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  • The Collectors

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,542
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,557

"But the thing is," said Horley, "they didn’t know each other at all. Never heard of each other. It wasn’t about the makers. Only about the works." On a dark winter's night in 1970, Horley and Grinstead huddle for warmth in the Senior Common Room of a college in Oxford. Conversation turns to the two impressive works of art that Horley has recently added to his collection....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully dark story engagingly read

  • By Alexander Patterson on 12-09-15

Excellent. Wanted it to go on.

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

Reviewed: 16-03-15

Where does The Collectors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I actually didn't realise that it was a short story when I bought it. Only just over 30 minutes, But what an excellent story, rather unusual, and Bill Nighy is just perfect as the narrator. He transports the listener into the university staff common room. You can almost hear the crackle of the fire in the dim light. I'll not spoil the surprise by telling more.

  • The Child

  • An Audible Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Rupert Penry-Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,014
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,872
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,874

My name is Simon. I’m 10 years old. I’m a serial killer. Robert Stern (Rupert Penry-Jones), a successful defense attorney, doesn’t know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. Stern is more than surprised, when his old love interest and professional nurse Carina (Emilia Fox) presents him a ten year old boy as his new client. Simon (Jack Boulter), a terminally ill child, who is convinced he has murdered many men in a previous life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling, Difficult in places, but damn good!

  • By Simon on 07-06-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 16-03-15

What disappointed you about The Child?

I confess to writing this review without having listened to the whole story. It wasn't that it was unlikely--it is fiction after all, but it just didn't capture me, and I gave it up fairly early on which is most unusual for me. I was bored with it and had no incentive to listen further.

  • The Beat Goes On

  • The Complete Rebus Short Stories
  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson, Ian Rankin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379

Over the years, Ian Rankin has amassed an incredible portfolio of short stories. Published in crime magazines, composed for events, broadcast on radio, they all share the best qualities of his phenomenally popular Rebus novels. Brought together for the first time, and including brand-new material, this is the ultimate Rebus short-story collection and a must-have book for crime lovers and for Ian's millions of fans alike. No Rankin aficionado can go without it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A satisfying collection...

  • By FictionFan on 13-11-14

Excellent book for Audible

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

Reviewed: 28-02-15

Would you listen to The Beat Goes On again? Why?

Each story was superb and stands alone beautifully. The audible medium works very well for short stories and this book brings Rebus alive

What did you like best about this story?

I have never had a Rebus book on audible before, always read them. There is a real intimacy about this narration which draws the listener in. It was a completely different experience to the written word.
When I came to the end I had enjoyed it so much that I didn't want it to finish.

  • Apple Tree Yard

  • By: Louise Doughty
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,048
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,041

Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage. But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair. Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first. But she can’t control what happens next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Recommendation!

  • By Mrs. Helen M. Herbert on 09-02-14

Excellent and gripping

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

Reviewed: 24-07-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Apple Tree Yard to be better than the print version?

It lends itself perfectly to audible. The narrators voice makes the character so real

Who was your favorite character and why?

The narrator who is the main character. The tale was full of unexpected twists and turns, yet totally believable. I was with her all the way.

What does Juliet Stevenson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She made it live. It was as though she was telling it to me personally

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

Too long for that, but I got through it quite quickly

Any additional comments?

I will be on the look out for more Louise Doughty titles

  • The Blackhouse

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

A brutal killing takes place on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland: a land of harsh beauty and inhabitants of deep-rooted faith. Detective Inspector Fin Macleod is sent from Edinburgh to investigate. For Lewis-born Macleod, the case represents a journey both home and into his past. Something lurks within the close-knit island community. Something sinister. As Fin investigates, old skeletons begin to surface and soon, he, the hunter, becomes the hunted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much more than just a crime story

  • By Nils on 07-05-13

Atmospheric

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-13

Some books are better in Audio than others and the medium works wonderfully well for The Blackhouse. The lilting Island tones of Peter Forbes' narration transported me to Orkney and had me completely hooked on this tale. I could almost hear the cries of the gannets wheeling over the rock.

It is the first of Peter May's series which I have listened to on Audible and I will be downloading the others.

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  • Ship of Fools

  • How Stupidity and Corruption Sank the Celtic Tiger
  • By: Fintan O'Toole
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Between 1995 and 2007, the Republic of Ireland was the worldwide model of successful adaptation to economic globalisation. The success story was phenomenal: a doubling of the workforce; a massive growth in exports; a GDP that was substantially above the EU average. Ireland became the world's largest exporter of software and manufactured the world's supply of Viagra. But there were two big problems....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lazy Narrator or Wrong Choice

  • By Ray on 20-01-11

Informative

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-05-11

An excellent book, very well written and researched. However great fan of audible that I am, this is one of these books that I would have preferred to read as a paper book. There is so much detail that I needed sometimes to refer back to previous chapters to really follow it properly and that is more difficult on an I Pod..
But I stuck with it to the end, and felt that I understood much better the economic problems which have befallen Eire, and it was very, very interesting.

  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Diana Quick
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster telling a woman in an emerald dress and a D-cup that he wasn't married. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but here she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop in an ancient street beneath York Minster, with sensible and sardonic Patrica aged five, greedy cross-patch Gillian who refused to be ignored, and Ruby....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By GillyD on 27-08-16

Behind the scenes at the museum

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-10-10

A lovely book. Thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator is excellent and brings the story to life. If you ever lived in Yorkshire (I did) then it brings back memories.