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  • Slouch Witch

  • The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic, Book 1
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Let's get one thing straight - Ivy Wilde is not a heroine. In fact she's probably the last witch in the world you'd call if you needed a magical helping hand, regardless of her actual abilities. If it were down to Ivy, she'd spend all day every day on her sofa, where she could watch TV, munch junk food, and talk to her feline familiar to her heart's content. However, when a bureaucratic disaster ends up with Ivy as the victim of a case of mistaken identity, she's yanked very unwillingly into Arcane Branch.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, eccentric narration

  • By Ms F. Beaumont on 26-08-17

Erm..

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

Liked the book. Hated the narration. The accent is all wrong for an English story, set in (the clue is in the word) England!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silver Dwarf

  • Royal Institute of Magic, Book 4
  • By: Victor Kloss
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Ben's double life continues at the Royal Institute of Magic. To most, he's a talented apprentice and an exceptional spellshooter, but Ben is also a Guardian, responsible for uniting Elizabeth's Armour, the only artifact powerful enough to overthrow the evil dark elves. With two pieces of the armour secure, finding the third may be Ben's toughest challenge yet. His only clue is a magical key, a tenuous link to a legend called the Silver Dwarf.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WARNING

  • By Kris on 02-09-17

WARNING

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

This is book 4 of a series.

Book 5 is not available on Audible September 2017

  • London Falling

  • The Shadow Police, Book One
  • By: Paul Cornell
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,050

Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect, Rob Toshack, is murdered in custody. Furious, Quill pursues the investigation, co-opting intelligence analyst Lisa Ross and undercover cops Costain and Sefton. But nothing about Toshack’s murder is normal. Toshack had struck a bargain with a vindictive entity, whose occult powers kept Toshack one step ahead of the law - until his luck ran out. Now, the team must find a 'suspect' who can bend space and time and alter memory itself. And they will kill again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow and a bit confusing but stick with it!

  • By Beccameriel on 07-07-15

Mmm

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

Reviewed: 12-10-16

Slow start, then became compulsive. Ended up listening in bed at night and waking up exhausted after listening far too long!


Just downloaded number two.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • According to Yes

  • By: Dawn French
  • Narrated by: Dawn French, Jeff Harding, Jennifer Woodward, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,072

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook addition of According to Yes, the hilarious new novel by Dawn French. The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy - otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side - has its own rigid code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family. Emotional displays - unacceptable. Unruly behaviour - definitely not welcome. Fun - no thanks. This is Glenn Wilder-Bingham's kingdom.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Abysmal, ruined the storyline; cringeworthy

  • By PoppyS on 29-03-16

Sorry, No!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-16

Loved the last two, (esp Sylvia) found this slow and a bit tedious. Seems odd to say of an episodic story, but also found it disjointed. Didn't really care about the characters much, either.

Won't stop me buying the next, though.

  • Mystery Mile

  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: Francis Matthews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Judge Crowdy Lobbett has found evidence pointing to the identity of the criminal mastermind behind the deadly Simister gang. After four attempts on his life, he ends up seeking the help of the enigmatic and unorthodox amateur sleuth, Albert Campion. After Campion bundles Lobbett off to a country house in Mystery Mile deep in the Suffolk countryside, all manner of adventures ensue. It's a race against time for Campion to get the judge to safety and decipher the clue to their mysterious enemy's name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A novel crime thriller, superbly performed

  • By Thomas Holt on 16-10-14

Thank goodness for that

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

Reviewed: 20-09-15

Francis Matthews and Margery Allingham make a great team.

Audio book producers don't seem to realise that re-issuing classic books with new narrators isn't like re-publishing a paperback with new covers. The new narrator for most of these books just doesn't get it.

When you mess with the voices in listeners heads they it's rarely exciting and often off-putting to the extent that you stop listening. My Autumn project was re-read Ms Allingham. I'll probably do just that now, re-read them myself.

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  • The Crime at Black Dudley

  • An Albert Campion Mystery
  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

When George Abbershaw is invited to Black Dudley Manor for the weekend, he has only one thing on his mind - proposing to Meggie Oliphant. Unfortunately for George, things don't quite go according to plan. A harmless game turns decidedly deadly and suspicions of murder take precedence over matrimony. Trapped in a remote country house with a murderer, George can see no way out. But Albert Campion can.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Campion's first appearance...

  • By FictionFan on 27-01-17

Makes Albert Campion sound like a squeaky puppet

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

Reviewed: 20-09-15

Sorry, love the books, really, really didn't like the narrator. I've just been through and bought all the Francis Matthews ones I can find before they disappear too.

(Nothing against David Thorpe - just not in this period or for this author)


(Did he narrate this one before reading the rest, I wonder?)

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Slaughter Man

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,070

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

Good story - just a few issues with the procedures

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

Reviewed: 25-07-15

I do like Tony Parson, I do like his characters and don't get me wrong, it's a good story but every now and then I found myself saying, what? what? what policemen would charge in there on his own? What detective would take a key clue off to show a witness before bagging tagging and printing it? I'm not a big fan of police procedurals, but there are limits. Perhaps just a bit more of an edit before publishing?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Foxglove Summer

  • Rivers of London, Book 5
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,097
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,819

In the fifth of his best-selling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper. Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can take a city wizard to the country but...

  • By Sarah on 17-11-14

Go West, young wizard........

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

Reviewed: 05-12-14

A worthy addition to the stream of stories about Peter Grant et al at the Folly (although it's a solo trip really - if you don't count Beverley Brook).

In the other stories the city - London in all its muck, myth and glory is one of the main characters. Moving over to the Marches, a different but equally charismatic and secret landscape unfolds, excellent choice.

Intriguing glimpses into the main story line, but a good story in its own right (although I do agree with the other reviewers it wouldn't be an easy follow if you didn't know the story line). I'm just re-listening to Broken Homes and getting new sidelights on that.

Just to mention the narrator - there are some voices which go so well with the books they read that it is difficult to imagine any other voice doing justice to them and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is Peter Grant. Please don't change him!

  • Rush-Hour Italian: Teach Yourself

  • By: Elisabeth Smith
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Smith
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

Specially written to be used on the move and to be stopped and started with ease, this series is ideal for use on the train, in the car, or around the house - in fact anywhere, any time. By the end of this 4-hour, all audio course, the student will have a working vocabulary of some 400 essential words and phrases and will feel confident about speaking (and understanding!) Italian.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dissappointing

  • By Kris on 25-06-14

Dissappointing

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

Reviewed: 25-06-14

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone once said we retain information best by seeing and seeing. I found that I seriously missed the written support for this language text. I hadn't appreciated how much was missing by buying the audio version from Audible instead of the CDs

Has Rush-Hour Italian: Teach Yourself put you off other books in this genre?

Yes. From Audible anyway. I'm going away to find a set of cds with a full course.

Any additional comments?

Please make it clear that the full course includes written background materiel and this is not available to download with this audio material.

  • Northanger Abbey

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah Agliotta
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

In Northanger Abbey, a young woman's penchant for sensational Gothic novels leads to misunderstandings in the matters of the heart. Austen's first, this is considered by many to be among her most charming novels.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Northanger Abbey

  • By Christine on 13-04-13

I'd forgotten how varied Jane's voice is!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Well, yes. It's interesting to hear one of her less prominent novels

What other book might you compare Northanger Abbey to, and why?

Don't know - it's different to other Austens and isn't a "horror" book.

How could the performance have been better?

Sorry, but the American voice doesn't work. Mama and Papa are not the same as Momma and Poppa. Austen is quintessentially English and needs an English reader. (No offence intended).

Could you see Northanger Abbey being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Not really, it doesn't translate IMO.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful