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  • Excellent Women

  • By: Barbara Pym
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Gerry Halligan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Mildred Lathbury is one of those 'excellent women' who is often taken for granted. She is a godsend, 'capable of dealing with most of the stock situations of life - birth, marriage, death, the successful jumble sales, the garden fete spoilt by bad weather'. As such, she often gets herself embroiled in other people's lives - especially those of her glamorous new neighbours, the Napiers, whose marriage seems to be on the rocks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Whole New Pymian World to Explore

  • By Cindy on 22-03-12

Awful reading of wonderful book

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

Reviewed: 26-04-19

There is an excellent earlier recording of Juliet Stevenson reading this book and everything that is wonderful about that recording is lacking here. Unfortunately this reader seems to have no understanding of Pym’s wit or irony and the result is so awful it is almost comic. I keep trying to listen, as it is one of my favourite Pym novels, but this was my final attempt.

  • Lie to Me

  • A Fast-Paced Psychological Thriller
  • By: J. T. Ellison
  • Narrated by: Matthew Waterson, Saskia Maarleveld, Sarah Naughton, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Sutton and Ethan Montclair's idyllic life is not as it appears. They seem made for each other, but the truth is ugly. Consumed by professional and personal betrayals and financial woes, the two both love and hate each other. As tensions mount, Sutton disappears, leaving behind a note saying not to look for her. Ethan finds himself the target of vicious gossip as friends, family and the media speculate on what really happened to Sutton Montclair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • perfect read

  • By gee on 04-11-18

Great start poor finish

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

Reviewed: 13-10-18

This was very gripping, with some excellent twists and different narrators used skilfully to present competing accounts to keep us guessing. However, the last half hour was very disappointing: all the loose ends were tied up in sometimes thoroughly a improbable manner. Perhaps most disturbing of all was the assumption that domestic abuse can be magicked away with the promise of another baby - this was more disturbing than the murders.

  • The Chosen Ones

  • Worldquake, Book 2
  • By: Scarlett Thomas
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Effie Truelove has learned to travel through magical books to the Otherworld. Maximillian Underwood, Effie's classmate, is more interested in the dark and forbidden Underworld. When Effie and Maximilian both mysteriously vanish, their friends Raven, Lexy and Wolf don't know where to turn for help. Raven is a witch, and her horse, Echo, has revealed that Effie is in deep danger and time is running out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Scarlet strikes again

  • By Prof on 15-08-18

Simply brilliant

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

A dazzling sequel to Dragon’s Green. Scarlett Thomas excels at writing rich, layered novels, and this one is a cornucopia of pleasures for children and adults at the same time. Roger Allam is a sensitive and appreciative reader. Fabulous all round.

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  • A Skinful of Shadows

  • By: Frances Hardinge
  • Narrated by: Tuppence Middleton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard. And now there's a spirit inside her. The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, and it may be her only defence when she is sent to live with her father's rich and powerful ancestors. There is talk of civil war, and they need people like her to protect their dark and terrible family secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imaginative and dark

  • By pmswatson on 19-11-17

Gripping, moving, brilliant

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

Reviewed: 24-09-17

Would you consider the audio edition of A Skinful of Shadows to be better than the print version?

I've only listened to it, not read it, but the performance is so good I think it benefits from being read aloud.

What other book might you compare A Skinful of Shadows to, and why?

Certainly to Frances Hardinge's other books, but she seems to be just getting better and better as a writer. There are similarities between her writing and that of Hilary Mantel, as well as perhaps Garth Nix's excellent Sabriel series.

Have you listened to any of Tuppence Middleton’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No I haven't but will look out for her in the future.

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  • Mrs Engels

  • By: Gavin McCrea
  • Narrated by: Annie Farr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

In September 1870 a train leaves Manchester bound for London. Onboard is Lizzie Burns, a poor worker from the Irish slums who is embarking on the journey that will change her forever. Sitting in the first-class carriage beside her lover, the wealthy mill owner Frederick Engels, the vision of a life of peace and comfort takes shape before her eyes: finally, at nearly 50, she is to be the lady of a house and the wife to a man. Perhaps now she can put the difficulties of the past behind her and be happy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wife's view of life with Marxism. A 5* read

  • By bookylady on 21-09-16

Brilliant book brilliantly performed

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

Reviewed: 14-08-17

Would you listen to Mrs Engels again? Why?

Yes. This is a richly layered book, one which will be worth listening to again from the vantage point of knowing what happens.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lizzie is so vividly alive it's difficult not to be captivated by her, even if she is antipathetic in some ways.

Have you listened to any of Annie Farr’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but I wish she would record more. This was a dazzling performance.

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

There were various moments, but perhaps especially the reflections at the end.

Any additional comments?

This is a wonderful novel. Like 'Wide Sargasso Sea' it offers a new perspective on famous figures - like Jane Harris's wonderful novel 'The Observations', it brings a wise, funny, rude woman of the past vividly to life. Highly recommended.

  • The Golden Specific

  • The Mapmakers Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: S. E. Grove
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

The eagerly awaited sequel to the best-selling The Glass Sentence - a historical, fantastical adventure perfect for fans of Philip Pullman! It is the summer of 1892, one year since Sophia Tims and her friend, Theo, embarked upon the dangerous adventure that rewrote the map of the world. Since their return home to Boston, she has continued searching for clues to her parents' disappearance, combing archives and libraries, grasping at even the most slender leads.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great sequel to the Glass Sentence

  • By Bastet Pybus on 29-05-16

Great sequel to the Glass Sentence

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

Reviewed: 29-05-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - already have.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Golden Specific?

There are many. It's exciting, beautiful, and moving by turns.

Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes. She is a superb reader.

  • A Rather Lovely Inheritance

  • By: CA Belmond
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

This is your life Penny Nichols...Penny Nichols is a historical researcher working on a big-budget film in the south of France when she gets an urgent call. Her Aunt Penelope has just died, and Penny's presence is required in London for the reading of the will. With only a slim recollection of her eccentric aunt, Penny is astonished to learn that not only is she the bona fide heiress - but she's also been invited to put her research skills to work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Happy escapism

  • By Bastet Pybus on 23-12-12

Happy escapism

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Katherine Kellgren is an excellent reader, and the perfect voice for this piece of very enjoyable escapism. I have read other novels in this series and decided that this is an author who is better listened to than read - Kellgren's lively, sometimes dry narration really lifts the prose which might otherwise be a bit cloying. But this is fluffy fun: the Riviera, art theft, an inherited house - a great antidote to grey British winter weather.

  • The Family Vault

  • By: Charlotte MacLeod
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

A Crime Club selection, this intrguing tale has been reviewed as "...the very best whodunnit in many a day...Not to be missed." It starts with plans to bury deceased Great-uncle Frederick in the family vault on Beacon Hill. When the vault is opened, there's someone already there that no one could ever expect-the skeleton of a burlesque queen who disappeared thirty years ago! It's up to young Sarah Kelling to hold the shocked family together, and try to find out what happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun

  • By Bastet Pybus on 23-12-12

Great fun

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Fun, witty sleuthing. An entertaining listen - I enjoyed puzzling out the family relationships and the bizarre world of Charlotte McLeod. Read with gusto by Andi Arndt.

  • The Island

  • By: Victoria Hislop
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501

Winner of the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.

Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother's past, but Sofia has never spoken of it. She only admits to growing up in a small Cretan village before moving to London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely book

  • By Ragen Nelson on 02-02-08

Totally gripping

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

A good audiobook depends on the right combination of author and reader, and this has certainly been achieved here. This fascinating story is read with panache by Sandra Duncan, and I am grateful to both author and reader for a really gripping listening experience.

  • The Copper Beech

  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Kate Binchy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

By the school house at Shancarrig stands a copper Beech, its bark scarred with the names and dreams of the pupils who have grown up under its branches. Under Junior Assistant Mistress Maddy Ross's careful gaze the children play, but out of school Maddy's gaze lingers where it shouldn't. Maura Brennan, a bundle of fun from the rough end of town, plays with her pals.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely listening

  • By Bastet Pybus on 23-12-12

Lovely listening

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

I am latecomer to Maeve Binchy's writing. I have to admit I had always avoided it thinking it would be too sentimental or cosy. I was wrong. She has a sharp eye for human relationships and her characters show themselves to be misguided, foolish, unreliable, and cruel as well as loving, rounded, and patient. Her real interest in the way we form communities, and her warm but not sentimental belief in redemption, fills her novels with human interest. I was gripped, and this was a very good reading by Kate Binchy. Highly recommended.

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