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  • Secret Santa (Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series: Mystery Shorts 25)

  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Bill Vokes has played Santa at the children's Christmas show for years. But with the show just hours away, he vanishes with no explanation. The whole village is baffled. Did something bad happen to loveable Bill, upstanding citizen, churchgoer, life and soul of the party and the holiday season? Jack and Sarah are on the case - and soon discover there are secrets about this Santa that no one could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really great listen all round!

  • By Julie on 16-01-18

Warm, Amusing, Believable and Easy Listening

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

As ever Neil Dudgeon does the story proud. Not clichéd, but nuanced. Enjoyable and lovely to sleep with!

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 22-24
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 81

"The Song Never Dies": When Alex King, leader of legendary 90s rock group Lizard, hosts a party to get the band back together, old grudges surface. At dawn Alex is found floating in the pool of his Cherringham mansion. To the police it's a drug-fueled accident. But when Jack and Sarah get involved, they quickly discover that while a song may never die - the person, who wrote it, might have been murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cliff hanger

  • By Rogayah on 25-08-18

Cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 13-09-18

Excellent as ever. Not wished no to pre-empt but would it spoil the dynamic if they got together?

  • The Light Years

  • Cazalet Chronicle, Volume 1
  • By: Elizabeth Jane Howard
  • Narrated by: Jill Balcon
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 272

The tangled lives of three generations evoke a vanished world in this, the first volume of the Cazalet Chronicle. Home Place, Sussex, 1937. The English family at home.... For two unforgettable summers they gathered together, safe from the advancing storm clouds of war. In the heart of the Sussex countryside these were still sunlit days of childish games, lavish family meals and picnics on the beach.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A snapshot of pre-WW2 upper middle class life

  • By Knucklebones on 09-01-12

A Light Touch with Human Behavior

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

A book that draws you in. None of the characters are without flaws, as in life. One feels like shouting at them, don't do it, it will all go wrong. However, the fear of what is to come (WWII) is palpable. Sometimes confusing as to who belongs to what family, and with audio there is no easy genealogy map to refer to, but I just wanted to keep listening. I have read the series in the past but what I love about audible is the expression in the narrator's voice - the choice of narrator is critical. Got to go to start on Book 2.

  • Wild Mountain Thyme

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Can you ever re-create that first great love? Victoria Bradshaw fell in love with London playwright Oliver Dobbs when she was just 18. But he left her and disappeared from her life. Now, years later, he is a widower standing on her doorstep with his two-year-old son in his arms. And Victoria is foolish enough to want to take him back. Their early spring journey to a castle in Scotland becomes an odyssey of emotional discovery....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • PURE PILCHER

  • By Judi on 10-06-18

PURE PILCHER

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Still miss her. As ever, not complicated but not simple. Truthful, meaningful and caring. Good listening at any time

  • The Man in the Wooden Hat

  • By: Jane Gardam
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallace
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Filth ( Failed in London, Try Hong Kong) is a successful lawyer when he marries Elisabeth in Hong Kong soon after the war. Reserved, immaculate, and courteous, Filth finds it hard to demonstrate his emotions.

But Elisabeth is different - a free spirit. She was brought up in the Japanese internment camps, which killed both her parents but left her with a lust for survival and an affinity with the Far East. No wonder she is attracted to Filth's hated rival at the bar - the brash, forceful Veneering.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read .. i was transported to another time & place

  • By barbara on 27-10-17

LOVED OLD FILTH, DISAPPOINTED IN THE 2nd Part

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Love the subject matter, not one seen, or read often and the first part with its differing time spans and switching from one to another works in this case. Great story, good narrative but this second part was disappointing as it seems to rush through Betty's life and does not give her as much credence as I believe she deserves. Will wait awhile to 'read' part three.

  • A Question of Inheritance

  • A Very English Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Elizabeth Edmondson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Hugo Hawksworth is on the tail of rogue Cold War agents at a top-secret government facility, while back home at Selchester Castle they're awaiting the arrival of the new earl - an American, the long-lost son of the murdered Lord Selchester.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent continuation of the series

  • By Ian Smith on 24-07-16

Denouement too quick!

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

Would you consider the audio edition of A Question of Inheritance to be better than the print version?

This is the second of the series and I do enjoy them - little bit like the Cherringham series, good stories but easy to read and quick to absorb.

But in each the end is too quick, too pat and too convenient, as if the author has had enough of the book. Just leave us hanging a little longer.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Question of Inheritance?

the blossoming of Georgia

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 1-3
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 1 - 3: MURDER ON THAMES, MYSTERY AT THE MANOR and MURDER BY MOONLIGHT.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyable easy listening

  • By C on 06-11-16

Real issues wittingly dealt with

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

What did you like most about Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation (Cherringham 1 - 3)?

Real people who talk to each other, not forced and easy listening and yet compulsive. Not midsomer murders as there is not a stack of bodies! And the main characters are really friends

What other book might you compare Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation (Cherringham 1 - 3) to, and why?

Ngaio Marsh, witty and kind

Which character – as performed by Neil Dudgeon – was your favourite?

Neil has an easy way about him and the accents are not forced - both Jack and Sara are great

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

If I could!

Any additional comments?

Hope they continue!

  • The Revolving Door of Life: 44 Scotland Street, Book 10

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Once more we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith. With customary charm and deftness, McCall Smith gives us another instalment in this popular series, now running in its ninth season in The Scotsman. Anything could happen to Bertie and the gang.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Revolving Door of Life

  • By Raquel moreno on 27-01-18

Another triumph

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

Reviewed: 17-12-16

McColl Smith manages to weave a story that feels as if the reader, or listener, in this case feels a part of. David Rintoul's narration and cadence brings it alive. We are all routing for Bertie.

  • Nice Work (If You Can Get It)

  • By: Celia Imrie
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 243

Somewhere on the French Riviera, tucked between glitzy Monte Carlo and Cannes' red carpets, lies the sleepy town of Bellevue-Sur-Mer. Sheltered from the glittering melee, it is home to many an expat - although it hasn't proved as peaceful as expected. Now an enterprising band of retirees has resolved to show it's never too late to start afresh and open a restaurant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Looking forward to more in the series

  • By GBinLondon on 02-08-16

Another cracking yarn

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

Reviewed: 25-09-16

An excellent yarn with just enough intrigue to stop it being altogether too 'nice'. I do like happy endings and I hope we shall hear more from the crew at Bellvue sur Mer.

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  • Not Quite Nice

  • By: Celia Imrie
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 607

Theresa is desperate for a change. Forced into early retirement, fed up with babysitting her bossy daughter's obnoxious children, she sells her Highgate house and moves to the picture-perfect town of Bellevue-sur-Mer, just outside Nice. With its beautiful villas, bustling cafes and shimmering cerulean sea, the village sparkles like a diamond on the French Mediterranean coast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fun and unexpected turns

  • By jacqui on 30-12-15

Naughty but nice

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

Reviewed: 10-09-16

Some aspects of the story jumped more than seemed believable and therefore it seemed a little rushed. Best of all is Celia's reading, adding the voices she heard as she was writing. It must have been exhausting !
Have already bought the follow-up.