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  • The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr

  • By: Frances Maynard
  • Narrated by: Charlie Sanderson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

Elvira Carr is 27 and neuro-atypical. Her father - whom she suspects was in the secret service - has passed away and, after several Unfortunate Incidents growing up, she now spends most of her time at home with her overbearing mother. But when her mother has a stroke, Elvira is suddenly forced to look after herself or risk ending up in sheltered accommodation. Armed with her Seven Rules, which she puts together after online research, Elvira hopes to learn how to navigate a world that's full of people she doesn't understand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant

  • By Carole on 22-08-18

totally engaging

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

I was suprised at how quickly this novel drew me in and how engaged I became with this young woman's life and the way in which she perceived the world around her.

highly recommended for any one.

  • Hall of Mirrors

  • Bryant and May, Book 15
  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

The year is 1969, and 10 guests are about to enjoy a weekend at Tavistock Hall. The guests also include detectives Arthur Bryant and John May - undercover, in disguise and tasked with protecting Monty Hatton-Jones, a whistle-blower turning Queen’s evidence in a massive bribery trial. The house’s owner - a penniless, dope-smoking aristocrat - is intent on selling the estate to a secretive millionaire, but the weekend has only just started when the millionaire goes missing, and murder is on the cards....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant books

  • By Mr on 22-04-18

I love these books and I love the narrator.

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

Reviewed: 17-05-18

this series of books are like old friends and I hope they keep going on and on and on.......

  • Inspector Hobbes and the Blood

  • Unhuman, Book 1
  • By: Wilkie Martin
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 260

Set in a small Cotswold town, Inspector Hobbes and the Blood is a fast-paced comedy cozy mystery fantasy about the adventures of Andy, an incompetent reporter, when he is reluctantly working with Inspector Hobbes, a police detective with a reputation. Andy soon finds himself immersed in a world where not everyone is human, and a late-night visit to a churchyard nearly results in grave consequences, and a ghoulish outcome. An accidental fire leads to Andy having to doss in Hobbes's spare room.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me.

  • By Isata on 26-05-18

Made me smile

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18


Whilst it's didn't make me laugh out loud there were moments in the book that reallt did put a grin on my face. The comments from others about the odd pronunciation of the narrator are all true - but did not spoil my enjoyment at all - for me it just added to the book's idiosyncrasies. Off to listen to the next one ....

  • In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,735

There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then there's waking up inside someone else's head. Thirty-something bartender Charlie Wilkes is faced with this dilemma when he wakes up to find himself trapped inside The Black Room - a space consisting of impenetrable darkness and a huge, ethereal screen floating in its center. It is through this screen that he sees the world of his female host, Minnie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Peter on 15-04-16

An unexpected delight

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

Reviewed: 28-04-16

I bought this on a whim and because it was a deal and it had good ratings.

Loved it!

1 of 1 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 4,033
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,759

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

I am addicted!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-16

I rarely write reviews - there are plenty of others who can do this better BUT the PC Grant books are my absolute favorite audio books

I was hooked from the first book and am now officially addicted to this series. The long wait for the next book has left me with withdrawal symptoms so I have recently re-listened to all the books again and they don't disappoint.

The narrator is the icing on the cake, excellent characterisation of such a diverse range (gender, age, race, nationality, species?) of voices. Just brilliant!

  • Natural Causes

  • An Inspector McLean Novel, Book 1
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of James Oswald's gripping new Inspector McLean crime thriller Natural Causes, read by the actor Ian Hanmore. A young girl's mutilated body is discovered in a sealed room. Her remains are carefully arranged, in what seems to have been a cruel and macabre ritual, which appears to have taken place over 60 years ago.For newly appointed Edinburgh Detective Inspector Tony McLean this baffling cold case ought to be a low priority - but he is haunted by the young victim and her grisly death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is Edinburgh turning into Midsummer?

  • By Patricia on 22-06-13

Great new detective plus subtle supernatural twist

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

Reviewed: 09-06-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Natural Causes to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version so can't comment

Who was your favorite character and why?

"Grumpy Bob" - with a name like that - gotta be a favourite!

Which character – as performed by Ian Hanmore – was your favourite?

He does all of them really well - love the accents

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed the plot. Solid detective stuff with the added element of the supernatural that is undeplayed and all the more enjoyable for that.

  • The Woman in White

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Glen McCready, Rachel Bavidge
  • Length: 27 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Walter Hartright, a drawing teacher to two sisters, wants to marry Laura, though she is betrothed to another. But who is the mysterious woman in white he encounters? Wilkie Collins was a master of suspense, but his transfer to audiobook requires a cast of readers to faithfully reflect the11 different characters who tell the story. Naxos AudioBooks brings together a strong cast to bring alive the mystery and suspense of The Woman in White.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of suspense

  • By Dr on 19-07-09

Just Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-12

This has been a favourite read for many years,I love the structure and the different narrators throughout and this has been faithfully re-created in this audio version. I would highly recommend it for anyone who loves a good story, plenty of intrigue and drama whilst remaining very much of its time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Shining

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,592

Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny's visions grow out of control. As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217, and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic horror novel

  • By Steve on 03-10-13

Spot on - scary novel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-12

This is a classic in every sense of the word. Sinister and suspenseful - the sort of scary that you keep thinking about long after you've switched it off!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful