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  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By Looraine on 03-09-2014

A brilliant detective story

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

Reviewed: 26-03-2019

I am not a fan of most modern detective stories, preferring Golden Age novels, but I really enjoyed this one. The story was layered with just the right amount of personal history of the private detective and his 'offsider' to balance the investigative side of the book. There were plenty of twists and turns and I had no idea who the murderer was, which is unusual for someone who has been reading detective fiction for more than forty years. I see that others have criticised the bad language, but I thought it was fine, not excessive and in context. Ex military investigators, drugged up witnesses and murderers do not talk as if they are at a young ladies high tea. Even had I not known who 'really' wrote this, I would still recommend it to anyone who enjoys a whodunnit. As a bonus, it was impeccably read.

  • Death in the Stocks: Inspector Hannasyde Series, Book 1

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

In the dead of the night, a man is found murdered, locked in the stocks on the village green. Unfortunately for Superintendent Hannasyde, the deceased is Andrew Vereker, a man hated by nearly everyone, especially his odd and unhelpful family members. The Verekers are as eccentric as they are corrupt, and it will take all Hannasyde's skill at detection to determine who's telling the truth, and who is pointing him in the wrong direction. The question is: who in this family is clever enough to get away with murder?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic British crime

  • By Diana on 19-06-2015

'Bright young things' are involved in a murder.

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

Reviewed: 13-03-2019

I really enjoyed this mystery which is set firmly in the era of 'the bright young thing' where the characters are bored by everything and the chief suspect thinks it is all a rather amusing diversion in his life. Georgette Heyer's detective stories are an under rated contribution to the Golden Age of Detective Stories no doubt because she wrote so few.
The narration, as it always does with this narrator, benefits from being heard at 1.10 or even 1.15 speed.

  • The Housekeeper's Tale

  • The Women Who Really Ran the English Country House
  • By: Tessa Boase
  • Narrated by: Tessa Boase
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

The Housekeeper's Tale reveals the personal sacrifices, bitter disputes and driving ambition that shaped these women's careers. Using secret diaries, unpublished letters, and the neglected service archives of our stately homes, Tessa Boase tells the extraordinary stories of five working women who ran some of Britain's most prominent households.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating book

  • By Vanessa Young on 14-02-2019

Fascinating book

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

Reviewed: 14-02-2019

If you enjoy social history, you will get a lot from this deep dive into housekeeping and the relationship of servant to master between the 18th and 21st centuries. A well read and carefully researched look at a group of women who are under represented in the historical record.

  • The Swans of Fifth Avenue

  • A Novel
  • By: Melanie Benjamin
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. Her flawless face regularly graces the pages of Vogue, and she is celebrated and adored for her ineffable style and exquisite taste, especially among her friends - the alluring socialite Swans Slim Keith, C. Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, and Pamela Churchill. By all appearances, Babe has it all. But beneath this elegantly composed exterior dwells a passionate woman - a woman desperately longing for true love and connection.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another view of Capote

  • By Vanessa Young on 27-10-2018

Another view of Capote

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

Reviewed: 27-10-2018

I was unsure about this book to begin with, but I really enjoyed it. It is well written, well read and I felt that the author's note at the end was a useful addition to the book.
I have read Capote's work, seen the movie where he is played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman and read a lot about the Black and White Ball and about Capote's downfall and eventual death. This book, an 'imagined account' of Truman and his 'swans' is a great addition to the library of Capote fans and of those who are interested in social and, even in, fashion history. I look forward to reading more from this author.

  • Envious Casca: Inspector Hemingway Series, Book 2

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 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

A holiday party takes on a sinister aspect when the colourful assortment of guests discovers there is a killer in their midst. The owner of the substantial estate, that old Scrooge Nathaniel Herriard, is found stabbed in the back. While the delicate matter of inheritance could be the key to this crime, the real conundrum is how any of the suspects could have entered a locked room to commit the foul deed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good old fashioned mystery.

  • By Vanessa Young on 18-10-2018

Good old fashioned mystery.

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

Reviewed: 18-10-2018

For those who enjoy Agatha Christie or Ngaio Marsh, this is in the same cosy mystery +locked room tradition but the reader is very measured and slow. I sped the play up to 1.15 and this vastly improved the experience.

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  • Bad Blood

  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 630

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of a multibillion-dollar start-up, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end. In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up ‘unicorn’ promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating - unbelievable that this is a true story

  • By Glenn Gillan on 29-06-2018

Amazing true story

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

Reviewed: 23-09-2018

This one of the best non fiction Audible books I have had. The author makes the science easy to understand and the story of how this young woman managed to hoodwink a lot of people who should have known better is fascinating. If you are interested in massive financial fraud, or even in true crime, you will enjoy this book.

  • I Will Find You

  • Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime
  • By: Joe Kenda
  • Narrated by: Joe Kenda
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to turn it off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Legendary detective and his story

  • By Adam Webb on 01-07-2018

If you like True Crime, you will enjoy Joe Kenda.

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

Reviewed: 21-09-2018

This book is not for the faint hearted but Joe Kenda is a no nonsense, straight talking retired police detective with some surprising views on life. I enjoyed hearing his story very much and I hope he writes another book about his career as a police officer.

  • Secrets In Prior's Ford

  • By: Eve Houston
  • Narrated by: Kim Hicks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

There's consternation among the villagers of Prior's Ford when a firm is interested in re-opening an old granite quarry. It'll be disruptive, noisy and dusty, despite bringing in some new jobs. Publican Glen organises a protest group - but when a local newspaper takes an interest in him and the story, he begins to feel nervous. And when Jenny Forsyth attends a protest meeting, she is shocked to discover the quarry surveyor is an unwelcome face from her past.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book in which nothing happens to anybody

  • By Vanessa Young on 15-07-2018

A book in which nothing happens to anybody

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

Reviewed: 15-07-2018

I bought this book because, from the description, I expected it to be similar to the Cherringham series which is a Cosy Crime series about a fictional village in England. Prior's Ford is a fictional village in Scotland...no crime, no mystery and a predictable plot. I am returning it. I see what the author was trying to achieve, but she did not get there.

  • Death and the Dancing Footman

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

A winter weekend ends in snowbound disaster in a novel which remains a favourite among Marsh readers. It began as an entertainment: eight people, many of them enemies, gathered for a winter weekend by a host with a love for theatre. They would be the characters in a drama that he would devise. It ended in snowbound disaster. Everyone had an alibi - and most had motives as well. But Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn, when he finally arrived, knew it all hung on Thomas, the dancing footman....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ngaio Marsh: A Queen of Crime

  • By Vanessa Young on 10-06-2018

Ngaio Marsh: A Queen of Crime

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

Reviewed: 10-06-2018

If you enjoy Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie, you will probably enjoy Ngaio Marsh. The story is well read by James Saxon.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 19-21
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village to find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 19 - 21: "GHOST OF A CHANCE": Every Halloween, the supposedly haunted Bell Hotel hosts its famous 'Ghost-Hunters Dinner', complete with scary stories, spooky apparitions and things that go bump in the night. But this year's event ends in a terrifying accident, and suddenly everyone wonders... Is there a real ghost loose in the hotel?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable cosy mystery

  • By Vanessa Young on 01-06-2018

Enjoyable cosy mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-06-2018

I have listened to all the Cherringham mysteries, which suit people like me who like cosy, old style, Agatha Christie type mysteries. Neil Dudgeon is a wonderful narrator, his accents are beautifully done and his female character's voices are believable. I was disappointed that the lead characters still have no romantic lives, but the listener can't have everything, I suppose ☺.

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