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Dr. Jeannette Kavanagh

Melbourne, Australia
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  • Dead If You Don't

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Roy Grace, creation of the CWA Diamond Dagger award-winning author Peter James, faces his most complex case yet in Dead If You Don't. Shortly after Kipp Brown and his teenage son, Mungo, arrive at the Amex stadium for their team's biggest-ever football game, Mungo disappears. A short while later Kipp receives a text with a ransom demand and a warning not to go to the police if he and his wife want to see their son alive again.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Would have been twice as good if half as long

  • By Dr. Jeannette Kavanagh on 23-06-2019

Would have been twice as good if half as long

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

Reviewed: 23-06-2019

Every profession or job has its own brand of tedium. Yes, Peter James no doubt captures the reality of police procedures. In minute detail.
That very detail was as mind-numbingly boring for me as a reader as it may be for the police.
I bought this book because I had read his latest book. What a disappointment.

  • The Good Daughter

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Susie James
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,166

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy smalltown family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father - Pikeville's notorious defense attorney - devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself. But when violence comes to Pikeville again - and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized - Charlie is plunged into a nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW..... Just WOW

  • By Anonymous User on 16-11-2018

Brilliant, mesmerising from beginning to end.

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

Reviewed: 29-01-2019

This is the first Karin Slaughter novel I've heard or read. Characters drawn so exquisitely. Plot moving so naturally.
Normally I take longer to get through an Audible book. This was so compelling I had to listen any spare minute available. And some not spare.

How wonderful to know I can now go back to mine her rich lode of previous novels. Of course they may not be as believable, graphic and transporting as The Good Daughter but they'll be so much better than most of the dross out there.

  • Milkman

  • By: Anna Burns
  • Narrated by: Bríd Brennan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 405

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous. Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • magic

  • By Dr. Sue Tait on 12-09-2018

No wonder this won the Man Booker prize! Splendid.

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

Reviewed: 10-12-2018

This is a novel written by someone called to the art of fiction writing. In a world where few are called and even fewer published. I hated the idea that this confection would end. It was a wonderful mix of imagination and the tragic history of sectarian violence in the so-called democracy of Northern Ireland. The character, middle sister, though not named was one of the most appealing characters I've met in recent fiction. By recent I mean in the past 150 years or so. Anna Burns is my new must read. Though Audible presents so much shite posing as a great read, they have only one of her books in their library. Aha well, that's Amazon for you.

  • Clock Dance

  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life: when she was 11 and her mother disappeared, being proposed to at 21, the accident that would make her a widow at 41. At each of these moments, Willa ended up on a path laid out for her by others. So when she receives a phone call telling her that her son’s ex-girlfriend has been shot and needs her help, she drops everything and flies across the country. The spur-of-the moment decision to look after this woman - and her nine-year-old daughter, and her dog - will lead Willa into uncharted territory....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Underwhelming use of Anne Tyler's skills.

  • By Dr. Jeannette Kavanagh on 11-10-2018

Underwhelming use of Anne Tyler's skills.

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

Reviewed: 11-10-2018

I've been an Anne Tyler fan for decades. This novel was well-written but as dull as the one - dimensional character it almost portrayed. I listened to the end always hoping that she'd wake up and live. The ending was an atrocious after-thought. Though Tyler may have planned it from the start one can't have faith that the character knew what she was doing. To dismiss her future life in a couple of sentences after making us wade through her non relationships was a bit disappointing. No. It was incredible and disappointing.

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  • Mine

  • By: Susi Fox
  • Narrated by: Ainslie McGlynn
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

You wake up alone after an emergency caesarean, desperate to see your child. And when you are shown the small infant in the nursery, a terrible thought takes root: this baby is not your baby. No one believes you. Not the nurses, your father or even your own husband. They say you’re confused and delusional. Dangerous. But you’re a doctor - you know how easily mistakes can be made. It’s up to you to find your real child, your miracle baby, before it’s too late. With everyone against you, is it safe to trust your instincts? Or are memories from your past clouding your judgement? This can’t all be in your head...can it?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Weak storyline

  • By Jo Nelson on 27-04-2018

I want my money back and my time.

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

Reviewed: 23-09-2018

This was horrendous. As well as being implausible and clumsily written the story was a saccharine elegy to 'motherhood'. I'm so cross that I kept listening - in the baseless hope that it would improve. No spoiler here but the issue isn't whether or not she has the right baby. It's which female character is equipped to live her own life, let b alone parent another human.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Killing Habit

  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

From number one best seller Mark Billingham comes a twisting, unbearably gripping DI Tom Thorne and Nicola Tanner thriller inspired by a dramatic real-life case. How do you catch a killer who is yet to kill? We all know the signs. Cruelty, lack of empathy, the killing of animals. Now, pets on suburban London streets are being stalked by a shadow, and it could just be the start. DI Tom Thorne knows the psychological profile of such offenders all too well, so when he is tasked with catching a notorious killer of domestic cats, he sees the chance to stop a series of homicides before they happen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Again, Mark Billingham delivers a great thriller

  • By Dr. Jeannette Kavanagh on 08-07-2018

Again, Mark Billingham delivers a great thriller

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

Reviewed: 08-07-2018

crime subplots all handled with care; combined with a forward movement on the Tom and Helen relationship made this a great read.

  • Rush of Blood

  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Perfect strangers. A perfect holiday. The perfect murder.... Three couples meet around the pool on their Florida holiday and become fast friends. But on their last night, their perfect holiday takes a tragic twist: the teenage daughter of another holidaymaker goes missing, and her body is later found floating in the mangroves. When the shocked couples return home, they remain in contact, and over the course of three increasingly fraught dinner parties they come to know one another better.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to Mark Billingham's best

  • By Dr. Jeannette Kavanagh on 14-05-2018

Not up to Mark Billingham's best

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

Reviewed: 14-05-2018

The premise of the story was fine but it felt dragged out. Yes the final chapter was unexpected. Also contrived and unbelievable. There was no motive offered for the crime when the killer remained unknown. Even less of a motive when their identity was revealed. Too pat to be satisfying.

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  • From the Dead

  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

When Donna Langford receives a very recent photo of her ex-husband in the post, she gets the shock of her life. Because she's just spent 10 years in prison for organising his murder. When her daughter goes missing, Donna believes there can only be one man responsible and hires Anna Carpenter, a determined young private investigator, to find him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yet another enthralling Mark Billingham read.

  • By Dr. Jeannette Kavanagh on 10-03-2018

Yet another enthralling Mark Billingham read.

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

Reviewed: 10-03-2018

The plot was plausible but with surprising twists. I like the way Tom Thorn is becoming more multi dimensional - as against a detective with a dysfunctional personality.
The character Anna was sympathetically portrayed and Hendricks is a great foil to Thorn and everyone else. Bravo.

  • The Missing Ones

  • Detective Lottie Parker, Book 1
  • By: Patricia Gibney
  • Narrated by: Michele Moran
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

When a woman's body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It's clear the pair are connected, but how? The trail leads Lottie to St Angela's, a former children's home, with a dark connection to her own family history. Suddenly the case just got personal.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's hard to believe that this was published.

  • By Dr. Jeannette Kavanagh on 04-02-2018

It's hard to believe that this was published.

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

Reviewed: 04-02-2018

With no evidence of policing skills and less evidence of strategic thinking, DI Lottie Parker takes us on a tedious journey of her incompetence. Where was the editor? Or a writer for that matter! Clunky imagery and superficially drawn characters. I didn't find it gripping: it was soporific. Why don't people in Audible listen to the books they promote as exciting.

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  • Close Your Eyes

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

I close my eyes and feel my heart begin racing. Someone is coming. They're going to find me. A mother and her teenage daughter are found brutally murdered in a remote farmhouse, one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other left lying like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her Prince.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty Good but ....

  • By ken on 28-10-2015

Brilliant. Eloquent writing rivetting read.

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

Reviewed: 24-12-2017

I'd forgotten how beautifully Michael Robotham writes. Great exploration of the motivations behind evil set against the complex personal relationship of the main character. A very satisfying and suspenseful read. Thank you Mr Robotham for spending that time to write it.