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  • The Strangler Vine

  • By: M. J. Carter
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of M. J. Carter's The Strangler Vine, read by the actor Sam Dastor. India, 1837: William Avery, a fresh young officer in the East India Company, arrives in Calcutta expecting to be seduced by its ancient traditions. Nine months later he hasn't learnt a word of Hindoostani, is in terrible debt, and longs to return home before the cholera epidemic finishes him off.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Ripping Yarn" revises our view of Brits in India

  • By T on 15-05-15

Good adventure story

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

This book has been thoroughly enjoyable. An excellent adventure story, well written and very well narrated. The characters are both believable and likable. I would recommend

  • The Murderer in Ruins

  • CI Frank Stave, Book 1
  • By: Cay Rademacher
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Hamburg, 1947. A ruined city occupied by the British who bombed it, experiencing the coldest winter in living memory. Food is scarce; refugees and the homeless crowd into shantytowns and sheds. There is a killer on the loose, and all attempts to find him or her have failed. Plagued with worry about his missing son, Frank Stave is a career policeman with a tragedy in his past that is driving his determination to find the killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Debut

  • By Dan Rose on 07-08-17

Excellent thriller come detective story

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

Reviewed: 13-08-17

I have never tried this author before but I will definitely be listening and or reading his other books.
The plot is very good with unexpected twists and turns and the characters very believable and in the case of the good guys I liked them a lot. The descriptions of Hamburg after the war are so clear you can almost feel you are there. I also liked the narrator he seemed apt for the characters and storyline.
I thoroughly recommend

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tabula Rasa

  • Roman Empire Series, Book 6
  • By: Ruth Downie
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

The medicus Ruso and his wife, Tilla, are back in the borderlands of Britannia, this time helping to tend the builders of Hadrian's Great Wall. Having been forced to move off their land, the Britons are distinctly on edge. Then Ruso's recently arrived clerk, Candidus, goes missing. A native boy thinks he sees a body being hidden inside the wall's half-finished stonework, and a worrying rumor begins to spread. When soldiers ransack the nearby farms looking for Candidus, Tilla's tentative friendship with a local family turns to anger and disappointment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Throughly enjoyable

  • By Kindle Customer on 24-03-17

Throughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 24-03-17

I cannot recommend this audio book highly enough. I am a big fan of Ruth Downie and her Ruso series. Thrilled to get this on audio. Thank you Ruth Downie for writing it and Audible for making it available on audio.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Medicus

  • A Novel of the Roman Empire
  • By: Ruth Downie
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. After a 36-hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner. And before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm hoping a successor to Falco!

  • By Mary Carnegie on 18-10-16

Excellent in all respects

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

I would recommend this audio story to anyone. I have read all of the Ruso series. This is the first one. The storyline of all of this series is excellent and the characters and the relationship between them so ver believable. The humor is subtle but there and well done

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Concrete Cow

  • The Complete First Series
  • By: BBC Audiobooks Ltd
  • Narrated by: Robert Webb, Olivia Colman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Robert Webb and Olivia Colman co-star in the first series of the BBC Radio 4 sketch show. Welcome to the surreal, silly and ingenious comedy sketch show that features one half of Mitchell & Webb and Olivia Colman from Peep Show, with Sally Hawkins, Steven Kynman and Chris Pavlo. Highlights include Narnia being vandalised by two kids from Peckham, Mr Punch's parole board, Thomas Hardy's agent, temping for NASA, Batman's schedule and the theft of Hitler's jewels.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just ok

  • By Mr. C. P. Edwardson on 03-01-18

Very funny

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

Reviewed: 14-01-17

Really glad I bought this the sketches are extremely funny. My favourite is the ancient romans and the internet

  • The Firemaker

  • The China Thrillers, Book 1
  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,145

A burned corpse is a disturbing mystery for Beijing detective Li Yan until he enlists forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell. Having abandoned a broken life in Chicago for her work, she's as determined as Li to ask difficult questions about the man's death. But some questions have answers they'd rather not hear - facts that others are desperate to conceal. The Firemaker is the first in the acclaimed China series from Peter May, author of Runaway, Entry Island and the internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Listen

  • By Joanne on 07-08-15

Excellent thriller

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

Reviewed: 19-10-16

I would highly recommend this thriller. The characters were very human and believable. The storyline was also very believable. The narrator was excellent as well. I don't speak mandarin or Cantonese so obviously I can't comment on the how accurate the way street names etc were read but it sounded good to me. I will be getting the next in the series.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Scarifyers: The Nazad Conspiracy

  • By: Simon Barnard
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Courtney, Terry Molloy
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

The Scarifyers is a series of rip-roaring tales of comedic supernatural intrigue set in 1930s Britain, distilling the likes of Dick Barton, The Avengers, The Devil Rides Out and Quatermass into cracking new audio adventures. The Scarifyers is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra, and has been described as 'rollicking good fun', 'a slice of audio perfection', 'the smartest and most enjoyable thing on British radio' and 'like Tintin but with the lights out.'

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • found the music in the middle a bit irritating.

  • By Suz on 10-09-16

What a ripping yarn

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

Reviewed: 14-08-16

Very silly and very funny a total rest from the world. The performances were excellent I particularly liked the relationship between the inspector and the professor. I would recommend this audio book to anyone who likes the ridiculous. I will be getting the next in the series. In the meantime look out for things that go bump in the night!y

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Coroners Lunch

  • By: Colin Cotterill
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Laos, 1972. The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over. Most of the educated class has fled, but 72-year-old Dr Siri Paiboun, a Paris-trained doctor, remains and is appointed state coroner. When three bodies are recovered from a reservoir, Dr.Siri establishes the cause of death was not drowning - they seem to have been electrocuted. And then there is the inexplicable death of a Party bigwig's wife at a banquet. Dr.Siri doesn't think her death was from natural causes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not my usual

  • By david on 14-03-17

Very interesting and different

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

Reviewed: 20-07-16

I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in different cultures and likes a good detective come ghost story. I really liked the characters, too often in a book characters are two dimensional not in this one. I will listen to it again as I am sure I missed some nuances the first time round

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown

  • Baby Ganesh Detective Agency, Book 2
  • By: Vaseem Khan
  • Narrated by: Sartaj Garewal
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

For centuries the Koh-i-Noor diamond has set man against man and king against king. Now part of the British Crown Jewels, the priceless gem is a prize that many have killed to possess. So when the Crown Jewels go on display in Mumbai, security is everyone's principal concern. And yet, on the very day Inspector Chopra visits the exhibition, the diamond is stolen from under his nose. The heist is daring and seemingly impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Little Lamps on 22-04-17

Very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 15-05-16

Can thoroughly recommend. A very entertaining tale of daring do with as an extra bonus a gentle but courageous baby elephant

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Water Room

  • Bryant and May, Book 2
  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

Best-selling author Christopher Fowler has won a widespread following for his senior citizen detectives Arthur Bryant and John May. Here a woman is found drowned in her basement - with nary a drop of water to explain the crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great place to start a wondeful series.

  • By Mike on 13-09-13

Very Bryant and May

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

Reviewed: 01-05-16

One of the best they have done. Bryant and May fans will really enjoy this one.