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  • Put on by Cunning

  • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 11
  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Charles Kay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Sir Manual Camargue had just announced his intention of taking a second wife, 50 years his junior. On the same cold winter's day, he died as a result of what was surely a tragic accident. But Wexford doubts that Camargue's death came by misadventure.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Implausible!

  • By CJ on 29-09-18

Implausible!

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

Reviewed: 29-09-18

Well read but a disappointing ending. Not one of her best, but still love our hero!

  • Painting the Darkness

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 20 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288

On a mild autumn afternoon in 1882, William Trenchard sits smoking his pipe in the garden of his comfortable family home. When the creak of the garden gate heralds the arrival of an unexpected stranger, he is puzzled but not alarmed. He cannot know the destruction this man will wreak on all he holds most dear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Goddard at his best

  • By Kirstine on 26-03-13

Gripping Story!

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

Reviewed: 24-07-18

What a combination. One of the best books I have read, and read by the perfect narrator. Brilliant.

  • Julian Fellowes's Belgravia

  • By: Julian Fellowes
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513

Julian Fellowes's Belgravia is the story of a secret. A secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London's grandest postcode. Set in the 1840s, when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is peopled by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. At the Duchess of Richmond's now legendary ball, one family's life will change forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reminiscent of Georgette Heyer

  • By Lorna on 17-07-16

Juliet Stevenson is a brilliant narrator!

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

Reviewed: 26-06-18

Very enjoyable book, well written but quite frankly I could listen to her reading a shopping list!

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  • The Disorderly Knights

  • By: Dorothy Dunnett
  • Narrated by: Andrew Napier
  • Length: 24 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The Disorderly Knights is the third volume in The Lymond Chronicles following Queens' Play. Dorothy Dunnett's series is cherished for its romance, adventure, and colorful historical scenes.The year is 1551, and Scottish nobleman Francis Crawford of Lymond has been called to fight with the Knights of Hospitallers to defend the island of Malta against the Turks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-11-13

Enjoyable story.

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

Reviewed: 20-05-18

It took perseverance to stay with this book due to the monosyllabic manner in which most of it was read. It got better as it progressed and was worth the effort!

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,103

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic and fasinating romp through time

  • By al on 02-12-14

Fascinating !

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

Reviewed: 19-05-18

A really entertaining book. Exciting funny unusual. Not usually a fan off science fiction but this was so believable.

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  • Name to a Face

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

In 1707, the HMS Association was lost with no survivors. Thirty years later, an admiralty clerk is tasked with a secret mission. And 200 years after that in 1996, a dive results in a fatal accident. Ten years later, an expatriate is called home to identify a woman he only vaguely recognizes. These seemingly disconnected events come together to form a trail of deceit, murder, and greed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Every Penny !

  • By Martin on 07-06-15

Entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 28-01-18

It is a really enjoyable book but utterly implausible in parts. I think you would be desperate for water having been kept underground for 4 days! To be romantically involved with a woman who had tried to kill another woman is pretty optimistic!

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  • A Boy Called Christmas

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740

You are about to listen to the true story of Father Christmas. It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible. If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. It is most certainly not for you. Because this audiobook is full of impossible things. Are you still reading? Good. Then let us begin....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely Christmas story

  • By DianeF on 16-12-16

Magical!

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

Reviewed: 14-01-18

Wonderful story, beautifully read. If you love Christmas then this is for you whatever your age!

  • A Dance with Dragons

  • Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 48 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,430

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Dance with Dragons. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Dance with Dragons is the fifth volume in the series. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrative a little disappointing 😕

  • By Anna on 06-05-15

Dreadful narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-12

I have persevered with Dotice’s narration this far but finally have to throw in the towel. I thought the first three books well narrated and find Dotrice’s normal gravely and resonant speaking voice appealing. However, narration can make or break a book for me and the accent and intonation adopted for a particular character changes my mental image of that character. Dotrice does a reasonable job with the male characters – I’ve always thought Tyrion’s welsh lilt was fitting, for example. The problem is the female characters. Dotrice narrates all of the female characters – young and old and whether of noble or low birth – as if they were Cornish or Irish fishwives. I cannot picture Daenerys as a lithe and queenly figure when she is made to sound coarse and slow witted. I will finish this in print.

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