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  • Conclave

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Roy Mcmillan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,902

The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, 118 cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next 72 hours, one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected Gem

  • By SalES on 12-01-17

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

Any additional comments?

Excellent, gripping story. And read superbly by Roy McMillan who, having also made masterly recordings of books as varied as Don Quixote, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, A Dog's Heart and Jan Morris's Pax Britannica trilogy, is clearly one of England's finest readers.

  • A Divided Spy

  • By: Charles Cumming
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

From the winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2012 for Best Thriller of the Year comes a gripping and suspenseful new spy novel. Perfect for fans of John le Carré, Charles Cumming is 'the master of the modern spy thriller' ( Mail on Sunday). Thomas Kell thought he was done with spying. A former MI6 officer, he devoted his life to the service, but it has left him with nothing but grief and a simmering anger against the Kremlin. Then Kell is offered an unexpected chance at revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Never again

  • By Louize on 01-09-16

Exceptional reader of accents

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

Reviewed: 30-09-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

My second Charles Cumming read by Jot Davies. Good story again - gallops along. I will probably get the third one. But wanted to say that the reader's facility with accents is exceptional - moves seamlessly from English (various) to Russian and German. Not just different accents, but imbuing the characters with real personality THROUGH the accents. Most readers just juggle with voices - which is fine. But not Jot Davies. His German and Russian lovers had almost understated accents, which is much more subtle and difficult to do. Bravo!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Wars of the Roses: Stormbird

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817

The thrilling first instalment in the Wars of the Roses series - set at the beginnings of this turbulent period of English history which saw the throne change hands six times in 30 years. The Swan sees Henry VI crowned King of England, and married to the young French noblewoman, Margaret of Anjou - and so begins the extraordinary story of how England became a divided nation, where brother took up arms against brother. This was the war which defined the England we know today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fresh and vivid historical fiction.

  • By John on 25-11-13

Historical page turner presented by fine reader

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

Reviewed: 20-03-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Conn Iggulden presents the background and the build-up to the Wars of the Roses with the young Henry VI, beset by illness facing opposition from France and England - but having the fortune to marry Margaret of Anjou. Iggulden makes the political machinations, the social unrest and the smell of 15th century England and France live - and he is brilliantly served by Roy McMillan, one of the UK's finest readers. I couldn't put Stormbird down. Without over-characterisation, McMillan differentiates clearly between all the principal players - nobles such as William de la Pole or his rival Richard of York, archers and solders and rebels, such as Jack Cade, and, crucially importantly, Margaret of Anjou. But that is to be expected from his big recordings for Naxos. His unabridged Don Quixote is one of the great recordings of the classics, his Bulldog Drummond is good fun - and he is clearly equally at home, here, in historical fiction, as here. And if you want something really off the wall read by McMillan, there is A Dog's Heart by Bulgakov. And that is not to mention his readings of pure history, including Jan Morris's unmatched history of the British Empire, Pax Britannica.

  • Bust

  • The Max and Angela Series, Book 1
  • By: Ken Bruen, Jason Starr
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Five valuable lessons you can learn by listening to Bust: When you hire someone to kill your wife, don't hire a psychopath. Don't use Drano to get rid of a dead body. Those locks on hotel room doors? They're not very secure. A curly blond wig isn't much of a disguise. Secrets can kill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, a hidden gem

  • By Martin S. on 19-03-18

Pulp Fiction at its best

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

Reviewed: 09-03-16

What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?

Excellent performance from Berkrot - full of character, pace, but also tongue in cheek. Very entertaining despite some rather nasty incidents.

Any additional comments?

Terrible to say in view of the fact that there isn't a redeemable character among the main people, but it is entertaining with a good sense of suspense!

  • The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

  • Book 14 in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

As Botswana awaits the familiar blessing of the rains and their eternal cycle, upheaval is taking place at the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Not only is Mr J. L. B. Matekoni attempting to reform himself into a modern husband but, following her marriage to Phuti Radiphuti, Mma Makutsi has joyful news.With the arrival of an heir to the Double Comfort furniture empire and Mma Makutsi busy with motherhood, cobras and a senior aunt, Mma Ramotswe must grapple alone with tea-making, detective work and a new uncertainty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasure to listen to

  • By Jan on 13-12-13

Another engaging tale

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

Reviewed: 04-09-14

Homespun observations cast in a very laid-back detective framework set in the hot Botswana countryside. Various tales interwoven skilfully by McCall Smith and brilliantly and engagingly read by Adjoa Andoh. One can only smile and enjoy the gentle passage of time and tale.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Getting Unstuck

  • Breaking Your Habitual Patterns and Encountering Naked Reality
  • By: Pema Chodron
  • Narrated by: Pema Chodron
  • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 76

On Getting Unstuck, Pema Chodron introduces a rare Tibetan teaching she received from her teacher, Dzigar Kontrul Rinpoche, and one that has become critical to her practice. Here, she unveils the mystery of an ineffable quality; a "pre-emotional" feeling that arises in us, brings us discomfort, and causes us to react by escaping the discomfort, often with harmful habits. With Getting Unstuck, she offers us a first look at "both the itch and the scratch": what Tibetan Buddhists call shenpa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A funny Buddhist

  • By Pamela on 20-01-10

Pema Chodron's straightforward wisdom

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

Reviewed: 04-09-14

Pema Chodron is a very clear, direct Buddhist teacher. She comes from the Tibetan tradition but this is not necessarily relevant to the main points she makes. Here she is dealing with habitual patterns, and how to get unstuck. Direct points, in the main, but no less effective for that. It will speak to everyone I suspect!

  • A Tramp Abroad

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

In April 1878, Mark Twain and his family traveled to Europe. Overloaded with creative ideas, Twain had hoped that the sojourn would spark his creativity enough to bring at least one of the books in his head to fruition. Instead, he wrote of his walking tour of Europe, describing his impressions of the Black Forest, the Matterhorn, and other attractions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Surprise

  • By N on 04-09-14

Delightful Surprise

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

Reviewed: 04-09-14

Any additional comments?

This is charming Mark Twain, quirky, whimsical, personal, with delightful observations of characters and events as he journeys through Germany. There are longueurs, but Grover Gardner's familiar narration glides over them. A find!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Case of the Love Commandos

  • By: Tarquin Hall
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

The wonderful fourth outing for Delhi detective Vish Puri. When Ram and Tulsi fall in love, the young woman’s parents are dead set against the union. She’s from a high-caste family; he’s an Untouchable, from the lowest strata of Indian society. Young Tulsi’s father locks her up and promises to hunt down the “loverboy dog.” Fortunately, India’s Love Commandos, a group of volunteers dedicated to helping mixed-caste couples, come to the rescue. But just after they liberate Tulsi, Ram is mysteriously snatched from his hiding place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining, funny and clever

  • By B Gumbrell on 21-06-15

Is this the best Vish Puri?

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

Reviewed: 21-01-14

What did you like most about The Case of the Love Commandos?

This is the most recent of Tarquin Hall's accounts of his Indian private investigator. It isn't necessary to read them in order, but I think it is best to start with The Case of the Missing Servant and build with the character as Hall does. Fat, slightly pompous, but alert and cunning, Vish Puri solves his cases by knowing India and the Indians. Hall injects huge amounts of humour into this narrative partly through genuine Indian English - 'Don't do tension!' and partly through a range of unforgettable characters from 'mummy-ji' (his mother who has a propensity for detective work herself) and his helpers - Flashlight and others. Behind the crime stories are fascinating nuggets of Indian history and character - in this case, it is about the (true) organisation which helps lovers to get away from families intent on imposing arranged marriages. Sam Dastor is the perfect reader - a straightforward, clear narrative becomes complete 3D technicolor as he goes into character. And what a joy this is! With both Hall and Dastor really knowing India, this series is totally gripping. I can't wait for the next one - and I really advise you to listen to Dastor - much better than reading the book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Anarchy and Old Dogs

  • By: Colin Cotterill
  • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

When a blind, retired dentist is run down by a logging truck as he crosses the road to post a letter, Dr Siri Paiboun, official and only coroner of Laos, finds him faced with his most explosive case yet. The dentist’s mortal remains aren’t nearly as intriguing as the letter in his pocket. Written in invisible ink and encrypted, the letter presents Dr Siri with an irresistible challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best of Dr Siri

  • By N on 21-01-14

One of the best of Dr Siri

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

Reviewed: 21-01-14

Where does Anarchy and Old Dogs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Cotterill's imaginative idea to place his crime/mystery series in Communist Laos of the 1970s shines a spotlight on a time and a regime little known to us in the West. Dr Siri, the 70 year old coroner is his hero, and a very vivid one too, but as so often with this series the plot is supported by fascinating detail (shown from the point of view of those who fought for freedom from colonial yoke) about the situation. Don't think it is a polemic - humour is engagingly balanced by humanity as plot and counter-plot is exposed - but we do learn a lot about Laos and its 20th century struggles. I will definitely visit this year. In the hands (er- the voice) of Nigel Anthony, this book springs off the page. What a delight.

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  • Thirty-Three Teeth

  • By: Colin Cotterill
  • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Against all his expectations, Dr Siri Paiboun has rather enjoyed his first five months in office. Now, as hot-season nights close in, Siri is spirited away from Laos' steamy capital on a Matter of National Security. Arriving in Luang Prabang, he's a busy man, examining carbonized corpses, dining with the deposed king, attending a shamans' conference and being rescued by the ghost of an elephant. Not that Siri's complaining … Luang Prabang is in mountains and a good fifteen degrees cooler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly entertaining

  • By N on 21-01-14

Highly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 21-01-14

What did you like most about Thirty-Three Teeth?

I am hooked on the Dr Siri series and his life in the communist Laos of the 1970s as a coroner with connections to the spirit world - a wonderfully tongue in cheek concept! Well written, with interesting scene setting, great quirky characters, the story is both gripping and extremely good fun. I have read some of these books and listened to others. This is the second in the series though it doesn't matter that I have read them out of order. The great bonus is Nigel Anthony, one of England's finest readers of audiobooks. He produces a most sympathetic character for Dr Siri but points the humour as well. I can only exhort Quercus, the publishers, to engaged Anthony to read the rest of the series.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful