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  • Other Minds

  • The Octopus and The Evolution of Intelligent Life
  • By: Peter Godfrey-Smith
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

A philosopher dons a wet suit and journeys into the depths of consciousness. Peter Godfrey-Smith is a leading philosopher of science. He is also a scuba diver whose underwater videos of warring octopuses have attracted wide notice. In this audiobook he brings his parallel careers together to tell a bold new story of how nature became aware of itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • stunning look at the evolution of thinking...

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-03-18

Thought provoking and broud

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

Reviewed: 26-05-18

This was a really interesting blend of biology and philosophy. I learnt quite a bit about both and my empathy for octopuses and cuttle fishes has got a boost.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Invisible Assistant

  • An Eli Marks Short Story
  • By: John Gaspard
  • Narrated by: Jim Cunningham
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

There's no question it was murder. But who killed whom? What begins as a typical corporate event for magician Eli Marks turns into a twisted mystery when he is called to the site of a recent murder/suicide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clever short crime

  • By Anonymous User on 26-05-18

Clever short crime

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

Reviewed: 26-05-18

It was a good locked room type misery. I know the main characters so it probably helped my enjoyment. ( worth taking a look at main series if you liked it as similar style but compacted) I have read quite a lot of crime but had not come across quite this idea as a solution so it was pleasingly novel for me. Not sure if everything was completely plausible but was short and sweet.

  • Inspector Hobbes and the Blood

  • Unhuman, Book 1
  • By: Wilkie Martin
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 248

Set in a small Cotswold town, Inspector Hobbes and the Blood is a fast-paced comedy cozy mystery fantasy about the adventures of Andy, an incompetent reporter, when he is reluctantly working with Inspector Hobbes, a police detective with a reputation. Andy soon finds himself immersed in a world where not everyone is human, and a late-night visit to a churchyard nearly results in grave consequences, and a ghoulish outcome. An accidental fire leads to Andy having to doss in Hobbes's spare room.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me.

  • By Isata on 26-05-18

Looking forward to reading next one

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

Reviewed: 24-05-18

This book is one of an increasing number in my collection to have a horror magic detective cross over mashup. The good thing about this book is how simple I found it to get caught up in. The main characters and narrator are easy to like and the story is roles along without too much effort. Worth a look!

  • Nine Lessons

  • Josephine Tey Series, Book 7
  • By: Nicola Upson
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Called to the peaceful churchyard of St-John's-at-Hampstead, Detective Chief Inspector Archie Penrose faces one of the most audacious murders of his career, leading him to Cambridge, where both Josephine Tey and Archie's previous lover, Bridget, have settled down together. It is uncovered that there has been a series of vicious attacks against women in town, spreading fear in the community. Archie and Josephine must race to stop another attack in this beautifully written, intricately plotted mystery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent addition to the series

  • By Chris on 05-11-17

Gessed the murder from near the start but do not care

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

I really liked this book because it seemed like there were a lot of themes explored in it that were sensitively and well handled. I was less quick to like some of the most resent books in the series i think because for what ever reason the motives and the behaviour of the people in the stories and their actions did not quite become coherent and there seemed to be some misery for misery sake (fear in the sunlight comes to mind) (i know i know i am an avid listener to crime fiction so glass houses perhaps) however by comparison though very dark this book avoided being that way. As for guessing who did i am still sticking up for the book as it was a powerful motive and i did not see the exact reason why. If it helps get a feel of what guessing the murder means to me in terms of a book it usually spells doom and i often don't bother to read all the way but jut flip to the end. I have to like and be interested in the people and if your like me then you may well wish to give this book a go. I do have one competing interest in that i lived in cambridge for a wile and it had that added fun of recognising locations but on the flip side i love and have visited portmarion many times and that did not make me feel very well disposed to the book set there.

  • Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Ruby Elephants

  • By: Chris James
  • Narrated by: Dominic Lopez
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

When an elephant escapes from the London Zoological Gardens, Holmes and Watson become embroiled in one of their strangest cases yet. Engaged by a jeweler in fear for his life, the trail leads Sherlock to two secret societies, each pursuing the eight ruby elephants said to unlock a vault containing the lost Nizam diamond. Standing in his way are some deadly foes: the Archangels, assassins in top hats and tailcoats, hell-bent on the murder of the great detective and the acquisition of the treasures of the realm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Sherlock romp

  • By Anonymous User on 10-01-18

Great Sherlock romp

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I liked the style of this story. The dialogues between Watson and Sherlock had an amusing and some times snarky style and I liked the turns of phrase. I think there were a few slightly far fetch pieces of deduction ( ie it would not have been as elementary a leap of logic) and the chronology was a little bit unclear however it was a fun weaving together type of plot and did not feel stiff and only a little contrived. It seems the author has an affection for Sherlock and Watson and since I do too I was happy to be lead along to the end. See what you think.

  • Styx and Stones

  • Daisy Dalrymple, Book 7
  • By: Carola Dunn
  • Narrated by: Mia Chiaromonte
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

In the 1920s, in post - World War I England, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple, newly engaged to Detective Inspector Alec Fletcher, is asked by her brother-in-law to discreetly investigate a series of poisoned pen letters that many of the local villagers have been receiving. When the pompous and unbearable brother of the local vicar is killed by a very large rock, dropped on his head from a great height, it seems clear to all that this campaign of gossip has escalated to murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pronunciation is odd!

  • By Claire on 12-04-14

Unusual Pronunciation

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

Reviewed: 14-05-16

I like the series and on the whole got on ok with the narrator however i was really confused at points by some of the pronunciation choices. Left me wondering if it was a slightly off accent attempt. I prioritises story over voice so it was not too irritating and perhaps people really did in the upper aristocracy of the time say peeq when they were saying the word piqueete. Worth listening to the sample to double check if you will get on with the voice.

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Phoenix Collection - Three Sherlock Holmes Mysteries in One Book

  • By: Pennie Mae Cartawick
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Three compelling Sherlock Holmes mysteries in one book, including "The Game of Cat and Mouse": "The interior was dark, and neither of us searched for a lamp or switch. There came a ticking of some clock or another. And the sound of a dripping faucet somewhere in the house was like a hammer to an anvil. Our breaths were loud, but my heart sounded louder to me...."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More of Sherlock and Watson

  • By Anonymous User on 21-01-16

More of Sherlock and Watson

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

Reviewed: 21-01-16

I am not an expert in Sherlock and Conan Doyal but I liked the feel of these non conical tails and the voice sounded like a fair Watson to me with the narrator having an easy to listen to voice so that I enjoyed them a lot as with the other stories in the other books.

  • The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Moriarty

  • The Secret Life of Sherlock Holmes's Nemesis - 37 short stories
  • By: Maxim Jakubowski
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 20 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

We think of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, but far more seductive is the pairing of Holmes and Professor James Moriarty, 'the Napoleon of crime' - a rivalry unparalleled in the world of crime fiction. Fiercely intelligent and a relentless schemer, Moriarty is the super-villain as megastar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am a fan of the Napoleon of Crime

  • By Anonymous User on 21-01-16

I am a fan of the Napoleon of Crime

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

Reviewed: 21-01-16

Some very clever stories in this collection and only one that i did not enjoy. Chilling perfect murders, interesting puzzles and surprising twists. Great to re imagine this villain and the reading is entertaining and easy to listen to.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 100 Dog Training Tips

  • By: Jezebel Young
  • Narrated by: John LeBlanc
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    1.5 out of 5 stars 3

One of the toughest parts of owning a dog is learning how to train them. Over the years Jezebel Young has put together a list of tips for dog owners. Learn the secrets of having a well mannered dog and create a bond with you four legged loved one. You can now learn from a dog owner with over ten years of experience training two dogs. These quick tips will definitely help guide you and offer some advice that many dogs owners may not know about.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok for some of the basics

  • By Anonymous User on 21-01-16

Ok for some of the basics

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

Reviewed: 21-01-16

Dominance is an outdated concept. ( read "in defence of dogs"!) Despite this there was on the whole a focus on positive training methods and on being consistent and fair (ie not expecting a dog to understand a punishment that was for an error committed some time in the past) however it felt bitty especially in the spoken format were navigating the tips was difficult and it only really focused on sit down come and stay with its version of heal. I liked the explanation of the reasoning for teaching your dog to have food taken away mid eat to mimic the whims of children it might encounter since it seemed a pragmatic safety point but overall i still felt using the concept of dominance was too much of a fault to ignore.