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  • The Diary of a Bookseller

  • By: Shaun Bythell
  • Narrated by: Robin Laing
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 893

Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff. He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle pleasure

  • By Flint on 11-12-17

Interesting incite into bookshop life

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

Reviewed: 20-10-18

An interesting glimpse into the life of a bookshop and owner. Different from my normal read, being a diary and not a story, but there are good characters, I enjoyed it.

There is various incites into books, customers, friends and Amazon, that I hadn't considered much before. Some reviewers didn't like his comments on customers, but like he says, they were observations rather than judgements. Though I think it would be a challenge for anyone not to become jaded by years of impolite customers messing up your shop and not buying anything, same for any public facing business. I cringe whenever my dad asks for a discount (but then I do look for promo vouchers online).

I hope the bookshop and festival are still going. Don't think I'll be starting foody-Friday though. All the best to the author. Narrator good too.

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  • Differently Morphous

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,619

A magical serial killer is on the loose, and gelatinous, otherworldly creatures are infesting the English countryside. Which is making life for the Ministry of Occultism difficult, because magic is supposed to be their best kept secret. After centuries in the shadows, the Ministry is forced to unmask, exposing the country's magical history - and magical citizens - to a brave new world of social media, government scrutiny, and public relations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Half Supernatural thriller, half Yes Minister

  • By Anonymous User on 16-03-18

Mad bunch

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

I was surprised to find myself hooked to the end. It has a different take on magical powers, which was refreshing. Despite the sample, we follow junior agent Alison as she tries to solve the strange goings on. She is likeable and the sanest one of the mad bunch of characters.

The author narrates his book well.

  • 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 1,007
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937

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

Carnage

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

Reviewed: 26-08-18

High body count in this one. How come Clive Roland and time police can disregard history without getting squished but historians can't. Read this book before the short story A Christmas Present as that contains spoilers (as another time traveller might say). Still enjoying this series, long may it continue. Hope we see the giant teapot again.

Yay! Eilmer of Malmesbury, the flying monk, gets a mention. I'd been hoping Max and Markham my have paid him a visit one day, or at least the re-enactments they used to do.

  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,785
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,220

When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this

  • By Mr. P Shaw on 25-11-08

Magical ramblings, enchanting

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

Reviewed: 15-07-18

I started listening to this book without knowing what it was about, and was pleasantly surprised as its magical, yet human, ramblings about a boy called Bod unfolded. I can still see the scenes and hear the voices in my head, I wish I was there. I enjoyed Neil Gaiman's narration, he does a nice selection of voices, it has an enchanting air about it. For me, the music wasn't that intrusive, and added another layer of whimsy.

The occasional reading of passing grave stones was interesting, I intend to pay more attention next time I'm in the graveyard. One I see says:

"In memory of Hannah Twynnoy Who died October 23rd 1703 Aged 33 years. In bloom of life, She’s snatched from hence, She had not room to make defence;, For Tyger fierce, Took life away, And here she lies, In a bed of clay, Until the Resurrection Day"

  • The Obesity Code

  • Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
  • By: Jason Fung
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883

We are in the midst of an obesity epidemic, but despite being inundated with diet advice we are only getting fatter. We count calories and exercise regularly, yet still the pounds won't budge. Why? In this highly enjoyable and provocative book, Dr Jason Fung sets out a groundbreaking new theory: that obesity is caused by our hormones, rather than a lack of self-control. He reveals that overproduction of insulin in the body is the root cause of obesity and obesity-related illnesses including type 2 diabetes

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb and a Game Changer.

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-01-18

The key we have been looking for

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

I came across the control of insulins for weight loss on a body building web site a few years ago and lost a stone easily and also my blood pressure improved, but i forgot about it.

This book gives the science behind the relationship between insulin and weight, reasonably explains why other diets don't work long term (which matches my experience). It is amazing what harm "healthy diets" have caused over the past decades.

It all sounds sensible, doable, without making you feel guilty for having a day off. He even makes intermittent fasting sound easy. There are also lots of things you can eat that other diets ban.

I am certainly going to give it a go.

  • White Silence

  • Elizabeth Cage, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Kate Scarfe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,479
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,477

Elizabeth Cage is a child when she discovers that there are things in this world that only she can see. But she doesn't want to see them, and she definitely doesn't want them to see her. What is a curse to Elizabeth is a gift to others - a very valuable gift they want to control. When her husband dies, Elizabeth's world descends into a nightmare. But as she tries to piece her life back together, she discovers that not everything is as it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By mollyeyre on 23-09-17

and the world went ..slowly.. white!

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

Reviewed: 28-01-18

I'm a big fan of the St Mary's books on Audible (Something Girl too). This book different enough in characters and subject, but still has Jodi Taylor's enjoyable mix of humour and peril.

The new reader, helps to remind us this is not Max. I was a little worried a the start, thinking she was a bit inexperienced, but i think this was just a ploy, as the reading grew in confidence as Elizabeth gained hers. It was good performance with distinct character voices.

It is difficult to say much about the story without spoilers. It frustratingly (enjoyably?) dodged the potential happy endings I desired for Elizabeth. There is potential for more books, though still not obvious what direction they would take.

In all, a good read, and I will looking out for a sequel.

  • Christmas Past

  • A Chronicles of St Mary's Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 301

Max, Leon and Matthew - together at last for Christmas at St Mary's, a time of conspicuous consumption, riotous misbehaviour and the traditional illegal Christmas jump. And this time it's intergenerational. Donning her unfamiliar mother hat, Max takes Matthew back to 19th-century London, where they plan to deliver a parcel of Christmas cheer to his former friends but find themselves confronting the terrifying Old Ma Scrope in the process.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed the story

  • By Allan on 23-12-17

Christmas present perfect

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Enjoyable, as is the whole series. These short stories are well worth the read. Zara Ramm's performance is aways good.

If, like me, you are reading the short stories out of sequence with the main books (I know I'm bad, but couldn't help myself), there is major plot information given, which I will now wipe from my mind.

  • Lost for Words

  • By: Stephanie Butland
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735

Loveday Cardew prefers books to people, and her job in a York bookshop is her refuge. If you look carefully, you might see the first lines of the novels she loves the most tattooed on her skin, but there are secrets Loveday will never share. Into the bookshop come a poet, a lover, a friend and three mysterious deliveries, each of which stirs unsettling memories she wants to forget. Turning the pages of her past will be the hardest thing Loveday has ever done. Can she trust those around her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Special

  • By Jordan Brewitt-Taylor on 13-08-17

Very moving

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

Reviewed: 23-09-17

The story and narration moved me to tears, I wanted to hug Loveday if she'd let me. The secret and inevitable loneliness, whilst surrounded by people who care, shuddered my tiny world, will I ever wake. I suppose it is the power of a good audible that makes you believe Loveday is real.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,109

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic and fasinating romp through time

  • By al on 02-12-14

Historical miss adventures

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

Reviewed: 24-07-16

I 'enjoyed' the ups, downs and turn-arounds of the story. It had me screaming "run to paint store!!!". I liked the humour and narrator was spot on. Even made me think about history differently. Who would have thought being an historian would be so dangerous. I will definitely be listening to the next book in the series.