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  • Semper Fidelis

  • A Novel of the Roman Empire
  • By: Ruth Downie
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

As mysterious injuries, and even deaths, begin to appear in the medical ledgers, it's clear that all is not well amongst the native recruits to Britannia's imperial army. Is the much-decorated centurion Geminus preying on his weaker soldiers? And could this be related to the appearance of Emperor Hadrian? Bound by his sense of duty and ill-advised curiosity, Ruso begins to ask questions nobody wants to hear. Meanwhile his barbarian wife Tilla is finding out some of the answers....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good historical detail.

  • By Debra K on 17-08-17

great performance and story telling

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

Reviewed: 24-04-18

I love these stories. hard fast historians may find some if the listening difficult but the stories are well written the characters are interesting and the perdormance is great. i like hearing how Gaius and Tilla's relationship develops, and seeing each pitfal that Gaius falls into as the tale progresses. very enjoyable

  • The Queen's Poisoner

  • The Kingfountain Series, Book 1
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

King Severn Argentine's fearsome reputation precedes him: usurper of the throne, killer of rightful heirs, ruthless punisher of traitors. Attempting to depose him, the Duke of Kiskaddon gambles...and loses. Now the duke must atone by handing over his young son, Owen, as the king's hostage. And should his loyalty falter again, the boy will pay with his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The audio was very good

  • By Rodger hubbard on 09-09-16

the reading is slightly irritating

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

Reviewed: 22-03-18

I like the idea of the story and the characters by chapter 3 make me want to persevere through the irritation of the performance, though it is a bit of a battle the performance is too staccato, each word stands alone rather than as part of a sentence and it totally disrupts the flow of the story and any emotion in the words. almost as if a child is reading unfamiliar words or English is not the native language of the speaker and so every consonant has to be tried and tested before being committed to. words such as 'And' and 'the' seem to become the focus of sentences rather than the link from one description to the next and it is very distracting. it makes it very difficult to concentrate on the story itself .

  • Her Royal Spyness

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Body found in Dukes bath!!!

  • By Mr. F. Hartshorn on 09-04-14

Brilliant writing, charming characters. wonderful

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

Reviewed: 25-09-17

Everything I have come to expect from Rhys Bowen, beautifully written and thoroughly enjoyable as ever

  • Lady Midnight: A Shadowhunter Novel

  • The Dark Artifices, Book 1
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Morena Baccarin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 935
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 856
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 857

It's been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses. Together with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn't lead her in treacherous directions....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • i just cant get into it with the narrator

  • By Miss Emma Graham on 25-04-17

overall good tho unusual use of language

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

Reviewed: 14-06-17

generally an enjoyably story with a few interesting characters. There was an occasional word that seemed out of place usually descriptive words that didn't really suit the context and so jarred a little. Other than that it was okay, though I do feel like I have missed a while series of prequels

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan, Ben Miles, Jonathan Bailey, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 353

Time travel meets history in this new drama adaptation by Marty Ross. When Max, a recent ancient history graduate, is offered a mysterious job at St Mary's Historical Research Institute, she quickly comes to realise this isn't any old stuffy research library. At St Mary's the historians don't just study the past - they revisit it. What begins as an academic exploration of events, such as the Peterloo Massacre, takes a dark and dangerous turn, and the historians of St Mary's soon learn that it's not just history they're fighting....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly slow start but my god does it get going!!

  • By mr on 23-05-17

a little disappointing

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

Reviewed: 24-05-17

I love Jodi Taylors writing, I love St Marys Chronicles, and I love the audio books. so when I saw the dramatised version was coming I got very excited. also i was pleased with the line up of actors. However, it just seems to be lacking some how. The sparkling dialogue and loveable characters have disappeared, the key moments in Max and Leon's relationship are completely different to the book. and the characters have become a little thin. Max is no longer witty and quick and is suddenly very adept at crying in public and expressing her emotions openly sharing her miscarriage with Leon and bursting into tears at seemingly random moments. As has Leon lost is emotional recalcitrance. he has become shouty, strident and prone to sharing his feelings. Dr bairstow has become a slightly lost old man who doesn't really know what is going on and Peterson (charming, suave Peterson) has vanished. If you don't know the st Marys chronicles then its fine but from some one who loves the books I found it a bit of a let down.

9 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • And the Rest Is History

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 8
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922

Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don't call it time travel - these historians investigate major historical events in contemporary time. And they aren't your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster magnets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jodi Never Disappoints!

  • By Gryfynn on 16-04-17

another corker!

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

Reviewed: 16-05-17

As usual, Jodi Taylor has given us another fabulous St Marys story. Masterful storytelling and engaging characters to keep you on the edge of your seat. I missed by bus this morning I was so caught up in the tale!

Zara Ramm portrays the characters in just the right way, setting the tone of the book and bringing even more life to Jodi's captivating characters.
Loved it!
Bring on the next one, I can't wait

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Nothing Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807

Getting a life isn't always easy. And hanging on to it is even harder.... Jodi Taylor brings all her comic writing skills to this heartwarming tale of self-discovery. Known as The Nothing Girl because of her severe stutter and chronically low self-confidence, Jenny Dove is only just prevented from ending it all by the sudden appearance of Thomas, a mystical golden horse only she can see. Under his guidance Jenny unexpectedly acquires a husband - the charming and chaotic Russell Checkland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful book

  • By ellen on 08-05-15

brilliant, captivating, funny

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

Jodi Taylor has done it again. Her books and short stories never fail to entertain, Never giving too much away, and full characters that are engaging, charming and relatable.
I love the Saint Mary's Chronicles and hope to see many more Frogmorten stories too.

  • A Second Chance

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 3
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,575
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,435

St Mary’s is back and nothing is going right for Max. Once again, it’s just one damned thing after another. The action jumps from an encounter with a mirror-stealing Isaac Newton to the bloody battlefield at Agincourt. Discover how a simple fact-finding assignment to witness the ancient and murderous cheese-rolling ceremony in Gloucester can result in CBC - concussion by cheese.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great balance between fun and fear

  • By Mike on 18-11-15

Great as ever but where has the professors Scottish accent gone

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

I enjoyed this enormously
As always it was captivating and well read tho I do miss Professor Bearstow's Scottish accent. Where did it go. It made him Stand out from the rest of the department.
Looking forward to the next instalment

3 of 3 people found this review helpful