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  • The Lonely Hour

  • Bryant & May, Book 16
  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

On a winter night outside a nightclub in London, four strangers meet for the first time at 4:00 a.m. A few weeks later a body is found inside a willow tree on Hampstead Heath. The Peculiar Crimes Unit is called in to investigate. When another victim seemingly commits suicide, it becomes clear that in the London night is a killer who knows what people fear most. As they explore a night city where all the normal rules are upended, Bryant and May are drawn deeper into a case that involves murder, arson, kidnap, blackmail, bats and the psychological effects of loneliness on Londoners.

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

  • By Sue on 27-03-19

Couldn't stop listening. Excellent.

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

Reviewed: 27-03-19

This new tale follows on the present day timeline, with our heroes facing up to several deaths. Bryant handles things with his usual tactlessness, May makes a huge mistake, and I go off him a bit.
I'm a huge fan of this series, desperately waiting on each new episode, always reluctant to finish, never disappointed. This one certainly didn't disappoint.
We discover the crime backwards, with our heroes, as the story unfolds, which was interesting. It was almost cinematic in the way scenes were set. I was in there with them.
The humour is sharp but the tears flow too. The characters are so well drawn they barely need a touch to keep them spinning. One reverts to who we always knew them to be. Raymond is his usual useless self but you want to give him a hug.
I love them all. I loved this book.
What on earth do I do now while I wait for the next one?
Christopher Fowler writes prose. His paragraphs are crafted things of beauty.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Four Puddings and a Funeral

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Business is going well at Gemma Rose’s quaint English teashop, and she's delighted about her first big catering job at a local village funeral...until the day ends with a second body and one of the Old Biddies accused of murder! Now, the resourceful tearoom sleuth must find out which delicious pudding contained the deadly arsenic - and who might have wanted the wealthy widow dead....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to get my head around.

  • By Carôle on 30-08-18

I've changed my mind.

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

Reviewed: 13-03-19

I'm sorry but I've really gone off the heroine. She's a total idiot.
End of review.

  • The Oxford Tearoom Mysteries Box Set Collection I

  • Prequel + Books 1 & 2
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

"Scones, a tea shop in England, a kitty and a murder...yes, please!" Enjoy the first three books in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, in one handy collection! Join tearoom sleuth Gemma Rose, her mischievous feline Muesli, and the nosy Old Biddies as they tackle murder and mystery in the beautiful city of Oxford - not to forget the delights of delicious baking and afternoon tea in a quaint English village!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A much loved series.

  • By Inishowen Cailin on 06-03-18

Like a light, fluffy cake, highly addictive.

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

Reviewed: 08-03-19

I bought this after a binge of Charles Paris Mysteries by Simon Brett, on Audible's recommendation.
The books feel purpose written for an American audience of Anglophiles. The heroine is less annoying, and therefore less loveable, than M S Beaton's Agatha Raisin but she's likeable enough, not too sickly sweet.
Pearl Hewitt narrates very well.
Very entertaining and highly addictive, if a little light, but then cosy mysteries are supposed to be I guess.
This bundle is an excellent way to market a series. I wasn't totally hooked until halfway through book 2.
I'm off to read 3 now, with 4 also in the library.

  • Dead Room Farce

  • A Charles Paris Mystery
  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Charles Paris' old friend Mark, who runs a recording studio in Bath where Charles is making a talking book, has a drinking problem that amounts to a death wish. But it's not the drink that kills Mark, it's somebody in the cast of Charles' play who has a dirty little secret that Mark must not be allowed to reveal...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable romp

  • By Kirstine on 14-01-09

Badly Cast

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

Reviewed: 07-02-19

I own 12 of the Simon Brett Charles Paris audiobooks and about 11 of the BBC adaptations. This is the only one I've returned.
I love the Beeb dramatisation of this book but the narration killed this version for me.
It isn't just that I'm used to Simon Brett's narration or that Bill Nighy is Charles Paris for me, it's more that I can't cope with Frederick Davidson's turning him into Leslie Phillips.
It isn't bad narration, by any means, its just wrong.
Such a shame!

  • Not Dead, Only Resting

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Charles Paris is, as ever, waiting for a phone call from his agent, and is driven to painting and decorating to make ends meet. A rare evening out at a high-profile restaurant among stars of stage and screen promises a break in the depressing routine. But when the restaurant’s handsome, temperamental chef is brutally murdered, Charles finds himself drawn into the ensuing investigation. At first it seems an open and shut case: the chef’s

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favourite So Far

  • By Sue on 05-02-19

My Favourite So Far

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

I'm having a bit of a Charles Paris binge just now, buying all the books and radio performances I didn't have.
With only a handful left to listen to this has been my favourite. It's a bit of a departure for Charles, with no 'work' at all, and a little more serious but I really enjoyed it.
As always, loved Simon Vance's narration of his work. The characters come to life!
Back to some acting for my next one! Maybe a Bill Nighy outing.

