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  • A Rare Book of Cunning Device

  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,578
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,576

Exclusive to Audio! Somewhere amongst the shadowy stacks and the many basements of the British library, something is very much amiss - and we're not talking late returns here. Is it a ghost, or something much worse? PC Peter Grant really isn't looking forward to finding out....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short vignette for the fans

  • By Beccameriel on 16-05-17

fun lil outing

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

Reviewed: 27-04-17

A fun little outing for Peter and Toby to the British Library, with a some help from two lovely librarians.

  • Pathfinder

  • TodHunter Moon, Book 1
  • By: Angie Sage
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Tod has grown up a PathFinder, one of an ancient seafaring tribe. Her mother, who died when Tod was young, had a very different history. She was from a mysterious magykal desert-dwelling family. When Tod's father disappears she is not only alone but soon finds herself swept into the path of an evil sorcerer. Now Tod must choose which of her pasts will help her to survive: PathFinder or Magician.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enchanting. ..beautifully read

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-17

Great beginnings

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

Reviewed: 22-05-16

It took some getting used to hearing a new narrator doing some favourite old characters from the Septimus Heap series. Nicola Barber did an admirable job, and it must be difficult to follow up characters from a previous series, but I did find her flicking between the pronunciation of Marcia/Marsha quite distracting. The story itself was fantastic and I look forward to more Pathfinder tales.

  • Moon Over Soho

  • Rivers of London, Book 2
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,357
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,519

I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognized the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good sequel

  • By P. J. Williams on 05-08-11

Just loving this series!

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

Reviewed: 27-01-16

What made the experience of listening to Moon Over Soho the most enjoyable?

Ben's writing and Kobna's reading.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Moon Over Soho?

Peter's moments with Lesley, and the commandeering of the ambulance.

What about Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s performance did you like?

His characters are brilliant all are unique and easily recognisable. As a New Zealander, I can say very few people get the accent right, he did an excellent job.

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,329

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit--we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to--and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rivers of London

  • By Penelope A. Wythes on 27-04-11

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 15-01-16

Would you listen to Rivers of London again? Why?

Yes! It's very well read and written. There is so many wonderful historical or police procedural tidbits thrown in I'm sure I've missed something, so will be well worth more listens.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Beverley Brook. LOVED HER! She was funny and straight up, feisty and up for a bit of fun and adventure. The narrator's reading of her was also spot on.

Have you listened to any of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, this was a first and he was brilliant. I'm definitely a fan now.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

What you don't know can still hurt you...Welcome to London.

Any additional comments?

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's performance is fantastic. Each character is clear and consistent and he changes through the voices seamlessly. As mentioned Beverley was a favourite, but Mama Thames, DCI Seawoll, Oxley and especially DCI Nightingale are a joy to hear also. I was also quite impressed with his female Aussie nurse. Looking forward to the rest and have already started on the next book.

  • Darke: Septimus Heap, Book Six

  • By: Angie Sage
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 82

In the sixth book of the Magykal series, Alther Mella has been banished, a Darke Domaine engulfs the Castle, and a Darke dragon is on the loose. Septimus Heap must use all of his skills to save the Castle and the Wizard Tower from destruction: He must enter the Darke. But he cannot do this alone....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Darke

  • By C on 01-01-17

Favourite so far

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

Reviewed: 22-10-14

What made the experience of listening to Darke: Septimus Heap, Book Six the most enjoyable?

Everything! The story, narration, characters. I've listened to all the Septimus Heap books so far, and this is by far my favourite.

What did you like best about this story?

I'm a huge fan of Marcia Overstrand. I liked that Beetle got so much attention too.

Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Gerard Doyle has done a great job since the 2nd Septimus Heap book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When *spoilers* Septimus meets Alther Mella again. I was walking down the street wanting to yell "Yes!"

  • Flyte: Septimus Heap, Book Two

  • Septimus Heap, Book Two
  • By: Angie Sage
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

It's been a year since Septimus Heap discovered his real family and true calling to be a wizard. As apprentice to Extra Ordinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, he is learning the arts of Conjurations, Charms, and other Magyk, while Jenna is adapting to life as the princess and enjoying the castle. But there is something sinister at work. Marcia is constantly trailed by a menacing Darke Shadow, and Septimus's brother Simon seems bent on a revenge no one understands. Why is the Darke Magyk still lingering?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great kids book

  • By chris on 31-03-11

Good, but...

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

Reviewed: 04-10-14

What did you like best about Flyte: Septimus Heap, Book Two? What did you like least?

This story seemed to lack urgency in places, and the adults were often annoyingly obtuse. The performance was good, but I did miss the strong character voices created by the previous narrator.

Would you recommend Flyte: Septimus Heap, Book Two to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend the series which despite its downfalls is still tremendous fun, and has a wonderful array of characters.

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  • Magyk

  • Septimus Heap, Book One
  • By: Angie Sage
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

Who is Septimus Heap? A lost child? An ordinary hero? A powerful wizard? The Magyk begins here. The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads listeners on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Septimus Heap - Brilliant!

  • By Peter on 27-11-08

Great fun

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

Reviewed: 04-10-14

If you could sum up Magyk in three words, what would they be?

Very well read

What did you like best about this story?

It was a fun story, with interesting characters and a wonderful performance.

What does Allan Corduner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I found his character voices great fun, particularly Marcia Overstrand and the Tom Jones sound-alike Alther Mella!

  • The Silkworm

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 2
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,995

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star rating based on quality not name

  • By Linda on 06-08-14

Excellent reading!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-14

What made the experience of listening to The Silkworm the most enjoyable?

Robert Glenister's characterisations.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Elizabeth Tassel, once again due to Glenister. He read the weezing, coughing chain smoker so well and gave her voice and character so much life. I thought so from Strike and Tassel's first interview.

Any additional comments?

Thoroughly enjoyable story and very well read. I look forward to the next one.