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  • Once Upon a River

  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425

A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science? An exquisitely crafted multilayered mystery brimming with folklore, suspense and romance as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s best seller The Thirteenth Tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful listen!

  • By Diana Haret on 04-02-19

A must read, beautiful storytelling

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

The story is intricate and flowing, there are clues that draw you close to answers to the mysteries within this story, but never quite providing enough so it keeps you hooked. The narrator is excellent, the characters are brought to life.
I would highly recommend this book, a total must read!

  • The Power

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Naomi Alderman, Thomas Judd, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,061
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,059

'She throws her head back and pushes her chest forward and lets go a huge blast right into the centre of his body. The rivulets and streams of red scarring run across his chest and up around his throat. She'd put her hand on his heart and stopped him dead.' Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visceral, Stirring and Inspirational

  • By Raine on 29-12-16

Brilliant book, a must read!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

I loved this book, very well written. The character development and growth is great. the mixing story lines etc. keeps you enthralled but what I love most is how is makes you think and question society and our social boundaries.
It's fab, read it!

  • A Secret History of Witches

  • By: Louisa Morgan
  • Narrated by: Polly Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Brittany, 1821. After Grand-mere Ursule gives her life to save her family, their magic seems to die with her. Even so, the Orchires fight to keep the old ways alive, practising half-remembered spells and arcane rites in hopes of a revival. And when their youngest daughter comes of age, magic flows anew. The lineage continues, though new generations struggle not only to master their power, but also to keep it hidden. But when World War II looms on the horizon, magic is needed more urgently than ever - not for simple potions or visions, but to change the entire course of history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Little More Research!

  • By DoodleHead on 28-02-19

Great book

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

I really enjoyed this book, as it travels through time leading you through the history with twists and turns along the way. Beautifully written and well worth a read.

  • The Silver Witch

  • Shadow Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Paula Brackston
  • Narrated by: Marissa Calin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

My mind is like the willow; it flexes and springs. My heart is a knot of oak. Let them try to wound me. Let them try. One year after artist Tilda Forwells loses her husband, she is finally ready to move into the secluded Welsh cottage they were meant to be sharing together. In the valley below her mountain home is a mystical lake which inspires a strange energy in her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty & addictive

  • By Dave Fower on 18-04-16

Brilliant book, captivating and magical

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-19

I loved this book, it carries you away and draws you in. Beautifully descriptive it paints the scenes for you. would strongly recommend

  • The Winter Witch

  • Shadow Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Paula Brackston
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 308

In her small early-19th-century Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana. She is small and quick, and pretty enough to attract a suitor, but there are things that set her apart from other girls. Though her mind is sharp she has not spoken since she was a young girl. Her silence is a mystery, as well as her magic - the household objects that seem to move at her command, the bad luck that visits those who do her ill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping tale

  • By Lynda J. Christian on 14-04-14

Winter witch well worth a listen to

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

I really enjoyed this book, interesting and so discriptive. occasionally the story got a bit slow but overall worth listening to.

  • Godsgrave

  • The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 2
  • By: Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 19 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times best-selling author Jay Kristoff. Conquer your fear, conquer the world. Mia Corvere, destroyer of empires, has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry do not believe she has earned it. Her position is precarious, and she's still no closer to exacting revenge for the brutal death of her family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • entertaining but with some problems

  • By lloyd on 28-09-17

Great but very different to book 1

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

Reviewed: 17-09-18

I really enjoyed this book but I was a bit disappointed at how different it felt to the last one. Most of it is about her training as a gladiator so a lot these magic and mystery.

  • Nevernight

  • The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

From New York Times best-selling author Jay Kristoff comes a dangerous new fantasy world and a heroine edged in darkness. Mia Corvere is only 10 years old when she is given her first lesson in death. Destined to destroy empires, the child raised in shadows made a promise on the day she lost everything: to avenge herself on those that shattered her world. But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, and Mia must become a weapon without equal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book.

  • By Ms. Helen F. M. White on 17-01-18

Loved this book, looking forward to the next!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Brilliant book that kept me wanting more. There was one moment that I thought seemed a little sloppy compared to the rest of the storey but a great book all the same.

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  • This Is Going to Hurt

  • Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,040
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,065
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,024

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, Well told

  • By The_Animagus on 23-09-17

A must read!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

This is a brilliant book that I think it should be compulsory for everyone to read. It is hilarious and heart breaking in equil measure. It gives a fantastic insight into the life of a junior doctor which I think most people will find surprising.
I have recommend this book to just about everyone I know!

  • Grey Sister

  • Book of the Ancestor, Book 2
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644

The second novel in the brilliant new series from the best-selling author of Prince of Thorns. In Mystic Class, Nona Grey begins to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the Convent of Sweet Mercy, Nona must choose her path and take the red of a Martial Sister, the grey of a Sister of Discretion, the blue of a Mystic Sister or the simple black of a Bride of the Ancestor and a life of prayer and service.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another cracking instalment

  • By Robyn on 16-05-18

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 26-06-18

A great sequel, gripping and interesting all the way through. Definitely worth a listen! I will be look out for more from this author.

  • Red Sister

  • Book of the Ancestor, Book 1
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices' skills to deadly effect: it takes 10 years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don't truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder - guilty of worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another perfect book from Lawrence

  • By S. C. White on 17-05-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 15-05-18

Loved this book so much, couldn't stop listening! Very gripping and would definitely recommend it.