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  • The Woman on the Orient Express

  • By: Lindsay Jayne Ashford
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Hoping to make a clean break from a fractured marriage, Agatha Christie boards the Orient Express in disguise. But unlike her famous detective Hercule Poirot, she can't neatly unravel the mysteries she encounters on this fateful journey. Her cabinmate Katharine Keeling's first marriage ended in tragedy, propelling her toward a second relationship mired in deceit. Nancy Nelson - newly married but carrying another man's child - is desperate to conceal the pregnancy and teeters on the brink of utter despair.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't Finish…

  • By Carôle on 30-01-17

Rubbish

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

The story is rambling and totally unconvincing. The narration is unbelievably poor, with strange inflections, mispronunciations and a monotonic delivery that is extremely boring. I gave up a third of the way in.

  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Saunders
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,864

A heartwarming festive tale of redemption and cheer, The Christmas Hirelings is the story of a lonely widower who reluctantly invites a group of children to his manor for Christmas. It showcases the benefits of opening your doors and hearts during the holiday season.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! What a wonderful Christmas tale.

  • By Helen SJ on 17-12-18

A bit implausible.

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

Reviewed: 17-12-18

The basis for the story is unlikely and the story itself is rather twee but it does work after a fashion. I did not find Jennifer Saunders to either enhance it detract from it, although I was not impressed by her performance.

  • Stalker on the Fens

  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

DI Nikki Galena's close friend Helen Brook is involved in a serious accident where she is trapped in a collapsed cellar. After her hard-won recovery, Helen is still getting flashbacks to a man she says was down there with her and who confessed to a murder. But no trace of this man can be found. Then Helen tells Nikki that someone is watching her. But is all this in her friend's imagination and part of her post-traumatic stress?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening!

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-08-17

Appalling narration. Series needs redoing from scratch.

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

This series of books is excellent but Henrietta Meire’s narration is truly abysmal. I have now listened to the first four books of the series and wonder how she was ever selected. She mispronounces common words, sometimes misses words out altogether and her characterisations are mostly laughable. Read the books but do not bother with the audio versions.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Argumentation of Historians

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 9
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679

They say you shouldn't push your luck. Max gives her own luck a massive shove every day - and it's only a matter of time until luck pushes back.... January, 1536 - the day of Henry VIII's infamous jousting accident. Historians from St Mary's are there in force, recording and documenting. And arguing - obviously. A chance meeting between Max and the Time Police leads to a plan of action. And it's one that will have very serious consequences - especially for Max.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lost for words

  • By Binka on 11-04-18

Another great book from Jodi Taylor

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

Reviewed: 25-04-18

One of the things I like about Jodi’s writing is that she can write tension into a story. Even though I was sure that a rescue would happen the feelings of despair at being stranded in the past and the adjustment to life in mediaeval times was well done and there was always a feeling of “is this is?” for the character.

The book perhaps doesn’t stand alone as well as some of the series but is a great addition to the Chronicles of St Mary’s.

  • Police at the Funeral

  • An Albert Campion Mystery
  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

When Albert Campion is called in by the fiancee of an old college friend to investigate the disappearance of her uncle, he little expects the mysterious spate of death and dangers that follows among the bizarre inhabitants of Socrates Close, Cambridge. He and Stanislaus Oates must tread carefully, and battle some complex family dynamics, to solve the case.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration and editing

  • By Chill on 13-04-16

Poor characterisations

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

This is my second book in the series narrated by David Thorpe and he spoiled it for me again. His voices are exceedingly poor and are somewhere between parody and incompetence. His female voices, in particular, are simply dreadful. I shall not be keen to make his acquaintance a third time,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Look to the Lady

  • An Albert Campion Mystery
  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

The Gyrth family had guarded the Chalice for hundreds of years. It was held by them for the Crown. Its antiquity, its beauty, the extraordinary legends that were connected with it, all combined to make it unique of its kind. It was irreplaceable. No thief could hope to dispose of it in the ordinary way. And indeed no ordinary thief would dream of trying. But there are others besides those who make their living by robbery, others whose immense wealth and passion for collecting render them less immune to the practical considerations that must guide even the less honestly minded citizens.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What was wrong with the Francis Matthews version

  • By Amanda on 01-03-13

Enjoyable but the narration is not the best

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

Reviewed: 21-12-17

Would you listen to Look to the Lady again? Why?

I would listen again in the hope of picking up something new.

What did you like best about this story?

You can see the characters of Campion and Lugg solidifying as Margery Allingham gained her stride.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Although consistent, his voice characterisations veer uncomfortably close to parody.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

  • Mystery Mile

  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: Francis Matthews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Judge Crowdy Lobbett has found evidence pointing to the identity of the criminal mastermind behind the deadly Simister gang. After four attempts on his life, he ends up seeking the help of the enigmatic and unorthodox amateur sleuth, Albert Campion. After Campion bundles Lobbett off to a country house in Mystery Mile deep in the Suffolk countryside, all manner of adventures ensue. It's a race against time for Campion to get the judge to safety and decipher the clue to their mysterious enemy's name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A novel crime thriller, superbly performed

  • By Thomas Holt on 16-10-14

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 18-12-17

The story is a good one but it is Francis Matthews who makes this something special.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan, Ben Miles, Jonathan Bailey, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 348

Time travel meets history in this new drama adaptation by Marty Ross. When Max, a recent ancient history graduate, is offered a mysterious job at St Mary's Historical Research Institute, she quickly comes to realise this isn't any old stuffy research library. At St Mary's the historians don't just study the past - they revisit it. What begins as an academic exploration of events, such as the Peterloo Massacre, takes a dark and dangerous turn, and the historians of St Mary's soon learn that it's not just history they're fighting....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly slow start but my god does it get going!!

  • By mr on 23-05-17

Not the same as the book but not bad at all

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-17

I wasn't sure how I would find this dramatisation as I have read the book several times and know the story well. The variations in the plot line did not detract from the flow of the story for me and the reason for them was clear enough. Overall I have only one niggle and that is how Markham has been portrayed. In the book he is resourceful and brave. In this he's the village idiot with the widest yellow streak down his back imaginable. There is no way this vision of him could ever become Head of Security at St Mary's.

The voices, with the exception of Markham, came close to my mental image of the characters, which was a pleasant surprise. Sarah Ramm as Max was no contest because she's synonymous with the audiobooks, which she reads so well.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 13 Journeys Through Space and Time

  • Christmas Lectures from the Royal Institution
  • By: The Royal Institution
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

An exploration of space and time and a journey of discovery through 13 of the most fascinating Christmas Lectures given at the Royal Institution of Great Britain over the last 200 years. Started at the Royal Institution (RI) in 1825 by Michael Faraday, the Christmas Lectures have been broadcast on television since the 1960s and have formed part of the British Christmas tradition for generations.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-10-17

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 28-10-17

It must take real skill to turn the rarely disappointing RI Christmas Lectures into something this boring. The book is poor and the narration is abysmal. Avoid!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Heads or Tails

  • The DI Nick Dixon Crime Series, Book 7
  • By: Damien Boyd
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

A man has been mutilated and left to drown on the incoming tide, handcuffed in his van. With the murder bearing a striking resemblance to a string of sadistic killings carried out with surgical precision in 1990s gangland Manchester, it can mean only one thing: the killer is back. Transferred to the Major Investigation Team, DI Nick Dixon is assigned a new partner and sent to Manchester. Meanwhile, the gruesome murders in Somerset continue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-09-17

Another superb story in the series.

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

Reviewed: 13-10-17

This is a great book and the narration is simply superb. A must buy for anyone who enjoys a crime mystery.