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  • Vampire Shift

  • Kiera Hudson Series, Book One
  • By: Tim O'Rourke
  • Narrated by: Keely Beresford
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 112

When 20-year-old police recruit Kiera Hudson is posted to the remote town of The Ragged Cove, her life is changed forever. Investigating a series of horrific murders, grave desecrations, and missing persons, with her unique ability of "seeing", Kiera soon realizes her life is in danger. But when Kiera falls in love with police officer Luke Bishop, not only is her mind and her heart opened to a terrifying new world, she comes to suspect that Luke might be involved in the killings.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration

  • By Debra on 26-11-15

OK

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

A fairly predictable story. Narrator has a nice, but not over exciting voice. May try others in the series if they are on offer.

  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,255
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,735

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

I wish there was more

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

Reviewed: 11-09-16

I think this book is aimed at younger readers, but who cares. It is entertaining and I really enjoyed listening to Neil's narration. Being narrated by the author means you get what he meant which may not always happen with others. Would recommend to all ages.

  • The Fire Sermon

  • Fire Sermon, Book 1
  • By: Francesca Haig
  • Narrated by: Yolanda Kettle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

When Zach and I were born, our parents must have counted and recounted: limbs, fingers, toes. The complete set. They would have been disbelieving - nobody dodged the split between Alpha and Omega. Nobody. Born as twins. Raised as enemies. One strong Alpha twin and one mutated Omega; the only thing they share is the moment of their death. The Omegas live in segregation, cast out by their families, as soon as their mutations become clear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I could not stop listening.

  • By HARAK on 13-03-16

Great story

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

An excellent story. I have continued straight to book 2 I enjoyed it so much. Yolanda Kettle's narration is very good too.

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  • Shades of Grey

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

"Hundreds of years in the future, after the Something that Happened, the world is an alarmingly different place. Life is lived according to The Rulebook and social hierarchy is determined by your perception of colour.Eddie Russett is an above average Red who dreams of moving up the ladder by marriage to Constance Oxblood. Until he is sent to the Outer Fringes where he meets Jane - a lowly Grey with an uncontrollable temper and a desire to see him killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surreal, Crazy - and wonderful

  • By Veronica on 23-01-12

I hope there is a sequel

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

An interesting view of the future and a different take on a class system. As usual, Jasper Fforde delivers a story that is off the wall. I didn’t want to stop listening to this and Gareth Armstrong’s narration certainly helps. I really hope there is a sequel to this as I would love to know how things progress.

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  • The Eye of Zoltar

  • The Last Dragonslayer, Book 3
  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

The Mighty Shandar, the most powerful wizard the world has ever seen, returns to the Ununited Kingdoms. Clearly, he didn't solve the Dragon Problem, and must hand over his fee: Eighteen dray-weights of gold. But the Mighty Shandar doesn't do refunds, and vows to eliminate the dragons once and for all - unless sixteen-year-old Jennifer Strange and her sidekicks from the Kazam house of enchantment can bring him the legendary jewel, The Eye of Zoltar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jasper Fforde, endlessly inventive, always fun.

  • By tim on 05-07-14

Love this

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

I recommend reading all three books in the series in order (I hope there will be more). If you enjoy Jasper Fforde's other books, these will not disappoint. If you haven't read Jasper Fforde and you like slightly wacky fantasy, read these.
Jane Collingwood's narration is brilliant, she has such a mix of voices that she brings the characters to live.

  • Laughing Gas

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

Joey Cooley is a golden-curled child film star, the idol of American motherhood. Reginald, Third Earl of Havershot, is a boxing blue on a mission to save his wayward cousin from the fleshpots of Hollywood. Both are under anaesthetic at the dentists when something strange happens - and their identities are swapped. Suddenly Joey can use his six-foot frame to get his own back on his Hollywood persecutors. But Reggie has to endure everything Joey had to put up with in the horrible life of a child star - including kidnap.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Daft but entertaining

  • By Clare Skelton on 27-09-16

A fund book

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

Reviewed: 15-08-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Laughing Gas to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but I think Jonathan Cecil's narration is so entertaining that it brought the book to life.

What does Jonathan Cecil bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I love his different voices and he made the characters real.

Any additional comments?

I haven't read PG Wodehouse before. This was an excellent introduction. A fun, enjoyable story.

  • Foxglove Summer

  • Rivers of London, Book 5
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,769
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,512

In the fifth of his best-selling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper. Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can take a city wizard to the country but...

  • By Sarah on 17-11-14

Another great read

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

Reviewed: 12-12-14

I have listened to the first four books in the series and enjoyed them all. This one does not disappoint. As well as a good bit of fantasy detective work, I also like learning things about London - certainly makes me look at things differently when I visit. I enjoy Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's narration and I would always be interested in other books he has narrated.

  • Before I Go To Sleep

  • By: S J Watson
  • Narrated by: Susannah Harker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,493
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,489

As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me ...'Memories define us.So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight.And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.Welcome to Christine's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This will keep you awake!

  • By MRS on 20-05-11

Great Listen

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14

Enjoyed this book tremendously. The type of book I took every opportunity to listen to. Kept me guessing

  • The Host

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 23 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive

  • By indigodreamer on 14-11-11

A gripping story

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

This is one of those books that I had to listen to at any available moment. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The concept is interesting and I liked the characters' development. It is a book that stayed with me and that I will listen to again in the future. I enjoyed the Twilight series, but I like this even better.

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  • Brave New World

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,868
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,577
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,576

On the 75th anniversary of its publication, this outstanding work of literature is more crucial and relevant today than ever before. Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A. F. (After Ford, the deity).

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Imaginative, But Flawed!

  • By Robert on 07-05-16

A Classic Well Read

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

Reviewed: 17-12-13

It was many years since I had read this book and it was a good book to listen to and remember whilst I walked the dog along the sea wall. It was like visiting an old friend. There were parts that I still remembered, but others I had forgotten about. if you haven't read this, I would recommend you read it. If you have read it already, definitely worth revisiting and Michael York was a good choice as narrator.