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  • Quidditch Through the Ages

  • By: J.K. Rowling, Kennilworthy Whisp
  • Narrated by: Andrew Lincoln
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402

A perennial best-seller in the wizarding world and one of the most popular books in the Hogwarts School Library, Quidditch Through the Ages contains all you will ever need to know about the history, the rules - and the breaking of the rules - of the noble sport of Quidditch. Packed with fascinating facts, this definitive guide by the esteemed Quidditch writer Kennilworthy Whisp charts the game's history from its early origins in the medieval mists on Queerditch Marsh through to the modern-day sport loved by so many wizard and Muggle families around the world. With comprehensive coverage of famous Quidditch teams, the commonest fouls, the development of racing brooms, and much more, this is a must-have sporting bible for all Harry Potter fans and Quidditch lovers and players, whether the weekend amateur or the seasoned Chudley Cannons season-ticket holder.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing! Wonderful! Absolutely incredible!

  • By Anonymous User on 16-03-18

Escape Further into the Magical World

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

If you want to escape reality into the world of Harry Potter, this book is perfect. The imagination and creativity put into every line is superb. The escapism is pure. The storytelling is top notch.

It's easy to pick up, put down and come back to some time later, so you don't have to commit to listening non-stop. And repeating the book, you'll find little tidbits you missed the first time round.

  • The One

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Vicky Hall, Simon Bubb, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117

How far would you go to find The One? One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner - the one you're genetically made for. A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking - and deadlier - than others....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I absolutely loved this book!!

  • By Daisy on 02-06-17

Didn't hold up to its promise

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

Down the rabbit hole of your genes determining who your true love really is.

The idea behind the book and the stories of the characers' lives as they get caught up in new DNA screening for your True Love is good but, for me, it wasn't executed as well as it could've been. Unlike other books, I wasn't drawn into the events, I didn't care about the characters, I struggled to get to the end.

It wasn't helped by the readers. A couple of them were very, very irritating.

I wonder if I would've found the book more enjoyable than the audiobook.

  • Dead Reckoning

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #11
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Now the vampires and the shapeshifters are 'out', you'd think the supernaturals would get on with each other. But nothing is that simple in Bon Temps!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really good read, I truly enjoyed listening to it

  • By Cheryl on 24-06-11

Another Great Read from Harris

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

I have a confession...I read the Sookie Stackhouse series loooong ago. I devoured the books as a younger reader, I fell in love with characters, I wanted to live in Bon Temps. And that's what I look for in a book at any age. I want to be spirited away from my life and into someone elses.

X number of years on, I use the audiobooks to fall asleep to. The stories, whilst imaginative, aren't going to win any literary prizes. The style is "American", it is aimed at younger readers, it does have some laughable lines (the sex scenes will make you cringe) - but I can't help but love them.

  • Dead as a Doornail

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #5
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

Sookie Stackhouse enjoys her life, mostly. She's a great cocktail waitress in a fun bar; she has a love life, albeit a bit complicated, and most people have come to terms with her telepathy. The problem is, Sookie wants a quiet life - but things just seem to happen to her and her friends. Now her brother Jason's eyes are starting to change: he's about to turn into a were-panther for the first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dead as a doornail

  • By Nadia on 21-10-09

An Imaginative World Where Vampires Exist

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

I have a confession...I read the Sookie Stackhouse series loooong ago. I devoured the books as a younger reader, I fell in love with characters, I wanted to live in Bon Temps. And that's what I look for in a book at any age. I want to be spirited away from my life and into someone elses.

X number of years on, I use the audiobooks to fall asleep to. The stories, whilst imaginative, aren't going to win any literary prizes. The style is "American", it is aimed at younger readers, it does have some laughable lines (the sex scenes will make you cringe) - but I can't help but love them.

  • Definitely Dead

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #6
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

Sookie doesn't have that many relations, so she hated to lose one - but of all the people to go, she didn't expect it to be her cousin Hadley, a consort of New Orleans' vampire queen - after all, Hadley was technically already dead. But she is gone, beyond recall, and she's left Sookie an inheritance - one that comes with a bit of a risk - not least because someone doesn't want Sookie digging too deep into Hadley's past - or her possessions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly an experience not to be missed!

  • By Cruella1313 on 02-01-14

Ever Wondered What it Would be Like...

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

...if vampires were real? If so, you'll enjoy this series.

I have a confession...I read the Sookie Stackhouse series loooong ago. I devoured the books as a younger reader, I fell in love with characters, I wanted to live in Bon Temps. And that's what I look for in a book at any age. I want to be spirited away from my life and into someone elses.

