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Carol Baker

Accrington, UK
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  • The Kings of Clonmel

  • Ranger's Apprentice, Book 8
  • By: John Flanagan
  • Narrated by: William Zappa
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Will is at the annual Ranger Gathering but Halt is investigating mysterious happenings in the west. When he does finally return, it’s with bad news: Hibernia is in turmoil. A false religious cult calling themselves the Outsiders are sowing confusion and sedition, and five of the six Hibernian kingdoms have been undermined. Now the sixth, Clonmel, is in danger. Halt, Will and Horace set out to restore order. Can the secrets of Halt’s past help them in their mission?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By Carol Baker on 16-02-19

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 16-02-19

Once again a good adventure - well written and read - a good old fashioned action story well worth the listen.

  • Oakleaf Bearers

  • Ranger's Apprentice, Book 4
  • By: John Flanagan
  • Narrated by: William Zappa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 62

Can sworn enemies fight side by side to save their lives and their kingdoms? Just as spring approaches and Will and Evanlyn can finally escape Skandia, Evanlyn is carried off by mysterious horsemen. Will sets out after them, but one boy against six fierce Temujai warriors is impossible odds - even for a Ranger apprentice. Halt and Horace arrive just in time. But the happiness of their reunion is cut short when Halt realizes these Temujai are only scouts for a massive invasion force.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adventure

  • By Carol Baker on 09-02-19

Adventure

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

Reviewed: 09-02-19

Yet again another good listen a story which keeps the suspense going right to the end. Looking forward to the next listen

  • Death of a Liar

  • Hamish Macbeth, Book 30
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Sergeant Hamish Macbeth is alarmed to receive a report from a woman in the small village of Cronish in the Scottish Highlands. She has been brutally attacked and the criminal is on the loose. But upon further investigation, Hamish discovers that she was lying about the crime. So when the same woman calls him back about an intruder, he simply marvels at her compulsion to lie. This time, though, she is telling the truth. Her body is found in her home and Hamish must sort through all of her lies to solve the crime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Murder capital of Europe

  • By Mary Carnegie on 21-01-17

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 21-11-17

As always a great listen - with familiar figures and a new Murder with its twists and turns, mystery, romance and humour all in one story - enough to keep one’s interest - on a wet windy winter day !!

  • Calculated in Death

  • In Death Series, Book 36
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of a brownstone’s basement steps, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better. A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the brownstone, she knows Marta’s murder is the work of a killer who’s trained, yet not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great partnership

  • By Marie on 05-12-18

On the edge of my seat yet again

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

Yet again another entertaining listen - following Eve & Rourke as Eve and her detectives chase another murderer and get justice for the dead!!

  • Agatha Raisin: Pushing Up Daisies

  • Agatha Raisin Series, Book 27
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 283

Allotment wars! Lord Bellingham, Carsely's biggest landholder, has enraged locals by saying he is going to sell off their allotments to make way for a new housing development. So when he turns up dead, poisoned by antifreeze, nobody mourns his passing. On another fine summer's day, Agatha visits Carsley's allotments, where everything looks peaceful and perfect: people of all ages digging in the soil and working hard to grow their own fruit and veg.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pushing fans' loyalty to the limit

  • By Knucklebones on 23-09-16

Consistent

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

Yet another one in the Agatha Raisin series - and yet more twists and turns both in Agatha's love life and her ability to ferret out the truth - very enjoyable listen - Penelope Keith really puts life into the characters - well done to both author and narrator

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  • Agatha Raisin and the Blood of an Englishman

  • Agatha Raisin Series, Book 25
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

Even though Agatha Raisin loathes Christmas panto, her friend, Mrs Bloxby, the vicar's wife, has persuaded her to support the local am dram society in their festive offering. Stifling a yawn at the production of Babes in the Wood, Agatha watches the baker playing an ogre strut and threaten onstage until a trapdoor opens, followed by a scream and silence! Surely this wasn't the way the scene was rehearsed. When it turns out the local baker had been murdered most horribly, Agatha puts her team of detectives on the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Penelope keith a great narator

  • By Pansypotter on 19-02-16

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 21-02-16

Yet another adventure for the mature lady detective - yet again she lets her pursuit of the ideal man get in her way at times but continues with dogged determination to solve the puzzle of who is the murderer.

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  • Spook's: Alice

  • Wardstone Chronicles 12
  • By: Joseph Delaney
  • Narrated by: Annie Hemingway
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

A lot of dark stuff happened when I was young that I‘ve never even told to my dearest friend, Tom Ward. Dark and scary things I hoped I had left behind for ever... Over the years, Alice has fought evil side by side with the Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward. But now Alice is alone – in the realm of the dark. And the creatures she has helped to banish there, now have the chance to take their revenge. Alice must seek the final weapon needed to destroy the Fiend for good. If she fails, the world will fall into despair and darkness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • eagerly waiting for the final book

  • By Christine Hargreaves on 29-07-16

I am Alice!!!

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

Reviewed: 13-06-15

Really ties in the life of Alice to the books - scary but enjoyable - next one please!!!
Well written series and very believable - especially when I live in Lancashire. Don't know about the books being for children - I must be a child at heart!!!

  • The Spook's Blood

  • Wardstone Chronicles 10
  • By: Joseph Delaney
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Time is running out for Thomas Ward. His final battle against the Fiend is drawing near, and the Spook's apprentice has never felt more alone in his task. Isolated and afraid, the Fiend is set to send the greatest of his servants against him - Siscoi, a Vampire God more ferocious than anything he has yet faced. Tom must risk his life to prevent the evil beast from entering this world, even as he learns that the final destruction of the Fiend may involve a sacrifice more terrible than he can imagine….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really good book.

  • By Mike on 31-05-18

Spooky

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

Reviewed: 30-05-15

Yet another great book about the life of Thomas Ward - the Spooks Apprentice - kept me entertained all the way through and eager to listen to the next book.

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  • Book of The Dead

  • Kay Scarpetta Series, Book 15
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

The 'book of the dead' is the morgue log in which all cases are entered. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to have a new meaning. She moves to South Carolina in the hope of a quieter life, but then a series of violent murders begins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By Carol Baker on 16-01-15

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 16-01-15

Very hard to put down - fast moving with its unexpected twists and turns.
The characters are so true to life that you are totally immersed in Kay Scarpetta's world.

  • Blow Fly

  • Kay Scarpetta Series, Book 12
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Dr. Kay Scarpetta has left Virgina in quest of peace, but instead finds herself drawn into baffling, horrific murders in Florida, where she becomes entangled in an international conspiracy that confronts her with the shock of her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Blow Fly

  • By Stuart on 19-11-08

Blow Fly

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

The audio book enhances the written as you can just close your eyes and be totally immersed in the story.
The story keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting for Kay Scarpetta to unfold the plot with its twists and turns - the characters are so real you almost know them.

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