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  • Two Kinds of Truth

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687

An old case from his LAPD past threatens Bosch's reputation in a gripping new thriller. Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando police and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous big-business world of prescription drug abuse. Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch's LAPD days comes back to haunt him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cracker!!

  • By eva on 19-11-17

Harsh

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

The other reviews all raved about it. Well, it looked like it would turn out a clever story, but too hard-edged and brutal for me. I'd like to have been warned that this isn't light entertainment, so I am submitting this as a counter to all the fanmail. No doubt it's very good of its kind, but it's not the kind of crime story I enjoy. There can be harsh portions in most crime stories but the unpleasantness described on his undercover mission for the drugs bust was the stopper for me. Didn't finish it, and that's a first. So, not so much a critique of the book, as a warning to others, because the introduction doesn't give a fair impression.

  • The Adventures of Sally

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Pretty, impecunious Sally Nicholas never dreamed a fortune could prove a disadvantage, until she became an heiress and watched in bewilderment as her orderly existence went haywire. Coping first with her brother's wild theatrical ambitions, then with the defection of her fiancé and his immediate replacement by a much more appropriate but strangely unattractive suitor, Sally finds that life in New York is becoming altogether too complicated, and a trip to England only makes the whole situation worse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • non-vintage wodehouse, iffy narration

  • By Tom on 30-11-10

Not Typical Wodehouse

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

An early Wodehouse, and pretty disappointing. Basically just a romance. Wodehouse is not on his form, this is neither witty nor outrageous nor daft nor zany and definitely not laugh-out-loud funny. And some of the descriptive passages go on a bit! Vintage Wodehouse never never wastes a word. This one was really not worth resurrecting as an audiobook. The narrator does a pretty good job, but I wouldn't want to listen again.

  • Death By Water

  • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
  • By: Kerry Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

The divine Phryne Fisher returns in the 15th seductive installment in the classic Phryne Fisher whodunnit series. This one includes shipboard romances, champagne cocktails, erotic photographers, jealous husbands, mickey finns, blackmail, and attempted murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant period drama thriller

  • By r on 10-11-08

Sparkling

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

Reviewed: 23-11-18

This one is a joy from beginning to end, witty, charming, interesting, and the denouement delightfully unexpected. I have been a fan now through about a dozen Phryne audiobooks, and this has been the most purely enjoyable. They are always interesting, but many have a very dark side, to the point of harrowing in some cases, and this one is just sheer entertainment. A lot of fun.

  • The Navy Lark: Collected Series 11

  • Classic Comedy from the BBC Radio Archive
  • By: Lawrie Wyman
  • Narrated by: full cast, Jon Pertwee, Stephen Murray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 41

All 16 episodes from the eleventh series of the hugely popular, long-running BBC radio comedy starring Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee. This audiobook comprises the episodes 'Commander Murray and the Squatters'; 'What Is the SSE?'; 'Pertwee Climbs Up the Promotion Ladder'; 'Stranded'; 'Sir Willoughby's Party'; 'The Fleet Initiative Test'; 'CPO Pertwee's Long Service Medal'; The Phenomenal Pertwee Tug'; 'The Security Clampdown'; 'The Anniversary and the Washing'....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mainly Very Good

  • By Transformer Books on 23-11-18

Mainly Very Good

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

Reviewed: 23-11-18

A good series of Navy Lark, and contains many episodes not included in the set which the BBC has been cycling around iplayer for several years now. Only poor point about this one is the inclusion of some completely irrelevant uninteresting and unfunny, and rather lengthy, commentary material at the end. As all these later series do, it suffers from too much gobbledygook (speech impediment humour) raising howls of laughter from the audience. Very trying. For those who are searching out particular incidents or eras, this is the one with Murray and Rita getting wed.

  • Murder and Mendelssohn

  • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
  • By: Kerry Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

An orchestral conductor has been found dead and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson needs the delightfully incisive and sophisticated Miss Fisher's assistance. Hugh Tregennis has been murdered in a most flamboyant mode by a killer with a point to prove. But how many killers is Phryne really stalking? At the same time, the dark curls and disdainful air of mathematician and code-breaker Rupert Sheffield are taking Melbourne by storm. They've certainly taken the heart of Phryne's old friend from the trenches of WWI, John Wilson. Phryne recognises Sheffield as a man who attracts danger and is determined to protect John from harm.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lost the story line?

  • By S. Phipps on 19-09-13

SELF-INDULGENT

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

A decent story and an interesting music aspect ruined by endless recitations and not very enjoyable singing. The emotional connection between the two men was overdone to the point of tedium, with far too much far too explicit sex. Always a fair amount of sex in the Phryne books, to make the point what a liberated and independent person she is, but here the long-drawn out scene is tiresome, and out of place in, essentially, a detective story. Also the ensuing change in character of the aggressive irritable egotist Rupert is entirely unbelievable, dewy-eyed idealism at its worst. As for the singing, Stephanie Daniel does a great narration, but she does seem to like singing, the passages here are far too long, far too frequent, not an attraction even to a music enthusiast; they contribute nothing to the flow. Pure self-indulgence. This audiobook could have benefited from some judicious editing. I have been a great fan of Phryne and Stephanie Daniel in 11 books so far, more or less, but this one is very disappointing.

  • Death at Breakfast

  • By: John Rhode
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

A classic winter's crime novel by one of the most highly regarded exponents of the genre. Victor Harleston awoke with uncharacteristic optimism. Today he would be rich at last. Half an hour later, he gulped down his breakfast coffee and pitched to the floor, gasping and twitching. When the doctor arrived, he recognised instantly that it was a fatal case of poisoning and called in Scotland Yard.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By D Suz on 12-12-18

Slow and Stupid

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

Reviewed: 23-08-18

This is a slow and tedious listen. The stupidity of the Superintendant is so blatant as to become really annoying. The narrator is fine, not much he can do with this endlessly drawn out story. But we devotees of detective fiction are used to being credited with a modicum of intelligence, and there is a limit to just how much sheer wilful incapacity to perceive the blindingly obvious we can tolerate. No use even as an insomnia cure, as it gets you so aggravated.

  • Murder of a Quack

  • By: George Bellairs
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Nathaniel Wall, the local quack doctor, is found hanging in his consulting room in the Norfolk village of Stalden, but this was not a suicide. Against the backdrop of a close-knit country village, an intriguing story of ambition, blackmail, fraud, false alibis and botanical trickery unravels.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Impenetrable accents

  • By Transformer Books on 22-07-18

Impenetrable accents

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

Reviewed: 22-07-18

Quite a decent plot of the traditional village variety. Interesting and holds a reasonable pace. As so often happens it is marred by the narration. He's good at maintaining distinct characters, and certainly regional accents can add colour and atmosphere, but in this case, the heavy country accents are overdone to the point of distortion, and occasionally completely impenetrable. I found listening through these passages exceedingly wearing, and gave up for a while to give myself a rest from it.

  • Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

It is her characteristic generosity rather than her love of animals that finds Mrs Pargeter supporting her friend, Jasmine Angold, at a charity reception for PhiliPussies, whose worthy aim is to rehabilitate stray cats from the Greek island of Atmos into caring English homes. But the evening is to have unexpected consequences. At the event, Mrs P is taken aback to meet a woman who claims to be the sister of her late husband, the much-missed Mr Pargeter.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty pedestrian escapism

  • By AmyJackson on 03-09-17

Deeply Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 14-08-17

What did you like best about Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations? What did you like least?

As a fan of the early Mrs Pargeter books, I expected sparkling, witty and entertaining. I loved Mrs Pargeter. This book is none of the above. Dull, laboured, and a feeble story.

If you’ve listened to books by Simon Brett before, how does this one compare?

See above. I have already abandoned the Fetherings, for the introduction of gratuitous nastiness, and I should have known better, but I had hopes of Mrs Pargeter. Very disappointed.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration too is not up to the standard of his other audiobooks. Simon Brett used to be a wizard with voices and characters. Not so now. The narration mainly depends on accents for differentiation, there is no change in timbre or register for the different characters, and the voices are really really dull, as also is the narrative. Lumbering, in fact.

Do you think Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No definitely not, for all the reasons given in other sections.

Any additional comments?

The continual leitmotiv of Mrs Pargeter's rejection of mention of her husband's crime career, (where her violet eyes become cool and distant), is not only entirely unbelievable but also endlessly repeated and endlessly irritating. The narrative is wordy, slow and dull, not at all the sharp witty style of past years. In fact the laboured narrative, and the repetition of character indicators, bear all the hallmarks of beginner's faults, which Brett patently isn't, or alternatively of utter contempt for his readers. The writing has no verve, no wit, no liveliness, and no humour except of the heaviest. It's as if he's coasting on past glories, doesn't seem to know when to give it up, or possibly views himself as a Grand Old Man of crime writing who can do no wrong..

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  • The Curse of the Pharaohs

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 2
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

The sun rides high over the British Empire and the light still sparkles brightly in Amelia Peabody's eye as she returns for her second adventure in archaeology and romantic mystery as recounted in her lively journal, The Curse of the Pharaohs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • parousel at the ready!

  • By Mrs on 23-12-12

Marvellous

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

Reviewed: 31-05-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It's quirky, interesting, with appealing characters. The Egyptian and archeaeology detail is fascinating, the plot clever, and exciting. And it's very funny indeed, to the point of laughing aloud often.

What other book might you compare The Curse of the Pharaohs to, and why?

There's nothing quite like it, except of course her other Amelia Peabody books.

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

She expresses the characters splendidly with the different voices she brings to it. I am so impressed, she's a one-person dramatic performance; her Amelia voice expresses the very quirky temperament of this lady, her male voices are totally convincing and easily distinguished, her Egytian voices too, her different accents are excellent, and her young Ramses is just perfect, and utterly hilarious.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If it was one's first reading I think yes, but for myself, the answer is not at all, it's so wonderful I wanted to spread out the experience as long as possible.

Any additional comments?

I had read all the books, and loved them before finding the audiobooks, but Barbara Rosenblatt adds a dimension to the experience that I couldn't have imagined. She's fantastic.They are all good, but I am particularly fond of the ones which feature the child Ramses.

  • The Forgotten Papyrus

  • The Mummifier's Daughter Series, Book 5
  • By: Nathaniel Burns
  • Narrated by: Gregg Rizzo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

A sudden increase in attacks on caravans, along with the delay of the Nubian tillage, sees Shabaka and Neti travel to Shabaka's home, Sylene, where they are tasked with finding the royal shutty. On their arrival they find not only that an attempt has been made on Dagi's life but also that his death has been foretold by the most unlikeliest practitioner of divine arts.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • ANNOYING NARRATOR

  • By Transformer Books on 17-05-17

ANNOYING NARRATOR

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

Reviewed: 17-05-17

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

A most uncritical person.

What could Nathaniel Burns have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

A continuous narrative would be more satisfying. As it is, the separate books are more like chapters, never come to a conclusion, and end either on a cliffhanger to the next episode, or at the least, in an unsatisfactory way which is not an ending.

What didn’t you like about Gregg Rizzo’s performance?

The performance is dreadful. The American voice, in this sort of subject matter, is obtrusive, he mispronounces so many words it's really irritating, and his placing of emphasis in the sentence is unnatural and peculiar, and also becomes extremely irritating.

What character would you cut from The Forgotten Papyrus?

Not an issue.

Any additional comments?

I love detective stories with an Ancient Egypt setting, and his female character is interesting, so I stuck with it up to this one, number 5, but the bittiness of the story gets worse, and I just can't stand this man's voice any more. I'm stopping here, no more!!!! (And as someone else has remarked, there's no papyrus mentioned anywhere!)