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  • The Sword of Moses

  • By: Dominic Selwood
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 29 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

When former MI6 agent turned archaeologist Dr Ava Curzon is engaged by American intelligence to track down an African militia claiming to hold the Ark of the Covenant, she is plunged into a world where nothing is what it seems. Her breakneck descent into the shadowy realm of dark biblical magic hurls her across continents and into the opaque worlds of the Knights Templar, freemasons, occultists and extremist neo-Nazis, pushing her mentally and physically to the limits.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful... too much exposition & plot

  • By martin thomas on 17-12-18

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 19-01-19

I rarely give a poor review but this book is a collection of every cliche encompassed in a boys own adventure, except it was irritating and unexciting. I’m sure the author is an expert in his own field but writing fiction is not one of his gifts I’m afraid. Well tried but unsuccessful. This is not a book I will listen to again. It took determination to finish it. My quest is now at an end. Sorry to say there are better stories in this format out there.

  • 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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

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

Splendid!

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

Reviewed: 13-01-19

Anytime short stories from the queen of whodunnit. Wonderfully cast and played. A joy to listen to. Bedtime, walking the dog gardening and boring jobs, these short stories are perfect. My only complaint is the manner in which Audible chapter the books! One does not know where one book start and the next finishes. Very irritating if you listen at bed time and fall asleep! The timer is useless as the chapter times bare no relation to the book length!
Don’t let this put you off. The BBC has done a brilliant job of recording the dramas.

  • The Rebel’s Revenge

  • Ben Hope, Book 18
  • By: Scott Mariani
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Even when ex-SAS major Ben Hope is taking a holiday, trouble seems to find him. What started as a relaxing trip to the Deep South spirals into a nightmare when he’s wrongly accused of a vicious murder and forced to go on the run. Target of a state-wide manhunt, the only way Ben can prove his innocence is to unearth a long-forgotten secret and track down the killers who slaughtered an innocent woman in a vendetta dating back generations. His quest takes him into the wild heart of Louisiana’s swampland, where all hell’s about to break loose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always a good story by Scott!

  • By VSK on 26-02-19

Boys own adventure

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

Cracking good listen as always. Sorry it finished!
Kept me entertained during two dog walks and Sunday lunch prep. Ready for the next one please!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Murderer's Son

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526

Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl. Twenty years ago: a farmer and his wife are cut to pieces by a ruthless serial killer. Now: a woman is viciously stabbed to death in the upmarket kitchen of her beautiful house on the edge of the marshes. Then a man called Daniel Kinder walks into Saltern police station and confesses to the murder. But DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans of the Fenland Constabulary soon discover that there is a lot more to Daniel than meets the eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Sitting On The Fens About This One!

  • By Simon on 17-10-18

Cracking good yarn.

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

Reviewed: 22-10-18

I will confess that I listened to it over a whole Sunday!
Ear phones in while I walked the dog and that was it.
The plot line may be familiar but the narration is superbly done. In a few months time I will listen again.

  • Lord Peter Wimsey: BBC Radio Drama Collection Volume 2

  • Four BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: Dorothy L Sayers
  • Narrated by: full cast, Ian Carmichael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 244

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in the much-acclaimed radio dramatisations of Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, Strong Poison, Five Red Herrings and Have His Carcase.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable

  • By Flint on 09-04-18

Wonderfully played!

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

Reviewed: 30-03-18

Not my usual cup of tea but the BBC do very good dramatisations and this was no exception. Cracking murder mystery stories bought to life by a first rate cast. So glad I decided to give it a go!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Carry On, Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568

Listen to hilarious unabridged stories starring the ever popular Jeeves and Wooster from the master of great British comedy: P. G. Wodehouse. Stories featured: 'Jeeves Takes Charge 'Jeeves and The Unbidden Guest', 'The Artistic Career of Corky', 'The Aunt and the Sluggard', 'Clustering Round Young Bingo', 'Jeeves and the Hard-boiled Egg' and 'The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Danger to other motorway users

  • By C.J. Martin on 30-10-17

You can’t not love a classic

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

Grand little stories, snapshot of another era. Charmingly amusing and beautifully read.
My bedtime listening for a week.

  • The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England

  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

What was it actually like to live in Elizabethan England? If you could travel to the past and walk the streets of London in the 1590s, where would you stay? What would you eat? What would you wear? Would you really have a sense of it being a glorious age? And if so, how would that glory sit alongside the vagrants, diseases, violence, sexism and famine of the time? In this book Ian Mortimer answers the key questions that a visitor to late 16th-century England would ask.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Almost but not quite

  • By Portia on 17-04-12

Not at all dry!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

Fascinating book. You don’t have to read it all at once. Each chapter covers a fascinating aspect of life “ in the old days”. Wollaton hall featured in the book and this used to be one of my playgrounds when I was young which really drew me into the tale.

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  • The Flame Bearer

  • The Last Kingdom Series, Book 10
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925

The brand-new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one best-selling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. BBC2's major TV show The Last Kingdom is based on the first two novels in the series. From the day it was stolen from me, I had dreamed of recapturing Bebbanburg. The great fort was built on a rock that was almost an island; it was massive, it could be approached only on land by a single narrow track - and it was mine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another brilliant story

  • By Judy on 02-01-17

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 19-12-17

Wonderfully narrated, it’s a cracking good yarn! This must be the third time I have listened to it. Next one?

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz, George Goulding - translator
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,372

The girl with the dragon tattoo is not given to forgiveness. Lisbeth Salander has been forged by a brutal childhood and horrific abuse. And repeated attempts on her life. The ink embedded in her skin is a constant reminder of her pledge to fight against the injustice she finds on every side. Confinement to the secure unit of a women's prison is intended as a punishment. Instead, Lisbeth finds herself in relative safety. Flodberga is a failing prison, effectively controlled by the inmates, and for a computer hacker of her exceptional gifts there are no boundaries.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Story That Makes Salander a Sideshow

  • By Simon on 10-09-17

True to the spirit

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

Reviewed: 14-12-17

Enjoyed over several dog walks and happy with some illumination! Leaves room for another, me thinks!

  • Well of the Winds

  • A DCI Daley Thriller, Book 5
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833

As the Second World War nears its end, a man is stabbed to death on the shoreline of Kinloch, in the shadow of the great warships in the harbour. Many years later the postman on Gairsay, a tiny island off the coast of Kintyre, discovers that the Bremner family are missing from their farm. When DCI Daley comes into possession of a journal written by his wartime predecessor in Kinloch, Inspector William Urquhart, he soon realises that the Isle of Gairsay has many secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Meyrick Eases off the Throttle a Little

  • By Simon on 20-06-18

Top notch

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

Reviewed: 17-07-17

Thoroughly enjoyable tale from a master story teller. I'm not going to spoil it by précis, but it just shows how events from the past affect the future. As I tell my kids, secrets always have s way of bubbling to the surface.
Enjoy!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful