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  • The Silence of the Girls

  • By: Pat Barker
  • Narrated by: Kristin Atherton, Michael Fox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

The great city of Troy is under siege as Greek heroes Achilles and Agamemnon wage bloody war over a stolen woman. In the Greek camp, another woman is watching and waiting: Briseis. She was a queen of this land until Achilles sacked her city and murdered her husband and sons. Now she is Achilles' concubine: a prize of battle. Briseis is just one among thousands of women backstage in this war - the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead - all of them voiceless in history. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A feminist Iliad

  • By Barbie on 02-09-18

A phenomenal testament to the human spirit.

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Extraordinary on every level. The reader lives the story with every beautifully written word. Loved it.

  • Foxmask

  • By: Juliet Marillier
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Thorvald, the young son of Margaret, widow of the slain king, has always felt apart and at odds with all he knows. He learns upon his coming to manhood he is not his father's son, but that of the love Margaret bore for the hated Somerled, and that Somerled was not killed for his treachery but sent on a boat, adrift with little more than a knife and skein of water, doomed to the gods' will. Thorvald is determined to find a boat and cast off to the West in a desperate bid to find a father he never knew...and to find out if he is made of the same stuff as the henious traitor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary

  • By Laurelle on 30-11-18

Extraordinary

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-11-18

Juliet Marrillier's ability to create ancient worlds in beautiful language is a wonder, as is her understanding of the human spirit. She is my favourite writer. A magical story.

  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • Winternight, Book 1
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of Northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift - a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, the father hides the gift away, and his daughter, Vasya, grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shades of good and bored

  • By S on 19-03-17

Haunting and brilliant.

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

Reviewed: 17-02-18

I loved this and it's eerie, snowy depth will stay with me for a long time.

  • Named of the Dragon

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

The charm of spending the Christmas holidays in South Wales, with its crumbling castles and ancient myths, seems the perfect distraction from the nightmares that have plagued literary agent Lyn Ravenshaw since the loss of her baby five years ago. Instead she meets an emotionally fragile young widow who's convinced that Lyn's recurring dreams have drawn her to Castle Farm for an important purpose - and she's running out of time.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrendous narration

  • By Shaz on 08-06-16

I had to stop listening.

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-17

The reader's voice is unbearable. I shall read the book rather than listen to it.

  • The Falcons of Fire and Ice

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

1564, Lisbon. The Inquisition displays its power and ruthlessly spreads fear. Heretics are tortured and burned. Isabela, daughter of the Falconer at the Royal Court, is about to be caught in the Church’s terrifying schemes. The slaughter of two of the King’s precious white falcons sees her father arrested and imprisoned. He and his family will be killed unless the birds are replaced. Isabela decides only she can save her father. These birds are impossibly rare, and she will have to travel far to strange lands to find them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly Impressive

  • By mollymoon1 on 30-09-13

Dark, intriguing and, at times, funny.

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

Reviewed: 13-04-17

A brilliant performance by David Thorpe of a terrific story. Loved the open ending too.

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  • Doomsday Book

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enthralling tale of time travel

  • By lesley on 18-03-10

A stunning story.

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

Reviewed: 15-03-17

There is alot of detail here but it packs a real punch at the end. Intelligent and thought provoking about time and the human condition.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gallows Curse

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 327

The year is 1210 and a black force is sweeping England. A vengeful King John has seized control of the Church, leaving corpses to lie in consecrated ground, babies unbaptized, and the people terrified of dying in sin. In the village of Gastmere, the consequences grow darker still when Elena, a servant girl, is dragged into a conspiracy to absolve the sins of the lord of the manor. In desperation she visits the cunning woman, who has been waiting for just such an opportunity to fulfil an ancient curse conjured at the gallows.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The trouble with Mandrake

  • By Kaggy on 14-01-16

A brilliant book

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

Reviewed: 21-02-17

Absolutely superb. The story is gripping as is the performance. A dark but terrific novel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Den of Wolves

  • Blackthorn & Grim, Book 3
  • By: Juliet Marillier
  • Narrated by: Natalie Gold, Nick Sullivan, Scott Aiello, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42

Healer Blackthorn knows all too well the rules of her bond to the fey: seek no vengeance, help any who ask, do only good. But after the recent ordeal she and her companion, Grim, have suffered, she knows she cannot let go of her quest to bring justice to the man who ruined her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Nadia Osman on 20-02-19

Absolutely brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

I loved the story from beginning to end. It was clever and heart warming and told beautifully too.

  • The Glorious Heresies

  • Winner of the Baileys' Women's Prize for Fiction 2016
  • By: Lisa McInerney
  • Narrated by: Shelley Atkinson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

He was definitely dead, whoever he was. He wore a once-black jumper and a pair of shiny tracksuit bottoms. The back of his head was cracked and his hair matted, but it had been foxy before that. A tall man, a skinny rake, another string of piss, now departed. She hadn't gotten a look at his face before she flaked him with the Holy Stone, and she couldn't bring herself to turn him over. One messy murder affects the lives of five misfits who exist on the fringes of Ireland's post-crash society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic listen

  • By ros on 05-06-16

Amazing; brilliant and insightful.

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

Reviewed: 22-01-17

I was gripped from beginning to end and at the possibility of redemption for us all.

  • Flame of Sevenwaters

  • Sevenwaters, Book 6
  • By: Juliet Marillier
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Maeve, daughter of Lord Sean of Sevenwaters, was badly burned as a child and carries the legacy of that fire in her crippled hands. After ten years, she’s returning home, having grown into a courageous, forthright woman with a special gift for gentling difficult animals. But while her body’s scars have healed, her spirit remains fragile, fearing the shadows of her past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully read - interesting heroine

  • By Fragorl on 05-12-13

Breathtaking.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-16

Loved it from beginning to end. The narrator is magnificent and breathes life into all of the characters. I'm going back to the beginning to relish it all over again!