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  • Dying Games

  • By: Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Washington, DC: Twin brothers are found drowned in a Perspex box, one gagged and strapped to a chair. It's the latest in a series of cruel and elaborate murders with two things in common: the killer has left a family history chart at each crime scene, and the victims all have a connection to genealogical sleuth Jefferson Tayte. Hoping his insight and expertise will help solve the case, the FBI summon Tayte back to the capital. But as he struggles to crack the clues, the killer strikes again - and again.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing.

  • By Mari on 01-04-2018

Disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 01-04-2018

I've enjoyed this series and I have found that the characters and stories have grown stronger with each book. However, this book was extremely disappointing. The story was way over the top and was just plain silly. Hopefully, if there are more books in this series they return to their roots of being a good mystery.

  • The Summer Seaside Kitchen

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Flora is forced to move back to the tiny island of Mure from the bright lights of London. It's tough: even the beautiful landscapes and bright blue sea can't lift her spirits - she's too busy looking after her dad and her feckless brothers. Then she chances upon her mum's collection of recipes and begins to cook her way through it. As she reconnects with her family and the place she was born, might she also find herself?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Mari on 20-07-2017

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 20-07-2017

I found this book to be unrealistic, even by chick-lit standards! Usually that doesn't bother me but the characters here were not that interesting and the narration was pretty ordinary. Read the 'Little Beach Street Bakery' series instead.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Taking Liberty

  • Gabe Quinn, Book 3
  • By: Keith Houghton
  • Narrated by: David Doersch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Imprisoned for the attempted murder of a federal agent, Gabe Quinn is keen to make amends for his mistakes - so when a gruesome murder forces his freedom, he is determined to do everything in his power to bring the killer to justice and prove himself to the FBI. But the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and the killer has something else in mind for Gabe Quinn, something that will raze everything he loves to the ground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • terrific

  • By Anonymous User on 26-06-2017

Best of the Trilogy.

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

Reviewed: 08-03-2017

For me, this was the best book of the trilogy. Fast paced, full of action (most of it implausible,but fun) and it provided a satisfying ending to the main character's search of the serial killer.
Highly recommend that these books be read in order.

  • Whiskey Rebellion

  • By: Liliana Hart
  • Narrated by: Connie Ventress
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

My name is Addison Holmes, and I teach history at James Madison High School in Whiskey Bayou, Georgia. You might be under the assumption that my life went to the dogs when my fiancé left me at the altar for the home economics teacher, or when I got notice that my apartment building was going to be condemned, or even when I was desperate enough to strip to my unmentionables to earn some extra cash. The truth is that I'm pretty much used to disasters following me around on a daily basis.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not For Me

  • By Mari on 13-01-2017

Not For Me

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

Reviewed: 13-01-2017

I enjoy the JJ Graves series by this author, so thought I would give this a go. It did not start well as I took an immediate dislike to the 'heroine' - honestly,she was so stupid I wanted to kick her butt. For me, none of the other characters were interesting enough to redeem this book.

  • Dying in the Wool

  • By: Frances Brody
  • Narrated by: Sandra Hunt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Take one quiet Yorkshire Village, add a measure of mystery, a sprinkling of scandal and Kate Shackleton - amateur sleuth extraordinaire! Bridgestead is a quiet village: a babbling brook, rolling hills and a working mill at its heart. Pretty and remote, nothing exceptional happens...except for the day when Joshua Braithwaite goes missing in dramatic circumstances, never to be heard of again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very glad I found the Kate Shackleton books

  • By Rebecca on 03-09-2016

Not Quite Maisie Dobbs

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

Reviewed: 06-01-2017

I love the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear and this series seemed like it would help fill the breach until the new Maisie Dobbs book is released. Whilst, in my opinion, not in the same league I did thoroughly enjoy this book and will be back for the next installment, where I am sure all the main characters will be more developed.

  • The Light Between Oceans

  • A Novel
  • By: M L Stedman
  • Narrated by: Noah Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • hauntingly beautiful never forgotten

  • By Stargirl456 on 15-03-2016

Absolutely Beautiful Read

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

Reviewed: 07-10-2016

I loved this book - it is so hauntingly beautiful. When I listened to a sample of the book I thought Noah Taylor's narration dull. More fool me, his narration had a wonderful soft, melancholy tone that so suited the book. I found myself only listening to a chapter or two each day, then let the wonderful writing and characters resonate with me for the rest of the day. By the end I was a complete mess - crying like a baby. Highly recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Winter of Secrets

  • By: Vicki Delany
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Siblings Wendy and Jason Wyatt-Yarmouth and their friends are in British Columbia, enjoying a two-week vacation. Tragedy strikes the group of privileged students when two of them crash through the ice into the frozen river. It seems to be an accident. But when the autopsy reveals a shocking secret, Constable Molly Smith and Sergeant John Winters are plunged into the world of sexual predators, recreational drugs, privilege, and high living.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Getting Better.

  • By Mari on 22-08-2016

Getting Better.

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

Reviewed: 22-08-2016

This series and the lead character, Molly Smith, have really grown on me over the first three books. Molly is a down to earth young constable in a small Canadian winter resort town. The cast of characters, including Molly's mum and dad and the head detective are all wonderful but it is really Molly that shines through, as a compassionate, no nonsense young woman who is overcoming a private tragedy but slowly making her way through. The mysteries are also solid. Will definitely be picking up the next book.

  • Little Beach Street Bakery

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Anne-Marie Piazza
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Polly Waterford is recovering from a toxic relationship. Unable to afford their flat, she has to move miles away from everyone, to a sleepy little seaside resort in Cornwall, where she lives alone above an abandoned shop. And so Polly takes out her frustrations on her favourite hobby: making bread. But what was previously a weekend diversion suddenly becomes far more important as she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, and each loaf becomes better and better.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming Little Beach House

  • By Flavia Healy on 15-06-2016

Good Bread Cures All

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

Reviewed: 29-07-2016

This is a charming book, which takes some unexpected turns (for a romance). The narrator, whilst fine for the British accents, could not pull off the American accent. However, this is only a minor quibble and I will definitely be purchasing the sequel.

  • Under a Cornish Sky

  • By: Liz Fenwick
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Demi desperately needs her luck to change. On the sleeper train down to Cornwall, she can't help wondering why everything always goes wrong for her. Having missed out on her dream job, and left with nowhere to stay following her boyfriend's betrayal, pitching up at her grandfather's cottage is her only option. Victoria thinks she's finally got what she wanted: Boscawen, the gorgeous Cornish estate her family owned for generations, should now rightfully be hers following her husband's sudden death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Easy Listen.

  • By Mari on 22-04-2016

An Easy Listen.

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

Reviewed: 22-04-2016

I loved this book, it was such an easy listen from the story itself to the lovely narration. If you enjoy a good romance, a beautiful setting and interesting characters I am sure you will enjoy this.

  • The Lost Empress

  • Jefferson Tayte Genealogical, Book 4
  • By: Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

When genealogist Jefferson Tayte is shown a locket belonging to one of the Empress' victims, a British admiral’s daughter named Alice Stilwell, he must travel to England to understand the course of events that led to her death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Series keeps getting better.

  • By Mari on 11-03-2016

Series keeps getting better.

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

Reviewed: 11-03-2016

Another great addition to the series. The stories keep getting better and the main character, JT, is someone you can relate to - no superhero here just a guy doing his job. Narration is excellent. Cannot wait for the next installment.