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  • Dodger

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Steven Briggs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686

Dodger is a tosher – a sewer scavenger living in the squalor of Dickensian London. Everyone who is nobody knows Dodger. Anyone who is anybody doesn’t.But when he rescues a young girl from a beating, suddenly everybody wants to know him.And Dodger’s tale of skulduggery, dark plans and even darker deeds begins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What's not to love

  • By Jesper on 19-10-12

One of my favorite books

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

Reviewed: 31-08-15

I bought this a few years ago and its still one of my favorites. I listen to it over and over. If only Terry Pratchett had written a sequel. It's a great listen really gives you an insight into what life was like with a great plot and storyline. The narrator's got the knack for voicing the different characters. It's got life, action, intrigue, and romance set in the Victorian era all over London;from the poorest areas(Seven Dials Rookery) to the most affluent houses of parliament. Love it! Well worth a listen and another and another.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Memory Book

  • By: Rowan Coleman
  • Narrated by: Robert Blackwood, Clare Corbett, Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

The name of your first-born. The face of your lover. Your age. Your address... What would happen if your memory of these began to fade? When Claire starts to write her Memory Book, she already knows that this scrapbook of mementoes will soon be all her daughters and husband have of her. But how can she hold onto the past when her future is slipping through her fingers...?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart wrenching

  • By lisa on 09-04-14

Moving, funny and emotional, a must read.

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

Reviewed: 30-11-14

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

Yes, Its all about family coping or not, with a family member having a degenerative illness. How different members of the family try to come to terms with it. Its an eye opening, emotional and sometimes funny read. The emotions expressed by the main character Claire can be difficult to listen to if you know someone who is faced with a similar illness. Losing treasured memories; forgetting faces and names of loved ones, forgetting where you were going 5 minutes after leaving the house and knowing your not likely to see your youngest child growup. Devastating, and at such a young age. Your independence is gone, the way people treat you and the relationship you had with your family changed beyond recognition. A box of tissue is required to get through this book.

What other book might you compare The Memory Book to, and why?

I haven't read anything similar to this rescently so can't think of another to compare it to.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No I haven't. There are 3 narrators speaking as family members.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Claire reveals the truth about her daughters birth father which results in her daughter disappearing for several weeks. Claire struggles to get her mother and husband to accept that something is wrong and to take her to look for her. In a moment of lucidity while her mothers back is turned Claire, still in her pj's grabs her mothers purse and leaves determined to get to the train station and go to her daughter's university. Unfortunately despite her efforts to concentrate on her destination not long after leaving she can't remember why she left the house, only that it has something vaguely to do with her daughter.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Skeleton in the Closet

  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Ignorance is bliss... especially when it comes to murder! Ever since the death of his father, Fellworth Dolphin has slaved away as a waiter to support his miserly, cold-hearted mother. So when she suddenly dies Fellworth is shocked to discover she has left him a fortune. Somewhat confused, Fell teams up with a girl from work, Maggie, to investigate the source of the riches. But what they find instead is a closet full of skeletons... Is it really possible Fell's father was involved in a decades-old train robbery? And who is the mysterious woman in the portrait?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • M.C. BEATON DOES IT AGAIN

  • By K. McBride on 14-12-13

M.C. BEATON DOES IT AGAIN

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

Reviewed: 14-12-13

If you could sum up The Skeleton in the Closet in three words, what would they be?

Action, Romance, mystery, personal insecurity, shame, tension and unsolved crime. what more do you need? Nothing accept for the story to go on.

What did you like best about this story?

All of it. The twists and turns, the unrequited love finally revealed. The leading male finally gets a clue.

Have you listened to any of Daniel Philpott’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No this is the first.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, its just a good listen over all.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen

  • By: Syrie James
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21

Samantha McDonough cannot believe her eyes - or her luck. Tucked in an uncut page of a 200-year-old poetry book is a letter she believes was written by Jane Austen, mentioning with regret a manuscript that "went missing at Greenbriar in Devonshire." Could there really be an undiscovered Jane Austen novel waiting to be found? Could anyone resist the temptation to go looking for it?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unconvincing

  • By Heather on 13-01-13

Great book for lovers of Jane Austen and Novices

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

Reviewed: 16-10-13

If you could sum up The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen in three words, what would they be?

A Must Listen

What did you like best about this story?

The reading of the Manuscript

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

A sense of being right there with the characters in the book. She brings the story and characters to life.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, I wanted to defend the characters in the manuscript for how they were treated. Wanted to cry along with them at times.

Any additional comments?

Having never read Jane Austen. this book has inspired me to do so. Also I look forward to more from the author Syrie James and the narrator Justine Eyre.