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  • Foxglove Summer

  • Rivers of London, Book 5
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,972
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,701

In the fifth of his best-selling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper. Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can take a city wizard to the country but...

  • By Sarah on 17-11-14

Absolutely Fabulous.

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

Reviewed: 16-02-19

Foxglove summer is one of my favourites of Aaronovitch's books. Funny, filthy and fast paced in equal measures. Superb.

  • Once Upon a River

  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science? An exquisitely crafted multilayered mystery brimming with folklore, suspense and romance as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s best seller The Thirteenth Tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By jlbenefield on 04-02-19

A wonderfully well spun story!

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

Reviewed: 14-02-19

I absolutely loved this book. The storyline changes quicker than the swirls and eddy's of a fast flowing river. The multitude of characters within this tale spill effortlessly for the lips of Juliette Stevenson. The book is an utter joy to listen to. Bravo!

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

Soon to be a major TV series starring Kenneth Branagh. On 21 June 1922, Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt - is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol. Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely. But instead of his usual suite, he must now live in an attic room while Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval. Can a life without luxury be the richest of all?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book I’ve listened and read in a long time

  • By Bean on 29-11-18

Absolutely Superb.

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

One of the best books I have read/listened to in a long time. The exquisite performance bought each and every character to life perfectly. This story will stay with me for a long. Bravo!

  • Death on the River

  • A Tara Thorpe Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Clare Chase
  • Narrated by: Lucy Brownhill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

When a body is pulled from the dank and dangerous fens on the outskirts of town, everybody assumes it was a tragic accident. But Detective Tara Thorpe, newly joined and determined to prove herself, suspects there’s more to the story. Tara is desperate to investigate further, but her supervisor Patrick Wilkins has other ideas. He would rather die than let this ambitious upstart show him up - even if it means some digging in Tara’s secret past to keep her under his thumb.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tara Thorpe's back for another murder mystery.

  • By Helen SJ on 18-01-19

Tara Thorpe's back for another murder mystery.

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

I do enjoy a gripping murder mystery. This had me binge listening till the end. Some parts were a little predictable although this did not detract from my enjoyment of the book. A lovely descriptive story makes me want to visit places.
A mini gripe though is that the reader did make Tara and several of the other women sound more like they belong in a sleazy '50 shades' type book..

  • 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 1,361
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258

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

Fabulous. A must for Dr Mary's lovers.

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

Reviewed: 15-01-19

What a treat to hear the wonderful tale of the creation of At Mary's. Loved it.

  • After Me Comes the Flood

  • By: Sarah Perry
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

One hot summer's day, John Cole decides to leave his life behind. When his car breaks down on an isolated road, he goes looking for help and stumbles upon a grand but dilapidated house. Its residents claim to have been waiting for him.... There's Hester, their controlling host; Alex and Claire, siblings full of childlike wonder; the mercurial Eve; Elijah - a faithless former preacher; and chain-smoking Walker, wreathed in smoke and hostility. Who are these people? And what do they intend for John?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • wonderfully written.

  • By Helen SJ on 13-01-19

wonderfully written.

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

Reviewed: 13-01-19

I will admit I struggled immensely to listen to this book. As much as Perry's writing is exquisite and there is not an author who could match her at present, I just couldn't fall for the characters. I think I will read the book instead of listening to it so I can view it with my own imagination.

  • Whispers Under Ground

  • Rivers of London, Book 3
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,280
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,631

Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And it’s just as well - he's already had run-ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho. Progression in the police force is less easy, especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn't even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, wonderful narration

  • By Jane on 04-07-12

Utter Magic.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

Peter Grant is a character who feels as real as the ink and paper he was created with.
I absolutely love this series of books. The narrated version is utterly brilliant.

  • The Foundling Boy

  • By: Michel Déon
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

It is 1919. On a summer’s night in Normandy, a new-born baby is left in a basket outside the home of Albert and Jeanne Arnaud. The childless couple take the foundling in, name him Jean, and decide to raise him as their own, though his parentage remains a mystery. Though Jean’s life is never dull, he grows up knowing little of what lies beyond his local area. Until the day he sets off on his bicycle to discover the world, and encounters a Europe on the threshold of interesting times...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • c'est magnifique!

  • By Helen SJ on 07-01-19

c'est magnifique!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

A beautiful tale told across two decades and spanning Europe and the Middle East. An abundance of fabulous characters make this a truly book. I cannot wait for the next book.

  • A Tale of Two Cities

  • The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
  • By: Charles Dickens, Simon Callow - introduction
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

Exclusively from Audible. 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' So begins Charles Dickens' most famous historical drama: a gripping tale of war, social injustice and the choice between darkness and light. After being unjustly imprisoned for 18 years, French doctor Manette is released from the Bastille jail in Paris and embarks upon a journey to London in the hope of finding the daughter he never met.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic story, by a master storyteller

  • By Phil Culmer on 07-03-18

Amazing tale from the master writer.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

Simon Callow is perfection in this production. He ingeniously brings life to the great characters of Charles Dickens imaginings. Bravo Monsieur!

  • Moon over Soho

  • Rivers of London, Book 2
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,047
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,164

I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good sequel

  • By P. J. Williams on 05-08-11

Another brilliant & magical crime novel.

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

Reviewed: 31-12-18

Mr Aaronovitch has delivered another unique crime novel. PC Grant and the whole posse drip languidly from the pages and leave indelible marks in your mind. The narration of this book is second to none. The package is, rather brilliantly, brought to life by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, whose honeyed tones slip effortlessly from character to character, so you believe you are listening to many different voices. Quite brilliant.