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  • The Sphinx Scrolls

  • The Ballashiels Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Stewart Ferris
  • Narrated by: Gavin Osborn
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33

Mayan legends tell of a location where the secret to surviving the end of the world may be found. One part of that legend is recorded on a stone tablet in the dusty attic of Lord 'Ratty' Ballashiels' crumbling manor. The other twin part disappeared from a Berlin museum when the Nazis took power. When Ratty seems about to sell his tablet to the adopted son of Josef Mengele, his friend, the archaeologist Ruby Towers, is appalled. Soon it is clear that more than archaeology is at stake.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Poor quality in a mediocre genre..

  • By Malcolm's Cousin on 09-04-17

Dreadful plot

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

Reviewed: 14-01-17

Dreadful plot, annoying characters, irritating narration and hard work to get to the end of it. This one is being returned and it is the last time I take any notice of recommendations!!

  • The Winter King

  • The Warlord Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558

Uther, the High King of Britain, has died, leaving the infant Mordred as his only heir. His uncle, the loyal and gifted warlord Arthur, now rules as caretaker for a country which has fallen into chaos - threats emerge from within the British kingdoms while vicious Saxon armies stand ready to invade. Uther, the High King of Britain, has died, leaving the infant Mordred as his only heir. His uncle, the loyal and gifted warlord Arthur, now rules as caretaker for a country which has fallen into chaos - threats emerge from within the British kingdoms while vicious Saxon armies stand ready to invade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Brilliant

  • By Matt on 29-08-14

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-01-17

I enjoyed all the Sharpe books but this one, based on myths and legends, is rubbish. Too much gratuitous blood and gore. I am returning it.

  • Cup of Blood

  • A Crispin Guest Medieval Noir Prequel
  • By: Jeri Westerson
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

When a corpse turns up at his favorite tavern, Crispin Guest-disgraced knight turned detective - begins an inquiry, but the dead man turns out to be a Templar knight, an order thought to be extinct for 75 years, charged with protecting a certain religious relic which is now missing. Before he can begin to investigate, Crispin is abducted by shadowy men who are said to be minions of the French anti-pope.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good preque lstory- but an AWFULL narrator!

  • By Will on 24-12-18

Awful Narration

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

The narration was stilted and robotic, (think speaking clock!) for the majority of this book, apart from when the boy Jack was speaking, which spoilt it for me. The pronunciation was Americanised although the story is set in England and was annoying too. The story was OK but a bit far fetched. On the positive side, the historical facts at the end were interesting. Would I listen to it again? No!

  • The Hog's Back Mystery

  • By: Freeman Wills Crofts
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

Dr James Earle and his wife live in comfortable seclusion near the Hog's Back, a ridge in the North Downs in the beautiful Surrey countryside. When Dr Earle disappears from his cottage, Inspector French is called in to investigate. At first he suspects a simple domestic intrigue - and begins to uncover a web of romantic entanglements beneath the couple's peaceful rural life. The case soon takes a more complex turn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really g-ripping yarn!

  • By Richard on 01-12-15

A really g-ripping yarn!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

Having never heard of Freeman Wills Crofts before I didn't know what to expect but knowing that I could return the book if I didn't like it I had nothing to lose so I went ahead and bought it. I am so very glad I did.
The author takes his time with the plot and creates interesting characters and atmosphere as well as unexpected twists and turns right up to the ending. I had my suspicions about who "dunnit" but I was surprised in the end! Gordon Griffin's performance was excellent. All in all a very enjoyable listen.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • One for the Money

  • A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 1
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do? If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man that took her virginity....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad

  • By Ian on 18-03-16

CJ Critt and Janet Evanovitch equals winning combo

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

Reviewed: 22-03-15

CJ Critt is by far the best narrator of Janet Evanovitch's Stephanie Plum series. Her portrayal of Grandma Mazur and Lula are memorable. Great characters brought alive by a great performance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Look to the Lady

  • An Albert Campion Mystery
  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

The Gyrth family had guarded the Chalice for hundreds of years. It was held by them for the Crown. Its antiquity, its beauty, the extraordinary legends that were connected with it, all combined to make it unique of its kind. It was irreplaceable. No thief could hope to dispose of it in the ordinary way. And indeed no ordinary thief would dream of trying. But there are others besides those who make their living by robbery, others whose immense wealth and passion for collecting render them less immune to the practical considerations that must guide even the less honestly minded citizens.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What was wrong with the Francis Matthews version

  • By Amanda on 01-03-13

Enjoyed overall

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

Reviewed: 15-06-14

What did you like most about Look to the Lady?

The performance.

What other book might you compare Look to the Lady to, and why?

none

What about David Thorpe’s performance did you like?

David Thorpe does a good job with the voice characterisations. Especially like his portrayal of Lugg!

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  • Gideon's Day

  • Gideon of Scotland Yard
  • By: John Creasey (JJ Marric)
  • Narrated by: Tim Bentinck
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Available to download for the first time, The Gideon of Scotland Yard Series by 'JJ Marric' (pseudonym of Grand Master John Creasey). Gideon's day is a busy one. London is faced with the murder of a little girl and a policeman's murder. While trying to bring these killers to justice, Gideon has to deal with a criminal gang that is after one of it's own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series

  • By keith on 29-11-16

Old Fashioned Crime Story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-10-11

Well read by Tim Bentinck (the actor who plays David Archer in "The Archers" on Radio 4) Good old fashioned yarn.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nemesis

  • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 20
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

In the high summer of AD 77, Marcus Didius Falco is beset by personal problems. Newly bereaved and facing unexpected upheavals, it is a relief for him to consider someone else’s misfortunes. A middle-aged couple who supplied statues to his father, Geminus, have disappeared. They had a feud with a bunch of notorious freedmen, the Claudii, who live rough in the pestilential Pontine Marshes, terrorising the neighbourhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Darker Davis

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-06-10

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-11

I think this is one of Lindsey Davis's best Falco Novels. Thoroughly enjoyed it - especially the ending! Wow!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Walk in the Woods

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279

The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states and over 2,000 miles, snaking through some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. Reluctant adventurer Bryson recounts his gruelling hike along the longest continuous footpath in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wilderness adventure from the comfort of home

  • By John on 28-04-07

A real treat

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-11

Informative and hysterical. What more could you want for an easy listen? The narrator is excellent too. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire

  • Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence
  • By: Deepak Chopra MD
  • Narrated by: Deepak Chopra MD
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

As elegant as his best selling How to Know God and as practical as his phenomenal The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, this groundbreaking new book from Deepak Chopra contains a dramatic premise: Not only are everyday coincidences meaningful, they actually provide us with glimpses of the field of infinite possibilities that lies at the heart of all things. By gaining access to this wellspring of creation, we can literally rewrite our destinies in any way we wish.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful meditation guide

  • By Mrs on 16-08-13

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-11

Fascinating facts contained in this. A real eye-opener. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to it and would unhesitatingly recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful