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  • Goldenhand

  • The Old Kingdom, Book 5
  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220

Lirael lost one of her hands in the binding of Orannis, but now she has a new hand, one of gilded steel and Charter Magic. On a dangerous journey, Lirael returns to her childhood home, the Clayr's Glacier, where she was once a Second Assistant Librarian. There a young woman from the distant North brings her a message from her long-dead mother, Arielle. It is a warning about the Witch with No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Love the Old Kingdom but can't go on

  • By Philip on 23-10-16

A pleasant tale

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

Reviewed: 22-10-18

An enjoyable follow on to the previous books but the narration wasn’t to my liking - a little too well enunciated perhaps! I was glad to have the return of all the characters from previous novels with some nice additions. I thought that the development of Lirael’s character especially worked well.

  • The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire

  • The Complete Series
  • By: Rod Duncan
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
  • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380

The complete set of The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire trilogy, featuring The Bullet Catcher's Daughter, Unseemly Science and The Custodian of Marvels. Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life - as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Steampunk Adventuress rights wrongs

  • By Andrew on 23-02-18

20 years old - really?

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

Reviewed: 20-10-18

I enjoyed the characters, the context and the stories as a whole, but I found that the times Elizabeth's age was mentioned was a bit of a jolt as I realised I had slipped into the image of her as somewhere around 28. 20 didn't work for me at all and my rating for the story is based on dismissing this age as some kind of misprint and carrying on as if I were entirely right with 28'ish. I appreciate that it is a fantasy book and quibbling about the age of the main character may seem banal but, for some reason, I found it surprisingly important.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550

From the Orange Prize-winning, internationally best-selling author of The Song of Achilles comes the powerful story of the mythological witch Circe, inspired by Homer's Odyssey. In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By madeleine davitt on 06-05-18

Wonderful narration of a beautiful story

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

Reviewed: 20-10-18

The intonations applied to the character of Circe especially made the trials and tribulations of Circe's life come to life all the more vividly. The petty and vindictive nature of the gods was made poignant against Circe's confusion and inability to understand her place and refusal to be as expected. Loved it!

  • St. Paul: The Apostle We Love to Hate

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  • By: Karen Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Karen Armstrong
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

St. Paul is known throughout the world as the first Christian writer, authoring fourteen of the twenty-seven books in the New Testament. But as Karen Armstrong demonstrates in St. Paul: The Apostle We Love to Hate, he also exerted a more significant influence on the spread of Christianity throughout the world than any other figure in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Paul - baddie or goodie or both?

  • By Mary Carnegie on 01-04-17

Informative

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

I don't usually like author read books as, writing a good book, does not apparently equate to being a good reader, however, in this instance I found Karen Armstrong's reading worked well. I found the establishment of Paul's history and conversion as well as the contextualisation of Paul's relationship with other disciples and the Jesus cults very informative.

  • Body Double

  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Returning home from a trip to Paris, Boston medical examiner Maura Isles confronts a nightmarish scene. Police cruisers line her street and slumped in a car at the end of Maura's driveway is a dead woman, her head bloodied by a gunshot wound. Cops and neighbors gape at her as she approaches. Only when Maura looks at the victim does she understand why everyone is so shocked by her arrival. The dead woman looks exactly like Maura. Within a week, the DNA lab delivers a stunning verdict.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pacy but a bit over the top

  • By Kirstine on 15-02-15

Didn't see that coming

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

Reviewed: 26-08-18

The apparently different strands to this story were drawn together nicely pulling you gently into the ever increasing range of the mystery rather than dropping you straight in.

  • The Moth Catcher

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 571

Life seems perfect in Valley Farm, a quiet community in Northumberland. Until a shocking discovery. The owners of a big country house have employed a young ecologist named Patrick to look after the place while they're away. But Patrick is found dead by the side of the lane into the valley. DI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene with her colleagues. When they look round the attic of the house - where Patrick has a flat - she finds a second body.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Way too introspective

  • By Bim on 14-05-16

Got to love Vera

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

Reviewed: 26-08-18

Nice twisting plot with the usual solid character development - an enjoyable listen where I wanted to know who did it.

  • HALO: Bad Blood

  • By: Matt Forbeck
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

An original full-length novel set in the Halo universe and based on the New York Times best-selling video game series! Just hours following their climactic battle on the Forerunner planet Genesis, the Spartans of Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris find themselves running for their lives from the malevolent machinations of the now-renegade artificial intelligence Cortana. But even as they attempt to stay one step ahead, trouble seems to find Spartan Edward Buck no matter where he turns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great addition to the ODST story

  • By Pu3r360 on 06-08-18

First Halo but not last

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

Reviewed: 26-08-18

Perhaps because I haven't heard any of the other Halo books, the introduction which set the scene was enough to get my interest without being boring. I liked the characters and the pace of the story.

  • A Flicker of Steel

  • The Avalon Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Steve McHugh
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Thrust into a new world full of magic and monsters, Layla has finally come to terms with her supernatural powers - and left her old life behind. But her enemies are relentless. Sixteen months after her life changed forever, Layla and her team are besieged during a rescue attempt gone awry and must fight their way through to freedom. It turns out that Avalon has only grown since their last encounter, adding fresh villains to its horde. Meanwhile, revelations abound as Layla confronts twists and betrayals in her own life, with each new detail adding to the shadow that looms over her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • please change the narrator she isn't very good.

  • By Steve on 21-10-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 26-08-18

I'm unconvinced by the fact that these new characters are suddenly in control and giving the orders. The cameo performances of the big names from the previous series seem to be more as a reminder to 'keep reading because you're a Hellequin fan' than anything else. I am a Hellequin fan and I will keep listening but I really hope it gets better.

  • The Nano Flower

  • The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480

Julia Evans, billionairess owner of Event Horizon, has for 15 years been the power behind England’s economic renaissance – but now she’s in trouble. With her husband missing, and rival companies suddenly claiming to have acquired a technology impossibly superior to anything on Earth, she has no time to take notice of a single flower delivered anonymously. But this flower possesses genes millions of years in advance of any terrestrial DNA.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Greg Mandel stars in a Space Opera

  • By Simon on 31-08-15

High octane

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

The story and the narration style make this quite an exhausting listen! There are twists and turns all over the place and the narrator's often intense and seemingly rapid style keeps the heart pumping pretty intensely.

  • The Back Road

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Penny McDonald
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 997
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 912
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 912

A girl lies close to death in a deserted lane. A driver drags her body to the side of the road. A shadowy figure hides in the trees, watching. For Ellie Saunders last night’s hit and run on the back road could destroy everything she has ... Ellie’s new neighbour, former Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas has moved to the village for some peace and quiet, but as he is drawn into the web of deceit his every instinct tells him that what happened that night was more than a tragic accident.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The biggest disappointment on Audible

  • By Ryan Clontz on 23-09-14

Skipped to the end

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

Reviewed: 19-05-18

I found the tension too much and too irritating to sustain and ended up skipping a couple of hours to get to the last hour of the book! Worked for me.