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  • Mort

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,451

Mort, like many teenagers, is gangly, unpromising, and struggling with a menial job - in his case, as Death's apprentice. He can barely handle his simple task of ushering souls out of Discworld, but he really screws up when he meets the beautiful Princess Keli, who is scheduled to be assassinated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good but poor quality recording

  • By Sam on 19-04-15

Mort

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-19

Terry Pratchett never wrote anything but great imaginative stories. Characters, settings, a trunk with legs, a monkey in charge of a library - pure genius. And Nigel Planer's reading perfectly complements every word.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 7-9
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 7 - 9: THE BODY IN THE LAKE, SNOWBLIND and PLAYING DEAD.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listenng

  • By Mrs. C. on 23-10-16

Cherringham, 7-9

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-03-18

Another lovely collection of stories, beautifully read. The pairing of the New York policeman (retd) and the single mum really works and the stories are well thought out. Enjoyable, relaxing read.

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  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 16-18
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

The Last Puzzle: When amiable old village eccentric Quentin Andrews dies, the good folk of Cherringham are astonished at the crowd that turns up to his funeral. But even more astonished are the beneficiaries of his will: Quentin has left a veritable fortune to whomever is the first who can solve an intricate 'Cherringham crossword'. That puzzle is only the first of many that Jack and Sarah will uncover as they follow the treasure hunt for clues and learn the truth about who Quentin Andrews really was.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Janey on 06-06-17

Good relaxing read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-18

A really lovely series of books, good characterisation, interesting plots, twists and turns all the way and a gentleness in the writing that makes the stories a satisfying read.

  • The Riviera Express

  • A Miss Dimont Mystery, Book 1
  • By: TP Fielden
  • Narrated by: Eve Karpf
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

Gerald Hennessey - silver-screen star and much-loved heartthrob - never quite makes it to Temple Regis, the quaint Devonshire seaside town on the English Riviera. Murdered on the 4.30 from Paddington, the loss of this great man throws Temple Regis' community into disarray. Not least Miss Judy Dimont, corkscrew-haired reporter for the local rag, The Riviera Express. Investigating Gerald's death, she's quickly called to the scene of a second murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow and repetitive

  • By Deborah on 10-10-17

Oh dear

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-10-17

This is a strange little read, odd characters, most of whom are rather more caricatures, the grumpy boss, the warring older ladies, Miss Dimont with the corkscrew hairstyle, far too frequently referred toward......

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  • Agnes Grey

  • By: Anne Brontë
  • Narrated by: Virginia Leishman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

In her daring first novel, the youngest Brontë sister drew upon her own experiences to tell the unvarnished truth about life as a governess. Like Agnes Grey, Anne Bronte was a young middle-class Victorian lady whose family fortunes had faltered. Like so many other unmarried women of the 19th century, Bronte accepted the only "respectable" employment available - and entered a world of hardship, humiliation, and loneliness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful reading

  • By c.silk on 14-09-17

Wonderful reading

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-17

The lesser known sister of Charlotte and Emily Bronte shows a remarkable talent in both this and in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Her powers of observation and her transference of this observation into the story of Agnes Grey and the characters who surround her compare with the very best of Jane Austen. The portrait of the period and the interactions of the characters give reality to the story. One is made very aware that Anne herself was well aware of the society in which she lived, and despite the impression that the Bronte sisters were sheltered reclusives, Agnes Grey is a deep interrogation of the treatment of women who were in employment and the attitudes of the employers. As with Austen, one is keenly aware of social divides and the importance of marriage. A wonderful read.

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Joanna David
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,735

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed . If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A favourite

  • By Raison on 10-11-13

A truly great book.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-17

This is Margaret Atwood at her finest. A briliantly imagined story with descriptions of a terrifying society that become almost real as the text progresses. The nightmare of misogeny is drawn with a fine use of language. A truly great book.

  • Cocaine Blues

  • By: Kerry Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A positively delightful find

  • By Alexis on 24-12-12

Another good read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-07-17

Yet another good read from the excellent Kerry Greenwood. Phryne Fisher in an earlier adventure which clearly indicates how the character will develop.

  • Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

  • By: Jerome K. Jerome
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

Here is one of the greatest English comic novels read by incontrovertible king of English comic audiobook readers, Martin Jarvis. Three men, worried about their health and in search of different experiences, set off 'up the river' in a boat. Jerome's delightful novel, dating from 1900, paints a vivid picture of innocent fun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jerome and Jarvis

  • By cad on 13-04-13

Three men in a boat

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-17

A brilliant classic. Humour mixed with serious thoughtfulness. Beautifully read by Martin Jarvis. Describes an age and its attitudes with sensitivity. A truly charming book.

  • Away with the Fairies

  • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
  • By: Kerry Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43

Phryne Fisher is asked to investigate the death of a famous author and illustrator of fairy stories. She takes a job within the women's magazine that employed the victim. While Phryne is learning the ins- and-outs of magazine publishing first hand, her personal life is thrown into chaos. While waiting for her lover Lin Chung's return from a silk-buying expedition to China, she receives an unusual summons from Lin Chung's family followed by a series of mysterious assaults and warnings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Away with the fairies.

  • By c.silk on 11-06-17

Away with the fairies.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-17

An excellent reading of another superb Miss Fisher story. Wonderful capturing of the period, believable, well developed characters. If you like mysteries prepare to enjoy a real treat.

  • The Sussex Downs Murder

  • By: John Bude
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

"Already it looked as if the police were up against a carefully planned and cleverly executed murder, and, what was more, a murder without a corpse!” Two brothers, John and William Rother, live together at Chalklands Farm in the beautiful Sussex Downs. Their peaceful rural life is shattered when John Rother disappears and his abandoned car is found. Has he been kidnapped? Or is his disappearance more sinister - connected, perhaps, to his growing rather too friendly with his brother's wife?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Sussex Downs Murder

  • By c.silk on 30-05-17

The Sussex Downs Murder

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-05-17

A lovely little discovery in the genre. Nicely developed characters, believable plot. Another forgotten exponent of the murder mystery.

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