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  • The Paddington Mystery

  • Detective Club Crime Classics
  • By: John Rhode
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

When Harold Merefield returned home in the early hours of a winter morning from a festive little party at that popular nightclub, the Naxos, he was startled by a gruesome discovery. On his bed was a corpse. There was nothing to show the identity of the dead man or the cause of his death. At the inquest, the jury found a verdict of ‘death from natural causes’ - perhaps they were right, but yet? 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dull

  • By elly gausden on 16-11-18

Not the star ratings I would choose

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

The automatic star rating system wouldn’t let me give it 1star. I couldn’t get into it and therefore returned it.

  • Shadow of the Serpent

  • An Inspector McLevy Mystery 1
  • By: David Ashton
  • Narrated by: David Ashton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

London had Sherlock Holmes. The dark alleys of Edinburgh had Inspector McLevy. Known as the father of forensics and a likely influence on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, real-life police inspector James McLevy is here reinvented by David Ashton in a thrilling mystery - the first in a series - set in dark, violent Victorian Edinburgh.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterly performance by David Ashton

  • By homebeam on 22-06-16

Different to any mundane mystery

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

Reviewed: 26-10-18

This was rather a difficult book to listen to, (at times), and I chose to re-listen to ensure I understood it. The main part of the book was easy to listen to and I thoroughly enjoyed the description of all the characters mentioned. It’s difficult not to give away anything but there was an under tone of unexplainable mystery which would encourage me to read any subsequent books to see where this leads.
Good narration, although I think it was partly because of this that I couldn’t always follow the plot.

  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

  • By: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 410

You think you know how the world works? Think again. From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller that questions the very foundations of the modern world. Magic has faded from the minds of mankind, until an encounter between Melisande Stokes, linguistics expert at Harvard, and Tristan Lyons, shadowy agent of government, leads to the uncovering of a distant past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The DODO may not be extinct just yet!

  • By Simon on 18-06-17

Good value , but mixed feelings about it.

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

After reading several reviews, I really wanted to love this book. I wonder if a younger person or someone without ‘brain fog’, would find the writing style easier to listen to than I did), there is an awful lot of staff messages, jargon and acronyms. I was invested in some of the characters, but I thought that the narration would have been better if males had read male characters and female-female. Some narrators were better than others, but there was something just quite not right. Several times I thought about giving up on the book.
It is certainly worth a credit to listen to.
I found it a very lengthy narrative, long and protracted. If that is going to be the first (or is....I don’t know) in a long series, then it lays the foundation very well. If not then I am disappointed.

  • The Hanging Tree

  • Rivers of London, Book 6
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,060
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,868
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,857

Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty's daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour. Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we're talking about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As usual, a great read.

  • By Justine on 12-12-16

Something missing

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

Reviewed: 13-03-17

Would you try another book written by Ben Aaronovitch or narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith?

Yes

Would you be willing to try another book from Ben Aaronovitch? Why or why not?

Hope next book is better

Did The Hanging Tree inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

I had been eagerly awaiting the release of this next book in the series but was very disappointed by it compared to the previous ones. Perhaps I missed something but I found it very humdrum.

  • The Fourth Sacrifice

  • The China Thrillers, Book 2
  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763

Three corpses: drugged, labeled and brutally beheaded; a trail that Detective Li Yan has to follow. He and forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell have been trying to deny the attraction that nearly destroyed both their careers. But when a fourth victim is found, they have no choice but to work together to track down the truth and to hunt down a ruthless killer. The Fourth Sacrifice is the second in the acclaimed China series from Peter May, author of Runaway, Entry Island and the internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable....

  • By Salter on 18-01-18

China

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

Reviewed: 13-03-17

What made the experience of listening to The Fourth Sacrifice the most enjoyable?

Love the main characters and the way they are developing. Have watched various documentaries on China and this plot brings it all to life. Did guess the villains early on but not the actual killer until nearer the end, ( certainly didn't ruin the story, just made it more intriguing). The ending just made me want to listen to the next book in the series as soon as I can.

What did you like best about this story?

All of it.