  • Wyntertide

  • Rotherweird, Book 2
  • By: Andrew Caldecott
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 191

Welcome back to Rotherweird. The town of Rotherweird has been independent from the rest of England for 400 years to protect a deadly secret. Sir Veronal Slickstone is dead, his bid to exploit that secret consigned to dust, leaving Rotherweird to resume its abnormal normality after the travails of the summer...but someone is playing a very long game. Disturbing omens multiply: a funeral delivers a cryptic warning; an ancient portrait speaks; the Herald disappears - and democracy threatens the uneasy covenant between town and countryside.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For me stilted plot at end

  • By R A DAWSON on 26-02-19

Maybe It's Me.

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

I picked this out because someone recommended it. I read the first book a while ago but didn't really remember much about it. I relistened ahead of this and it was okay.
I had trouble with this one.
I'm a seasoned Audibler with over 4-500 titles in my library, so used to the skill of listening to a book, but this one kept slipping off my brain. I'd find my mind was elsewhere and I'd constantly be flicking back.
I had trouble attaching voices to names and characters even before multiple names happened. Whether poorly differentiated in the text, weakly defined by the narrator or just because of the constant going back a chapter, I don't know. I handled GoT and histories of the Wars of the Roses so I'm usually okay with fat cast lists.
The narrator isn't bad but my brain just couldn't latch on. The story wasn't bad, maybe a little pompous, and I liked the Gormanghast feel of it, but I shan't bother with the third.
Only my ridiculous politeness and refusal to be beaten made me see it though but it did become a bit of a chore. Sorry.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Forgotten Authors

  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Christopher Fowler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder. It makes people think you're dead. So begins Christopher Fowler's foray into the back catalogues and backstories of 99 authors who, once hugely popular, have all but disappeared from our shelves. Whether male or female, domestic or international, flash-in-the-pan or prolific, mega-seller or prize-winner, no author, it seems, can ever be fully immune from the fate of being forgotten.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cornucopia of literary bygones & their writers

  • By Rachel Redford on 15-10-17

Captivating !

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

Reviewed: 13-10-18

Never a list.
This collection of essays on the forgotten authors is magical. They include much loved writers from my childhood, who I can't believe are out of print, and the most diverse and interesting people.
I've made notes and even wishlisted a few but I now have to buy the paperback version (I think with added chapters) to refer back to.
I adore Christopher Fowler's Bryant and May books but I must go read the rest of his work. I can't have him worrying he'll only be remembered for those, masterpieces though they are.
I think this is his first bash at narration but he is an expert already! His humour and the passion for his writers is evident all the way through. His voice is clear and animated. (My daughter thought he was Neil Gaiman when she overheard earlier. Don't tell Chris.)
This book sent me back to the library of my youth and the dozens of Jean Plaidy's and Peter Tinniswood's I devoured. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey and shall be seeking out a lot of these authors.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,042
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,597

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Whatever the audiobook term is for unputdownable.

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

Reviewed: 21-09-18

This is the first Strike book since the tv adaptations and it was great to find that the Strike in my head is unchanged. Probably because the tv was so well cast!
This was a very engaging episode and I couldn't stop listening. Excellent plot. The usual great narration from Robert Glenister.
I must admit I did yell at the characters a bit, but that's standard now. They're flawed, I love them.

37 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,093

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

  • By Simon on 15-11-17

Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

Like The Martian this has snippets of science dropped in everywhere, which made the whole thing feel real and believable.
I wasn't wholly sold on the main character at first, but I'm a parent so felt for her dad.
It was the most exciting listen for me since The Martian, and I get through a lot of books. I had to stop myself from binge-listening, it was that hard to turn off.
Thoroughly enjoyed my days on the moon.

  • Good Omens

  • The BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Mark Heap, Full Cast, Peter Serafinowicz
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,236
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,232

A full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s celebrated apocalyptic comic novel, with bonus length episodes and outtakes. According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday in fact. Just after Any Answers on Radio 4….Events have been set in motion to bring about the End of Days. The armies of Good and Evil are gathering and making their way towards the sleepy English village of Lower Tadfield.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful and hilarious!

  • By Tyrone on 18-03-17

Flawless

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

The casting is so perfect. The adaptation is wonderful. Even the great man's cameo is excellent, and they can sometimes jar.
Serafinowicz is as sexy as the dark side should be, Mark Heap's soft Southern pansy is a dream, the boy playing Adam is straight out of Richmal Crompton and DEATH is sublime.
Brilliant!