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  • Six Tudor Queens: Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen

  • Six Tudor Queens, Book 3
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Rose Akroyd
  • Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

The woman haunted by the fate of her predecessor. Eleven days after the death of Anne Boleyn, Jane is dressing for her wedding to the King. She has witnessed at firsthand how courtly play can quickly turn to danger and knows she must bear a son...or face ruin. This new Queen must therefore step out from the shadows cast by Katherine and Anne - in doing so, can she expose a gentler side to the brutal King?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The silent queen speaks!!

  • By Ama on 01-06-18

Different

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

Reviewed: 23-09-18

I am so used to Jane Seymour depicted as a mousy biddable character. She wasn't! This story gives a new angle showing she was just as ambitious as Ann Boleyn. In fact she played a huge part in Ann's downfall. i enjoyed the story but didn't like the narrator's different accents. It actually spoiled the book for me.

  • Their Lost Daughters

  • Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,689

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smokin' Start to a New Series!

  • By Simon on 14-06-18

Strange subject

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

Reviewed: 28-08-18

I got lost along the way and lost interest in this convoluted plot. Too many strange characters for my taste. I picked it up again and was able to get back into the story. Didn't like the writing as there were too many cliches for my taste. Richard's narration was excellent which was what encouraged me to listen to the end. Sorry, maybe her next book will be better.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Kingdom Come

  • Kingmaker, Book 4
  • By: Toby Clements
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 377

Toby Clements's fourth and final instalment in the Kingmaker historical series, set during England's bloody and brutal War of the Roses. 1470. The recent tensions between King Edward and his great ally the Earl of Warwick lie forgotten these past months, but even as winter tightens her grip on the land, the peace is shattered by a vicious attack on one of the King's allies. Long buried secrets are brought to the surface, and Thomas and Katherine must finally decide where their loyalties lie and to choose between fight or flight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb series of books

  • By j c hare on 25-09-17

Fantastic end to the story of Catherine and Thomas.

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

Didn't want it to end - I was totally engrossed. Love the writing and narration. Brilliant!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Divided Souls

  • Kingmaker, Book 3
  • By: Toby Clements
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449

Lent, 1469. The recent wars between the House of York and the House of Lancaster seem over. The Yorkist King Edward sits on his throne in Westminster while the Lancastrian claimants are in exile or under lock and key in the Tower. But within the family of York, there is discord. The Earl of Warwick conspires against his king, and while to one another's faces they are all smiles, their household men speak in lies and whispers. No man comes to court unarmed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC STORY LINE HOPE TO READ MORE IN THE NEAR

  • By thanks on 04-11-16

The wonderful story continues.

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

Reviewed: 14-05-18

I am loving Toby Clements writing and Jack Hawkins' narration is perfect. Looking forward to book 4.

  • Broken Faith

  • By: Toby Clements
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573

Set during England's bloody and brutal War of the Roses, this is the second novel in an epic historical fiction series. If you liked Conn Iggulden's Stormbird, you will love Toby Clements' Kingmaker novels. October 1463. England is a divided nation. In the north the Lancastrian king struggles to hold power while in the south the princes of the house of York prepare for war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, if a little harrowing

  • By swheelie on 05-08-16

Another great episode in the saga.

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

Reviewed: 25-02-18

Really enjoyed all the trials and tribulations of Thomas and Catherine. Can't wait to listen to the next one. I was pleased to hear that in this book the Scots were properly labelled. Narration again, excellent. Thank you Mr Clements.

  • Winter Pilgrims

  • Kingmaker, Book 1
  • By: Toby Clements
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981

February 1460. In the bitter dawn of a winter’s morning, a young man and a woman escape from a priory. In fear for their lives, they are forced to flee across a land ravaged by conflict. For this is the Wars of the Roses, one of the most savage and bloody civil wars in history. Where brother confronts brother, king faces king, and Thomas and Katherine must fight just to stay alive....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic read

  • By Loraine on 10-01-16

Wonderful.

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

Reviewed: 15-01-18

Totally engrossing. Didn't want it to end but couldn't wait to find out what happened. I was deeply involved with the story - wonderful believable characters and battle scenes which were so vivid I was there. Jack Hawkins narration was just perfect. Very moving. Can't wait to hear part two.

  • Black Diamonds

  • The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty
  • By: Catherine Bailey
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

Wentworth is today a crumbling and forgotten palace in Yorkshire. Yet just 100 years ago it was the ancestral pile of the Fitzwilliams' - an aristocratic clan whose home and life were fuelled by coal mining. This is the story of their spectacular decline: of inheritance fights; rumours of a changeling and of lunacy; philandering earls; illicit love; war heroism: a tragic connection to the Kennedys'; violent deaths: mining poverty and squalor; and a class war that literally ripped apart the local landscape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Colin on 19-02-09

A most enjoyable tale.

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

This book was not at all what I expected. The class differences were very well represented and very upsetting in parts. Poverty at its worst. Narration was excellent. Overall a good listen.

  • Sovereign

  • Shardlake, Book 3
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617

Autumn, 1541. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to attend an extravagant submission of his rebellious subjects in York. Already in the city are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak. As well as assisting with legal work processing petitions to the King, Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a special mission - to ensure the welfare of an important but dangerous conspirator being returned to London for interrogation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely superb!

  • By Ian C Dando on 18-04-15

C J Sansom at his best

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

Most enjoyable plot. The only criticism is that people from Scotland are either Scottish or Scots - scotch is the well loved drink. As always the narration was perfect. Steven has a marvellous voice. Nice twist at the end.

  • Dark Fire

  • Shardlake, Book 2
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724

It is 1540 and the hottest summer of the sixteenth century. Matthew Shardlake, believing himself out of favour with Thomas Cromwell, is busy trying to maintain his legal practice and keep a low profile. But his involvement with a murder case, defending a girl accused of brutally murdering her young cousin, brings him once again into contact with the king's chief minister - and a new assignment . . .

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story

  • By Su on 22-02-18

Marvellous - Shardlake triumphs again.

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

Reviewed: 30-11-17

I always enjoy the Shardlake stories. This one made me feel so sorry he wasn't lucky in love. Steven Crossley has a very pleasant voice which only adds to the great storyline. Terrific!

  • Poirot's Finest Cases

  • Eight Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisations
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Full Cast, John Moffat
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,124

John Moffatt stars as the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The ABC Murders: A chilling letter sets the sleuth on the trail of an enigmatic killer. After the Funeral: A wealthy businessman is dead, and his sister thinks it was murder. Death on the Nile: Poirot is in Egypt when a chilling murder takes place. Peril at End House: Whilst on holiday, the sleuth encounters a young woman, a hat and a bullet. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: Mrs Farrars is found dead, one year after the death of her husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as David Suchet is on the TV

  • By David T-Rex on 22-11-14

Wonderful Agatha Christie.

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

Reviewed: 28-10-17

These stories were spoiled for me by the awful distracting background effects. They were far too loud. This spoiled the overall experience of listening to the marvellous Agatha Christie mysteries. Sorry.