Have you listened to any of Peter Forbes’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I'm enjoying this Chinese detective series better than his other books that I have.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

? Archeology? Digger? Don't know, quite a lot of potential ones

  • The Firemaker

  • The China Thrillers, Book 1
  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,150

A burned corpse is a disturbing mystery for Beijing detective Li Yan until he enlists forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell. Having abandoned a broken life in Chicago for her work, she's as determined as Li to ask difficult questions about the man's death. But some questions have answers they'd rather not hear - facts that others are desperate to conceal. The Firemaker is the first in the acclaimed China series from Peter May, author of Runaway, Entry Island and the internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Listen

  • By Joanne on 07-08-15

China

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

Reviewed: 13-03-17

Would you listen to The Firemaker again? Why?

Yes. Loved the cultural information, plot and characters

What other book might you compare The Firemaker to, and why?

The cultural differences make this a fairly unique book. Yes it's a crime thriller, but I didn't find it mundane in any way.

Have you listened to any of Peter Forbes’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes. I preferred this one

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several and I'd rather not spoil it for others who may not react in the same way.

  • A Great Reckoning

  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Former chief inspector Gamache has been hunting killers his entire career, and as the new commander of the Sûreté Academy, he is given the chance to combat the corruption and brutality that have been rife throughout the force. But when a former colleague and professor of the Sûreté Academy is found murdered, with a mysterious map of Three Pines in his possession, Gamache has an even tougher task ahead of him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 3 Pines

  • By Perranmaid on 05-09-16

3 Pines

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

What did you like most about A Great Reckoning?

I'm an avid fan of Armonde Gaumache and eagerly awaited this book. This is a very intriguing story and I'm sorry I listened to it so quickly. The characters are full of depth, warmth; even if one doesn't always show it. It's a real community , that sticks together . I could never have guessed this storyline. Intriguing til the very end.

What did you like best about this story?

As above

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Without spoiling it; the church.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

In the church

Any additional comments?

Over the years of listening to these books you really rely on the narrator for the extra touch. I am so used to the previous narrator that it took me a long time to stop picking faults with the narrator of this book, his accents and pronunciation . The previous narrator set the story and the characters for me. I still listen to them just for the naration as much as anything. As I don't have the books to know if Clara is spelt Claira? But I would repurchase a copy if done by previous narrator ....and I rarely relisten to any other authors. I do hope Gaumache continues for a while longer and has a narrator who does him justice.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Moon

  • A Novel of Cornwall 1794-1795: Poldark, Book 5
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver J. Hembrough
  • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 154

The Black Moon is the fifth novel in Winston Graham's sweeping series of Cornwall, Poldark. Cornwall, 1794. The birth of a son to Elizabeth and George Warleggan serves only to accentuate the rift between the Poldark and Warleggan families. And when Morwenna Chynoweth, now governess to Elizabeth's eldest son, grows to love Drake Carne, Demelza's brother, the enduring rivalry between George and Ross finds a new focus for bitter enmity and conflict.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poldark's story

  • By Perranmaid on 13-08-16

Poldark's story

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

Reviewed: 13-08-16

Where does The Black Moon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to the previous books in the series and enjoyed them all. This book was equally as good.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good old fashioned Cornish tale

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Oversight

  • By: Charlie Fletcher
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 410

Only five still guard the borders between the worlds. Only five hold back what waits on the other side. Once the Oversight, the secret society that polices the lines between the mundane and the magic, counted hundreds of brave souls among its members. Now their number can be tallied on a single hand. When a drunkard brings a screaming girl to the Oversight's London headquarters, it seems their hopes for a new recruit will be fulfilled - but the girl is a trap, her appearance a puzzle the five remaining guardians must solve or lose each other, and their society, for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start!

  • By Martin on 02-12-14

Pleasant surprise

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

Reviewed: 13-08-16

What did you like best about this story?

The way they developed the characters and the story line.

What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

Excellent : he went seamlessly between characters and there were numerous characters that he brought to life

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several moments.

Any additional comments?

Will be looking forward to the next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Brooklyn

  • By: Colm Tóibín
  • Narrated by: Niamh Cusack
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 458

It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her family and her home for the first time. Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. She is far from home - and homesick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Irishwoman abroad

  • By Kate on 11-06-15

An Irish woman

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Brooklyn to be better than the print version?

I'm not able to read, so the audio is best for me.

What other book might you compare Brooklyn to, and why?

It is very similar to a trilogy,but I can't remember the name of the author.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

No idea

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When she was frantically trying to open the toilet door

Any additional comments?

The book seemed to come to an abrupt end. I looked to see if there were any sequels and there aren't; rather disappointed.