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Mrs. K. I. Richards

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  • The Year of Taking Chances

  • By: Lucy Diamond
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 569

It's New Year's Eve, and at a house party, three women bond over dodgy cocktails and fortune cookies, and vow to make this year their best one yet. But as the months unfold, Gemma, Saffron, and Caitlin find themselves tested to their limits. Under pressure, they are each forced to rethink their lives. But dare they take a chance on something new?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen - feel good

  • By Emmabyrne on 21-02-15

what lies in the future.

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

Reviewed: 24-10-16

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a good story where three women open fortune cookies and challenge the fates.
well written by lucy diamond and performed by Antonia bearmish.
recommended.

  • Lestrade and the Mirror of Murder

  • By: M. J. Trow
  • Narrated by: M. J. Trow
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

The madness begins when Captain Orange and his three nieces are killed in a carriage accident. The only clues? A tall man seen near the Captain's house, and a broken mirror found in the Captain's breast pocket. Next, Janet Calthorp of King's College, London, tumbles to her death as she makes her way to her lover's bedroom, the victim of a tripwire. The clue? A broken mirror found in said lover's boudoir.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • lestrade is a superintendant now.

  • By Mrs. K. I. Richards on 24-10-16

lestrade is a superintendant now.

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

Reviewed: 24-10-16

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more puzzling murders for lestrade to solve. a broken mirror is found on the murdered bodies and he has to figure out the connection between the victims and of course who murdered them and why.
as with all the other books it is well written and performed by m.j.trow.

  • Lestrade and the Gift of the Prince

  • By: M. J. Trow
  • Narrated by: M. J. Trow
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Murder is afoot among the footmen of Britain's Royal Household: a servant girl, Amy Macpherson, has been brutally slaughtered. And so our hero, Sholto Lestrade of Scotland Yard, is once again on the trail of mystery. As he tries to untangle a villainous web of conspiracy, the superintendent must venture north to Scotland. His investigations take him from Balmoral Castle to the Isle of Skye to the North British Hotel, where he narrowly escapes an inferno in Room 13. The intrepid investigator contends with the most baffling clues he has yet encountered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By laura bingham on 19-02-17

another good story.

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

Reviewed: 24-10-16

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love this series. haven't had a bad one yet.
the famous person in this one is Rudyard kippling.
recommend all these books.

  • The Ex-Wives

  • By: Deborah Moggach
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Meet Buffy. With three ex-wives, a failing career and only his dog, George, for company, Buffy's bachelorhood is looking worryingly confirmed. Until he meets Celeste. Dazzled by love, Buffy has no idea that Celeste is systematically researching his ex-wives, children, and step-children, and unearthing secrets that will change all their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Chris on 12-06-13

Good first part.

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

Reviewed: 24-10-16

Enjoyed this book.
Buffy finds himself attracted to a woman a lot younger than

Buffy meets a woman a lot younger than himself and wonders why he is so attracted to her after all she's young enough to be his daughter.
She is interested in him and his ex-wives.
Enjoyable, well written with some funny bits and well performed by Diana bishop.





  • The Versions of Us

  • By: Laura Barnett
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 368

Some moments can change your life for ever. Have you ever wondered, what if....? A man is walking down a country lane. A woman, cycling towards him, swerves to avoid a dog. On that moment their future hinges. There are three possible outcomes, three small decisions that could determine the rest of their lives. Eva and Jim are 19 and students at Cambridge when their paths first cross in 1958. And then there is David, Eva's then lover, an ambitious actor who loves Eva deeply.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly tricky to keep up

  • By Patricia Grundy on 22-07-15

hard to follow.

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

Reviewed: 20-09-16

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audible no longer appears to have this title and as I gave up on it after struggling through 6 hours I am not surprised.
the idea was good. three people and the different versions their life could have been. it was the format I had a lot of trouble with. scenario one, followed by two and then three, then back to one again continuously. just as you got interested in one version the other suddenly came on etc., so it became bewildering when you had to leave the story for a day to figure out which david/tim/eva you were listening to.
done as three separate stories it could have been really good.
the performances were good.

  • Midwinter of the Spirit

  • By: Phil Rickman
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

When offered the post once styled Church of England Deliverance Minister, the Reverend Merrily Watkins ¿ parish priest and single parent ¿ cannot easily refuse. But the retiring exorcist, strongly objecting to women priests, not only refuses to help Merrily but ensures that she's soon exposed to the job at its most terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Killer Thriller Chiller

  • By A. Watson on 24-09-07

not like the tv adaption

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

Reviewed: 18-09-16

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once more a well written and performed story.
I was waiting for the content to be in line with what I had watched on tv and it was nothing like it.
initially I found it a bit slow but still enjoyed it. the ending was slightly reminiscent of dennis wheatley stories which I liked.
looking forward to the next story.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312

Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He isn't as young as he used to be. He drives a Saab. He points at people he doesn't like the look of. He is described by those around his as 'the neighbour from hell'.Every morning he makes his inspection rounds of the local streets. He moves bicycles and checks the contents of recycling bins, even though it's been years since he was fired as Chairman of the Residents' Association in a vicious 'coup d'état'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All you need is Ove

  • By Kaggy on 22-09-14

was alright.

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

Reviewed: 10-09-16

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this story wasn't bad enough to ditch but wasn't very good either. I stuck it out til the end to find out how he died.

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  • Mersey View

  • By: Ruth Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Marlene Sidaway
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Now that her family is grown, content in the knowledge that she loves them, Lucy Henshaw decides she is free to leave. She secretly purchases a beautiful house overlooking the Mersey, and there she plans to start afresh. Within hours, she has met some characters: her new neighbour Moira, who is dying, and sees Lucy as the ideal new companion for her husband; Shirley Bishop, cleaner extraordinaire; and Dr David Vincent, who is grieving for the loss of his young son.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not one of her best

  • By Mrs. K. I. Richards on 03-09-16

not one of her best

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

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I usually like ruth Hamilton books but I didn't like this as much as the others I have listened to. in fact I stuggled to the end because it was a ruth Hamilton book.

there wasn't any humour, which is what I look forward to, and I felt I was being preached to at certain points in the story. opinions were put in the mouths of the characters that didn't ring true in the situation.

please ruth bring back the scouse humour and the grittiness that makes them who they are.

marlene sideway did her usual good job of performing the story.

  • The Wine of Angels

  • By: Phil Rickman
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lacey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

A paradise parish of cobbled streets and timber-framed houses, and a huge, haunted vicarage were not what the Revd Merrily Watkins ever had in mind. Nor had she wanted to walk into a local dispute over a play about a curious 17th century cleric accused of witchcraft, a story that certain old-established families would rather remained in obscurity. But this is Ledwardine, steeped in cider and secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grabbed me midway through

  • By Jane on 30-11-07

good start to the series.

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

Reviewed: 25-08-16

Any additional comments?

I had watched the tv adaptation of midwinter of the spirit and enjoyed it.
this book answered a lot of questions raised in the adaptation. why was merily as she was and what had happened to her husband. was she a widow or was she divorced.
well written charcters and well performed by Rebecca lacey I am looking forward to listening to midwinter of the spirit.

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,637
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,633

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good one!

  • By Robyn on 23-11-16

good sci'fi story.

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

Reviewed: 19-08-16

Any additional comments?

very enjoyable story, couldn't put it down.
well written characters who you go involved with, good storyline and ending.
will look for more books by this author.
excellently performed by ray porter.
couldn't ask for more.

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