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  • Bleak House

  • The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
  • Length: 43 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

This Audible Exclusive performance features a unique introduction written and narrated by Miriam Margolyes. Recognised as one of Dickens' most accomplished titles, Bleak House has impressed critics and audiences alike since it was first published in 1852. The novel boasts one of the most intelligent and engaging plots in all of English literature and is sure to engage the listener's imagination as it transports us back in time to the seedy, grimy and hazardous streets of Victorian London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • genius

  • By uk person on 13-05-18

Magical Combination of Author and Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 18-12-18

I've read all of Charles Dickens works in paper form and like many I often struggled. With the availability of this Audible Exclusive Series I've truly discovered the pure genius of his work. Bleak House opens a window into Victorian England I found totally absorbing.

The love Miriam Margolyes has for Dickens shines through and she is just beyond perfection. 5 starts for narration is totally inadequate as a reflection of her performance.

Thank you Miriam for capturing the sheer brilliance of Dickens and giving me my best Audible experience ever!

  • The Child

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,649

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers, it's impossible to ignore. For one woman it's a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another it's the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for a third, a journalist, it's the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. The Child's story will be told.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Rich Drama of Complex Emotions

  • By Simon on 30-06-17

*The* book of the year!!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

I loved The Widow, it was my best read/listen of 2016!
So I waited eagerly for this 2nd book by Fiona Barton and what a book! Often 2nd books are disappointment not so The Child it's gripping and also beautifully written and beautifully narrated by some of my favourite narrators. It will be my favourite read/listen of 2017 without doubt. I recommend both of Fiona's books without hesitation. I do hope she's hard at work on book number 3 :)

  • His Bloody Project

  • By: Graeme Macrae Burnet
  • Narrated by: Crawford Logan, Cameron Mowat
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086

A brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community in 1869 leads to the arrest of 17-year-old Roderick Macrae. There is no question that Macrae committed this terrible act. What would lead such a shy and intelligent boy down this bloody path? Presented as a collection of documents, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers, which offer conflicting impressions, throwing Macrae's motive and his sanity into question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much, Much Better than the Sample Suggests

  • By Alex on 18-11-16

An Absorbing Read.. I mean Listen :)

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

Reviewed: 14-04-17

Few books grip me the way this did I was absorbed in it from beginning to end. The various forms of historical material from which the book was drawn were cleverly weaved throughout so much so that by the end I felt as though I'd actually been there.

Once past the initial dire narration of the author's prologue (which I'm guessing is Cameron Mowat) Crawford Logan goes on to deliver a brilliant narration. 5 stars in not enough :)

  • The Apprentice of Split Crow Lane

  • The Story of the Carr's Hill Murder
  • By: Jane Housham
  • Narrated by: Jim Barclay, Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Gateshead, April 1866. The Apprentice of Split Crow Lane takes the forgotten case of a child murder in 1866 as a springboard to delve deeply into the pysche of the Victorians. What Jane Housham finds in this exploration of guilt, sexual deviance and madness is a diagnosis that is still ripe for the challenging and a sentence that provokes even our liberal modern judgment.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful in my opinion

  • By RubyShoes on 14-04-17

Awful in my opinion

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

Reviewed: 14-04-17

An excellent example of how to handle historical cases using available documents and surviving reports from the time to create a narrative is His Bloody Project - Graeme Macrae Burnet

An awful example is The Apprentice of Split Crow Lane.

It's just a jumble of words the case, the social history, press reports and everything but the kitchen sink thrown together. So disorganised it drove me nuts.. and the tone of the narration is that of a poor quality teacher sending a class to sleep.

Sadly after 5 hours I could bear no more I had to return it for the refund - something I hate doing even mediocre books I try and struggle through hoping they'll improve but not this one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Crow Girl

  • By: Erik Axl Sund
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaisters
  • Length: 30 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 360

It starts with just one body - tortured, mummified and then discarded. Its discovery reveals a nightmare world of hidden lives. Of lost identities, secret rituals and brutal exploitation, where nobody can be trusted. This is the darkest, most complex case the police have ever seen. This is the world of the Crow Girl.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but not for the faint-hearted

  • By crowdance on 12-11-16

Almost Missed a 5*

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

Reviewed: 13-03-17

I almost didn't buy this title based on the disturbing subject matter and the length of the book.

The subject matter while disturbing in general is very well handled by this author in my opinion. It's there not in your face with unnecessary graphic detail but I felt it was more as background for a clever, intriguing and well woven story. Every time I "just knew" where it was going it took a path I hadn't thought of and for me that's a good book.

