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  • North and South

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,091
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914

Written at the request of Charles Dickens, North and South is a book about rebellion that poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. Gaskell expertly blends individual feeling with social concern and her heroine, Margaret Hale, is one of the most original creations of Victorian literature. When Margaret Hale's father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience she is forced to leave her comfortable home in the tranquil countryside of Hampshire....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an interesting novel made special by the reading

  • By Margaret on 27-12-10

wonderful narration

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

Reviewed: 28-12-17

Wonderful narration from Juliet.
This has always been a firm favourite of mine, the history of the the time, the gaping disparity between North and South is a masterful stroke in story telling. really enjoyed it.

  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,696
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,222

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping story.

  • By Bernadette on 22-10-15

Gruesomely good

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

Reviewed: 13-03-17

Loved this character lead book. Hope we hear more from Shanker in future books . Bravo to JK yet again. cannot wait for more from Cormaran and Robin.

  • Revenge

  • By: Martina Cole
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 322

Michael Flynn is untouchable in a world of power, money, and violence. He fights for what he wants and he takes it, whatever the cost. He learns the rules of the Life from the best and when his mentor, legendary Face Patrick Costello, is taken out, no one questions that Michael Flynn is his natural successor. For Michael, loyalty - and crime - pay. Michael Flynn rises to heights beyond anything the criminal underworld has seen. He owns everyone and he rules his empire with an even but fierce hand. No one would dare challenge him. Then the unthinkable happens. Perhaps Michael Flynn is not so untouchable after all.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • disappointed

  • By Greg on 20-01-14

Believable narration.. But....

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

Reviewed: 04-11-13

First off five star narration by Annie Aldington.

Surprisingly this is my first Cole book. It's not very often I can't get through a book it took me ages to get though to the end, personally finding the story line, situations and characterizations boring and too repetitive for my taste after initially being hooked in at the beginning, my interest soon ebbed away as the story unfolded.
It felt more like I was reading a script for TV.
To give Cole her due it does get better towards the end but I still stand by an 'ok' score.I felt there just was not enough depth to the story line despite the superb narration.
Been told to try her earlier stuff so will be giving that a go instead.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Sacrifice

  • DI Ian Peterson, Book 1
  • By: Leigh Russell
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36

When three dead bodies are discovered in quick succession on his home patch in Kent, DI Ian Peterson becomes too embroiled in a complex murder investigation to worry about his forthcoming promotion or the state of his marriage. The first victim is a middle class housewife, stabbed to death in a park. Her husband is in the clear until the prostitute who provided him with an alibi is murdered. While the police are busy gathering evidence, a second prostitute is killed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Police procedural...

  • By Sharon on 02-10-13

Police procedural...

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

Reviewed: 02-10-13

Let me first say narration by Lucy Price-Lewis was very good

DI Ian Peterson a likable character is very dedicated and engaging, his new wife, high maintenance, flighty and insecure. I liked the ebb and flow of their relationship, curious enough to see how that works out.
The murder of a middle aged women, makes the husband a prime suspect, but you know from the onset there is more to the story and who the murderer and antagonists actually are. I like a bit more suspense and enjoy working who out the murderer is myself, you don't get that here.
It's a police procedural in the strictest sense and very realistic, nothing new and very understated and although I did not love it, I still had to listen to the end to see how things ended up.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • City of Mirrors Melodie

  • A Diane Poole Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Melodie Howe Johnson
  • Narrated by: Randye Kaye
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Running out of money, Diana Poole is forced to go back to the only work she knows: acting. Her much-loved husband and movie-star mother have died, and now Diana is over thirty-five. In Hollywood that means she might as well be dead. Still, a few key people remember her talent, and she lands a role in a new movie. But an actress should never get her hopes up, especially when she discovers the female lead’s murdered body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing character...

  • By Sharon on 01-10-13

Refreshing character...

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

Reviewed: 01-10-13

Randye Kaye gives a wonderful narration that complemented the story.
This is no fluffy thriller, there's a melancholy dark edge throughout, comprising of two stories that of a puzzling murder and of Dianes complex relationship with her mother.

Diana Pool has to go back to work as an actress, her bank balance will have it no other way, while filming a small but crucial part, Diana gets sucked into a murder investigation, while having to cope with the death of her mother and the burgeoning grief of a beloved husband.
Dianas character was so refreshing and forthright, no simpering, insecurities here, but a women who knows her own body and mind. I loved the way she used her acting skills to get where she wanted to be, her improvisations entertained.
One blow after another rains down on Dianas head, I was with her all the way and have not liked a character so much in a ages. although I guessed right about the murderer I was so totally wrong at the same time.
Your in for a treat , it's a multi-faceted plot with an intricate answer that does not really make itself known until towards the end.
It's fast placed, well plotted and worth a listen..

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Turning Point

  • Kathleen Turner, Book 3
  • By: Tiffany Snow
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

After her promotion from law firm Runner to Investigator, Kathleen Turner is learning the ropes of her new job from none other than assassin-for-hire Kade Dennon, a situation her boyfriend, Blane Kirk, is none too happy about. But the lessons with Kathleen take a back seat when Kade becomes a target. Previously untouchable, his enemies now know of the chink in his armor - his brother’s girlfriend. And Kade’s not the only thing coming between Kathleen and Blane. From Blane’s inexplicable defense of a man guilty of a horrible crime, to a mysterious stranger from Kathleen’s past, to Kathleen’s risky investigation into human traffickers, the obstacles mount....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Romantic thrills..

  • By Sharon on 29-09-13

Romantic thrills..

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

Reviewed: 29-09-13

Best to start with book one 'Turning Point' in this series else you would probably get lost,

Alot more action in this one then the previous two and just as good if you like thriller suspense action with a very uncomfortable would be love triangle. I kinda felt for Kathleen in this one, she's standing firm in her choice, not that it is going to last if the backdoor politic machinations and the other brother has any say.

Blane is not very popular as he is defending a rapist who is guilty, a family member of Kathleen's pops up after years and Kade is being targeted for extermination. Add in the kidnapping and selling of young women, with some very powerful supporters I was not bored.

But I kinda wanted to knock Kade's and Blanes head together, Blane for being so controlling and not seeing Kathleen as she really is, and Kade for sneaking around his brothers back and making matters worse.Still it made for a great romantic tense listen with Angela Dawes narration I just had to keep on listening.
Looking forward to Book 4 on my automatic reading list.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • No Mercy

  • By: Jaid Black
  • Narrated by: Tillie Hooper
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Book two in the series Trek Mi Q’an, No Mercy tells us the story of King Rem Q’an Tal and the capture of his Sacred Mate. Giselle McKenzie trembled inexplicably as the sound of a low growl reverberated throughout the threads of her consciousness. She knew it couldn’t have emitted from her date, the man sitting across from her in the quaint restaurant. Yet every time he placed his hand over hers, she heard that eerie, primitive growl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Desperate measures..

  • By Sharon on 28-09-13

Desperate measures..

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

Reviewed: 28-09-13

Giselle is kidnapped by her devolving mate, this is someone who after hundreds of years will devolve into a slathering mindless mad creature after not being able to secure a mate. Rem is more dominant then his older brother Zor and very close to the edge. After crashing they have to make their way across land, through villages that show some archaic customs to their women and Giselle has to suck it up else they will never get home.
It's not all doom and gloom and she works out very quickly what soothes Rem and not all is without it's rewards wink wink.
You catch up with Zor and his ever growing family, their shenanigans making me laugh out loud.
I personally would start with the first book 'The Empress' New Clothes' as there is lots of story threads from the previous book.

Narrator Tillie Hooper again manages to convey the funnier situations that made me laugh out loud and had me chuckling to myself.

Again glad I revisited this series this time on audio.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ral's Woman

  • Zorn Warriors, Book 1
  • By: Laurann Dohner
  • Narrated by: Simone Lewis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Ariel never knew aliens existed until she finds herself kidnapped and taken from Earth. Ral is a Zorn warrior. He has also been kidnapped, along with his crew. Forced into slavery, he's got one thing on his mind - freeing his people. That is, until he sees the small human woman he's willing to fight to win. He doesn’t just want her body, he wants her heart forever. In the hands of a hot alien, Ariel is about to discover how pleasurable captivity can be.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Kidnapped..

  • By Sharon on 28-09-13

Kidnapped..

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

Reviewed: 28-09-13

Kidnapped from earth by a reptilian alien race to see if she is compatible to breed, Kyra finds herself given up as a fighting prize to the encumbered slaves of the space mine she finds herself on.
I found the this offering a little predictable and a bit boring in comparison to some of LD's other works, only because she comes to terms with her capture, ownership and the love she feels is almost instantaneous, even the erotic scenes where a bit dull that I found myself skipping to get to the rest of the story. I have obviously read too many of these types of books and become jaded.
An okay Sci/Fi romance but not one of LD's better ones, I personally would skip straight onto the 'New Species' series by the same author if you want a treat.
Simone Lewis gives a great performance despite the material.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Empress’ New Clothes

  • Trek Mi Q'an, Book 1
  • By: Jaid Black
  • Narrated by: Tillie Hooper
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Modern-day Earth woman Kyra Summers is kidnapped and wed by a seven-foot tall, thickly muscled warrior claiming to be her Sacred Mate. Life on his home planet Tryston takes some getting used to, as the laws of the world cater to erotic hedonism and leave females at the sexual subjugation of the barbarians who claim them. No one said love with an alien would come easily. Enjoy Kyra’s spicy escapades as she adjusts to life and love in another dimension.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wicked humor....

  • By Sharon on 28-09-13

Wicked humor....

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

Reviewed: 28-09-13

I had to revisit this book on audio, I loved it when first I downloaded it on my kindle. why? well there is not many PNR erotic romance novels that actually incorporate lots of characters with mini plots building and developing on around as you read the the book, it usually just covers the two main characters and problems encountered then them overcoming said encounters, the end.
Here there's lots going on and developing and even more precious it entertained, I laughed and chuckled throughout,written with humor this is one of my favorites in my sci/fi erotic library collection.
Okay you've guessed I am a fan of this series.
The Trek Mi Q'an BK 1 does not take itself too seriously and just is, if you have any sensibilities about overbearing males abducting their mate, with some 'playing' with others this won't be for you, written with fun and flair a pure escapist read.
The world, characters and story line are full lush and unapologetic, Zor is very selfish and at times for my taste a bit dim, but you can't help but endear yourself to him, Kyra is literally bowled over and eventually comes to terms with her predicament, donning a quiet grace who we hope will eventually compliment Zors.
There's lots going on and I was entertained, wonderful wry narration by Tillie Hooper.
If you like erotic sc/fi romances with wicked humor recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Magic

  • Paranormal Scene Investigations, Book 1
  • By: Laura Anne Gilman
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

"My name's Bonnie Torres. Recent college grad, magic user, and severely unemployed. Until I got a call out of nowhere to interview for a job I hadn't applied for. It smelled fishy, but the brutal truth was I needed the work - so off I went. Two days later I'm a PUPI (Private, Unaffiliated, Paranormal Investigator) - me and Nick, Sharon, Nifty, and Pietr. Five 20-somethings, thrown into an entirely new career in forensic magic. The first job we get is a doozy. Worse, there are high-profile people who want us to close up shop and go away."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Overall good

  • By Maureen on 05-05-14

Forensic magic...

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

Reviewed: 28-09-13

I liked Bonnie, she's finding herself and trying to stand on her own two feet away from her loving albeit overbearing mentor. After a very unusual interview she becomes part of a team called P.U.P.I 'Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations'.
The general magical community is very much against this new organisation and the fledgling force knows it will struggle to survive.
Each in the team have something to contribute and must get over their ego's to be able to work together. Ian their boss will have it no other way.
There are some gaping holes in the world and I found it very difficult to believe why the magical community would have such an aversion to a team specializing in magical crime without being affiliated to any one else bar themselves, plus I could not understand why Bonnie never really confronted the enigmatic Vasic, no spoilers here just saying.
Despite this the magical world L.G has created is intricate and clever, the characters fully fleshed out and engaging, it's magical C.S.I with bells on.
Looking forward to how this series pans out.
Mustn't forget to mention Romy Nordlinger, great narration.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful