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  • Murder in the Caribbean

  • A Death in Paradise Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Robert Thorogood
  • Narrated by: Phil Fox
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

DI Richard Poole is hot, bothered and fed up. He’s stuck on the tropical island of Saint-Marie, forced to live in a rickety old shack on a beach, and there isn’t a decent cup of tea to be found anywhere. When a boat explodes in the harbour, Richard and his team soon realise there’s a new murderer on the loose. But who is it? And why did the killer leave behind a ruby at the scene of the crime? As the police dig deeper, they uncover secrets that go back decades and a crime from the past that can never be forgiven. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant story telling

  • By Anita nicholson on 03-02-19

Not quite as good as previous books

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

Felt the performance was a bit lack lustre this time. Richard came across as just really quite condescending and patronising most of the time, which was annoying. It just 'lacked' which is a shame because I generally enjoy dip.

  • Muffins and Mourning Tea

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Cotswolds tearoom owner Gemma Rose is excited to join the May Day celebrations in Oxford...until the beautiful spring morning ends in murder. Now, she's embroiled in a deadly mystery - with four nosy old ladies determined to help in the sleuthing! Before she knows it, Gemma finds herself stalking a Russian "princess" and keeping up with the Old Biddies in Krav Maga class, while still trying to serve delicious cakes and buttery scones at her quaint English tearoom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series

  • By Inishowen Cailin on 26-09-17

Banal

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

Reviewed: 10-01-19

Unable to finish it, have tried to persevere with these books, but the writing is getting worse, stuff of fluff and nonsense.

  • London

  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 49 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

A wonderful, epic story that tells the history of the greatest city in the world, from Roman times to the present day. From the author of Paris, Sarum and New York. London has perhaps the most remarkable history of any city in the world. Now its story has a unique voice. In this epic novel, Edward Rutherfurd takes the listener on a magnificent journey across 16 centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By ms on 13-03-18

Underwhelming narration

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

Reviewed: 08-01-19

This might be a book to read rather than listen to as the narration for me was under whelming. The change in volume of voice almost to a whisper was irritating for when a character is thinking or speaking and it was difficult at times to hear what was being said. There wasn't enough distinction in voice so whom was speaking was sometimes difficult to ascertain. I found myself rewinding and rewinding to try and keep the thread of what was happening. I am an avid audible listener, not a day goes by when I don't listen. It may well be that the narrative just did not suit the voice actor this time. There are lengthy novels that can take a while to 'warm up' but after 3 hrs of persevering with this, the title is being returned. Very difficult to rate overall and for story due to the narration.

  • Till Death Do Us Tart

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

When Oxfordshire tearoom owner Gemma Rose enters her little tabby, Muesli, in the cat show at the local village fair, the last thing she expects is to stumble across a murder. And when her meddling mother and the nosy Old Biddies decide to start their own investigation, Gemma has no choice but to join in the sleuthing. She soon finds there's something much more sinister sandwiched between the homemade Victoria sponge cakes and luscious jam tarts! Can Gemma solve the mystery before the killer strikes again?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By Inishowen Cailin on 29-06-17

Weakest to date, disappointing and unrealistic.

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

Others have said how annoying Gemma can be and this time she really began to grate with me.
There are many repetitions about known characters which is a little wearing.
I have been vexed with the fact that Devlin discusses the murders with Gemma, which is wholly against protocol. Paying for a doctor, getting a forensic pathologist to carry out a post mortem on Gemmas request is ludicrous. Been given the results of said postmortem 'first' is ridiculous and to state forsenic pathologist says 'I'm probably breaking a million police rules sharing this information with a member of the public...' she gave a tinkling laugh, showing how little she cared about following rules.... Really, just absolutely preposterous.

Really very disappointing, and I will not be carrying on with the series.

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  • The Curse of the Pharaohs

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 2
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

The sun rides high over the British Empire and the light still sparkles brightly in Amelia Peabody's eye as she returns for her second adventure in archaeology and romantic mystery as recounted in her lively journal, The Curse of the Pharaohs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • parousel at the ready!

  • By Mrs on 23-12-12

A cozy whodunit

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

Reviewed: 28-08-18

2nd outing with Peabody. I found her less irritating this time, which is a positive. The bodies pile up and Emerson and Peabody dual to be the first to discover the culprit(s) Narration excellent once again, differing accents handled well. I felt there was less wit employed generally which was a pity. My sleuthing on this one proved correct not sure whether that is a good thing or not.

  • Crocodile on the Sandbank

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lively, fun mystery

  • By Helen on 18-04-10

From infuriated to hooked

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

Reviewed: 26-08-18

Have been looking for 'cozy mysteries' and found a recommendation for Elizabeth Peters on a website that reviews books.
Enter the infuriating Amelia Peabody;full of her own self importance, an expert on everything, I nearly gave up on her because she annoyed me so much. However, I like to finish a book once started and was determined to grit my teeth and persevere to the end. How glad I am that I did.
I don't necessarily like Amelia yet, but admire her gumption! The characters overall are not exactly likeable per se 'Emmerson and Peabody' are clothed in arrogance, caustic wit, yet they do spar off one another beautifully as they engage their minds to solve the mystery.
The narrative is brought to life by the excellent narration, her gruff Emmerson is a joy.
So on the verge on giving up to downloading the next in the series. I might just get to like Amelia!

  • Magpie Murders

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner, Samantha Bond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,269

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She's worked with the revered crime writer for years, and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway.... But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who? How? Where & Why?

  • By Mrs Q on 10-10-16

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 24-05-18

The narrative was easy to follow, and the story by and large was enjoyable. I felt however it lost it's pace when it switched to the narrator investigating circumstances and this bit dragged on for me, however when it switched back again, the pace increased. Was the whodunit obvious.. I had got the wrong person so that particular red herring worked!

  • Tai-Pan

  • The Epic Novel of the Founding of Hong Kong: The Asian Saga, Book 2
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 32 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456

It is the early 19th century, when European traders and adventurers first began to penetrate the forbidding Chinese mainland. And it is in this exciting time and exotic place that a giant of an Englishman, Dirk Struan, sets out to turn the desolate island of Hong Kong into an impregnable fortress of British power - and to make himself supreme ruler: Tai-Pan!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best audiobook ever....

  • By Thomas D. on 22-09-16

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 26-04-18

Shogun was brilliant
Tai-pan brilliant with outstanding narration. Always knew who was speaking. May-may voice one of my favourites. Onto Gai-gin

  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerrard Doyle
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839

When Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight, his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why split the book into two?

  • By Suzanne on 16-05-12

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

Apparently this novel was written by the author when he was in his late teens and so from that point of view it is an achievement. The prose keeps you entertained enough, despite it's predictability. There is no foul language and so is suitable for teen readers. I have downloaded the next book but may just return it because the narrators 'dragon voice' is rather annoying but this might just be a very personal objection. Yet it is enough for me to no want to continue with the series, in audible format at least.

  • The Woman in White

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Roger Rees, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, and others
  • Length: 25 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Secrets, mistaken identities, surprise revelations, amnesia, locked rooms and locked asylums, and an unorthodox villain made this mystery thriller an instant success when it first appeared in 1860, and it has continued to enthrall ever since. From the hero's foreboding before his arrival at Limmeridge House to the nefarious plot concerning the beautiful Laura, the breathtaking tension of Collins's narrative created a new literary genre of suspense fiction, which profoundly shaped the course of English popular writing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the wonderful woman in white

  • By sjtroddy on 20-11-10

Wonderful narration

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

Reviewed: 31-01-18

Stand out achievement by Wilkie Collins. I had wanted to give the story five stars, however I felt that towards the end the pace slackened and lost its impetus.