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S. E. Huxford

berkshire
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  • Set in Stone

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Recovering from the recent tragedy of his wife's death in a cliff fall, Tony Sheridan goes to stay with his sister-in-law, Lucy, and her husband at their new home - Otherways - a strange circular, moated house. Disturbed by memories of his wife and a growing attraction to Lucy, Sheridan is also troubled by weird and vivid dreams. And as he and Lucy embark on a secret and passionate affair, Sheridan begins uncovering the truth about Otherways.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not his best novel

  • By Kirstine on 24-05-18

more stars please !

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

Reviewed: 23-11-17

I cannot give enough stars to Robert Goddard's books! Complicated enough to keep you listening again and again, well read too. Perfect!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Past Caring

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Paul Shelley
  • Length: 19 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Why should distinguished Edwardian Cabinet minister Edwin Straford resign at the height of his career? Why does the woman he loves so suddenly reject him? Why, 70 years later, should people go to such lengths to prevent the truth coming out?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Past Caring

  • By AmyAlice on 19-08-13

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

One of the master storytellers best! Beautifully read. Highly recommended. Many twists and turns! Perfect!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Blue

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Paul Shelley
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

Harry Barnett, a middle-aged failure, leads a shabby existence. He is reduced to caretaking a friend's villa on the island of Rhodes and working in a bar to earn his keep. Then a guest at the villa - a young woman he had instantly warmed to - disappears on a mountain peak. Under suspicion of her murder, Harry becomes obsessed by the mystery that has changed his life and begins to trace back the movements and encounters that led to the moment where she vanished into the blue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Poppey on 16-05-13

A great story

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

Reviewed: 17-08-17

Simply love Robert Goddard's books. All different and all complicated enough to allow for re-reading. A good narrator too.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dangerous Lady

  • By: Martina Cole
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

Maura, the Ryan clan's youngest and only daughter, is the last person anyone expects to take on gangland London. But with her eldest brother Michael by her side she fast becomes the queen of organised crime. Smart, tough and beautiful, no one is a match for her. But with power comes a price, and Maura is forced to put her heart on the line. She might be a dangerous lady but everyone has a weakness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • crooks

  • By Amazon Customer on 31-01-18

Dreadful

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

A real waste of one of my audible credits!
Poorly written and badly read, the interview with the author at the end was the last nail in the coffin! I shall not bother with this author again.

  • One Small Act of Kindness

  • By: Lucy Dillon
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927

What can you do to make the world a better place? Libby helps a stranger and transforms her life in the process. Libby and her husband, Jason, have moved back to his hometown to turn the family B&B into a boutique hotel. They have left London behind and all the memories - good and bad - that went with it. The injured woman Libby finds lying in the remote country road has lost her memory. She doesn't know why she came to be there, and no one seems to be looking for her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very touching and Suspenseful

  • By Lulu on 20-07-15

Rubbish

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

Reviewed: 22-02-17

Can't even bother to finish this pathetic tale.badly read and without any story at all.

  • Capital

  • By: John Lanchester
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 262

Pepys Road: an ordinary street in the Capital. Each house has seen its fair share of first steps and last breaths, and plenty of laughter in between. Today, through each letterbox along this ordinary street drops a card with a simple message: We Want What You Have.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Teems with London life

  • By Kaggy on 09-03-14

Love it!

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

Reviewed: 31-01-17

I love everything about this story! It’s not my usual thriller but a fascinating well woven storyline. Beautifully read and so entertaining. Please write some more books Mr Lancaster.

  • This Was a Man

  • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 7
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,416
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289

This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives, and who dies? In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife, Karin, from the Cabinet Secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game? Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus while his wife, Emma, completes her 10 years as Chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly entertaining rollicking melodrama

  • By Kirstine on 08-11-16

The final book

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

A quite nice series. No really a fan of Mr Archer but I got to know the characters well I find his constant explanations a bit patronising and some of the editing is not great. For example" leaving it impossible for her to sleep". The next sentence begins" when she woke at6am" , just sloppy!

  • Time of Death

  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 407

Discover one of the two masterful hit novels adapted for the massive new BBC One Drama series In The Dark, featuring brilliant heroine Helen Weeks. Two schoolgirls are abducted in the small, dying Warwickshire town of Polesford, driving a knife into the heart of the community where police officer Helen Weeks grew up. But this is a place full of secrets, where dangerous truths lie buried. When family man Stephen Bates has been arrested, Helen and her partner Tom Thorne head to the flooded town....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Thorne Tour De Force

  • By Ms. L. Chalkley on 27-04-15

not his best

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

Reviewed: 12-07-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

not a great story really, not one of his best.

What was most disappointing about Mark Billingham’s story?

not much of a story

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

well read of course. no-one could do it better than the author

Do you think Time of Death needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no

Any additional comments?

dull

  • Dead Men's Bones

  • Inspector McLean, Book 4
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986

Penguin presents the new unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Dead Men's Bones, the new gripping thriller from James Oswald. Morag Weatherly and her two young daughters have been shot by husband Andrew, an influential politician, before he turned the gun on himself. But what would cause a rich, successful man to snap so suddenly? For Inspector Tony McLean, this apparently simple but high-profile case leads him into a world of power and privilege.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellently written, narrated series

  • By caroline on 09-09-14

too dull!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-14

Would you try another book written by James Oswald or narrated by Ian Hanmore?

no

What could James Oswald have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

got a story !

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Ian Hanmore?

anyone without a strong accent

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

boredom, can't be bothered too finish it.

Any additional comments?

dull and slow and uninteresting!

0 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Blue Afternoon

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 87

Los Angeles, 1936. Kay Fischer, a young ambitious architect, is shadowed by Salvador Carriscant, an enigmatic stranger claiming to be her father. Within weeks of their first meeting, Kay will join him for an extraordinary journey into the old man’s past, initially in search of a murderer, but finally in celebration of a glorious, undying love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Blue Afternoon

  • By mike on 24-09-11

marvellous tale

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

Reviewed: 25-03-14

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

another wonderful tale

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

Lorelei King is the best narrator imaginable for any American book. She reads slowly and with great care, never a slip. Beautiful reading of different voices too. 100%

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

oh yes,

Any additional comments?

Like all William Boyd's books this is marvellous. Always a different type of story set in different places and times, always a really good read.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful