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  • Season of the Raven

  • A Servant of the Crown Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Denise Domning
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

It's 1194, and Sir Faucon de Ramis, the shire's newly appointed keeper of the pleas, must do his duty and make an official declaration of the cause of a miller's death. Saddled with a clerk who names Faucon his "penance", the shire's first crowner must thread the tangled relationships between the sheriff, the village of Priors Holston, and the priory that once ruled it. As a simple task takes a turn to the political, what seems obvious isn't, and what appears safe turns out to be more dangerous than he could imagine. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable!

  • By Claire on 21-04-19

Very enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 21-04-19

For me, the only thing that lets the series down, is the author’s use of the word ‘gotten’ which is an Americanism bang in the middle of the Norman French, English and Latin. It sends a shiver of annoyance down my spine. The main characters are enjoyable and I like the way the story rolls seamlessly straight on from one book to the next.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder Dancing

  • By: Lesley Cookman
  • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Max Tobin brings his all-male dance company to Steeple Martin, with his new ballet, Pendle, based on the infamous Pendle Witch Trials, due to be performed at the Oast Theatre. There have been unpleasant incidents during rehearsals in London, and Max asks Libby Sarjeant and her friend Fran Wolfe to look into them. To everyone’s surprise, the incidents continue at the Oast, and their seriousness escalates until, inevitably, someone is murdered. While the police look into the murder, Libby and Fran wonder why someone seemed so set against the ballet. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Guessed too soon!

  • By Claire on 07-03-19

Guessed too soon!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-19

I enjoy the characters, like the narrator, but had to mark it down as the murderer was so obvious from the first introduction.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow of Death

  • The Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Jane Willan
  • Narrated by: Helen Lloyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

The sisters of Gwenafwy Abbey have cherished their contemplative life - days spent in prayer, reflection, tending the convent's vegetable gardens and making their award-winning organic cheese, Heavenly Gouda. Life seems perfect, except for Sister Agatha, a die-hard mystery fan who despairs of ever finding any real life inspiration for her own novel. That is, until the abbey's sexton is found dead under an avalanche of gouda. Despite the reservations of the local constable, Sister Agatha is convinced it's murder and the game is afoot. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining listening

  • By Claire on 11-02-19

Entertaining listening

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

I really enjoy this series and am looking forward to Book 3 - not sure why Book 2 arrived before Book 1. I immediately re- listened to Book 2 again after I finished Book 1. The setting in North Wales appeals to my Welsh heritage and I know some of the real places such as Wrexham and St Asaph well. The nuns are an interesting bunch and I would definitely sample the cheese! The Bishop is a formidable lady but Sister Agatha has the measure of her. The only thing that gives away this book is not written by a native speaker is the occasional ‘gotten’, ‘sidewalk’ and ‘dove’ which is American English, not English English.

  • Whose Body?

  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

 

After a corpse wearing pince-nez glasses is found in a bathtub, Lord Peter Wimsey undertakes the case and investigates the deed privately. But determining whether the corpse belongs to a well-known banker or a group of mischief-making medical students is just the beginning of this tangled mystery plot. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narration

  • By NeiloH on 15-01-19

Excellent audiobook

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

Reviewed: 28-01-19

Over the last few years I had stopped purchasing Dorothy L Sayers audiobooks as the narrator was so dreadful but the new narrator, Mark Meadows, is brilliant and I hope he will be recording more of the series. Fingers crossed!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder Flies the Coop

  • By: Jessica Ellicott
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Sharing lodging in the sleepy English village of Walmsley Parva has eased some of the financial strain on the two old school chums, but money is still tight in these years following the Great War. So when the local vicar - and pigeon-racing club president - approaches them with a private inquiry opportunity, the ladies accept. There's been a spot of bother: The treasurer has absconded with the club's funds and several prized birds. But when they visit the man's loft, they find their elusive quarry lying in white feathers and a pool of crimson blood - the only witnesses cooing mournfully.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Only one thing I did not like...

  • By Claire on 30-09-18

Only one thing I did not like...

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

Reviewed: 30-09-18

Really enjoyed this audible book except for the use of “gotten” by allegedly English people. Quite happy for American Beryl to use it but Edwina never would.

