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  • Good Friday

  • Jane Tennison, Book 3
  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341

Every legend has a beginning.... During 1974 and 1975, the IRA subjected London to a terrifying bombing campaign. In one day alone, they planted seven bombs at locations across central London. Some were defused - some were not. Jane Tennison is now a fully fledged detective. On the way to court one morning, Jane passes through Covent Garden Underground station and is caught up in a bomb blast that leaves several people dead and many horribly injured.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh No!

  • By Kerrie on 14-12-17

Some tedious chapters

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

Reviewed: 22-06-18

I'm a fan of young Tennison, though I much prefer her older incarnation. This book seems to me under-written and under-plotted. For many, many chapters, nothing of interest happens. All of the rather insipid details will come back to us in the end, but that end is a long time coming. I found my mind wandering very often. That being said, the narrator was very good and made for a pleasant-enough listen.

Young Tennison the character needs more sinew, more verve. She's just too much of a milquetoast and lacks the steel of her elder self. I realise that she has to mature, but she could at least be more interesting.

  • The Cold, Cold Ground

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 1
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gem!

  • By Robert on 04-11-17

Loving Sean Duffy

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

Reviewed: 27-11-17

I've already listened to the other books in the series, for boring reasons. I think McKinty has created a wonderful cast of characters that is interesting, often witty, and well-drawn. The plot of this book is fine, but really more important are Sean's personality and development. He's a great character and, if you're like me, once introduced you'll become a fan. I highly recommend the whole Sean Duffy series, the entirety of which are narrated flawlessly.

  • The Ascent of Gravity

  • The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything
  • By: Marcus Chown
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Gravity is the weakest force in the everyday world, yet it is the strongest force in the universe. It was the first force to be recognised and described, yet it is the least understood. It is a 'force' that keeps your feet on the ground, yet no such force actually exists. Gravity, to steal the words of Winston Churchill, is 'a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma'. And penetrating that enigma promises to answer the biggest questions in science: what is space? What is time? What is the universe? And where did it all come from?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book much bigger than it's title

  • By Mr G on 12-10-17

Interesting approach, but not much new

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

If one is accustomed to the work of folks like Brian Greene and Stephen Hawking, this is pretty thin stuff. Entertaining, but not terribly enlightening. I gave the narrator one star because she does AWFUL German and Danish accents for Einstein, Bohr, and others. There was no call for that at all.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Uncommon Reader

  • By: Alan Bennett
  • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Shortlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.
When the queen chases a straying corgi through the grounds of Buckingham Palace, she happens upon the City of Westminster travelling library, and begins a journey of discovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very very funny, a riveting read

  • By Judi on 21-09-07

Utterly Charming

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

Reviewed: 22-02-17

For anyone who has even the slightest fascination with Queen Elizabeth II, this is just the thing. It's completely fictional, but gives one the sense of knowing her mind just a little. Masterfully written and masterfully narrated by Alan Bennett, it left me wanting for more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Travels with My Aunt

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time in over 50 years at his mother’s funeral. Soon after, she persuades Henry to abandon South wood, his dahlias and the Major next door to travel through Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, Paraguay...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hugely entertaining

  • By DartmoorDiva on 17-11-15

A thoroughly enjoyable classic

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

Greene is one of the greatest writers in English and this is a wonderful book. Watching Henry blossom under the influence and tutelage of Aunt Augusta is a heartbreaking pleasure. Though superficially a galloping farce, the novel also expresses great humanity. Tim Pigott-Smith is first-class narrator and performs all the voices very well.