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  • Rooftoppers

  • By: Katherine Rundell
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. Found floating in a cello case, she is the only recorded female survivor of a shipwreck on the English Channel. But Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help… When the child welfare agency threatens to send Sophie to an orphanage, Sophie and her guardian flee to Paris to find her mother, starting with the only clue she has - the address of the cello maker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting and Exquisite.

  • By ThomasHassall on 11-08-17

Really enjoyed this story

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

Reviewed: 07-03-19

The story was a little slow to start but gathered pace and was excellent. I really liked the language and found it very well written. The narrator was extremely good and although I am an adult and guess this is a book aimed at older children but I really enjoyed it.

  • According to Jennings

  • By: Anthony Buckeridge
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

The boys at Linbury Court Preparatory School are eager to speed up the progress of space travel, and none more so than Jennings, whose first task is to find a suitable helmet. But is it really a good idea to take a dome-shaped glass-case, which previously housed a stuffed woodpecker, and place it over his head? Petrified paintpots! Jennings and Darbishire's luck is in when they hitch a ride with an international cricketer, and could it be that they've done something right for once when they attempt to apprehend a suspected burglar? Bat-witted clodpoll!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved these books as a boy and still love them now

  • By Robert on 02-01-19

Loved these books as a boy and still love them now

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

As funny now when hearing it again as it was 46 years ago as a 10 year old. Brilliantly narrated

  • The Keeper of Lost Things

  • By: Ruth Hogan
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,565

Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners. But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story to become lost in...

  • By Mrs JEL on 02-04-17

Very Enjoyable and well written book

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

Reviewed: 20-09-18

A really enjoyable listen that was well narrated. I enjoyed the plot line and the story and pace remained constant all the way through. The plot was well conceived and entertaining. Ruth Hogan's use of description and language was a real pleasure and I am looking forward to listening to her next book. My only slight criticism was the use of different narrators which I am not a great fan of, I like the continuity of a single narrator and I think that Jane Collingwood would have done an admiral job for all characters. I also didn't like (what I think) was the use of digital manipulation of Jane's voice to create Anthony's voice. It sounded a little creepy.

  • Strange Sight

  • By: Syd Moore
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

The La Fleur restaurant has a slew of unusual phenomena. Bonnet-clad apparitions pass through walls, blood leaks from ceilings and rats besiege the dining room. Experts from the Great Essex Witch Museum are called in to quell these strange sights. But before Rosie Strange and Sam Stone can do their thing, events turn darker. For La Fleur's chef has been strung up and slaughtered like a pig. More oddly, the only witness, the owner's daughter Mary, swears blind a ghost did it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Fran Pearce on 31-01-18

Good story and a good listen<br />

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

Reviewed: 23-07-18

Very funny at times and an enjoyable listen. I love Julie Barrie reading it and laughed out loud many times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Name of the Rose

  • By: Umberto Eco
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 623

This hugely engaging story of murder, superstition, religious politics and drama in a medieval monastery was one of the most striking novels to appear in the 1980s. The Name of the Rose is a thrilling story enriched with period detail and laced with tongue-in-cheek allusions to fictional characters, the most striking of which is the Franciscan friar William of Baskerville, who displays many characteristics of Sherlock Holmes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sean Barrett does justice to this wonderful text.

  • By Booklover on 12-01-15

Long Winded

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

Reviewed: 23-05-18

A very long winded tale that I found a trial to complete. The film was much better

  • The Beach Café

  • By: Lucy Diamond
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 299

Evie Flynn has always been the black sheep of her family – a dreamer, unlike her over-achieving elder sisters. She's tried making a name for herself as an actress, a photographer and a singer, but nothing has ever worked out. Now she's stuck in temp hell, with a pension-planning boyfriend. Somehow life seems to be passing her by. Then her beloved aunt Jo dies suddenly in a car crash, leaving Evie an unusual legacy – her precious beach cafe in Cornwall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Beach Cafe

  • By Alison on 13-06-16

A good story and well narrated

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

Reviewed: 16-01-18

For me the book had a wobbly start and I nearly gave up, as I thought the story was going to be too predictable but was wrong and I enjoyed it very much. The narrator was excellent and managed to characterise each individual with a different voice.

  • Why Mummy Drinks

  • By: Gill Sims
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692

Why Mummy Drinks is the brilliant novel from Gill Sims, the author of the online sensation Peter and Jane. It is Mummy's 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future of people asking if she wants to come to their advanced yoga classes and polite book clubs where everyone claims to be tiddly after a glass of Pinot Grigio and says things like 'oooh gosh, are you having another glass?'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOL

  • By Sarah on 04-01-18

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 20-12-17

I really liked this book. It is very much a book of today and all the fads discussed are very current. It is just so true though and I identified so much with the characters and the plot. It always seems to occur on train stations for me, I get to a bit that was just so funny I started crying with laughter and people give you very odd stares. Not one to listen to when not wearing headphones as the language is pretty ripe. Being a man, I wondered if Elaine sees her husband in the same way that my wife sees me! If that is the case then - oh dear! I really recommend this if you fancy a good lighthearted listen and the narrator was perfect.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Haunting

  • By: Alan Titchmarsh
  • Narrated by: Alan Titchmarsh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

How can the mysterious disappearance of Anne Flint in 1816 and the drowning of a young girl in a chalk stream so long ago possibly affect the life of schoolteacher Harry Flint some two centuries later? Having left his job and with a failed marriage behind him, Harry begins to research his ancestors. The deeper he digs, the more he realises that the past is closer than he had ever imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An absorbing and pleasing delight

  • By Miss M on 26-01-14

Very sensitive and compelling

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

Reviewed: 16-04-17

A charming book and something that Alan Titchmarsh is very good at and that is writing a love story from male perspective leaving aside any macho crap. Similar in pace and tone to "The Last Lighthouse Keeper" (a book which I really enjoyed) The Haunting is a gentle tale which I found quite moving and am glad that I stumbled on it.

  • A Christmas Carol

  • By: Charles Dickens, R. D. Carstairs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Cranham, Miriam Margolyes, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,037

'If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!' Charles Dickens’ ghostly tale of sour and stingy miser Ebenezer Scrooge has captivated readers, listeners and audiences for over 150 years. This Christmas, Audible Studios brings this story to life in an audio drama featuring an all-star cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THANK YOU 🎄🤶🏻🎄& Merry Christmas

  • By Highlight on 14-12-16

Lovely production of a timeless classic.

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

Reviewed: 16-12-16

This was the complete story and unabridged which is a real treat for a dramatisation.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,313

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it

  • By Miss N. Bleakley-wadlow on 05-02-17

great storyline and sensitively written

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

Reviewed: 03-03-15

Paula Hawkins is a very good writer. 4 weeks after listening to this book, I am still thinking about it! The storyline is very good and offers a very unexpected turn of events and is never predictable. Her portayal of Rachel is so poignant and if you have any life experience then her description will touch your heart, especially when you fully understand the path that has led her to get to this point and just how sad this is. I think the only slight critisism is that being a man, I find that sometimes female writers can fall into cliches about men (just as men do about women) not all men are violent towards women. Paula pulls this back slightly with her description of the therapist. All in all a very good book, well written, very good pace and well presented.