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  • An Argumentation of Historians

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 9
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438

They say you shouldn't push your luck. Max gives her own luck a massive shove every day - and it's only a matter of time until luck pushes back.... January, 1536 - the day of Henry VIII's infamous jousting accident. Historians from St Mary's are there in force, recording and documenting. And arguing - obviously. A chance meeting between Max and the Time Police leads to a plan of action. And it's one that will have very serious consequences - especially for Max.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lost for words

  • By Binka on 11-04-18

A feast of Maxwell

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

Reviewed: 30-04-18

Every story of St Mary’s is brilliant with excellent narration by the wonderful Zara Ramm but this story centres almost totally around my favourite character Maxwell. Finished it much too quickly!

  • This Is Going to Hurt

  • Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,267
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,073
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,056

Welcome to 97-hour weeks. Welcome to life and death decisions. Welcome to a constant tsunami of bodily fluids. Welcome to earning less than the hospital parking meter. Wave good-bye to your friends and relationships.... Welcome to the life of a junior doctor. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, comedian and former junior doctor Adam Kay's This Is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By A. Grainger on 12-09-17

An honest story of the NHS, warts and all

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

Reviewed: 19-04-18

As a retired midwife I really appreciated the many hilarious and heartbreaking anecdotes by Adam Kay. It also made me realise that, as midwives we might work beyond our shifts for the sake of the women we care for but days off and holidays at least are respected and
midwives have a supportive culture that allows us to admit we’re not coping and seek help. Junior doctors do deserve a better break. They have my vote.

  • The Something Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

It's life as usual at Frogmorton Farm - which is to say that events have passed the merely eccentric and are now galloping headlong towards the completely bizarre. Once again Jenny struggles to stay afloat in the stormy seas of matrimony with her husband, Russell Checkland, together with an unlikely mix of Patagonian Attack Chickens, Jack the Sad Donkey and Mrs Crisp's mysterious boyfriend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From beginning to end, a brilliant audio book.

  • By Lesley on 05-11-17

From beginning to end, a brilliant audio book.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

Good people, bad peoples, warmth, villainy, love, laughter and tears (happy ones!). Once again Jodi Taylor has produced an amazing story that I found hard not listen to constantly. The narration was the icing on the cake. I absolutely loved it. Will there be an “Everything Girl”? I hope so.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,022

Introducing Audible's Thriller of the Year: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil, performed by Joanne Froggatt. In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By madison on 06-09-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 16-09-17

Following the publicity I had great hopes for this book but abandoned it after chapter 3. The story might indeed have become compelling but I could no longer listen to the narration. I loved Joanne Froggatt in Downton Abbey but, as an audio book narrator I found her voice flat and uninteresting and a little too fast. Sorry!

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • And the Rest Is History

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 8
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761

Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don't call it time travel - these historians investigate major historical events in contemporary time. And they aren't your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster magnets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jodi Never Disappoints!

  • By Gryfynn on 16-04-17

Another great story of St Mary's

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

Jodi Foster's stories of St Mary's never fail to disappoint. Humour amongst danger, tragedy and excitement. Excellent characters, as always, and a sprinkling of new ones.
Part of the brilliance of this series is the narrator, Zara Ramm. Without her the story would not be the same.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Screaming Staircase

  • Lockwood & Co., Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Miranda Raison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions. Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good scary fun

  • By Sharon4 on 10-06-14

An excellent supernatural story for the young (and old!)

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

I thoroughly enjoyed this listen. A good story from beginning to end. Well narrated and good characterisation with just the right amount of supernatural scariness. I can understand why this series is aimed at young people. I'm in my late sixties but why should they get all the fun?! Can't wait to hear the next in series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Heart's Invisible Furies

  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,899
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,791
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,788

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal

  • By Kerri on 19-02-17

Exceptional!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

I cannot fault this audiobook. I was gripped from beginning to end. It contained every aspect of human nature: love, hate, cruelty, tenderness. It made me laugh and it made me cry. It was unforgettable and the narration was spellbinding.

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886

A kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth from best-selling storytelling legend Neil Gaiman. A BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Anansi Boys, featuring an all-star cast lead by Lenny Henry, will premiere on Christmas Day 2017. Fat Charlie Nancy is not actually fat. He was fat once but he is definitely not fat now. No, right now Fat Charlie Nancy is angry, confused and more than a little scared - right now his life is spinning out of control, and it is all his dad's fault.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Anansi brought up to date

  • By Joyceline on 28-02-07

Imaginative take of little gods and flawed humans

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

Reviewed: 29-01-17

Great fun and a wonderful combination of British and Caribbean humour. Excellent narration by Lenny Henry who puts life and humour into every character.

  • A Bachelor Establishment

  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 505

High adventure and dark mystery combine in a sparkling historical romance, by Jodi Taylor writing as Isabella Barclay from The Chronicles of St. Mary's. Bascombe, widowed and tied to an impoverished estate, has learned to ask little of life. With no hope of leaving, the years have passed her by. Lord Ryde, exiled abroad after a scandal, has returned to strip his estate and make a new start in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost as good a discovering a new Georgette Heyer

  • By Beccameriel on 24-01-16

Intriguing regency romance

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

Reviewed: 13-01-17

Another brilliant story from Jodi Foster with her usual rich characterisation but this time a completely different genre. Written in the style of Georgette Heyer but with added depth and intrigue.
At first I felt the narration was a bit slow but the characters were well defined and I began to feel the pace fitted the story.
I'm looking forward to 'Isabella Barclay's' next novel!

  • Best Served Cold

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 26 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,893
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,627

Springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Low down dirty double crossing ...

  • By Stuart on 08-02-13

Unremittingly brutal tale

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

Reviewed: 13-11-16

Well written with characters that had depth and very well narrated and if you enjoy a story packed with blood thirsty, hard bitten characters then this is the book for you but not for me. I found the endless and detailed descriptions of violence, blood and gore too much.....sorry.