbury, a rally is being held by the British Allegiance Party - a far-right group protesting against the opening of a new Mosque. When the crowd disperses, a body is found in an alleyway. Tommy Meegan, the loud-mouthed leader of the group, has been stabbed through the heart. Across town, a Muslim community centre catches fire in a clear act of arson, leaving a small child in a critical condition. And the tension which has been building in the town for years boils over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better and better!

  • By Virginia S. O'Bryan on 11-23-18

Better and better!

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

Paul Gitsham just gets better and better in DCI Warren Jones series. The plot is woven beautifully with suspense and depth of characterization. The theme of racial and religious tensions is timely .

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  • No Smoke Without Fire

  • DCI Warren Jones, Book 2
  • By: Paul Gitsham
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

DCI Warren Jones has a bad feeling when the body of a young woman turns up in Beaconsfield Woods. She’s been raped and strangled but the murderer has been careful to leave no DNA evidence. There are, of course, suspects - boyfriend, father - to check out but, worryingly, it looks more and more like a stranger murder. Warren’s worst fears are confirmed when another young woman is killed in the same way. The MO fits that of Richard Cameron who served 12 years for rape. But Cameron never killed his victims and he has a cast-iron alibi. Then personal tragedy intervenes and Warren is off the case. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written second book, great cast of characters

  • By wisconsinclark on 01-07-19

Enjoyable Read

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

The second book in the DCI Warren series is much better than the first one. The plot takes off from the beginning. There are really two stories running concurrently—the murder mystery and the relationships in Warren’s family which are affected by his work. The latter make Warren very human and real and not just another detective. I look forward to future novels in the series

  • The Last Straw

  • DCI Warren Jone, Book 1
  • By: Paul Gitsham
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

When Professor Alan Tunbridge is discovered in his office with his throat slashed, the suspects start queuing up. The brilliant but unpleasant microbiologist had a genius for making enemies. For Warren Jones, newly appointed Detective Chief Inspector to the Middlesbury force, a high-profile murder is the ideal opportunity. He’s determined to run a thorough and professional investigation but political pressure to resolve the case quickly and tensions in the office and at home make life anything but easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really like this series

  • By wisconsinclark on 01-05-19

A Good First in s Series

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

Initially the book started slow for me — lots of talk about scientific issues around studying bacteria. I got a little bored and almost returned the book but eventually decided to stick it out. I read s lot of British police procedurals and this one has the marks of sameness that I see in others without any strikingly original plot twists. However, I did enjoy the book and will read the next in the series in the hope that the author deepens character development.

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  • Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 6
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,691
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,584

Belfast, 1988. A man is found dead, killed with a bolt from a crossbow in front of his house. This is no hunting accident. But uncovering who is responsible for the murder will take Detective Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on a high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave. Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs, and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing better than a Duffy tale!

  • By 6catz on 03-10-17

Excellent Novel

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Adrian McKinty has outdone himself in this one! It was fantastic from beginning to end, filled with action. The ending was beautiful. It was so beautiful, in fact, that I hope the author doesn’t write any more Sean Duffy novels. They would be anticlimactic .

  • Dark Tide Rising

  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Harry Exeter doesn't want the aid of the Thames River Police in tracking down the men who kidnapped his wife, Kate. He only asks them to help him navigate Jacob's Island, a creepy mass of decrepit buildings where he will hand off a large sum of money in exchange for her life. But when they arrive at the meeting place, Commander Monk and five of his best men are attacked from all sides, and Monk is left wondering who could have given away their plans. As Monk follows leads, it seems inevitable one of his own men has betrayed him. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, caught me by surprise, sort of

  • By Blue Dragonfly on 09-27-18

Excellent novel

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Just when I thought the Monk series couldn’t get better, Anne Perry scores again! This book grabbed my attention from the very beginning! The narration is excellent, and the characters beautifully delineated. I loved the new attention on Hooper.

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  • Down Among the Dead Men

  • By: Peter Lovesey
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 477

In a Sussex town on the south coast of England, a widely disliked art teacher at a posh private girls' school disappears without explanation. None of her students miss her boring lessons, especially since her replacement is a devilishly hunky male teacher with a fancy car. But then her name shows up on a police missing persons list. What happened to Miss Gibbon, and why does no one seem to care?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovesey Gets Better With Each New Book

  • By Lynn on 08-13-15

Excellent read!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

This novel is Peter Lovesey at his best from beginning to end! The plot is multilayered and the ending most satisfying.

  • The Secret Hangman

  • By: Peter Lovesey
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

Delia Williamson, a waitress and mother of two young girls, is reported missing. She is soon found in a public park, hanging from the crossbar of a children's swing set. The postmortem reveals that she has been murdered. Her current partner, her ex-husband, and a traveling salesman who frequented her restaurant are all suspects. Before Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond can solve the mystery, more will die. But even as he pursues a killer, he finds himself pursued by a secret admirer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent read!

  • By Virginia S. O'Bryan on 09-14-18

Excellent read!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Simon Prebble is a masterful reader. The plot is an usual type of murder mystery and also brings into focus Diamond’s humanity.

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  • The House Sitter

  • Peter Diamond, Book 8
  • By: Peter Lovesey
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

The corpse of a beautiful woman, clad in only a bathing suit, is found strangled to death on a popular Sussex beach. When she is finally identified, it turns out she was a top profiler for the National Crime Faculty who was working on the case of a serial killer. And though she was a Bath resident, the authorities don't want Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond to investigate the murder. How strange. What could they be trying to hide?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent installment of the series

  • By Annette on 11-22-16

Excellent Read

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

This is an excellent book—the best in the series so far! I loved every minute of it. Simon Prebble did his usual stellar performance.