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  • The Word Is Murder

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626

A wealthy woman strangled six hours after she's arranged her own funeral. A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own. A reluctant author drawn into a story he can’t control. What do they have in common? Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's new thriller. Spread the word. The word is murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Unemployed Detective

  • By Sarah on 30-08-17

Thoroughly enjoyable !

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

Reviewed: 18-03-18

I’m a relative newcomer to Anthony Horowitz having started with Magpie Murders which I really enjoyed. If anything this is even better ! I loved the plot, I loved the personal touches and I loved the homage to Sherlock Holmes. What an outstanding author !
Rory Kinnear did an excellent job of bringing the story to life making it a real pleasure to listen to. And I know exactly what I’m going to do now - recommend it to all my friends !

  • La Belle Sauvage

  • The Book of Dust, Volume 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,156
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,836

Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust series. Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them - a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Story, Great Narrator

  • By Lorenzo on 21-10-17

Excellent story-superb narration !

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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: 15-11-17

What a wonderful return to Lyra's world. I loved the original trilogy and this book is every bit as good. Martin Sheen's narration was outstanding with a huge range of distinctive voices and imparting suspense and danger in all the right places. I only had one diss appointment with this book - it came to an end ! Can't wait for the next instalment !

  • Plötzlich in Palermo (Learn German with Stories 6 - 10 Short Stories for Beginners)

  • By: André Klein
  • Narrated by: André Klein
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Experience the sixth episode of the "Dino lernt Deutsch" story series for German learners on your stereo or headphones, at home or on the go! The narration speed and style of this audiobook is aimed at beginners, with special emphasis on clear pronunciation, so that you can easily pause and repeat words and phrases whenever you please. Immerse yourself in the sounds and sights of Sicily and learn German along the way!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Auch Gut

  • By Copernicus on 18-01-18

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: 31-10-17

This is another good story to help you learn German. Longer than the earlier ones with an interesting and very contemporary storyline. My German is not good enough to get everything at the first pass so I get really good value from listening several times over. I'm now looking forward to the next story about Dino !

  • Ahoi aus Hamburg (Learn German with Stories 5 - 10 Short Stories for Beginners)

  • By: André Klein
  • Narrated by: André Klein
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Experience the fifth episode of the "Dino lernt Deutsch" story series for German learners on your stereo or headphones, at home or on the go! The narration speed and style of this audiobook is aimed at beginners, with special emphasis on clear pronunciation, so that you can easily pause and repeat words and phrases whenever you please. Immerse yourself in the sounds and sights of the Hanseatic City of Hamburg and learn German along the way!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gute Geschichte

  • By Copernicus on 17-01-18

Fun way to learn German !

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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: 23-10-17

I really like this series of stories and find them a very useful and enjoyable way to supplement what I learn from Duolingo and Babbel. The language of this one is more complex than the earlier stories and the speech is faster so if you are just starting out try some of the earlier stories first.

  • Café in Berlin (Learn German with Stories 1 - 10 Short Stories for Beginners)

  • By: André Klein
  • Narrated by: André Klein
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Experience the first episode of our bestselling "Dino lernt Deutsch" story series for German learners on your stereo or headphones, at home or on the go. Narrated by the author with special emphasis on early text comprehension practice and pronunciation, this audiobook will not only help you learn German, but let you experience the story through the ears of the protagonist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Andre

  • By Anton van Deventer on 20-10-15

Good for beginners learning German

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

Reviewed: 31-08-17

I've now listened to four of these short stories and find they're a very good way to add variety to the language course I'm following. They may be read a bit slowly for some learners but you can speed up the dialogue if you want to with the Audible app. I find this series very helpful and will be on the lookout for more.

  • Ferien in Frankfurt (Learn German with Stories 2 - 10 Short Stories for Beginners)

  • By: André Klein
  • Narrated by: André Klein
  • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Experience the second episode of the "Dino lernt Deutsch" story series for German learners on your stereo or headphones, at home or on the go! The narration speed and style of this audiobook is aimed at absolute beginners, with special emphasis on clear pronunciation, so that you can easily pause and repeat words and phrases whenever you please. Intermediate learners are invited to just sit back and immerse themselves in the sounds and sights of Frankfurt.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay if you already know some German

  • By Louise on 23-09-17

Really useful learning aid

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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: 24-05-17

Whilst it won't win any awards for literature, as an aid to me learning German it was really helpful and I shall definitely try some of the other titles. I'm also using Duolingo and am at about 30% at the moment and could follow pretty much all of this.

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,503

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit--we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to--and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rivers of London

  • By Penelope A. Wythes on 27-04-11

Decided quirky

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

This book is a curious mix of detective story and modern fantasy and while like both these genres, the combination here didn't really work for me. There are interesting elements and some amusing passages but overall it didn't quite gel for me and I didn't really feel engaged with the characters with the exception of the protagonist. However, the performance was really good. The readers voice was well suited to the main character, the story is mostly in the first person, and he had a good range of voices for the other characters which greatly added to my enjoyment of the story

  • Rather Be the Devil

  • Inspector Rebus 21
  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721

Some cases never leave you. For John Rebus, 40 years may have passed, but the death of beautiful, promiscuous Maria Turquand still preys on his mind. She was murdered in her hotel room on the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there, and Maria's killer has never been found. Meanwhile, the dark heart of Edinburgh remains up for grabs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Mr Rankin - loved it!

  • By Ms GM on 14-11-16

Classic Rebus

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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: 30-12-16

Another great episode in the Rebus story. All the key characters in place and a good yarn woven round them. Thoroughly enjoyable.

  • Neanderthal Man

  • In Search of Lost Genomes
  • By: Svante Pääbo
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

A preeminent geneticist hunts the Neanderthal genome to answer the biggest question of them all: what does it mean to be human? What can we learn from the genes of our closest evolutionary relatives? Neanderthal Man tells the story of geneticist Svante Pbo’s mission to answer that question, beginning with the study of DNA in Egyptian mummies in the early 1980s and culminating in his sequencing of the Neanderthal genome in 2009.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the best book ever!

  • By Elanor on 19-12-14

Fascinating - very in depth account

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

Reviewed: 17-12-16

This book is fascinating but was probably not the best book for me in this area. It is a very detailed and well written account of the science behind the understanding of the Neanderthal genetic code and also an interesting autobiography of the scientist who lead the work. My level of understanding in this area is A level Biology followed by a zoology degree, admittedly 30 years ago, and I was often at full stretch to try to keep up with the arguments presented here. For me an abridged version would have worked better but if you want to get the complete picture and have the scientific knowledge to understand it you'll find all you could wish for here. The narrator is well matched to this type of material.

  • I See You

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,340

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it's there. There's no explanation, no website - just a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it's just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I See Something Very, Very Impressive Here!

  • By Simon on 28-07-16

Chilling premise

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

For most of the journey with this book I thought I would be giving it a much higher rating. Having been a commuter myself, albeit a male one, the premise is frighteningly plausible. I found the story very compelling and really wanted to know how it developed. The narration is excellent with clearly distinguished characters. I found some of the characters annoying but was quite prepared to forgive that. Sadly, towards the end it all felt too far fetched to me - trying too hard to make a convoluted climax when a simpler story would have suited me far better. Perhaps I've read too many whodunnits lately and become a bit jaded. Would I recommend it ? Yes I think so though not to any female commuting friends if a nervous disposition !