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  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

  • By: Stuart Turton
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,089

'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder, and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.' It is meant to be a celebration, but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself over and over again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex but Brilliant. A Classic in the making!

  • By Martin on 03-08-18

I thought this would never end

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

Reviewed: 30-11-18

Thanks goodness that's over. How I stuck with it, I really don't know. The story was poor, far too long-drawn out and unecessarily complicated. The narration was at times excrutiating. When all was revealed I nearly missed it, I was so bored. Another listener has suggested reading the book instead, I did wonder about that earlier on but now I simply can't be bothered.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

  • By: Imogen Hermes Gowar
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar, read by Juliet Stevenson. This voyage is special. It will change everything.... One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent knocking on his front door. One of his captains is waiting eagerly on the step. He has sold Jonah's ship for what appears to be a mermaid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly beguiling and brilliantly believable.

  • By ms.t.s.hutchings on 20-02-18

Outstanding narration

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Although the plot got a bit weird towards the end and the story seemed to lose momentum (after the marriage), otherwise I loved this book and especially Juliet Stevenson's outstanding narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,539
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,628

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Puts Bridget Jones in the shade

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 10-07-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 28-02-18

A beautifully crafted storyline, with characters brilliantly conceived and portrayed - yet they are not made up: each one either has something of us, or something we know in other people. Or both. The writer's perception is incredible. As is her warmth. A lovely story and a first-class narration on audiobook.

  • Birdcage Walk

  • By: Helen Dunmore
  • Narrated by: Emma Fenney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 324

It is1792 and Europe is seized by political turmoil and violence. Lizzie Fawkes has grown up in radical circles where each step of the French Revolution is followed with eager idealism. But she has recently married John Diner Tredevant, a property developer who is heavily invested in Bristol's housing boom, and he has everything to lose from social upheaval and the prospect of war. Diner believes that Lizzie's independent, questioning spirit must be coerced and subdued. She belongs to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great novel spoiled by narrator

  • By DartmoorDiva on 04-07-17

No clear storyline.

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

Reviewed: 30-07-17

What was this book about - the French Revolution, the history of Clifton, or Lizzie's mother, whose life you are led to believe will be the focus of the story? It isn't. What was the reason for the over-long prologue about the man walking his dog if we never return to him and to contemporary relevance of the lost writer's life? What was the reason for the over-long story about Lizzie's relationship with her husband if he simply turns round and goes away after tortuous (for the listener) to-ing and fro-ing ? Lizzie's narration was also irritatingly repetitive.
I have always respected Helen Dunmore as a writer until now. I am aware of her recent sad passing, of which this review is irrespective.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Witchfinder's Sister

  • By: Beth Underdown
  • Narrated by: Lucy Brownhill, Roy McMillan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 307

It's 1645. When Alice Hopkins' husband dies in a tragic accident, she returns to the small Essex town of Manningtree, where her brother Matthew still lives. But home is no longer a place of safety. Matthew has changed, and there are rumours spreading through the town: whispers of witchcraft, and of a great book, in which he is gathering women's names. To what lengths will Matthew's obsession drive him? And what choice will Alice make when she finds herself at the very heart of his plan?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By ms on 26-03-17

A little disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I found this book gripping at times but as it reached a climax it seemed to run out of steam and come to a rapid conclusion - I did wonder whether a section had been cut out. More could have been made to "shock" at the mention what Alice and Grace are going to encounter next, but instead comes across as incidential, which for me left it a little flat.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Young and Damned and Fair

  • The Life and Tragedy of Catherine Howard at the Court of Henry VIII
  • By: Gareth Russell
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

England, July 1540: it is one of the hottest summers on record, and the court of Henry VIII is embroiled once again in political scandal. Anne Cleves is out. Thomas Cromwell is to be executed and, in the countryside, an aristocratic teenager named Catherine Howard prepares to become fifth wife to the increasingly unpredictable monarch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short Lived Queen Consort

  • By S. Morris on 17-01-17

A little disappointing

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

Reviewed: 26-03-17

There is a great deal of fact in this story which needs deliberation and definition. The narrator has a pleasant voice, but insufficient range of intonation, and tends to join paragraphs and sections as if they were sentences - so that different subjects sound like they are the same one. Although I suspect this could be largely down to the editing and a couple of edits can in fact be heard. So overall this spoiled a very interesting piece of work, which I think I might now read hard copy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Essex Serpent

  • By: Sarah Perry
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 940
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 872
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 874

London 1893: When Cora Seaborne and her son Francis reach Essex, rumours spread from further up the estuary that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced that it may be a previously undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail she meets William Ransome, Aldwinter's vicar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Authentic Voice

  • By Christina on 20-09-16

Didn't do it for me.

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

Reviewed: 17-02-17

Like some other reviewers, I am mystified by the hype around this book. I struggled to keep my concentration on this as an audiobook, not necessarily because of the narration, which is OK-ish, but because of lack of a comprehensive storyline. Very occasionally my attention was quickly drawn back e.g. the knife attack. Perhaps this is one to read and/or one for the Book Club, but either I've missed a great deal, or this book is just not what all the publicity tried to sell it as.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing and memorable book

  • By Kirstine on 17-05-14

Audiobook of the Year!

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

Reviewed: 27-01-17

One of the funniest, the most well crafted, and possibly the most well-narrated book I've ever listened to. And quite by accident - I happened to catch part of BBA Radio 4's "A Good Read" and thought I'd give this a go. With an incredibly moving ending I never saw coming, the story also contains some of the funniest scenes I've ever heard. Outstanding.

  • The Ashes of London

  • By: Andrew Taylor
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 338

London, September 1666. The Great Fire rages through the city, consuming everything in its path. Even the impregnable cathedral of St. Paul's is engulfed in flames and reduced to ruins. Among the crowds watching its destruction is James Marwood, son of a disgraced printer and reluctant government informer. In the aftermath of the fire, a semi-mummified body is discovered in the ashes of St. Paul's, in a tomb that should have been empty. The man's body has been mutilated, and his thumbs have been tied behind his back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery and murder in 'the dunnest smoke of hell'

  • By Rachel Redford on 27-04-16

Overrated

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

A good narration helps a far-fetched and rather silly story. Better to listen to than read, I suspect.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Take Six Girls: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters

  • By: Laura Thompson
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

They were known as the Mitford sisters: Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica and Deborah. Born into country-house privilege in the early years of the 20th century, they became prominent as 'bright young things' in the high society of interwar London. Then, as the shadows crept over 1930s Europe, the stark - and very public - differences in their outlooks came to symbolize the political polarities of a dangerous decade.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a little confusing

  • By Mimi Munch-Jensen on 17-05-17

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 27-09-16

This book is very cleverly crafted; it never lingers on any one sister or any one event, but I still felt at the end that I'd enjoyed 6 (7 including Tom) individual biographies as well as one for the whole family. I don't know how the author manages to cover so much ground and include so much detail while the storylines fly along. An excellent narrator makes this a fascinating listen.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful