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  • Perfect Remains

  • DI Callanach, Book 1
  • By: Helen Fields
  • Narrated by: Angus King
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785

On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing. In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness. Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine's missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he's eager to prove himself to his new team.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superbly written and performed

  • By David Baumber on 27-01-17

Addictive

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

Reviewed: 08-03-19

Interesting characters, fantastic story, brilliant narration. It really should carry a health warning. Listened to the whole book over two days!

  • Hard Times

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

One of Dicken’s best works appraising English society. Highlights the social and economic pressures of the times. A masterwork.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bachelor's narration of this classic is pure class

  • By Eager on 30-03-16

Poor narration

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

The narrator was appalling, in particular the female voices. I bought the book a few months ago and I couldn't remember why I hadn't finished it, but as I was out of anything else to listen to. I don't think it's one of the best of Dickens, but perhaps I was prejudiced by my feelings about the narrator

  • Becoming Johnny Vegas

  • By: Johnny Vegas
  • Narrated by: Johnny Vegas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699

‘My name is Michael Pennington, and I am not a comic character. I'm often mistaken for one though. You might know him by another name. Johnny Vegas.’ From BBC Dickens adaptations to Benidorm and Ideal to the PG Tips ads, Johnny Vegas has become one of Britain's best-loved comic actors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Gordon on 28-10-13

Absolutely fantastic.

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

Reviewed: 23-12-18

I was not expecting anything like it. One of the best listens I've had ever.

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,289

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woodcutter

  • By jackie Hammond on 23-05-11

superb

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

Reviewed: 21-12-18

one of the best listens I've had ever. looking forward to more by the same author. narration was faultless.

  • Bad Move

  • A Zack Walker Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Paranoia-fuelled Zack Walker has trouble convincing his loved ones to obey his rules for keeping them out of harm's way. He's even uprooted his family and headed for the tranquillity of the suburbs. But then Zack stumbles upon a body, and a trail of deceit and murder leads right back to his own front door. Suddenly the 'burbs is not looking nearly so safe.... With a killer roaming around their neighbourhood and Zack's overactive imagination in overdrive, he's sure things can't get any worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brillant

  • By oAjCo on 27-08-17

Really good listen.

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

Good plot, very amusing and a good narrator. Going to look for book 2 now.

  • James Acaster's Classic Scrapes

  • By: James Acaster
  • Narrated by: James Acaster
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,064
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,712

James Acaster has been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award five times and has appeared on prime-time TV shows like Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and Russell Howard's Stand Up Central. But behind the fame and critical acclaim is a man perpetually getting into trouble. Whether it's disappointing a skydiving instructor midflight or hiding from thugs in a bush wearing a bright red dress, James is always finding new ways to embarrass himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly funny.

  • By Anonymous User on 05-09-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

It's the way he doesn't try to be funny that makes him so refreshing. I also love that he is never unkind. Every minute of it is worth the listen.

  • Company of Liars

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,403

On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Medieval Road Movie - Well worth a listen

  • By I. Jamie on 02-02-09

Interesting and informative

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

A good listen not my usual genre but thoroughly enjoyed it. In particular a very good narrator, which for me is as important as the book. Would recommend this book, especially for someone interested in history.

  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,159

From the Sunday Times top ten best-selling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. "It's about the terror, isn't it?" "The terror of what?" I said. "The terror of being found out." For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world, meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made jokes on social media that came out badly or made mistakes at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Paul on 19-03-15

interesting and well written

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

Reviewed: 31-03-18

I very much enjoy Jon Ronson's writing style, also his delivery, he plays down any drama and explains his feelings as they happen, and as he changes his mind about things, always a sign of intelligence in my opinion. A good read. I would recommend it.

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  • Rumpole and the Angel of Death

  • By: Sir John Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

In this collection of Rumpole stories the comic, courageous, and corpulent 'great defender of muddled and sinful humanity' is joined by a winning cast of villains and victims in tales whose wry humour and sparkling wit deftly send up the legal system. In Rumpole and the Angel of Death our hero achieves resounding triumphs over the forces of prejudice and mean-mindedness. Rumpole and the Way through the Woods involves Rumpole in the world of hunters and the hunted, animal rights and human wrongs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vintage Rumpole

  • By Hilary T. on 29-09-12

The best Rumpole I've read so far.

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

Reviewed: 20-01-18

Contains some of the best stories about the great man especially the one from 'She who must be obeyed'. As ever the narrator was spot on.

  • So, Anyway...

  • The Autobiography
  • By: John Cleese
  • Narrated by: John Cleese
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399

John Cleese describes his nerve-racking first public appearance, at St Peter's Preparatory School at the age of eight and five-sixths; his endlessly peripatetic homelife, with parents who seemed incapable of staying in any house for longer than six months; his first experiences in the world of work, as a teacher who knew nothing about the subjects he was expected to teach; his hamster-owning days at Cambridge; and his first encounter with the man who would be his writing partner for over two decades, Graham Chapman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh Out Loud!

  • By Rachel Redford on 29-11-16

Entertaining listen<br />

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

Reviewed: 31-12-17

Enjoyed the book, listened to it whilst walking. easy listening and well narrated by the author.