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  • Dumb Witness

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Everyone blamed Emily's accident on a rubber ball left on the stairs by her frisky terrier. But the more she thought about her fall, the more convinced she became that one of her relatives was trying to kill her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An entertaining mystery from the 1930's

  • By Mark H on 16-10-12

Erm...

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I love Agatha Christie’s books. They have seen me through some dark days when I have been so gripped and entranced that my gloom was forgotten .
This though, really? The pace is wrong, the subtlety lost and found myself horribly irritated! I listen at night as a bedtime story. These annoyed me so much I couldn’t get to sleep! A very poor representation of the delicious craft of the First Lady of crime fiction. What a shame you’ve had him read so very many of them. Just can’t listen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Agatha Christie's most famous murder mystery, recorded by the director and star of the blockbuster film adaptation, Kenneth Branagh. Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer - in case he or she decides to strike again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing was expecting better

  • By david on 26-10-17

Marvellous! Marvellous! Marvellous!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

As a young girl I watched various overblown, American, celebrity driven productions of this, one of Agatha’s finest. This being my only experience of the story, I avoided reading it for many years, believing it to be most silly! So when, much later, I reluctantly picked up the book, I fell in love with it! How clever it was. As an audible listener, I have listen to one or two of Hugh Frasers renditions of much loved Christie books and deeply hated them. Tentatively taking the chance on this reading by Kenneth Branagh and my faith is restored. The pace, so integral to her writing, is perfect, the accents are subtle not silly and the characters are brought to life. Listen to it! Really, you should.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Last Seen Wearing

  • Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Colin Dexter
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

The statements before Inspector Morse appeared to confirm the bald, simple truth. After leaving home to return to school, teenager Valerie Taylor had completely vanished, and the trail had gone cold. Until two years, three months and two days after Valerie's disappearance, somebody decides to supply some surprising new evidence for the case....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent narration

  • By Nick on 23-03-18

Not the Morse I thought I knew

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Having been a fan of TV Inspector Morses, past and present, I was saddened and disappointed by this lewd, crass, racist bully. Horrible man! Whilst the plot was complex and intriguing enough to keep me listening, it was quite confusing and most of the characters were neither believable nor likeable. Written in 70’s for a male audience I guess. Recording/performance were fine.

  • The Keeper of Lost Things

  • By: Ruth Hogan
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,589

Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners. But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story to become lost in...

  • By Mrs JEL on 02-04-17

Extra light with added cheese.

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

What did you like about this audiobook?

Erm...the anticipation.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

It hasn't. The subject matter sounded intriguing but book failed to live up to the task.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

No. The information was presented in an immature and overly sentimental way that I found dull and superficial.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Narrators did ok with what they were given although the splicing in of a random male voice in the middle of a story line was unnecessarily clunky.

Do you have any additional comments?

I was expecting such good things from this book. The professional reviews implied this was a complex and intricate story of charming, interwoven threads with funny, engaging characters, instead, I felt as though I were listening to trashy teen romance. There's much more complexity and charm in any of the Moomin books.

  • Sepulchre

  • By: Kate Mosse
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

October 1891: A young girl, Léonie Verniern and her brother Anatole abandon the gas-lit streets of Paris for the sanctuary of the Domaine de la Cade, some miles south of the medieval city of Carcassone . But, in the ancient woods that surround the isolated country house, Léonie stumbles across a ruined Visigoth sepulchre - and a timeless mystery.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unlikeable characters and bad narration.

  • By Sinead on 15-04-08

Absolute, undiluted drivel!

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

Reviewed: 28-05-16

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Hadn't realised KM wrote genre fiction, but if you are someone who enjoys heavily formulaic historical fiction, complete with silver canes, cads and fainting heroines then this may be for you. Kate Morton does this style of fiction much, much better.

What will your next listen be?

Something much more interesting than this!

Would you be willing to try another one of Lorelei King’s performances?

I won't actively avoid it.

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

I'm afraid I just gave up because I was grinding my teeth so much, therefore any redeeming qualities were quite lost to me.

Any additional comments?

I wish the original synopsis would make it clear that a book was a piece of genre fiction and not an historical novel. I wasted time and money here.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime. Fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to Green Acres for Dorothy’s 90th birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by memories and questions she has not thought about for decades. She decides to find out the truth about the events of that summer day....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator ruined it for me!

  • By Linda on 28-12-12

Another tangled web, beautifully woven

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

Reviewed: 17-08-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Keeper to be better than the print version?

It is when doing the ironing or going to sleep

What other book might you compare The Secret Keeper to, and why?

It is similar in style to all her other books. I wouldn't compare them to any other writer, because i have yet to find another writer who does this so well. Ms Morton leads us back and forth through time, weaving wonderful family histories and mysteries, revealing tiny nuggets along the way, drawing you in, feeding you misinformation and making you question the family mythologies you were brought up with and believed to be true.

What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

She was okay, although her accents were definitely a bit dubious.

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

It intrigued me.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Old Curiosity Shop

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

Provoking an unprecedented outpouring of public grief when it was first published, it follows the story of Little Nell and her feckless grandfather. Forced to leave their magical shop of curiosities in London, they are pursued across the English countryside by the grotesquely evil dwarf Quilp. They escape - but at what cost?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good old Charlie!

  • By Moominmamma on 17-08-13

Good old Charlie!

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

Reviewed: 17-08-13

Would you listen to The Old Curiosity Shop again? Why?

No. It was beautifully written and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it should be enjoyed for what it is. Don't delve too deep.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Old Curiosity Shop?

The opening scene, the walk, the encounter, the intriguing revelations. Gorgeous.

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

Mr Lesser is an extraordinarily talented narrator. He manages to evoke so many larger than life characters who are working within a long and complex plot, he is funny,sad, sympathetic and downright horrible, Brilliant!

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

I laughed a lot!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • So Brave, Young, and Handsome

  • By: Leif Enger
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

In 1915 Minnesota, Monte Becket has lost his sense of purpose. His only success long behind him, Monte lives a simple life with his loving wife and whipsmart son. But when he befriends outlaw Glendon Hale, a new world of opportunity and experience presents itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully crafted adventure tale.

  • By Moominmamma on 17-08-13

Beautifully crafted adventure tale.

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

Reviewed: 17-08-13

What made the experience of listening to So Brave, Young, and Handsome the most enjoyable?

The writing. Leif Enger writes beautifully, every sentence is well crafted and every phrase is just gorgeous.

What other book might you compare So Brave, Young, and Handsome to, and why?

His other book, "Peace like a River". Both are adventure yarns, both explore and blur the subtleties of what is good and what is bad, both make you feel like you're in unexplored territory and both are stunning.

What about Dan Woren’s performance did you like?

A beautiful, evocative voice. You could imagine yourself being told this tale whilst sitting round a campfire in the Wild West.

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

A journey worth taking, a yarn worth hearing.

  • Gone Girl

  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,948

Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keep going with this

  • By E on 23-02-13

Disturbing tale of disturbed folk

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

Reviewed: 17-08-13

What did you like most about Gone Girl?

The twists and turns certainly keep you hooked. I like to be surprised, and there are a lot of surprises here.

Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

Yes, I think she will go on to be great if she doesn't get too stuck in a genre

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The first reveal. Say no more.

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

The end was incredibly disturbing in that you realise there is no resolution here, no way for a happy ending.

Any additional comments?

Cleverly written, complex plot but maybe the personality disorders herein are just a bit too dreadful to be enjoyable. I felt like a rubber necker.

  • Shadow

  • By: Karin Alvtegen
  • Narrated by: Sophie Ward
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

As darkness falls on 10 May 1975, a little boy waits alone on the steps of an amusement park. The park is about to close and everyone is leaving, except the child. He continues to wait there, not daring to move. He has been told to stay right where he is. Only no one is coming back for him. Why has he been abandoned, with only the briefest of notes to whoever finds him? And what connection do the events of this day have to the death of Gerda Persson 30 years later.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A terrific twisted tale

  • By Moominmamma on 17-08-13

A terrific twisted tale

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

Reviewed: 17-08-13

Where does Shadow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty high. I am often disappointed in books that promise more than they deliver but this one was surprisingly engaging. It kept me gripped to the end, which was most surprising.

What did you like best about this story?

The way you were drawn into it, without knowing where you were headed.

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

Never judge a book by its tag line.