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  • The Masked City

  • The Invisible Library, Book 2
  • By: Genevieve Cogman
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant, Kai, goes missing. She discovers he's been kidnapped by the fae faction, and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai but for whole worlds. Kai's dragon heritage means he has powerful allies but also powerful enemies in the form of the fae. With this act of aggression, the fae are determined to trigger a war between their people - and the forces of order and chaos themselves.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excruciating narration!

  • By N. D. Taylor on 04-06-16

Better than the first book

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

Reviewed: 28-03-18

The narrator is still incredibly annoying but in this second book the story is of a faster pace and it is easier to ignore her strange inflexions and pronunciations.
The characters are still quite insubstantial but maybe you don't need to know more about them?
Overall I enjoyed listening to this and I'm glad I tried the second . I may, after a time try the third in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Remnant

  • Oversight Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Charlie Fletcher
  • Narrated by: Charlie Fletcher
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

The Oversight of London has been sworn for millennia to prevent the natural and the supernatural worlds from preying on each other. Now, at its lowest ebb, with its headquarters destroyed and its last members scattered far and wide, this secret society will battle for survival and face the harshest foe it has ever met: itself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined by author as narrator

  • By Paulington on 22-03-17

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 14-07-17

Total involvement in the story, the characters, the action. Happiness, sadness, hope and action, all thrown into a pot and stirred into a story of great delight! Listen to the trilogy, one of the best I've read or listened to. Such a shame it's come to an end.

  • The Printer's Coffin

  • The Blake and Avery Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: M. J. Carter
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

London, 1841. Mr Jeremiah Blake and Captain William Avery, recently returned from India, are invited by Viscount Allington to examine the particulars of a grisly pair of murders. Two printers from the seditious gutter presses have been brutally dispatched in distinct but similar circumstances. Fearing the deaths will stoke the fires of Chartism sweeping the capital, Allington hopes Blake and Avery's determination to uncover the truth will solve these crimes and help restore civic order.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Increasingly Compelling

  • By K on 27-03-17

Excellent.

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

Reviewed: 17-04-17

Having read the first book,The Strangler Vine, I wasn't sure whether to read or listen to this, the second.
It was very good. Characters brought to life and well read by the narrator.
Highly recommended, but make sure that you can concentrate on the plot. Not for listening to whilst doing lots of other things.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Matter

  • By: Michelle Paver
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316

January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top 5 Horror

  • By Joseph on 04-04-11

Atmospheric

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

Reviewed: 02-12-16

Not my usual type of reading/ story telling, but I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Builds from a slow start , you'll never guess the ending. Some rather graphic descriptions in the telling of the tale.

  • The Eighth Court

  • The Courts of the Feyre, Book 4
  • By: Mike Shevdon
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

The Eighth Court has been established, but petty rivalries and old disputes threaten its stability. The mongrels that make up the court are not helping, and Blackbird enlists the help of the warders to keep the peace. Has Blackbird bitten off more than she can chew, and can the uneasy peace between the courts continue under such tension and rivalry?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating whimper of an ending to the series

  • By Antony on 08-03-15

As always- brilliant

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

Reviewed: 18-10-16

I am sad to say that this appears to be the end of the story that we can follow... But I'm hoping that I'm wrong!

  • Stone of Fire

  • An ARKANE Thriller, Book 1
  • By: J. F. Penn
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

A power kept secret for 2000 years. When a nun is burned alive on the sacred ghats of Varanasi, and the stone she carried is stolen, an international hunt is triggered for the relics of the early church. Forged in the fire and blood of martyrs, the Pentecost stones have been handed down through generations of Keepers who kept their power and locations secret. Until now. The Keepers are being murdered, the stones stolen by those who would use them for evil in a world transformed by religious fundamentalism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating read and great story.

  • By Chris Tickner on 26-01-15

Good story, awful narrator

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

Reviewed: 22-09-16

I think that I will have to read the rest of this series of books myself. The narrator has an awful accent which really detracts from the story line. Botched attempts at giving the characters their own"voices" and an inability to pronounce words correctly! Sepulchre for instance! The American English is another issue, but for other listeners may be tolerable. Not my best experience by a long chalk!

  • Treachery

  • By: S. J. Parris
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

Summer, 1585: Sir Francis Drake prepares to embark on an expedition by royal commission to cross the Atlantic and seize major Spanish ports, diverting King Philip of Spain’s treasure to Queen Elizabeth. When a ship captain is brutally murdered, and Drake’s life threatened, it becomes clear that someone plans to destroy the expedition before it begins. Giordano Bruno and Sir Philip Sidney hunt for the killer, but are they being lured into a trap?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The saga moves on...

  • By Alan R on 01-01-15

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-16

Narration- fantastic, Story line- intriguing,plot twists keep you interested. Definitely worth a listen in my opinion.

  • Coffin Road

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945

A man stands bewildered on a deserted beach on the Hebridean Isle of Harris. He cannot remember who he is. The only clue to his identity is a folded map of a path named the Coffin Road. He does not know where this search will take him. A detective from Lewis sits aboard a boat, filled with doubt. DS George Gunn knows that a bludgeoned corpse has been discovered on a remote rock 20 miles offshore. He does not know if he has what it takes to uncover how and why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable whodunnit.

  • By bookylady on 18-01-17

As good as reading it for yourself

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

Reviewed: 22-03-16

I have read all of Peter May's other books but decided to get this one on audible to compare the experience. The choice of narrator is excellent. The scenery and action are clearly brought to the minds eye. The subtle changes bring life to each character, nuances are done well and the whole experience engages you on an intellectual and emotional level without being able to flip to the back and see how it all ends! Enjoy- I did!

  • A Second Chance

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 3
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,465
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342

St Mary’s is back and nothing is going right for Max. Once again, it’s just one damned thing after another. The action jumps from an encounter with a mirror-stealing Isaac Newton to the bloody battlefield at Agincourt. Discover how a simple fact-finding assignment to witness the ancient and murderous cheese-rolling ceremony in Gloucester can result in CBC - concussion by cheese.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great balance between fun and fear

  • By Mike on 18-11-15

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 05-10-15

I cannot recommend this series enough. Will brighten up any commute/ decorating the house/ clearing the gutters that you need to do. Passes the time most enjoyably

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Roman Holiday

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953

Another rollicking short story from the Chronicles of St Mary’s author Jodi Taylor. Question: What sort of idiot installs his mistress in his wife’s house? Especially when that mistress is Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator, queen of Egypt and the most notorious woman of her time? Answer: Julius Caesar - poised to become king of Rome. Or as good as.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another piece of the St Marys puzzle

  • By UsefulThings on 29-05-15

We like freebies!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-15

Another excellent short story, jam packed with action and adventure! Great series. Well worth a listen!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful