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Mrs V

Rowlands Gill, United Kingdom
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  • How to Date Your Dragon

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • New series has potential, but annoying audio

  • By jules on 31-01-18

Brilliantly bonkers

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

Reviewed: 25-06-18

This is unlike anything I’ve ever read before and definitely not my usual genre (though I’m not quite sure it fits neatly into any genre). I’m not going to talk about the plot because you just need to give this a go and stick with it. It’s quirky and funny, the narration is excellent. Honestly, if you fancy something different, try this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Accident

  • By: Chris Pavone
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

In New York, literary agent Isabel Reed is turning the final pages of an anonymous manuscript. In Copenhagen, CIA operative Hayden Gray is suddenly staring down the barrel of a gun. And in Zurich, the author himself is hiding in a shadowy expat life. Over the course of one long, perilous day, these lives collide as the book begins its dangerous march toward publication, placing everything at risk - and everyone in mortal peril.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dull dull dull

  • By Mrs V on 30-01-15

Dull dull dull

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

Reviewed: 30-01-15

I found the story very dull. The constant shifts between characters made it difficult to keep up with which character any particular part of the story related to. I gave up caring, guessed the main plot twist early on and only finished the book because I'd darn well paid for it.

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 989

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murakami sparkles as ever

  • By Nick on 22-01-12

Engrossing

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

If you could sum up 1Q84 in three words, what would they be?

Engrossing, immersive and imaginative

What other book might you compare 1Q84 to, and why?

This is a very unique book. I can't think of any other like it. The writing was so precise yet so descriptive. The story moved slowly but drew me in. It had strong elements of fantasy yet at the same time was very real.

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

I haven't heard the narrators' other performances.

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

Sink into a dark world of sinister cults, murder and true love across realities.

Any additional comments?

I loved listening to this book and highly recommend it.

  • Dark Blood

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Stuart MacBride
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345

Richard Knox has served his time, so why shouldn’t he be allowed to live wherever he wants? Yes, in the past he was a violent rapist, but he’s seen the error of his ways. Found God. Wants to leave his dark past in Newcastle behind him and make a new start. Or so he says. Detective Sergeant Logan McRae isn’t exactly thrilled to be part of the team helping Knox settle into his new Aberdeen home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliantly dark and funny

  • By R on 20-05-10

A very Scottish masterpiece

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-11

Loved this book. Stuart MacBride excels in making me feel uncomfortable :) If you like your plots with no holds barred then this is the book for you. Great narration too.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifth Witness

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

In tough times, crime is one of the few things that still pay, but if defence attorney Mickey Haller was expecting an uptick in business during the economic downturn, the reality is a different story. Even people needing legal representation to keep them out of jail have to make cut-backs, it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a story and what an ending!

  • By Rosanella on 25-04-11

It's Michael Connelly, of course it's great

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-11

I love Michael Connelly books and this one was no exception. Plot kept moving, great writing, a narrator who really brings the characters to life. Money well spent. I thoroughly recommend this book.

  • The Disappeared

  • Coroner Jenny Cooper, Book 2
  • By: Matthew Hall
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Two young British students, Nazim Jamal and Rafi Hassan vanish without a trace. The police tell their parents that the boys had been under surveillance, that it was likely they left the country to pursue their dangerous new ideals. Seven years later, Nazim’s grief-stricken mother is still unconvinced. Jenny Cooper is her last hope. Jenny is finally beginning to settle into her role as coroner for the Severn Valley; the ghosts of her past that threatened to topple her, banished to the sidelines once more.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nearly four stars

  • By Mrs V on 24-09-11

Nearly four stars

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-11

I enjoyed the fact that the plot kept moving forward and it was nice to see a female as the lead character in a crime/thriller book for a change. It's a pity that she was such an irritating flake! The alcohol problems, drug problems, psychological problems, poor parenting, divorce, neediness, two-timing, constant self-analysis and navel-gazing made it hard to find anything with which I could empathise. Narration was brilliant though. Overall, a great listen let down by the fact that I hated the main character.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hot Blood

  • Dan Shepherd, Book 4
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Martyn Read
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

Dan "Spider" Shepherd is used to putting his life on the line. It goes with the turf when you're an undercover cop. Now working for the Serious Organised Crime Agency, Shepherd is pitting his wits against the toughest criminals in the country. But when the man who once saved his life is kidnapped in the badlands of Iraq, Shepherd has to decide whether his loyalties lie with his country, his career, or his friend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • best one yet

  • By Andrew Earnshaw on 16-05-16

Great book let down by poor narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-11

The plot is great and the book is well-written. As an audiobook it is let down by a narrator who can't do accents but has tried to pack in as many as possible. He makes the main character sound like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins! However, if you can get past the dodgy accents, the book is certainly worth a listen.

  • Rough Justice

  • Dan Shepherd, Book 7
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

Villains across London are being beaten and killed by vigilante cops. Crime rates are falling, but the powers that be want Dan “Spider” Shepherd to bring the wave of rough justice to an end. Shepherd is never comfortable investigating cops, but working for the Serious Organised Crime Agency means he has no choice. He goes undercover with an elite group of officers at the sharp end of policing, risking their lives daily on the worst streets in the Capital.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rough Justice

  • By Matt on 22-02-11

Brilliant story, brilliantly narrated

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-11

A facebook friend was raving about Stephen Leather books so I thought I'd give them a go. Enjoyed this one so much I bought a second one. The narrator really brings the characters to life and the plot is great.