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  • Middle England

  • By: Jonathan Coe
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

Beginning eight years ago on the outskirts of Birmingham, where car factories have been replaced by Poundland, and London, where frenzied riots give way to Olympic fever, Middle England follows a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through a time of immense change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly absorbing 'political Gogglebox'

  • By K. J. Noyes on 17-11-18

BRILLIANT

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

Reviewed: 25-01-19

I loved this book. It reflects the complexity and the divisive nature of the Brexit debate. It mirrors the angst and sadness of families torn apart by fundamental views and beliefs which have been thrown into the spotlight in recent years.

Rory Kinnear's narration was superb. I couldn't stop listening to him and, as a result, I was permanently plugged in to my IPOD much to the annoyance of those around me.

  • 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 6,776
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,297

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

Loved it! Please can we have some more!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

What did you like best about this story?

Loved the characters of Cormoran Strike and Robin - fantastic interaction between the two and a twisting-turning plot that kept you guessing all the time.

Have you listened to any of Robert Glenister’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Excellent as ever

  • Never Mind

  • A Patrick Melrose Novel, Book 1
  • By: Edward St Aubyn
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

At his mother’s family house in the south of France, Patrick Melrose has the run of a magical garden. Bravely imaginative and self-sufficient, five-year-old Patrick encounters the volatile lives of adults with care. His father, David, rules with considered cruelty, and Eleanor, his mother, has retreated into drink. They are expecting guests for dinner. But this afternoon is unlike the chain of summer days before, and the shocking events that precede the guests’ arrival tear Patrick's world in two.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absolute treat!

  • By bookylady on 11-06-18

What a depressing crowd of characters

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

Reviewed: 26-03-15

Would you try another book written by Edward St Aubyn or narrated by Alex Jennings?

I would never, ever read another book by Edward St Aubyn. The upper class, shallow, valueless world he depicts is unattractive and soulless. The plot of this book is skimpy. The only redeeming aspect of this audiobook was the fantastic narration of Alex Jennings who managed to portray all the characters with individuality and flare. I loved his voice and will certainly read another book narrated by him.

Has Never Mind put you off other books in this genre?

I have no desire to read the following books in the series.

Which character – as performed by Alex Jennings – was your favourite?

Patrick

Was Never Mind worth the listening time?

I am not sure. I did finish it because I hoped for a cathartic, happy resolution to the hellhole inhabited by the characters.

Any additional comments?

If you want to be brought down and to see how the "other half' lives this is the book for you.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Enchanted April

  • By: Elizabeth von Arnim
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

It began in a women's club in London on a February afternoon. A discreet advertisement in The Times, addressed to "Those who Appreciate Wistaria and Sunshine..." lures four very different women away from the dismal British weather to San Salvatore, a castle high above a bay on the sunny Italian Riviera. There, the Mediterranean spirit stirs the souls of Mrs Arbuthnot, Mrs Wilkins, Lady Caroline Dester, and Mrs Fisher, and remarkable changes occur.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as 'Love' by the same author

  • By Kaggy on 07-11-17

A Glimpse into a Bygone Age

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

Reviewed: 18-07-14

What did you like most about The Enchanted April?

I loved the uniqueness of the characters and their interaction with each other; how they developed and matured during the story

What did you like best about this story?

The depiction of Italy, its gardens, its food, its people and the contrast between the stiff Anglo Saxons and the passionate and volatile Italians

What does Eleanor Bron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She made the characters come alive - such a fabulous voice - so well-read.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Apple Tree Yard

  • By: Louise Doughty
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,050
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,043

Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage. But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair. Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first. But she can’t control what happens next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Recommendation!

  • By Mrs. Helen M. Herbert on 09-02-14

A Gripping Thriller

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

Reviewed: 18-07-14

I loved the twists and turns of this London based novel. The legal scenes were "spot on", the characters so vividly drawn that I felt I knew them intimately. As one might expect Juliet Stevenson's narration was superb.

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  • Stoner

  • By: John Williams
  • Narrated by: Robin Field
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

William Stoner is born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life, far different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A life so ordinary so well told .

  • By Crocker on 30-07-13

A Sad and Moving Book

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

Reviewed: 18-07-14

I loved this gentle, slow-paced account of a good man who lives an ordinary life. Not much happens to him but we are captivated by his integrity and compassion.
The narration is perfect for the plot.
It is also a time capsule of American life between the wars - a fascinating piece of social history.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rachel's Holiday

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469

Rachel Walsh is twenty-seven and the miserable owner of size 8 feet. She has regular congress with Luke Costello, a man who wears his leather trousers tight. And she's fond - some might say too fond - of recreational drugs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never disappointed by Marian Keyes

  • By CharmayneFB on 14-12-13

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 18-07-14

It took me a while to get into this book - at first I was so exasperated by the heroine and felt that the novel was more like a handbook to addiction recovery than a work of fiction. But the, bingo, the magic happened and I couldn't stopped listening. Gerri Halligan's narration is superb. The scene with the drunken dentist had me in hysterics - it was one of the funniest episodes I have ever listened to.
I loved the family dynamics between the sisters and their parents - the camaraderie of the inmates at the rehab unit and the wonderful boyfriend Luke.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Dead Simple

  • DS Roy Grace Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Tim Bruce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 771
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 501

Dead simple. It was a harmless stag-night prank. But a few hours later, the groom is left buried in a coffin and the four friends who know where he is are dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Keziah on 17-07-08

What a Chauvinist!

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

Reviewed: 10-11-13

Dead Simple has an intriguing and intricate plot but my enjoyment of this audiobook was marred by the right-wing,anti-vegetarian and anti-feminist nature of DCI Roy Grace, the central character. The rest of the police officers were just as unappealing. I got fed up with the snide remarks about women's breasts and bottoms. It seemed such a crude portrayal of the police but nevertheless I still continued to listen because I wanted to know what happened. However, I won't be listening to another Peter James' audiobook.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Open Season

  • By: Linda Howard
  • Narrated by: Deborah Hazlett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Daisy Minor is bored. Worse than that, she's boring. A plain, small-town librarian, she's got a wardrobe as sexy as a dictionary and hasn't been on a date in years. She's never even had a lukewarm love affair, let alone a hot one. So when she wakes up on her 34th birthday and wonders how it is that she still lives with her widowed mom and spinster aunt while her friends have all gotten married and started families, she decides it's time to get a life - and a sex life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good read

  • By Helen on 17-11-13

Big-hearted Small Town Heroine

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

Reviewed: 10-11-13

I loved Daisy Minor and felt that I had lost a friend when I finished listening to the book. I got absorbed in her family, her routine and could picture her clearly. This is a "feel good" novel which holds your interest, keeps the thriller suspense going and has a satisfying ending. Beautifully read by Deborah Hazlett I will definitely read it again if I need a pick me up.

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  • Last Friends

  • By: Jane Gardam
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Old Filth and The Man in the Wooden Hat told with bristling tenderness and black humour the stories of that Titan of the Hong Kong law courts, Old Filth QC, and his clever, misunderstood wife Betty. Last Friends, the final volume of this trilogy, picks up with Terence Veneering, Filth's great rival in work and - though it was never spoken of - in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The 3rd book about Old Filth

  • By Alison on 02-04-14

Awful

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

Reviewed: 31-08-13

I loved Old Filth and The Man in the Wooden Hat and was very disappointed in the lack of plot, the jumping around from present, far past to mid past in Last Friends. The only redeeming factor and one which made me continue to listen to the book was the outstanding narration by Bill Wallis.