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  • Belvoir's Promise

  • The Savernake Novels, Book 1
  • By: Susanna M. Newstead
  • Narrated by: Charlie Farrow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

 

The date is 1191. Aumary Belvoir is 17. Seventeen and bound by an oath so holy, he dare not break it. Unexpectedly thrust into the position of the warden of the Savernake, a woodland of 150 square miles in Wiltshire, will Aumary succeed in stamping his authority on the forest? He has also acquired a half brother he did not know he had. With the help of his experienced staff and his willing family, things go well. The surprise brother, Robert, proves a worthy assistant. Then the deaths begin.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Murder Mystery

  • By ValaDrew on 09-04-19

An Excellent Murder Mystery

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-19

An excellent book giving historical facts and making me feel I know a lot more about life in the 1200's and the politics of the time. A great mystery story with characters you get to know and commiserate with when something happens. The narrator is excellent with smooth voice and great pronunciation. I felt so comfortable listening to her. I definitely recommend this Audible book. It stays with you long after you have finished listening to it. Bravo Sue, a brilliant book which grips you throughout.

  • Wise Children

  • By: Angela Carter
  • Narrated by: Tracey Ullman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 170

Angela Carter's last book, Wise Children, was written and published whilst she was dying from cancer, in 1991. Transcending her physical deterioration in admirable fashion, Carter made this a most life-affirming novel, in support of the vitality of 'otherness.' This Audible exclusive production, expertly read by Tracey Ullman, stands in celebration of a legendary author known for the richness of her imagination, wit and feminist insight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bottled joie de vivre

  • By Ms on 22-08-18

A Fun Story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-02-19

Different, interesting, fun. A superbly written book with emotion and great descriptions. Great narration too.

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  • The Spy and the Traitor

  • By: Ben MacIntyre
  • Narrated by: Ben Macintyre
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,075
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,936
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,924

On a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in the heart of Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the British supermarket. The man was a spy. A senior KGB officer, for more than a decade he had supplied his British spymasters with a stream of priceless secrets from deep within the Soviet intelligence machine. No spy had done more to damage the KGB. The Safeway bag was a signal: to activate his escape plan to be smuggled out of Soviet Russia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Documentary of the Cold War

  • By Paul on 03-10-18

Fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-12-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. For much of my childhood we knew about Russia and espionage but this is such an interesting insight into what was going on and how it impacts the world today. A brave man.

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 970
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 964

The 10-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambiance while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline.... Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal? These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Did not like this book at all

  • By sabine on 21-10-18

Another Brilliant Book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-18

I looked forward to listening to another book by Liane and I wasn't disappointed. Thanks for another interesting book that always ends superbly. Caroline Lee once again narrates it brilliantly. I definitely recommend this book.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,892
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,876

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Claire on 21-02-18

We Should Never Forget

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-10-18

Having heard an interview with the author I started listening to this book and never stopped until the end. A fascinating insight into a horrific part of history that should never be forgotten. Thanks for telling his fascinating story.

  • Mayday!

  • By: Clive Cussler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Major Dirk Pitt picked up the frantic distress call as he cruised his lumbering amphibious plane over the islands of the Aegean. Brady Air Force base was under fire, its entire force of jets destroyed on the ground...by just one First World War biplane! A psychotic ex-Nazi, a bloodthirsty Greek strongman and a beautiful double agent set Pitt on the trail of the warped mastermind behind a devastating sabotage plot. And on that trail, danger and death are never far behind....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good escapism. Women beware.

  • By Mike T. on 29-11-18

Another Great Adventure

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-18

I enjoyed this Audible version. Excitement, adventure and history. A Clive Cussler special. Great marathon too. Thanks.

  • The Pharaoh's Secret

  • NUMA Files, Book 13
  • By: Clive Cussler, Graham Brown
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

The City of the Dead, Egypt, 1353 BC. Buried deep beneath the Sahara desert is a secret - an ancient elixir so powerful that it is rumoured to take life from the living and restore it to the dead. Lempadusa, present day. Off a remote island, a mysterious ship releases a deadly poison. Minutes later everyone on the island is dead. Responding to a distress call, Kurt Austin and the NUMA team struggle to understand what has caused this disaster.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not one of his best

  • By Rogue on 16-01-16

Another Great from Clive and Graham

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-09-18

One of the few books I have listened to recently that I just had to keep listening no matter where I went. Gripping and adventurous with a few funny moments. I love the characters and the
adventures they go through. Thanks for another great story.

  • Before the Devil Breaks You

  • The Diviners, Book 3
  • By: Libba Bray
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

After battling a sleeping sickness, The Diviners are up against a group of new and malevolent foes - ghosts! Out in Ward's Island sits a mental hospital full of lost souls from people long forgotten. Ghosts who have unusual and dangerous ties to the Man in the Stovepipe Hat also known as the King of Crows. With terrible accounts of murder and possession flooding in from all over New York City, the Diviners must band together and brave the ghosts haunting the asylum to bring down the King of Crows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing in every way

  • By A on 09-01-19

Another Great Diviners Adventure

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Thanks to Libba for another rip roaring Diviners adventure. I was hooked to the story, which had lots of surprises and cannot wait for the next adventure.

  • A Murder Too Soon

  • A Tudor Mystery
  • By: Michael Jecks
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

June 1554. Professional assassin Jack Blackjack has been dispatched to the palace of Woodstock, where Queen Mary's half sister, Princess Elizabeth, is being kept under close guard. Jack's employer has reason to believe that a spy has been installed within the princess' household, and Jack has been ordered to kill her. Jack has no choice but to agree. But he arrives at Woodstock to discover that a murder has already been committed. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By ValaDrew on 31-08-18

Great Story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great narration. The characters are well described and the story interesting with great twists.

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  • The Norfolk Mysteries

  • County Guides to Murder, Book 1
  • By: Ian Sansom
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53

The first book in The County Guides to Murder Series. The County Guides to Murder are a series of detective novels set in 1930s England. The books are an odyssey through England and its history. In each county, the protagonists - Stephen Sefton, a veteran of the Spanish Civil War, and his employer, the People's Professor, Swanton Morley - solve a murder. The first book is set in Norfolk. The murder is in the vicarage. There are 39 books - and 39 murders - to follow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Completely Unexpected

  • By Ms Lixie on 17-01-14

A most unusual story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-08-18

A story that keeps you listening and an unusual central character. The narrator was expressive and captured characters perfectly.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful