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  • Because She Loves Me

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 908
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 903

When Andrew Sumner meets beautiful, edgy Charlie, he is certain his run of bad luck has finally come to an end. But as the two of them embark on an intense affair, Andrew wonders if his grasp on reality is slipping. Items go missing in his apartment. Somebody appears to be following him. And as misfortune and tragedy strike his friends and loved ones, Andrew is forced to confront the frightening truth.…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good ending

  • By Michael on 11-01-17

A really silly story

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

Reviewed: 16-08-18

Felt I had to write a review as there were so many five star reviews for it. The story was ridiculous, so many coincidences, unbelievable characters and unfortunately the main female character sounded like Orville the duck.

  • Doomsday Book

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enthralling tale of time travel

  • By lesley on 18-03-10

Depressing and humourless

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

Reviewed: 24-04-18

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

Looking at other reviews, people do seem to like this book, but I can’t imagine who would.

What was most disappointing about Connie Willis’s story?

It was about a terrible time, but there was never any light in this book, just hours of misery.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance was dull and lacklustre, but so was the book, so perhaps it was a good performance.

What character would you cut from Doomsday Book?

The very annoying children.

Any additional comments?

I was particularly disappointed with this book as I had already listened to the next book in the series, which is funny and well worth listening to.

  • Cotillion

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

The three great-nephews of cantankerous Mr Penicuik know better than to ignore his summons, especially when it concerns the bestowal of his fortune. His freakish plan is that his fortune will be his step-daughter's dowry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witty, charming and wonderfully read.

  • By Bettym on 08-11-10

One of my favourites

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

Reviewed: 17-02-18

I love this book. It is beautifully performed, funny and witty. On the surface it seems like a silly romance, but it is so much more than that.

  • Conclave

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Roy Mcmillan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,078

The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, 118 cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next 72 hours, one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bizarrely gripping

  • By Biker on 12-01-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 17-02-18

Fascinating story, gives an unusual inside into the Catholic Church. Really great ending. Very well read.

  • Black Widow

  • By: Chris Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Angus King, Scarlett Mack
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199

There is no perfect marriage. There is no perfect murder. Diana Jager's life crumbles when her details are released on the Internet as revenge for her antisexism blog. Then she meets Peter. Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident - a nightmare end to their fairy-tale romance. But Peter's sister, Lucy, doesn't believe in fairy tales and tasks maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling 'Black Widow'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great listen

  • By N. Macdougall on 06-02-16

Really good book

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

Reviewed: 17-02-18

I really enjoyed this book. Fast paced and well read. Clever story with a few good twists.

  • The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis.
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534

Given a backroom computer job when the beloved Birmingham library she works in turns into a downsized retail complex, Nina misses her old role terribly - dealing with people, greeting her regulars, making sure everyone gets the right books for their needs. Then a new business nobody else wants catches her eye: owning a tiny little bookshop bus up in the Scottish Highlands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully descriptive.

  • By Di on 15-06-16

Sorry, I couldn’t finish this

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

Reviewed: 17-02-18

Don’t know why I bought this one. Sugary, romantic nonsense. I couldn’t even stand to finish it.

  • An Expert In Murder: Josephine Tey Series, Book 1

  • By: Nicola Upson
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

It's March 1934, and Josephine Tey is travelling from Scotland to London to celebrate what should be the triumphant final week of her celebrated play, Richard of Bordeaux. However, a seemingly senseless murder puts her reputation, and even her life, under threat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Karen on 17-01-09

Well read but dull story

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

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

It was ok but certainly not great

What will your next listen be?

Don't know yet

What about Sandra Duncan’s performance did you like?

This was very good most voices and accents well done

Could you see An Expert In Murder: Josephine Tey Series, Book 1 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Foundling

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

The shy young Duke of Sale has never known his parents. Instead, his Grace Adolphus Gillespie Vernon Ware or Gilly for short has endured 24 years of rigorous mollycoddling from his uncle and his valet. But his natural diffidence conceals a rebellious spirit. So when Gilly hears of Belinda, the beautiful foundling who appears to be blackmailing his cousin, he absconds with glee. Only he has no sooner entered his new and dangerous world than he is plunged into a frenzy of intrigue, kidnap and adventure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wit and humour, but it does drag at times

  • By Maggie on 28-06-14

Not one of the best

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

Reviewed: 27-10-16

What would have made The Foundling better?

The story was not good. The 'children' were stupid in the case of the girl and unpleasant in the case of the boy. The story would have been much better without these two.

What will your next listen be?

I really like Georgette Heyer and will listen to another story by her. I just hope the characters will be better in rhe next book

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There was not much to enjoy in this book. I can't think of one.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom.

Any additional comments?

Many of the Georgette Heyer books are vey good indeed, but not this one. Phyllida Nash is always very good and it is a pity she had to work with such a poor story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bat

  • A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,816
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,805

Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great introduction to Harry Hole.

  • By Richard on 04-12-12

Yawn

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

Reviewed: 20-02-16

Yawn need 14 more words yawn yawn etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc oh yes yawn

3 of 6 people found this review helpful