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  • Beneath Everything

  • By: Suzie Carr
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Murphy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Sarah Destin is a highly successful marketing executive who makes great money, lives in a beautiful home, and drives a sweet car with an engine that purrs. She should be thrilled, but somewhere along the line, she took a wrong turn and ended up in the dreaded rat race of life. When she meets Jolene, a scuba instructor from Bonaire, curiosity stirs deep within. Suddenly, she begins to crave adventure. By getting out of her comfort zone, Sarah soon begins to realize that life begins to bloom beneath the facade of materialism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adored it

  • By Joanna Darrell on 17-02-18

Classic Carr

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

Reviewed: 18-04-18

I love Suzie Carr's books. She's a thoughtful and inspiring writer. And this one is true to form. It's a heart lifting journey that's a very long way from the usual 'will she won't she' dilemmas of a lot of lesbian fiction. It's beautifully written. And very well narrated by Stephanie Murphy. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

  • In a Glass Darkly

  • By: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton, David Horovitch, Jonathan Keeble, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Demons, vengeful spirits, insanity, premature burials, and lesbian vampires. In a Glass Darkly contains five diabolical tales of horror and mystery that will get the heart racing. Each story, including the famous "Green Tea" and "Carmilla", is presented as a case from the posthumous papers of Dr. Martin Hesselius, a metaphysical physician who has no doubt as to the existence of supernatural phenomena - unlike our anxious protagonists....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very good!

  • By Sadi on 18-04-18

Worth it for 'The Room in the Dragon Volant'

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

Reviewed: 19-12-17

This was an interesting collection of stories, largely because of the place Le Fanu holds in the history of horror fiction. There's no doubt that he was a great writer, though some of the stories are rather dated now and, from my experience as a 21st century reader, a bit disappointing. I thought 'The Room in the Dragon Volant' was superb though. If I'd just heard that as a short story by itself I'd have given it 5 stars across the board! :0)

  • The Falcon Tattoo

  • The National Crime Agency Series, Book 2
  • By: Bill Rogers
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

A violent attacker is on the loose. His calling card: a tattoo on his victims' skin. With no witnesses and no evidence left at the crime scenes, it will take all of the National Crime Agency's resources to track him down. At the head of the investigation, codenamed Operation Juniper, Senior Investigator Joanne Stuart knows that the clock is ticking. The time between abductions is decreasing and the perpetrator grows ever more brazen. She fears it won't be long before his assaults turn deadly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but the narration could be irritating

  • By Roger Catto on 14-08-17

Great Book!

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

Reviewed: 19-12-17

This is a great book! Lots of action. Really authentic detail. I felt like I was actually there in the investigation. Brilliant!!! :0)

  • The Pick, the Spade and the Crow

  • By: Bill Rogers
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59

When the body of a man is discovered in woodlands outside Manchester, a ten-year missing-persons investigation can finally be filed away. But this was no ordinary death: gagged, bound and buried alive, he was the victim of a sophisticated and sadistic killer. And there is something else that has the National Crime Agency puzzled. A single character carved into a nearby tree.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Could not stand the weird narration voice

  • By Voyager on 09-11-16

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 16-12-17

I came across this book by accident when I searched for books about the National Crime Agency. I was interested in having a different slant on the traditional police procedural. I'm really glad I found it. It's beautifully written, gripping and authentic. It took me a while to get used to the narrator's Lancashire accent, but I'm completely hooked now. Already halfway through the second book in the series. Brilliant stuff!!!! :0)

  • Classic Tales of Hauntings

  • By: Bram Stoker, Ambrose Bierce, Lafcadio Hearn, and others
  • Narrated by: Hayward Morse, Liza Ross, Garrick Hagon, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Sixteen classic stories from masters of the genre: "The Judge's House", by Bram Stoker; "A Jug of Sirup", by Ambrose Bierce; "The Reconciliation", by Lafcadio Hearn; "The Woman With a Candle" by W. Bourne Cooke; "The Ebony Frame", by E. Nesbit; "On the Northern Ice", by Elia W. Peattie; "The Haunted Doll's House", by M. R. James; "The Old House in Vauxhall Walk", by Charlotte Riddell; "The Underground Ghost", by John Berwick Harwood; "Haunted", by Anon (from Tinsley's Annual); plus five more....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Victorian Hauntings

  • By Highlight on 10-10-15

Brilliant Selection of Spooky Short Stories

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

Reviewed: 14-10-17

This is a wonderful selection of short ghost stories. Beautifully narrated. And I was delighted to discover that I'd never heard any of them before. Absolute listening delight! :0)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Doll and Other Stories

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Hattie Morahan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

In The Doll, a waterlogged notebook is washed ashore. Its pages tell a dark story of obsession and jealousy, but the fate of its narrator is a mystery. Many of the stories in this haunting collection have only recently been discovered and most were written early in Daphne du Maurier's career. Yet they display her mastery of atmosphere, tension and intrigue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By PB on 28-05-17

Superb!

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

Reviewed: 28-05-17

I loved this collection of early short stories by Daphne Du Maurier and thought some of them could be ranked amongst her best. My particular favourites were the one about the couple going away for the weekend; the story of an affair in letters; and the final monologue. I thought the narrator was superb! My only criticism - I wish there had been a slightly longer gap between stories. But that's minor. This was a very great listening pleasure for me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rumpole of the Bailey

  • By: John Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

In these witty and comic stories, Horace Rumpole takes on a variety of clients and activities. He, of course, brings each case to a successful end, all the while quoting poetry and drinking claret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun Listen

  • By PB on 02-08-16

A Fun Listen

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

Reviewed: 02-08-16

I enjoyed these stories very much. They're funny, heart warming and slightly politically incorrect. It would been a straight 5 stars, but I just dropped one on the overall rating, because the volume varied a bit, so it wasn't quite as easy to listen to while driving as some audiobooks. That's a very minor point though on what was otherwise a very enjoyable listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cryptic Lines

  • By: Richard Storry
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 38

Lord Alfred Willoughby is deciding what is to become of his vast fortune after his death. Whilst his head is telling him to leave nothing at all to his wastrel son, Matthew, his heart is speaking differently. After much deliberation, in a last-ditch attempt to try and show to his son the importance of applying himself to a task and staying with it to the end, he devises a series of enigmatic puzzles cunningly concealed within the lines of a poem - the cryptic lines.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Cryptic Lines

  • By med c on 16-06-16

Great spooky story

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

Reviewed: 25-07-16

I really enjoyed this audiobook. It was a good story with interesting characters and lots of unexpected twists and turns. Jake Urry, the narrator, got the tone just right. A very good listen!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Framed and Burning

  • Dreamslippers, Book 2
  • By: Lisa Brunette
  • Narrated by: Patricia Morris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

The Dreamslippers are a family of PIs who solve crimes using their ability to 'slip' into your dreams. But that isn't easy. In Framed and Burning, they have to defend one of their own. Someone sets fire to Mick Travers' art studio, killing his assistant, and Mick won't give an alibi. His sister is convinced he's innocent, but her granddaughter and the police aren't so sure. Was it really Mick, or is something even darker behind the fire?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting and original

  • By PB on 26-06-16

Exciting and original

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

Reviewed: 26-06-16

This is the second Dreamslippers book I've heard and I enjoyed it every bit at much as the first. It has likeable characters, a great mystery and an interesting setting in the Miami art world. The narrator was great too. I mainly listen to audiobooks in the car and I actually found myself looking forward to long journeys while I was listening to this one. A very well-deserved Five Stars!

  • The Frozen Fuhrer

  • By: Thomas Weston
  • Narrated by: Ellery Truesdell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

What happens when Adolph Hitler appears promising to "Make America Great Again" and is elected president of the United States?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling!

  • By PB on 07-06-16

Chilling!

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

This is a brilliantly written alternative history novella of what might have happened if Hitler had been cryogenically frozen at the end of the war and returned to continue his realm of terror in the present day.
The very stark, economical style of both the author and the narrator perfectly capture (without too many gory details) the horror of a sociopath at work, aided and abetted by the sundry self-servers, sadists and hangers-on who assist him.
I found it gripping from start to finish. A definite 5 Star listen.