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The English accents are terrible !

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

Gentle continuation of the story of Alison Kirby and her resident ghosts. This one has some ‘English’ accents and although I usually like the narrator I wasn’t keen on these. I’ve marked the performance down for this but it hasn’t put me off the rest of the series

Have tissues at the ready

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

Reviewed: 22-09-17

Would you listen to And the Rest Is History again? Why?

I'd listen again as I like being in the St Mary's world

What was one of the most memorable moments of And the Rest Is History?

There were lots in this book, and I cried a lot, many times. I'm trying not to post spoilers!

Have you listened to any of Zara Ramm’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Listened to all the audio recordings of the St Mary stories. Ms Ramm is consistently excellent

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

No, needed recovery time. See memorable moments above

Any additional comments?

Bring on the next one... oh and if you haven't read the previous books, please start at book one, I promise you'll get more out of this one

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For we are hooked

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

Reviewed: 13-07-17

No spoilers in this review. This has excellent writing and narration. Looking forward to book 3.

An excellent tale

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

Reviewed: 30-05-17

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the story of Harry Clifton with the background of his family and friends added into the narrative as and when required.

What about Roger Allam and Emilia Fox ’s performance did you like?

There wasn't a great deal of Ms Fox's performance as this book was mostly about Harry but both narrators were good.

Any additional comments?

I only 'bought' this as it was on special offer and free ! My mistake was leaving it so long before I got round to listening to it. An absolute joy and I'm looking forward to the next instalment.

What Serial didn't tell you ...

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Adnan's Story to be better than the print version?

I like listening to Rabia, I follow a couple of her podcasts each week. The audio edition of Adnan's story was brought to life by the emotion that is evident in Rabia's voice when she tells of the injustice from start to finish in the case of Adnan Sayed.

What did you like best about this story?

I originally listened to Serial when it was first released but hadn't heard of the Undisclosed podcast with the additional information about the case or any of the other podcasts that were broadcast in response to Serial. This audio edition of Adnan's Story gave me a lot of extra background to the original story with explanations and summaries of the evidence and a timeline of how things progressed.

Have you listened to any of Rabia Chaudry’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Rabia also does at least a couple of other podcasts each week which I recommend. She mentioned ‘Undisclosed’ in her book which was originally to do with the background to the Adnan case but this has now progressed onto investigations into other wrongful convictions with Colin Miller and Susan Simpson taking an active part with other guests. Rabia has also just started a political podcast called ‘The 45th’ which involves Rabia, Susan and Sarah Basha discussing the weekly shenanigans in America under President Trump.

This audio book compares to Rabia's other performances in that she is always clear spoken and well paced.

Any additional comments?

The Serial podcast was phenomenally popular but couldn't go into the detail that this story did. If you enjoyed the original podcast, I would heartily recommend listening to this for further background on the story.

A gentle tale set in a haunted guesthouse

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

Reviewed: 24-03-17

What did you like most about Old Haunts?

I liked the setting of this story, the return to the familiar guesthouse with its resident ghosts and the gentle detective story told as well.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I liked the way the difference threads tied up at the end, and the way that throw away information from early parts of the story, came to have significant meaning later on. Least interesting? Well some of it was a bit obvious and I did get to a conclusion on certain aspects of the detection before Ms Kirby did.

Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've listened to a few of Ms Ronconi's performances and she always makes a good job of them. She is always clear and well paced and makes some distinction between the different characters.

Any additional comments?

This was just an easy listen, nothing too taxing but perfect for commuting or whilst doing other tasks. A well written story, with good narration. Have already bought the next in the series!

A Christmas tale

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

What did you like most about My Name is Markham?

Another short instalment in the Chronicles of St Mary's. I liked the change of direction, as all the other stories are from Max's perspective and it was good to have a change. Saying that, Max did feature but you got to hear some of Markham's back story as well.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked hearing about characters from a different point of view than Max's for a change, and Markham was down to earth with his descriptions and what he thought about the history department and history in general.

Any additional comments?

A very good story, for an excellent cause.

Another excellent tale

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

Reviewed: 15-02-17

What made the experience of listening to Lies, Damned Lies and History the most enjoyable?

The narration and being in the company of favourite characters.

What did you like best about this story?

The twists, the turns, the humour, the tears.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me cry a couple of times - this was quite a sad book overall but an excellent addition to The Chronicles and Max and Co needed a change of pace.

Any additional comments?

Zara Ramm put in another flawless performance which added to the story experience.

Not the first book in the series

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - another excellent chapter in the St Mary's world. Listen to the stories in the correct order as other reviewers have said. You needed to know some history of St Mary's before you get to this part of the story, although I enjoyed listening to how it all came together, and there was a short history jump as well.

What other book might you compare The Very First Damned Thing to, and why?

Just like all the other books in the series.... history and adventure but remember, it's not about time travel!

Which character – as performed by Jodi Taylor – was your favourite?

Like others, I'm use to Zara Ramm narrating these characters. However, Ms Taylor did an excellent job in her own right. The narration was clear and easy to follow ... what more do you want for the narrator?

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An enjoyable tale and an excellent narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

What did you like most about Ready Player One?

Being of the right age to appreciate the references to 80's film and TV culture I remembered many of the shows mentioned. This isn't just a story about video games and TV shows though, I was rooting for Zee and wanted to know what happened to him.

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

This was my first time listening to a Wil Wheaton narration. He did an excellent job and I was able to tell the difference between the different characters and loved it when he name checked himself at one point.

Any additional comments?

It's a bit geeky but in my view that was a plus point. Listen for the story and the tale of friendships and see what games, movies and TV shows you recognise.