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  • Her Royal Spyness

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Body found in Dukes bath!!!

  • By Mr. F. Hartshorn on 09-04-14

Down and out among the toffs of the 20s

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

Reviewed: 23-01-19

I enjoyed this even more than I expected. Our heroine is naive but determined and quite shrewd. The ridiculous situations she finds herself in come about fairly naturally. It lets you enjoy the dresses and champagne of Downton Abbey or Nancy Mitford style high life while also laughing at the snobbery and xenophobia on show. I wanted to beat the patronising and entitled love interest around the ears, and I think she could do far better, but you can't have everything. The series is off to a rollicking start and I immediately downloaded the second novel.

  • The Death of Mrs Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware. When Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter telling her she’s inherited a substantial bequest from her Cornish grandmother, it seems like the answer to her prayers. She owes money to a loan shark, and the threats are getting increasingly aggressive: she needs to get her hands on some cash fast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended.

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-07-18

A great setup and a likeable heroine

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

Reviewed: 23-01-19

I really enjoyed the first half of this book. At 14 hours, it began to flag around 9 hours, partly because i had guessed the ending. I skipped ahead and I was right. I'm not saying its obvious, I'm not sure why I guessed. But once I guessed, I found it hard to fall for the red herrings and felt a bit impatient. I found the heroine likeable, in spite of the deception she is perpetrating on the Westaways. In fact, her growing realisation that her own desperate predicament isn't really a good enough reason to prey upon the family, even if they are rich and can be a bit entitled, is one of the good strong motors that keeps the plot moving. I found the character of Mrs Westaway pretty unlikely, but if you like your crime fiction a bit gothic and your heroine a mix of naive and unscrupulous you'll love it as much as most readers have. I'll happily give Ruth Ware another go with her next novel.

  • Rooftoppers

  • By: Katherine Rundell
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. Found floating in a cello case, she is the only recorded female survivor of a shipwreck on the English Channel. But Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help… When the child welfare agency threatens to send Sophie to an orphanage, Sophie and her guardian flee to Paris to find her mother, starting with the only clue she has - the address of the cello maker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting and Exquisite.

  • By ThomasHassall on 11-08-17

An excellent new series

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

Reviewed: 23-01-19

A whimsical action adventure set in London and Paris at the start of the 20th century. It was great, and the author played fair in giving us an ending, while leaving much of the tale for the next book. I'm not sure if it will be a 2 part or a trilogy. If you enjoyed the film or book Hugo, you will probably enjoy this. Sophie is found floating after a shipwreck, aged 1, and adopted by Charles, an eccentric bookish Englishman. While suitable for younger readers, there is plenty to enjoy for adults.
By the time Sophie is 12 the authorities, concerned by her unusual upbringing, are planning to remove her from Charles' care and send her to a school to become more ladylike. So they run away to Paris where Sophie hopes to find her mother, who she remembers is a professional cellist - which is impossible because everyone knows that professional musicians are always men. They're on the run over the rooftops of Paris. Nothing will ever be the same again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Mortal Word

  • The Invisible Library, Book 5
  • By: Genevieve Cogman
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

In the latest novel in Genevieve Cogman's historical fantasy series, the fate of worlds lies in the balance. When a dragon is murdered at a peace conference, time-travelling librarian spy Irene must solve the case to keep the balance between order, chaos...and the Library. When Irene returns to London after a relatively straightforward book theft in Germany, Bradamant informs her that there is a top secret dragon-Fae peace conference in progress that the Library is mediating, and that the second-in-command dragon has been stabbed to death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of the series so far

  • By Elizabeth Ann Duffy on 28-11-18

A series that goes from strength to strength

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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: 09-12-18

I imagine this would be enjoyable if you’re not read any of the previous stories. The history adds even more depth and enjoyment. Irène goes from strength to strength, with courage and excellent manners, as always. Now I can’t wait for the next one.

Muster, espionage, dragons, seduction, cats, witches, Paris, a great detective, an invisible library, this book is a whirlwind adventure with more heart than most.

A special thank you to Susan Duerdin for maintaining the characters ‘individual voices across five novels.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gnomon

  • By: Nick Harkaway
  • Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 29 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Gnomon, written by Nick Harkaway, read by Ben Onwukwe. Near-future Britain is a state in which citizens are constantly observed and democracy has reached a pinnacle of 'transparency'. Every action is seen, every word is recorded and the System has access to thoughts and memories....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strange, beautiful & wonderful

  • By Michelle on 21-11-18

Strange, beautiful & wonderful

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

Reviewed: 21-11-18

I’ve read Angelmaker and Tigerman and loved them both. This is different again. It’s a story you have to relax into. The first change of direction startled me. Go with the flow. It’s not slow, it’s action packed & laugh out loud funny in places. I do wonder how Harkaway managed to harness such a beast of a tale. A tour de force.

Onwukwe does a great job considering what he has to get his mouth around in places. There were only a few moments when I wasn’t sure who was speaking, and they all resolved before I became annoyed. The beauty of his voice definitely adds. The audiobook format helped me to not skip ahead, to stay with the story & allow myself to be immersed in it.

After a marathon listen over 3 days, and not quite enough sleep I emerge satisfied and refreshed. Truly wonder-full. And almost indescribable.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Sense and Sensibility

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

In this Audible Exclusive production, Academy Award® nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) narrates one of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Sense and Sensibility. In this timeless tale of misguided romance and heartbreak, two teenage heroines must overcome the pitfalls of Georgian England’s high society in order to achieve the love and happiness they seek. The admiration that Pike has for Austen’s work is shown clearly through this passionate delivery of Austen’s first published novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great way to hear a classic

  • By Mrs. A. Gardner on 13-09-18

A match made in heaven.

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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: 30-10-18

Rosamund Pike is sublime. I hope she reads many more books. She brings great depth and assurance to an Austen novel I have read several times, but never with so much enjoyment.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Death Watch

  • By: Jim Kelly
  • Narrated by: Roger May
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

5 September 1992: Fifteen-year-old Norma Jean Judd disappeared from her home never to be seen again. Exactly 18 years later, Bryan Judd, Norma Jean’s twin, is pulled from the searing heat of a hospital incinerator. When his charred remains are examined, the murder squad confirms that his death was no accident. Could his death be linked to his sister’s disappearance? For DI Peter Shaw and DS George Valentine, the case proves their most intriguing yet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fiendish plotting keeps you guessing

  • By Michelle on 05-09-18

Fiendish plotting keeps you guessing

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

There are several subplots in this deceptively simple story of a missing teen and her murdered twin. The tension builds consistently throughout. Keeping you listening to the end. This story was a bit too gruesome in places for me, hence the three. Jim Kelly has a talent for making characters three dimensional - the bad guys can be quite likeable when they aren’t killing, bettering or embezzling. The King’s Lynn Tourism Board are probably not fans... the mean streets of this town are truly mean.

  • Spinning Silver

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s too kindhearted to collect his debts. They face poverty until Miryem hardens her own heart and takes up his work in their village. Her success creates rumours she can turn silver into gold, which attract the fairy king of winter himself. He sets her an impossible challenge - and if she fails, she’ll die. Yet if she triumphs, it may mean a fate worse than death. And in her desperate efforts to succeed, Miryem unwittingly spins a web which draws in the unhappy daughter of a lord. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spinning gold more like

  • By Jenny on 24-07-18

Excellent full strength fairy tale

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

Reviewed: 31-08-18

This will keep you guessing as you follow the three main characters through their adventures and dilemmas. The setting is fascinating, the challenges real and heart breaking. First class fantasy fiction from an author at the top of her game. I look forward to what Novik decides to write next.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Pines

  • By: Will Dean
  • Narrated by: Maya Lindh
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

It's week one of the Swedish elk hunt, and the sound of gunfire is everywhere. When Tuva Moodyson investigates the story that could make her career she stumbles on a web of secrets that knit Gavrik town together. Are the latest murders connected to the Medusa killings 20 years ago? Is someone following her? Why take the eyes? Tuva must face her demons and venture deep into the woods to stop the killer and write the story. And then get the hell out of Gavrik.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blown Away

  • By Kathryn on 29-08-18

Dark and twisty

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

Reviewed: 29-08-18

Scandic crime from the pen of a talented English writer. I gave this 3 stars because it’s so well written I found it a bit rich for my taste. The tension is sustained throughout. Highly recommended if you like your noir as dark and bitter as your coffeee.i

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Daring Greatly

  • How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 204

In a powerful new vision, Dr. Brené Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability and dispels the widely accepted myth that it's a weakness. She argues that, in truth, vulnerability is strength, and when we shut ourselves off from vulnerability - from revealing our true selves - we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This hits home!

  • By Ellie P on 04-09-18

Life changing

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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: 15-08-18

Brené Brown puts into words so many things we’ve sensed but couldn’t describe. If you want to Dare Greatly, this is the book for you.