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  • Secret Santa (Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series: Mystery Shorts 25)

  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Bill Vokes has played Santa at the children's Christmas show for years. But with the show just hours away, he vanishes with no explanation. The whole village is baffled. Did something bad happen to loveable Bill, upstanding citizen, churchgoer, life and soul of the party and the holiday season? Jack and Sarah are on the case - and soon discover there are secrets about this Santa that no one could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really great listen all round!

  • By Julie on 16-01-18

Love this series!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Really enjoy the mix of characters each episode brings to the established cast. Beautifully warm and funny too. Superbly narrated.

Please, please can we have episodes 22 to 24 compilation available in English in Audible, rather than just in German? As we have missed those three out.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fourteenth Letter

  • By: Claire Evans
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Phoebe Stanbury was killed in the summer of secrets.... One balmy June evening in 1881, Phoebe Stanbury stands before the guests at her engagement party: this is her moment, when she will join the renowned Raycraft family and ascend to polite society. As she takes her fiancé's hand, a stranger holding a knife steps forward and ends the poor girl's life. Amid the chaos, he turns to her aristocratic groom and mouths: 'I promised I would save you.'

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings!

  • By Rosie on 12-04-18

So much better than I expected!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-03-18

Somehow I wasn't expecting this to be a tale of murder, conspiracy, betrayal and intrigue going back centuries destroying families and creating new ones. The characters are drawn from across the globe and from every walk of life, not just the typical Victorian 'Upstairs downstairs' drama.

Great characters, great parallel storylines coming together at the end. Flawed characters grew on me as much as the good guys.

So glad I took a chance on an author I hadn't heard of and a book I wasn't sure about. Nice long story too. Looking forward to another from the same author.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Strangler Vine

  • By: M. J. Carter
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of M. J. Carter's The Strangler Vine, read by the actor Sam Dastor. India, 1837: William Avery, a fresh young officer in the East India Company, arrives in Calcutta expecting to be seduced by its ancient traditions. Nine months later he hasn't learnt a word of Hindoostani, is in terrible debt, and longs to return home before the cholera epidemic finishes him off.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Ripping Yarn" revises our view of Brits in India

  • By T on 15-05-15

Quite simply the best book I've listened to this year

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-17

Historically informative and accurate, packed full of detail as well as brilliant characters, both real and fictional. Gripping storyline throughout from the tiniest scenes to the biggest dramas.

The narrator is amazing too. Absolutely perfect for this book.

I'll definitely find time to listen to it again, even though I know the plot twists.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Sans Pareil Mystery

  • The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Karen Charlton
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

On a cold February night in Regency London, a dark curtain falls on the Sans Pareil Theatre following the death of April Clare, a promising young actress, whose body is found in mysterious circumstances. Detective Stephen Lavender and his dependable deputy, Constable Woods, quickly discover that nothing is quite as it seems. As successive mysteries unfold, they soon realise that it is not only the actors from the Sans Pareil who are playing a part.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A favourite Narrator performing a excellent book

  • By murder mystery fan on 07-01-18

A brilliant start to this series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-05-17

For an audio book of just over 10 hours, not a single minute was dragged out or spent filling out the plot. Each character was given the right amount of detail and the story was great in the attention to historic detail.

I loved the use of period slang peppering the tex. The narrator's different character voices meant I could easily tell who was 'speaking'.

I'm looking forward to more in the series, especially as I've realised Stephen Lavender was a real Principal Officer with the Bow Street Magistrates Court.

  • The Secrets of Wishtide

  • By: Kate Saunders
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Mrs Laetitia Rodd is the impoverished widow of an Archdeacon: she is also a private detective of the utmost discretion. In winter 1850, she is asked by Sir James Calderstone to investigate the background of an 'unsuitable' woman his son intends to marry. In the guise of governess, she travels to the family seat, Wishtide, where she discovers that the Calderstones have more to hide than most. As their secrets unfold, the case takes an unpleasant turn when a man is found dead outside a tavern.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Delightful

  • By Linda on 24-03-17

Thoroughly entertaining

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-17

A hugely enjoyable High Victorian detective and legal drama with a difference. Romps through the countryside and city taking in the seedy underbelly and high society. I didn't expect to enjoy it nearly as much as I did, but now I am desperate for more of Mrs Rodd adventures! This was my first experience of a Kate Saunders novel and I was not disappointed.

