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  • The Silkworm

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 2
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,913

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star rating based on quality not name

  • By Linda on 06-08-14

Well read, entertaining

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

Where does The Silkworm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high among the fiction novels. I wanted to know what was going to happen, and it was a perfect listen for long car journeys.

Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favourite?

Strike - because I love the way he's managed to blend Cormoran's Cornish past with his London present.

Any additional comments?

I actually guessed whodunnit pretty early on, because of a massive clue (and my cynical nature), but the reasoning behind it was a surprise - and maybe a little disappointing. Anyway, despite that, I thoroughly enjoyed this - and, once again, in part due to Robert Glenister's reading.

  • Knitting Yarns

  • Writers on Knitting
  • By: Ann Hood (editor
  • Narrated by: Ann Hood, Sam Adrain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

In Knitting Yarns, twenty-seven writers tell stories about how knitting healed, challenged, or helped them to grow. Poignant, funny, and moving, Knitting Yarns is sure to delight knitting enthusiasts and lovers of literature alike.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Patchy in places

  • By S. Merry on 08-06-15

Patchy in places

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrators, and some of the selection of stories. The narration was pretty dull, I thought, and some of the stories were unsatisfying.

What didn’t you like about Ann Hood and Sam Adrain ’s performance?

A bit bland - they sounded bored in places, so not very inspiring to the listeners!

Any additional comments?

A mix of stories written by professional authors who also happen to be knitters, or want to be knitters, or are failed knitters, or who know knitters.

I listened to them all, except for the one where the author wrote about knitting clothes for his miniature dog. I couldn't quite bring myself to listen to that one...

The stories are a mix of enjoyable and pretty blah, to be honest. Not the writing so much as the content. A few of them have stuck with me, but it's not something I'll go back to. I found the readers a little dull as well, unfortunately, though in some cases that might have been down to the material.

I know the above sounds as though I hated the whole thing, which isn't true. It was just okay. I could have accidentally deleted it one day and I wouldn't have missed it. Which is probably the most damning review you can give a book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Paul Temple and the Sullivan Mystery (Dramatisation)

  • By: Francis Durbridge
  • Narrated by: Full Cast
  • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

In a thrilling case that takes Paul and Steve to exotic Egypt, Paul Temple is called in to investigate a mysterious murder. The twisting trail takes them from London to the back streets and nightclubs of Cairo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jolly Good!

  • By HM on 07-04-13

Marvellous stuff

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

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

Yes. Because it's a ripping good yarn, and terribly good fun.

Any additional comments?

I love Paul Temple, I love Steve (though she has a distressing habit of getting herself kidnapped and/or drugged (sometimes by her own husband)), and I loved this. London to Cairo via an aeroplane with no discernible safety features, dead bodies turning up all over the place, an international cast of crooks and ne'er-do-wells, some extremely dodgy accents, and - most importantly - an ordinary pair of horn-rimmed spectacles. Marvellous.

  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4

  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: AudioGO Ltd
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,056

Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the fourth series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. By John Finnemore (The News Quiz, Mitchell & Webb).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 'Everyone in the car, we're going for a drive...'

  • By L on 14-04-13

Funny

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

Where does Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In terms of making me laugh out loud - nearly the top. Only beaten by other CP series.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Not nearly as good as it was on the radio.

  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 22 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

This acclaimed best seller from popular historian Alison Weir is a fascinating look at the Tudor family dynasty and its most infamous ruler. The Six Wives of Henry VIII brings to life England’s oft-married monarch and the six wildly different but equally fascinating women who married him. Gripping from the first sentence to the last and loaded with fascinating details, Weir’s rich history is a perfect blend of scholarship and entertainment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing short of excellent

  • By mollymoon1 on 31-08-13

A bit uneven, but that's history for you

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

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

I'd definitely recommend the *book* but I'm not sure I'd recommend this reading of it. It was good, but a bit uneven.

Any additional comments?

I realised, listening to this book, just how little I actually knew about the wives, and I'm pleased I finally got around to "reading" it. The wives aren't evenly addressed, of course, because we know far more about Katharine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn than the others, even Jane Seymour. It definitely made me want to learn more about Ann of Cleves, though - she's fascinating, and definitely did very well out of her marriage to Henry - unlike the others.

  • Paul Temple and the Lawrence Affair (Dramatised)

  • By: Francis Durbridge
  • Narrated by: Peter Coke, Majorie Westbury, Full Cast
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

From 1938 to 1969 crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC radio's most popular serials. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats, a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great vintage radio!

  • By MrsGj on 30-07-15

By Timothy! Another success for Paul Temple!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

What did you like most about Paul Temple and the Lawrence Affair (Dramatised)?

The cut glass accents, the drama and the story. Pretty much everything, really!

What did you like best about this story?

As always, this was a detailed but not overly complicated plot. I thoroughly enjoy Paul Temple dramas, especially the Peter Coke versions.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, although I didn't get the chance!

Any additional comments?

A ripping yarn!

  • Walking Home

  • My Family and Other Rambles
  • By: Clare Balding
  • Narrated by: Clare Balding
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

In Clare Balding's family, walking just took too long - she galloped through the countryside and she galloped through life. Then, in 1999, Clare took a call from a BBC producer looking for a presenter for a new radio series. "Do you walk?" she asked. "Well, I walk the dog...." That series, Ramblings, is still going strong - and Clare's caught the walking bug. Now she wants her family to share some of that pleasure. Her and her brother Andrew are determined to conquer the Wayfarer's Walk, a 71-mile route. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I felt like I knew Clare as a friend

  • By Heidi on 31-10-14

Lovely book, lovely reading

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

Would you listen to Walking Home again? Why?

Yes, I would. I enjoyed the stories of the walks that Clare has taken, and the way that she told the stories, moving back and forward in time. I mostly listened to this in the gym, slogging away on an exercise bike, and it make the time pass very pleasantly!

What did you like best about this story?

The way it was written. It wasn't completely linear, but moved back and forth, with little snippets about Clare's life and about the walks she's taken.

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

It made me laugh AND cry. Mostly laugh, but there were some very touching stories as well.

Any additional comments?

Some of her accents are pretty terrible. I appreciate the effort, but it sort of spoils the story when you're cringing at Clare's Irish/Scottish brogue...!