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  • Time's Convert

  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 370

Marcus Whitmore was made a vampire in the 18th century. Over 200 years later, he finds himself in love with Phoebe Taylor, a human who decides to become a vampire herself. But her transformation will prove as challenging now as it was for Marcus when he first encountered Matthew de Clermont, his sire. While Phoebe is secreted away, Marcus relives his own journey from the battlefields of the American Revolutionary War, through the treachery of the French Revolution, to a bloody finale in New Orleans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inferior narration, good story.

  • By Em on 05-10-18

Change of narrator spoils the whole story

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

Reviewed: 18-09-18

I was looking forward to listening to the latest book. After 3 hours I had to stop and read the book instead. The accents are all wrong, the characters have lost their familiarity, such a shame. It is like listening to a totally new series which is not what I was anticipating.

33 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • A Fatal Obsession

  • By: Faith Martin
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Oxford, 1960. There's a murderer on the loose, and two unlikely heroes are poised to solve the case. Meet Trudy Loveday - smart, enthusiastic and always underestimated. In the hope of getting her out of the way, Trudy is assigned to help coroner Clement Ryder as he reopens the case of a young woman's death. She can't believe her luck - she is actually going to be working on a real murder case. Meanwhile, the rest of the police force are busy investigating a series of threats and murders in the local community, and Clement can't help but feel it's all linked.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dull, boring, slow.

  • By Helen on 13-08-18

Slow and concise narrator very tiring

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

Reviewed: 13-08-18

I enjoy Faith Martin novels this should have been a good book but it was not. The detail of the memorabilia of the decade did make me smile. Sadly the narrator was very slow and precise making it difficult to enjoy and I found it hard to finish. The storyline was weak and very longwinded. Sadly not for me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • You Were Gone

  • David Raker, Book 9
  • By: Tim Weaver
  • Narrated by: Joe Coen, Rachel Bavidge, Tom Burke
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 434

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of You Were Gone by Tim Weaver. Three days after Christmas, a woman walks into a police station. She has no phone and no ID, just a piece of paper with the name of investigator David Raker on it. She tells officers that Raker is her husband. When he turns up at the station, Raker is stunned. The woman looks exactly like his wife. She knows all about their marriage, their history, even private conversations the two of them had. There's just one problem: Raker's wife has been dead for eight years....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely loved it

  • By Debs on 02-06-18

Too dramatic, little to hole my attention

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

Reviewed: 18-05-18

In theory the book should have been good, but sadly it was not. The storyline was unbelievalble, characters did not gel, nor ring true. The constant reminder of his grief rang false and over dramatic.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Angel

  • Ruth Galloway Mysteries, Book 10
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621

Dr Ruth Galloway is flattered when she receives a letter from Italian archaeologist Dr Angelo Morelli, asking for her help. He's discovered a group of bones in a tiny hilltop village near Rome but doesn't know what to make of them. It's years since Ruth has had a holiday, and even a working holiday to Italy is very welcome!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen, excellent work!

  • By Jude on 09-02-18

Sadly boring

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

Reviewed: 16-02-18

I have enjoyed this series so far. What a disappointment to find that I was struggling to complete this book, and found myself bored. The story was slow moving, it just droned on with unrealistic story lines and the new characters not at all likeable. The narrator did her best with a poor story line. The last few chapters did liven up a little but I found myself disbelieving the events that took place.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Persuasion

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Olivia Williams
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Persuasion tells the story of one of the most popular of literary heroines, the glorious Anne Eliot. Persuaded out of marrying the man she loves due to his not being a good enough match, Anne calmly and wittily takes us through her journey from her life as the middle daughter of a spendthrift and vain baronet through a sojourn in the marriage market that the City of Bath became in the 19th century to a final and merry resolution of the long search for the ideal match.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not great narration

  • By Sparks on 16-12-17

Not great narration

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

Reviewed: 16-12-17

I love Jane Austin books sadly the narrator keeps stumbling over words and paragraphs, which considerably lessens the flow and enjoyment of the book

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • High Force

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115

Hell has unleashed a demon - and he's coming for you.... Detective Chief Inspector Ryan's worst nightmare has just become a reality. Notorious serial killer The Hacker has escaped prison and kidnapped one of his best detectives from her own home. His brutality is the stuff of legend - Ryan lost his sister and nearly his own life bringing the man to justice first time around. Can Ryan do it again to save his friend? There's a nationwide manhunt underway but the trail has gone cold and fear spreads like a virus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, really enjoyed that!

  • By Salter on 14-11-17

Writer improves with each book

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

Reviewed: 14-04-17

The book is great tying up many loose ends. The writer continues to grow, resulting in the characters becoming more real.
My only gripe is the download is faulty and cannot be played on my iPod only on the phone or iPad

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Cleaner

  • John Milton, Book 1
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,361
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,174

Meet John Milton. He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder. Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn't want to be on his list. But now, after ten years, he's had enough - there's blood on his hands and he wants out. Trouble is, this job is not one you can just walk away from. He goes on the run, seeking atonement for his sins by helping the people he meets along the way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but oddly unsatisfying

  • By Lucy on 05-11-16

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 10-03-16

Would you try another book written by Mark Dawson or narrated by David Thorpe?

No, I did not enjoy the storyline, characters or the narration

What was most disappointing about Mark Dawson’s story?

Terrible storyline, main characters that held not empathy or involvement for me

How could the performance have been better?

More fluid, more intonation, less stakato

Any additional comments?

I wish I could have enjoyed it, the reviews made it sound a good book, but sadly it was very amateurish with an unbelievable main character

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sycamore Gap

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,265

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan believes he has put his turbulent history behind him. Then, in the early hours of the summer solstice, the skeleton of a young woman is found inside the Roman Wall at Sycamore Gap. She has lain undiscovered for 10 years, and it is Ryan's job to piece together her past. Enquiry lines cross and merge as Ryan is forced to face his own demons and enter into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who seems unstoppable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable!

  • By Gabrielle Harvey-Jones on 27-07-16

highly recommended, kept me quessing until the end

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

Reviewed: 23-01-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend that people read book 1 first. The characters are gelling and maturing well now and it was a good suspense novel. It is a great second novel.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sycamore Gap?

without spoilers it is hard, but it was towards the end involving 2 of the main characters Gregson and Ryan

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favourite?

phillips is a great character, and the northern accent is not bad at all

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Anger at the incompetance of some of the characters, and true dislike of Edwards and Colin

Any additional comments?

LJ Ross has written a good suspense novel, a huge improvement on her first in the series and Jonathan Keebles narration had me on the edge of my seat at times.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Very First Damned Thing

  • An Author-Read Audio Exclusive
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jodi Taylor
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,478
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366

Jodi Taylor reads the long-awaited prequel in her Chronicles of St Mary’s series, as Dr Bairstow struggles to set up St Mary’s as we know it in a world still scarred by the ravages of civil war. Ever wondered how it all began? It’s two years since the final victory at the Battersea Barricades. The fighting might be finished, but for Dr Bairstow, just now setting up St Mary's, the struggle is only beginning. How will he assemble his team? From where will his funding come?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An intro....not much more

  • By Robyn on 29-11-16

Sorry could not finish it

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

What disappointed you about The Very First Damned Thing?

The narration was so very poor, and did not flow, resulting in a disjointed story

Would you ever listen to anything by Jodi Taylor again?

I love Jodi Taylors books by the original narrator

What didn’t you like about Jodi Taylor’s performance?

Jodi Taylor may be a very good writer but her narration was amateur, with pauses in the wrong place, the intonation in her voice was all wrong, There was no emotion in the narration, and it left me feeling cheated

What character would you cut from The Very First Damned Thing?

no characters, just the narrator

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,040
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,530

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping story.

  • By Bernadette on 22-10-15

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 07-11-15

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book this time, a vast improvement on book #2
I loved the characters who are developing well. It was gruesome in places but it did not detract from a very good storyline