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  • 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 4,521
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,200

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

Couldn't put the headphones down.

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

I think it is a testament to a writer’s talent when you really, really wish you could whack her characters around the head. The major and minor conflicts in the personal lives of Cormoran and Robin are a perfect counterpoint to the strange and convoluted case they find themselves investigating in this installment.

With this saga, I tend to relish the interesting tidbits about investigative method that pepper the story, as well as the insight into a particular social sphere (in this case, the world of politics). I enjoyed the pace of the plot, its twists and turns, to the point of not caring all that much that the resolution to the mystery wasn’t as bizarre as I expected it to be, and that’s not an easy feat.

The more I listen to Robert Glenister, the more I value his skill as a reader. He brings very different characters to life while making it seem effortlessly, which is all down to talent, technique and experience.

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  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,807

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic and fasinating romp through time

  • By al on 02-12-14

Interesting premise, annoying protagonist.

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

Reviewed: 25-10-18

I absolutely love the setting and premise of the story, and I appreciate both the writer's sleek descriptive style and wry humour. However I must confess that, as a woman, I am sick and tired of being presented with supposedly strong female leading characters that, on the surface, make a difference in the world while, in their private lives, have to suffer quite unnecesarily from unexplained issues of self-esteem and a completely illogical deference to the expectations of a sexist society. You can't sell me a strong, intelligent female who will then swallow down all of her troubles in order to 'not make a fuss'. I was so livid at this approach that it's put me off the rest of the series, even though it's the kind of sci-fi I love.

About the narrator, she is obviously very professional, with a clear and modern diction, but has what I would describe as a 'nagging' tone (for lack of a better word) that I found tiresome after a few hours. Putting it very childishly, she sounds like a know-it-all and didn't make me like the main character any better for all that. But maybe that was the whole point!

  • Dracula

  • Starring David Suchet and Tom Hiddleston
  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: David Suchet, Tom Hiddleston
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

Tom Hiddleston ( The Night Manager) stars as Jonathan Harker, with David Suchet ( Poirot) as Dracula in Liz Lochhead's powerful BBC radio adaptation of the classic novel by Bram Stoker. When solicitor Jonathan Harker sets off for Transylvania to sell the mysterious Count Dracula a Gothic mansion, his bride-to-be, Mina, begs him to stay - to no avail. But on arrival at Dracula's castle, deep in a black forest surrounded by wolves, Harker wishes he had listened to his fiancée.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By josiemur on 08-11-16

Beautifully produced and completely unnecesary.

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

Reviewed: 25-10-18

A high-quality production with a brilliant cast that will entertain you in style for a couple of hours. The story adds absolutely nothing interesting to the 'Draculaverse', as it tries half-heartedly to pepper the narrative with not-so-clever references to the naughtier bits in the original story. Good if you don't want to listen to the brilliant Victorian novel that is the original Dracula.

  • A Warning to the Curious

  • By: M. R. James
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

The story of Paxton, an antiquarian and archaeologist who holidays in "Seaburgh" and inadvertently stumbles across one of the lost crowns of Anglia, which legendarily protect the country from invasion. Montague Rhodes James was a noted British mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–1918) and of Eton College (1918–1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By Amazon Customer on 17-01-14

Delightful reading of a classic short story.

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

Reviewed: 25-10-18

I am extremely fond of M. R. James' short stories, so it is a pleasure to revisit them accompanied by David Suchet. He is a brilliant actor and reader with a very unique talent for bringing classic strories to life. A little gem for connoisseurs, and a great way to get an introduction into M. R. James' production,

  • The Innocence of Father Brown, Volume 2

  • A Radio Dramatization
  • By: G. K. Chesterton, M. J. Elliott (dramatization)
  • Narrated by: J.T. Turner, The Colonial Radio Players
  • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

From London to Cornwall, then to Italy and France, a short, shabby priest takes on bandits, traitors and killers. Why is he so successful? The reason is that after years spent in the priesthood, Father Brown knows human nature and is not afraid of its dark side. Thus he understands criminal motivation and how to deal with it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most enjoyable!

  • By Kindle Customer on 26-10-18

Candid whodunnit with a classic Engish flavour.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

As with the first volume, the setting and cast performance is enjoyably British and true to Chesterton's style, but the stories are a bit too simple for keen readers of the genre, with the characters a little too bi-dimensional.

  • Ep. 3: Life-Saving Clocks (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Bill is joined by David Rooney, the Science Museum's Curator of Time, Navigation and Transport, who tells the story of the John Harrison Clock and the inventor's quest to solve the longitude problem.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light and entertaining.

  • By EvaGM on 05-10-18

Light and entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

An easy listen, garnished with entertaining anecdotes about the people behind these scientific achievements. Can't award the five stars because the host and guests sound a bit too much like primary school teachers making things very, very simple for children to understand. I personally wouldn't have minded a bit more technical detail; on the other hand, the historical context is well presented.

  • Ep. 2: The Pioneers of Radio (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Bill tells the story of the Italian Navy Detector that was devised by a humble scientist, Jagadish Chandra Bose, who could be regarded as one of India's greatest minds. And the more famous, Guillermo Marconi, and his quest to invent the Marconi Short-Wave Beam Transmitter. He is joined by John Liffen, the Science Museum's Curator of Communications.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light and entertaining.

  • By EvaGM on 05-10-18

Light and entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

An easy listen, garnished with entertaining anecdotes about the people behind these scientific achievements. Can't award the five stars because the host and guests sound a bit too much like primary school teachers making things very, very simple for children to understand. I personally wouldn't have minded a bit more technical detail; on the other hand, the historical context is well presented.

  • Ep. 1: Mapping the Earth (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

An object that helped create the first map of Britain and one at the forefront of climate-change research. Bill tells the stories of the Great Theodolite that was used on the principle triangulation of Britain, and AATSR (Advanced Along-Track Scanning Radiometer) that measures the temperature of the sea from space. Both objects tell a story about why collaboration is so important in the field of scientific discovery from the teams that put together the first maps to the international fight against climate change.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light and entertaining.

  • By EvaGM on 05-10-18

Light and entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

An easy listen, garnished with entertaining anecdotes about the people behind these scientific achievements. Can't award the five stars because the host and guests sound a bit too much like primary school teachers making things very, very simple for children to understand. I personally wouldn't have minded a bit more technical detail; on the other hand, the historical context is well presented.

  • Ep. 4: Giant Telescopes and Fusion Power (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

A giant telescope built by a wealthy Irish landlord during the potato famine and a model of an object that the British media claimed had re-created the sun. Bill tells the stories behind the mirror from the great Rosse telescope and the model of the Harwell controlled Zero Energy Thermonuclear Assembly (ZETA), with the help of Alison Boyle who is the Keeper of Science Collections at the Science Museum. Both objects tell about the pursuit of science and the quest for fame and publicity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light and entertaining.

  • By EvaGM on 05-10-18

Light and entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

An easy listen, garnished with entertaining anecdotes about the people behind these scientific achievements. Can't award the five stars because the host and guests sound a bit too much like primary school teachers making things very, very simple for children to understand. I personally wouldn't have minded a bit more technical detail; on the other hand, the historical context is well presented.

  • Ep. 5: Unlikely Medical Inventions (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

How a teenage inventor, a pig's head, a lump of plywood and a famous British record label made medical history. Bill tells the stories behind the invention of the Reynold's Portable X-Ray Kit and the world's first CT brain scanner, with the help of Katie Dabin, who is the Curator of Medicine at the Science Museum. Their stories reveal how scientific inventions sometimes happen by accident or come from people without a classic scientific background.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light and entertaining.

  • By EvaGM on 05-10-18

Light and entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

An easy listen, garnished with entertaining anecdotes about the people behind these scientific achievements. Can't award the five stars because the host and guests sound a bit too much like primary school teachers making things very, very simple for children to understand. I personally wouldn't have minded a bit more technical detail; on the other hand, the historical context is well presented.