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  • Royal Flash

  • The Flashman Papers, Book 2
  • By: George MacDonald Fraser
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

In volume II of The Flashman Papers, Flashman tangles with femme fatale Lola Montez and the dastardly Otto Von Bismarck in a battle of wits which will decide the destiny of a continent.

In this volume of The Flashman Papers, Flashman, the arch-cad and toady, matches his wits, his talents for deceit and malice, and above all his speed in evasion against the most brilliant European statesman and against the most beautiful and unscrupulous adventuress of the era.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flashy does it again!

  • By Hammerhead on 25-07-15

Ruined by the wrong reader

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

Reviewed: 17-12-17

I read all of the Flashman books many years ago and loved them, Flashman is described in the books as big and bluff and hearty, so with that image in mind, why choose this reader? He reads perfectly well, but not in a way suitable for this character at all. I had to stop listening as it just ruined it all for me. Maybe if I didn't already know the books and have my own version of the character's 'voice' in mind, it wouldn't matter, but I am so disappointed with it that I can't listen to any more. If they were read by someone suitable, I'd order them all.

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  • Edited Out

  • A Mysterious Detective Mystery
  • By: E. J. Copperman
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Mystery author Rachel Goldman is getting used to the idea that her fictional creation, Duffy Madison, has somehow taken flesh-and-blood form and is investigating missing person cases not far from where Rachel lives. Wait. No. She's not getting used to it at all, and the presence of this real-life Duffy is making her current manuscript - what's the word? - lousy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable nonsense with a rubbish ending!

  • By Alex on 23-11-17

Enjoyable nonsense with a rubbish ending!

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

Reviewed: 23-11-17

It started out well as an enjoyable bit of nonsense, very well read, but what a terrible ending! This is going to be hard to explain without spoiling it, but the main two characters behave like idiots at the end, going along with the villain's plan long past the point when they have the advantage and have no reason to do what they do. Absolute rubbish that spoiled the whole thing. The ending made me feel like I'd wasted my time and money and been let down by an otherwise good writer. Will stick to the Haunted Guesthouse stories and give the rest of these a miss!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pimsleur Danish Level 1 Lessons 1-5

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Danish with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

This course includes lessons 1-5 from the Danish level 1 program, featuring 2.5 hours of language instruction. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons is included in each lesson. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension and on learning to speak Danish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love Pimsleur. this is easier to use than their ap

  • By Le Legume on 07-03-18

Not suitable for holidays

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

Reviewed: 31-07-17

The method of teaching is fine - lots of repetition which seems to work ok. Could do with slightly longer pauses to think about your answer, so not really suitable for listening to while doing other things (which I wanted to do) as you need to able to use the pause button.

My BIG complaint about this is the content. The first three and a half hours are learning to ask people if they speak Danish and tell them you are American! (I gave up after that).

As a Brit going to Denmark for 3 nights I just need to learn some basics like 'yes, no, please, thank you, sorry, excuse me', and how to ask for train tickets, check platform numbers, ask where to find a taxi, or a toilet or a tourist info office, booking into a hotel, ordering food, paying a bill, shopping etc.

In practice you never need to ask if someone speaks English as whatever language you speak to them in, and no matter what you say, they will probably realise you are foreign and if they speak English they will reply in it and if they don't they will reply in their language and shrug.

This is much more suitable as an introduction to learning the whole language for if you are going to be living in the country and want to be fluent. Either that or they are just dragging it out to get you to buy more sections - either way it's a waste of time, money and effort if you just want practical basic phrases to get around abroad for s few days.

The best language courses for basic, holiday language are the Collins ones, such a pity they don't do Danish.

Really disappointed. with this one.

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  • Glimpses of the Moon

  • By: Edmund Crispin
  • Narrated by: Philip Bird
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Death and decapitation seem to go hand in hand in the Devon village of Aller. When the first victim's head is sent floating down the river, the village's rural calm is shattered. Soon the corpses are multiplying and the entire community is involved in the murder hunt. While the rector, the major, the police and a journalist, desperate for the scoop of the century, chase false trails, it is left to Gervase Fen, Oxford don and amateur criminologist, to uncover the sordid truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such fun!

  • By PFK on 07-04-13

Smug, sarcastic and trying too hard to be funny

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

Reviewed: 13-12-15

Having read other reviews, I was so disappointed. I think perhaps this is one of those books that you either love or hate - I hate it! I’ve listened for three hours and I can’t go on. The author’s ‘voice’ is very strong, he makes cynical and sarcastic descriptions that interrupt the ‘reality’ of the story. It’s trying far too hard to be funny and to me it just comes across as smug and unpleasant. I love the English Country House Murder Mystery genre but I prefer the light spoofing humour of James Anderson more than this sarcastic, cynical offering. Not for me!

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  • Collins Italian with Paul Noble - Learn Italian the Natural Way, Part 1

  • By: Paul Noble
  • Narrated by: Paul Noble
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Collins Italian with Paul Noble combines an exciting, new non-traditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product.No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great introduction into learning Italian.

  • By GILLIAN on 23-12-12

Easy intro to Italian

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

Reviewed: 07-03-15

I have always struggled to learn foreign languages but after a holiday in Italy I really wanted to learn some Italian for my next visit and this is perfect. The words and phrases that you learn are appropriate to a holiday – how to buy and book things such as tickets, hotel rooms, restaurant tables, taxis etc. and how ask for directions. I have tried two other Italian courses which, being American courses, spent the first half hour teaching you to say ‘I am American’ and seemed more geared towards language suitable for someone working in Italy, but because this is a UK course the content is very much more appropriate to being able to pop over to Italy for a few days holiday.

Italian and English have a lot of words that are very similar, so progress with vocabulary is fast. The way that different endings on words changes the meanings and tenses was very well explained in a practical ‘how to’ way with no difficult grammatical explanations.

At first I felt I was being talked down to a bit, but soon got into the relaxed, simple style of learning and now I appreciate how the no-pressure, repetition works – you really do learn so much, so easily, as long as you do listen frequently. I found that about half an hour a day was perfect and because the pauses are generally long enough for you to think of the answer, you don’t have to keep pausing it, so it’s easy to learn while doing something else such as gardening or housework.

My only complaint is one for Audible – you have to buy all four parts to get the numbers and alphabet sections mentioned in the first part. Also as each section is priced so low, rather than waste more expensive credits on them, I bought each section in addition to my credits. I would have preferred one or two big downloads for a credit each.

Don’t let that put you off – if I can now speak in basic Italian (and I can!) then anyone can – it’s brilliant thank-you, I’m even considering trying another language just for fun!

  • A Night of Blacker Darkness

  • Being the Memoir of Frederick Whithers As Edited by Cecil G. Bagsworth III
  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE IN AUDIONo one else has Dan Wells’ hilarious new novella - it’s not available in print, in ebook, by mobile phone text or Victorian phonograph. Audible is bringing it to you exclusively, for a limited time.The basic premise is this: it's 1817, and a man named Frederick Whithers is wallowing in jail for a crime he didn't commit, desperate to get out so he can go and commit it for real.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A night of utter Joy

  • By Tim on 14-01-12

Completely wonderfully silly and brilliantly read.

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

Reviewed: 31-10-13

Any additional comments?

If you’re the kind of person who sees the story unfold in your mind as it’s read then you will appreciate the very visual humour of this book, some of the action descriptions made me laugh out loud - in public - (in particular the vampires walking on their knees falling into an open grave).

With a full cast of criminals, vampires, undertakers, body snatchers, bankers, vampire hunters and poets, and the female characters every bit as scheming and dark as the male, I found this the most enjoyable book I’ve listened to, or read, for a long time. There’s a lot of entertaining nonsense with coffins and bodies being moved around, dubious rhyming from John Keats and the most wonderfully pathetic vampires ever.

The reading is superb and the ‘voices’ of each character absolutely perfect (don’t be put off by the introduction!). I’ve listened to this three times already and this will definitely join my ‘favourite books to listen to when I want a laugh’ collection.

  • Psmith in the City

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Psmith and his friend Mike are sent by their fathers to work in the City. But work is the last thing on Psmith's mind; surely there are more interesting things to do with the day than spend it in a bank? Unfortunately the natives aren't conducive to his socialising within work hours, but all's fair in love and work as the monocled Old Etonian, with a little grudging help from Mike, begins to rope in allies in order to reform the bank manager and make him A Decent Member of Society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favourite character

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-04-16

For cricket fans only

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

Reviewed: 15-09-13

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Hard-core Wodehouse fans only and then only if they love cricket!

Has Psmith in the City put you off other books in this genre?

If this had been my first Wodehouse there would never have been any more.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Cecil’s other performances? How does this one compare?

The performance is fine - it's the content that's rubbish.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Unless you love cricket to the point of wanting to listen to long (15 minute) descriptions of matches - no redeeming qualities for the rest of us.

Any additional comments?

If this had been my first PG Wodehose book there would never have ever been any more! It’s a series of loosely connected incidents concerned with cricket and avoiding work while employed at a bank. None of the usual imposters, mistaken identities, formidable aunts or unwanted engagements that PG Wodehouse usually delivers with such wit. The entire first fifteen minutes of this book is spent in a description of a cricket match! This is for hard-core Wodehouse fans who love cricket only – be warned!

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