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  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

  • By: Stuart Turton
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 667

'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder, and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.' It is meant to be a celebration, but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself over and over again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dense But Interesting

  • By Angela on 16-05-18

Confusing

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

Reviewed: 30-04-18

An interesting idea, well narrated and with real potential. However, the plot was incredibly confusing, particularly as an audio, and I kept having to go back and relisten to sections. I also thought it was over long and the ending lacked impact. Almost all the characters in the novel were vile so I found it difficult to care about them and at times the plot really dragged. I'm afraid this one wasn't really for me.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Tiger in the Well

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580

Sally is 25, and somebody wants to destroy her. She receives divorce papers from a man she has never met, let alone married - yet this trap is so well laid that she is powerless to prove otherwise. When custody of her precious daughter is awarded to this evil stranger, it is the beginning of a terrifying struggle in which Sally will have to fight, with a gun if necessary, for the freedom of her family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thrills and suspense, Victorian style.

  • By Jean on 29-03-11

Superb end to the trilogy

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

I have really enjoyed the Sally Lockhart mysteries. I love the way Phillip Pullman writes strong female leads, and I love the setting and the vivid characters he depicts. This novel is less of a Victorian adventure than the first two novels and deals with darker and deeper issues that cause Sally to question everything she believes about herself and the society she lives in.
Anton Lesser is one of the best narrators I have ever heard, with an amazing range of voices and accents. He pulls you into the story and the pace never lets up.
The perfect combination of story and narrator - I can't recommend these highly enough.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,798
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,788

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

  • By Simon on 15-11-17

Welding on the Moon

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

If you are fascinated by the minutiae of welding in a vacuum this is the book for you. If, like me, you had been eagerly anticipating the follow up to the very enjoyable Martian then you may be as disappointed as I was. The main character is unsympathetic and behaves more like a teenage boy than a 26 year old woman. The life and death peril of Martian made the science fascinating but in this unexciting heist story it makes the plot drag. The society on Artemis is supposed to be multi-cultural and the lead character is from Saudi, but the culture is unrelentingly modern American. I won't be racing to pre-order the next Andy Weir novel.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Holy Island

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,050

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan retreats to Holy Island seeking sanctuary when he is forced to take sabbatical leave from his duties as a homicide detective. A few days before Christmas, his peace is shattered, and he is thrust back into the murky world of murder when a young woman is found dead amongst the ancient ruins of the nearby priory. When former local girl Dr. Anna Taylor arrives back on the island as a police consultant, old memories swim to the surface, making her confront her difficult past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled to finish this one

  • By Colette on 06-01-16

Awful, Awful, awful

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

Sexist Mills & Boon tosh. Dialogue made me cringe, the plot was unbelievable and there was no sense of place. The narrator was excellent and deserves praise for managing to deliver the dialogue without laughing. I can't believe this book has had so many good reviews - I'm off to recover with some Rebus.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Friar

  • Damian Seeker 2
  • By: S. G. MacLean
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

London, 1655, and Cromwell's regime is under threat from all sides. Damian Seeker, Captain of Cromwell's Guard, is all too aware of the danger facing Cromwell. Parliament resents his control of the army while the army resents his absolute power. In the East End of London, a group of religious fanatics plots rebellion. In the midst of all this, a stonemason uncovers a perfectly preserved body dressed in the robes of a Dominican friar, bricked up in a wall in the crumbling Black Friars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good I was sorry when it ended

  • By Clare on 03-09-17

Series hits its stride

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

The first Seeker novel had promise but the characters took time to warm to, not helped by a poor narrator. With a change of narrator this second Seeker novel is wonderful. An interesting collection of characters is beginning to develop and the central character of Damien Seeker is becoming intriguing in his complexity. The historical setting is well researched and believable and a fascinating period to get drawn into. I enjoyed every minute and will be waiting impatiently for the next instalment.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,662

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tchaikovsky is still writing Symphonies!

  • By Simon on 11-05-17

Unique perspective

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

Reviewed: 29-05-17

I loved this book. A fascinating new perspective on evolution and an exploration of what makes us 'human'. It's well written and well narrated, with wonderfully drawn characters and a believable progression. I couldn't stop listening. If an arachnaphobe like me can find herself cheering on Portia, Bianca and Fabian then there's hope for us all! Highly recommended.

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 612

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Juvenile

  • By Sally on 14-04-17

Juvenile

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

Reviewed: 14-04-17

I really struggled to finish this book and I'm surprised at how many good reviews it has.
The basic premis is fine and Wheaton does a reasonable job with the narration, but the dialogue is immature and seems to be aimed at young teenage boys. The culture is unrelentingly modern American in everything from dialogue to attitude and there is no sense at all of a multi cultural interplanetary society. Very few of the central characters were likeable and I really didn't care what happened to them, beyond wishing they could speak without swearing every orher word.
The author conveys no sense that mankind might be changed by living in space, something the Expanse novels handle well. Iain Banks could teach him a great deal about creating believable civilizations (and his ship names are far funnier) and Anne Leckie is so much better at drawing us in to complex alien politics.
I made it to the end only to discover that there's no real resolution and that this is mostly a set up for a series. I don't think I'll bother continuing.

36 of 43 people found this review helpful

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  • A Monster Calls

  • By: Patrick Ness
  • Narrated by: Jason Isaacs
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming.... This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, touching and poignant.

  • By @Scattered_Laura on 09-07-12

Life affirming and heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 18-01-17

I loved this story and it was incredibly well read by Jason Isaacs. It summed up so well the frustration, anger and helplessness you feel watching someone you love die. Highly recommended.

  • Hero: A Simon Serrailler Short Story

  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

When Simon Serrailler was a rookie constable with the Met, he did something reckless in the course of a night's work which caused a man's death. But his act was praised by his colleagues, and he was called a hero. Years later, now a detective chief superintendent who has been badly injured in the course of duty, he receives a medal for bravery at Buckingham Palace while recollecting that fateful night of his early career, when chance disguised itself as bravery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Neat prequal

  • By Vicuña on 09-08-16

Rather clichéd

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

Lovely to have some more Simon Serrailler, even if only a snippet. Frustrating glimpses into the lives of the characters makes you wish for a full length novel. Unfortunately this very short story felt rather clichéd and not very convincing, although Stephen Pacey is always a joy to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Every Dead Thing

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 382

Tormented and racked with guilt over the brutal slaying of his wife and daughter, Charlie Parker, ex-cop with the NYPD, agrees to track down a missing girl. It is a search that will lead him into an abyss of evil. At the same time, he is warned by an old black woman in Louisiana that "The Travelling Man" is about to strike again. Multiple strands converge with a horrific confrontation in which hunter and hunted are intimately connected by guilt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good book if you like this kind of thing

  • By knittyboot on 03-07-12

Confusing and gruesome

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

I struggled to finish this book. The scene changes confusingly between past and present and there are far too many characters, often with long and complex back stories and little to do with the main plot.
The killings are gruesome and plentiful but I was left feeling that less is definitely more. A skilled writer can horrify and make the reader empathise without needing to resort to endless detailed descriptions of totrtured children and flayed bodies.
This book is really two stories joined half way through rather unbelievably. The story was moving toward a climax at the end of part one and then started a whole new plotline with the most tenuous of links. Added to that is the constant undermining of momentum by overly long descriptions of the clothes people are wearing or the furniture in the room.
The main character, Charlie, was reasonably sympathetic if a little cliched, and Angel and Louis were interesting characters. The narrator also did a good job. However, later books in the series would have to improve considerably to tempt me into reading any more.