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Charlotte Brown

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  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811

Major Ernest Pettigrew (Ret’d) is not interested in the frivolity of the modern world. Since his wife Nancy’s death, he has tried to avoid the constant bother of nosy village women; his grasping, ambitious son; and the ever-spreading suburbanisation of the English countryside, preferring to lead a quiet life upholding the values that people have lived by for generations. But when his brother’s death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs Ali, the widowed village shopkeeper of Pakistani descent, the Major is drawn out of his regimented world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old age is not for softies

  • By Morag on 24-05-11

Loved This Book

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

I didn't want this to end and hope there is a sequel. It's lovely with perfect descriptions of the English country side and also encompasses a lot of life's relevant issues. Great characters and narration too.

  • A Demon Summer

  • A Max Tudor Mystery, Book 4
  • By: G.M. Malliet
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

The powerful Lord complains loudly to the local bishop, who asks Father Max Tudor, vicar of Nether Monkslip and former MI5 agent, to investigate. Just as Max comes to believe the poisoning was accidental, a body is discovered in the cloister well. Can Max Tudor solve the case and restore order in time to attend his own nuptials?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too sloppy to be convincing

  • By Kl Love on 11-07-16

Love This Series - But

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

I really love the Max Tudor series. fabulous characters, wonderful setting, humour, intrigue it has it all however this was my least favourite so far. I didn’t like the setting in the St Lucy of Monkbury Abbey it felt claustrophobic and the dialogue rushed and choppy. I didn’t warn to the characters in this one except of course the reoccurring ones which I love. Don’t be put off however start with the first book and continue on its worth it.

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  • Wicked Autumn

  • A Max Tudor Novel
  • By: G. M. Malliet
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 134

Max Tudor has adapted well to his post as vicar of St. Edwold's in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip. The quiet village seems the perfect home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past as an MI5 agent. But this new-found serenity is quickly shattered when the highly vocal and unpopular president of the Women's Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max's training as a former agent kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For watchers of Midsommer Murders

  • By Carmen on 22-02-16

If I Could Only Live in Nether Monkslip

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

Reviewed: 21-03-18

I'm so glad I bought this.

It has humor, intrigue and wonderful characters all in a quintessential English village setting.

I love the 'cozy' genre but get fed up with the theme of someone moving back to their home town after a breakup/divorce to run a cookie shop, deli etc. This is fresh and different,

I would say these are similar to the Agatha Raisin books. It has strong, interesting, eccentric characters.

The main character of Max Tudor is a vicar and ex MI-5 agent which makes an interesting mix. There's never a dull moment in Nether Monkslip.

I've now listened to 3 and am on the 4th. Splendid narration by Michael Page.

I never tire of my visits to Nether Monkslip.

  • 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 688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 641

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 Crispin on 29-10-15

Loved This

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

Reviewed: 21-11-17

Great book and narration! Enough twist to keep you guessing and enough clues to keep you interested. This has it all gruesome mystery, humor and action. Loved all the characters in addition to the two main characters, the maid Joan was highly entertaining.

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 143

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To Elgie Branch, a Microsoft wunderkind, she's his hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled wife. To fellow mothers at the school gate, she's a menace. To design experts, she's a revolutionary architect. And to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend, and quite simply, mum. Then Bernadette disappears. And Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her. Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a compulsively readable, irresistibly written, deeply touching novel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Giggles!

  • By Jane on 08-06-13

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

If you could sum up Where'd You Go, Bernadette in three words, what would they be?

Funny, insightful and touching.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

I loved the school pick up and drop off scenes and all the insightful life observations by Bea

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All of them so much going on.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end without giving anything away.

Any additional comments?

Both story and narrator excellent.

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  • A Quiet Life in the Country

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 511

Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amusing

  • By Kirsty on 23-02-17

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Cozy Mysteries are my go to but this one was not for me. I know suspension of disbelief is sometimes required in this genre, but this one was just too ridiculous and I found my mind wandering whilst listening. The eccentric Lady Hardcastle and her maid Flo move to a rural country house and irritatingly take over the case of two murders in the most tedious manner. The Inspector in charge of the murders (Inspector Sunderland - actually my favorite character) is constantly forever grateful for their help and always thanking M'lady and Flo for noticing obvious clues any plod would get straight away. A bit more backbone for this character would have been a better read. He also allows them to sit in on all the interviews with suspects when a bit more sleuthing to get clues maybe would have held my interest. There are so many excellent ones out there this one didn't make the grade for me.

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  • The Girl Who Couldn't Read

  • By: John Harding
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

New England, 1890. Doctor John Shepherd arrives at a women's mental hospital to begin work as assistant to the owner. As Shepherd struggles to conceal his secrets, he finds the asylum has plenty of its own. Intrigued by a girl who is fascinated by books but cannot read, Shepherd embarks upon an experiment to help her. In this chilling literary thriller everyone has something to hide and no one is what they seem.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gloriously Grim & Bleak

  • By Charlotte Brown on 08-04-17

Gloriously Grim & Bleak

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

What made the experience of listening to The Girl Who Couldn't Read the most enjoyable?

This one took a few hours to get going for me but when it did I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found the beginning a bit tedious, with all the descriptions of mental and physical abuse (which they call treatment) going on and not much else happening except the day to day drudgery of life in a Victorian mental asylum. I almost gave up on it but so glad I didn't. The narrator in the beginning almost sounded like he was announcing rather than narrating but that too picks up and found it's stride perfectly. It's a dark, brooding and bleak story but without giving too much away, the suspense really amps up when the character of Caroline Adams makes an appearance at the hospital. Some comment that you wouldn't have to read the excellent Florence & Giles to get this one, but I kind of disagree and I'm very glad I did as I understood the patient Jane Dove very well and anticipated what could possibly happen. Full of suspense and twists. I thought the ending was a bit abrupt or maybe I just didn't want it to end, but it did leave it open for a sequel of some kind I hope. Highly recommend this one!

What other book might you compare The Girl Who Couldn't Read to, and why?

Florence & Giles as it's kind of a continuation of what happens to Florence.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It got going for me when Caroline Adams makes an appearance at the hospital. Full of suspense from that moment on.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend this.

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  • Magpie Murders

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner, Samantha Bond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,181

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She's worked with the revered crime writer for years, and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway.... But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who? How? Where & Why?

  • By Mrs Q on 10-10-16

Love This Golden & Modern Tale

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

Reviewed: 14-03-17

What made the experience of listening to Magpie Murders the most enjoyable?

This was my first Audible and I absolutely loved it! I won't summarize as it's been done in other reviews better than I could, but if you love Poirot you'll love this. Double fun with the modern day parallel tale that runs along side it. I couldn't have picked a better first Audible experience. Samantha Bond and Allan Corduner - both wonderful narrators.

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