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  • A Life to Kill

  • Coroner Jenny Cooper, Book 7
  • By: Matthew Hall
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

The day they've all been waiting for is at hand. The last British combat soldiers in Helmand are counting the minutes until their departure for home. For their excited families in Highcliffe, it spells the end of an agonizing six-month wait. But in the final hours, disaster strikes. Nineteen-year-old private Pete 'Skippy' Lyons is abducted, and the patrol sent out to locate him is ambushed. One killed, two injured. One still missing in action... Their loved ones are left desperate for answers the army won't provide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good

  • By san2har on 09-07-17

Insufficient research!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I have always enjoyed the Jenny Cooper books and was looking forward to another. Sadly this one did not live up to expectation. This was mainly due to Matthew Hall's poor knowledge of the Army in general, and in particular his ignorance of its rank structure, the relationship between ranks and the way in which he portrayed the imparting of bad news to relatives. Totally wrong. If you want to write a book that involves the Armed Forces, please get your facts right.

The personal ending for Jenny Cooper was ridiculous and completely out of context with the way her relationship with Michael had been portrayed earlier in the book.

In addition, I find Sian Thomas's breathy delivery very irritating.

  • Coffin Road

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,944

A man stands bewildered on a deserted beach on the Hebridean Isle of Harris. He cannot remember who he is. The only clue to his identity is a folded map of a path named the Coffin Road. He does not know where this search will take him. A detective from Lewis sits aboard a boat, filled with doubt. DS George Gunn knows that a bludgeoned corpse has been discovered on a remote rock 20 miles offshore. He does not know if he has what it takes to uncover how and why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable whodunnit.

  • By bookylady on 18-01-17

Not Peter May's usual standard

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

Reviewed: 22-11-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Sadly, the story was not as well crafted as Peter May's books usually are. Very predictable and unconvincing.

What will your next listen be?

I don't know

What about Peter Forbes’s performance did you like?

His clarity and ability to bring the characters to life. I do wish, however, that he would vary more the intonation he puts on his descriptive sentences. This habit was particularly obvious for this book.

Could you see Coffin Road being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Claudius the God

  • By: Robert Graves
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Read in the style of a secret diary, this famous sequel to I, Claudius gives a wry and human view of the Roman world, bringing to life some of the most scandalous and violent times in history. Claudius has survived the murderous intrigues of his predecessors to become, reluctantly, Emperor of Rome. He recounts his surprisingly successful rule; how he cultivates the loyalty of the army to repair the damage caused by his nephew Caligula; his friendship with the Jewish King Herod Agrippa; and his invasion of Britain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged, unfortunately, otherwise impeccable.

  • By Mary Carnegie on 12-04-16

Claudius The God

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

Reviewed: 25-09-15

This is a beautifully written whimsical tale of the rule Claudius, the stammering, club footed child who no one dreamt was a threat but who succeeded Caligula by accident.His well meant rule was destroyed by his infatuation with his wife Messalina whose antics forced him to murder her. His part is played brilliantly by Derek Jacobi who portrays a spellbinding mixture shrewdness and naivety driving a ruthless tyrant.

  • The Garden of Evening Mists

  • By: Tan Twan Eng
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

Malaya, 1949. After a career spent helping to prosecute Japanese war criminals, Yun Ling Teoh, - herself the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp - seeks solace among the jungle fringed plantations of Northern Malaya. There she meets the enigmatic Aritomo, an exiled former gardener of the Emperor of Japan. Yun Ling asks Aritomo to create a garden in memory of her sister. But the jungle holds secrets of its own…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best listen of 2012

  • By Sarah on 02-12-12

Complex and emotional

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

Reviewed: 20-08-15

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

Yes. Beautifully written story with many threads woven into the life of the central character. Examines and vividly paints the period of the Malaysian emergency and the aftermath of the war with the Japanese . Nothing is trite, easy or predictable and there is a deep understanding of cultural dilemma.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Magnus. This rough South African Boer and his uncompromising views on the British, his determination to succeed as a tea planter and his raw, plain speaking courage are part of a shell that protects a loving, caring and protective nature for those closest to him.

What about Anna Bentinck’s performance did you like?

She brings the characters to life and has a lovely voice. Sadly her South African accent is not the best, but it doesn't spoil the book as there is so much else to enjoy about her narration. I have been seeking out other stories she has read because of this one.

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

No - there is too much to take in.

Any additional comments?

I was completely engrossed and emotionally involved with this book. It needs to be listened to more than once - there is so much to experience.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Elizabeth Is Missing

  • By: Emma Healey
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,995
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,994

Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: Her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabeth is missing

  • By Mrs. Denise Slatter on 08-07-14

Distressing but compelling

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

Where does Elizabeth Is Missing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

High

Who was your favorite character and why?

Helen because in spite of intense irritations and the difficulties of coping with her mother's degeneration into Alzheimer's she shows great love, patience and forgiveness

What about Anna Bentinck’s performance did you like?

She always brings her characters alive and in this book achieves the difference between present day Maud and her younger self with great skill.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A great mystery with a very different angle