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  • Got You Back

  • By: Jane Fallon
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

James never intended to lead a double life; with a wife in London and a mistress in the country, it's exhausting. But that's all about to change. Stephanie, his wife, isn't really snooping when she finds a text message from a strange woman on her husband's mobile. But now she's found it, how can she ignore it? It's time to track the woman down and find out what's going on. Katie has no reason to believe her boyfriend, James, is cheating on her until someone claiming to be his wife gets in touch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Listen

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-02-18

Didn’t quite deliver

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

Reviewed: 29-06-18

Entertaining in a light hearted way, but lost its way towards the later third of the book. Felt like a concept not quite fully developed.

Murder in the Museum
    
    
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    Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
    77 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Murder in the Museum

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

Bracketts, an Elizabethan house near the town of Fethering, is about to be turned into a museum. Once the home of celebrated poet Esmund Chadleigh, it has been decided that it should now become a shrine to his life and poetry. But the transition from house to museum is running far from smoothly, and Carole soon begins to regret her decision to be on the Board as she witnesses bitter antagonism and rivalry amongst the other members. Then a sudden discovery is made.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant except for one small point

  • By Mrs. Rm Walters on 01-10-14

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I’ve listened to quite a few Simon Brett novels. I prefer the Mrs Pargeter series, but the Fethering series is entertaining enough. A comfortable country mystery story, well narrated by the author except for his shockingly bad American accent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hut 33: The Complete Series 1-3

  • The Hit BBC Radio 4 Comedy
  • By: James Cary
  • Narrated by: Alex Macqueen, Fergus Craig, Lill Roughley, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

Set during World War Two, Hut 33 follows the adventures of a team of codebreakers at Bletchley Park as they work tirelessly to break German codes, matching wits with the fabled Enigma Machine. Unfortunately, they hate each other. Archie is a stroppy Geordie socialist revolutionary while Professor Charles Gardner is a toffee-nosed snob. In theory, the immensely stupid 3rd Lt. Joshua Featherstonhaugh-Marshall is in charge of the hut, but he is still struggling with even the most basic concepts....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Code breaking at its funniest

  • By Donald on 05-02-18

Rather dated and more than a little offensive

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

Reviewed: 26-02-18

I found this funny in parts, but was put off by the overt homophobia and racism.

2 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

  • By: Jennifer Ryan
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister, Imogen Wilde, Laura Kirman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

The village of Chilbury in Kent is about to ring in some changes. This is a delightful novel of wartime gumption and village spirit that will make your heart sing out. Kent, 1940. The women of Chilbury village have taken umbrage at the Vicar's closure of the choir now that its male singers are at war. But when spirited music professor Primrose Trent arrives, it prompts the creation of an all-female singing group.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Liz on 06-03-17

Fantastic, light listening

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

Having listened to lots of very 'worthy' things lately I was in the mood for something well written, but lighter in content. This didn't disappoint. Lighthearted, romantic and well paced this book ticked all my boxes. The performances worked well together and I didn't mind the slightly stereotypical characterisations. I will be recommending this to others.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Me Before You

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Jo Hall, Anna Bentinck, Steve Crossley, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,780

Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop, and she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live, and now everything feels small and joyless. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic, be inspired & provoked to think...

  • By Rachel on 24-01-12

Life's too short

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

Reviewed: 29-05-16

An easy listen it may be, but the contrived plot and two dimensional characters made me decide, that life is just too short for some things. I'm afraid I listened to just over half, then checked out the plot ending and left this in my library as a forever unfinished book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Times

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Hard Times is Dickens's most political novel. Set in the industrial north of England, in Coketown, he examines the lives of working people, who are taught by the capitalists Gradgrind and Bounderby to think only of the facts of life and not to indulge in imagination. Gradgrind’s own children have been so educated and as a result are dysfunctional and disconnected from their feelings. Only the travelling circus company of Sleary seems to offer any hope of humanity in Coketown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The least typical Dickens novel

  • By stephen on 08-12-13

Wonderful narration of a dramatic and oddly contemporary tale

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

Reviewed: 17-02-16

I have read many Dicken's novels and watched numerous dramatisations, but was unfamiliar with Hard Times. Set in the north of England during the industrial revolution, Dickens makes a departure from his familiar London to weave a cautionary tale about the importance of love and imagination in human life. Strong characters and a sensational narrator make this one of my favourite ever 'reads' and certainly my favourite Dickens novel. I am now hungry to hear more that Anton Lesser has narrated!

  • Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 7
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

Agatha Raisin's neighbouring village of Ancombe is usually the epitome of quiet rural charm, but the arrival of a new mineral water company - which intends to tap into the village spring - sends tempers flaring and divides the parish council into two stubborn camps. When Agatha, who happens to be the PR person for the water company, finds the council chairman murdered at the spring, tongues start wagging. Could one of the council members have silenced the chairman before he could cast the deciding vote?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly enjoyable light listening

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-04-13

Like a pair of comfy slippers

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

Reviewed: 12-07-15

MC Beaton never disappoints. Her stories are always comforting and Agatha Raisin a comical and likeable lead. This book follows in the same vein as all the others, in that the murder often feels incidental to the rest of the plot line, with Agatha's personal life featuring front and centre. Read well, except for the odd dodgy accent (Mr Wong's Chinese accent is shoddy), the five or so hours fly past.

  • The Miniaturist

  • By: Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by: Jessie Burton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,959
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,774
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,772

There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed...On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tricky to get in to

  • By DebNwood on 20-05-15

Odd and uncomfortable, just not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 06-07-15

This book is beautifully written. It's story unfolds slowly and deliberately. However but I found it an odd and uncomfortable listen and certainly not one I would want to repeat. My only criticism is that I simply couldn't get on with the narrator (also the author). She read beautifully, but I found the sections of dialogue a little flat and toneless, which for me removed some of the pace and drama from the story. Lovely book, just not my cup of tea.

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes

  • The Heirloom Collection
  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 58 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A long and rewarding listen....

  • By Lee on 29-04-15

Sherlock marathon

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

Reviewed: 03-04-15

Due to the considerable length and number of stories in this collection it is understandable that some 'hit the mark' better than others. The narration is good, although Simon Vance masters some accents better than others. Overall, a great listen and a substantial achievement to have completed it!!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The House of Silk

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,630

It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a ripping yarn

  • By L on 25-02-12

Great story fantastic narration!!

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

Reviewed: 21-01-15

The story was a wonderful romp through Victoria London, at the side of Holmes and Watson. Read brilliantly by Derek Jacobi, I couldn't stop listening and finished it within a week. Excellent.