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  • The Binding

  • By: Bridget Collins
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529

Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice - but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse. He will learn to handcraft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing, breath taking, heart wrenching

  • By Tiina on 15-01-19

stunner of a story

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

Reviewed: 12-05-19

loved it and I was gutted when it ended! beautiful story of love and acceptance with real edge. I'm looking forward to Bridget Collins taking place in literary history x

  • The Thirteenth Tale

  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

The Thirteenth Tale is a compelling and emotional mystery, in the timeless vein of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, about family secrets and the magic of books and storytelling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric and gripping

  • By Kirstine on 24-05-12

good story made lame by boring narration

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

good story made lame by boring narration. I'd never again purchase a book read by this person

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rook

  • By: Daniel O'Malley
  • Narrated by: Katy Carmichael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her. She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Checquy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good tale, but disappointing in places

  • By George on 17-01-14

utter rambling rubbish

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

Reviewed: 27-09-18

Don't bother with this book. The story is a rambling load of nonsense that goes nowhere.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,703
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,695

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Eleanor!

  • By Kaggy on 30-06-17

heart breaking, beautiful, and funny

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

wonderful story with characters and experiences you will relate too, and experiences that would tear most people in two. one of the best audio books I've ever heard, not just the beautiful voice but the pace of the main characters reply, and the narrators ability to paint a picture with her voice is stunning. I didn't want it to end!

  • Himself

  • By: Jess Kidd
  • Narrated by: Aidan Kelly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

When Mahony returns to Mulderrig, a speck of a place on Ireland's west coast, he brings only his handsome face, a photograph of his long-lost mother and a determination to do battle with the village's lies. Mahony also somehow wakes the dead from their graves, with their foggy memories and hidden stories floating greyly amongst the unseeing living. No one, though - living or dead - will be able to guess what happened to the teenage mother who abandoned him as a baby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant narration of a great story.

  • By Anonymous User on 17-01-17

my favourite ever audio book...

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

One of the best stories I've heard in a long time! the characters are ones you'd fall in love with, the story line is unique and relatable. I loved it. gripped till the end, wrapped up perfectly and was read brilliantly by Aiden Kelly. He brought the story to life with his humour and respect for the prose x

  • A Skinful of Shadows

  • By: Frances Hardinge
  • Narrated by: Tuppence Middleton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard. And now there's a spirit inside her. The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, and it may be her only defence when she is sent to live with her father's rich and powerful ancestors. There is talk of civil war, and they need people like her to protect their dark and terrible family secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imaginative and dark

  • By pmswatson on 19-11-17

My favourite ever audiobook

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

Reviewed: 20-01-18

incredible, I'm still reeling from the brilliance of the story line to the beauty of it's delivery. I'm.off to buy the other two books on here right now. thank you Frances & Tuppence.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Run Out Groove

  • The Vinyl Detective, Book 2
  • By: Andrew Cartmel
  • Narrated by: Finlay Robertson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

When a mint copy of the final album by Valerian - England's great lost rock band of the 1960s - surfaces, all hell breaks loose. Finding this record triggers a chain of events culminating in our hero learning the true fate of the singer of Valerian, who died under equivocal circumstances just after...or was it just before the abduction of her two-year-old son? Along the way the Vinyl Detective finds out what happened to the missing child, and it wasn't what anyone expected - or wanted - to hear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book in ages

  • By Ade on 15-03-18

not as good as the last one

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

Reviewed: 26-07-17

Shame this didn't match up to the last book for me. The story wasn't as good. I will check out the next one, as long as the Author drops the Cleanhead nickname, it's worn thin in this book and used too often

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The White City

  • By: Simon Morden
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Let's face it, none of us deserve to be saved. None of us are wiser, smarter, stronger or prettier than all those we watch die. Whatever criteria Down uses, how worthy we are doesn't come into it. Since escaping London's inferno, Mary and Dalip have fought monsters and won - though in the magical world of Down, the most frightening monsters come from within.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Breyer than the first book of the series

  • By nigel laverick on 13-03-18

what a cliff hanger ending!

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

Incredible read from Simon Morden. I love all the characters, specially Mary who the narrator brings to life so well. I'll be sitting waiting for the 3rd installment. Thomas Judd deserves a special nod of appreciation for bringing Down to life x

  • The Shadow Hour

  • By: Kate Riordan
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe, Daniel Weyman, Eve Webster, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Shadow Hour by Kate Riordan, read by Eve Webster, Rachel Bavidge, Andy Secombe, Roy Mcmillan, Helen Fraser, Daniel Weyman and Steven France. Nineteen twenty-two. Grace has been sent to the stately and crumbling Fenix House to follow in her grandmother's footsteps as a governess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Shadow Hour

  • By Anita Shrirve on 04-03-16

Beautiful, characters you'll fall in love with

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

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

I was gutted when it ended! Great array of characters, a twisting plot reminiscent of Dickens at his best.

  • Death Descends on Saturn Villa

  • By: M. R. C. Kasasian
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628

Gower Street, 1883: March Middleton is the niece of London's greatest (and most curmudgeonly) personal detective, Sidney Grice. March has just discovered a wealthy long-lost relative she never knew she had. When this newest family member meets with a horrible death, March is in the frame for murder, and only Sidney Grice can prove her innocence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another great book

  • By J on 24-07-15

Gripping stuff!

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

Reviewed: 20-03-16

Loved it, down to the last sentence.You will fall in love with all the characters, down to the cheeky maid. Funny, entertaining & beautiful. Emerse yourself in Victorian London, it's rookeries, street children, transport woes & moral ambiguity.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful