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Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
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  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Saunders
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,788
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,775

A heartwarming festive tale of redemption and cheer, The Christmas Hirelings is the story of a lonely widower who reluctantly invites a group of children to his manor for Christmas. It showcases the benefits of opening your doors and hearts during the holiday season.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! What a wonderful Christmas tale.

  • By Helen SJ on 17-12-18

A literary cup of cocoa for the soul

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

Reviewed: 21-03-19

If you're looking for a nice, easy, heartwarming Christmas listen then you won't go wrong.

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,901

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic and fasinating romp through time

  • By al on 02-12-14

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-14

If you could sum up Just One Damned Thing After Another in three words, what would they be?

Fun, engrossing and entertaining.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Max.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All of the historic scenes....or maybe the car revenge scene.

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

Yes. I was captivated from the start. I found myself standing still in the middle of the High Street at a pivotal point as the world rushed by!

Any additional comments?

I love getting to the end of a great first book in a newly discovered series. I've downloaded the lot one after the other. Thank you Jodi Taylor. Must gob book four awaits me!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The City & The City

  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 522
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 430

New York Times best-selling author China Mieville delivers his most accomplished novel yet, an existential thriller set in a city unlike any other, real or imagined. When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlof the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twice the city for your money

  • By Nigel on 19-05-12

Deserving of a better reader/listener then I am.

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

Reviewed: 22-10-14

Any additional comments?

I honestly don't think I do China Mieville credit. As an artist listening while painting, my mind is often not 100% on the story and believe me, Mr Mieville deserves 100%. The stories are always complex, thought provoking and sometimes the nearest thing to mental circuit training out there. I didn't give this book all 5's because I enjoyed it. I gave it all 5's because it deserved it. I was the listener equivalent of the woman who checks her facebook through dinner and I wouldn't dream of marking it down because I didn't commit to it the single mindedness it required. It is definitely enjoyable and extremely, extremely clever. I will come back to it someday and give it the commitment it thoroughly deserves.

  • The Undead Pool

  • The Hollows, Book 12
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic—earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic—and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something—or someone—is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another great adventure from my favourite demon.

  • By Tracy on 26-05-14

Another great adventure from my favourite demon.

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

Reviewed: 26-05-14

What made the experience of listening to The Undead Pool the most enjoyable?

A nice continuation of the story. Well done Kim Harris in creating characters we are eager to follow.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jenks. He has all of the best lines.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Trent's fiancé getting a verbal slap (long anticipated).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fool Moon

  • The Dresden Files, Book 2
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,518

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story, great narration

  • By Tom on 21-09-09

The only thing my 15 year old son and I agree on!

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

Reviewed: 24-04-14

Would you listen to Fool Moon again? Why?

Already have.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fool Moon?

Too many great moments to choose.

What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

Perfect comic timing.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

“I can't be under arrest now... I don't have time.” - Harry

Any additional comments?

“Black wizards don't just grow up like toadstools, you know. Someone has to teach them complicated things like summoning demons, ritual magic, and clichéd villain dialogue.” - Harry

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Girl with a Pearl Earring

  • By: Tracy Chevalier
  • Narrated by: Hattie Morahan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

An international bestseller with over two million copies sold, this is a story of an artist's desire for beauty and the ultimate corruption of innocence. 17th Century Holland. When Griet becomes a maid in the household of Johannes Vermeer in the town of Delft, she thinks she knows her role: housework, laundry and the care of his six children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love love love

  • By Andy on 01-12-13

Beautiful.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

A picture paints a thousand words, isn't that how the saying goes? These words painted a picture for me. I loved it and it's a favourite listen if I need a little quiet time. Don't bother if you want action and adventure, do if you want to sink heart and soul into 17th Century Holland and follow one life through the streets, sights smells and all.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Enchantment Emporium

  • By: Tanya Huff
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

The Gale family can change the world with the charms they cast, and they like to keep this in the family. Alysha Gale is tired of having all her aunts try to run her life, both personally and magically. So when the letter from her Gran arrives willing her a "junk" shop in Calgary, Alysha jumps at the chance. It isn't until she gets there that she realizes her customers are fey. And no one told her there's trouble brewing in Calgary - trouble so big that even calling in the family may not save the day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smashing entertainment

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-11-10

Confusing but worth the effort.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

I had to go back over the beginning of this a few times to get my head around it. That may have been the book and it may have been me but either way it was worth the effort. It was fun and fast moving if a little sexually uncomfortable at times. I’ll definitely be listening to more by this author.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Origin

  • A Technothriller
  • By: J. A. Konrath
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert, he has no idea he's been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon. He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan. But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn't just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed it

  • By Kmria on 17-10-18

Not for me.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

Didn't enjoy this. I found the characters too cartoonish and some of the things they came out with made me want the dark side to win. Sorry Mr Konrath. I'm sure it's exactly what many, many people are looking for.

  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,609

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Far too good to be left to teenagers

  • By Charles on 22-02-12

Wonderful.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

Yes I know that this book is technically a teen fiction but at *mumbles age* I simply loved it. With it’s characters that my teenage self (long forgotten in the mists of time), fell in love with and a story that carried me along effortlessly. I would urge you to take a chance on it. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but you won't be sorry.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • The Devil You Know

  • A Felix Castor Novel, Book 1
  • By: Mike Carey
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

Felix Castor used to cast out demons for a living, and London was his stomping grounds. But in a time when the supernatural realm is in upheaval and spilling over into the mundane world of the living, his skills are in renewed demand. With old debts to pay, Castor is left with no choice but to accept one final, well-paying assignment: a seemingly simple exorcism. Trouble is, the more he discovers about the ghost in the archive, the more things refuse to add up.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good yarn - appalling narration

  • By mark on 10-06-12

Great story, poor narration.

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

Reviewed: 06-03-13

I would have given this book a 5* rating but for the narration. Felix is very clearly form 'up north' but the American narrator can only really do a quite good but very cut glass English accent. I actually cringed sooo badly at his attempt at other dialects I think possibly Scotish or maybe Southern English that I had to stop the story because I was laughing so hard. That said the stories are fantastic. Give them a go. It's worth it.