  • The Hawkshead Hostage

  • By: Rebecca Tope
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

Summer has come to Windermere, where Persimmon "Simmy" Brown runs her own florist shop. But the shop is struggling for money, so a contract to provide floral displays for a hotel in Hawkshead couldn't have arrived at a better moment. However Simmy's association with the hotel soon turns sinister when she finds a body in the lake. To make matters worse, her friend, Ben Harkness, is now missing and thought to be kidnapped.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting diversion

  • By Ville Girl on 31-12-17

This series has run its course

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

Reviewed: 24-04-17

What was most disappointing about Rebecca Tope’s story?

The characters have nothing new to offer I am afraid. I have all the books in the series and this will be the last I purchase.

What about Julia Franklin’s performance did you like?

As in all of the Hawkshead series the narration is first class.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was disappointed by this book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Against a Dark Sky

  • The DCI Dani Bevan Detective Novels, Book 1
  • By: Katherine Pathak
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Five walkers set out to climb Ben Lomond on a fine October day. Within hours the weather has taken a turn for the worst. The group find themselves lost on the mountain. Two of the climbers manage to make it back down and call for help. The following day a body is found. One of the female climbers has been strangled, and another man is missing without a trace. DCI Dani Bevan is called to the Loch Lomond town of Ardyle to lead the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • American market

  • By Claire on 06-08-16

American market

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

Reviewed: 06-08-16

This will appeal to the American market as it includes the love interest of an American detective with a story set in Scotland. Except for the excruciating part where Dani and Andy took it in turns to explain ' who dunnit ' , it was a reasonable listen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Zig Zag Girl

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 377

Brighton, 1950: When the body of a girl is found, cut into three, Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens is reminded of a magic trick: the Zig Zag Girl. The inventor of the trick, Max Mephisto, is an old friend of Edgar's. They served together in the war as part of a shadowy unit called the Magic Men. Max is still on the circuit, touring seaside towns in the company of ventriloquists, sword-swallowers, and dancing girls.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Uninvolving mystery

  • By Sally on 20-11-14

Very Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 16-11-15

Where does The Zig Zag Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is an excellent addition to my library.

What other book might you compare The Zig Zag Girl to, and why?

I have enjoyed Elly Griffiths' other series and this was not a let down.

Which character – as performed by Daniel Philpott – was your favourite?

Daniel Philpott was an excellent reader.

Any additional comments?

I am looking forward to hearing more of Max, Ed and the others.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Murder Laid Bare

  • Hope and Carver, Book 1
  • By: Robert Forrester
  • Narrated by: Robin Rowan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

When a body is discovered on a nudist beach, the struggling seaside resort of Milhaven is thrust into the media spotlight. Fortunately, Inspector Hope has just arrived at the sleepy coastal town, much to the annoyance of brassy Detective Sergeant Elaine Carver. Forced to work together, the temperamental Carver and rather prudish Hope delve into the dead man's past and uncover a darker side to the goings on at the seemingly innocent nudist resort.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Accents are appalling!

  • By Claire on 19-06-15

Accents are appalling!

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

Reviewed: 19-06-15

What did you like best about Murder Laid Bare? What did you like least?

I enjoyed the characters for the most part. Too many canine teeth and descriptions of Carver chewing gum.

Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Forrester? Why or why not?

Yes, the partnership has possibilities.

Would you be willing to try another one of Robin Rowan’s performances?

Not unless he is able to develop the right accents. Birmingham?

Any additional comments?

Either stick to an American accent for the whole book or get the English accents correct. This is audible, so the narration has to be spot on.

  • Unnatural Death

  • Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 3
  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

The best of the golden age crime writers, praised by all the top modern writers in the field including P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L. Sayers created the immortal Lord Peter Wimsey. His third appearance is a story of murder in a most respectable seaside resort. 'No sign of foul play,' says Dr Carr after the post-mortem on Agatha Dawson. The case is closed. But Lord Peter Wimsey is not satisfied . . .With no clues to work on, he begins his own investigation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Spoilt by performance

  • By Claire on 07-12-14

Spoilt by performance

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

Reviewed: 07-12-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would use a different narrator to read this book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lord Peter is the most interesting character.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator's tendency to make her voice go high and shouty especially when being Miss Climpson was a major turn off.

Was Unnatural Death worth the listening time?

I persevered and listened to the end.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful