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  • Ross Poldark

  • Poldark, Book 1
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver J. Hembrough
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334

Tired from a grim war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his land and his family. But the joyful homecoming he has anticipated turns sour, for his father is dead, his estate is derelict, and the girl he loves is engaged to his cousin. But his sympathy for the destitute miners and farmers of the district leads him to rescue a half-starved urchin girl from a fairground brawl and take her home - an act which alters the whole course of his life....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't tell...

  • By Amanda Isbell on 13-04-15

What's not to love about Poldark?

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

Reviewed: 30-07-17

I remember reading this book in the 1970s the first time it was on TV. I was surprised to discover it was written in 1945 yet the themes remain fresh and relevant today. Apart from a very few dodgy mispronounciations, a most enjoyable read.

  • The Bertie Project

  • 44 Scotland Street, Book 11
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Once more, we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith. With customary charm and deftness, Alexander McCall Smith gives us another installment in this popular series, now running in its ninth season in the Scotsman. Anything could happen to Bertie and the gang....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'd give 10* if I could!

  • By Jill Besterman on 19-08-16

What's not to love about Alexander McCall Smith?

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

Reviewed: 27-08-16

The characters in 44 Scotland Street are always engaging and delightful, with the obvious exceptions of the monstrous Irene Pollock and the narcissistic Bruce Anderson. To say more would be a spoiler !!!
Sit back and enjoy David Rintoul's excellent reading. It's hard to put down and yet disappointing when it ends knowing I will have to wait for the next installment to find out what happens in Bertie's life next.

3 of 3 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 6,240
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,802

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

Very different from Harry Potter

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Career of Evil to be better than the print version?

Robert Glenister reading anything is a bonus and he does a great job with Cormoran Strike.

What did you like best about this story?

More of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott, the whodunit element is of secondary interest, it's the journey rather than the destination I enjoyed.

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

Not possible at nearly 18 hours but I did finish within a couple of days.

Any additional comments?

I would have preferred the last chapter to have been the first chapter of the next volume in the series and thereby create some anticipation. Nonetheless it was an enjoyable read and I look forward to the next instalment.

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • Millennium Series, Book 4
  • By: David Lagercrantz, George Goulding - translator
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,153
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,943
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,946

Mikael Blomkvist is contacted by renowned scientist Professor Balder. Fearing for his life, but more concerned for his son's well-being, Balder wants Millennium to publish his story. More interesting to Blomkvist than Balder's advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection with a certain female superhacker. It seems that Lisbeth Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters that will soon bring terror to the streets of Stockholm, the Millennium team....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Dear!

  • By mollyeyre on 05-09-15

Seamlessly continues the Steig Larsson storyline

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl in the Spider's Web to be better than the print version?

If someone else is willing to read a book to me that has to be a bonus, only rarely am I disappointed with the performance.

What other book might you compare The Girl in the Spider's Web to, and why?

The previous three books by Larsson himself, all written in the same style. Had I not know that this book wasn't written by Larsson I wouldn't have guessed.

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

Too long to listen to in one sitting but nonetheless I did finish it within a couple of days.

Any additional comments?

The narrative is workmanlike but the characters are compelling and I wanted to hear more about Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist.

  • The Revolving Door of Life: 44 Scotland Street, Book 10

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Once more we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith. With customary charm and deftness, McCall Smith gives us another instalment in this popular series, now running in its ninth season in The Scotsman. Anything could happen to Bertie and the gang.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Revolving Door of Life

  • By Raquel moreno on 27-01-18

McCall Smith never disappoints

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

What did you like most about The Revolving Door of Life: 44 Scotland Street, Book 10?

The always entertaining characters and observations, and the absence of Bertie's dreadful mother Irene, the poor little boy.

What did you like best about this story?

The continuing story of the lives of an eclectic and sometimes eccentric group of people, and yes, and the absence of Bertie's dreadful mother.

What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to his voice.

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

Occasional laugh out loud moments.

  • The Hub

  • This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot
  • By: Bruce Windwood
  • Narrated by: Susy Kane, Alex Kirk, Howard Gossington, and others
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 272

Deep underground, in a top-secret location, the war against Terror, Anarchy and Foreigners in General is being waged. Inside The Hub, where intelligence gathering blends seamlessly with state-of-the-art, counter-terrorist hardware, dedicated professionals work day and night to keep us safe...and somehow always manage to totally screw things up.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable, but fairly enjoyable

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-07-15

Confused storyline and stereotypical characters

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

Reviewed: 08-07-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

An interesting storyline.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Workmanlike performances.

Any additional comments?

Not a new idea, incompetent civil servants and pompous generals. The Piglet Files did it better and before that The Men from the Ministry.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Slaving Away

  • This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot
  • By: Miranda Kane, Unusual Productions
  • Narrated by: Hugh Dennis, Miranda Kane, Jon Holmes
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 452

Meet Miranda. She is a cheerful and happy-go-lucky single girl who just happens to be a dominatrix with a dungeon in her flat, where she services clients with flogging, extreme correction and (if she’s lucky) gets the occasional slave to pay her for the honour of doing her vacuuming. And when she’s not delivering 30 lashes to the sensitive parts of religious zealots or doing step-aerobics in stilettos on the buttocks of retired army officers, she is just trying to get on with the neighbours....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something Really New

  • By Fred on 07-07-15

Silly but entertaining

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

Reviewed: 08-07-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Quite enjoyed the silliness and entertained by the performances, especially Miranda and the Brigadier (Hugh Dennis, always excellent).

Do you think Slaving Away needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, the further adventures of Miranda would be worth hearing.

  • Catching Up

  • This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot
  • By: Bronagh Fegan
  • Narrated by: Louise Ford, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Carrie Quinlan, and others
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 326

Carol, Sarah, Samira and Mac were best friends at university. They were the bright young things who had the world on a string and shining futures ahead. Now, as they find themselves tipping into their 30-something lives of work, relationships and responsibilities, they meet up for a big reunion night out, ready to recapture their shared past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun stand alone play, but...

  • By thomas on 08-07-15

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 08-07-15

Would you try another book written by Bronagh Fegan or narrated by the narrators?

Yes, a good idea well executed.

Would you be willing to try another book from Bronagh Fegan? Why or why not?

Yes, acute and entertaining humour, the characters were interesting.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The faux American accent that eventually slipped, excellent. Everyone else good.

Could you see Catching Up being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Struggling to see it as a movie. Could imagine a radio or TV series. Sally Phillips would be good as Carol.

  • Working for the Big Man

  • This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot
  • By: Rob Sears, Tom Sears
  • Narrated by: Kevin Eldon, Felicity Montagu, Mitch Benn
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 395

Have you ever wondered what happens when you die? If there is a God? And did he ever have a plan for the world? When committed rationalist and atheist, Ralph, dies on his honeymoon he discovers, much to his unhappy surprise, the answers to all of these questions. He finds himself on a cloud, working for a God who is very unhappy that his plan for the world has all gone horribly wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So funny!

  • By Angela C on 13-08-15

A recycled story line

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

Reviewed: 08-07-15

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who hasn't heard Old Harry's Game.

Would you ever listen to anything by Rob Sears and Tom Sears again?

Not if this is indicative of their humour.

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

Adequate, and Kevin Eldon is always good value.

What character would you cut from Working for the Big Man?

All of them

Any additional comments?

Old Harry's Game is the high water mark. The Best Laid Plans was weak but superior to this offering. Very disappointing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Late Scholar

  • By: Jill Paton Walsh
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 221

When the fellows at an Oxford college appeal to Peter Wimsey to resolve a dispute, he and Harriet are happy to oblige. The dispute between the two passionate parties is evenly balanced, that is, until several of the fellows unexpectedly die. And the causes of death bear an uncanny resemblance to the murder methods in Peter's past cases - methods that Harriet has used in her novels.…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as a DL Sayers but better than nothing

  • By Claire on 15-05-14

Not as good as a DL Sayers but better than nothing

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

Reviewed: 15-05-14

Would you listen to The Late Scholar again? Why?

Yes, because I'm addicted to DL Sayers, Lord Peter Wimsey & Harriet Vane.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Late Scholar?

There was no one moment that stands out.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Sadly Edward Petherbridge has not lent his voice to this reading which is a great shame. While Gordon Griffin does a competent job, his quavering voice and mis-pronunciation of "Domina" amongst other things grated and in no way conjured the image of Peter Wimsey. Ian Carmichael and Edward Petherbridge have stamped my auditory memory so anyone else reading this book is doomed to failure.

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

The Late Scholar met my double passion for the Wimseys and Oxford, so on that score alone it has to be a winner.

Any additional comments?

Jill Paton Walsh is no Dorothy L Sayers, there is an element of dumbing down of the language and sentiment, perhaps she is trying too hard? Nonetheless, it's a competent work, not faultless but it feeds the insatiable desire to follow the central relationship of Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey. Quite what Miss Sayers would have made of this volume remains to be seen. Having said that, I still give it 7/10 as it is much better than a lot of historical whodunits on the market.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful