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  • No Man's Nightingale

  • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 24 (Unabridged)
  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

Sarah Hussain was not popular in the community of Kingsmarkham. She was born of mixed parents - a white Irishwoman and an immigrant Indian Hindu. She was also the Reverend of St Peter's church. But it came as a profound shock to everyone when she was found strangled in the vicarage. A garrulous cleaner, Maxine, also shared by the Wexfords, discovers the body. In his retirement, the former Detective Chief Inspector is devoting much time to reading, and has little patience with Maxine's prattle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Back on form!

  • By barjil on 04-08-13

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-18

I am so pleased that I have had the privilege to read this series of books by Ruth Rendell. Great characters as usual and narrated with faultless attention to detail. Perhaps nowadays rather an old fashioned style but such brilliant penmanship is well worthy of its place amongst the mystery/thriller stories of our times.

  • Our Endless Numbered Days

  • By: Claire Fuller
  • Narrated by: Eilidh L. Beaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 607
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 553

1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children, and listening to her mother's grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change. Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end, which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing, thought-provoking, with a good twist.

  • By bookylady on 28-03-16

Ponderous

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-10-18

This book was too slow. I got fed up after 7 chapters and gave up. I wanted to enjoy it as the previous reviews and summary were good, but I just couldn't be bothered. Sorry

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Detective

  • By: Peter Lovesey
  • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

A woman's naked body is found floating in the weeds of a lake near Bath by an elderly woman walking her Siamese cats. No one comes forward to identify her, and no murder weapon is found, but sleuthing is Superintendent Peter Diamond's speciality. A genuine gumshoe, practising door stopping and deduction: he is the last detective. Struggling with office politics and a bizarre cast of suspects, Diamond strikes out on his own, even when Forensics think they have the culprit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Last Detective

  • By winny on 04-03-16

excellent

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

Reviewed: 21-09-18

I really enjoyed this book. The characters came to life easily and the plot was well reasoned. My only problem was the narrator who did an excellent job and has a great reading voice, but sounded too old for the main character. I had to keep reminding myself just how old Diamond was. Overall a good read.

  • Arrowood

  • By: Mick Finlay
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

The year is 1895. The police don't have the resources to deal with everything that goes on in the capital. The rich turn to a celebrated private detective when they need help: Sherlock Holmes. But in densely populated South London, where crimes are sleazier and Holmes rarely visits, people turn to Arrowood, a private investigator who despises Holmes, his wealthy clientele and his showy forensic approach to crime. Arrowood understands people, not clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great debut of a new detective

  • By mapple@onetel.net.uk on 19-07-17

Very Good

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

Reviewed: 29-08-18

There is nothing bad to say about this enjoyable yarn. Cannot fault the narrator, nor the story. Characters were very realistic and the story was well performed. Just the right length too.

  • The Girl Before

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,950
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,937

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping thriller

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-17

Unbelievable and Disturbing

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

Reviewed: 25-08-18

I did not finish this book. I found it awkward, unbelievable and just plain wrong. I love a good psychological book but this was too creepy for my likes in the same way 50 Shades of Grey was disturbing. The narration on the whole was good but unfortunately the storyline was not strong enough to grip my attention. This is the second novel I have read by this author. I won't be reading anymore.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pretty Baby

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Tom Taylorson, Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: She works for a nonprofit and takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal - or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Ann D on 16-12-15

So Slow

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

What disappointed you about Pretty Baby?

After reading over half of this book I had yet to discover any psychological event. It was at this stage simply a story of a woman grieving for the loss of her own unborn child many years earlier and her need to help an unfortunate girl with her own baby. Clearly anything interesting was yet to happen ... but it was too slow.
I could see where the story was heading and chose not to continue through lack of interest.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Kubica again?

Yes, provided the preview is accurate and provided something entertaining occurs quickly.

Any additional comments?

Disappointed as purchased based on comments by earlier readers

  • The Book of Lost and Found

  • By: Lucy Foley
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

In many ways, my life has been rather like a record of the lost and found. Perhaps all lives are like that. It's when life started in earnest. Hertfordshire, 1928. The paths of Tom and Alice collide against a haze of youthful, carefree exuberance. And so begins a love story that finds its feet by a lake one silvery moonlit evening... It's when there were no happy endings. Paris, 1939. Alice is living in the City of Light, but the pain of the last decade has already left its mark.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful escapism!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-07-18

badly narrated

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

Reviewed: 13-02-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better narration. The storyline was interesting but not so interesting to make me want to continue with it.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I only got as far as chapter 4 before giving up on this book. I found the narrator irritating because she constantly mispronounced various words and had a sort of staccato tone to her voice.

  • Even Money

  • By: Dick Francis, Felix Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

On the first day of Royal Ascot, the crowd rejoices in a string of winning favorites. Ned Talbot has worked all his life as a bookmaker – taking over the family business from his grandfather – so he knows not to expect any sympathy from the punters as they count their winnings, and him his losses. He’s seen the ups and downs before – but, as the big gambling conglomerates muscle in on small concerns like his, Ned wonders if it’s worth it any more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another brilliant novel

  • By MoBotRio on 29-08-17

good story

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

Reviewed: 29-07-15

Would you try another book written by Dick Francis and Felix Francis or narrated by Tony Britton?

Yes I would however this particular book should have been read by a much younger person than Tony Britton. I had to keep reminding myself that the main character, Ned Talbot was only 37 years old. I have enjoyed all the Dick Francis books so far and would happily listen/read more.

Was Even Money worth the listening time?

Yes.

  • Fifty Great Classic Stories

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Guy de Maupassant, Kenneth Grahame, and others
  • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
  • Length: 24 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

Fifty great classic short stories selected from the works of the best writers of the last century.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • dreadful narration

  • By MRS on 24-10-14

dreadful narration

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

Reviewed: 24-10-14

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

This was absolutely awful ... I wanted to enjoy it but the awful monotonous droning of Cathy Dobson as the narrator spoilt it totally. I only managed to listed to 1-1/2 stories before snatching my headphones off.... Awful awful awful. So disappointed as I have no doubt the stories are great.

How could the performance have been better?

see above

Any additional comments?

Please redo this collection with a different narrator. Just because she's an author in her own right, does not make her a good reader!! I note one other reviewer also made similar comments.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Summer at the Lake

  • By: Erica James
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

A fateful car crash sets in motions a series of events for Floriana, Esme. Floriana gathers the courage to attend the wedding of her one true love, and Esme journeys with her to Lake Como to find the man who stole her heart many years ago. It’s time for Esme and Floriana to face the past - and the future - on the shore of the most romantic and enchanting of lakes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gently romantic story set in Oxford and Italy.

  • By Mrs on 19-03-14

too cliched and predictable

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

Reviewed: 22-10-14

What would have made Summer at the Lake better?

This novel was unimaginative and lacking in any unique ideas. So clichéd it was dreadfully boring. Even the descriptions of the characters, what they had in their homes and their thought processes were so predictable it was made uninteresting.

Has Summer at the Lake put you off other books in this genre?

yes

How could the performance have been better?

There was nothing wrong with the performance, she had no say in what was written!