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  • The Diary of a Bookseller

  • By: Shaun Bythell
  • Narrated by: Robin Laing
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 892

Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff. He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle pleasure

  • By Flint on 11-12-17

Dull & self-regarding but may help insomniacs

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

Reviewed: 10-03-19

The narration was nicely done and the best thing about this audiobook where sneering about bookshop customers is passed off as wit. The daily diary format of recording online sales (& books that couldn't be found to fulfil the orders - sounds like a lot of dissatisfied customers) & takings in the till at the end of the day, became very dreary & the rest of the diary entries didn't brighten it up much. I found it useful for sending me to sleep, so it had its uses, but even saying that, I couldn't be bothered to finish it & was glad to have slept through most of it.

  • The Fire Pit

  • By: Chris Ould
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

In the wake of a dying man’s apparent suicide, the skeleton of a young woman is discovered on a windswept hillside. Detective Hjalti Hentze suspects that it is the body of a Norwegian woman reported missing 40 years earlier, while a commune occupied the land, and whose death may be linked to the abduction and rape of a local Faroese girl. Meanwhile British DI Jan Reyna is pursuing his investigation into his mother’s suicide. But as he learns more about her final days, links between the two cases start to appear: a conspiracy of murder and abuse spanning four decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyable and hard to put down

  • By mollyeyre on 08-06-18

Very good, brilliantly performed

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I've listened to each of the audiobooks in this trilogy and enjoyed them all. They're well plotted and the characters are believable and interesting. What makes them stand out in this audio form is the excellent performance by Matt Addis, who manages to create distinctively different voices for each of the main characters. His performance on this audiobook really enhances the story and brings the characters to life. The story itself is exciting and largely convincing.

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  • Dunstan

  • One Man Will Change the Fate of England
  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570

The year is 937. England is a nation divided, ruled by minor kings and Viking lords. Each vies for land and power. The Wessex king Æthelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, is readying himself to throw a spear into the north. Behind him stands Dunstan, the man who will control the destiny of the next seven kings of England and the fate of an entire nation. Welcome to the original game for the English throne.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dunstan Isn't quite a Caesar

  • By Simon on 16-05-17

Superb performance - highly recommended

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I surprised myself by thoroughly enjoying this brilliantly imagined life of Dunstan, which is absolutely convincing in detail, tone and narrative style. It's Dunstan 'warts and all. The saint is depicted as a flawed self-regarding character who nevertheless suffers many hardships to rise to a great position in a dangerous society. The first person narration helps us understand, if not like, Dunstan. It is voiced superbly by Geoffrey Beevers who really inhabits the character and adds further colour and vitality to an already excellent novel. I bought this audiobook rather casually as a 'daily deal' but shall now look for more novels by Conn Iggulden and performances by Geoffrey Beevers.

  • Transcription

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155

In 1940, 18-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathisers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for ever. Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful

  • By Mary Compton on 12-09-18

Clever, funny and poignant - highly recommended

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

Reviewed: 21-09-18

A wonderful book read superbly by Fenella Woolgar - beautifully written, funny and allusive, full of wordplay and lightly-worn learning, it's also a cracking good thriller. The narration is excellent - all the characters come to life and no nuance is missed.

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  • 24 Hours in Ancient Rome

  • By: Philip Matyszak
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438

Walk a day in a Roman's sandals. What was it like to live in one of the ancient world's most powerful and bustling cities - one that was eight times more densely populated than modern-day New York? In this entertaining and enlightening guide, best-selling historian Philip Matyszak introduces us to the people who lived and worked there. In each hour of the day, we meet a new character - from emperor to slave girl, gladiator to astrologer, medicine woman to water-clock maker - and discover the fascinating details of their daily lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic insight into Roman life

  • By harrietp on 16-11-17

Very good

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

Reviewed: 20-08-18

This a really ingenious piece of writing and very entertaining. Partly fictional but employing an excellent range of quotations from ancient sources, it successfully conveys a vivid picture of life in Ancient Rome. The narration is excellent too. John Telfer has a clear, very listenable voice, he creates the different characters convincingly and pronounces Latin words accurately (a relief as I've heard some awful bungling on other audiobooks). Overall, an unexpected treat purchased on impulse on the daily deal.

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  • A Stranger in the House

  • By: Shari Lapena
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 549
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 510
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 509

You're waiting for your beloved husband to get home from work. You're making dinner, looking forward to hearing about his day. That's the last thing you remember. You wake up in hospital, with no idea how you got there. They tell you that you were in an accident; you lost control of your car whilst driving in a dangerous part of town. The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend isn't so sure. And even you don't know what to believe....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody brill

  • By Johanna Laughton on 13-01-18

Predictable story redeemed by good narration

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

Reviewed: 19-06-18

The opening was exciting but the story quickly became preposterous and predictable with apparently intelligent characters failing to notice the most obvious clues in order to sustain a ridiculous plot. The ending would be no surprise to anyone who watched a few eighties thrillers. What kept me listening was the excellent narrator who made the most of the dramatic twists and did her best to bring stereotypical characters to life.

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  • Pompeii - The Life of a Roman Town

  • By: Mary Beard
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326

Pompeii explodes a number of myths - among them, the very date of the eruption, probably a few months later than usually thought; the hygiene of the baths which must have been hotbeds of germs; the legendary number of brothels, most likely only one; and the death count, which was probably less than ten per cent of the population. These are just a few of the strands that make up an extraordinary and involving portrait of an ancient town, its life and its continuing re-discovery, by Britain’s leading classicist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Roman Life revealed

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-03-13

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

The book is written with a light touch in a conversational style that the narrator conveys very well. It doesn't sacrifice scholarly approaches to popularism and questions evidence and changes in cultural attitudes - but is at the same time entertaining and engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • The Year of Living Danishly

  • Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
  • By: Helen Russell
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,533

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Completely fascinating and bonkers

  • By melisa on 04-11-15

Entertaining and informative

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

Reviewed: 17-01-18

This audiobook is lively, amusing and full of fascinating details about Danish living. The author's autobiographical experience is revealed in a frank and touching way, as well as her entertaining observations on the Danish way of life. The narration is excellent - it sounds so spontaneous and warm that from time to time I had to remind myself that it was not the author speaking.

  • The Chosen Dead

  • Coroner Jenny Cooper, Book 5
  • By: Matthew Hall
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Coroner Jenny Cooper investigates…. An unlikely suicide or a deadly conspiracy? When Bristol Coroner Jenny Cooper investigates the fatal plunge of a man from a motorway bridge, she little suspects that it has any connection with the sudden death of a friend’s thirteen year old daughter from a deadly strain of meningitis. But as Jenny pieces together the dead man’s last days, she’s drawn into a mystery whose dark ripples stretch across continents and back through decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series

  • By Ellie on 26-07-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 17-01-18

This is a brilliant intelligent thriller, offering complex believable characters and excellent plotting around contemporary issues. The narration by Sian Thomas is superb - she really inhabits the characters, making each one distinct and credible. It's an excellent combination of pacy writing and vivid narration.

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,826

Introducing Audible's Thriller of the Year: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil, performed by Joanne Froggatt. In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By madison on 06-09-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 15-09-17

Despite all the hype, this is a pretty silly story. The narrator does the best she can with the material so all credit to her, but the plot is transparent and the characterisation ridiculous. The central character, Emma, is portrayed as a heroine, but is irritatingly lacking in perception and analysis, and other characters are cliched and predictable. The serious subject of child abduction is trivialised.

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