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  • 'The Secret Adversary' and 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles'

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin, James Warwick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

In this delightful double-bill of Agatha Christie's first two novels, award winning narrator/comedienne Alison Larkin and TV star James Warwick bring The Secret Adversary and The Mysterious Affair at Styles to sparkling new life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Two Agatha Christie Greats

  • By RachieBlossom on 07-09-18

Great Author - Awful Narators

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

I actually found it very difficult to listen to the two stories in this audiobook. Alison’s accent may be accurate for the period but in this day and age, it’s wrong. Even the Queen has toned her accent down! James’ accent for Hercule Poirot is quite the worst French accent that I have ever heard. Quite cringe worthy, in fact. Otherwise, both stories were good and up to Ms Christie’s usual standard.

  • The Case Against Fragrance

  • By: Kate Grenville
  • Narrated by: Belinda McClory
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Kate Grenville had always associated perfume with elegance and beauty. Then the headaches started. Like perhaps a quarter of the population, Grenville reacts badly to the artificial fragrances around us: other people’s perfumes and all those scented cosmetics, cleaning products and air fresheners. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book explains a lot

  • By Karen on 05-11-18

This book explains a lot

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Brilliant book. Very thought provoking. I hope that it will help to show those people who wear perfume that it can make others suffer. I will be making a number of changes in the products I purchase in future. Well done, Kate.

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  • Guided!

  • How to Communicate with Your Spirit Guides
  • By: Shannon Walbran
  • Narrated by: Shannon Walbran
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

Guided! How to Communicate with your Spirit Guides. Shannon Walbran is heard worldwide on radio every week, helping callers solve their toughest personal problems by channeling direct, specific information. She has been practicing professionally since 2003 and has directly served more than 10,000 clients.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly guided.

  • By Notizi on 04-09-15

Not as described

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

This is more of an autobiography than a guide. It was interesting but not helpful in the way I thought it would be.

  • Penhallow

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 25

Hated for his cruel and vicious nature, ruling his family with an iron hand from his sickbed, tyrannical patriarch Adam Penhallow is found murdered the day before his birthday. His entire family had assembled for his birthday celebration, and every one of them had the ways and means to commit the crime. As accusations and suspicion turn in one direction and then another, the claws and backstabbing come out, and no one is exempt from the coming implosion.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Kill Me Now

  • By Tab on 24-02-15

Absolutely Awful!

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

Reviewed: 10-11-15

What could Georgette Heyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not in the same league as her Regency novels

How did the narrator detract from the book?

No personality

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None

Any additional comments?

The book was dreadful. The story was never interesting - though I persisted to the end in the hope that it would have something that redeemed it. The narrator is so totally without personality that, even if the book had been interesting, she would have spoiled it. I will never read another Georgette Heyer non-Regency novel and I will never listen to another audiobook narrated by Ulli Birve.

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  • What Price Love?

  • Cynster, Book 13
  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Sastre
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

There is nothing more fascinating than a darkly handsome rake, especially one as controlled and elusive as Dillon Caxton, protege of Demon Cynster. Despite his dangerous air, Dillon is a man of sterling reputation, but it wasn't always so

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good story spoiled by the narrator!

  • By Karen on 28-08-13

A good story spoiled by the narrator!

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

Reviewed: 28-08-13

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

The book was fine - it was the narrator who was the problem!

Would you be willing to try another book from Stephanie Laurens? Why or why not?

Yes! I've listened to many others narrated by men and they were all excellent.

Would you be willing to try another one of Elizabeth Sastre’s performances?

NO! NO! NO! It was read far too quickly and she missed all the nuances and totally spoiled the story. I'm going to buy this novel in either paperback or eBook.

What character would you cut from What Price Love??

None. There was nothing wrong with the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful