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  • One Corpse Too Many

  • The Second Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

In the summer of 1138, war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud takes brother Cadfael from the quiet world of his garden to the bloody battlefield. Not far from the safety of the Abbey walls, Shrewsbury Castle falls, leaving its ninety-four defenders loyal to the empress to hang as traitors. With a heavy heart, Brother Cadfael agrees to bury the dead, only to make a grisly discovery: 95 bodies lie in a row, and the extra corpse tells Cadfael that the killer is both clever and ruthless. But one death among so many seems unimportant to all but the good Benedictine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely listen!

  • By anne on 07-09-15

good rendition

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

Reviewed: 21-04-18

A good rendition of this excellent Cadfael story. Although it did take me a while to warm to the narrator, his reading was consistently good and warm

  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Tom Conti, Jane Asher, Ruta Gedmintas, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110

What begins as a routine journey on the luxurious Orient Express soon unfurls into Agatha Christie's most famous murder mystery. This all-star production features lead performances from Tom Conti ( The Dark Knight Rises, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence) as Hercule Poirot, Sophie Okonedo ( After Earth, Hotel Rwanda and Ace Ventura) and Eddie Marsan ( Sherlock Holmes, V for Vendetta and Hancock) plus a full supporting cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All-star Poirot!

  • By Mikey on 05-11-17

An excellent production

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

Reviewed: 17-04-18

This was an excellent production of a brilliant story. The casting was perfect. highly recommended

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  • Soul Music

  • Discworld, Book 16
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618

On the planet of Discworld, phrases like "there's a Death in the family" take on a whole new meaning. Young Susan has always suspected that her Grandfather was different, as though all the time he spent riding a white horse and wielding a scythe weren't enough of a giveaway.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story but ...

  • By Anonymous User on 28-08-09

Great story, not good quality

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

Reviewed: 18-08-17

Would you try another book written by Terry Pratchett or narrated by Nigel Planer?

Yes, but the quality isn't great.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Soul Music?

Death's scenes

What three words best describe Nigel Planer’s performance?

Interesting,
muffled
versatile

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Yes

Any additional comments?

The story itself is great, and Mr Planer isn't a bad narrator as such but the overall sound quality is pretty poor. At one point 'Turn over to side 3' or something similar appears, and about half way through there is a prompt to buy the second half - which is a bit stupid as this is the complete book. There is a slight buzz, and generalised muffled sound quality, as though this is a not too great copy straight from cassette (which I think maybe the case). It's a shame as the story is one of Pratchett's best.

  • The Sacred Band

  • By: Chris Morris, Janet Morris
  • Narrated by: Christopher Crosby Morris
  • Length: 31 hrs and 16 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

In 338 BCE, during the Battle of Chaeronea that results in the massacre of the Sacred Band of Thebes, the legendary Tempus and his stepson cavalry rescue 23 pairs of Theban Sacred Banders, paired lovers and friends, to fight on other days.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great telling for a great story

  • By ABmonkey on 28-05-17

A great telling for a great story

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

Reviewed: 28-05-17

What made the experience of listening to The Sacred Band the most enjoyable?

I love this story with its mythic rhythm and style. Exciting, emotional, sad, and glorious - all these sum up this tale of war, love, loyalty and the machinations of gods in a brilliant fantasy setting. The characters capture the reader - with their flaws, their strengths and their fears. They are at once human and more-than-human and this makes for a read/listen that draws in.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tempus - mysterious, complex and rather tragic Tempus.
Nico - flawed yet courageous and stubborn. He knows he is flawed and just a man at the mercy of the gods but all through - despite the rival forces vying for his loyalty and his soul he remains his own.

What about Christopher Crosby Morris’s performance did you like?

Morris is a musician, and it shows in the mellifluous telling of this epic tale. He obviously loves these characters and the emotional passion of the narration captivates.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - but it's a long book.

  • Watership Down

  • By: Richard Adams
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 441

Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and myths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Rory on 10-06-16

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 28-05-17

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

Yes, definitely. It's a wonderful story and once you get used to the narrator he does the story justice.

What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

He was moving and seemed to really enjoy the story he was telling

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

Courage comes in all shapes and sizes