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  • Death on the Pont Noir

  • Inspector Lucas Rocco, Book 3
  • By: Adrian Magson
  • Narrated by: Roger May
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

1963, France: A farmer reports a truck ramming into a car near Picardie, followed by gunfire. A group of Englishmen are brought in after a bar fight. A tramp's body is discovered in a burnt out truck. All this occurring after multiple attempts on the President's life. Inspector Lucas Rocco knows there's a connection somewhere, and is recruited by Colonel Saint-Cloud to assist with the President's Security.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but ...

  • By Rogayah on 08-11-18

Good, but ...

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Not sure why there is a “but”, however... it could be because Rocco is a little super hero and seems, like a cat to have the ability to survive anything? He is, of course, a nice, caring person, heart of gold and an incorruptible cop with good friends in and out of the force so has the means to save his corner of France from whatever the villains throw at him.

A good yarn and well narrated by Roger May, but having only heard the story by this narrator I would suggest or guess that”St Cloud”,if that is the man’s name is pronounced with a silent “d”. My only niggle.

I have listened to this series and found them all enjoyable and entertaining.

  • Death on the Rive Nord

  • By: Adrian Magson
  • Narrated by: Roger May
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Picardie, 1963. A truck drops a group of illegal workers by a deserted stretch of canal in the dead of night, desperate travellers in a pipeline, searching for a better life. Days later, one of them surfaces, stabbed to death. For Inspector Lucas Rocco, finding the victim's fellow travellers presents problems. Most Algerian immigrants are welcome, but trawling for any who aren't is a sensitive issue loaded with threats of civil unrest - something which terrifies his bosses in the Ministry.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start like a long fuse

  • By Rogayah on 08-11-18

Slow start like a long fuse

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

This story ping pongs back and forward, filling the stories of the protagonists and only slowly do the pieces of the jigsaw fall into place. Keep going and the story picks up the pace and makes an exciting denouement.

Well told and worth the wait.

  • Death on the Marais

  • By: Adrian Magson
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

France, 1963. Taken out of his home town as part of a nationwide “initiative”, Inspector Lucas Rocco finds himself in the village of Poissons-Les-Marais, Picardie – and answerable to his former army CO Francois Massin. On his first day he finds a murdered woman wearing a Gestapo uniform lying in a British military cemetery. When the body is removed from the mortuary before Rocco can finish his investigation, he traces the paperwork to the dead woman’s father, industrialist Philippe Bayer-Berbier.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By Rogayah on 04-11-18

Good

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed listening to this book which I must have bought years ago.

Good story and well told, a timely reminder of the Great War and its effects in Picardy afterwards.

  • Fools and Mortals

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 223

A dramatic new departure for international best-selling author Bernard Cornwell, Fools and Mortals takes us into the heart of the Elizabethan era. Fools and Mortals follows the young Richard Shakespeare, an actor struggling to make his way in a company dominated by his estranged older brother, William. As the growth of theatre blooms, their rivalry - and that of the playhouses, playwrights and actors vying for acclaim and glory - propels a high-stakes story of conflict and betrayal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite in love with this Shakespeare

  • By Simon on 24-10-17

Surprised

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

Reviewed: 24-10-18

Shakespeare has been done almost to death, but it seems there is still real meat on that old bone.

This is entertaining and a well told tale that goes into detail about the period and the plays as well as the players.

Well told and a very good yarn.

  • Guns of the Dawn

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 21 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Guns of the Dawn is a pacey, gripping fantasy of war and magic from Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author Adrian Tchaikovsky. The first casualty of war is truth.... First, Denland's revolutionaries assassinated their king, launching a wave of bloodshed after generations of peace. Next they clashed with Lascanne, their royalist neighbour, pitching war machines against warlocks in a fiercely fought conflict.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me

  • By AReader on 12-11-17

Against great odds

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

Reviewed: 16-10-18

War and battles, politics, ambition and the twists and turns of fate. This is an excellent, engrossing story, but it took a good many tries for me to get used to the narrator whose voice I found dull at first. I can’ remember when this tale that bats between the past and the present became so absorbing that I overlooked her telling of the tale and found it more lively and enjoyed the story.

A good story, but not an easy one to get into without perseverance.

  • Saint's Blood

  • The Greatcoats, Book 3
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

The Greatcoats are back - and this time it's personal. How do you kill a Saint? Falcio, Brasti and Kest are about to find out, as someone is doing just that, and they've started with a friend. The Dukes were already looking for ways to weasel out of their promise to put Aline on her father's throne - but with Saints turning up dead and Church Inquisitors pushing for control, rumours are spreading that the gods themselves oppose her ascension.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really enjoyable series

  • By Paul on 18-03-18

Seemingly impossible

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

Reviewed: 30-09-18

The greatcoats lurch from one difficult situation to another until it seems the problem is an unsolvable one. How do they solve these many puzzles, if at the cost of their lives then so be it!

Brave, courageous, valiant even foolhardy but battle they must it seems despite the odds. Good yarn of action and daring with questions about the nature of gods and saints debated too.

The third of four in the Greatcoats series. Well told by Joe Jameson.

  • Knight's Shadow

  • The Greatcoats, Book 2
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

The Greatcoats have found the heir to the throne...but now they must keep her alive, against all the odds. Falcio Val Mond has completed the final task given to him by the late King Paelis: he has found the King's Charoites (well, one at least). But his task isn't over, and now he, Kest and Brasti must protect the girl from those who want her dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoying this series very much

  • By Stephanie on 06-02-18

Thrills and spills

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

Reviewed: 24-09-18

This is the second book and filled with plots, action and intrigue as well as some witty dialogue.

I feel as clueless as Falcio most of the time and am hanging on to every word of Joe Jameson’s splendidly vivid story telling. Great stuff, now I must start Book 3!

  • Traitor's Blade

  • The Greatcoats, Book 1
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

The Greatcoats - legendary heroes, arbiters of justice...or notorious traitors? The Greatcoats are travelling magistrates bringing justice to all...or at least they were, before they watched the Dukes impale their King's head on a spike. Now the land's heroes are reviled as traitors, their Greatcoats in tatters. Facio, Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as mercenaries, but when they find their employer dead - and are forced to watch as the killer plants evidence framing them for the murder - they realise things are about to get even worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-03-18

A few lines of a poem...

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

Reviewed: 21-09-18

What is the bigger picture.? This is a story that makes you want to know the whats, wheres and whys that you ask while the story is told.

The narrator is excellent and I look forward to the next door in this series.

  • Smoke and Ashes

  • By: Abir Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

India, 1921. Haunted by his memories of the Great War, Captain Sam Wyndham is battling a serious addiction to opium that he must keep secret from his superiors in the Calcutta police force. When Sam is summoned to investigate a grisly murder, he is stunned at the sight of the body: he’s seen this before. Last night, in a drug addled haze, he stumbled across a corpse with the same ritualistic injuries. It seems like there’s a deranged killer on the loose. Unfortunately for Sam, the corpse was in an opium den, and revealing his presence there could cost him his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • windham and surrender-not at their best

  • By "graham_78" on 18-06-18

An Indian winter

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Post World War 1 in Bengal, the British India of the 19C is fast changing with the Indians, influenced by Gandhi, protesting for an end to British rule and calling for independence.

Police work in Calcutta is made more difficult by protesters, strikes, Section H and a visit by the Prince of Wales as well as a series of murders with the same M.O.

The second book of this series, I think. Well read and very well paced with a light touch that also makes it a fun listen.

  • 1666

  • Plague, War and Hellfire
  • By: Rebecca Rideal
  • Narrated by: Billie Fulford-Brown
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

1666 was a watershed year for England. The outbreak of the Great Plague, the eruption of the second Dutch War and the Great Fire of London all struck the country in rapid succession and with devastating repercussions. Shedding light on these dramatic events, historian Rebecca Rideal reveals an unprecedented period of terror and triumph. Based on original archival research and drawing on little-known sources, 1666 takes listeners on a thrilling journey through a crucial turning point in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great History

  • By Mr R.M.Evans on 25-09-17

London, England

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

Reviewed: 28-08-18

1066, 1666 dates that most English schoolchildren remember - the Battle of Hastings and the Great Fire of London. This book puts the fire into context of the times: the continual wars with the Dutch, alliances and conflicts with other European neighbors, the plague and finally from the ashes the Phoenix of the new London of bricks and mortar, a skyline dominated by Wren’s St Paul’s and his other churches which are still part of the fabric of London.

The story is a bit dry to begin with but soon becomes an absorbing tale of naval battles, the mounting numbers of plague deaths and the the great fire that for four days was master of the great city with extracts of eye witness accounts of these events including the inimitable Samuel Pepys.

I am not sure that it should have been a woman narrator, but it did remind the listener that the author was a woman with a scholarly but woman’s point of view of this period.

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