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  • A Darkling Plain

  • Mortal Engines, Book 4
  • By: Philip Reeve
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 60

London is a radioactive ruin. But Tom and Wren discover that the old predator city hides an awesome secret that could bring an end to the war. But as they risk their lives in its dark underbelly, time is running out. Alone and far away, Hester faces a fanatical enemy who possesses the weapons and the will to destroy the entire human race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pristine!

  • By Cody on 29-01-2019

What an adventure!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-2018

I’ve just finished this, the 4th and final book in Mortal Engines Quartet...and what a series!

The writing always kept me interested and never laboured too much despite the plots get more complex and intertwined as the books progressed. I really started to get to know and enjoy the characters, in particular the unusual dynamics of the main characters of Tom and Hester as well as my personal favourite, Professor Nimrod Pennyroyal, the likeable rogue and conman.

The narration by Barnaby Edwards is superb. His range of accents and voices really had me mentally picturing the characters who were very believable.

All in all, a fantastic read and I’m sad to have finished the series. I’ve still got the film to look forward to...let’s hope they stuck to the books and don’t ‘Hollywoodize’ it too much!

  • Secret Santa (Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series: Mystery Shorts 25)

  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Bill Vokes has played Santa at the children's Christmas show for years. But with the show just hours away, he vanishes with no explanation. The whole village is baffled. Did something bad happen to loveable Bill, upstanding citizen, churchgoer, life and soul of the party and the holiday season? Jack and Sarah are on the case - and soon discover there are secrets about this Santa that no one could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "A good light read"

  • By 🦋 Percyville 🦋 on 09-03-2018

When will there be more?

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

Reviewed: 21-01-2018

It felt like revisiting old friends listening to Jack and Sarah’s latest mystery. Thoroughly enjoyed this and all the other books and can’t wait for those last few stories to be released in English.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Abattoir Blues

  • The 22nd DCI Banks Mystery
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

The 22nd novel in number-one best-selling author Peter Robinson's critically acclaimed DCI Banks series. When two boys vanish under mysterious circumstances, the local community is filled with unease. And when a caravan belonging to one of the youths is burned to the ground, and a bloodstain is discovered in a disused World War Two hangar nearby, things quickly become much more sinister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best

  • By SP Parkinson on 18-01-2018

One of the best

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

Reviewed: 18-01-2018

I’ve heard 4 books in the DCI Banks series now and they’ve all been excellent but I think this is the best so far. I’ll be checking the rest out without a doubt.

  • The Word Is Murder

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

A wealthy woman strangled six hours after she's arranged her own funeral. A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own. A reluctant author drawn into a story he can’t control. What do they have in common? Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's new thriller. Spread the word. The word is murder.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unengaging, I wouldn't bother.

  • By Ruth on 29-01-2018

A Traditional Style WhoDunnit with a Real Twist

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

Reviewed: 28-09-2017

I didn’t quite understand what was going on at the beginning of ‘The Word is Murder’ but it soon became clear that Anthony Horowitz was not only narrating this modern day murder/mystery, he was also a central character.

This book has a great plot with many twists and some great characters in it, particularly the grumpy and reclusive Ex-Detective Hawthorn.

A must for all Whodunnit fans.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 16-18
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

The Last Puzzle: When amiable old village eccentric Quentin Andrews dies, the good folk of Cherringham are astonished at the crowd that turns up to his funeral. But even more astonished are the beneficiaries of his will: Quentin has left a veritable fortune to whomever is the first who can solve an intricate 'Cherringham crossword'. That puzzle is only the first of many that Jack and Sarah will uncover as they follow the treasure hunt for clues and learn the truth about who Quentin Andrews really was.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very enjoyable series

  • By Vanessa Young on 03-06-2017

When is the next installment coming out??

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

Reviewed: 12-07-2017

Would you listen to Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation (Cherringham 16-18) again? Why?

I would. These stories are well written with great characters and quite different storylines. It's not just strange murders in an English village.The authors have shown excellent imagination with some of the plots.

What other book might you compare Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation (Cherringham 16-18) to, and why?

Similar to Agatha Christies Mrs Marple series but with the internet!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was, even though I couldn't. I did, however, listen to it on my pushbike rides and had it in the car whenever I was out and about.

Any additional comments?

I really, really enjoyed this series and hope they will release more episodes soon. I see that they have another 6 stories available in German so hopefully....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 1-3
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 1 - 3: MURDER ON THAMES, MYSTERY AT THE MANOR and MURDER BY MOONLIGHT.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally!

  • By SP Parkinson on 14-06-2017

Finally!

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

Reviewed: 14-06-2017

Exactly what I've been looking for. A modern day English village murder mystery in the classic style of Agatha Christie.

Well written, excellent narration and great characters. The stories are enjoyable and there's a laugh or two along the way. So pleased I found this series and I'll be downloading the lot!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By Looraine on 03-09-2014

Great Book, but....

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

Reviewed: 22-11-2016

If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining, gripping, addictive.

What other book might you compare The Cuckoo's Calling to, and why?

To me it seems like a modern day Poirot.

What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

His accents and voices are well chosen and realistic. He also plays all the characters - male or female - in a very convincing fashion. I have a number of favourite Audible readers and Robert Glenister has moved right up to the top of the list.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did but couldn't. I had it set to start playing as soon as I started my car so got to listen to it many times a day.

Any additional comments?

The one thing that really annoyed me was the needless amount of swearing by some of the characters. It isn't like normal conversation...it seems like JK has finally been allowed to use swear words after the Harry Potter series and has tried to put as many as she can think up in this book as frequently as possible, often when totally unnecessary. In contrast, The Silk Worm has probably 5% of the cursing but the characters still come across as realistic and genuine as in The Cuckoo's Calling.

  • The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

First came a sinister warning to Poirot not to eat any plum pudding...then the discovery of a corpse in a chest, but what can link these baffling cases? The little grey cells of Monsieur Hercule Poirot! Feast yourself on these intriguing crime mysteries from the distinctive hand of the queen of crime fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bravo! Hugh Fraser. Bien joué.

  • By SP Parkinson on 27-11-2015

Bravo! Hugh Fraser. Bien joué.

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

Reviewed: 27-11-2015

I couldn't think of a finer narrator for the Poirot mysteries than Captain Hastings himself, Hugh Fraser. Well done and I will certainly listening/reading more. Merci beaucoup, as the little detective would say.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful