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  • The Infirmary: A DCI Ryan Mystery

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Tom Bateman, Bertie Carvel, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843

There's a serial killer targeting the streets of Newcastle, seemingly picking his victims at random but subjecting them all to the same torturous end. When the Chief Inspector on the case goes missing, it falls on DCI Ryan to track down the man who is brutally murdering women and goading the police to 'catch me if you can'. As everyone becomes a suspect, Ryan and his team get drawn further and further into the case, but for Ryan the nightmare gets closer to home than he could ever have imagined. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent DCI Ryan mystery....

  • By Salter on 08-11-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 15-04-19

Easily one of the best things I have herd so far. Great story and performances.

  • A Private Business

  • Hakim and Arnold, Book 1
  • By: Barbara Nadel
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

It is London 2012 and Stratford in the East End is at the centre of the world. But next to the Olympic Park are some of the poorest and most crime-ridden streets in the city. PI Lee Arnold and his assistant, Mumtaz Hakim, run a detective agency in a community fraught with conflict and tension. Approached by a frightened woman, they start to investigate her stalker. But soon their enquiries turn in a far more sinister direction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A new set of characters, but just as gripping!

  • By Cathryn Small on 19-04-14

A disappointment

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

Reviewed: 10-04-19

I listened to this only because I enjoy Nadel’s Istanbul mysteries so much. This was almost impossible to listen to. The story was tedious. The characters were uninteresting. The narrator’s speech mannerisms were annoying. I recommend that you try something different.

  • Slaving Away (Series 2)

  • By: Miranda Kane
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 313

Miranda’s back, but she’s not sticking around for long. In an attempt to regain her mojo, she’s packing up her whips, chains and thigh-high boots to leave London, and set out on a road trip unlike any other. With her best frenemy, and fellow dominatrix, Mistress Laveen in tow, she heads out to see what delights – and displeasures – they can dish out from the “comfort” of budget hotel rooms across the UK.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it!

  • By Sarah on 14-03-19

Funny

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

Reviewed: 16-03-19

The first series was cute. The second is truly funny. I binge-listened to this and of course I want more!

  • Ep. 15 (Audrey: The Girl Before the Girl)

  • The Secret History of Hollywood
  • By: Adam Roche
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Audrey Hepburn is the biggest star on the American stage, and her inevitable invitation to star in pictures has arrived from William Wyler, who wants her for his new film, the notoriously unfilmable Roman Holiday. But Audrey's fiancé has other ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisite

  • By Louise on 05-12-18

Gets better with each episode

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

Reviewed: 11-03-19

This series started slowly, but became fascinating. I was especially interested by the stories of Hepburn’s life during WWII.

Stepping Stones
    
    
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    Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
    1 rating
    Overall 5.0
  • Stepping Stones

  • By: Seamus Heaney
  • Narrated by: Seamus Heaney
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

This selection of Seamus Heaney's poems is drawn from nine collections, including The Spirit Level, and provides a perfect introduction to the full breadth of Heaney's poetic concerns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By L. Bryant on 08-02-19

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

Usually when I finish listening to a book, I delete it right away. This book, so much better read by Heaney than simply read from the printed page, is one I listen to over and over.

  • Dead in Venice

  • Crime Grant Finalist
  • By: Fiona Leitch
  • Narrated by: Deryn Edwards
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Bella Tyson is a famous 40-something crime writer suffering from writer’s block ever since a bitter divorce two years before. When a fan offers her the use of an apartment in Venice, Bella jumps at it, hoping a change of scene will have her writing again. Once there, she soon meets Will, a charming Englishman, who shows her around the city. Enchanted by both Will and her new surroundings, Bella decides to write a supernatural murder mystery and begins researching local legends and the city’s more sinister side, including an illicit visit to the island of Poveglia, spooky former home of Venice’s asylum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dead in Venice

  • By Mr J A Rae on 13-09-18

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

Chick-lit. A romance with dead bodies. I’ll read most anything about Venice and I like murder mysteries, so I was okay with it. Unfortunately I could see the plot twists a mile away but still, it was reasonably entertaining. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether it is right for you.

  • The Wolves of London

  • Obsidian Heart, Book 1
  • By: Mark Morris
  • Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 956

Alex Locke is a reformed ex-con forced into London's criminal underworld for one more job. He agrees to steal a priceless artefact - a human heart carved from the blackest obsidian - but when the burglary goes horribly wrong, Alex is plunged into the nightmarish world of the Wolves of London, unearthly assassins who will stop at nothing to reclaim the heart. As he races to unlock the secrets of the mysterious object, Alex must learn to wield its dark power - or be destroyed by it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next one!

  • By Magenta on 24-01-15

Good, but confusing

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

I liked the book, but I quickly gave up on having it make sense. characters come and go. Holes in the story are covered over by action sequences. It’s odd, though each episode is entertaining. I may not bother with the rest of the series.

  • The Shock Doctrine

  • The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
  • By: Naomi Klein
  • Narrated by: Katherine Fenton
  • Length: 22 hrs and 17 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 28

Around the world in Britain, the United States, Asia and the Middle East, there are people with power who are cashing in on chaos, exploiting bloodshed and catastrophe to brutally remake our world in their image. They are the shock doctors. Exposing these global profiteers, Naomi Klein discovered information and connections that shocked even her about how comprehensively the shock doctors' beliefs now dominate our world - and how this domination has been achieved. Raking in billions out of the tsunami, plundering Russia, exploiting Iraq - this is the chilling tale of how a few are making a killing while more are getting killed.     

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book every one should read!

  • By Sarah T on 28-03-19

Interesting polemic

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

Reviewed: 30-01-19

I want to agree with Klein. She makes good points. But she doesn’t follow up with detailed facts or analysis. She simplifies. She conflates capitalism with corporatism. She equates the New York Times, which prints a variety of opinions, with tyrants. She has written an interesting polemic. Maybe somewhere, after I stopped listening, she settled down to examine each situation, with names and dates and facts. But to bounce within a few paragraphs from New Orleans to Sri Lanka to Russia to Iraq is just too much. To argue that the first step must be a disaster, the shock in the doctrine, when in fact you can often just pay a few bribes, weakens her argument. By the end of the second chapter, I just couldn’t listen any more. Too bad. Better presented, this book and its thesis could be quite powerful.

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  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,451

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 (and 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. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Great start to a series

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

Reviewed: 29-12-18

I enjoyed this book and will probably listen to the whole series. It’s a fantasy book, but based on enough reality that it’s as if it is all real, with some things you hadn’t yet noticed. Normally I prefer dramas with full casts, but this is written in the first person, so having just one voice makes sense. I’m glad I found this.

Michel Thomas Method
    French Course Sample
    
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    Length: 19 mins
    73 ratings
    Overall 3.4
  • Michel Thomas Method

  • French Course Sample
  • By: Michel Thomas
  • Narrated by: Michel Thomas
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

This is a sample of the best-selling Michel Thomas Method French Course, offering you a fast-track introduction to French. You learnt your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn French in the same way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Michael Thomas method; French sample course

  • By Linda on 07-05-10

A good introduction

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

This is a great introduction to the course. Thomas has an interesting approach to teaching French. It won’t be for everyone. Frankly I like his reliance on using words that English and French have in common; the dreaded faux amis worry me much less than being stymied when I’m trying to speak. I like his use of « classmates » to work repetition into the course. Have a listen. See whether it works for you.