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  • A Symphony of Echoes

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,824

Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, witness the murder of Archbishop Thomas A Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More entertainment

  • By Robyn on 09-11-16

Great fun, if you can put up with the protagonist!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-17

This is a really good story and its also a really good series, a very british time-travel adventure. But after 2 books i'm getting sick of how the heroine doesnt just catch the idiot ball but runs with it and refuses to let go. Honestly for someone supposedly intelligent she has an incredible ability to ignore the glaringly obvious And has the emotional maturity of a hormonal teenager.

It was bad enough in book 1 but here (to keep it spoiler free), someone dear to her says and does something entirely out of character, so glaringly out of character that no-one could take it on face value...except She does and goes into the most childish of hissy fits without challenging it or wondering why they did this thing.

Then worst of all, when she discovers why and realises (long after everyone reading has) what happened was in no way this persons fault and what they were doing they did because they had been convinced it was necessary and they were tricked into doing it (and she even understands their reasoning ability was impaired at the time through no fault of their own), she doesn't accept, she doesn't forgive, she doesn't even understand, instead she actually gets even angrier about it.

If the story wasn't so good i would have given up on Max in book 1...i warn anyone wanting to read this, she's a lot of work...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Station Eleven

  • By: Emily St John Mandel
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,277

Day one: The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the Earth like a neutron bomb. News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%. Week Two: Civilization has crumbled. Year Twenty: A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe. But now a new danger looms, and it threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just another dystopian novel

  • By Rosalynde on 20-07-15

Disappears up its own backside

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

Any additional comments?

Starts off well enough with an interesting story that is sadly little more than teased before its pushed aside as the book descends into maudlin remembrances of characters we don't even really care about. I lost the will to live about halfway through, whatever the story about the players and the town was it wasn't worth listening to all the rubbish in between

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Massacre of Mankind

  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Nathalie Buscombe
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 293

It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war machines has led to technological leaps forward. The Martians are vulnerable to earth germs. The army is prepared. So when the signs of launches on Mars are seen, there seems little reason to worry. Unless you listen to one man, Walter Jenkins, the narrator of Wells' book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No one would have believed . . .

  • By Simon on 20-01-17

cracking story with excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

a worthy sequel to the classic which expands brilliantly on its concepts and takes them to a logical conclusion. The story is only enhanced by the spot on narration by Nathalie Buscombe

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hanging Girl

  • Department Q, Book 6
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 737
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 689

In the middle of a hard-won morning nap in the basement of police headquarters, Carl Mørck, head of Department Q, receives a call from a colleague working on the Danish island of Bornholm. Carl is dismissive at first, but then he receives some shocking news. Carl then has no choice but to lead Department Q into the tragic cold case of a vivacious 17-year-old girl who vanished from school, only to be found dead hanging high up in a tree.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator???

  • By Alexandra Allan on 16-12-15

Give us back Steven Pacey

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

Reviewed: 29-11-16

What did you like most about The Hanging Girl?

Meh, it was ok

Who was your favorite character and why?

Carl himself, i can empathise with him

How could the performance have been better?

Well maybe you could have had Steven Pacey narrate it like all the others?

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

Nope, too long

Any additional comments?

Two words; Steven Pacey!

  • Doctor Who: City of Death

  • By: Douglas Adams, James Goss
  • Narrated by: Lalla Ward
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

An unabridged reading of the brand-new novelisation of a classic Fourth Doctor TV story by Douglas Adams. The Doctor takes Romana for a holiday in Paris - a city which, like a fine wine, has a bouquet all its own. But the TARDIS arrives in 1979, a table-wine year, whose vintage is soured by cracks in the very fabric of time itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fleshed out an already good story

  • By Kathryn McIntyre on 23-05-15

Improves on an already classic story!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

Where does Doctor Who: City of Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top five, maybe top three even!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Who: City of Death?

Too many to count

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

As usual she does a fantastic job of everything but Tom Baker's voice. I hate to have to say that because she totally gets into the part and is a wonderful storyteller, but no-one but Tom Baker can do Tom Baker!

