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Francis Carpenter

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  • Casting the Runes

  • By: M. R. James
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

The tale of a man who unwittingly angers a sorcerer, who is assumed by some Monty scholars to be based on the self-styled 'Great Beast,' occultist Aleister Crowley. Montague Rhodes James was a noted British mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–1918) and of Eton College (1918–1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An encounter with evil

  • By Kaggy on 07-12-14

Entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 23-03-18

I really enjoyed this. An intelligently written story. The narration was excellent and brought the story to life.

  • Friend Request

  • By: Laura Marshall
  • Narrated by: Elaine Claxton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 986

Maria wants to be friends. But Maria is dead. Isn't she? When Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past, her heart nearly stops. Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook. Maria Weston has been missing for over 25 years. She was last seen the night of a school leavers' party, and the world believes her to be dead. Particularly Louise, who has lived her adult life with a terrible secret. As Maria's messages start to escalate, Louise forces herself to reconnect with old friends....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clever thriller with some unexpected twists

  • By Grab This Book on 20-10-17

Manipulative crap!

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

Reviewed: 19-11-17

This was well performed. However that was the only merit. The contrived story was in my opinion feminist propaganda and extremely offensive. It's point was to assert that men are sexual predators and women 'pure' victims who are not really interested in sex. What crap! The main character lives with a man for years and has his child yet does not realise he is in fact a predatory rapist into BDSM! Really? The scene where he 'rapes' Maria is contrived in the extreme It's a dangerous variation of the Agatha Christie approach where you start with the conclusion then contrive the rest of the story around it. We are suddenly told that Sam was over 6' at 16 and Maria was small and weak. She had taken E inadvertently in order to negate any responsibility. This is not what happened with teenagers at that time. I prefer a more nuanced, intelligent and realistic story that considers the counter view that most British teenage girls and young women are in fact sexually aware, adventurous and predatory. Asserting that British woman today should be treated like Jane Austin heroines is deluded and offensive. Feminists might want to have their cake and eat it but that is wrong according to a relativist view. I will not be revisiting this author.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Dr Gideon Fell: Collected Cases

  • Classic Radio Crime
  • By: John Dickson Carr
  • Narrated by: Donald Sinden, John Hartley, full cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Donald Sinden stars as eccentric amateur sleuth Gideon Fell in these two full-cast BBC radio dramatisations of stories by John Dickson Carr. One of the pre-eminent detectives of crime fiction's Golden Age, Dr Gideon Fell is stout, jovial and fond of beer and band music. However, he also possesses a razor-sharp mind and extraordinary powers of deduction, which are frequently put to the test as he is called upon to solve seemingly impossible crimes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC DR GIDEON DOES IT AGAIN

  • By Highlight on 21-10-17

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 15-11-17

I found these to be very enjoyable indeed. Clever stories that were well performed by the actors.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Seasons of Love

  • A Lesbian Romance Novel
  • By: Harper Bliss
  • Narrated by: Carmen Rose
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Alice McAllister is a successful solicitor who likes a quiet, disciplined life. But when her business partner, Miranda, forces her to take a vacation at her holiday home in Portugal, the presence of Miranda's daughter, Joy, turns Alice's world upside down. Despite their age difference, Alice and Joy embark on a fiery holiday romance...until they have to return home to London. Will Alice be able to forget about Joy and what she has awakened in her? And how can she face Joy's mother without guilt after such a passionate summer fling?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Different take on f/f relationship

  • By Alice on 26-01-17

Engaging

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

Reviewed: 28-09-17

I thought this was fantastic. A believable story and characters. It was well written with an effective use of language. The narration was fabulous.

  • The Photograph

  • A Lesbian Mystery Romance
  • By: Jane Retzig
  • Narrated by: Danielle O'Farrell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

When she hears Niamh busking in the center of town, Becky is stunned by the intensity of her attraction to the itinerant young musician. The feeling is mutual. For Niamh, Becky has a familiar feel that reminds her of the home and family she has lost, and she quickly finds herself looking for ways to meet this intriguing young woman again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This would make a beautiful film.

  • By Frankimunk on 19-03-16

Major flaw in the plot!

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

Reviewed: 17-08-17

DNA evidence would have put the villain in jail destroying any credibility in the story! He would not have been around to threaten any of characters!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nothing to Lose

  • A Lesbian Romance
  • By: Clare Lydon
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Baker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Nobody would ever describe Scarlet Williams as a ray of sunshine, but that doesn’t mean she deserves the flood that wipes out her basement flat, making her temporarily homeless. Enter Joy Hudson, local mayor & sunshine specialist, who opens her house to flood refugees and ends up with Scarlet on her doorstep. Two more opposing characters you couldn’t fail to meet, and yet, somehow, they strike up a friendship. But when the rain stops and the sun comes out, could that friendship blossom into something more?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Throughly enjoyed this audio book by Clare Lyndon.

  • By Anonymous User on 30-09-17

Enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

I found the narration excellent. The story was engaging and positive. Definitely worth a listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Soldier

  • Danny Black Thriller 4
  • By: Chris Ryan
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

A migrant boat battles through the rough Mediterranean. Its passengers are desperate, starving and scared. They are also being ruthlessly targeted by the SAS. Islamic State militants are smuggling themselves into Europe using these boats. Only by locating such men before they make it into the UK can the Regiment stop them committing their acts of terror on British soil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Chris Ryan grit

  • By Mark Lewin on 26-09-16

Absolutely Ridiculous!!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

I did not like this at all, nothing like the Geordie Sharp stories. The plot had more holes than a sieve. I could not finish it. A woman SAS operative, I think not. A three 'man' team would not be allowed. Comic book characters! The Head of MI5 and the Foreign Secretary talking like East End gangsters! Ridiculous!

  • The Wrong Woman

  • A Lesbian Mystery Romance
  • By: Jane Retzig
  • Narrated by: Anne Day-Jones
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Kate is a rapidly rising star of the trauma therapy world - London based, shy, uptight, and with an air of aloofness that masks a deep sense of insecurity. When she has to relocate her "Traumatology for the 21st Century" conference to Horton Hill "Deluxe" Hotel and Conference Centre in the heart of industrial West Yorkshire, she is understandably horrified by the state of the place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected

  • By Alice on 02-08-15

Entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 28-07-17

Effective story and characters with individual personalities. It also shows that people can be evil.

  • Great Masters: Mozart - His Life and Music

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40

Even from the perspective of time, it is nearly impossible to grasp the full contribution made to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in his brief and glorious life. He composed his first symphony at the age of 8 and reached full artistic maturity by the time he was only 20. And when he died at the age of 35, he left a legacy of more than 600 works of brilliance - symphonies, chamber music, operas, and more - most composed during an incredibly productive 20-year period.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous!

  • By Francis Carpenter on 09-01-17

Fabulous!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

An fantastic analysis of Mozart's life and works. Professor Greenberg strips away the rubbish and myth (no Hollywood idiotic superficial portrayal here thank God!) and gets to Mozart the man, a complex personality. I loved his enthusiasm and no nonsense approach. A thought provoking analysis on probably the greatest composer in history.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Christmas Carol

  • By: Charles Dickens, R. D. Carstairs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Cranham, Miriam Margolyes, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,029

'If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!' Charles Dickens’ ghostly tale of sour and stingy miser Ebenezer Scrooge has captivated readers, listeners and audiences for over 150 years. This Christmas, Audible Studios brings this story to life in an audio drama featuring an all-star cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THANK YOU 🎄🤶🏻🎄& Merry Christmas

  • By Highlight on 14-12-16

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 18-12-16

An excellent adaptation. It was atmospheric and the casting was great. It did not fall into caricature as often happens.