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  • The Darkest Hour

  • By: Barbara Erskine
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

In the summer of 1940, most eyes are focused on the skies above the South of England. The battle for Britain has just begun. But young Evie Lucas has eyes for no-one but a dashing young pilot called Tony. Evie has a glittering career as an artist ahead of her but seems to be wasting her time sketching endless portraits of Tony. She wants his parents to have something to remember him by in case it all goes wrong in the war…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it.................

  • By Karen on 09-07-14

Enjoyed the wartime story but Too long

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

Reviewed: 30-01-19

This story has a lot about ghosts. It was a little too long - could have been half the length with the same effect

  • Oh Dear Silvia

  • By: Dawn French
  • Narrated by: Dawn French, James Fleet, Llewella Gideon, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 899

Who is in Coma Suite Number 5? A matchless lover? A supreme egotist? A selfless martyr? A bad mother? A cherished sister? A selfish wife? All of these. For this is Silvia Shute, who has always done exactly what she wants. Until now, when her life suddenly, shockingly stops. Her past holds a terrible secret, and now that she is unconscious in a hospital bed, her constant stream of visitors are set to uncover the mystery of her broken life. Meanwhile she must lie there, victim of the beloveds, the borings, the babblings and the plain bonkers. Like it or not, the truth is about to pay Silvia a visit. Again, and again and again...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious!!!!

  • By Indigoleopard on 01-11-12

Loved the idea, bit long

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

I enjoyed listening to Dawn French and I think the idea of this book is great - the listener gets to solve the puzzle. However it was a little unnecessarily long for me. The last chapter is a bit bizarre and the accent of the housekeeper isn't very authentic. The girl's voice is also obviously an adult putting on a baby voice which is a bit irritating. I liked the 'environmental' sounds in the background, they really draw you into the room

  • The Witch's Daughter

  • Shadow Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Paula Brackston
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 598
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 560

My name is Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, and my age is 384 years. Each new settlement asks for a new journal, and so this Book of Shadows begins… In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate at the hands of the panicked mob: the Warlock Gideon Masters, and his Book of Shadows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Transported to another dimension!

  • By Jenny on 13-04-16

Mediocre witch story

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

Reviewed: 13-12-18

Good narration, although a bit wimpy at times. Enjoyed the glimpses into different historical times. A little underwhelming overall

  • La Belle Sauvage

  • The Book of Dust, Volume 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,235
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,835

Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust series. Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them - a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Story, Great Narrator

  • By Lorenzo on 21-10-17

Excellent prequel

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

Narrative intense and emotive.
Enjoyed this prequel. Not quite as good as His Dark Materials but kept my attention nevertheless
Having read the originals, I'm not sure if someone who hadn't would make much sense of some of the characters / artefacts / locations.

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  • 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 4,991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,576

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

Emotive narration of a kidnap mystery

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

Reviewed: 14-11-17

Bit like series 2 of The Missing on BBC. Joanne's performance was excellent, very heartfelt. Fairly short which is good when you fancy a quick listen. Story was good, although I have read better. Would recommend

  • A Column of Fire

  • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 3
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310

Christmas 1558, and young Ned Willard returns home to Kingsbridge to find his world has changed. The ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn by religious hatred. Europe is in turmoil as high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty and love, and Ned soon finds himself on the opposite side from the girl he longs to marry, Margery Fitzgerald. Then Elizabeth Tudor becomes queen and all of Europe turns against England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another masterpiece

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-09-17

Both the story and the narration were lacklustre

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

Whilst this contains all the elements of an interconnected Follett classic, the reality was a little dull. I can't decide whether it was the narration or the story, and if I'd read rather than listened would I feel differently. John Lee has narrated other Follett books that I've really enjoyed but this one doesn't compare to the others.

  • 11.22.63

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,944

What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Return to top form

  • By John on 14-12-11

Modern historical fiction, with typical King twist

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

Reviewed: 20-11-16

After finding a hole in the fabric of time, one man needs to decide whether to change history.
I haven't read Stephen King for a long time and I had forgotten what an excellent writer he is. The story itself is gripping and I was thoroughly immersed for the whole book.
I'm not a huge fan of American narrators as they can be a bit grating and nasaly, but Wasson does an excellent job across all characters and I didn't struggle at all with the narration.
A definite for all King fans and also historical fiction fans!

  • The Golem and the Djinni

  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899. Ahmad is a djinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free - an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary

  • By AnneDriscoll on 29-01-15

Gripping fantasy set in Jewish neighbourhood NYC

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

Reviewed: 20-11-16

Two fantasy characters brought to life in the heart of the Jewish and Syrian enclaves in NYC in late 1800s. Wonderful narration, and I loved the pick up in pace as the final scene starts to build. A lovely story of friendship and inner struggles. Very enjoyable

  • The Angel Tree

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 20 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460

Thirty years have passed since Greta Marchmont left the Marchmont Hall. Now she finally returns, with amnesia and no memory of her past. But a walk through the wintry landscape leads to a disturbing discovery: she comes across a grave in the forest, and the weathered inscription on the cross tells her that her own son is buried here. Greta begins to search for the woman she once was, and to do so she must summon all of her courage....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well a poor man's classic at best

  • By Rose on 03-04-17

A nice easy listen

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

A story spanning several generations about a family experiencing the highs and lows of the wheel of fortune. good narration

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bone Clocks

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,854
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,847

One summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands what sort of asylum the woman was seeking.… The Bone Clocks follows Holly's life: not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air, and brief lapses in the laws of reality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too many different readers

  • By S. Hunt on 09-09-15

Not what you think it will be!

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

Reviewed: 15-08-16

The summary for the book makes it sound like it's a coming of age style of story set in the 80s, however it questions the reality that we know as mortality, or our 'bone clock', and stretches into the 2040s and a post apocalyptic world.
The book is split into 6 narrators and I loved 1,2,3&6, however I found sections 4&5 tiresome. The narrators got the characters right but I think the story would have been just as good without them (particular Crispin, I think this was just put in there to show off writing skills and the life of an author, I failed to see the point of him). One thing that annoyed me slightly was the disparity between accents from the narrators for the same character.
Regardless of these comments, I loved Holly, Hugo and Ed's characters and storyline, and felt very emotional at the end!