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

Oh yes, i didn't want to stop until it was over, then i was sad it was over

Any additional comments?

This story takes 'City of Death' and adds so much backstory, characterization and elaboration to the original somewhat bare-bone story. It all fits, it all works and the story is so much better for the additions. Lalla Ward is the perfect choice to narrate this. If you like this novel and her voice work i heartily reccomend you check her out reading Shada too!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • High Moor

  • By: Graeme Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Chris Barnes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

When John Simpson hears of a bizarre animal attack in his old home town of High Moor, it stirs memories of a long forgotten horror. John knows the truth. A werewolf stalks the town once more, and on the night of the next full moon, the killing will begin again. He should know. He survived a werewolf attack in 1986, during the worst year of his life. It’s 1986 and the town is gripped in terror after the mutilated corpse of a young boy is found in the woods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story to get your teeth stuck into.

  • By James on 22-10-13

Splendid horror with surprising moments of comedy!

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

Reviewed: 13-02-16

If you could sum up High Moor in three words, what would they be?

Bloodcurdling, funny, unputdownable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of High Moor?

The kids hilarious revenge on Malcolm's gang

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

I've heard 'The cold beneath' and I assume he read that before Highmoor as his ability to voice women has improved

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

Not for the weak-stomached!

Any additional comments?

I listened to this not knowing it had two sequels. Be warned, the cliffhanger is Brutal! Be sure you have a credit or two to spare when you finish this one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Who: The Last of the Gaderene

  • By: Mark Gatiss
  • Narrated by: Richard Franklin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Richard Franklin reads an original novel by Mark Gatiss, featuring the Third Doctor as played on TV by Jon Pertwee. The aerodrome in Culverton has new owners, and they promise an era of prosperity for the idyllic village. But former Spitfire pilot Alex Whistler is suspicious, and when black-shirted troops appear on the streets, he contacts his old friend, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart at UNIT. The Doctor investigates – and soon uncovers a sinister plot to colonise the Earth. The Gaderene are on their way….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A smile is not always to be trusted...

  • By MR on 07-03-17

Classic 3rd Doctor yarn

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

Reviewed: 13-09-15

If you could sum up Doctor Who: The Last of the Gaderene in three words, what would they be?

Gatiss Writes Who!

What other book might you compare Doctor Who: The Last of the Gaderene to, and why?

Harvest of Time, mostly because they are both classic 3rd doctor stories written from a modern perspective but faithful to classic who

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

This is the first time i've heard him. I wouldn't say he was a 100% fit for the job but he evoked the character of 70's who very well

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

Maybe

Any additional comments?

I recommend this and harvest of time to any 3rd Doctor fan

  • Doctor Who: The Drosten's Curse

  • By: A. L. Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

An original novel by A.L. Kennedy featuring the Fourth Doctor, as played by Tom Baker in the BBC TV series. Something distinctly odd is going on in Arbroath. It could be to do with golfers being dragged down into the bunkers at the Fetch Brothers' Golf Spa Hotel, never to be seen again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • very Douglas Adamsy

  • By John Telfer on 24-01-17

Classic Who done in the Style of Moffat :(

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

Reviewed: 13-09-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Briony dying in a fire

What will your next listen be?

Something not by A.L.Kennedy

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

Her excellent voice makes the awful experience less painful

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really

Any additional comments?

4th Doctor reduced to a side character in favor of a Mary-Sue companion. Moffat might love it but i sure didnt!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blue Remembered Earth

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 265

One hundred and fifty years from now, in a world where Africa is the dominant technological and economic power, and where crime, war, disease and poverty have been banished to history, Geoffrey Akinya wants only one thing: to be left in peace, so that he can continue his studies into the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But Geoffrey's family, the vast Akinya business empire, has other plans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superior space opera

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-06-14

Excellent Narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-12

This review is more about the narration than the book, I just want to take issue with the negative reviews of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. I find his narration style excellent and very suitable for this work, initially i had a little problem identifying voices of the main character and his sister as children (they sounded too alike) but after the first chapter the narrator seemed to 'find his voice' and things improved dramatically. Give this book a chance and dont be put off by the negative reviews.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful