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  • The Daughters of Cain

  • Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 11
  • By: Colin Dexter
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Chief Superintendent Strange's opinion was that too little progress had been made since the discovery of a corpse in a North Oxford flat. The victim had been killed by a single stab wound to the stomach. Yet the police had no weapon, no suspect, no motive. Within days of taking over the case Chief Inspector Morse and Sergeant Lewis uncover startling new information about the life and death of Dr Felix McClure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For lovers of beautiful language, beautifully read

  • By LINDA on 10-03-18

For lovers of beautiful language, beautifully read

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Would you consider the audio edition of The Daughters of Cain to be better than the print version?

Having never read any Colin Dexter and having only seen many episodes of Morse on TV, I had never considered Mr. Dexter as reading material. How wrong I was!
This being the case I am unable to make this comparison but can only say that I will certainly be trying "the real thing" in the print version as Colin Dexter's use of language finds fertile terrain with your's truly (EFL teacher and lover of her own language and words in particular!). Without a doubt Samuel West's truly beautiful voice and his ability to bring understated but moving emotional weight to the story only serves to make the written word even more striking.

What did you like best about this story?

As usual a beautifully woven plot and no graphic violence, the usual bias towards a psychological analysis of the characters and what makes people do what they do. The relationship between Lewis and Morse and the affectionate banter between them. Obviously, having seen so many episodes of the Morse series on TV I was unable not to see John Thaw and the actor who plays Lewis in my mind's eye whilst listening but since John Thaw's rendition of the character is so incredibly close to the Morse character in the book (as I only realise now, of course), this made the listen even better

Which character – as performed by Samuel West – was your favourite?

I think Lewis. Samuel West succeeded in producing a slight Welsh lilt very well (at least I heard it as a Welsh accent) and he portrayed Lewis's occasional frustrations mixed with admiration and respect perfectly. In fact the dialogues between the two were perfectly timed and delivered. What else can I say?

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Oh, yes, many moments because of Morse's loneliness and his difficulty with human relationships. I can't recall them all but his impossible love for Eleanor Smith and hers for him are particularly touching as we know that possibly neither of them have ever (and possibly will never again) felt love for another human being so strongly.

Any additional comments?

I have possibly already said too much but this listen truly affected me and I am already addicted to Samual West as a reader. There is a feature in a women's mag that poses the question: "who would you most like to have a cup of tea with?" Well, for me it would be Samuel West. I have fallen in love with his voice, but he would be quite safe over the teacups as I am 70!!!

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  • The Truth

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

A thrilling tale of suspense from the CWA Diamond winner and best-selling author of the Roy Grace series, read by Matt Addis. Susan and John Carter are crazy about each other, and life is perfect but for one thing - they are on the brink of financial disaster. Surely being a surrogate mother to another man's child won't harm such a strong relationship? Especially when the mysterious Mr Sarotzini is offering to save their home and business - everything they've worked for.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Truth is it's not bad

  • By Simon on 09-01-18

Unpalatable Peter James

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

Reviewed: 30-01-18

What did you like best about The Truth? What did you like least?

Am struggling to finish this book, but am able to comment in spite of not having reached the end yet. I quite like the reader's voice (timbre, tone and reading skill).
I definitely did not like the graphic descriptions of the violent scenes. Clearly the characters are by nature weird and so certain parts of the story difficult to digest, to the point where I was asking myself if a "normal" person (the author) can actually invent such nastiness. I have read all the Roy Grace books as I hail from Brighton and once wrote a mail to PJ expressing my enjoyment of his books. I certainly can't say as much for this one....

What was most disappointing about Peter James’s story?

The graphic descriptions of violent scenes.

What aspect of Matt Addis’s performance might you have changed?

I felt his performance was generally good especially for the male characters. Obviously a male actor trying to imitate a female voice is never going to really work and here it is made worse by also trying to produce a credible American accent....but a good try!

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Certainly not, if the film were to depict the violent scenes equally realistically.

Any additional comments?

I have stuck with it as, in spite of its frequent nastiness, it IS a thriller and, inevitably, I want to see how it ends. Hope the moment of revelation comes soon as I really want to put this listen behind me!!

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  • The Lessons

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Naomi Alderman's The Lessons reflects the truth that the lessons life teaches often come too late. Hidden away in an Oxford backstreet is a crumbling Georgian mansion, unknown to any but the few who possess keys to its unassuming front gate. Its owner is the mercurial, charismatic Mark Winters, whose rackety trust-fund upbringing has left him as troubled and unpredictable as he is wildly promiscuous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it.

  • By Diana Brighouse on 14-12-17

Well written, well narrated but not MY THING

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

Reviewed: 24-09-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

NO, simply because I have struggled to get through the listen and have now decided not to bother with the end.

What could Naomi Alderman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Nothing. I just chose the wrong book. I have gay friends and a gay relative and have no problem with homosexuality as long as I don't have to view or listen to gay sexual scenes. I would be grateful if you would keep "gay" literature in that category to avoid this happening. There was also the fact that the story revolves around what would have been called "gay young things" in my time.......! Young students and their lives are not particularly interesting when you are nearly 70!

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jot Davies?

Maybe, but there was a sing-songyness and occasionally weird delivery that irritated me frequently. I did like the timbre of his voice, however. So, perhaps I might try again and see if he always reads in the same way.

Could you see The Lessons being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Yes, I could but I wouldn't want to watch, thank you.

Any additional comments?

Please be more careful with your categories!

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  • Into the Water

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,827
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,670
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,663

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, read by Imogen Church, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, Rachel Bavidge and Laura Aikman. The addictive new psychological thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train, the runaway Sunday Times Number One best seller and global phenomenon. In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn't pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Out of the Hype Comes Real Quality!

  • By Simon on 03-05-17

Feeling too happy...this will depress you!

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

Reviewed: 23-08-17

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

No, because it depressed me terribly. Most reviews I have just read to discover if others also found it so, complained about the readers, the confusing plot etc. but no-one spoke about it being so dark and depressing. I am nearing the end but don't know if I can face going on with it....it might make me feel like going "into the water".

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Will probably never know....

What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

Correction: "voices". All too similar and poor attempts at regional accent.

Do you think Into the Water needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I don't think so and I certainly wouldn't buy it - there are so many reasons to be depressed in these troubled times and I can do without another!

Any additional comments?

Pity, I liked "The Girl on the Train", and must admit that P. Hawkins' writing is unusual and innovative - something new in this genre.

  • The Way We Live Now

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409

In this world of bribes, vendettas, and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel...a bloated swindler...a vile city ruffian'. But as vile as he is, he is considered one of Trollope's greatest creations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! Fantastic!

  • By Sharon on 15-11-09

Nothing new under the sun...

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

What made the experience of listening to The Way We Live Now the most enjoyable?

Timothy West's performance of course, which kept my Ipod glued to my body and my buds in my ears throughout boring household chores, cooking and when just putting my feet up. However dear old Trollope also deserves some praise for providing such entertaining prose.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Way We Live Now?

There are too many to mention, but, as I am just about to listen to part three I hope it will be seeing Felix Carberry brought low

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

Not as far as I recall but he' a sure bet for future listenings.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, but it isn't meant to move I think. It made me smile many a time and I found myself thinking quite a lot about the fact that human nature never really changes. Avarice and greed prevail today just as they did then and money continues to make more money for those who already have too much, men continue to deceive and women continue to believe in them against all odds.

Any additional comments?

Thank you Timothy West, for hours of beautiful contact with my native language - I live in an Italian speaking part of the world (Ticino, Switzerland).

  • You Are Dead

  • Roy Grace, Book 11
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114

You are Dead is the 11th thrilling crime novel in Peter James' Roy Grace series, narrated by Daniel Weyman. They were marked for death. The last words Jamie Ball hears from his fiancée, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified mobile phone call. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of flats where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fantastic read!

  • By Liane on 31-05-15

Brighton at its most chilling

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

Reviewed: 12-06-15

Where does You Are Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best listens in this genre in recent years.

What other book might you compare You Are Dead to, and why?

I can only compare it to the previous novels in the series: they get better and better!

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

Yes. Peter James is certainly lucky to have Daniel Weyman reading his books and, as with other listens, the quality of his rendering never wavers throughout the listen. I think it is the quiet and yet perfectly limpid tone of his voice that makes the listen addictive. I love this reader.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, the funeral of Inspector Grace's former colleague, Bella had me weeping, but otherwise it's a disturbing rather than a moving story. That said, since I'm a Brighton lass living abroad, hearing about the city where I lived until the age of 21 and walking those streets I know so well along with the characters, is necessarily an emotional trigger.

Any additional comments?

Will be waiting for the next Peter James and......Daniel Weyman (please....!)

