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  • The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire

  • The Complete Series
  • By: Rod Duncan
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
  • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427

The complete set of The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire trilogy, featuring The Bullet Catcher's Daughter, Unseemly Science and The Custodian of Marvels. Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life - as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Steampunk Adventuress rights wrongs

  • By Andrew on 23-02-18

All in one go.

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

I had read the first book in the series some time ago, but it was good to re-read that and the 2 sequelae in one long story.
I was not disappointed in the continuity of the story through to the end. I liked the characters who were brought to life through the voice of Gemma Wheelan.

I thoroughly recommend this to any person who likes something a little bit "out of this world" but still includes identifiable places and situations. Not so much fantasy as a parallel universe.

  • Traitor's Blade

  • The Greatcoats, Book 1
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416

The Greatcoats - legendary heroes, arbiters of justice...or notorious traitors? The Greatcoats are travelling magistrates bringing justice to all...or at least they were, before they watched the Dukes impale their King's head on a spike. Now the land's heroes are reviled as traitors, their Greatcoats in tatters. Facio, Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as mercenaries, but when they find their employer dead - and are forced to watch as the killer plants evidence framing them for the murder - they realise things are about to get even worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-03-18

Hooked.

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Did not think I would enjoy this book and was preparing to send it back, but luckily decided to try again.
I was very soon hooked by the readers great interpretation of the different characters voices, and the rollicking style of the story line.
Have added the rest of the series to my wish list already.

  • The Quartet Murders

  • Yorkshire Murder Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: J. R. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

DCI Oldroyd has seen his fair share of victims, but he has never witnessed a murder - until now. When world-famous violinist Hans Muller is shot and killed during a concert, the detective is faced with a case beyond logic. The culprit is nowhere to be found - and the victim’s priceless violin has disappeared too. As Oldroyd investigates the murderer’s identity and the motive for the killing, he enters the ruthless world of wealthy instrument collectors and stumbles upon a dark path where shocking secrets have been buried in the past. But the secrets will soon take centre stage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Doodlebug on 25-11-18

Perseverance pays.

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

Reviewed: 27-09-18

Struggled with this book a bit to start with, but stayed with it and was glad I did.

  • The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 16

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

The latest instalment of the beloved and best-selling series - as endearing and delectable as ever! Business is slow at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, so at Mma Makutsi’s suggestion, Mma Ramotswe is persuaded to take her first-ever holiday. But just as she’s about to depart, a new client arrives: a young woman whose father was considered a hero in Botswana but whose reputation is now being called into question.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Always a pleasure

  • By Janice on 15-07-16

RELAXING.

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

Reviewed: 27-09-18

I remember the tv series with affection, so it was nice to renew acquaintance with the characters.

A nice relaxing tale about nice people and (almost) everyday happenings.

Adjoa Andoh added greatly to the experience with her interpretation of the different characters voices.

  • Coming Home to Island House

  • By: Erica James
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352

Summer 1939: After touring an unsettled Europe to promote her latest book, Romily Temple returns home to Island House and the love of her life, Jack Devereux. But when Jack falls ill, his estranged family are called to his bedside. With war now declared, each member of the family is reluctantly forced to accept their new stepmother and confront their own shortcomings. But can Romily cope with the life that has been so unexpectedly thrust upon her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always a good story teller

  • By Rosemary Gardner on 02-04-18

Rolled back the years.

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

Reviewed: 23-08-18

Being in the age group that actually lived through the years covered by the story I really enjoyed this book.

It brought back so many memories of the way life was in rural areas, and how we viewed the prospect of war as a temporary interruption to the normal routine. It was not so of course but the course of events brought back so many memories!

I thought the main characters were very well portrayed, and Jenny Funnell expertly gave each person's voice it's appropriate timbre and accent. I began to feel I had actually known each one personally.

  • Ashes to Ashes

  • Detective Mark Heckenburg, Book 6
  • By: Paul Finch
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

John Sagan is a forgettable man. You could pass him in the street and not realise he's there. But then, that's why he's so dangerous. A torturer for hire, Sagan has terrorised - and mutilated - countless victims. And now he's on the move. DS Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg must chase the trail, even when it leads him to his hometown of Bradburn - a place he never thought he'd set foot in again. But Sagan isn't the only problem. Bradburn is being terrorised by a lone killer who burns his victims to death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome and Paul Thornley cracks it again.

  • By Duncan Bell on 12-05-17

A bit gruesome for my taste, but I like the guy.

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Not my usual genre, but in spite of the gruesome bits it was a gripping story.

I just like Heck as a man of action.

  • The Sewing Machine

  • By: Natalie Fergie
  • Narrated by: Angus King, Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 381

It is 1911, and Jean is about to join the mass strike at the Singer factory. For her, nothing will be the same again. Decades later, Connie sews coded moments of her life into a notebook, as her mother did before her. More than 100 years after his grandmother's sewing machine was made, Fred unpicks the secrets of four generations, one stitch at a time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An intriguing walk through generations

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-07-18

Needs all your attention.

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

I found this book most intriguing, but since I usually listen whilst doing other things found I had to keep back tracking to refresh my memory of "when" and "who".
If this happens to you too, please stick with because it is a lovely story binding different generations, situations, and historical facts together.

I lived through most of the period covered and can vouch for the accuracy of the descriptions and conditions. AND I possess and still use an identical sewing machine!

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  • Three Things About Elsie

  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130

There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first is that she's my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third...might take a little bit more explaining. Eighty-four-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died 60 years ago?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Extraordinary Life

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-01-18

Delightful.

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Bought this book on impulse when it was "book of the day", and I am so glad it came up when it did. If it had not been brought to my attention, I would have missed an absolute treat.
Very sympathetically written by Joanna Cannon, and perfectly read by Paula Wilcox; the thread of the story steadily unravelled and thoroughly entangled my attention. Being in the same age group as the main characters perhaps I found it easier to relate to the whole plot.

My thanks to both the ladies who produced it.

  • Hunted

  • By: Paul Finch
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662

Get hooked on Heck: the maverick detective who knows no boundaries. A grisly whodunit you won't be able to put down, perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride and TV series Luther. Heck needs to watch his back. Because someone's watching him... Across the south of England, a series of bizarre but fatal accidents are taking place. So when a local businessman survives a near-drowning but is found burnt alive in his car just weeks later, DS Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg is brought in to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable and convoluted

  • By Graeme from Preston on 26-07-15

A really good read.

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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: 19-07-18

Thoroughly enjoyed this book and its leading characters.
Excellently read, it held my attention from start to finish.
It was the first Paul Finch book I have read, so am off back to Audible to go back to the start of the series.

  • The Queen's Governess

  • By: Karen Harper
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

"I could not fathom they were going to kill the queen. Nor could I bear to witness Anne Boleyn’s beheading…." As a favour to a doomed queen, Kat Ashley agrees to become governess and confidante to the young Elizabeth Tudor. Together they suffer bitter exile, assassination attempts, and imprisonment, barely escaping with their reputations and their lives intact. But when Elizabeth is eventually crowned, Kat continues to serve her, faithfully guarding all of the queen's secrets, even the one that could bring down the monarchy….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another enlightenment into queen bess

  • By MISS on 21-11-15

History made enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

Well written, beautifully read, a pleasure to listen to. A great contrast to history lessons as I recall them.