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Katherine Walcot

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  • The Pickwick Papers

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
  • Length: 29 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

The Pickwick Club sends Mr. Pickwick and a group of friends to travel across England and to report back on the interesting things they find. In the course of their travels, they repeatedly encounter the friendly but disreputable Mr. Jingle, who becomes a continual source of trouble for all who know him. Pickwick himself is the victim of a number of misunderstandings that bring him both embarrassment and problems with the law.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unlistenable

  • By Terry Tyler on 25-01-15

Downloaded on whim and really glad I did!

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

LOVED this! Such a classic, interesting to think about Victorian society reading it in stages, I guess it was the 'Game of Thrones' (insert current 'must see' TV here) of its time! I can just imagine everyone talking about Pickwick's latest exploits. Brilliant fun.

  • I Know My Name

  • By: C. J. Cooke
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine, Joshua Manning
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

Komméno Island, Greece: I don't know where I am, who I am. Help me. A woman is washed up on a remote Greek island with no recollection of who she is or how she got there. Potter's Lane, Twickenham, London: Eloïse Shelley is officially missing. Lochlan's wife has vanished into thin air, leaving their toddler and 12-week-old baby alone. Her money, car and passport are all in the house, with no signs of foul play. Every clue the police turn up means someone has told a lie....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quite a page turner!

  • By Valerie Sweeney on 29-08-17

I found this a bit irritating to be honest

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

The plot is fairly obvious dispite it's attempts at twists and turns. I didn't guess the major plot reveal but felt it was a bit of a cop out to be honest.

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  • Silks

  • By: Dick Francis, Felix Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

When defence barrister Geoffrey Mason hears the judge’s verdict, he quietly hopes that a long and arduous custodial sentence will be handed down to his arrogant young client. That Julian Trent only receives eight years seems all too lenient. Little does Mason expect that he’ll be looking Trent in the eyes again much sooner than he’d ever imagined.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible casting for a disappointing book

  • By Kim Harris on 14-10-12

Another great Francis family book.

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

I'm a huge Dick Francis fan and none of the new Felix Francis books disappoint. Silks is a particularly good offering. So glad the Francis stable remains in business!

  • The Girl Before

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,858
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,847

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping thriller

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-17

Cleverly written and an interesting concept.

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

Really enjoyed the suspense. Great description as over a year later I still have a very clear (and pristine!) image of the house in my mind. Great narration too, really complimented each other.

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  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633

It's 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can't think of what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - by chance, he's acquired a book that once belonged to her - and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thoroughly enjoyable listen.

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-06-09

My first audio book, I'm hooked

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

A friend sent this to me as my very first book on audible and I loved every second of it. A real gem of a book which will stay with me for a long time. Lovely characters and really interesting discovering what life was like during the occupation on Guernsey. Really enjoyed the narration too.

  • A Tale of Two Cities

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Jim Donaldson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

With well over 200 million copies sold, this novel ranks among the most famous works in the history of fictional literature. It depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • classic that is wonderful to listen to

  • By Katherine Elford on 11-03-17

Couldn't deal with the narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-05-18

I was really looking forward to this but just couldn't get along with the narration. Restarted twice but just couldn't get to grips with it. A real pity. Have downloaded another version which I hope will be better.

  • Holy Island

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,230

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan retreats to Holy Island seeking sanctuary when he is forced to take sabbatical leave from his duties as a homicide detective. A few days before Christmas, his peace is shattered, and he is thrust back into the murky world of murder when a young woman is found dead amongst the ancient ruins of the nearby priory. When former local girl Dr. Anna Taylor arrives back on the island as a police consultant, old memories swim to the surface, making her confront her difficult past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled to finish this one

  • By Colette on 06-01-16

Big fan of the series, but sort the pronunciation!

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

I've now listened to all the books in the series and really like the characters. The plots are better in some books than others but are worth listening to in order as, although the plots are not always related, the characters' lives progress through the series.

I love Jonathan Keeble's narration and I reckon he does pretty well on accents, (although I find Anna a bit too geordie for where she grew up) but please please please can someone tell him to to pronounce some of the Northumberland place names! I expect, like me, a lot of people who know the area well will be drawn to this series because of the places but it grates each time with place names are pronounced totally wrong! like 'cocket' for Coquet (coke-et), 'pru-dah' for Prudhoe (pruda) and 'che-viot' for Cheviot (cheev-iot) to name but a few. I know I'm not alone in this and seeing as the author is apparently from the area it seems like this really should have been looked into pre-production.

However I've still listened to all 7 books, good plots, well developed characters who you get to know well through the series and a good page turning 'whodunnit' vibe with a smattering of psychotic villains.

  • The Double Comfort Safari Club

  • No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are called to a safari lodge in Botswana's Okavango Delta to carry out a delicate mission on behalf of a former guest. The Okavango makes Precious appreciate once again the beauty of her homeland: it is a paradise of teeming wildlife, majestic grasslands and sparkling water.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Jane on 01-12-15

Brilliant, I feel like I've been in Botswana!

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

I am a big fan of the books so was thrilled to find the next ones on my 'to read' list in audible. Adjoa Andoh's narration just brings the excellent description and dialogue to life in a way that my own imagination never has. Together with Google maps open while listening, I feel like I could almost have been to Botswana. The sights, the sounds, the smells just felt so real.

  • A Stranger in the House

  • By: Shari Lapena
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 480

You're waiting for your beloved husband to get home from work. You're making dinner, looking forward to hearing about his day. That's the last thing you remember. You wake up in hospital, with no idea how you got there. They tell you that you were in an accident; you lost control of your car whilst driving in a dangerous part of town. The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend isn't so sure. And even you don't know what to believe....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody brill

  • By Johanna Laughton on 13-01-18

Kept me guessing until the end.

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

I enjoyed this, I didn't particularly like or engage with any of the characters but the plot twists are clever and will keep you guessing.

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  • Don't Trust Me

  • By: Joss Stirling
  • Narrated by: Olivia Mace, Beth Eyre, Simon Bubb
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 249

Does Jessica know what the truth is? A stunning psychological debut with a shocking twist. When she arrives at work to discover every trace of the company she was working for has disappeared, Jessica's life spirals into free fall. Her romance with Michael, a celebrated criminologist, is already in trouble. He is sick of the unpredictable behaviour caused by her ADHD and is convinced she is a fantasist. When his flat is burgled and precious belongings that remind him of his dead wife are stolen, he blames her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening ...,

  • By Sally Rose on 08-03-18

Good twists and turns, enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

I enjoyed this book but it wasn't quite in the same league as others in the genre that I've enjoyed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful