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  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexander Dumas
  • Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
  • Length: 43 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 59

An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness, The Count of Monte Cristo focuses on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune, and sets about getting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. However, his plans have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great story ruined by poor narration

  • By Mnirs on 19-05-16

Escaping and

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

Reviewed: 29-10-17

This book was a favourite when first read in my younger life.
In listening to the familiar tale I found entir

  • The Redemption of Alexander Seaton

  • By: S. G. MacLean
  • Narrated by: Crawford Logan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 328

Banff in the 1620s. A man staggering down the street. He appears drunk, but he's been poisoned. The victim, and apothecary's apprentice, is discovered dead in Alexander Seaton's house, a fallen minister whose life lies in tatters after his affair with the Laird's daughter is discovered and he is cast out of the kirk in disgrace. When his friend is accused of the apprentice's murder, Alexander sets out to solve the crime and clear his friend's name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, well read

  • By Rachel on 16-05-09

Enjoy historical fiction, coupled with an almost Richard Burton voice reading to you ? This audible is enjoyable and gripping.

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

Excellent narration. Great voice and authentic accent leant weight to a fascinating historical tale and ended with a promise of more to come. Just as a favourite detective gets the reader hooked into wanting more of them so the central character of Alexander beckons......."follow me." Scotland just emerging from the Dark Ages. Turbulent time of change, religion, politics, primitive superstitions, et al.

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  • The Judge's Wife

  • By: Ann O'Loughlin
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

When Emma returns to Dublin to put her estranged father's affairs in order, she begins to piece together the story of his life and that of Grace, the mother she never knew. She knows her father as the judge - as stern and distant at home as he was in the courtroom. But as she goes through his personal effects, Emma begins to find clues about her mother that shock her profoundly. A tale of enduring love and scandal that begins in 1950s Dublin and unravels across decades and continents....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Laboured

  • By Mrs on 19-06-17

Interesting mix of characters.

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

Reviewed: 13-04-17

Repetitive, frustrating and depressing on the whole, with some interesting social history and fashion in the mix. If you've read The Tea Planter's Wife the outcome of this story will be evident to you from fairly early on.

  • Venus in Copper

  • Falco, Book 3
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Lindsey Davis, Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Rats are always bigger than you expect.' Falco, ancient Rome's hangdog investigator, hates sharing a cell with a rodent - though being bailed by his old mother is almost as embarrassing. His high-born girlfriend can't decide if she wants him, and Titus Caesar's reward for past services is a wet fish. Hoping for a better life, or at least a better apartment, he takes on new clients. On the elegant slopes of the Pincian Hill, three nouveau riche freedmen with two flashy wives are under siege by a clever redhead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Devious redhead

  • By Beady on 12-01-18

Copper not gold

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

Reviewed: 29-07-15

Not one of Lindsay Davis's best. Too many difficult names to remember in a tangled rush towards the end. As ever, very humorous, hugely well informed exposing ancient racketeering that is as revel

  • The Silver Pigs

  • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 1
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

One fine day, A.D. 70, Sosia Camillina quite literally runs into Marcus Didius Falco on the steps of the Forum. It seems Sosia is on the run from a couple of street toughs, and after a quick and dirty rescue, P.I. Falco wants to know why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murder, Mystery and Mayhem in First Century Rome!

  • By Broadland Wanderer on 25-09-08

Mystery : Humour : Information.

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

Reviewed: 24-06-15

Lindsey Davis has a relish for Ancient Roman history that brings the period and way of life alive to the reader. Her main characters have warmth and immediacy, with a sense of humour throughout that raises many a chuckle. I painlessly absorbed a surface knowledge of Roman law, architecture, religious ritual and deities, etc., in a totally enjoyable way.
I first read this novel many years ago and so enjoyed the Audible version I am ordering more of the series.

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  • The Life I Left Behind

  • By: Colette McBeth
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

Everyone tells her she's a survivor. No one knows she's dead inside. Six years ago Melody Pieterson was attacked and left for dead. She coped by locking away her memories, burying herself. The man responsible was caught and convicted. Even his release from jail won't derail her new life. She's a survivor after all. Then the body of another woman is discovered in identical circumstances. Like Melody, she has blond hair and green eyes. Like Melody she is found holding a gold bird cage chain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By sharon on 08-02-15

Different

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

Reviewed: 05-02-15

Slow start. Bit too much self analysis central character but enjoyed it. Became engrossed in it. Unusual. After all the early preamble, felt it ended abruptly with little follow through.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful