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  • Ancillary Justice

  • The Imperial Radch series, Book 1
  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 758

The spectacular debut novel nominated for every major science fiction award in 2014, Ancillary Justice is the story of a warship trapped in a human body and her search for revenge. Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, a James Tiptree Jr. honour and a Kitschie. Currently shortlisted for the Hugo Awards. They made me kill thousands, but I only have one target now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interestingly feminist SciFi

  • By Jonathan on 16-11-14

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 25-02-18

Loved it. Beautiful writing and engrossing story. Exceptional narration. I have bought a hard copy for a sci-fi loving friend.

  • Chomp

  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: James Van Der Beek
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he's grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his backyard. The critters he can handle. His father is the unpredictable one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A heart-warming laugh for the whole family

  • By Ms on 09-03-15

A light-hearted treat

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-12

Engaging, funny, warm-hearted and well read. An attractive anecdote to all the endless gruesome serial killer thrillers knocking about.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Grave Mistake

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Jane Asher
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Despite two husbands being dead and a daughter marrying the wrong man, no one believed Sybil Foster would commit suicide, especially Roderick Alleyn. For the field was ripe with unfortunate engagements - one of them a very grave mistake.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, average narration

  • By L on 22-12-11

Enjoyable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-12

This works well. A balanced well judged golden age mystery. Jane Asher voice is very appealing. I wish she did more audio books.

  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An oppressive dream - or is it real?

  • By Kaggy on 23-01-17

Dreadful- in a good way

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-12

So well done listening to it made me feel close to a panic attack. A brillantly realised portrait of a paranoid state.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Girls of Slender Means

  • By: Muriel Spark
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 186

The Girls of Slender Means is the third Muriel Spark audio release of 2012, following The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Complete Short Stories. It is 1945; a time of cultural and political change, and also one of slender means. Spark's evocative and sharply drawn novel focuses on a group of women living together in a hostel in Kensington who face new challenges in uncertain times. The novel is at once dramatic and character-based, and shows Muriel Spark at the height of her literary powers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slender but spirited

  • By marie on 24-12-12

Slender but spirited

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-12

If you like Muriel Spark, you will relish this. Read with great precision. A dry delight. Such a distinctive writing style works well as an audio book. Every word matters.

24 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • Died in the Wool

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Inspector Roderick Alleyn receives a desperate plea for help in solving the murder of a Member of Parliament. Now the good inspector is involved in a gruesome war of espionage where he becomes as much the quarry as the hunter.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wooly

  • By marie on 24-12-12

Wooly

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-12

Doesn't really work. Found it a struggle to persist with. Kiwi accent became very grating. Contrived.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Driver's Seat

  • By: Muriel Spark
  • Narrated by: Dame Judi Dench
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Lise is thin, neither good-looking nor bad-looking. One day she walks out of her office, acquires a gaudy new outfit, adopts a girlier tone of voice and heads to the airport to fly south. On the plane she takes a seat between two men. One is delighted with her company, the other is deeply perturbed. So begins an unnerving journey into the darker recesses of human nature.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Elegant and creepy

  • By marie on 24-12-12

Elegant and creepy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-12

Simply sublime. Beautifully read and suitably cold-hearted.Good length for a singlr listen. Bracing and gripping as a thriller.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • What It Was

  • By: George Pelecanos
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Washington, D.C., 1972. Derek Strange has left the police department and set up shop as a private investigator. His former partner, Frank "Hound Dog" Vaughn, is still on the force. When a young woman comes to Strange asking for his help recovering a cheap ring she claims has sentimental value, the case leads him onto Vaughn's turf, where a local drug addict's been murdered, shot point-blank in his apartment. Soon both men are on the trail of a ruthless killer: Red Fury, so called for his looks and the car his girlfriend drives, but a name that fits his personality all too well.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Would Have Made A Better Short Story

  • By John on 29-12-14

Excellent and evocative thriller

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Pelecanos treats all his characters and his readers with respect. If you go on a journey with this book you will feel you understand the people he writes about and the choices they make. And with Pelecanos. ' Tout comprendre, c'est tout pardonner.'

  • The Simulacra

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

On a ravaged Earth, fate and circumstances bring together a disparate group of characters, including a fascist with dreams of a coup, a composer who plays his instrument with his mind, a First Lady who calls all the shots, and the world’s last practicing therapist. And they all must contend with an underclass that is beginning to ask a few too many questions, aided by a man called Loony Luke and his very persuasive pet alien.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent book

  • By Kamawan on 28-07-16

Philip K Dick is a genius

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

His stuff reads surprising well. Read aloud you get the time to appreciate his philosophical musings.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • FREE FIRST CHAPTER: The Uninvited

  • By: Liz Jensen
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

A seven-year-old girl puts a nail-gun to her grandmother's neck and fires. An isolated incident, say the experts. The experts are wrong. Across the world, children are killing their families. Anthropologist Hesketh Lock has his own problems; but as more acts of child violence sweep the globe, he is forced to acknowledge possibilities that defy the rational principles on which he has staked his life, his career and, most devastatingly of all, his role as a father.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging

  • By marie on 23-12-12

Engaging

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Well read and involving. No longeurs. I believe Liz jensen used to write scripts for television and it shows- in a good way.