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  • Ghost in the Wind

  • By: E. J. Copperman
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Guesthouse owner, single mother, and reluctant ghost whisperer Alison Kerby is about to sit down to movie night with her family and friends when she's struck speechless. Floating before her is the ghost of her musical idol, 1960s English rock star Vance McTiernan. He's in desperate need of help from Alison and her resident ghostly gumshoe, Paul Harrison.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you can get past the terrible English accent...

  • By Clh77 on 17-03-16

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

  • And the Rest Is History

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 8
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817

Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don't call it time travel - these historians investigate major historical events in contemporary time. And they aren't your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster magnets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jodi Never Disappoints!

  • By Gryfynn on 16-04-17

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

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,562
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,278

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely enthralling!

  • By Misspelt on 18-04-17

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.

  • Only Time Will Tell

  • Clifton Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,346

The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international best-selling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the chilling words, ‘I was told that my father was killed in the war’. But it will be another twenty years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story-telling

  • By Kirstine on 16-06-11

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.

  • Adnan's Story

  • The Case That Inspired the Podcast Phenomenon Serial
  • By: Rabia Chaudry
  • Narrated by: Rabia Chaudry
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604

On February 28, 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life plus 30 years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. From the moment of his arrest, Syed has consistently maintained his innocence. Rabia Chaudry, a family friend, always believed him and has never given up the hope that he might someday be released.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen

  • By Nichola Loveland on 19-09-16

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.

  • Old Haunts

  • By: E. J. Copperman
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

The ghosts haunting Alison Kerby's Jersey Shore guesthouse are sad. Maxie wants to know who murdered her ex-husband, and Paul pines for his still-living almost-fiancee. The only one who isn't missing her ex is Alison-because The Swine just arrived on her doorstep...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle tale set in a haunted guesthouse

  • By Sharon on 24-03-17

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!

  • My Name is Markham

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Piers Wehner
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559

Like a smaller and much scruffier Greta Garbo - finally - Markham speaks! It's Christmas and time for the first (and almost certainly last) St Mary's Annual Children's Christmas Party - attendance compulsory, by order of Dr Bairstow. Discovered practising his illegal reindeer dance and poo-dropping routine, our hero, along with fellow disaster magnets Peterson and Maxwell, is dispatched to Anglo-Saxon England to discover the truth about Alfred and the cakes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christmas isn't Christmas without St Mary's

  • By Nicole P on 22-12-16

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.

  • Lies, Damned Lies and History

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 7
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998

I've done some stupid things in my time. I've been reckless. I've broken a few rules. But never before have I ruined so many lives or left such a trail of destruction behind me. As Max would be the first to admit, she's never been one for rules. They tend to happen to other people. But this time she's gone too far, and everyone is paying the price. Grounded until the end of time, how can she ever put things right?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By Alan R on 18-12-16

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Very First Damned Thing

  • An Author-Read Audio Exclusive
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jodi Taylor
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,219

Jodi Taylor reads the long-awaited prequel in her Chronicles of St Mary’s series, as Dr Bairstow struggles to set up St Mary’s as we know it in a world still scarred by the ravages of civil war. Ever wondered how it all began? It’s two years since the final victory at the Battersea Barricades. The fighting might be finished, but for Dr Bairstow, just now setting up St Mary's, the struggle is only beginning. How will he assemble his team? From where will his funding come?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An intro....not much more

  • By Robyn on 29-11-16

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?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,962
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,814

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Life 💙 New Hobbies Found 💜

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-18

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.