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  • Audible's Thriller of 2018
  • By: Benjamin Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas, David Tredinnick, Jennifer Vuletic, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 468

Four years ago Eliza Dacey was brutally murdered. Within hours, her killer was caught. Wasn’t he? So reads the opening titles of Jack Quick’s new true-crime documentary. A skilled producer, Jack knows that the bigger the conspiracy, the higher the ratings. Curtis Wade, convicted of Eliza’s murder on circumstantial evidence and victim of a biased police force, is the perfect subject. Millions of viewers agree. Just before the finale, Jack uncovers a minor detail that may prove Curtis guilty after all. Convinced it will ruin his show, Jack disposes of the evidence and delivers the finale unedited: proposing that Curtis is innocent. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Aussie Thriller

  • By Thomas on 07-09-2018

Murder Mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-12-2018

I enjoyed this book. Great Australia story, all the better for being set in my local area. This writer is talented. Recommended.

  • The Relentless Tide

  • A DCI Daley Thriller, Book 6
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

When Professor Francombe and her team of archaeologists find the remains of three women on a remote Kintyre hillside - a site rumoured to have been the base of Viking warlord Somerled - their delight soon turns to horror when they realise the women tragically met their end little more than two decades ago. It soon becomes clear that these are the three missing victims of the ‘Midweek Murderer’, a serial killer who was at work in Glasgow in the early 1990s.  DCI Jim Daley now has the chance to put things right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best

  • By Sandra on 17-10-2018

Best

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

Reviewed: 17-10-2018

Best in the series. I enjoyed this DCI Daley story very much. The touches of humour made me lol and made it just perfect. Hoping for more.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beware the Past

  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

When Matt Ballard was starting out his career, three boys were murdered in the same area, the remote and bleak Gibbet Fen. When the main suspect was killed in a hit-and-run, the killings stopped. But Matt was not satisfied that the real murderer had been caught. Over 25 years later, Matt gets a photo in an unmarked envelope. It's of the Gibbet Fen crime scene. And the picture was taken before the murder took place. More photos arrive, relating to the historic murders, as well as intimate pictures of Matt's very secret private life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • couldn't finish because of performance 🤨

  • By peter cousens on 20-07-2018

Interesting story but

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

Reviewed: 14-09-2018

The narration has ruined this audio book. The speaker does loosen up a bit as it goes along but his voice is so stiff and formal he sounds a lot like an old fashioned BBC news reader. The female characters dialogue is especially unfortunate. The story was enough to keep me listening though, so over all it’s a three from me.

  • Their Lost Daughters

  • Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Small northern town low budget police melodrama

  • By Philip on 28-08-2018

Lacking

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

Reviewed: 30-08-2018

Another two star reviewer here has said it better than I could. I agree with that reviewer. This piece of writing misses the mark on every level and the narration is no help at all. By the end I was getting anxious to be done listening and no longer cared whodunnit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Song for the Dying

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

A heart-stopping crime thriller from the author of three consecutive No. 1 bestsellers, including Birthdays for the Dead and the DI Logan McRae series. He's back... Eight years ago, ‘The Inside Man' murdered four women and left three more in critical condition - all of them with their stomachs slit open and a plastic doll stitched inside. And then the killer just … disappeared. Ash Henderson was a Detective Inspector on the initial investigation, but a lot can change in eight years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good

  • By Sandra on 15-06-2018

Very good

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

Reviewed: 15-06-2018

The thrilling sequel to Birthdays For the Dead. You must read the first book to really get the best from this one but it’s a great read anyway. Brilliantly crafted story with great characters, narrator is amazing.

  • Birthdays for the Dead

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Five years ago his daughter, Rebecca, went missing on the eve of her 13th birthday. A year later the first card arrived: homemade, with a Polaroid picture stuck to the front – Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. Every year another card: each one worse than the last. The tabloids call him The Birthday Boy. He’s been snatching girls for 12 years, always in the run-up to their 13th birthday, sending the families his homemade cards showing their daughters being slowly tortured to death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very good.

  • By Stephanie on 21-02-2019

Heavy going

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

Reviewed: 13-06-2018

But worth it. With twists and turns galore, plenty of blood, gore and depravity, these poor characters are really put through the wringer for our entertainment. Chilling to the end.

  • Smoke and Whispers

  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

When a body is hauled from the River Tyne, Sarah Tucker heads North for a closer look. She identifies the dead woman as private detective Zöe Boehm, but putting a name to the corpse only raises further questions. Did Zöe kill herself, or did one of her old cases come looking for her? And what's brought Sarah's former sparring partner Gerard Inchon to the same broken-down hotel?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another great herron book

  • By "neil999b" on 02-08-2017

Great!

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

Reviewed: 31-05-2018

I enjoyed this instalment of the Zoe Boehm novels immensely. Overlooking some of the slight improbabilities, it’s an engrossing story, skilfully written and narrated. Bring on more! Mick Heron is a great writer.

  • The Other Lady Vanishes

  • By: Amanda Quick
  • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

New York Times best-selling author Amanda Quick returns to the exclusive seaside community of Burning Cove, where more than one person with a dark past has gone to reinvent themselves. But some secrets are just too deadly to stay hidden, and some pasts can never stay buried. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Okayish

  • By Sandra on 24-05-2018

Okayish

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

Reviewed: 24-05-2018

An old fashioned style murder mystery, damsel in distress thing, with all the usual elements, but some unexpected spicy bits that seemed not to really belong here. Starts out good but begins to drag with too much talk, talk, talk to tie it all up. The narrator gets less annoying as she warms to the task. Okay if you want to fill in some lazy time but not really a ‘page turner’ at any stretch. This author hopefully improved with so many novels to her name.

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator's voice does not match the character

  • By Anneka on 02-11-2016

What is this novel trying to be?

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

Reviewed: 22-05-2018


It starts out settling you into an enticing romance, then turns away into crude erotica. You might forgive it that, might, if it had a compelling story line, but it doesn’t, it’s going no where. It doesn’t even make the most of its time traveling theme which becomes nothing but a background plot line that the reader can easily ignore. It’s interminably long, filled with inconsequential details, rambling segues and dialogues. It then has to wake you up by being shockingly nasty and depraved towards the end - whilst also throwing in some eyebrow-raising religious themes. I don’t understand the popularity of this book. And there are how many in the series? Outlander really is beyond my comprehension at all. Though I did find it a fantastic book to sleep by. Top marks also to the stamina of the narrator.

  • Dark Tide Rising

  • William Monk Mystery, Book 24
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Deirdre Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Dark Tide Rising is the 24th compelling mystery in the William Monk series, from the master of Victorian crime, New York Times best-selling author Anne Perry. When Kate Exeter is kidnapped on the shore of the Thames, Commander William Monk is enlisted by her desperate husband to save her. Kate's captors are demanding a ransom for her safe return, and Monk and his most trusted men must arrange a secret handover in the dark slums of Jacob's Island.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story

  • By Mrs. Diana L Williams on 05-05-2018

Not what I expect

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

Reviewed: 12-05-2018

This may have been an entertaining book, I really have enjoyed the other William Monk books on audible, but I guess we’ll never know because of the narration. The narration is really awful, and to add to it the sound quality is sub par, and I just couldn’t stand listening to it. I tried, but gave up.