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Mrs. H. L. Rider

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  • Duncton Wood

  • By: William Horwood
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 23 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

The moles of Duncton Wood live in the shadow of Mandrake, a cruel tyrant corrupted by absolute power. A solitary young mole, Bracken, is thrown into leading the fight to free Duncton Wood. Only by putting his trust in the ancient Stone, forgotten symbol of a great spiritual past, can he find the strength to challenge Mandrake's darkness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magical read

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-09-18

The spirit of Tolkien set within the world of mole

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-18

Masterful penmanship weaves a story as epic in scope, scale and spirit as Tolkien superb

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The House of Hopes and Dreams

  • By: Trisha Ashley
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The House of Hope and Dreams by Trisha Ashley, read by Julia Franklin. When Carey Revell unexpectedly becomes the heir to Mossby, his family’s ancestral home, it’s rather a mixed blessing. The house is large but rundown and comes with a pair of resentful relatives who can’t be asked to leave. Still, newly dumped by his girlfriend and also from his job as a TV interior designer, Carey needs somewhere to lick his wounds. And Mossby would be perfect for a renovation show. He already knows someone who could restore the stained glass windows in the older part of the house….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great countryside mystery

  • By Dewdrop on 04-04-18

a story to read and read again<br />

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-18

lovely easy read but don't be deceived there is tension, spite and deceit as well as love and redemption too. perfect for the beach

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Forsaken Throne

  • The Kingfountain Series, Book 6
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

A devastating disaster has left the Forbidden Court in ashes, its fountains destroyed, and its magic at risk. It was destined as the site of Trynne Kiskaddon's coronation as empress. Now, all Trynne can imagine is the roar of flames, the cries of Gahalatine's people, and the smell of cinders in a city gone dark. Tragic as the threat to Kingfountain is, it's nowhere near as foul as the treachery posed by Morwenna.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb<br />

  • By Mrs. H. L. Rider on 21-04-18

Superb<br />

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-04-18

A wonderful ending to a saga crossing time and world's, full of twist, turns, tension and some tearful emotional moments. I will miss the characters and Kate Rudd's voices which are the final artful layer of magic bring this epic saga to a grand conclusion? Wheeler weaves a spell using familiar place names giving them new purpose, new geography and so many familiar elements of every day life and turning them into spell binding tales of joy, loss, sorrow, redemption. so many ordinary things are re rendered extraordinary.

  • The Poisoner's Enemy

  • A Kingfountain Prequel, Book 0.25
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

Before she befriended a frightened young boy in the palace of Kingfountain, Ankarette Tryneowy grew up during the shattering civil war that raged between members of the Argentine family. This is the story of how the only daughter of a lawyer and a midwife became the famed Queen's Poisoner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The prisoners enemy

  • By NIGGLEPIGGLE on 09-03-18

Wheeler & Rudd triumph again

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-18

Just finished this book in 2 days and am a wreck - again. This fantasy world and it's stories remind me so much of the amazing Muirwood novels and Rudd's talented vocal and performance skills take this book from good to amazing. I love the very human, very identifiable charactars and before long knew them so well I knew how they would react. As well as the situations they were in but served in rich descriptive tones performed in a way to make them new.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death on the Riviera

  • By: John Bude
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

When a counterfeit currency racket comes to light on the French Riviera, Detective Inspector Meredith is sent speeding southwards out of the London murk to the warmth and glitter of the Mediterranean. Along with Inspector Blampignon, an amiable policeman from Nice, Meredith must trace the whereabouts of Chalky Cobbett, crook and forger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • my antidote

  • By Mrs. H. L. Rider on 16-01-18

my antidote

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-01-18

I just love these Inspector Meredith mysteries. I love the period in which they were written and set, I love the language and simplicity of the life the characters live. The innocence they imbue and page turning thrillers without gore, violence, sex and the nightmares that come with modern thrillers. The performance is superb Mr Griffin portrays 3d characters, like friends with just as much artistry as Bude's penmanship. 10/10

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Christmas Train

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Tim Matheson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight 'misunderstanding' at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sheer delight!

  • By Mrs. H. L. Rider on 26-11-17

sheer delight!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-17

such a real, unexpected treat. Such a evocative setting and storyline No need for guts or gore Baldacci kept me captive with great charectars and plot twists. superb vocalisation by Matheson who created an equally impressive set of voices & accents made for a journey I am sure to take again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Bloody Tower

  • Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries, Book 16
  • By: Carola Dunn
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

In early 1925, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher - recent mother of twins - resumes her journalistic career by agreeing to write a piece about the Tower of London - the Bloody Tower - for an American magazine. Invited to observe the centuries-old ritual Ceremony of the Keys, she's spending the night (her first time away from her babies), since the complex is locked and guarded, and the high walls are surrounded by a disused moat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Why the cover picture of Westminster and Big Ben?

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-03-18

Dunn and Rayner make best combo in 20's who dunnit

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-10-17

Welcome back Lucy! For me Lucy Rayner is the heart and soul of the Daisy Dalrymple series. I love these lighter form of murder mysteries, all the mystery without sinister over tones or blood, guts, gore, sex or foul language. But always a little sad when the journey is over and I wait alone until next time!

  • Dying Fall

  • A Ruth Galloway Investigation
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 827
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 739
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 734

Shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library. Ruth Galloway receives a phone call that bears shocking news. A friend of hers from college, Dan Golding, has been killed in a fire at his Lancashire home. Her shock turns to alarm when she gets a letter from Dan. He has made a discovery that will change archaeology forever but he needs Ruth's advice. Even more alarming, he sounds vulnerable and frightened. DCI Harry Nelson is also rediscovering his past. Up north for a holiday, he meets his former colleague Sandy MacLeod, now at Blackpool CID.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • readers

  • By Margaret on 25-04-13

Superb!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-10-17

Another page turners that satisfies. I love that Griffiths presents you with intense characters in tense situations which impact you fully yet without gratuitous violence or gore. Characters are true to themselves without microscopic detail cluttering mind and plot resulting in a thrilling journey. More please!

  • The Lake District Murder

  • By: John Bude
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Luke flung the light of his torch full onto the face of the immobile figure. Then he had the shock of his life. The man had no face! Where his face should have been was a sort of inhuman, uniform blank! When a body is found at an isolated garage, Inspector Meredith is drawn into a complex investigation where every clue leads to another puzzle: was this a suicide or something more sinister? Why was the dead man planning to flee the country?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting reminder of life in the recent past!

  • By Ian Smith on 24-03-16

A great listen . loved it!!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-09-17

At last, I feel like I have just heard a great detective story and been able to contribute and follow everything that happens without rewinding parts several times. No gore, no swearing, no nightmares just a refreshing, "page turning" listen.

  • The Fourth Sacrifice

  • The China Thrillers, Book 2
  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737

Three corpses: drugged, labeled and brutally beheaded; a trail that Detective Li Yan has to follow. He and forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell have been trying to deny the attraction that nearly destroyed both their careers. But when a fourth victim is found, they have no choice but to work together to track down the truth and to hunt down a ruthless killer. The Fourth Sacrifice is the second in the acclaimed China series from Peter May, author of Runaway, Entry Island and the internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Liked it, but found it a little far fetched.

  • By Hurtlejolt on 05-09-16

Riveting on so many levels!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-17

Such an engrossing novel not just as a "who dunnit" but because of the cultural history and a glimpse into the mystery which is China, add in a sprinkle of twists to leave at least 1 surprise in the climax of this book and you get a perfect escape. All that combine with a great performance from Forbes especially Chinese pronunciation and conversations makes this close to perfect.