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Glasgow, East Renfrewshire, United Kingdom
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  • The Colours of all the Cattle

  • No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 19
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the City Council, Mma Ramotswe is at first unsure. But when she learns about the proposed construction of the flashy Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard, she allows herself to be persuaded. Her opponent is none other than Violet Sephotho, who is in the pocket of the hotel developers. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another delightfully gentle read

  • By Smallbo on 17-10-18

Wonderful, and so well narrated!

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

Reviewed: 19-02-19

I love these stories. The author is very productive but I wish he would spend more time writing these uplifting tales and less on the angst ridden Scottish ones! Viva Botswana!

  • The Stone Circle

  • The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries, Book 11
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 192

DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters telling him to 'go to the stone circle and rescue the innocent who is buried there'. He is shaken, not only because children are very much on his mind, with Michelle's baby due to be born, but because although the letters are anonymous, they are somehow familiar. They read like the letters that first drew him into the case of The Crossing Places, and to Ruth. But the author of those letters is dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic as usual

  • By M BeeH on 12-02-19

Too short, too long awaited

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

Reviewed: 19-02-19

These stories are great but there is not much substance to them. One loses the plot, literally, by the time the next one comes along. Work a bit faster, Elly!

  • Island of the Mad

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

With Mrs. Hudson gone from their lives and domestic chaos building, the last thing Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, need is to help an old friend with her mad and missing aunt. Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another, since the loss of her brother and father in the Great War. And although her mental state seemed to be improving, she’s now disappeared after an outing from Bethlem Royal Hospital...better known as Bedlam.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bedlam and the Bright Young Things

  • By Sararara on 19-06-18

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

They're all brilliant. I can't wait for the next one. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

  • A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled

  • By: Ruby Wax
  • Narrated by: Ruby Wax
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020

Five hundred years ago no one died of stress: we have invented this concept, and now we let it rule us. Rest has become a dirty word, and our idea of satisfaction is answering the last email. We're sleepwalking through our own lives. Ruby Wax shows us how to wake up from this stupor with a scientific solution to modern problems: mindfulness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empathetic

  • By maria on 20-02-16

Funny, touching, good for mankind.

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

This book and even more so her next book, "How to be human", is a joy and a revelation. Battling to understand her demons, and where they come from, she has provided a road map to others trying to find mental ease in an ever increasingly mad world. Her reflections on her experiences in taking part in "Who do you think you are" in the last chapter of "How to be human", are the most affecting thing I have ever read. Amazing. Everyone should read these books.

  • The Death of Kings

  • Inspector Madden, Book 5
  • By: Rennie Airth
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

1949. An unsigned letter arrives on the desk of Chief Inspector Derry of the Canterbury police. Enclosed is a jade pendant, identical to the one that went missing from the body of an actress murdered a decade previously. The case had been shut quickly at the time - the accused vagrant gave a written confession and was sentenced to the gallows - but the necklace was never recovered. Until now. Inspector Madden is asked to investigate the letter's worrying claims by his old friend....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top class.

  • By Ms Angela Boosey on 31-07-18

Wonderful book

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

Reviewed: 27-04-18

I love all of Rennie Airth books. The plot is believable but the characters are the thing I wait to revisit, with an authenticity to the storyline given the author's background taking you back a few decades. It has no unecessary salaciousness which many poorer writers employ to bolster their lesser talents, going for the cheap thrill. Very enjoyabe and well read.

  • Whisky from Small Glasses

  • A D.C.I. Daley Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,466

DCI Jim Daley is sent from the city to investigate a murder after the body of a woman is washed up on an idyllic beach on the West Coast of Scotland. Far away from urban resources, he finds himself a stranger in a close-knit community. Love, betrayal, fear and death stalk the small town, as Daley investigates a case that becomes more deadly than he could possibly imagine, in this compelling Scottish crime novel infused with intrigue and dark humour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellently read.

  • By fiona on 19-03-17

Good story ruined...

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

Reviewed: 30-03-18

...by unpleasant, entirely unnecessarily graphic sexual violence against women. This is becoming an extremely regrettable trend. This author appears to have the talent to write a good story, even employing humour and God knows that is a rarity, so very sad to spoil it so needlessly. I would have read the rest of the series if he hadn't chosen to down this road. However, not recommended for readers with taste.

  • The Bedlam Stacks

  • By: Natasha Pulley
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 571

An astonishing historical novel set in the shadowy, magical forests of South America, which draws on the captivating world of the international best seller The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. Deep in uncharted Peru, the holy town of Bedlam stands at the edge of a forest. The shrine statues move, and anyone who crosses the border dies. But somewhere inside are cinchona trees, whose bark yields quinine: the only known treatment for malaria. On the other side of the Pacific, it is 1859, and India is ravaged by the disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely blown away by this

  • By mollyeyre on 04-08-17

Refreshingly unusual and uplifting

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

Reviewed: 28-12-17

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, long awaited after similarly enjoying her previous book, "The Watchmaker of Filigree Street". A true syoryteller, with none of the angst-ridden doom and gloom and hopscotching about in time and place which too much modern writing goes in for - too much hard work! As always, David Thorpe did an excellent job of narrating it bringing all the characters to life. Looking forward to the next one and hoping I don't have as long to wait!

  • How to be Champion

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Sarah Millican
  • Narrated by: Sarah Millican
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,266
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,043

Part autobiography, part self-help, part confession, part celebration of being a common-or-garden woman, part collection of synonyms for nunny, Sarah Millican's debut audiobook delves into her super normal life with daft stories, funny tales and proper advice on how to get past life's blips - like being good at school but not good at friends, the excitement of IBS and how to blossom postdivorce.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Was never going to disappoint!!!

  • By MR M P GOULDER on 06-10-17

Champion!

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

Reviewed: 28-12-17

This book really cheered me up. I laughed out loud in many places but it was also touching and the helpful advice at the end of each chapter was actually useful. Sarah Millican was excellent as narrator, and this is often not the case for authors reading their own work. I admire Sarah a lot after reading this, especially for her #joinin support movement on Twitter which championed people alone at Christmas supporting one another, and trended No. 1 in the UK on Christmas day. Long may she blossom!

  • Company of Liars

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,288

On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Medieval Road Movie - Well worth a listen

  • By I. Jamie on 02-02-09

Horrible story

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

Reviewed: 01-04-17

A singularly unpleasant tale, which left this listener depressed. There are much better stories to be told, and listened to. David Thorpe is an excellent narrator but his talents are wasted here.

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  • The Seeker

  • Damian Seeker 1
  • By: S. G. MacLean
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Camm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

London, 1654. Oliver Cromwell is at the height of his power and has declared himself Lord Protector. Yet he has many enemies at home and abroad. London is a complex web of spies and merchants, priests and soldiers, exiles and assassins. One of the web's most fearsome spiders is Damian Seeker, agent of the Lord Protector. No one knows where Seeker comes from, who his family is, or even his real name. All that is known of him for certain is that he is utterly loyal to Cromwell and that nothing can be long hidden from him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Dark-Cloaked Figure

  • By Simon on 10-12-16

Abysmal narration let down, again

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

Reviewed: 15-12-16

I was very much looking forward to this book as I love all SG MacLean books but the monotone, dreary, glum tone of the narration defeated me as I had to return it before depression set in. I will read the print version. Poor narration is inceasingly becoming a major spoiler for many of the books I've read recently. Come on Audible! There are plenty of excellent narrators out there.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful