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  • Smoke Gets in your Eyes

  • And Other Lessons from the Crematorium
  • By: Caitlin Doughty
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432

From her first day at Westwind Cremation & Burial, 23-year-old Caitlin Doughty threw herself into her curious new profession. Coming face-to-face with the very thing we go to great lengths to avoid thinking about, she started to wonder about the lives of those she cremated and the mourning families they left behind, and found herself confounded by people's erratic reactions to death. Exploring our death rituals - and those of other cultures - she pleads the case for healthier attitudes around death and dying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A New Perspective, thank you!

  • By Richard on 06-09-17

A candid look into a crematorium

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

Reviewed: 15-06-19

I found this book fascinating. It's certainly made me think about my own funeral in a different way and what I may or may not want.

  • Empire: Scarlet City - Part III

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094

A true rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London - the Scarlet City - the centre of medieval England, this is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empire

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-04-18

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 06-06-19

Was very sad when this book ended. The production was great, I loved the actors that were cast and the story was really good. The ending was just right, just what I wanted to happen.

  • Unheard: The Story of Anna Winslow

  • By: Anthony Del Col, Cassandra Bond, JP Conway, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 139

University student Anna Winslow has gone missing and the circumstances of her disappearance are far from ordinary. Motivated by an unexplained and disturbing voicemail message from Anna on the night of her disappearance, Melissa's curiosity quickly turns into a deeper investigation, an obsession even, which she chronicles as a regular podcast. Melissa quickly discovers that Anna was a loner with hearing difficulties.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hooks you in, then lets you down

  • By Ryan M on 13-03-18

Riveting

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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: 28-05-19

I loved it. Couldn’t wait to finish it. Love stories with a twist like this.

  • Rise: Scarlet City - Part II

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191

London, 1337. England is at war, and the King is in financial straits, meaning that Jonah's hard-earned business and fortune hang in the balance. A far cry from his humble beginnings as a draper's apprentice, Jonah is now one of the influential merchants in England, and he manages to secure the hand of the daughter of one of the most powerful and dangerous nobles in the country. As Jonah's wealth and prominence grow, so do his enemies and the threats they bring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Far From Simple Pleasures!

  • By Simon on 06-02-18

Loved it, bring on book 3!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-19

Another great performance from Miriam. Can't wait to see what life has in store for Jonah next! Thoroughly enjoying this series.

  • Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,048

A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!!

  • By Daniel on 09-12-17

Itching to listen to the next book.

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

Reviewed: 06-04-19

Love Miriam's narration, what a great choice.
As a spinner and dyer of fleece I find the back story very interesting as well as the main plot, right up my street. If you love historical novels then definitely give it a go.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • West Cork

  • By: Audible Original
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,172

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery.Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story Brilliantly Presented!

  • By Simon on 28-07-18

Absolutely compelling!

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

Reviewed: 24-02-19

I was hooked from beginning to end with this one and purposely made time in the day to listen to it. I really liked the journalists style and it was very easy to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Real Crime

  • By: Bernard P Achampong, Thomas Glasser
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

Britain's most chilling crimes are brought sensationally to life in this compelling new series, using court room transcripts, police interviews, 999 calls, secret audio recordings and eye witness testimonies. With new insights into those responsible - from the shocking murders and manhunt of Raoul Moat to Jamie Bulger's killers - this show is not for the easily disturbed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sadness is guaranteed :(

  • By Nigel on 17-03-18

An intense listen.

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

Reviewed: 24-02-19

A very intense listen and was disappointed when it had finished. Very informative and not for the faint hearted.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds: The Musical Drama

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: H. G. Wells, Jeff Wayne
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen, Taron Egerton, Theo James, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,872
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,674

One of the world’s most recognisable sci-fi stories, H. G. Wells’ The War of The Worlds established numerous conventions for the genre, including the threat of an invasive extraterrestrial species, space travel and intergalactic conflict, inspiring directors, gamers, producers and writers alike with its sobering story of struggle and survival. Marrying the suspense, drama and urgency of Wells’ original novel with Jeff Wayne’s rousing and flamboyant score, Audible’s new and exclusive dramatisation uses action, narration, original music and evocative sound design to immerse listeners in a world that’s as thrilling as it is desolate. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Interpretation of Jeff Wayne's Classic!

  • By Simon on 29-11-18

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 24-02-19

I'm sad I didn't discover this any sooner. The music is amazing, the story is great and the performances by the actors are good too.

The musical score adds a whole new level to the listening experience and I know this is one I will listen to again and again.

Well done to all involved in its production.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Quintessential Englishman!

  • By Simon on 21-10-18

Very interesting.

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

Reviewed: 16-02-19

I could listen to Fry all day. What a great listen, very informative and each chapter was perfect for the daily commute.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Evil Has a Name

  • The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation
  • By: Audible Original
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 639

The Golden State Killer. The East Area Rapist. The Original Night Stalker. The Visalia Ransacker.

The monster who preyed on Californians from 1975 to 1986 was known by many aliases. And while numerous police sketches tried to capture his often-masked visage, the Golden State Killer spent more than 40 years not only faceless, but nameless.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly told

  • By Var on 10-02-19

Had me hooked

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

Reviewed: 16-02-19

Is it wrong to say I really enjoyed this? It was compelling. I almost found myself cheering at the end. My thoughts go out to all the victims of such horrendous crimes.
A fascinating, interesting listen.
Please audible, bring us more.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful