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  • Whisky from Small Glasses

  • A D.C.I. Daley Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,466

DCI Jim Daley is sent from the city to investigate a murder after the body of a woman is washed up on an idyllic beach on the West Coast of Scotland. Far away from urban resources, he finds himself a stranger in a close-knit community. Love, betrayal, fear and death stalk the small town, as Daley investigates a case that becomes more deadly than he could possibly imagine, in this compelling Scottish crime novel infused with intrigue and dark humour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellently read.

  • By fiona on 19-03-17

Great entertaining story

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

Reviewed: 13-02-19

With an excellent narration
Really enjoyed listening to the Scottish voices
And could very easily get swept up into the story with both male and female characters
Will be looking out for the next book

  • Rise: Scarlet City - Part II

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962

London, 1337. England is at war, and the King is in financial straits, meaning that Jonah's hard-earned business and fortune hang in the balance. A far cry from his humble beginnings as a draper's apprentice, Jonah is now one of the influential merchants in England, and he manages to secure the hand of the daughter of one of the most powerful and dangerous nobles in the country. As Jonah's wealth and prominence grow, so do his enemies and the threats they bring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just super....

  • By Salter on 29-04-18

Perfect sequel

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

Loved the first book and loved this book. The sound effects, the huge cast of characters all first class. With all of this I felt I was an observer on the corner of the street watching the story unfold before my eyes. Excellent

  • Empire: Scarlet City - Part III

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861

A true rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London - the Scarlet City - the centre of medieval England, this is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empire

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-04-18

Perfect as the last three

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

So enjoyed this third in the series. Exciting and twists and turns at every chapter
Love the background sounds and music
I hope there are more

  • Perfect Remains

  • DI Callanach, Book 1
  • By: Helen Fields
  • Narrated by: Angus King
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538

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

Easy listen so so story

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

Reviewed: 29-01-19

Personally prefer thrillers where you don’t know straight away who the bad guy is - this bad guy is seriously disturbed and the female characters so strong it was sometimes too much to believe
Lots of stories running through this and I expect we will meet many again in future books
Performance was not too bad and easy on the ear

  • Christmas at the Beach Hut

  • By: Veronica Henry
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

When Ellen writes her annual Round Robin to send out with her Christmas cards, she realises it's all about the rest of her family. Fed up and exhausted by yet another year of single-handedly trying to make it a perfect Christmas, Ellen takes a pile of books, her cosiest clothes and the Ocado order and escapes to a beach hut on the North Devon coast. This year, Christmas is going to be all about her and nobody else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful as usual

  • By pennycrimps on 19-11-18

Always love The Beach Hut series but this one hit home

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

Reviewed: 20-01-19

I like Veronica Henry’s books. At first glance read or listen they seem light easy and very jolly. But Veronica really gets to the very bottom of what are complex and important life issues in a way that is relatable. This particular story really resonated with me as I’ve also been at the very point of picking up my car keys and leaving for me time: looking back I wish I had - perhaps my issues may have been resolved quicker.
Great read thought provoking
Thank you

  • Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,727

A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Formed Tale Hits the Sweet Spot

  • By Simon on 06-12-17

Superb storytelling and acting

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

Reviewed: 16-12-18

How unusual to listen to a book with sounds and music and high class acting. Couldn’t stop listening and downloaded the second book as soon as I had finished the first.
Assuming that historical fact is accurate and was thoroughly engaged that on occasions could almost smell the London or old. Totally engaging.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

Soon to be a major TV series starring Kenneth Branagh. On 21 June 1922, Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt - is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol. Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely. But instead of his usual suite, he must now live in an attic room while Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval. Can a life without luxury be the richest of all?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book I’ve listened and read in a long time

  • By Bean on 29-11-18

The best book I’ve listened and read in a long time

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

Cannot recommend this highly enough
I laughed, I cried and I started listening as I was on holiday but it was soooo sooo good that o wanted to read the words as well. So ended up doing both. And I’ll be buying a paper copy as well as I want to give to my mum
Just superb 5*

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Soul-Breaker

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Robert Glenister, Robert Lindsay, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 188

Three women go missing without a trace. A week is enough for the psychopath known in the press as the 'The Soul-Breaker' to destroy them. By the seventh day the women are psychologically dead, like bodies without a soul. Shortly before Christmas, The Soul-Breaker strikes again, this time in an exclusive psychiatric clinic. The clinic has been cut off by a snowstorm, and The Soul-Breaker is in their midst. Trapped in the clinic, staff and patients band together to protect each other, but in a night of unimaginable terror, The Soul-Breaker shows them that no one is safe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Sound of Fitzek!

  • By Simon on 23-08-18

Strange spooky but too long

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

Slow story of a strange - in fact a few strange - medical conditions
Loved the first of these plays excellent actors and sounds which really add to the atmosphere. It becomes more than a book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman Who Stole My Life

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 886

One day, sitting in traffic, Stella Sweeney attempts a good deed. The resulting car crash changes her life. But in this event is born the seed of something which will take Stella thousands of miles from her old life, turning an ordinary woman into a superstar, wrenching her whole family apart. For the first time real, honest-to-goodness happiness is just within her reach. But is Stella Sweeney, Dublin housewife, ready to grasp it?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good lark of a story

  • By christine on 11-12-14

Good escapist book

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

Interesting take on a very unusual medical condition - unlikely but welcome love affair - odd ex-husband and ex-wives!
Literally something for every one

  • Close to Me

  • A gripping psychological thriller about secrets and lies
  • By: Amanda Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82

When Jo Harding falls down the stairs at home, she wakes up in hospital with partial amnesia - she's lost a whole year of memories. A lot can happen in a year. Was Jo having an affair? Lying to her family? Starting a new life? She can't remember what she did - or what happened the night she fell. But she's beginning to realise she might not be as good a wife and mother as she thought.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping debut novel

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-04-17

Interesting twists - enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 18-09-18

Always choose to listen to any books narrated by Rachel Atkins. Such a variety of voices. Although I found the voice of the daughter irritating she was so wingey and spoilt like a 16 year old rather than the 22 she was supposed to be.
This book was interesting and just when you think she’s solved the next step in her story, it changes again
Although there was all sorts of issues in the end.