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  • I'll Keep You Safe

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Anna Murray, Peter Forbes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,281

Husband and wife Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own Ranish Tweed: a Hebridean company that weaves its own special variety of Harris cloth, which has become a sought-after brand in the world of high fashion. But when Niamh learns of Ruairidh's affair with Russian designer Irina Vetrov, then witnesses the pair killed by a car bomb in Paris, her life is left in ruins. Along with her husband's remains, she returns home to the Isle of Lewis bereft.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing

  • By Michael D Hewitt on 28-01-18

disappointing

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

Reviewed: 21-08-18

this was such a disappointment after the other Peter May books I have listened to. The storyline felt fragmented and lacked the depth of characterisation and tension I enjoyed so much in the other novels. Several of the characters just felt so cliched, particularly the women. So many clues were dropped about the twist at the end that it wasn't really a surprise at all.

  • The Keeper of Lost Things

  • By: Ruth Hogan
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840

Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners. But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story to become lost in...

  • By Mrs JEL on 02-04-17

disappointing

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

Much too saccharine for my taste and so predictable- the narrators style just made it worse.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,938

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story, worth getting into...

  • By Mr on 27-02-17

Stunning!

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

Reviewed: 21-11-17

hard to believe this was written 56 years ago - it is so relevant to today's world of the internet and international conflict

  • The Book of Ebenezer le Page

  • By: G. B. Edwards
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Ebenezer Le Page, cantankerous, opinionated and charming, is one of the most compelling literary creations of the late 20th century. Eighty years old, Ebenezer has lived his whole life on the Channel Island of Guernsey, a stony speck of a place caught between England and France yet a world away from either. Ebenezer himself is fiercely independent, but as he reaches the end of his life he is determined to tell his own story and the story of those he has known.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful warm story

  • By Valerie on 31-01-14

a wonderful listen

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

Reviewed: 18-11-17

a magical performance by the late Roy Dotrice - he brings Ebenezer'a reminiscences alive and captures the joys and sadnesses of a long life perfectly.

  • 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 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 340

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

Utterly gripping

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

Reviewed: 06-11-16

Excellent storyline and narration with a slow building atmosphere of menace. An intricate plotline with compelling historical detail.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pride And Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Emma Messenger
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

Austen’s heroine Elizabeth Bennet deals with the issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Austen at her wittiest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Missing words and names mid sentence ruined this

  • By Allison on 30-06-15

beware of a bargain

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

Reviewed: 30-11-15

I bought this because it's one of my favourite books but gave up listening because I found the narrators characterisations and tone harsh and over exaggerated. It completely overwhelmed the subtleties of the story.

  • A Hundred Pieces of Me

  • By: Lucy Dillon
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 954

Gina is starting her life again, after a difficult few years she'd rather forget. But the belongings she's treasured for so long just don't seem to fit who she is now. So Gina makes a resolution. She'll keep just a hundred items - the rest can go. But that means coming to terms with her past and learning to embrace the future, whatever it might bring…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uplifting and life affirming

  • By Saffy on 24-04-14

a word of caution

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

Reviewed: 01-10-14

not one to choose if you are trying to take your mind off serious health issues

  • The Ides of April

  • Falco: The New Generation (Flavia Albia, Book 1)
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Lucy Brown
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 269

Falco: the new generation - Introducing Flavia Albia.Flavia Albia is the adopted daughter of a famous investigating family. In defiance of tradition, she lives alone on the colourful Aventine Hill, and battles out a solo career in a male-dominated world. As a woman and an outsider, Albia has special insight into the best, and worst, of life in ancient Rome.A female client dies in mysterious circumstances. Albia investigates and discovers there have been many other strange deaths all over the city, yet she is warned off by the authorities.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly rocky start to "Falco - the daughter"

  • By Mike on 05-11-13

A new era and a worthy successor to Falco

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

Reviewed: 12-01-14

I actually listened to this audiobook twice because I was so delighted with it. I'm a big fan of Falco, and yes, it's a wrench getting used to a new main character while Marcus Didius lurks tantalisingly in the background, but I feel I know Flavia Albia much better now and can't wait for her next outing. The storyline is multi layered and you might think you've sussed everything out but I bet you haven't! Very enjoyable

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Jewels of Paradise

  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Caterina Pellegrini is a young Venetian musicologist hired by two competing cousins to find the truthful heir to an alleged treasure concealed by a once-famous, but now almost forgotten, baroque composer. Sworn to secrecy, Caterina can solve the mystery only by searching through the papers contained in the composer’s two chests that have not been opened for centuries. As she delves into all quarters of his life, from professional to personal, she is drawn into one of the most scandalous affairs of the baroque era.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Sp on 09-06-13

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-06-13

As a big fan of Donna Leon I have to say that I found this audiobook very disappointing. The plot moved along painfully slowly and then fizzled out completely. The use of Italian accents for all the characters by the narrator was irritating and unnecessary.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Matter

  • By: Michelle Paver
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417

January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top 5 Horror

  • By Joseph on 04-04-11

Do not listen to this on your own in the dark

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-13

Excellent story , excellent narration - very satisfying listen which stays in your mind during and afterwards!