  • The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561

When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note had explained she was dying. How can she wait? A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again; only this time she must tell Harold everything. In confessing to secrets she has hidden for 20 years, she will find atonement for the past. As the volunteer points out, ‘Even though you’ve done your travelling, you’re starting a new journey, too.’

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A joy to listen to this

  • By mollyeyre on 06-11-14

I must listen to something cheerful next time...

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

Reviewed: 14-03-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy to be better than the print version?

Can't say since I have only listened to the book.

What did you like best about this story?

I don't think I really "liked" this book as I have listened to it in a period of my life where I feel rather down and it hasn't really helped. However, I needed to get to the end as I had read the first book and wanted badly to know if Harold made it and if Queenie found peace.

Which character – as performed by Celia Imrie – was your favourite?

I loved the nun with the French name, who, much to my surprise turns out to be a figment of Queenie's imagination

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

No, definitely not...I needed to "come up for air"

Any additional comments?

Wonderful and sensitive reading. Thank you Celia Imrie

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  • Merivel, A Man of His Time

  • By: Rose Tremain
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

The Restoration is over and Robert Merivel, renowned physician and courtier to Charles II, now faces the anxieties of middle age. Questions crowd his mind: has he been a good father? Is he a fair master? Is he the King's friend or the King's slave? In search of answers, Merivel sets off for the French court. But Versailles leaves him in despair, until a chance encounter with a seductive Swiss botanist allows him to dream of an honourable future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful, moving and gently humorous

  • By Linda on 19-12-14

The magic of Sean Barrett

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

Reviewed: 09-02-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'm not sure; I was mesmerised by the voice of the reader more than anything else and by the quality of the writing, more than by the story itself. I was also amazed by how Barrett somehow transported me to the era as if he himself had completely lost himself in the character of Merivel. How it is possible to maintain this involvement for so many hours of reading is hard to fathom.
I listened whilst laid low by the flu and cannot say it cheered me...it is a bleak novel but they were bleak times.

Would you be willing to try another book from Rose Tremain? Why or why not?

Yes, I think so and rather wish I had already had Restoration under my belt before listening to Merivel. Now I am not sure I'd be able to face it - perhaps in the summer, when there's sunshine to alleviate the gloom...

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

I honestly don't remember, but I will certainly be looking for his "addictive" and gentle voice again. I have tried to find out more about this actor on the web and have discovered that he is a "voice actor". How wonderful to be able to make money (if money is to be made) through having the gift of a beautiful voice.

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

No, it's definitely to be savoured in shorter sittings because of the beauty of the language and the "hard to digest" content in places.

  • Dead Man's Time

  • Roy Grace, Book 9
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701

Some will wait a lifetime to take their revenge.... A vicious robbery at a secluded Brighton mansion leaves its elderly occupant dying. And millions of pounds' worth of valuables have been taken. But, as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, heading the enquiry, rapidly learns, there is one priceless item of sentimental value that the old woman's powerful family cherish above all else. And they are fully prepared to take the law into their own hands, and will do anything, absolutely anything, to get it back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A return to great form with an engrossing story

  • By Kirstine on 19-06-13

Great company for my bout of pneumonia

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

Reviewed: 13-02-14

Where does Dead Man's Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I don't think you can answer this question since one judges a book according to its genre. However, I thought that as far as detective novels go, this certainly ranks high.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Man's Time?

What was memorable was Daniel Weyman's impeccable rendering and, although I live in Switzerland I was born and bred in Brighton and Hove, which I left in 1969. So a novel that brings to life my childhood haunts so well is memorable just for that alone. Perhaps, in answer to this question, I found myself feeling such fear for Cleo and baby and had somehow intuited that her possible killer would die before reaching her but I just had to find out before going to sleep

What about Daniel Weyman’s performance did you like?

Wonderfully modulated voice, never intrusive and extremely pleasant on the ear. He read every word with the same degree of engagement all the way through and did an excellent job with the accents too. Above all such a PLEASANT voice. I was rather ill with pneumonia at home in bed and he really kept me company for several days. Thank you Daniel.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Dead Man's Time: life is ticking away for an old man, whose last desire is to avenge his long dead father. Obsession with this desire is what keeps this old man's ticker ticking to the last

Any additional comments?

My only problem with Mr. James is the rather cruel nature of the violence, but I guess that if you want to sell, you have to play the violence up rather than down.

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