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  • The Broken Shore

  • By: Peter Temple
  • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Joe Cashin was different once. He moved easily then; was surer and less thoughtful. But there are consequences when you’ve come so close to dying. For Cashin, they included a posting away from the world of Homicide to the quiet place on the coast where he grew up. Now all he has to do is play the country cop and walk the dogs. And sometimes think about how he was before. But then prominent local Charles Bourgoyne is bashed and left for dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So riveting so Australian so real.

  • By Murray on 28-10-2017

Narration

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

Reviewed: 17-06-2019

Struggled to finish this book I found the narrator extremely hard to listen to.and keep interested. Although I did enjoy the story.

  • The Mister

  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Dominic Thorburn, Jessica O'Hara-Baker
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59

London, 2019. Life has been easy for Maxim Trevelyan. With his good looks, aristocratic connections and money, he’s never had to work, and he’s rarely slept alone. But all that changes when tragedy strikes and Maxim inherits his family’s noble title, wealth, and estates, and all the responsibility that entails. It’s a role he’s not prepared for and one that he struggles to face. But his biggest challenge is fighting his desire for an unexpected, enigmatic young woman who’s recently arrived in England, possessing little more than a dangerous and troublesome past. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By Cas on 04-05-2019

Beyond repitisios and boring

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

Reviewed: 27-05-2019

Thought I'd see if this one was any better. Nuh
A weak immature character and a very poor story line.
She needs to give it up if this all she can write about

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Man with No Face

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Brussels, 1979. Jaded Edinburgh journalist Neil Bannerman arrives in the capital of European politics intent on digging up dirt. Yet it is danger he discovers when two British men are found murdered. One victim is a journalist, the other a Cabinet Minister: the double assassination witnessed by the former's autistic daughter. This girl recalls every detail about her father's killer - except for one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Early Peter May A Winner

  • By Angela on 20-01-2019

ok!

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

Reviewed: 21-04-2019

found it hard to get into this one . Didn't enjoy as much as previous listens. it waffled on a bit to much.

  • The Chessmen

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Fin Macleod, now head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal-game hunting taking place on the island. This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill - a local poacher, Fin's teenage intimate and possessor of a long-buried secret. But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn and Fin puts together the fractured pieces of the past, he realises that revealing the truth could destroy the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listening.

  • By DebManning on 19-04-2019

Great listening.

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

Reviewed: 19-04-2019

Can't wait to read more about Flynn McCloud. A flawed human being with a sensitive heart trying to navigate his life. just like most of us.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Whisky from Small Glasses

  • A D.C.I. Daley Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

DCI Jim Daley is sent from the city to investigate a murder after the body of a woman is washed up on an idyllic beach on the West Coast of Scotland. Far away from urban resources, he finds himself a stranger in a close-knit community. Love, betrayal, fear and death stalk the small town, as Daley investigates a case that becomes more deadly than he could possibly imagine, in this compelling Scottish crime novel infused with intrigue and dark humour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant

  • By Anonymous User on 19-03-2019

Boring

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

Reviewed: 13-04-2019

This was unbelievably boring. But I preserved hoping it would get better not untill the last 6 chapters did it get slightly interesting. Shame I really wanted to enjoy after the review I read

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Scholar

  • Cormac Reilly, Book 2
  • By: Dervla McTiernan
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424

 

When Dr. Emma Sweeney stumbles across the victim of a hit-and-run outside Galway University late one evening, she calls her partner, Detective Cormac Reilly, bringing him first to the scene of a murder that would otherwise never have been assigned to him. A security card in the dead woman's pocket identifies her as Carline Darcy, a gifted student and heir apparent to Irish pharmaceutical giant Darcy Therapeutics. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT

  • By Anonymous User on 07-03-2019

Great book

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

Reviewed: 09-04-2019

number 2 book . l love Riley . what a great character and gentle man. I hope there are more in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ruin

  • By: Dervla McTiernan
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474

Galway 1993: Young Garda Cormac Reilly is called to a scene he will never forget. Two silent, neglected children - 15-year-old Maude and five-year-old Jack - are waiting for him at a crumbling country house. Upstairs, their mother lies dead. Twenty years later, a body surfaces in the icy black waters of the River Corrib. At first it looks like an open-and-shut case, but then doubt is cast on the investigation's findings - and the integrity of the police. Cormac is thrown back into the cold case that has haunted him his entire career - what links the two deaths, two decades apart?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous!

  • By Anonymous User on 16-03-2018

A page turner

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

Reviewed: 06-04-2019

I loved this book especially Cormac but the narration read bloody awful the "Australian" accent didn't know if it was American or New Zealand. Certainly NOT Australian. why not let an Australian do the Australian?

  • The Secret Runners of New York

  • By: Matthew Reilly
  • Narrated by: Jacqui Duncan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

When Skye Rogers and her twin brother, Red, move to Manhattan, rumours of a coming global apocalypse are building. But this does not stop the young elite of New York from partying without a care. And then suddenly Skye is invited to join an exclusive gang known as the Secret Runners of New York. But this is no ordinary clique - they have access to an underground portal that can transport them into the future. And what Skye discovers in the future is horrifying.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun book from exciting Australian author

  • By KatyH on 03-06-2019

Enjoyable but ?

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

Reviewed: 03-04-2019

while I enjoyed this book I really think that it is very youth oriented.
I think Skye is a great character and look forward to another book with her maybe when she's older.
I hated the narration squeaky, grinding and irritating.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Brothers in Arms

  • Matt Drake Series, Book 5
  • By: David Leadbeater
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Whilst en route to investigate an assassination threat, Drake and Mai Kitano are blown out of the skies and cast adrift in a storm-tossed ocean before being marooned on a deserted island. Back home, the clock is ticking, but the deadly jigsaw puzzle of events refuses to fit together. Assassins stalk the streets of Washington DC. Civilians are being murdered by ordinary-seeming Americans turned expert killers, for no apparent reason.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • lots of adventure

  • By DebManning on 01-04-2019

lots of adventure

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

Reviewed: 01-04-2019

loved these books have to read all 5 books in order to get the whole story can't wait for the next one.

  • The Gates of Hell

  • Matt Drake, Book 3
  • By: David Leadbeater
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Matt Drake, broken by the murder of his loved ones, betrayal, and the threat to his friends, sets out to cancel the blood vendetta imposed by the underworld linchpin, the Blood King. Revenge, terrible and personal, drives Drake in his quest to stop the man who has become his nemesis. The mercenary Boudreau, now in the hands of his enemies, sits stone-faced and unflinching as Hayden Jaye desperately tries to extract the information she needs to save the lives of hundreds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • not so good

  • By DebManning on 27-03-2019

not so good

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

Reviewed: 27-03-2019

not historically correct. he left out Australia in describing Cooks navigation of the south.
for the audio the word is Staunchens not stanchens. no where as good as the first two books . I hope the next two are better