This was also the first book I've heard narrated by Charlotte Strevens, and I thought she was brilliant. Instantly recognisable characters (obviously once you 'meet' them in the tale) and beautifully paced.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Sinking Admiral

  • By: The Detection Club, Simon Brett - editor
  • Narrated by: Tom Clegg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

The Floating Admiral was the first of the Detection Club's collaborative novels, in which 12 of its members wrote a single novel. Eighty-five years later, 14 members of the club have once again collaborated to produce The Sinking Admiral. The Admiral is a pub in the Suffolk seaside village of Crabwell, the Admiral Byng. The Admiral is also the nickname of its landlord, Geoffrey Horatio Fitzsimmons, as well as the name of the landlord's dinghy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By CharmayneFB on 27-07-16

Fabulous

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-07-16

Kept me guessing until the end. Loved the main character and felt that the different authors blender well together. Great fun. More please!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Rachel's Holiday

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424

Rachel Walsh is twenty-seven and the miserable owner of size 8 feet. She has regular congress with Luke Costello, a man who wears his leather trousers tight. And she's fond - some might say too fond - of recreational drugs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never disappointed by Marian Keyes

  • By CharmayneFB on 14-12-13

Never disappointed by Marian Keyes

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

Reviewed: 14-12-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It has everything. Laughs, tears, surprises, sex, romance, a bit of mystery. It's all there! I love the way that Marian Keyes stories unfold by giving you little snippets of what has happened in the past rather than unveiling it all in one go. everything is given to you at the right part of the current part of the story. That is, the 'back story' affecting the 'current' part of what is happening is explained at that point, so that you are always clear on why something happens as it does. A very clever way of writing that gets you hooked. Another point is that even though I haven't experienced many of the things the characters in the book have (never taken illegal drugs, never been drunk, never travelled, never had one night stands etc), I always feel I can empathise with the character. Marian Keyes always hits the right note.

What other book might you compare Rachel's Holiday to, and why?

In some ways, this book is, of course, similar to The Mystery of Mercy Close where Rachel's sister Helen spends a little time (some years after this book is set) in a psychiatric unit, but in other ways, it is almost like the tale of bereavement in .......... No, I can't say, because it would spoil it if you haven't already read it!

Which character – as performed by Gerri Halligan – was your favourite?

Most probably Rachel as she is the most prominent character, but Helen's comments always make me laugh.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Marian Keyes always writes books that I want to listen to or read in one go. Thankfully they are long enough that it usually takes at least 2 days. As usual, I feel a little bereft when I have finished, but I know I will listen to it again.

Any additional comments?

I have only one more in the collection to listen to. Please, please Marian, write more about the Walsh family! I know there are only so many adventures one family can have, and only so many amazing ideas one author can come up with but pleeeeaaase!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

  • By: Maggie O'Farrell
  • Narrated by: Daniela Nardini
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Edinburgh in the 1930s. The Lennox family is having trouble with its youngest daughter. Esme is outspoken, unconventional, and repeatedly embarrasses them in polite society. Even Kitty, Esme's beloved sister, is beginning to lose patience. Something will have to be done.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best readings I have heard

  • By Anna on 15-07-13

I cannot rate it highly enough!

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

Reviewed: 25-10-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version, but I can say that Daniella Nardini really does an amazing job reading the audio book. The voices she uses transport you back in time and then to the present day. Her portrayal of someone in the midst of dementia is so believable too.

What did you like best about this story?

The gentle suspense throughout. You just know something is coming, but it is in a gentle way, not obvious like a detective story. Not a romance, but has romantic elements affecting the plotlines too.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There is part of the book where the two main characters independently come to realise what relationship they are to each other. It is very poignant.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I definitely could have listened to this all the way through in one go had my family allowed me to. I have to admit that the first few minutes didn't grab me, but after that, I was gripped.

Any additional comments?

The sense of injustice I felt for the characters was so great that it felt as though they were real people. I think this book will live with me for a while!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful