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  • The Hippopotamus Pool

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 8
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 77

The spunky Victorian Egyptologist Amelia Peabody Emerson has returned to the exotic Nile valley. Parasol aloft and hot on the trail of an unexplored tomb, she must outwit a shadowy evildoer, a questionable antiquities dealer, and her loquacious son, Ramses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Happy Listener

  • By Patricia on 15-04-08

Amelia Peabody in splendid form

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

Reviewed: 10-01-19

I could listen to Barbara Rosenblat reading these books all day, she is excellent. In this one we meet David for the first time, while Ramsey and Nefret bicker constantly, much like their elders. I am getting to like Kevin O'Connell very much, he's involved here in a splendidly gung-ho rescue. The cat Bastet proves how invaluable she is too.

  • The Invisible Library

  • By: Genevieve Cogman
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 485

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant, Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission: to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration

  • By Jan on 17-06-15

Pity about the narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I wish I had listened to this sooner, then I could have returned it. The story may, for all I know, be great but I am sorry to say the reader is awful. There are rising inflections in the strangest places and it all sounds completely unnatural. I hate to criticise someone's performance, but this is beyond the pale.

  • Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris

  • By: R.L. LaFevers
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Parry
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Theodosia Throckmorton is in a fix. Allowed to attend a reception given by one of the directors of her parents museum, she stumbles across Mr. Tetley of the British Museum in most unusual circumstances! Since Theo has last seen him in a showdown in an ancient Egyptian tomb, his reappearance could mean only one thing: the Serpents of Chaos are back.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amelia Peabody with magic

  • By Jodie on 08-07-18

Amelia Peabody with magic

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I hope there will be more Theodosia books. While I admit that I noticed more Americanisms in this one (but she does have an American mother) that jar slightly with the Victorian London setting, it is still a terrific romp that might encourage young readers to explore Egyptology further.

  • Love in an English Garden

  • By: Victoria Connelly
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

The Jacobs family has lived at Orley Court for generations. But when Vanessa Jacobs is widowed and left to manage the property, she finds costs spiralling out of control. In order to stay in their beloved home, she and her daughters will have to sell part of it off - a decision that drives a wedge between Vanessa and her mother-in-law. The new owners of the north wing are Laurence Sturridge and his father, Marcus. Both of them long for an escape: Laurence from the monotony of his City career; Marcus from the grief of losing his wife.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration ruined a good story

  • By sjcg on 09-08-17

Poor reading

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

Reviewed: 20-06-18

Sorry, but I couldn't listen to this - the book may be fine, but the reading is awful.

  • Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos

  • By: R. L. LaFevers
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Parry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Theodosia Throckmorton has her hands full at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in London. Her father may be head curator, but it is Theoand only Theowho is able to see all the black magic and ancient curses that still cling to the artifacts in the museum. Sneaking behind her fathers back, Theo uses old, nearly forgotten Egyptian magic to remove the curses and protect her father and the rest of the museum employees from the ancient, sinister forces that lurk in the museums dark hallways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • what a find this was

  • By hugh on 10-11-13

Terrific fun!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

A splendidly ripping yarn. Theodosia is funny and resourceful as, aided and abetted by her brother Henry and street urchin Will, she sets out to save Britain from the plagues of ancient Egypt.

  • August Folly

  • A Virago Modern Classic
  • By: Angela Thirkell
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

It's August in the Barsetshire village of Worsted, and Richard Tebben, just down from Oxford, is contemplating the gloomy prospect of a long summer in the parental home. But the numerous and impossibly glamorous Dean family - exquisite Rachel, her capable husband and six of their nine brilliant children - have come for the holidays, and their hostess, Mrs. Palmer, plans to rope everyone into performing in her disastrous annual play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delicious

  • By Jodie on 02-07-17

Delicious

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

This is my favourite Angela Thirkell novel and Jilly Bond provides an excellent narration (I think my only quibble would be Mr Tebben's accent, which I see no reason for). It's a complete froth of a story - with everyone home for the summer and eating all the raspberries, Mrs Palmer decides that it's the perfect moment to stage a Greek drama in the family's concerted barn, and commandeers all the young people and half the village residents. Against this background people discover real and imagined loves, and Gunnar the cat behaves badly whenever he can. Delicious.

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  • Man at the Helm

  • By: Nina Stibbe
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 326

Not long after her parents' separation, heralded by an awkward scene involving a wet Daily Telegraph and a pan of cold eggs, nine-year-old Lizzie Vogel, her sister and little brother and their now-divorcée mother are packed off to a small, slightly hostile village in the English countryside. Their mother is all alone, only 31 years of age, with three young children and a Labrador. It is no wonder, when you put it like that, that she becomes a menace and a drunk. And a playwright.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good as expected

  • By Philip on 18-09-14

Enchanting

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

Reviewed: 19-05-17

Funny and touching, beautifully narrated. I absolutely loved it. I Capture the Castle for the 70s.

  • Any Man's Death

  • By: Hazel Holt
  • Narrated by: Patricia Gallimore
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

The village of Mere Barton is facing a time of upheaval, with traditional lifestyles being forced out by newcomers. When local author Sheila Malory is asked to research the history of the village, she has her reservations; 'The Book' is one of the many projects of Annie Roberts. Miserly and controlling, Annie is at the heart of everything that goes on in Mere Barton, much to the resentment of her fellow villagers. When Annie suffers a fatal bout of self-inflicted food poisoning, there is more relief than grief around the village.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mrs Malory is splendid.

  • By Jodie on 15-02-17

Mrs Malory is splendid.

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

Reviewed: 15-02-17

Hazel Holt's mysteries are little gems of their kind. I love them for the detail - Foss and Tris and their feelings about visiting the vet, what kind of biscuits a neighbour serves.... and for the familiarity of her way of life, but also for the humanity of the writing. In Any Man's Death I especially liked the friendship which develops between Sheila and Father William.

Patricia Gallimore is a superb narrator. I'd been impressed by her range and variety before and this reading only cements that. She does English regional accents convincingly, from the irritating to the sympathetic, and has an amazing vocal range - of course, she's a highly experienced radio actor, and her voice is instantly recognisable, so that the British listener may from time to time find themselves wondering why Pat Archer has strayed from Ambridge, but I can't praise her narration highly enough.

Altogether a real pleasure, and I can only hope that in due course the rest of the Mrs Malory books will be recorded, as so far only a few are available.

  • An Accomplished Woman

  • By: Jude Morgan
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

1817. As a young woman, clever, self-reliant Lydia Templeton scandalised society by rejecting Lewis Durrant, the county's most eligible batchelor.

Ten years later, Lydia has no regrets and, having concluded that matters of the heart need no longer trouble her, she is quite happy to remain unwed. But others still seek Lydia's advice on their love lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Accomplished Woman

  • By Marie-Clare on 24-04-11

Excellent story, beautifully read

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

Reviewed: 29-11-16

This is a very high-class Regency romance! Lydia Templeton is a woman of education, and of an age to have a certain amount of freedom. Nonetheless she feels constrained by what women may and may not do, and envious of the men around who who have so much more opportunity. This theme, which runs throughout the novel, is counter-balanced by the dilemma of the sweet but easily-influenced Phoebe, in love with two men - Mr A and Mr B, as Lydia thinks of them.

Morgan plays with all the conventions of the Regency novel with immense wit and enjoyment, and the end result is as satisfying to the reader as it no doubt was to write. Morgan also writes very successful fictionalised biographies which display both his knowledge of period detail and his flair with words, but I like his writing best when he's playing.

Phyllida Nash is one of those readers who could make a phone directory sound compelling.

  • Mr. Darcy's Daughters

  • By: Elizabeth Aston
  • Narrated by: Morag Sims
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Picking up 20 years after Pride and Prejudice left off, Mr. Darcy's Daughters begins in the year 1818. Elizabeth and Darcy have gone to Constantinople, giving us an opportunity to get to know their five daughters, who have left the sheltered surroundings of Pemberley for a few months in London.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bring back Phyllida Nash

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-07-15

Mostly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 29-11-16

An enjoyable Regency romance centred around the London season of Elizabeth's Darcy's daughters - all five of them - slightly marred by the reading. Morag Sims has a pleasant voice but some of her attempts at the voices of male characters are rather odd, especially Mr Roper, unless he permanently wears his stock tied too tightly. More disconcertingly, she mispronounces various words, including the name Alethea, and I was reduced to shouting "rowt!" every time the characters discussed a proposed rout party. For someone who seems to specialise in reading historical novels this lack of familiarity with the period really won't do. And if "ogle" was pronounced "oggle", as seems to have become current, it would have been spelt that way! Grrr!

It seems odd to me that the rational and well-read Darcys should produce two offspring as silly as Lydia and Kitty Bennet, but since Aston is playing with the parallels between her Darcy daughters and the Bennets, I suppose it's allowable. I'm more sorry for what Aston has done to Mrs Gardiner, who seemed very pleasant and capable in Pride and Prejudice but seems here to have lost many of the qualities which made Elizabeth and Jane so fond of her. The heroine, Camilla, is a worthy successor to her mother, though.

Despite my reservations, I shall probably "read" the rest of the series - I think my blood pressure will stand it!