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Rex Schneider

Dartmoor, England
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  • The Shadow in the North

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,494
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307

An elderly lady loses her money on an investment; a conjuror is pursued by thugs; and a clairvoyant mentions the name of the richest man in Europe and his mysterious company. Seemingly unconnected events set Sally Lockhart on the trail of an evil far more awful than she could ever imagine. This thriller, by the author of The Ruby in the Smoke, evokes its 19th century setting and at the same time remains remarkably contemporary in the originality of its plot and larger-than-life characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By mollyeyre on 04-03-18

Whole series: Great readings of great stories

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

I've listened to about 1500 audiobooks. The four Sally Lockhart novels rate in the top 1% for both the stories and the readings. I'd go as far as to say that Anton Lesser is currently my favourite narrator ever. Note: although Book 4 (The Tin Princess) isn't available on Audible (why?), there IS a recording of it, again read by Anton Lesser. As far as I know the only way to get hold of it is to find a copy of the box set of 7 CDs covering the whole Sally Lockhart series (plus the Dark Materials series) on eBay. I did, and it was worth the 20 pounds I paid.

  • The Ruby in the Smoke

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,965
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,745
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,736

An unabridged reading of Philip Pullman's nerve-shattering thriller, set in the murky streets and opium dens of Old London. When 16-year old Sally's father drowns in suspicious circumstances, she is left to fend for herself in Victorian London. Although she doesn't know it, she is already in terrible danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A layered and satisfying listen

  • By Barry on 08-09-16

Whole series: Great readings of great stories

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

I've listened to about 1500 audiobooks. The four Sally Lockhart novels rate in the top 1% for both the stories and the readings. I'd go as far as to say that Anton Lesser is currently my favourite narrator ever. Note: although Book 4 (The Tin Princess) isn't available on Audible (why?), there IS a recording of it, again read by Anton Lesser. As far as I know the only way to get hold of it is to find a copy of the box set of 7 CDs covering the whole Sally Lockhart series (plus the Dark Materials series) on eBay. I did, and it was worth the 20 pounds I paid.

  • Rumpole’s Last Case

  • By: John Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

The brilliant Bailey hack recalls some of his most extraordinary cases, including several deliciously funny courtroom spars with his arch-foe, the Mad Bull (aka Judge Roger Bullingham).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Patrick Tull is a brilliant Rumpole

  • By Rex Schneider on 04-12-15

Patrick Tull is a brilliant Rumpole

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

This is a great listen thanks to Patrick Tull, who is barely distinguishable from the original, definitive Rumpole (Leo McKern). I recommend seeking out his versions of John Mortimer's classic stories wherever possible. For some reason only two of the Rumpole books that Mr Tull has read are available on Audible UK; another four can be downloaded from Audible's US site, but only if you have access to an American credit card. It would be great if Audible could sort out anomalies like this. The author, publisher and narrator are the same for all six books, so why are some of the titles not permitted to cross the Atlantic?

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Tweet of the Day

  • A Year of Britain's Birds from the Acclaimed Radio 4 Series
  • By: Brett Westwood, Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: Brett Westwood, Stephen Moss
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Wherever we are, there are birds. And wherever there are birds, there is birdsong. It's always a pleasure (and a relief) to hear sounds that prove the world's still spinning: whether it's the sighing of migrating redwings on a damp October night, the twitter of swallows fresh in from South Africa in April, or the call of the cuckoo in May. Based on the scripts of BBC Radio 4's beloved year-long series, and distilling two lifetimes' knowledge, insight, and enthusiasm into this recording, Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss take you month by month through the year, and the changing lives of our favourite birds.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Buy the hardback, download the original podcasts

  • By Rex Schneider on 07-07-14

Buy the hardback, download the original podcasts

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

The original radio programmes are great and (as at the time of this review) can all still be downloaded through iTunes free of charge. The physical book "Tweet of the Day" is fine as an add-on, and the six 5-star reviews which appear here on Audible all (rather bizarrely) relate to that, NOT to the audiobook, which has not previously been reviewed. The audiobook is a bit of a disappointment. Unsurprisingly, the authors don't deliver their own writing as well as their celebrity guests did in the original programmes; and more importantly, the amount of birdsong played in the audiobook is very restricted, generally just a couple of seconds at the start of each bird's section, rather than played as a background throughout. The whole feel of being out in the field - key to the original programmes' appeal - is lost. Altogether, it's a bit of a mystery to me why the audiobook has been produced at all.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Sunshine on Scotland Street

  • 44 Scotland Street, Book 8
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Scotland Street witnesses the wedding of the century of Angus Lordie to Domenica Macdonald, but as the newlyweds depart on honeymoon Edinburgh is in disarray. Recovering from the trauma of being best man, Matthew is taken up by a Dane called Bo, while Cyril eludes his dog-sitter and embarks on an odyssey involving fox-holes and the official residence of a cardinal. Narcissist Bruce meets his match in the form of a sinister doppelganger; Bertie, set up by his mother for fresh embarrassment at school, yearns for freedom; and Big Lou goes viral.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully enjoyable

  • By Danish Pastry on 08-09-18

Addictive

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

Reviewed: 05-09-13

Start at volume one. Listen to the whole series. Wait with impatience for the next instalment. And hope that the next one is where Bertie finally vanquishes the powers of darkness, a.k.a. his mother...

Cracking narration by David Rintoul makes these books even better to listen to than to read.

  • The Story of My Disappearence

  • By: Paul Watkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Known for his vivid imagery, provocative subjects, and charged prose, Paul Watkins has emerged as one of the most gifted writers of his generation. This powerful novel shimmers with lyrical descriptions of the seascape as it sounds the depths of memory and conscience. Seeing a man brutally murdered in his local hangout on the docks of Newport sends Paul Wedekind into a torturous reverie of his past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5* Audiobook

  • By Rex Schneider on 17-11-11

5* Audiobook

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-11-11

There are sections of this book that are worth reading (or listening to) multiple times, just to enjoy the brilliant things Paul Watkins can do with words. "The Story of My Disappearance" also has memorable characters and an exciting, intricately researched plot. The reading by Richard Poe hits the mark exactly. One of my favourites out of the 800+ audiobooks I've listened to.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful