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  • No Stone Unturned

  • The True Story of the World's Premier Forensic Investigators
  • By: Steve Jackson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

No Stone Unturned recreates the genesis of NecroSearch International: a small ,eclectic group of scientists and law enforcement personal, active and retired, who volunteer their services to help locate the clandestine graves of murder victims and recover the remains and evidence to assist with the apprehension and conviction of the killers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blew my mind

  • By Anonymous User on 23-06-2017

Interesting book. good narrator. fascinating cases

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

Reviewed: 05-02-2019

Liked the story, pace and clear explanations
We get to know the people involved. Lke.

  • The Janus Stone

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate when builders, demolishing a large old house in Norwich to make way for a housing development, uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway - minus the skull. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? DCI Harry Nelson would like to find out - and fast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elly Griffiths the Janus Stone - creepy but good

  • By Kasia on 15-03-2016

good twists in the plot

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

Reviewed: 01-10-2018

the plot is unpredictable with surprises along the way. I enjoyed this book. excellent narration.

  • The Big Book of Serial Killers

  • An Encyclopedia of Serial Killers - 150 Serial Killer Files of the World's Worst Murderers
  • By: Jack Rosewood, Rebecca Lo
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

There is little more terrifying than those who hunt, stalk, and snatch their prey under the cloak of darkness. These hunters search not for animals, but for the touch, taste, and empowerment of human flesh. They are cannibals, vampires, and monsters, and they walk among us. These serial killers are not mythical beasts with horns and shaggy hair. They are people living among society, going about their day-to-day activities until nightfall. They are the Dennis Rader's, the fathers, husbands, church-going members of the community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbingly awesome...

  • By Liz on 17-09-2017

not what i expected.

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

Reviewed: 13-07-2018

very short description of each one, no search facility, not good format for an audiobook

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  • Cold Blood

  • Detective Erika Foster, Book 5
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She's worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before. As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim - the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago. Erika quickly realizes she's on the trail of a serial killer who's already made their next move.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ***Cold Blood***

  • By IMEE B on 09-10-2018

the lead character is still smoking cigarettes.

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

Reviewed: 01-07-2018

Is this product placement? We the readers are alert to such things now. Everything else about the novel is great, the cigarette smoking scenes are irritating and harmful to public health. Also the Starbucks product scenes are annoying, particularly as they make terrible coffee. Lost a star for these reasons.

  • Last Breath

  • Detective Erika Foster, Book 4
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

He's your perfect date. You're his next victim. When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time it's not her case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Erika Foster novel by Robert

  • By Maggie on 27-04-2017

great read/listen but...

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

Reviewed: 27-06-2018

The author does not seem to know first aid and first respoder actions. In real life scenes with first aid given by trained police officers and responses by ambulance officers is not how it would happen in real life. The lack of in-house editors by publishing houses is showing up. A good editor would have told the Editor to fix those. It does not change the good story though. A+ for narration.

  • The Night Stalker

  • Detective Erika Foster, Book 2
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer's night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head. A few days later, another victim is found dead in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer - stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When is the next book?

  • By kevinplee@hotmail.com on 08-06-2016

good but too much smoking cigarettes.

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

Reviewed: 24-06-2018

good story and characters but why do authors still promote harmful cigarette smoking by lead characters? It feels like product placement and I resent it. Tobacco promotion adds nothing to the character and is a distraction.

  • The Girl in the Ice

  • Detective Erika Foster Crime Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 334

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound, and dumped in water around London.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not bad at all

  • By Renaee on 17-03-2016

good storyl but why must Erika smoke cigarettes?

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

Reviewed: 12-06-2018

I liked the characterisation and plot. I didn't like cigarette smoking. Unnecessary promotion of health hazard.

  • Goldenhand

  • The Old Kingdom, Book 5
  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Lirael lost one of her hands in the binding of Orannis, but now she has a new hand, one of gilded steel and Charter Magic. On a dangerous journey, Lirael returns to her childhood home, the Clayr's Glacier, where she was once a Second Assistant Librarian. There a young woman from the distant North brings her a message from her long-dead mother, Arielle. It is a warning about the Witch with No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I always love an old kingdom book

  • By Natasha on 09-02-2017

good listening

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

Reviewed: 02-06-2018

l like the story, characterisation and narrator. It was was to visulise this story.

  • Out Of Bounds

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to a twisted unsolved murder from 22 years before. Meanwhile, Karen Pirie finds herself irresistibly drawn into another mystery that she has no business investigating; a mystery that has its roots in a terrorist bombing two decades ago. And again, she finds that nothing is as it seems....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great voice.

  • By Jan A on 28-09-2016

good

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

Reviewed: 20-05-2018

I enjoyed the story. and the characters. I really like the narrator, with her Scottish accent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Forensics

  • The Anatomy of Crime
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

The dead talk. To the right listener, they tell us all about themselves: how they lived, how they died--and who killed them. Val McDermid uncovers the secrets of forensic medicine with groundbreaking research and her own experience. Along the way you’ll wonder at how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine time of death and how a DNA trace a millionth the size of a grain of salt can be used to convict a killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love the content, narration okay...

  • By smiranda on 01-11-2018

Fascinating. brilliant

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

Reviewed: 06-04-2018

well researched. interesting. fascinating. excellent structure. good narration. learnt new facts. a very good book