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  • Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 10
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 509

Max is no stranger to taking matters into her own hands. Especially when she's had A Brilliant Idea. Yes, it will mean breaking a few rules, but - as Max always says - they're not her rules. Seconded to the Time Police to join in the hunt for the renegade Clive Ronan, Max is a long way from St Mary's. But life in the future does have its plus points - although not for long. A problem with the Time Map reveals chaos in the 16th century and the wrong Tudor queen on the throne. History has gone rogue, there's a St Mary's team right in the firing line and Max must step up.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best story yet.

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-04-19

Back on form

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

Reviewed: 05-06-19

A welcome return to historical content and a plot that, ultimately did not disappoint (a promise withdrawn at the 11th hour, just being compensated for at the 12th) and a taste of interesting things to come. Max’s narrative back on witty form made me remember how much I love St Marys. Tea anyone?

  • The Rosie Result

  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

Until 12 years ago, geneticist Don Tillman had never had a second date. Then he developed The Wife Project and met Rosie, 'the world's most incompatible woman'. Now, having survived 4,380 days of marriage, Don's life-contentment graph, recently at its highest point, is curving downwards. Rosie has just returned to work and is struggling with an obnoxious co-worker. Don, meanwhile, is in hot water after his latest lecture goes viral. But their real worry is their son, Hudson, who is having trouble at school: his teachers say he isn't fitting in with the other kids.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fitting finale to a wonderful trilogy

  • By Gina L on 11-04-19

That rare gift ...

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

Reviewed: 16-05-19

That rare gift; a sequel that is even better than the original. Retaining all the humour and compassion of its predecessors but adding new insights and some thought provoking themes. Why are certain behaviours only accommodated if they come with a license in the form of a label?

  • In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,756

There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then there's waking up inside someone else's head. Thirty-something bartender Charlie Wilkes is faced with this dilemma when he wakes up to find himself trapped inside The Black Room - a space consisting of impenetrable darkness and a huge, ethereal screen floating in its center. It is through this screen that he sees the world of his female host, Minnie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Peter on 15-04-16

Refreshingly Original

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

Reviewed: 23-01-19

A unique concept, told in a way that makes it believable. Just when I wondered where it was going that could possibly account for the length of book remaining, the major twist came. This introduced another topic that can be difficult to portray convincingly and suceeded with ease. I was engaged with the characters and the plot throughout.

An author I'll definitely be following now.

  • The Narrow Bed

  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 109

Queen of psychological crime Sophie Hannah returns with a chilling new Culver Valley crime novel. A killer that the police are calling "Billy Dead Mates" is murdering pairs of best friends one by one. Before they die, each victim is given a small white book.... For months detectives have failed to catch Billy or work out what the white books mean. And then a woman, scared by what she's seen on the news, comes forward. Stand-up comedian Kim Tribbeck has one of Billy's peculiar little books.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I think I liked it - but not sure!

  • By SCR on 02-03-16

How can a story be both predictable and far fetched at once?

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Disappointed in the latest Culver Valley tale. The long standing characters seem to be becoming cartoonish to the point of irritation rather than developing. The plot of this one lacked the intricate complexity of its predecessors and the stereotypical denouement (at the excuse of the protagonist planning it to be thus) was just deeply tedious. Some interesting new characters, but the motivation of the culprit was laughable. Sadly, left feeling I have wasted a slice of my life listening to this one, despite the excellent narration.

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  • The Physics of the Dead

  • A Supernatural Mystery Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,020

The afterlife doesn't come with a manual. In fact, Hart and Bowler (two ordinary but dead men) have had to work out the rules of their new existence for themselves. It's that fact (along with being unable to leave the boundaries of their city center, unable to communicate with the other lost souls, unable to rest in case The Beast catches up with them) that makes getting out of their situation a priority. But Hart and Bowler don't know why they're there in the first place; if they ever want to leave, they will have to find all the answers to be able to understand the physics of the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is Simply no Formula for Luke Smitherd!

  • By Simon on 04-03-16

One for the stage?

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

The thought that struck me repeatedly reading this was what an excellent stage play it could be made into! The focus is on the relationship between the two main characters as they try to solve the riddles of the confined post-death world they inhabit. The concepts are intriguing and the end was pleasing for many reasons, making the journey to get there worthwhile. The journey itself felt rather longer and more repetitive in places than need be. The narration and action did not vary enough to hold the interest throughout. The characters began to blend in to the grey world they inhabit after a while. I'm glad I persisted though and would happily attend a stage adaptation where I think the limited settings and persona. Oils be used to advantage.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,287

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning read

  • By Simon on 19-01-14

Can't believe it took me so long to work it out

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

When I realised what was going on here I was shocked at how slow I'd been. Not a topic I would have chosen had I known but sensitivity and creatively handled. A topic that is usually unbelievable made feasible. I couldn't see how a resolution could be achieved but when it was, it made perfect sense. An enjoyable (if taxing in places) read.

  • Shades of Grey

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

"Hundreds of years in the future, after the Something that Happened, the world is an alarmingly different place. Life is lived according to The Rulebook and social hierarchy is determined by your perception of colour.Eddie Russett is an above average Red who dreams of moving up the ladder by marriage to Constance Oxblood. Until he is sent to the Outer Fringes where he meets Jane - a lowly Grey with an uncontrollable temper and a desire to see him killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surreal, Crazy - and wonderful

  • By Veronica on 23-01-12

Utterly Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 30-07-15

Loved the Arthur Dentish narration style and once (like Eddie the hero of the story) I relaxed and went with the flow, it became a captivating read.

  • A Lady of Quality

  • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Laurie Klein
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Set in 17th century England, this marvelous tale is about Mistress Clorinda, a tempestuous stable brat born out of wedlock. It’s a story of rebellion, dark secrets and great love. At a young age Mistress Clorinda inspires her father, Sir Jeoffry Wildairs to publicly acknowledge her. She grows to be a strong, defiant, aggressive woman of great beauty, who triumphs over all. She survives her mother’s attempt to murder her, her nurses neglect, and her own checkered past, to become, at last, a lady of quality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite as I anticipated; an unexpected delight.

  • By PFD on 14-06-15

Not quite as I anticipated; an unexpected delight.

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

Reviewed: 14-06-15

If you could sum up A Lady of Quality in three words, what would they be?

Unique, uplifting, enchanting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Clorinda's gradual transformation is believable and beautiful.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The style was rather stilted and almost robotic at parts and so put me off at the start that I almost did not persist. However, as my ear tuned to it, it became less obtrusive as the interest of the story commanded more interest,

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

This novel had a pace throughout which holds your interest and the plot did not take some of the more obvious directions it could have, much to my eventual delight.

  • Elizabeth Is Missing

  • By: Emma Healey
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,100

Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: Her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabeth is missing

  • By Mrs. Denise Slatter on 08-07-14

A captivating book with real insight

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

Reviewed: 10-03-15

A throughly enjoyable listen that made me consider how I would act in similar situations. Skilfully read, with subtle changes of voice clearly signalling the changing ages of the narrated. A bitter sweet thought provoking take.

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