X number of years on, I use the audiobooks to fall asleep to. The stories, whilst imaginative, aren't going to win any literary prizes. The style is "American", it is aimed at younger readers, it does have some laughable lines (the sex scenes will make you cringe) - but I can't help but love them.

  • Dead Until Dark

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373

Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn't get out much - not because she's not pretty - she's a very cute bubbly blonde - or not interested in a social life. She really is . . . but Sookie's got a bit of a disability. She can read minds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank god and just in time!!

  • By Sophie on 25-10-09

Enjoy A World That Could Be

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

I have a confession...I read the Sookie Stackhouse series loooong ago. I devoured the books as a younger reader, I fell in love with characters, I wanted to live in Bon Temps. And that's what I look for in a book at any age. I want to be spirited away from my life and into someone elses.

X number of years on, I use the audiobooks to fall asleep to. The stories, whilst imaginative, aren't going to win any literary prizes. The style is "American", it is aimed at younger readers, it does have some laughable lines (the sex scenes will make you cringe) - but I can't help but love them.

  • The Dead Ex

  • By: Jane Corry
  • Narrated by: Laura Aikman, Honeysuckle Weeks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 294

He said in sickness and in health. But after Vicki was attacked at work and left suffering with epilepsy, her husband, Daniel, left her for his mistress. So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he's gone missing, her first thought is 'good riddance'. But then the police find evidence suggesting that Daniel is dead. And they think Vicki had something to do with it. What really happened on the night of Daniel's disappearance? And how can Vicki prove her innocence when she's not even sure of it herself?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By ruthraemoir on 19-08-18

So Many Layers

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

Get drawn into the life of a woman defending herself from charges of murdering her ex-husband. You root for her. You want her to be innocent. But you're not quite sure.

It's a wonderfully written story that will drag you down one path before turning sharply down another. There are so many layers you wonder if you'll keep up but you will. Tie them all together for a imaginatively pulled together story.

The performance wasn't 100% enjoyable for me but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the tale.

  • More from Marple's Casebook

  • Full-Cast BBC Radio 4 Dramatisations
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: full cast, June Whitfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 152

June Whitfield stars as Miss Marple in seven full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisations. The stories included are: 'The Moving Finger', 'They Do It with Mirrors', 'Nemesis', 'Sleeping Murder', 'Tape-Measure Murder', 'The Case of the Perfect Maid' and 'Sanctuary'. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvellous Marple!

  • By Lee on 10-09-18

Perfect for Marple Fans

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

Sit back, grab a cuppa and put your feet up.

Dive into the world of Miss Marple with the wonderfully produced series of stories written by the Queen of Crime. Christies' unparalleled work has been brought to life for you to enjoy.

  • Harry Potter: A History of Magic

  • An Audio Documentary
  • By: Pottermore Publishing, Ben Davies
  • Narrated by: Natalie Dormer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 364

The history of magic is as long as time and as wide as the world. In every culture, in every age, in every place and, probably, in every heart, there is magic. Harry Potter: A History of Magic reveals some of the hidden stories behind real-world magic and explores some of J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their folkloric, cultural and historical forebears.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Better as a documentary - read review to the end

  • By Elle on 04-10-18

The Reality of a Legend

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

Did you visit the British Library exhibition A History of Magic?

I did and loved it. First hand, you got to see our country's magical history, from spellbooks to broomsticks. You'll see links between actual people, events and beliefs that are reflected in Rowling's incredible world.

This is what you get with this book.

Don't read it expecting it to be a world of Hogwarts fantasy. It is based on fact. It is non-fiction rather than fiction. And if you have an interest in this kind of thing, you'll love it. You don't have to be a Harry Potter fan to enjoy it but it does open up his world to our reality for you if you do.

I knocked a point off because I wasn't terribly engaged and haven't finished it.

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  • Dear Mrs Bird

  • By: AJ Pearce
  • Narrated by: Anna Popplewell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 524

London, 1940. Emmeline Lake and her best friend, Bunty, are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent, and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance - but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman's Friend magazine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wartime tale of writing, bravery & soldiering on

  • By K. J. Noyes on 12-04-18

Lighthearted and Heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

It's a simple but lovely story.

The characters develop nicely, as does the tale. The story opens up the imagination to what it was like in war-time London and the issues every day women went through, from grasping love while you can have it to dealing with PTSD when everyone is having a tough time of it.

It's clear a lot of work went into trying to recreate the lives of living in such trouble times whilst keeping the war spirit alive. And you're drawn into a world of strong characters who live lives swinging from cheer and lightheartedness to the heartbreaking reality of WWII London. But I was disappointed with the end as it's simply a nice and expected tidy up finish – but this is typical of most books. I would have given a higher score if the ending unfolded in a more imaginative way.