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  • Winter Solstice

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Elfrida Phipps loves her new life in her pretty Hampshire village. She has a tiny cottage, her faithful dog, Horace, and the friendship of the neighbouring Blundells - particularly Oscar - to ensure that her days include companionship as well as independence. But an unforeseen tragedy upsets Elfrida's tranquillity: Oscar's wife and daughter are killed in a terrible car crash, and he finds himself homeless when his stepchildren claim their dead mother's inheritance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvellous

  • By Penelope on 20-02-18

Excruciating Scottish accents

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

It's a lovely story which I enjoyed reading many years ago but spoilt by the narrator whose Scottish accents are awful - we do NOT say 'berd' 'nerse ' 'cherch' and other dreadful pronunciations which grate on the ear

  • Beneath These Stones

  • By: Ann Granger
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Tammy Franklin has learned too much about death, too quickly. Two years ago she lost her mother to a long, lingering illness and now the body of the woman her father married in an attempt to replace his wife has been found on a railway embankment close to the Franklin farm. And this time the death is murder.As Superintendent Markby knows only too well, Tammy also stands to have her father taken from her. For Hugh Franklin is suspect number one...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration at its best

  • By Kay Fisher on 30-06-11

Good story but...spoilt by the narrator

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

Another good story spoilt by this narrator. Who told him Meredith needed a Scottish accent? Particularly an excruciatingly pseudo Scots accent which seems to come and go at the narrator's whim.

Ann Granger's stories are good but please do not let Bill Wallis narrate any more of these books.

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  • A Word After Dying

  • By: Ann Granger
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Newth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Superintendent Alan Markby and his girlfriend, civil servant Meredith Mitchell, are in desperate need of a summer holiday - and a cottage in Parsloe St John is an attractive last-minute prospect.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but...spoilt by the narrator

  • By Renka on 13-06-18

Good story but...spoilt by the narrator

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

Reviewed: 13-06-18

Previous Mitchell and Markby books are narrated by Judith Boyd who does an excellent job. the staccato narration of this book spoils the story as it just doesn't flow. bring back Judith Boyd.

  • Peril in the Cotswolds

  • By: Rebecca Tope
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Thea Slocombe, nee Osborne, is trying to settle into normal, domestic life with Drew and his two children in Broad Campden. But in the course of an attempt to make friends locally, she finds the body of a close neighbour and suddenly feels much less settled and secure. No longer a house-sitter, she has no choice but to stay in the village and deal with whatever happens next. And doing this risks damage to her marriage.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very put downable.

  • By Renka on 20-05-18

Very put downable.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-05-18

how can this author make a series out of wimpy pathetic boringly incompetent Thea. I got to chapter four and really wished for her to be the murder victim. I couldn't go on with such rubbish and returned the book. It didn't even rate one star but it wouldn't let me give a minus.

  • Devil in the Detail

  • By: Ed James
  • Narrated by: Dave Gillies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

When the body of a girl turns up in an affluent East Lothian town, the main suspect is a teen with a history of run-ins with the police. When it’s revealed that both the victim’s family and the suspect’s family belong to an offshoot group of the Catholic Church, DC Cullen realises he needs to unravel the secrets of their secret community if he hopes to catch the killer. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good and bad

  • By Renka on 19-04-18

Good and bad

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

Reviewed: 19-04-18

Mixed opinions on this. The story is good enough but behaviour of the DI and the attitude towards his team is unbelievable and in real life he wouldn't have a job.
The narrator still makes the female characters sound like they're about to burst into tears but is marginally better than the previous book.

  • The Jackal Man

  • By: Kate Ellis
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

When a teenage girl is strangled and left for dead by an attacker she describes has having the head of a dog, the police are baffled. But when the body of another young woman is found mutilated and wrapped in a white linen sheet, DI Wesley Peterson suspects that the killer is performing an ancient ritual linked to Anubis, the jackal-headed Egyptian god of death and mummification. Meanwhile, archaeologist Neil Watson has been called to Varley Castle to catalogue the collection of Edwardian amateur Egyptologist, Sir Frederick Varley.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narrator.

  • By Stefan J Hreidarsson on 10-10-18

Good book - shame the narrator has changed

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - it is to Kate Ellis' usual standard

Any additional comments?

This is a new narrator and it's difficult to distinguish individuals due to them having different accents from previous books.

  • Manna from Hades

  • The Cornish Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Carola Dunn
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Eleanor Trewynn is a widow of some years living in Port Mabyn, a small fishing village in Cornwall, England. In her younger days, she traveled the exotic parts of the world with her husband. These days, she's retired and founded the local charity shop. Her niece, Megan Pencarrow, transferred nearby and was recently promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Manna from Hades

  • By Kindle customer Patricia on 28-04-17

Manna from Hades

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not really - the story is OK but the character Eleanor is just too dippy to be believable.

What didn’t you like about Wanda McCaddon’s performance?

Where did this narrator learn to pronounce English? Her pronunciation of some words is very strange - e.g. niche pronounced 'nitch'.

Did Manna from Hades inspire you to do anything?

It only inspired me not to purchase any more books in this series.

Any additional comments?

Eminently forgettable book!

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  • As the Crow Flies

  • By: Damien Boyd
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 263

Rock climbers can't afford to make careless mistakes. But Detective Inspector Nick Dixon's former climbing partner, Jake Fayter, died doing just that. Or so it seems. Dixon suspects foul play, but his only leads are unreliable accounts of something odd happening in Cheddar Gorge seconds before Jake fell.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Average story, dreadful narration

  • By MRS FFION M WORTHINGTON on 17-11-17

Spoiled by awful narration

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

What did you like best about As the Crow Flies? What did you like least?

I don't know whether or not it's a good story. I couldn't put up with the dreadful narration and didn't listen past chapter one.

Has As the Crow Flies put you off other books in this genre?

They would be better read than listened to.

What didn’t you like about Napoleon Ryan’s performance?

Dreadful, overly and unneccesarily breathy and dramatic. No-one talks the way he made the characters do in this story.

Any additional comments?

I had hoped this might be an interesting series but will only find out if I read the book. Wherever they got this narrator from - please send him back.

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  • Call the Dead Again

  • By: Ann Granger
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

When Meredith Mitchell gives a lone hitchhiker a lift to Tudor Lodge, she feels uneasy, for the girl is highly secretive. The next morning, the owner is found murdered, amid revelations about a double life involving his mysterious visitor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Lynne on 20-05-13

A greta story - rather spoilt by the narrator

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

Reviewed: 29-07-17

Where does Call the Dead Again rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I enjoy Ann Granger's books.. both the Mitchell & Marksby and the Campbell & Carter series.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The dreadful pseudo Scottish accent used for Meredith rather spoils the narration. Nowhere in the previous books is Meredith described as Scottish so why was this felt necessary?

Any additional comments?

Please bring back Judith Boyd as narrator.

  • Rooted in Evil

  • Campbell & Carter Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Ann Granger
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Carl Finch is a desperate man. Cut out of his stepfather's will, he is heavily in debt, and unless he can persuade his stepsister Hattie to bail him out, he'll be in even more trouble. Hattie's husband, Guy, has never liked Carl and wants his wife's inheritance for his own use, so Hattie agrees to meet Carl in secret to discuss his predicament. Little does she realise that when she arrives at their meeting point in Crooked Man Wood, she'll find Carl's dead body....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story - dreadful narrator

  • By Renka on 12-07-17

Good story - dreadful narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I have enjoyed all of the other 'Campbell and Carter' books - narrated by Judith Boyd. They are usually 'easy listening' but I was struggling with this one. Julia Barrie's narration is dreadful.

What other book might you compare Rooted in Evil to, and why?

The other Campbell and Carter books move at a better pace due to a better narrator.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Julia Barrie give the characters overdone and dreadful accents, her reading is monotonous and plodding. Bring back Judith Boyd PLEASE!!

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful