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  • The Strings of Murder

  • By: Oscar de Muriel
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 663

Penguin presents the unabridged,downloadable audiobook edition of The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel, read by Andy Secombe, including musical interludes recorded by the author himself. Edinburgh, 1888. A virtuoso violinist is brutally killed in his home. But with no way in or out of the locked practice room, the murder makes no sense. Fearing a national panic over a copycat Ripper, Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Frey to investigate under the cover of a fake department specializing in the occult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Class

  • By Mr Chops on 29-10-15

Very good Victorian murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

If you enjoy novels set in Victorian times, you'll find this an engaging and entertaining listen. The narration is simply exceptional.

  • Almost Love

  • By: Louise O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 79

When Sarah falls for Matthew, she falls hard. So it doesn't matter that he's 20 years older. That he sees her only in secret. That slowly but surely, she's sacrificing everything else in her life to be with him. Sarah's friends are worried. Her father can't understand how she could allow herself to be used like this. And she's on the verge of losing her job. But Sarah can't help it. She is addicted to being desired by Matthew. And love is supposed to hurt. Isn't it?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Obsession and objectification - dark tale

  • By K. J. Noyes on 07-03-18

AVOID

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

Following rave tweeting from sensible people, I downloaded 'Almost Love' by Louise O'Neill, apparently a gripping account of obsessive love, with feminist undertones... hmmmm. I can't remember the last time I have come across a set of characters more annoyingly one-dimensional. The alleged feminist agenda ain't there, so there isn't even a political message to possibly justify the lack of both plot and characterisation. The narrator is good, bless her, and she does try to make the most of what she's been given, but it's not quite enough to make this into anything better than a one star listening experience. AVOID!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 466
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

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

The most beautiful prose

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

On today's drive back home, I finished listening to John Williams' Stoner on audible. It started slow. But I was soon gripped. Such beautiful prose, and such precise, sharp, perceptive understanding of the peculiar nature of academic life and its tension with what Stoner calls 'the world'. I am an audiobook junkie, yet never before have I found myself going back and listening the same passage several times because of its sheer beauty; because it was so very touching. I swear that it is not common for me to well up on the M1. But this book did it for me. Highly recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful