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  • Lies Sleeping

  • Rivers of London, Book 7
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice. But even as the unwieldly might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series, this book follows on nicely

  • By MFW on 15-11-18

Brilliant...as always!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

Scary, sad and tragic at times but always enough dark humour to balance it out. The story is great but Kobna Holdbrook-Smith brings it to life in a way that I am sure no other narrator could. Can’t wait for the next audio book in the series.

  • 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 616
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569

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 5,827
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,340
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,310

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
  • Well written, Well told

  • By The_Animagus on 23-09-17

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 492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461

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 4,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,366

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 886
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827

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 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

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 2,251
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,108
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,108

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 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,241
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958

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 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 526

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!