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  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,843
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,829

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

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 13-05-18

Not as fabulous as The Martian but a feisty tale anyway. Kept me interested.. quirky characters and quirky science as you would expect from Andy Weir.

  • Country of the Blind

  • By: Christopher Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Angus King
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

The murder of a media moghul in his country mansion appears to be the result of him disturbing a gang of would-be thieves. The robbers are swiftly caught, but when they are unexpectedly moved to a different prison they escape. Back in Edinburgh, a young solicitor reveals to the press that one of the subjects had left a letter with her some time before the break-in which proves his innocence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Brilliant read

  • By Mick on 15-07-15

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 30-04-18

Kept me gripped as Chris Brookmyre usually does. Set firmly in the 90’s but trips always no at a great pace. Odd to remember a time when mobile phones were quite glamorous

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In and Out of the Kitchen, Series 1, 2, and 3

  • By: Miles Jupp
  • Narrated by: Miles Jupp, Justin Edwards
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 398

Miles Jupp stars as fussy food writer Damien Trench in three series of the much-loved BBC Radio 4 sitcom. Well-known cookery writer Damien Trench is famous for his book A Year in the Kitchen, a diary of everything he cooked and ate over the course of 12 months. Now, for the follow-up volume, In and Out of the Kitchen, Damien undertakes to open up the doors "not only to my kitchen, but also to my life". But is Damien’s life as idyllic as his listeners might suppose?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insomnia

  • By Caroline on 01-07-14

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

I love this series, great characters and hugely engaging... I’ll miss them now it’s finished

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604

Do you need my help? It was always the first question he asked. They called him when they had nowhere else to turn. Raised and trained as part of a top-secret programme, he was sent to the worst places in the world to do things his government denied any knowledge of. Then he broke with the programme and disappeared. But now someone's on his tail. Someone who knows he was once known simply as Orphan X.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Alan on 25-01-17

Another great tale

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

Reviewed: 31-10-17

Books where heroes are cleverer than clever and charming and self deprecating and humorous... silly, edge of your seat, fun reads. I loved it.

  • You're Next

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615

‘I know you, don’t I?’ Five words - that’s all it takes to plunge Mike Wingate and his family into mortal danger. Mike doesn’t recognise the crippled stranger who approaches him at a party... but the stranger seems to know all about him. What has Mike done? Do they have the wrong man? Overnight, the threats become attacks, and Mike, his wife, and their young daughter learn they aren’t safe anywhere - especially not their own home. He doesn’t know who they are. He doesn’t know what they want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrated by the master himself

  • By Ms. A. Allin on 22-05-16

Great story

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

Reviewed: 14-06-17

Really enjoyed this rollicking tale. Jeff Harding is a great narrator and this book was worthy of his talents. Dry, witty, exciting and with characters you cared about.
I look forward to the author's other books

  • Coffin Road

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,961

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ancient and Modern In Perfect Harmony!

  • By Simon on 15-01-16

Great story

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

Reviewed: 17-12-16

As usual Peter May has written a tale with a twist and characters you come to care about. A great story brilliantly read by Peter Forbes. Excellent stuff that kept me guessing..

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Only Time Will Tell

  • Clifton Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,413

The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international best-selling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the chilling words, ‘I was told that my father was killed in the war’. But it will be another twenty years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story-telling

  • By Kirstine on 16-06-11

Fabulous narration ruined by a rubbish story

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

The prose was leaden and the story cliched to the point of screaming frustration. Brilliantly read by Emily Fox and Roger Allam but even they couldn't drag it out of the mud. Just a badly written book really.. it felt like writing by numbers..

  • The Peacock Emporium

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Judith Boyd
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 643

The only place Suzanna Peacock finds comfort is her shop, which provides a haven for the misfits in town. But she is forced to confront events of the past and her family that have been haunting her for so long. And she discovers that the key to her happiness may have been in front of her all along....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Peacock Emporium

  • By MARLENE on 12-07-16

Great story

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

Reviewed: 22-10-16

I rarely listen to a book twice but this one I did albeit with a 7 year gap. Characters you care about and a bit of a mystery together with a split time story all rolled up with wit and humour. Loved it. Judith Boyd absolutely nailed the narration to round it off perfectly.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Rural Affair

  • By: Catherine Alliott
  • Narrated by: Alison Reid
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 143

Newly widowed Poppy Shilling should be feeling distraught at the death of her husband, Phil. But, instead, she can’t help feeling relieved. No longer will she have to endure Phil’s iron fist ruling over her and their two young children, or his unfortunate penchant for Lycra cycling wear. And when a secret is revealed after his death, Poppy’s memories of their life together are turned upside down. Freed from her loveless marriage, Poppy is determined not to make the same mistakes again. As she embraces village life to the full, will Poppy have the courage to follow her heart? It’s time for a new beginning, and a chance to discover what real love feels like…Alison Reid reads this hilarious, heartwarming novel from bestselling author Catherine Alliott.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a rural affair

  • By Jean on 16-11-12

Okay but longish boring bits

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

Reviewed: 23-09-16

The story was well read by Alison Reid but there wasn't really a lot for her to work with. Very predictable with well worn stereotypical characters. Very fluffy and light. Absolutely fine if that's what you want but not for me.

  • When the Devil Drives

  • By: Chris Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

Private investigator Jasmine Shar has been hired to find Tessa Garrion, a young woman who has vanished without trace. What begins as a simple search awakens a malevolence that has lain dormant for three decades. As Jasmine uncovers a hidden history of sex, drugs, ritualism, and murder, she realises she may need a little help from the dark side herself if she's going to get to the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-01-14

Excellent as usual

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

Reviewed: 14-08-16

I don't begin to understand how Chris Brookmeyer does it but this was another cracking story with great characters and a few twists. I really enjoy his books and this was no exception, brilliantly read by Sarah Barron.