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  • Death of a Scholar

  • The Twentieth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

In the summer of 1358 the physician Matthew Bartholomew returns to Cambridge to learn that his beloved sister is in mourning after the unexpected death of her husband, Oswald Stanmore. Aware that his son has no interest in the cloth trade that made his fortune and reputation, Oswald has left the business to his widow, but a spate of burglaries in the town distracts Matthew from supporting Edith in her grief and attempting to keep the peace between her and her wayward son.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Continuing Audio Problems with this Series

  • By Clementi on 31-12-17

Voice change?

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Confused why Cinrik no longer sounds Welsh and Michael’s voice is much deeper.... also Clippsby’s voice was not right either.... very confusing.

  • The Tarnished Chalice

  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

It is not long before they learn that the friary in which they are staying is not the safe haven they imagine - one guest has already been murdered. It soon emerges that the dead man was holding the Hugh Chalice, a Lincoln relic with a curiously bloody history. Bartholomew and Michael are soon drawn into a web of murder, lies and suspicion in a city where neither knows who can be trusted.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So SLOW!!!

  • By twigs way on 12-02-10

good story, terrible performance

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

The narration was really beginning to grate on me - and my ears. The various characters are mostly indistinguishable, Michael' s rumbling voice still does not suit him after the well mannered lisp of previous performances and the whole story is read like a tragedy. I would recommend reading this book and go back to the audio version from the next one on.

  • To Kill or Cure

  • The Thirteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Cambridge University is in dire financial straits: the town's landlords are demanding an extortionate rent rise for the students' hostels, and the plague years have left the colleges with scant resources. Tension between town and gown is at boiling point and soon explodes into violence and death. Into this maelstrom comes a charismatic physician whose healing methods owe more to magic than medicine, but his success threatens Matthew Bartholomew's professional reputation - and his life....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best!!!!

  • By Anonymous User on 28-06-18

One of the best!!!!

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

One of the best Matthew Bartholomew books. Gripping story and lots of fun! Had to laugh out loud many times! Brilliant!

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  • Look Who's Back

  • By: Timur Vermes
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,248

Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed – no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb satire on modern life

  • By Evolutionary Artefact on 16-09-14

Disturbing

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

This book is both- very funny and very disturbing at the same time. Found it difficult at times to listen to Hitler’s rants, clearly super well written, his character perfectly captured. Guess that is the reason it put me off- one person like that was enough- even a fictional one I found hard to stomach.