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  • Pilgrim Series 5-7

  • BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramas
  • By: Sebastian Baczkiewicz
  • Narrated by: full cast, Paul Hilton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 232

Paul Hilton stars as Pilgrim in the final three series of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 supernatural drama by Sebastian Baczkiewicz. In 1185 William Palmer was making pilgrimage to Canterbury. Unbeknown to him, his fellow pilgrim was the King of the Greyfolk. When William claimed that the church would eradicate belief in the Faerie world, he was cursed by the Faerie King and condemned to walk forever between the worlds of magic and of men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful.

  • By Amazon Customer on 31-12-16

Very dark, very compelling

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

This is excellently dramatised and very dark stories - not fairy stories as we previously heard them. Well worth listening.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,979
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,766

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Life 💙 New Hobbies Found 💜

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-18

Compelling story - weak ending

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

Given the subject I was surprised that such a good book could be written. The subject is compelling, the story exciting, the reading/performance excellent, and overall a great listen. The only criticism was that the ending was quite weak, and slightly childish (sorry) - but still worth listening as i could forgive the weak ending for the rest of the excellent and exciting story.

  • Early Riser

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Thomas Hunt
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

Every Winter, the human population hibernates. During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness and devoid of human activity. Well, not quite. Your name is Charlie Worthing, and it's your first season with the Winter Consuls, the committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sleeping masses. You are investigating an outbreak of viral dreams which you dismiss as nonsense - nothing more than a quirky artefact born of the sleeping mind. When the dreams start to kill people, it's unsettling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More good work from the king of Dystopia

  • By J L Parkes on 13-08-18

Sleep inducing (which fits the story perfectly)

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

This story was in interesting concept, really well executed, and compelling. It was also well read/performed. However it wasn't as funny as other Fforde books, and the narration - perfectly fitting the subject (sleep) - was also very mesmerising and tended to send me to sleep. A good book - a very good book - but not an exceptionally good book.

  • Magpie Murders

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner, Samantha Bond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,288

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She's worked with the revered crime writer for years, and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway.... But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who? How? Where & Why?

  • By Mrs Q on 10-10-16

Almost brilliant

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

Where does Magpie Murders rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

about a third of the way down

Would you recommend Magpie Murders to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes - although I think it was a bit too long, and the story dragged a bit.

Have you listened to any of Allan Corduner and Samantha Bond ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Good

Any additional comments?

Good performances, but the story felt as if it needed a bit of editing to shorten it

  • Passenger 23

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Max Beesley, Rebecca Hall, Anthony Head, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,344

With no police to investigate and no escape, could it be the perfect setting for a crime? Martin Schwartz (Beesley) is an undercover detective who is recovering from his wife and sons' bizarre disappearance from a cruise ship 5 years ago. He is a desperate man willing to take big risks. Martin never wanted to step onto a cruise ship again until he receives a call which can't be ignored. On average, 23 people per year disappear without a trace from cruise ships. Never before has someone come back... until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Interesting stuff!!!

  • By lynsey Patina on 22-12-15

Probably just me, but I found it upsetting

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

Reviewed: 26-03-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. I found the graphic descriptions unpleasant - probably my own squeamishness, but it stopped me from enjoying what I otherwise felt was a gripping story. Sorry. The narrator was good.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I didn't read to the end (I think I finished about quarter of the way in)

19 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Moriarty

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt, Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,078

Sherlock Holmes is dead. Days after Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty fall to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls, Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has been swiftly filled by a fiendish new criminal mastermind who has risen to take his place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twist and Shout!

  • By Simon on 15-10-15

Loved it - what a twist!

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

Reviewed: 06-02-16

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

Definitely )& have done) well paced, great story and narration

What did you like best about this story?

The twist in the tale.

Have you listened to any of Julian Rhind-Tutt and Derek Jacobi ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Equally good

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, gasps of surprise

Any additional comments?

Great.

  • Charles Paris: Murder in the Title

  • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Charles Paris is his own worst enemy, a louche lush who can resist anything except temptation - especially in the form of women and alcohol. He’s been out of work so long now he feels he may never get a job and he’s driving Frances, his semi-ex-wife, mad. So when he’s offered a small role in a play, she nearly pushes him out of the door. But it seems that ‘The Message is Murder’ is such a terrible production that someone wants to kill off the cast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lightweight but great fun

  • By Pippa on 06-02-16

Lightweight but great fun

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

Reviewed: 06-02-16

Where does Charles Paris: Murder in the Title (BBC Radio Crimes) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

About halfway

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I love the interaction with Frances his wife

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

No -

Any additional comments?

I think it is Bill Nighy that makes this series - he just makes me laugh

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,898

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic and fasinating romp through time

  • By al on 02-12-14

Felt like a teenage novel

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

Reviewed: 06-02-16

Would you try another book written by Jodi Taylor or narrated by Zara Ramm?

No, sorry

Has Just One Damned Thing After Another put you off other books in this genre?

No, but it has made me more cautious

What didn’t you like about Zara Ramm’s performance?

It tried too hard to be bright and trendy, worldly and witty.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Just One Damned Thing After Another?

The sex scene (omg how embarrassing!), the scene where she was semi-attacked by the security guard ... At that point I gave up and stopped reading

Any additional comments?

I really tried to like this as the storyline was potentially great, but I tired of it trying to be too clever, too "fizzy"

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,828

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

  • By Jude on 12-07-15

Haunting book

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

If you could sum up The Stone Man in three words, what would they be?

Intriguing. Compulsive. Haunting.

What other book might you compare The Stone Man to, and why?

It feels like a John Wyndham story: well paced, seemingly understated, but leading you right to the ending, which doesn't disappoint

Which character – as performed by Matt Addis – was your favourite?

Probably Paul.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending (and I can't tell you why)

Any additional comments?

A great book - partially because of the things it doesn't tell you - it leaves you to imagine and decide what, why and how.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • One of Our Thursdays Is Missing

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

It is a time of unrest in the BookWorld. Only the diplomatic skills of ace literary detective Thursday Next can avert a devastating genre war. But a week before the peace talks, Thursday vanishes. Has she simply returned home to the RealWorld or is this something more sinister? All is not yet lost. Living at the quiet end of speculative fiction is the written Thursday Next, eager to prove herself worthy of her illustrious namesake.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • wildly confusing - then it becomes gripping

  • By Pippa on 22-02-15

wildly confusing - then it becomes gripping

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

Reviewed: 22-02-15

If you could sum up One of Our Thursdays Is Missing in three words, what would they be?

Confusion, exasperation, resignation

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were great and the mad landscape became real

Which character – as performed by Gabrielle Kruger – was your favourite?

Thursday, of course.

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

Take a valium before you come.

Any additional comments?

Really enjoyed this book being narrated - I know the books well but this is the first audio version - I will certainly get more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful