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annette apostolakis

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  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

  • By: Natasha Pulley
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,839
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,837

It's 1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enchanting read

  • By anne on 15-08-15

Disjointed

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

Reviewed: 21-08-18

What started out to be a promising, atmospheric story very soon turned into a convoluted tale of shallow character and brittle plot. The description of the mechanical constructions was enchanting, however the lasting effect of the book was one of frustration and disappointment. Even Thomas Judd's eloquent reading ( which was excellent) failed to redeem it.

  • The Witch of Eye

  • Tudor Rose, Book 2
  • By: Mari Griffith
  • Narrated by: Kelly Clare
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

England, 1435. Eleanor Cobham has married into the highest ranks of the aristocracy - she is now the Duchess of Gloucester. She and her husband, the Duke Humphrey, set up a court of their own to rival the royal court in London, surrounding themselves with fascinating and influential people. But Eleanor craves the one thing she lacks: a son and heir, and with him a possible route to the throne of England. Desperate, Eleanor turns to the one person she believes can help her: Margery Jourdemayne, a woman now remembered as the infamous Witch of Eye.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pronunciation!

  • By annette apostolakis on 09-08-18

Pronunciation!

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

A solid storyline with interesting historical touches is marred by the stilted narration and mispronunciation of the reader. Unfortunately I was actually glad when the book finished.

  • The Gallows Curse

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 319

The year is 1210 and a black force is sweeping England. A vengeful King John has seized control of the Church, leaving corpses to lie in consecrated ground, babies unbaptized, and the people terrified of dying in sin. In the village of Gastmere, the consequences grow darker still when Elena, a servant girl, is dragged into a conspiracy to absolve the sins of the lord of the manor. In desperation she visits the cunning woman, who has been waiting for just such an opportunity to fulfil an ancient curse conjured at the gallows.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The trouble with Mandrake

  • By Kaggy on 14-01-16

Tortuous

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

Reviewed: 24-04-18

An unnecessarily long and very convoluted story.l have enjoyed other books from Maitland, but I couldn't wait for this one to finish. The characterisation by the reader was almost painful to listen to, especially the voice he uses for 'Raphael '. Sorry, but one to avoid.

  • Empire: Scarlet City - Part III

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663

A true rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London - the Scarlet City - the centre of medieval England, this is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empire

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-04-18

Closure

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

What an enthralling trilogy! Intelligent, entertaining , historically fascinating and well-researched. Voice casting and dramatisation first class and Douglas Booth has a velvet tone to melt the hardest heart! I really enjoyed this dramatised series; I'm sad to have finished it, yet relish the memories. Thank you Audible- more please!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fools and Mortals

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 219

A dramatic new departure for international best-selling author Bernard Cornwell, Fools and Mortals takes us into the heart of the Elizabethan era. Fools and Mortals follows the young Richard Shakespeare, an actor struggling to make his way in a company dominated by his estranged older brother, William. As the growth of theatre blooms, their rivalry - and that of the playhouses, playwrights and actors vying for acclaim and glory - propels a high-stakes story of conflict and betrayal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite in love with this Shakespeare

  • By Simon on 24-10-17

Refreshingly different!

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

Reviewed: 28-10-17

Loved this from Cornwell. Such a brave shift from the conventional battlefield to the theatrical one! Such characters and characterisation from the narrator really give life to the world of the Elizabethan theatre. Absolute brilliance!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Loyalty

  • By: Matthew Lewis
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Artist Hans Holbein is summoned to the house of Sir Thomas More to receive the commission of a lifetime. He will leave with a secret that could cost him his life. He will learn the truth about the life of King Richard III, the man that the Tudor dynasty has been at great pains to villify. From his return from exile with his brother, King Edward IV, to his rise to become the king's most loyal, most trusted, and most powerful subject. From his flourishing personal life to his seizure of the throne from his nephew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loyalty by Matthew a Lewis

  • By Mrs C J Wilson on 21-02-15

A little twist of More!

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

Reviewed: 31-10-16

An interesting 3rd person observation adds a new twist to the Richard story. A super book, very sympathetically read with brilliant characterisation. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Silkworm

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 2
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,282

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star rating based on quality not name

  • By Linda on 06-08-14

Needs editing!

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

Reviewed: 26-08-16

Over- long
Over-written
Pretentious.
If this was written by one of my students, I'd send them back with strict instructions to get over themselves and edit thoroughly. Disappointing.