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  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,865
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,296

When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this

  • By Mr. P Shaw on 25-11-08

An thoroughly good book!

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

Reviewed: 26-07-18

Nobody Owens is an unusual child. He lives in a graveyard, talks to ghosts and can fade at will. He has ghost parents and a guardian who doesn't like sunlight!
This is a fascinating story of Bods childhood. The reasons why he's in the graveyard and his journey through childhood until it's time for him to leave and travel the world. Each chapter is perfect on its own but makes you want to listen to the next.
I'd recommend this to any one child and adult alike although early teens is probably where it's aimed.
A thoroughly good book!

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  • Curse of the Night Wolf

  • Barnaby Grimes, Book 1
  • By: Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell
  • Narrated by: Paul Panting
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Barnaby Grimes is a tick-tock lad, running errands in his city, day and night, and "high-stacking" around the rooftops in search of new mysteries to solve. In this first adventure, Barnaby is attacked one night by an enormous dog. He kills it: but that's not the end of this particular mystery...as Barnaby finds himself swept up in a world of crooked doctors, poor and ill-advised patients, strange tonics, and very expensive furs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent tale

  • By Mike Smith on 24-03-18

Excellent tale

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

Reviewed: 24-03-18

Another excellent take of barnaby grimes and his high stacking adventures. A really lovely insight into an old London with many interesting characters. A good read or listen for anyone

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  • Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 4
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

After six gruelling months back in London, Agatha Raisin returns to her beloved Cotswold village of Carsely - and to the charms of her neighbour, James Lacey. True, James is less than thrilled to see her, but Agatha is soon distracted by a sensational murder. The victim, hiker Jessica Tartinck, spent her life enraging wealthy landowners by insisting on her walking club's right to hike over their properties. Now she has been found dead....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended easy listening.

  • By Amazon Customer on 19-08-19

Another good yarn

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

Reviewed: 23-08-17

Once again M. C. Beaton keeps us guessing. Sadly the epilogue was a little rushed.

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  • Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 10
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

Feeling jilted and cross, Agatha follows a fortune-teller's advice and rents a cottage in the pretty village of Fryfam, where she hopes good fortune and true love will come chasing after her for a change. Unfortunately, her romantic notions are soon dispelled by the strange goings-on in the village. What are those strange lights in Agatha's back garden? Who is stealing paintings and pottery? And who murdered the local squire?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely light listen

  • By jules on 28-10-18

Jolly good yarn

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

Reviewed: 19-08-17

Enjoyed the story, kept us guessing. Totally non PC and great fun. A shame the epilogue was so short though.

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  • Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 11
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

Recently married to James Lacey, Agatha quickly finds out that it's not all 'happy ever after' - before long the newlyweds are living in separate cottages and accusing each other of infidelity. After a fight down the local pub, James vanishes completely, leaving a bloodstain as the only clue to his fate. Naturally, Agatha is Prime Suspect. Determined to clear her name and find her husband, Agatha begins her investigation - and promptly finds a murdered mistress....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of getting what you have asked to receive

  • By HIlary on 13-04-13

Another good Agatha story

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

Reviewed: 14-08-17

Agatha Raisin, another good story. Keeps you guessing until the very end. The gruff heroine sorting her hap hazard life out but things never go as straight forward as she would like.

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