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  • The Bat

  • A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,878
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,868

Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great introduction to Harry Hole.

  • By Richard on 04-12-12

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

It is a very sad story really but full of interesting characters and suspense. I like listening to this narrator and I like Jo Nesbo.

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,064
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,061

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic and fasinating romp through time

  • By al on 02-12-14

All over the place

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

Reviewed: 16-01-15

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

Anyone who would normally read Chick Lit

What was most disappointing about Jodi Taylor’s story?

It is difficult to get a grip of the point

What about Zara Ramm’s performance did you like?

She has a lovely accent

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Just One Damned Thing After Another?

The explicit sex on the car bonnet

Any additional comments?

The general idea of being able to move backwards and forwards in time making alterations and and taking measures to change things makes a realist, solid, storyline impossible

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • The All Souls Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,301

It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches. Diana Bishop, a young scholar and descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she must navigate with a vampire, Matthew Clairmont. This manuscript, Ashmole 782, holds the secrets of their past...and the key to their future. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A surprisingly mature paranormal romance

  • By Caroline Marks on 01-03-11

Soppy, simpering

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

Reviewed: 30-08-14

What disappointed you about A Discovery of Witches?

The fact that what should be an extremely intelligent woman is reduced to a pathetic, simpering mess

What was most disappointing about Deborah Harkness’s story?

Very repetitive sentiments

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jennifer Ikeda?

I did not like Jennifer's voice but the story was too stodgy to expect anyone to make a good job of it.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Discovery of Witches?

The descriptive sexual elements

Any additional comments?

Too many random characters that do not enhance the plot or the storyline.

18 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056

A kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth from best-selling storytelling legend Neil Gaiman. A BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Anansi Boys, featuring an all-star cast lead by Lenny Henry, will premiere on Christmas Day 2017. Fat Charlie Nancy is not actually fat. He was fat once but he is definitely not fat now. No, right now Fat Charlie Nancy is angry, confused and more than a little scared - right now his life is spinning out of control, and it is all his dad's fault.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Anansi brought up to date

  • By Joyceline on 28-02-07

Really good fun.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-11-12

This is a very silly story and I absolutely loved listening to it; the narrators voice was perfect and added to the silliness. It is so wildly weird!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Grove

  • By: John Rector
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

In John Rector’s dark and fascinating psychological thriller, The Grove, farmer Dexter McCray becomes both detective and suspect. He is a man fighting to escape a troubled past, but after waking from an alcoholic blackout to discover his tractor stuck in a ditch and the body of a teenage girl in the cottonwood grove bordering his cornfield, he wonders if it’s a fight he cannot win. In the hopes of proving his innocence, he sets out to find the truth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Janet on 24-11-12

Boring

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-11-12

This whole story is about a drunk hallucinating about a dead girl he found and kept, on his farm. The narrators voice is dull and dreary, the story is not reconciled and I felt no empathy for any of the characters. I would love to know what other people think.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful