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Mr David Cartwright

dorking, surrey United Kingdom
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  • 14
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  • The Cruel Prince

  • The Folk of the Air, Book 1
  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448

Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe. One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read!

  • By Vicky Hemingway on 21-01-18

What a stinker

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

What was this all about? It was a daily deal so little money lost but it’s a story that didn’t get started then lost its way and was not at all well narrated. Not often I give up being tenacious by nature but simply couldn’t cope with the the thought of even one more hour of this nonsense.

  • Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 27 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

The lives of Henry VIII's queens make for dramatic stories, and Alison Weir writes a series of novels that offer insights into the real lives of the six wives based on extensive research and new theories. In all the romancing, has anyone regarded the evidence that Anne Boleyn did not love Henry VIII? Or that Prince Arthur, Katherine of Aragon's first husband, who is said to have loved her, in fact cared so little for her that he willed his personal effects to his sister?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By Erica Oliver on 14-11-16

Long but interesting

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

Reviewed: 30-01-19

Alison Weir is a fine historian and not a bad writer of fiction either. She seems to be making the most of her in depth knowledge on the Tudor era by writing a separate historical novel on each of the Queens of Henry the Eighth which is fair enough but I am not at all sure that this one speculated much on anything that we didn't already know. I am a bit surprised to read that some people find Maggie Mash's narration of the novel to be lacking. She is slow at points in her narration, thats true, but I took that to be her way of emphasising and not at all irksome. Like many women narrators attempting to characterise a male voice, however, it simply doesn't work well and at times sounds a touch camp. I read somewhere that one listener complained about the accent attributed to Katherine in the narration. It is a well known and a matter of historical record that Katherine never lost her heavy accent throughout her life and I thought the narrator did a fine job of rendering it. On the whole a satisfying listening experience for me and I will try the next in the series as a result.

  • Thornyhold

  • By: Mary Stewart
  • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Gilly Ramsey's lonely childhood was brightened only by visits to her godmother until her death, when the then grown-up Gilly inherited the family cottage, Thornyhold. With its magical and peaceful strength and its sovereign defenses against evil, Thornyhold strikes an end to Gilly's loneliness, despite its revealing her family's history of witchcraft.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It is a very good book but completely spoiled for me by the lack of sufficient volume to be able to hear it.

  • By Karen on 01-10-18

Ruined

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

Terrible editing and awful narration. Where was the editor for this recording. The volume is far too low and muffled. Full volume on any of my three devices and I could not hear the story without finding it excruciating to listen to. How do you return a book?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unnatural Causes

  • By: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,610
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,606

As the country's top forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the dead. When death is sudden or unexplained, it falls to Shepherd to establish the cause. Each post-mortem is a detective story in its own right - and Shepherd has performed over 23,000 of them. Through his skill, dedication and insight, Dr Shepherd solves the puzzle to answer our most pressing question: how did this person die?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rollercoaster ride

  • By Dr Debbie Tranter on 23-09-18

Absolutely fascinating

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

Reviewed: 19-12-18

A great and thoroughly interesting memoir of a lifetime career as a pathologist which at times is moving and much detailed. Hardly a lovely subject but a morbidly interesting one touched with personal emotions from the author. Highly recommend.

  • Bring Me Back

  • By: B A Paris
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hely, Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 660
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 609

The million-copy best-selling author returns with a breathtaking thriller. The disappearance. The suspicion. The fear....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Love Paris in the Springtime!

  • By Simon on 08-03-18

What on Earth was this about

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

Reviewed: 15-12-18

No idea what this disjointed story was about but it seemed like every few minutes one or the other of the narrators was going on about Russian dolls. I persevered but it really wasn’t worth it. Very disappointing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Merry Devils

  • Nicholas Bracewell, Book 2
  • By: Edward Marston
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

The premiere of the play ‘The Merry Devils,’ written by two of the company’s actors, gives the players, as well as the audience, quite a shock. Instead of the allotted two devils appearing during a crucial scene, three enter, one looking disturbingly real. Then, in defiance, manager Lawrence Firethorne agrees to stage the play again. This time, when the devils are summoned, only one appears. The second lies dead in his costume beneath the stage. Nicholas Bracewell, mainstay of the troupe, is left to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As expected

  • By Mr David Cartwright on 06-11-18

As expected

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

A very good story, well narrated and unsurprisingly absorbing as I have come to expect from this author however the reader also does a very good job and that makes a world of difference to an audiobook in a sphere where bad narrators abound and bad editing is common. I have more by the same author and will happily try anything new from him that audible cares to share with us.

  • Sicily

  • By: John Julius Norwich
  • Narrated by: Michael Healy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

The stepping stone between Europe and Africa, the gateway between the East and the West, at once a stronghold, clearinghouse and observation post, Sicily has been invaded and fought over by Phoenicians and Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans, Goths and Byzantines, Arabs and Normans, Germans, Spaniards and the French for thousands of years. It has belonged to them all - and yet has properly been part of none. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very Disappointed

  • By Kindle Customer on 25-08-18

Really interesting history

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

Reviewed: 17-09-18

But spoilt a little by dispirited and at times lazy narration and absolutely bizarre pronunciation. I blame the editor if, indeed, there ever was one. It’s unforgivable that any editor should allow such mistaken pronunciation.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wallis in Love

  • By: Andrew Morton
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Wallis in Love brings a fascinating new perspective on the 20th century's most controversial royal scandal. Andrew Morton's impeccable research and unerring skill for riveting storytelling combine to present a strong case for a new and startling reveal: that the woman who rocked the world with her uncompromising passion for the Prince of Wales may have fooled everyone by keeping the object of her true passion hidden away....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fairytale gone terribly wrong

  • By Mommiecat on 25-09-18

Fascinating

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-18

But narrated badly by someone who seems absorbed and paying attention to the task at times making listening enjoyable and then becoming careless, expressionless, and at times seemingly bored with the narration. A great shame.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Aunt Dimity and the King's Ransom

  • By: Nancy Atherton
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

On a dull and dreary October day, Lori Shepherd and her husband set off for a quiet weekend without the kids. But before they go, he must pay a visit to a reclusive client. After Lori drops him off, a storm that's been brewing intensifies, and she ends up stranded in an ancient, rambling inn named for a king's ransom in smuggled goods that passed through the village in ages past. When Lori begins hearing footsteps and strange noises, Aunt Dimity reminds her that the inn is almost certainly haunted but that not all ghosts are interested in harming the living. But the longer Lori is stuck at the inn, the stranger things seem. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Aunt Dimity Delight

  • By Teddy on 25-06-19

Promising concept failed to deliver

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-08-18

Simply a poor story, not well written and far from well narrated. A real disappointment.

  • A Place Called Winter

  • By: Patrick Gale
  • Narrated by: Patrick Gale
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349

From the author of the best-selling Notes from an Exhibition comes an irresistible, searching, and poignant historical novel of love, relationships, secrets and escape. To find yourself, sometimes you must lose everything. A privileged elder son, and stammeringly shy, Harry Cane has followed convention at every step. Even the beginnings of an illicit, dangerous affair do little to shake the foundations of his muted existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sectrets, love and loss with an epic backdrop

  • By T on 27-03-15

A Good Story Ruined by Terrible Narration

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

A depressing story I knew to expect and it delivers but oh oh oh Mr Gale why did you narrate it yourself. Leave narration to those who have been trained and have perfected their art as I am sure you would advise those who have no background in writing to do before writing a book - or at least seek professional guidance.

The editor has much to answer for in allowing such an appalling reading.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful