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  • Insidious Intent

  • Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 10
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

In the north of England, single women are beginning to disappear from weddings. A pattern soon becomes clear: someone is luring the women away, only to leave the victims' bodies in their own burned-out cars in remote locations. Tony and Carol are called upon to investigate, but this may be the toughest case they've ever had to face. Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant Paula McIntyre and her partner, Elinor, must deal with a cruel cyber blackmailer targeting their teenage ward, Torin.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This one of the series simply doesn't work!

  • By Jeanette NORMAN on 10-04-2018

Furious at ending. Gypped.

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

Reviewed: 02-01-2018

I know the author has requested no spoilers in reviews as I also have the book and I won’t provide spoilers but I think the ending is pathetic. I think, considering the journey that we have taken with Tony & Carol, this ending is pathetic. It’s a cop out, it’s hurried as if the author hit her word limit & had to quickly tidy things up. Over all I am not at all happy with the ending.

The story was great up to the last chapter & epilogue.

For those like myself who have invested our time & enjoyment for this series, the ending is a slap in the face.

Shame Val. Shame.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Amityville Horror

  • By: Jay Anson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property - complete with boathouse and swimming pool - and the price were too good to pass up. This is the shocking true story of an American dream that turned into a nightmare beyond imagining for the Lutz family, who were forced to flee their new home in terror.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What should have been a wonderful scare...

  • By rosewart on 27-10-2016

What should have been a wonderful scare...

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

Reviewed: 27-10-2016

Has been a major disappointment.
The narration by Ray Porter was so void of voice expression that I actually could not finish listening to the first chapter.
In fact I go further to say that a computer generated voice would have more expression.

I love this story. I first read it over 35 years ago. This narration has stripped it of all the scariness that the book is famous for.

Excessively disappointed. If I had have been able to get a refund I would.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 570

Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas February 17, 2017 USA. In this first novel in his epic fantasy masterpiece, Stephen King introduces listeners to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey into good and evil, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book ruined by narration

  • By rosewart on 28-07-2016

Great book ruined by narration

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

Reviewed: 28-07-2016

I really struggled listening to George as he told the story.
I first read this story in its original format when I was 19 - 30 years ago now. I've read the current format and all the books as they were released in Australia. I love this epic tale of Roland BUT George's voice was terrible. His attempts to differentiate between each character was just awful and as such..I listened for the story, not for the story teller.

I am saddened to see that he has narrated other books in this series. I am unsure now if I want to continue to listen in this format or return to the voices in my bed as I read it myself.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Rebecca

  • By: Daphne Du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Daphne du Maurier's young heroine meets the charming Maxim de Winter and despite her youth, they marry and go to Manderley, his home in Cornwall. There, the sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers and the mystery she keeps alive of his first wife Rebecca - said to have drowned at sea - threatens to overwhelm the marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Last night I dreamt of Manderlay

  • By rosewart on 14-04-2016

Last night I dreamt of Manderlay

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

Reviewed: 14-04-2016

Highly recommend this reading.
The book was fantastic when I read it. The film noir was just brilliant but this reading.

Fantastic. The story is timeless.
Loved it then. Love it now. Brilliant.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful