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  • The Hoarder

  • By: Jess Kidd
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Maud Drennan - underpaid carer and unintentional psychic - is the latest in a long line of dogsbodies for the ancient, belligerent Cathal Flood. Yet despite her best efforts, Maud is drawn into the mysteries concealed in his filthy, once-grand home. She realises that Cathal, and the junk-filled rooms, are opening up to her. With only her landlady and a troop of sarcastic ghostly saints to help, Maud must uncover what lies beneath Cathal's decades-old hostility and the strange activities of the house itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, magical, gripping. Brilliant.

  • By J. O'connor on 23-03-18

First time

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-03-18

First time I’ve read Jess Kidd but I shall be reading more of her books. Good intriguing story read brilliantly .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Last Friends

  • By: Jane Gardam
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Shortlisted for the 2014 Folio Prize. Old Filth and The Man in the Wooden Hat told with bristling tenderness and black humour the stories of that titan of the Hong Kong law courts, Old Filth QC, and his clever, misunderstood wife, Betty. Last Friends, the final volume of this trilogy, picks up with Terence Veneering, Filth's great rival in work and - though it was never spoken of - in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jane will transport you to another time & place making you wish you knew the characters personally

  • By barbara on 26-11-17

Jane will transport you to another time & place making you wish you knew the characters personally

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-17

Top of my list to listen again . knew this was part of a trilogy & paced myself as l enjoyed them so much . this is the third book that ties up all the characters . Looking forward to JG other books .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Man in the Wooden Hat

  • By: Jane Gardam
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallace
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Filth ( Failed in London, Try Hong Kong) is a successful lawyer when he marries Elisabeth in Hong Kong soon after the war. Reserved, immaculate, and courteous, Filth finds it hard to demonstrate his emotions.

But Elisabeth is different - a free spirit. She was brought up in the Japanese internment camps, which killed both her parents but left her with a lust for survival and an affinity with the Far East. No wonder she is attracted to Filth's hated rival at the bar - the brash, forceful Veneering.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read .. i was transported to another time & place

  • By barbara on 27-10-17

A must read .. i was transported to another time & place

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

Reviewed: 27-10-17

this & the first of the trilogy & was immensely enjoyable .. the characters come to life before your eyes & the narration is sublime . Bill Wallace will be in my top 10 of narrators from now on .
I will be saving the book 3 for a long journey though Jane Gardam has written other stories & i’ve no doubt they too will be in my library soon .

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Seagull

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643

A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a part in his downfall. Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer, if she will look out for his family. He tells her that Marshall is dead, his body buried close to St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, Vera at her best

  • By Wendy on 10-10-17

magic

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

great story great narration .. i can lose myself in Vera anytime ... can’t wait for the next

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Himself

  • By: Jess Kidd
  • Narrated by: Aiden Kelly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

When Mahony returns to Mulderrig, a speck of a place on Ireland's west coast, he brings only his handsome face, a photograph of his long-lost mother and a determination to do battle with the village's lies. Mahony also somehow wakes the dead from their graves, with their foggy memories and hidden stories floating greyly amongst the unseeing living. No one, though - living or dead - will be able to guess what happened to the teenage mother who abandoned him as a baby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant narration of a great story.

  • By Anonymous User on 17-01-17

loved it

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-17

great narration .. funny sad & clever . enjoyed all the characters, graphic discrimination allowed me to see it & them ( the people ) as if i were there .

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Vows of Silence

  • Simon Serrailler 4
  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

Gunmen are terrorising young women in the Cathedral town of Lafferton. What - if anything - links the apparently random murders? Is the marksman with a rifle the same person as the killer with a handgun? Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler falls back on well tried police methods such as questioning neighbours and house-to-house searches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More than just a detective story

  • By Kirstine on 07-01-12

does it again

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

Reviewed: 14-05-17

susan hill fantastic writer . didn't want it to end . stephen pacey is off the scale in narration . i could listen to him read he telephone directory. magic book magic story teller .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Keeper of Lost Things

  • By: Ruth Hogan
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,828

Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life lovingly collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant, Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book

  • By Mrs on 07-02-17

great

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-03-17

great book . characters ... i could see them even felt i knew them .
places I was there . narrators brilliant .

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Road Home

  • By: Rose Tremain
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to Britain, seeking work. But Lev has an outsider's vision of the place we call home. Lev begins with no job, little money, and few words of English. He has only his memories, his hopes, and a certain skill preparing food.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narration, Good Story

  • By Yogita on 13-10-08

loved this ...

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

a must listen .. may do so again at a later date . this is so well written.. could picture it all . Stephen Pacey could read the telephone book & make it fascinating.

  • A Question of Identity

  • Simon Serrailler, Book 7
  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

Duchess of Cornwall Close: sheltered accommodation, a mix of bungalows and flats, newly built and not quite finished. Despite the bitterly cold weather, elderly residents are moving in. Then, one snowy night, an old lady is murdered - dragged from her bed and strangled with a length of flex. DCS Simon Serrailler and his team are aware of bizarre circumstances surrounding her death, but keep some details secret while they desperately search for a match. All they know is that the killer will strike again, and will once more leave the same tell-tale signature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable read

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-11-12

great story great narration a great listen .

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

Reviewed: 20-01-17

As always Susan Hill writes brilliantly..painting the picture & creating her characters .No blood & gore .. just descriptive. Pulls you in straight away . Steven Pacey is brilliant the king of all narratives .

  • The Farm at the Edge of the World

  • By: Sarah Vaughan
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

It's 1939, and Will and Alice are evacuated to a granite farm in North Cornwall, perched on a windswept cliff. There they meet the farmer's daughter, Maggie, and, against fields of shimmering barley and a sky that stretches forever, enjoy a childhood largely protected from the ravages of war. But in the sweltering summer of 1943, something happens that will have tragic consequences. A small lie escalates. Over 70 years on, Alice is determined to atone for her behaviour - but has she left it too late?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Ending

  • By phil on 08-01-18

loved it

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

Reviewed: 14-11-16

great narration.. clare is one of my favourites . Loved the book worth all 5 stars .

1 of 2 people found this review helpful