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Fiona

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  • Tracks: Series 1 and 2

  • By: Matthew Broughton
  • Narrated by: Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Jonathan Forbes, Kai Owen, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 310

When Dr Helen Ash witnesses the brutal and disturbing crash of the plane that is carrying her father, the incident sets her on an investigation into a dark conspiracy. Florian Chauvin was flying to Wales to tell his daughter something important, but his plane fell out of the sky. In the aftermath of the crash, Helen discovers that one of the passengers doesn't seem to have a heart. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had me gripped from start to finish,

  • By Amazon Customer on 17-08-18

Completely compelling

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

Reviewed: 24-01-19

This is brilliant!
Mid-way through the first episode I thought it was going to be too gloomy and dark to listen to in anything other than short bursts. A day and a half later I'd finished it - having done little else with my weekend other than listen to this - it's properly un-put-downable.
it has conspiracy, twists, turns, and every time you think you've worked out what's going on something new turns up and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
The performances are brilliant.
A real treat of a listen.

  • Nocturnal: A Novel

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 22 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Homicide detective Bryan Clauser is losing his mind. How else to explain the dreams he keeps having - dreams that mirror, with impossible accuracy, the gruesome serial murders taking place all over San Francisco? How else to explain the feelings these dreams provoke in him - not disgust, not horror, but excitement? As Bryan and his longtime partner, Lawrence 'Pookie' Chang, investigate the murders, they learn that things are even stranger than they at first seem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely amazing.

  • By sean on 08-01-14

Utterly gripping!

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

Reviewed: 23-01-19

I LOVED this book, absolutely brilliant.
Great story that had me utterly gripped from the start (indeed, I listened for such long stretches that I got a cramp in my shoulder from knitting for too long without moving!).
The characters are great, there's a fair amount of violence and nastiness (really too much for my taste, but I have to admit to being overly squeamish), and the story is - well, frankly, bonkers. But AMAZING, terrifying, gripping, fast-paced, really everything you could possibly want.
The narration is wonderful. All in, a brilliant audiobook. If 6 stars were an option they still wouldn't be enough.

  • Unseen Academicals

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: David Jason, Jon Culshaw, Mathew Horne, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 993

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible adaptation of a wonderful book

  • By Kate on 10-07-18

An enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 10-01-19

I really enjoyed this, although I can see why other reviewers have taken against it - there are changes to the storyline that purists clearly find objectionable.
I found it faithful enough to the spirit of the original story (but yes, there are differences), and to Terry Pratchett's writing style. I think the majority of the changes have been made either where it helps make the story work as a play rather than a book, or because the play is only a third as long as the audiobook - so necessarily things had to be cut out.
The performances are great, and it was for me at least, a very enjoyable listen.

  • Horus Rising

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 1
  • By: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,001
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,858

It is the 31st millennium. Under the benevolent leadership of the Immortal Emperor, the Imperium of Man hasstretched out across the galaxy. It is a golden age of discovery and conquest. But now, on the eve of victory, the Emperor leaves the front lines, entrusting the great crusade to his favourite son, Horus. Promoted to Warmaster, can the idealistic Horus carry out the Emperor's grand plan, or will this promotion sow the seeds of heresy amongst his brothers?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly Amazing!

  • By David C. on 13-01-18

Oops...

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

This was just a mistake - I'm sure it's fine but it's really not for me. After trying to listen I'm not sure what possessed me to buy it, it's Roman Legions in space (I think) which is unlikely to ever be my cup of tea. I'll be returning it.

  • The Furthest Station

  • A PC Peter Grant Novella
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,822
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,685

There's something going bump on the Metropolitan line, and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly whom to call. It's PC Peter Grant's specialty.... Only it's more than going 'bump'. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter - making the follow-up interviews rather difficult. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but

  • By Jeffrey Slater on 06-10-17

Short but sweet

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

Well, if you enjoy the Peter Grant stories, you probably already know you're going to enjoy this. if you don't like them then you're probably not here. This is just a little story - only just over three hours, but has everything we hope for. Magic, weird crimes, River Gods, and so on. Plenty to enjoy, and the narration is just amazing.

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 862

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book But Annoying Over Use of The Word "said

  • By Michael on 18-07-12

Terrific and funny

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

I loved this! It's such a fun idea - a parody of Star Trek and similar, with several laugh-out-loud moments. With maybe some extra fun added with the narration by Wil Wheaton - Ensign Crusher from Star Trek.
I see that other reviewers have been irritated by the "he said", "she said". I didn't find that a problem at all - our narrator handled them brilliantly (to my ears anyway), and I felt used them to punctuate the story really well.
I loved it - the sort of book that leaves me sad when it's over, but very definitely lifted the spirits.

  • Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1)

  • By: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

Large chests are said to encompass all manner of hopes and dreams. Men covet them. Women envy them. But one fact holds true - everyone wants to get their hands on some big ones. The same holds true for one intrepid adventurer - a strapping young lad by the name of Himmel. Armed with his grandfather's trusty longsword and the dream of being the strongest, he sets out on the journey of a lifetime!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Need a follow up!

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-11-17

Not what I was hoping for

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

The blurb and reviews suggested this was going to be a great fun book.
It demonstrates admirably that what one person finds fun leaves another cold. Sadly with this book I'm in the cold camp - I don't get it. If it were all I had to listen to I'd stick with it, but I know there are books out there I'm going to enjoy more, so I'm moving on. it's not for me.

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  • Strange Magic

  • By: Syd Moore
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 554

Rosie Strange doesn't believe in ghosts or witches or magic. It's no surprise therefore that when she inherits the ramshackle Essex Witch Museum, her first thought is to take the money and run. Still, the museum exerts a curious pull over Rosie. There's the eccentric academic who bustles in to demand she help in a hunt for the bones of the notorious Ursula Cadence, a witch long since put to death. And there's curator Sam Stone, a man about whom Rosie can't decide if he's tiresomely annoying or extremely captivating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strange Magic

  • By David on 19-09-17

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

I think the story is probably passable, but I've been completely put off by the narrator whose voice, it transpires, becomes increasingly annoying as the story develops. To me at any rate, although I can see I'm out of step with the majority of reviewers, so I guess it's a personal taste thing. I've abandoned the effort, life's just too short.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Curse of the House of Foskett

  • By: M. R. C. Kasasian
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969

125 Gower Street, 1882: Sidney Grice was once London's premier personal detective. But since his last case led an innocent man to the gallows, business has been light. Listless and depressed, Grice has not even gathered the strength to re-insert his glass eye. Then an eccentric member of a Final Death Society has the temerity to die on his study floor. Finally Sidney and March have an investigation, one that will draw them to an eerie house in Kew, and the mysterious Baroness Foskett....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A selection of ghastly endings and sly sniggers

  • By Kaggy on 21-09-15

Really nice feel to this, but maybe a bit long?!

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

This book has a really nice feel to it - I guess it's the style. I enjoyed the way it's written, and the rhythm of the prose.
I enjoyed the characters and the story, but i think for my taste at least, it all just went on a bit too long, and what initially seemed charming and stylish started to feel a little forced and drawn out.
However, this was a very pleasing and engaging listen, and I'd certainly listen to more.

  • Fated

  • Alex Verus, Book 1
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 769
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 716
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 714

Camden, North London. A tangled, mangled junction of train lines, roads and waterways. Where minor celebrities hang out with minor criminals and where tourists and moody teenagers mingle. In the heart of Camden, where rail meets road meets leyline, you might find the Arcana Emporium, run by one Alex Verus. He won't sell you a wand or mix you a potion, but if you know what you're looking for, he might just be able to help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I expected

  • By Tod Werewolf on 25-04-16

Great - better than expected!

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

Having been put off this book for a while by some of the reviews, I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The story is great - very listenable, full of intrigue and twists.
I see some have said it's like Rivers of London - there are certainly similarities, but this book felt darker somehow.
I'm looking forward to digging into the others in the series.