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  • Let it Bleed

  • Inspector Rebus, Book 7
  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James MacPherson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Struggling through another Edinburgh winter Rebus finds himself sucked into a web of intrigue that throws up more questions than answers. Was the Lord Provost's daughter kidnapped or just another runaway? Why is a city councillor shredding documents that should have been waste paper years ago? And why on earth is Rebus invited to a clay pigeon shoot at the home of the Scottish Office's Permanent Secretary?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rebus: Roiling Royalty

  • By Shalleycat on 10-12-2018

Rebus: Roiling Royalty

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

Reviewed: 10-12-2018

Rebus is a well-drawn character, developing and becoming more bad tempered and more cunning with each new book. Plots are excellently twisting and hard to follow, exciting, not too violent (well, mostly) and set in cold inhospitable Edinburgh. They are a completely reliable delight.

  • Strip Jack

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James MacPherson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Gregor Jack, MP, well-liked, young, married to the fiery Elizabeth - to the outside world a very public success story. But Jack's carefully nurtured career plans take a tumble after a 'mistake' during a police raid on a notorious Edinburgh brothel. Then Elizabeth disappears, a couple of bodies float into view where they shouldn't, and a lunatic speaks from his asylum...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rebus Gold

  • By Shalleycat on 05-12-2018

Rebus Gold

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

Reviewed: 05-12-2018

Rebus, unlikable protagonist is funny, smart and addictive. His character and methods are constantly appealing.

  • The Lost Man

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Steve Shanahan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399

Three brothers, one death, a fenceline stretching to the horizon. Two brothers meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of outback Queensland. They are at the stockman's grave, a landmark so old, no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family's quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish. Something had been troubling Cam. Did he lose hope and walk to his death? Because if he didn't, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Congratulations

  • By Anonymous User on 03-11-2018

Hail Harper

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

Reviewed: 08-11-2018

Harper again creates a tale set in stunning landscapes. Nicely drawn characters are believably unforgettable.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Visitor

  • Jack Reacher, Book 4
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Visitor by Lee Child, read by Jeff Harding. Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cooke have a lot in common. Both were army highflyers. Both were acquainted with Jack Reacher. Both were forced to resign from the service. Now they're both dead. Found in their own homes, naked, in a bath full of paint. Apparent victims of an army man. A loner, a smart guy with a score to settle, a ruthless vigilante. A man just like Jack Reacher.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed the first two books more.

  • By Blue Snowflake on 04-03-2018

Classic Reacher

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

Reviewed: 25-06-2018

Action, mystery, twists, turns. Gender roles disappointing: Lamar vilified by Reacher. Harper is a tease.

  • The Fallen

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Small towns which have seen better times are not unusual. But the mysterious events in Baronville, Pennsylvania, are raising the highly tuned antennae of Agent Amos Decker and his FBI partner, Alex Jamison. What was supposed to be a relaxing vacation turns into a murder investigation when two bodies are found in a nearby deserted house. With the body count rising, Decker and Jamison dig deep to uncover a sinister truth in Baronville, which could be the canary in the coalmine for the rest of the country.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Memory Man Meticulously Unravels Mysteries

  • By Shalleycat on 22-04-2018

Memory Man Meticulously Unravels Mysteries

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

Reviewed: 22-04-2018

Love Decker; Jamieson's character disappointingly flat, difficult to follow female narrations; only three voice types.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Gone For Good

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Tim Machin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Harlan Coben was voted winner of the Bestseller Dagger at the 2009 Crime Writers' Association's Crime Thriller awards .

On October 17, 11 years ago, Julie Miller was found brutally strangled in the basement of her house in the township of Livingston, New Jersey. On that day, Will's brother, Ken Klein, became the subject of an international manhunt accused of the crime. He has not been seen since. Will has tried to get on with his life in the intervening years. He has a beautiful new girlfriend, Sheila, and a job working with the homeless.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Coben ' s Circuitous Tale Still a Thriller

  • By Shalleycat on 16-04-2018

Coben ' s Circuitous Tale Still a Thriller

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

Reviewed: 16-04-2018

Re-read this book to get characters, story and places clear. Still an entertaining classic Coben.

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Do you need my help? It was always the first question he asked. They called him when they had nowhere else to turn. Raised and trained as part of a top-secret programme, he was sent to the worst places in the world to do things his government denied any knowledge of. Then he broke with the programme and disappeared. But now someone's on his tail. Someone who knows he was once known simply as Orphan X.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am hooked on this series.

  • By Anonymous User on 11-05-2018

new action hero

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

Reviewed: 18-02-2018

Great fast moving with plot twists and excellent action scenes. slightly less enjoyable narrator's style.

  • The Two Towers

  • The Lord of the Rings, Book 2
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 519

Building on the story begun in The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, this is the second part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook. Frodo and the Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very engaging

  • By Gerowyn on 16-07-2018

Tolkien's Towering Tale Rocks

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

Reviewed: 18-01-2018

Amazing descriptive passages, excellent narration, epic heroes : hangover of British class structure slightly irritating.

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,335

Introducing Audible's Thriller of the Year: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil, performed by Joanne Froggatt. In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Thriller of the year...? Nope.

  • By Anonymous User on 30-10-2017

Horror tale of missing child

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

Reviewed: 10-01-2018

This book is artfully narrated, I would not describe this subject matter as a thriller.

  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye

  • Harry Bosch, Book 19
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

Only Harry Bosch can uncover LA's darkest secrets in this new gripping thriller from global best seller Michael Connelly. Read by Titus Welliver, star of Bosch. 'What do you want me to do?' Bosch asked again. 'I want you to find someone for me,' Vance said. 'Someone who might not have ever existed.' Harry Bosch is working as a part-time detective in the town of San Fernando outside of Los Angeles when he gets the invitation to meet with the ageing aviation billionaire Whitney Vance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great yarn, as always.

  • By Shaun Hughes on 02-07-2017

Bosch and Welliver : perfect

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

Reviewed: 10-11-2017

Bosch/Connelly doesn't disappoint. Bosch's passion for his mission and careful investigation style remains addictive. Perfect.