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  • The Name of the Rose

  • By: Umberto Eco
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 623

This hugely engaging story of murder, superstition, religious politics and drama in a medieval monastery was one of the most striking novels to appear in the 1980s. The Name of the Rose is a thrilling story enriched with period detail and laced with tongue-in-cheek allusions to fictional characters, the most striking of which is the Franciscan friar William of Baskerville, who displays many characteristics of Sherlock Holmes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sean Barrett does justice to this wonderful text.

  • By Booklover on 12-01-15

Neverending

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

A very very long winded book, if you like everything explained in minute detail then this is for you, I persevered just because I thought it might liven up, I was wrong.

  • Swimming Lessons

  • By: Claire Fuller
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 523

Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides each in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter, she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan. Twelve years after her disappearance, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid from a bookshop window.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By dumphimlove on 23-03-17

Where's the story????

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

What disappointed you about Swimming Lessons?

There was no plot, no proper ending, a waste of a precious credit, all through the book I was waiting for something to happen but sadly nothing did, save your credit.

Would you ever listen to anything by Claire Fuller again?

No

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

The narration was good pity Rachel didn't have anything good to narrate.

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

Boredom

19 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Day Shift

  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

Welcome to Midnight, Texas. It's a quiet little town, perched at the junction between Davy Road and Witch Light Road, and it's easy to miss. With its boarded-up windows, single traffic light, and sleepy air, there's nothing special about Midnight...which is exactly how the residents like it. So when the news comes that a new owner plans to renovate the run-down, abandoned old hotel in town, it's not met with pleasure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More entertainment

  • By Robyn on 13-03-16

Brilliant Stuff

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

Reviewed: 15-08-15

What did you like most about Day Shift?

I enjoyed the way the characters are developing, Midnight crossing was the first and I loved that also.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Olivia as she has so much baggage and I'm looking forward to getting to know her story.

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

The narrator is top notch.

Any additional comments?

I really found this book a delight, no sex or filth which is in it's self unusual, I look forward to listening to more stories from Midnight.

  • Moriarty

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt, Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,080

Sherlock Holmes is dead. Days after Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty fall to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls, Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has been swiftly filled by a fiendish new criminal mastermind who has risen to take his place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twist and Shout!

  • By Simon on 15-10-15

Damn good listen

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

Reviewed: 05-07-15

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

I certainly would recommend this book in fact I already have, it's very gritty and full of on the edge of your seat moments.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Moriarty?

The most memorable moments where at the end when all becomes clear, not for the faint hearted there are some disconcerting scenes, but overall a very good listen.

Any additional comments?

The narration was spot on brilliant voices a work of art, and the added bonus of the short story at the end, excellent stuff.

  • Paganini's Ghost

  • By: Paul Adam
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

Paganini – showman, womaniser, dazzling virtuoso – is one of the most fascinating characters in the history of classical music. His violin is now kept in Genoa, where it is played once every two years by the winner of an international competition. This year, an unsavoury art dealer is found dead in his hotel room the day after the concert. Clutched in his fist is a scrap of sheet music torn off a page that belongs to the competition winner. But how did the dead man get hold of it? And why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good plot - well read - and music link fascinating

  • By Linda on 18-03-13

Excellent listen

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

Reviewed: 05-07-15

What did you like most about Paganini's Ghost?

I enjoyed this book very much, the main character and his friends where very likeable, the best character was Paganini himself, it made me want to know much more about the man and I even listened to some of the music he composed, brilliant listen, give this book a try well worth a credit, or if lucky the daily deal which I think is a great idea.

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

The book intrigued me and made me want to find out about Paganini and his ladies.

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,852

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and likeable

  • By Dragon on 06-05-13

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 13-02-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

The book in my opinion in audible was superb

Who was your favorite character and why?

Strike, what a great complex character, from his strange childhood to his injury whilst in the forces.

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

I honestly think casting Robert Glenister as the narrator was genius, you could distinguish each and every character.

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

This audio book kept my interest from begining to end ,at times there where laugh out loud moments, if you enjoy a good murder mystery set in London then this is a must.

  • Dead Until Dark

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn't get out much - not because she's not pretty - she's a very cute bubbly blonde - or not interested in a social life. She really is . . . but Sookie's got a bit of a disability. She can read minds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank god and just in time!!

  • By Sophie on 25-10-09

rather fruity

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

i thought that there was quite a lot of graphic sexual content, as it was meant for teenagers.

What did you like best about this story?

i liked the characters it made me want to listen to more to see how they develop over the series of books.

Was Dead Until Dark worth the listening time?

yes i did enjoy the book, even though it wasn't the usual type of book i listen to

  • The Virgin Suicides

  • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

This nationally best-selling novel from Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides was adapted into an acclaimed film by Academy Award-winner Sofia Coppola. A haunting yet wickedly funny tale, The Virgin Suicides has captivated countless readers with its intoxicating portrait of lost innocence. A brilliant fusion of dark humor and tragedy, it is an atmospheric, allegorical masterpiece about five oppressed, suicidal sisters and the boys who dream of rescuing them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Morbid but beautiful

  • By nandita on 09-05-16

pointless

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

Would you try another book written by Jeffrey Eugenides or narrated by Nick Landrum?

the narrator was fine with what material he had to read, but the story was tripe.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jeffrey Eugenides again?

no, i found the virgin suicides one of the most pointless books i have ever listened to

Any additional comments?

the whole story had no conclusion no loose ends tied up and no explanation to the suicides, waste of time.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • The Flood

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

Florence, 1986: A seemingly inexplicable attack on a church fresco of Adam and Eve brings together an unlikely couple: Julia Wellbeloved, an art student, and Pino Fratelli, a semi-retired detective who longs to be back in the field. Their investigation leads them to the secret society that underpins the city, and back to the darkness in Florence’s past: the night of the great flood in 1966…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as te Rome series

  • By Kirstine on 01-09-13

David Hewson is there nothing you can't do?

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

Reviewed: 28-09-13

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

the narration on this book was wonderful, what I like about audible books is sometimes the books I enjoy are in other parts of the world and I get the proper pronunciation, also I can listen whilst pottering around.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Flood?

The relationship between the two main characters I really cared about Julia and Pino, I hope there's going to be another book.

What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

What can I say Saul Reichlin is the master of audio, just brilliant in every way

Any additional comments?

what a brilliant book I do hope this is the begining of a series of more fab books

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Temple of the Gods

  • By: Andy McDermott
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

NEW YORK CITY, USA. Archaeologist Nina Wilde's life has fallen apart - her husband, ex-SAS soldier Eddie Chase, is on the run, falsely accused of murder. Her only diversion has been investigating the origin of three strange statues stolen from her just before his disappearance. When Nina discovers they may be dangerous relics from the lost civilisation of Atlantis, it's clear that she has to get back in the game, and fast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cracking adventure

  • By Jayne on 20-10-12

Cracking adventure

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-10-12

I enjoyed this fast paced story very much,but this wasn't the first book in the series and there where many references to earlier stories, the narrator was top notch loved his accents they where fab and added a lot to the book, my only gripe is with Audible why oh why do they just do the odd book out of a series? This book was 8th in the series and it's the only one available, why not start from book 1?

20 of 20 people found this review helpful