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Babs Moy

Canberra, Australia
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  • Cold Granite

  • Logan McRae, Book 1
  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

It's DS Logan McRae's first day back on the job after a year off on the sick, and it couldn't get much worse. Three-year-old David Reid's body is discovered in a ditch: strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. And he's only the first. There's a serial killer stalking the Granite City, and the local media are baying for blood. Soon the dead are piling up in the morgue almost as fast as the snow on the streets, and Logan knows time is running out. More children are going missing. More are going to die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant!

  • By Sonya on 07-03-2018

Dramatic and dark

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

Reviewed: 13-07-2019

Chilling in all ways. Grim Scottish police drama. Child victims are grim. Note to MacBride. Please a more equal playing field of villains and police without children as victims
Thanks Stuart. 🙂

  • The Angel Court Affair

  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Deirdra Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

The 30th novel in the popular series from the master of Victorian crime, featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt along with favourite characters Vespasia and Narraway. When Commander Thomas Pitt is ordered to protect a young woman visiting London from Spain, he cannot see why this is a job for Special Branch. When she disappears in the dead of night from Angel Court, however, he is faced with a dangerous mystery. Sofia preached new, and some say blasphemous, religious ideals, and her life had been threatened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Anne Perry

  • By Babs Moy on 09-07-2019

Classic Anne Perry

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

Reviewed: 09-07-2019

Good plot. Well drawn characters. The moral Pitt makes a brave call to save the best interests of the country. The age of Victorian England well drawn.

  • A Little Princess

  • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Kara Shallenberg
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

"A Little Princess" is a 1905 children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It is a revised and expanded version of Burnett's 1888 serialized novel entitled "Sara Crewe: or, What Happened at Miss Minchin's Boarding School", which was published in St. Nicholas Magazine.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not a patch on The Secret Garden

  • By Babs Moy on 26-06-2019

Not a patch on The Secret Garden

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

Reviewed: 26-06-2019

Disappointing storyline. Uninteresting characters. All too predictable and lacking in any sense of drama. Melodramatic without the drama.

  • The Dry

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Steve Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,638

A story of desperation, resolution and small-town prejudice played out against the blistering extremes of life on the land. Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, a farmer turns his gun on his family and then himself. As questions mount and suspicion casts a long shadow over the parched town, specialist investigator Aaron Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him 20 years earlier.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good book.

  • By Lisa on 29-11-2016

The crackle of a long hot summer

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

Reviewed: 06-02-2019

A great yarn in the Australian tradition updated to reflect the mixture of people found in a small country town. Tensions build up. Suspicions widen. Good red herrings and of course some love interest. I look forward to more by this author.

  • Twenty-One Days

  • Daniel Pitt, Book 1
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Simon Scardifield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

It is 1910, and the century is full of change. Sir Thomas Pitt, Head of Special Branch, has persuaded his son, Daniel, to take on his first case as a newly qualified barrister. Having successfully defended his client and made a lifelong friend, Daniel is summoned to the Old Bailey to assist in the defence of renowned biographer Russell Graves, who is accused of the brutal murder and disfigurement of his wife. When the jury finds him guilty, Graves is sentenced to be hanged in 21 days. Graves insists he has been framed....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Daniel Pitt a worthy successor

  • By Babs Moy on 16-12-2018

Daniel Pitt a worthy successor

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

Reviewed: 16-12-2018

Another wonderful story by Ann Perry
New characters that we will get to know and love.
Interesting introduction to forensic medicine.
The narrator is a little difficult to follow. Words are clipped but apart from that, another good audible offering.

  • The Seagull

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a part in his downfall. Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer, if she will look out for his family. He tells her that Marshall is dead, his body buried close to St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but woeful voices

  • By Amazon Customer jo on 24-10-2017

Classic Ann Cleeves

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

Reviewed: 20-11-2018

Another wonderful story of detection with well drawn characters. Vera’s team is developing under Vera’s unique style.

  • The Moth Catcher

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Life seems perfect in Valley Farm, a quiet community in Northumberland. Until a shocking discovery. The owners of a big country house have employed a young ecologist named Patrick to look after the place while they're away. But Patrick is found dead by the side of the lane into the valley. DI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene with her colleagues. When they look round the attic of the house - where Patrick has a flat - she finds a second body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Listen Here. Loved It

  • By Lyndel on 15-02-2016

I felt like a moth before the flame

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

Reviewed: 08-11-2018

I couldn’t stop listening. Another crime detection classic from Ann Cleeves. Slow build up. Good side stories and well drawn characters.

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  • The Glass Room

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Charlie Hardwick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

When one of DI Vera Stanhope's hippy neighbours goes missing, she feels duty-bound to find out what happened. It's an easy job to track the young woman down to a country retreat where aspiring authors gather to work through their novels. It gets complicated when a body is discovered and Vera's neighbour is found with a knife in her hand. Calling in the team, Vera knows that she should hand the case over to someone else, but the investigation is too tempting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vera Stanhope does it again

  • By Babs Moy on 03-11-2018

Vera Stanhope does it again

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

Reviewed: 03-11-2018

Well done Anne Cleeves for another wonderful story in the series. Great accents. Lots of clues to keep you guessing. I love these characters.

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  • Harbour Street

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

As the snow falls thickly, Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter, Jessie, are swept along in the crowd onto the Metro. But when the train is stopped, Jessie notices that an old lady hasn’t left the train: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed as she sat on the crowded train. Arriving at the scene, DI Vera Stanhope is relieved to have an excuse to escape the festivities. Soon Vera and Joe are on their way to the south Northumberland town of Mardle, where Margaret lived. Then a second woman is murdered....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Ann Cleeves

  • By Babs Moy on 30-10-2018

Classic Ann Cleeves

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

Reviewed: 30-10-2018

Clever build up of suspense, slow simmering tension. Well drawn characters. Inspector Vera Stanhope is one of the best crime solvers of today.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

  • By: John le CarrĂ©
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Alec Leamas has ended his time in Berlin. Or his time has ended him. The last of his Eastern agents has been killed, like the others, by the Abteilung. Back at the Circus, Leamas is put on the shelf. He turns to drunkenness and dishonesty and finally disappears from view, a seemingly broken man. But unknown to anyone except George Smiley and his master, Control, Leamas has been given his toughest mission ever. He will have to be himself but more so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Third reading and listening ....still most brilliant.

  • By david x kelly on 09-03-2016

Classic spy thriller

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

Reviewed: 05-10-2018

Brilliant . Timeless. Time well spent. Even has the Berlin Wall in place. cleverly captures the Cold War.