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  • Once Upon a River

  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575

A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science? An exquisitely crafted multilayered mystery brimming with folklore, suspense and romance as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s best seller The Thirteenth Tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful listen!

  • By Diana Haret on 04-02-19

A story about storytelling

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

Reviewed: 29-07-19

Delightfully read; a wonderful accumulation of stories within stories, that kept you drifting in and out of reality, but not too far from the latter. A tale of real folk and real life situations a complete pleasure from beginning to end. With some really nice and loving characters to ameliorate the nasty ones. A touch of magic!

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  • The Murder Bag

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597

Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard, but a high standard

  • By Philip on 05-04-15

Starts extremely well

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

Reviewed: 27-02-19

Overall it was an enjoyable and gripping murder mystery. In the end it evolved into an overcomplicated and somewhat disappointing ending that lacked the drive and impact with which it started. It was also a little niggling that the main character kept carrying on, not once but at least three times from injuries that would have kept any normal person incapacitated at least for seven to fourteen days. Colin Mace added well to the performance, a pity you could hear him swallow at times.

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  • The Spy and the Traitor

  • By: Ben MacIntyre
  • Narrated by: Ben Macintyre
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,523
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,354
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,341

On a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in the heart of Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the British supermarket. The man was a spy. A senior KGB officer, for more than a decade he had supplied his British spymasters with a stream of priceless secrets from deep within the Soviet intelligence machine. No spy had done more to damage the KGB. The Safeway bag was a signal: to activate his escape plan to be smuggled out of Soviet Russia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Documentary of the Cold War

  • By Paul on 03-10-18

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 26-02-19

I found this book highly interesting, not least because I could relate to times in my life when these incredible events were happening. An amazing record of a very brave man who, along with his family paid a high price for his decisions. A beautiful illustration of the calculated insouciance of the British and undoubtedly the basis of some of our best spy novels.

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  • A Time to Kill

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494

When Carl Lee Hailey guns down the hoodlums who have raped his 10-year-old daughter, the people of Clanton see it as a crime of blood and call for his acquittal. But when extremists outside Clanton hear that a black man has killed two white men, they invade the town, determined to destroy anything and anyone that opposes their sense of justice. Jake Brigance has been hired to defend Hailey. It's the kind of case that can make or break a young lawyer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is Why I Love John Grisham!

  • By Simon on 02-08-18

An incredibly enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 26-02-19

Well written and extremely well read. Fast paced and difficult to put down. The story line had one contemplating serious issues and laughing at wry comments over difficult/devastating situations. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and happily awarded 5 stars across the line, to express my opinion it was exceptionally good.

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  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,272

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ‘sharing is caring.’ So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified. And one parent is dead. Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Should be 4.5 Stars - Fantastic Surprise

  • By Gavingks on 06-11-14

A thoroughly enjoyable and gripping listen.

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

Reviewed: 09-02-19

I enjoyed the way the story was constructed with flash forwards giving an indication of what was to happen, made better by the fact it still remained a surprise, when it was finally revealed. Whilst I found the voice of the narrator somewhat grating at times, she firmly placed the novel in Australia and clearly defined the different characters. It was also rather neatly wound to an end that did not leave you feeling left deprived of information you would like to have known. Most importantly it described many of the real difficulties that are experienced, not only by those suffering from domestic violence, but also by those who work to help them. It also well described the long term effects of assault and how hard it can be for some victims to release themselves into experiencing their proper and entitled self confidence.
Overall brilliant observations of human behaviour and its complexities.

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  • The Deceiver

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

Sam McCready is The Deceiver, one of the Secret Intelligence Service's most unorthodox and most valued operatives, a legend in his own time. The end of the cold war has, however, strengthened the hand of the Whitehall mandarins, to whom he seems about as controllable as Genghis Khan, so Sam is to have his fate decided at a special hearing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb short stories

  • By Brodie on 29-06-14

thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

Found this book very hard to stop listening to; fascinating and satisfying tales, that were extremely well read. Also highly entertaining with the inclusion of some lovely, good, old, British humour.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Ex-Wife

  • A Nail Biting Gripping Psychological Thriller
  • By: Jess Ryder
  • Narrated by: Annette Chown
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 675

Newly married Natasha has the perfect house, a loving husband, and a beautiful little girl called Emily. She’d have it all if it wasn’t for Jen, her husband’s ex-wife who just won’t leave them alone. Then Natasha returns home one day to find her husband and Emily gone without trace. Desperate to get her daughter back, Natasha will do anything even if it means accepting an offer of help from Jen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Brilliant

  • By I'm all ears on 08-06-18

more irritating than enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 19-08-18

The voice of the narrator just somehow did not give life to the characters, but then the characters were not that well written and were rather shallow beings anyway. So much supposedly 'sensible thinking' done by the two main female protagonists, but then they come up with non sensible answers. Found I could correctly anticipate the next 'thrilling happening' as it was signalled so strongly. Yes it is fast paced but a little too far from reality in terms of characters and happenings as to be plausible and enjoyable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Secret Pilgrim

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

The Berlin Wall is down, the Cold War is over, but the world's second-oldest profession is very much alive. Smiley accepts an invitation to dine with the eager young men and women of the Circus' latest intake; and over coffee and brandy, by flickering firelight, he beguilingly offers them his personal thoughts on espionage past, present, and future. In doing so, he prompts one of his former Circus colleagues into a searching examination of his own eventful secret life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A real mishmash!

  • By J. Wakeman on 28-03-15

Thoroughly enjoyable for le Carre fans

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

Reviewed: 15-10-17

A review of a lifetime of work in the secret service. Maybe a tad slow in the odd place but a thoughtful appraisal and consideration of why people behave as they do and a reflection on the British with all their faults and strengths.

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  • Stoner

  • A Novel
  • By: John Williams, John McGahern - introduction
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478

Waterstone's book of the year. Colum McCann once called Stoner one of the great forgotten novels of the past century, but it seems it is forgotten no longer - in 2013, translations of Stoner began appearing on best-seller lists across Europe. William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at 19 to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probably one of the finest books I have listened to - why isn't this book better known?!

  • By ADRIAN M WATTS on 21-03-17

not to be listened to if you need cheering up!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

A mundane description of a mundane person. Whilst Stoner is self determined enough to switch from a degree in agriculture to a degree and subsequent career in his beloved literature he lacks any other determination to make his personal life better and happier. He does not seem to love his parents as he largely abandons them. He marries a woman with whom he thinks he is infatuated but does not love him. He allows his daughter, who he largely raised in her early years, to drift away from him. He has one love affair with a woman who shares his intellectual pursuits yet lets her go. He is hampered in his career by another teacher/professor and does precious little about it and eventually none of all of this really matters! Overall it describes the life of a man to whom life happened but who never really lived. A lesson in how to let others destroy your life and not really mind! depressing and ultimately frustrating.
Perhaps I did not really pick up strongly enough on the cues about how much he loved his literature?

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Thirst

  • Harry Hole, Book 11
  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197

A woman is found murdered after an Internet date. The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer. Under pressure from the media to find the murderer, the force know there's only one man for the job. But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him. Until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and his one failed case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant as normal

  • By Sue Edwards on 07-05-17

Entertaining and gripping

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

Reviewed: 20-05-17

Plenty of twists some unexpected and some gruesome events. A few too many 'air sucked out of room 's and 'no you have no right to comment 's but a good tale well told.