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  • The Labyrinth of the Spirits

  • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 96

From the international best-selling author of The Shadow of the Wind. Barcelona, 1957. Daniel Sempere runs the Sempere & Sons bookshop, is happily married and has a son. No longer the child who discovered the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, he is still haunted by the mysterious death of his mother when he was six years old. Meanwhile his best friend and accomplice, Fermin, is about to marry the love of his life. But something appears to be bothering him....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic, enthralling and moving

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-11-18

Bravo!

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

Reviewed: 24-01-19

This is the concluding part to the four book series, the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. It is the longest, easily the best and brings together all the threads of the previous three books. It is also a dark tale of a period of brutal repression and revenge after the end of Spain's civil war, but enlivened with touches of romance and humour. It is, by the end, a triumph of light over dark and celebrates love and family. I enjoyed this enormously, not only because Zafon's writing (even in translation) is stunningly good, but the narrator is also superb.

  • Tombland

  • The Shardlake Series, Book 7
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 37 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640

The nominal king, Edward VI, is 11 years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector’s prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure and threatens to involve France. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb - Samson’s best yet

  • By Jim__Leeder on 26-10-18

Way too long and boring

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

This is the worst Shardlake book by a long way mainly because at some 37 hours the painfully detailed narrative about Ketts rebellion swamps what is otherwise an interesting detective story. Worse. There is a blatant socialist message running throughout which is obvious annoying and unnecessary in a novel.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Blue at the Mizzen

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 20
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Napoleon has been defeated at Waterloo, and the ensuing peace brings with it both the desertion of nearly half of Captain Aubrey's crew and the sudden dimming of Aubrey's career prospects in a peacetime navy. When the Surprise is nearly sunk on her way to South America - where Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are to help Chile assert her independence from Spain - the delay occasioned by repairs reaps a harvest of strange consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most excellent series

  • By Julian Summer on 01-10-18

The most excellent series

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

I am reviewing the series rather than this last book. I can think of few literary experiences that have given me more pleasure than the Aubrey Maturin series. The depth of characterisation is incredible and three dimensional. The main characters are all lovely and the villains devious and dastardly. The historical details are riveting and the naval battles exhilarating. Lastly Ric Jerrom is one of the very best readers. He can do many realistic accents and voices including women and manages to keep them separate and consistent. I’m very sorry there are no more books!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Scar

  • New Crobuzon, Book 2
  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

A pirate city hauled across the oceans.... A hidden miracle about be revealed.... These are the ingredients of an astonishing story. It is the story of a prisoner's journey. Of the search for the island of a forgotten people, for the most astonishing beast in the seas, and ultimately for a fabled place - a massive wound in reality, a source of unthinkable power and danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Stunning, Thought Provoking Read

  • By scotty on 29-04-12

Apalling Reader. Ruined the Book.

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

Reviewed: 26-05-18

Damien Lynch completely ruined this for me and I couldn't get beyond the first couple of hours. When he's using his own voice, for the narrative, as opposed to putting on an accent, he sounds bored and flat and is just hurrying through what he obviously considers to be a tedious task. I even checked to make sure that I wasn't playing it at more than 1x speed. I liked Perdido Street Station (first part of this trilogy) very much, but I'm only guessing that the story here is 4 stars because as I said, I couldn't get remotely near the end

  • The Burning Chambers

  • By: Kate Mosse
  • Narrated by: Hattie Morahan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

Bringing 16th century Languedoc vividly to life, Kate Mosse's The Burning Chambers is a gripping story of love and betrayal, mysteries and secrets; of war and adventure, conspiracies and divided loyalties....   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A special time and a special place

  • By Beady on 20-05-18

Maybe for some, not for me

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

Reviewed: 23-05-18

This book, like other Mosse books is written in an overly simplistic manner. In addition it flits quickly from sub plot to sub plot which is confusing and annoying. Anyway I couldn’t finish it and concluded that it’s really a book for “young adults” and mainly females as well. Lady author, lady reader, lady protagonist and so on. In the end I just couldn’t be bothered to struggle on.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Scarred Woman

  • Department Q, Book 7
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 639
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 597
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 593

The international number one best seller returns with his most captivating and suspenseful novel yet - perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo. In a Copenhagen park, the body of an elderly woman is discovered. Though the case bears a striking resemblance to another unsolved homicide from over a decade ago, the police cannot find any connection between the two victims. Across town a group of young women are being hunted down. The attacks seem random, but could these acts of violence be related?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What a let down after such a long wait!

  • By mollyeyre on 22-09-17

Worst yet

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

Leas good of the Department Q books. There is a lengthy boring and irrelevant back story about Rose. It slows down the plot and finally becomes very annoying especially if like me you don't give a damn about Rose.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles

  • By: Kim Newman
  • Narrated by: Tom Hodgkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 433

Imagine the twisted evil twins of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson and you have the dangerous duo of Professor James Moriarty - wily, snake-like, fiercely intelligent, terrifyingly unpredictable - and Colonel Sebastian Basher Moran - violent, politically incorrect, debauched. Together they run London crime, owning police and criminals alike. When a certain Irene Adler turns up on their doorstep with a proposition, neither man is able to resist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Sara on 05-01-12

Boring rubbish

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

A silly self indulgent story that seeks to tell Moriarty's story through the mouthpiece of his henchman Basher Moran. It really doesn't work but above all else it moves very slowly and is painfully boring.

0 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

Brilliant Reader

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Sean Barret, the reader is excellent and completely makes this book enjoyable in spite of its great length and obsessive and long winded attention to arcane points of divinity or heresy. Really one should read this book, which I have, because it's much easier to skip the passages when the author gets carried away by his own rhetoric.

  • The Maharajah's General

  • By: Paul Fraser Collard
  • Narrated by: Dudley Hinton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

A riveting tale of battle and adventure in a brutal land, where loyalty and courage are constantly challenged and the enemy is never far away. Jack Lark barely survived the Battle of the Alma. As the brutal fight raged, he discovered the true duty that came with the officer's commission he'd taken. In hospital, wounded, and with his stolen life left lying on the battlefield, he grasps a chance to prove himself a leader once more. Poor Captain Danbury is dead, but Jack will travel to his new regiment in India, under his name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Jamie on 22-06-16

Dreadful

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

Reviewed: 28-02-17

So bad I couldn't believe it A book written by a ten year old boy without an editor. Complete rubbish. Also a poor reader but, to be fair even Tim Piggot Smith couldn't make a silk purse out of this pigs ear.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Words of Command

  • By: Allan Mallinson
  • Narrated by: William Scott-Masson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

The prime minister is resisting growing calls for parliamentary reform, provoking scenes of violent unrest. Against this inflammable backdrop, Lieutenant-Colonel Matthew Hervey, recently returned from an assignment in the Balkans, takes command of his regiment, the 6th Light Dragoons. His fears that things might be dull are quickly dispelled by the business of vexatious officers and difficult choices over which NCOs to promote, not to mention the incendiarists on the doorstep of the king himself.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly boring

  • By Julian Summer on 05-12-16

Incredibly boring

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

This is the worst and most boring of the Matthew Hervey books. It mainly deals with dull internal affairs of the regiment and a couple of very minor incidents too brief to carry the weight of tedium of the remainder. Also this reader is appalling. I must have heard him before but he seems to just reads with little enthusiasm or attempt at accents and voices. Perhaps he was as bored as I was.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful