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  • Tarnished City

  • The Dark Gifts Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Vic James
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Luke is a prisoner condemned for a murder he didn't commit. Abi is a fugitive desperate to free him before magic breaks his mind. But as the Jardines tighten their grip on a turbulent Britain, brother and sister face a fight greater than their own. New alliances and old feuds will remake the nation, leaving Abi and Luke questioning everything - and everyone - they know. And as Silyen Jardine hungers for the forgotten Skill of the legendary Wonder King, the country's darkest hour approaches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved

  • By Angela on 01-05-18

Awesome

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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: 16-01-19

Fantastic story and beautifully narrated you really get into the characters and start living it

  • Gilded Cage

  • The Dark Gifts Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Vic James
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

A modern Britain. An age-old cruelty.Britain's magically skilled aristocracy compels all commoners to serve them for 10 years - and now it's the Hadleys' turn. Abi Hadley is assigned to England's most ruthless noble family. The secrets she uncovers could win her freedom - or break her heart. Her brother Luke is enslaved in a brutal factory town, where new friends' ideals might cost him everything.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Magical power corrupts

  • By Beccameriel on 14-03-17

Exceptional

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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: 10-01-19

Loved it.
narration excellent and drew you deep into the story which was riveting. enjoy

  • The Relentless Tide

  • A DCI Daley Thriller, Book 6
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557

When Professor Francombe and her team of archaeologists find the remains of three women on a remote Kintyre hillside - a site rumoured to have been the base of Viking warlord Somerled - their delight soon turns to horror when they realise the women tragically met their end little more than two decades ago. It soon becomes clear that these are the three missing victims of the ‘Midweek Murderer’, a serial killer who was at work in Glasgow in the early 1990s.  DCI Jim Daley now has the chance to put things right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pull up a pew and pour yourself a wee dram . . .

  • By Simon on 09-10-18

Slow burner

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-18

I struggled to get into the story found it a bit slow and bit confusing as seemed to jump around but then gathered pace and I found it easier- good ending so glad I persevered

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,533

The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling - from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman's own award-bedecked, best-selling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Norseome

  • By AnnG on 03-03-17

excellent

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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: 05-12-18

loved it! Neil Gaiman brought the Gods alive in his natural way - it was Fantastic!

  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,769
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,291

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping story.

  • By Bernadette on 22-10-15

amazing

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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: 23-04-18

loved the book. great story line and the narrator is excellent. strike is one of my all-time Hero's

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,119

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tchaikovsky is still writing Symphonies!

  • By Simon on 11-05-17

Some great concepts

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

Reviewed: 24-02-18

Well thought out with some new (to me at least) concepts. Interesting thoughts on evolution of species.

  • The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,427
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,427

England,1976. Mrs Creasy is missing, and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, 10-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 1976 - long, hot and a wonderful experience

  • By Kaggy on 05-04-16

beautifully written & narrated

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

excellent book, absolute delight with really strong characters and an excellent storyline. I loved it

  • Steel World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721

In the twentieth century Earth sent probes, transmissions and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Should I start this series

  • By luke on 10-06-15

Written by a child?

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

Reviewed: 16-08-17

Pretty awful. So many preposterous plot elements, it just didn't seem believable or realistic. Whilst it was vaguely listenable in the background, there is so much good sci-fi out there I won't be continuing with the series.

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  • The Slaughter Man

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023

On New Year’s Day, a wealthy family is found slaughtered inside their exclusive gated community in north London, their youngest child stolen away. The murder weapon is a gun for stunning cattle, leading Detective Max Wolfe to a dusty corner of Scotland Yard’s Black Museum devoted to a killer who thirty years ago was known as the Slaughter Man. But the Slaughter Man is now old and dying. Can he really be back in the game?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Ad the bad on 23-09-15

Fabulous

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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: 18-11-16

absolutely loved this, gripping from the start and didn't want to stop listening to it. the narrator draws you in so you feel part of the story. you are Max Wolfe. loved it!