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  • Murder Fest

  • By: Julie Wassmer
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Discover the Whitstable Pearl mysteries: a combination of seafood, murder, and a multi-tasking heroine on the coast of Kent...Pearl's detective agency takes a back seat as she prepares to offer a warm welcome to a group of special visitors. A local Arts Festival is being held to honour a cultural exchange visit from representatives of Borken - Whitstable's Twin Town in Germany. Yet very soon, personality clashes surface among the participants; local politicians try to use the festival for their own ends while others jostle for improved billing on the festival programme..  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Postcard from Whitstable

  • By Sararara on 11-05-19

Finally a great reader

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

At last here is a reader who actually reads the voices as you would expect especially McGuire. Please keep Karen for future books.

  • Disappearance at Oare

  • Whitstable Pearl Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: Julie Wassmer
  • Narrated by: Willow Nash
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

The Whitstable Pearl restaurant has been busy all summer while Pearl's detective agency has brought few interesting cases - until a prospective client calls.... Christina Scott confides that seven years ago she had the perfect life, with a seaside home, a confirmed pregnancy and Steven, a loving husband - until one morning she woke to find herself alone. Christina's husband had vanished, taking nothing with him but his car - which was later found abandoned at the beautifully mysterious Oare Marshes. Will Pearl help her solve the riddle of Steven's disappearance? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing narration ruins it

  • By Kayes on 14-04-19

Disappointing narration ruins it

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

Reviewed: 14-04-19

I generally find this series easy reading/listening and like the main characters. Unfortunately I’d forgotten how disappointed I was with this narrator’s voices for the main characters in the last book and this is no better. Why make McGuire sound so stupid? Also the flow of the sentences is often wrong. Sadly I am returning the book and will be reading the kindle versions.

  • Peachy Flippin' Keen

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

The McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop has crickets running rampant in the store and hot sauce in the Snack Shack's ketchup bottles. But as the county coroner, Frankie has enough on her plate without worrying about the increasingly mean pranks being played at her family's business. And the arrival of Sheriff Eric Linden, both devastatingly attractive and painfully taciturn, is enough to push her over the edge.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not a full story

  • By Anna on 15-04-18

Ends halfway through!

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

Reviewed: 28-04-18

Any additional comments?

If this was a full short story it would be fine but it’s not it just ends in the middle just as it gets going. I’ve never read a book like it and am deeply disappointed.
Will be more careful in future before buying a Molly Harper book. I don’t know what she or her publisher was thinking.

  • Murder on the Pilgrims Way

  • By: Julie Wassmer
  • Narrated by: Willow Nash
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Pearl receives a surprise present from her mother, Dolly: an early summer break at a riverside manor house that has been recently transformed into an exclusive hotel - the newly named Villa Pellegrini. Pellegrini - the Italian word for pilgrims - reflects the fact that the building lies on the old Pilgrims Way into Canterbury, and Pearl is looking forward to the break, not least because DCI Mike McGuire has been neglecting her due to his work.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing narration

  • By A.C.B. on 17-10-17

Why change the narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed the previous books in the series and pre-ordered this one. Unfortunately the narrator has suddenly changed. Whilst Willow Naish's characterisation may have been fine if she had done all the books but you get used to how the characters sound. I particularly dislike the main male character's voice as he sounds rather dim instead of a chief inspector. You get the feeling that she had run out of male voices and they have a tendency to be a bit of a caricature.
The storyline is ok but what was particularly good about the first three books was the descriptions of Whitstable and the local area and as this is set in one location in the country there was less scope for this.

  • Minx

  • Blydon, book 3
  • By: Julia Quinn
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Beautiful and feisty Henrietta Barrett has never followed the dictates of society. She manages her elderly guardian's estate, prefers to wear breeches rather than dresses, and answers to the unlikely name of Henry. But when her guardian passes away, her beloved home falls into the hands of a distant cousin. William Dunford, London's most elusive bachelor, is stunned to learn that he's inherited property, a title, and a ward bent on making his first visit his last.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Spoilt by narration

  • By Kayes on 24-12-16

Spoilt by narration

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

Reviewed: 24-12-16

Any additional comments?

This is my favourite Julia Quinn book so I was really excited when I saw it was to be released as an audiobook. Unfortunately it has been ruined by the narrator so much so that I will be returning it without finishing it. The main male character is meant to be fun loving with a sense of humour and instead sounds like a middle aged bore. I will be going back to reading it on my kindle.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Witness (Brilliance Audio Edition)

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pulls you in.

  • By Gadget Queen on 09-05-12

The best

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

Where does The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I am a huge fan of Nora Roberts and have pretty much all of her audio books but this is my favourite.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Abigail is incredibly endearing and my favourite of all characters in Nora's books. Her development throughout the book through her relationship with the local police chief Brooks was great.

Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favourite?

Julia does a great job with all characters and she is excellent with both the female and male characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely. I listened to it at every opportunity the first time and have listened to it more than once since. I couldn't wait to hear how Abigail's relationship with the local chief of police, and of course the thriller aspect of the book, worked out.

Any additional comments?

I don't often review my audio books but I can't recommend this one highly enough.

  • The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy

  • By: Julia Quinn
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Sir Richard Kenworthy has less than a month to find a bride. He knows he can't be too picky, but when he sees Iris Smythe-Smith hiding behind her cello at her family's infamous musicale, he thinks he might have struck gold. She's the type of girl you don't notice until the second - or third - look, but there's something about her, something simmering under the surface, and he knows she's the one.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not one of my favourites

  • By Kayes on 23-07-15

Not one of my favourites

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

Reviewed: 23-07-15

I really love Julia Quinn especially her earlier books (would love some of those to be put in audio format) but this really wasn't one of my favourites.
I didn't like the "hero" much and mostly hoped that the heroine would ditch him. Sadly not one I will listen to more than once.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • This Laird of Mine

  • Highland Bachelor, Book 2
  • By: Gerri Russell
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Claire Elliot has two weeks to win the heart of Jules MacIntyre - and then break it. To save her wards from a vicious blackmailer, she dares to enter the laird’s castle, claiming to be the wife he’d recently wed. But no such wife exists! The brooding Jules invented a bride to silence his well-meaning, matchmaking friends, so he never expected her to arrive on his doorstep. He is suspicious of this beautiful stranger, but he’s also steadfast, courageous, and effortlessly seductive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book and narrator!

  • By Joan on 23-10-15

Awful narration

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

Reviewed: 19-07-14

What didn’t you like about Justine Eyre’s performance?

The narrator's tone of voice was really irritating and she seemed to confuse a Scottish accent with an Irish accent and not a very good Irish one at that. It really spoilt it for me to the point where I couldn't finish the book.

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

The storyline was ok for this type of book and I would probably have enjoyed it if it weren't for the narration. I bought this as I had previously liked A Laird for Christmas by the same author which had a different narrator.

Any additional comments?

I would buy another Gerri Russell book but not with this narrator.

  • The Switch

  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

When they first met Lord Jeremy William Radcliffe, Charlie and her twin sister, Elizabeth, were escaping from their uncle - taking turns acting the young gentleman to avoid detection. But Charlie couldn't help falling head over heels-and out of a window - for the handsome lord. Of course, that was only the beginning; Lord Radcliffe insisted on showing "him" and her lovely sister to London. But how could he do that? With every touch, Radcliffe seemed unknowingly to incite indecent desires in Charlie, and his fraternal intent was certain to land her in a fine mess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • lots of fun and humor, with highly likable heroine

  • By L. Hill on 18-09-16

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 10-12-13

If you could sum up The Switch in three words, what would they be?

An entertaining listen

What did you like best about this story?

I am a big fan of Lynsay Sands books. You do have to suspend belief that they are in any way historically correct but are entertaining nonetheless. This was good escapism and an enjoyable listen.

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

Fiona is a great narrator but this reading was marred by her strange pronunciation of Tomas and it grated every time she said it (which was frequent towards the end of the book)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have listened in one go if I had the time as I really wanted to know what happened next as the story progressed