14 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Gallows Curse

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 327

The year is 1210 and a black force is sweeping England. A vengeful King John has seized control of the Church, leaving corpses to lie in consecrated ground, babies unbaptized, and the people terrified of dying in sin. In the village of Gastmere, the consequences grow darker still when Elena, a servant girl, is dragged into a conspiracy to absolve the sins of the lord of the manor. In desperation she visits the cunning woman, who has been waiting for just such an opportunity to fulfil an ancient curse conjured at the gallows.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The trouble with Mandrake

  • By Kaggy on 14-01-16

3 Stars.. But.. Disappointed Thrice

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

Reviewed: 13-03-17

After enjoying Company of Liars and The Owl Killers both of which I enjoyed I was 3 times disappointed by this book.

1. The voice the narrator adopted for a main character was just beyond ridiculous and at almost 20 hours became more irritating with each passing hour.

2. At around 10 hours in the ever increasing use of the use of the word "BUT" almost drove me insane.

3. In contrast to to several places where the story appeared to be rambling and prolonged the ending was rushed.

I still gave it 3 stars BUT I'm not sure why. It has put me off further Karen Maitland titles I was planning to read the series now I need a break.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Adnan's Story

  • The Case That Inspired the Podcast Phenomenon Serial
  • By: Rabia Chaudry
  • Narrated by: Rabia Chaudry
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618

On February 28, 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life plus 30 years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. From the moment of his arrest, Syed has consistently maintained his innocence. Rabia Chaudry, a family friend, always believed him and has never given up the hope that he might someday be released.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen

  • By Nichola Loveland on 19-09-16

Many stories

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

First I had huge expectations for this book after listening to the hugely popular Serial podcast. I also listened to the Undisclosed podcast which the author co-hosted. I recommend both podcasts although I personally favour Undisclosed for factual content and exploration. Serial was more *entertainment* orientated and I found myself thinking well what about this or that expecting more detail which never came.

But on to the book. At times I found myself wondering whose story it was. I know Rabia has a personal connection with Adnan and of course it's part of the story. Yes the fact that Adnan is a Muslim of Pakistani decent I believe is a factor in why he was focused on by police and convicted by a jury and so is part of the story too. But...

While correcting misconceptions is perfectly valid I just felt parts of the book focused too much on trying to correct and educate on just too wide a range of topics related to both religion and culture. Also too much on Rabia herself it rattled away from her relationship with Adnan into wider sometimes political issues several times. For me it distracted and conflicted with the book's title perhaps this is because I had already listened to both podcasts I wonder how it would read for someone coming to this cold without knowing of the case already maybe it's just me. As a final remark Rabia's narration is excellent.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Girl

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 203

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable Listen

  • By Sue Bayliss on 03-09-14

Gem of a Book

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

Reviewed: 22-09-15

I enjoy a lot of books and audio books but every now and then comes one that stands out The Good Girl is a stand out book. I really enjoyed the writing style I felt it captured real depth of the characters without wasting words and making me wish the author would just get on with it. The narration so often a deal breaker for me is just well ... perfect. My most enjoyable listen in a while.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death Sentence

  • The True Story of Velma Barfield's Life, Crimes, and Punishment
  • By: Jerry Bledsoe
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Everybody knew Velma Barfield as the perfect wife and a loving grandmother. But there was something about her that nobody knew.... Velma Barfield had a secret life and a sick urge to kill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Great

  • By RubyShoes on 27-07-15

Not Great

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

Reviewed: 27-07-15

I found this dragged on and on it could have been half the length and told the story.

It was also very one sided I felt as though I was being pummeled into being sympathetic towards Velma Barfield by the repetition of excuses for her behavior when in truth nothing exceptional ever happened. Her life maybe was not perfect but whose truly is? She made bad choices it should be remembered gave her victims no choice.

Narration was nasal and I guess not much to be done with this book but to plain read it which is what Kevin Stillwell did.

14 hours 43 minutes where 4 hours would have been enough.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Burning

  • By: Jane Casey
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon, Penelope Rawlins, Paul Thornley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy makes her weak, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, from her grieving friends and family, the more determined Maeve becomes to bring her murderer to justice. But how do you catch a killer no one has seen? And when so much of the evidence they leave behind has gone up in smoke?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really strong Detective Story Read with style

  • By Gavingks on 28-08-15

Almost 5*

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

Reviewed: 27-07-15

Jane Casey is a new author for me and I enjoyed her writing. The story itself I found predictable as it telegraphed to me who was responsible very early on hence 4* and not 5. That said it was well worth the read anyway. I like her style.

Narration was for the most part good.... until.... Paul Thornley and his part is small luckily. Why he needs to take a audible gulp of air before each sentence I don't know but it's pretty irritating so 4* and not 5 for me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful