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  • Finding the Plot

  • 100 Graves to Visit Before You Die
  • By: Ann Treneman
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Completely off-the-wall, It's a Plot is a fascinating geographical and historical journey around Britain. The Tibetans have the Book of the Dead. This is Ann Treneman's Book of the Dead Interesting. The Times writer, best known for her hilarious parliamentary sketches, has branched out - to graveyards. In this riveting book - part travelogue, part biography, part social history - she takes you to the best graves in Britain.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting idea, but alas was rather dull

  • By Nigel on 14-12-13

Dead Good

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

Reviewed: 12-11-13

What made the experience of listening to Finding the Plot the most enjoyable?

Loved it. History and humour in one book.It is not so much a story as a monologue.

What other book might you compare Finding the Plot to, and why?

None, it is unique.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All of them.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Hanging Valley

  • An Inspector Banks Mystery
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Many who visit the valley are overwhelmed by its majesty. Some wish they never had to leave. One didn't: a hiker whose decomposing corpse is discovered by an unsuspecting tourist. But this strange, incomprehensible murder is only the edge of the darkness that hovers over a small rural village and its tight-lipped residents, who guard shattering secrets of sordid pasts and private shames. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks knows that both the grim truth and a cold-blooded killer are hiding here....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very dated story

  • By Sally on 21-12-14

Eeh Bah Gum

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

Reviewed: 12-11-13

What did you like most about The Hanging Valley?

I like most of the Inspector Banks novels, but some are better than others. This is not his best.

What other book might you compare The Hanging Valley to, and why?

It is not unlike th Daziell and Pascoe novels.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The Yorkshire accent was appalling. It would be much better if the narrator did not attempt an accent if he cannot master it, it didi spoil the story.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

I think I would probably have enjoyed this more if I had read it on my Kindle as the supposed Yorkshire accent spoiled it for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Just One Evil Act

  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 28 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

Barbara Havers puts her career on the line while DI Thomas Lynley attempts to straighten her out before it's too late. When Hadiyyah Upman disappears from London in the company of her mother, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is as devastated as the girl's father. They are her close friends as well as neighbours, but since the child is with her mother, nothing can be done. Five months later, Hadiyyah is kidnapped from an open air market in Lucca, Italy, and this triggers an investigation in the full glare of the media spotlight.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Agreeing with other listeners.......

  • By barjil on 18-11-13

Long winded.

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

Reviewed: 08-11-13

Would you try another book written by Elizabeth George or narrated by Davina Porter?

I have read or listened to all the Inspector Lyndley books, but this one was much to heavy going. Unless you speak Italian it is very difficult to follow. I had to keep re winding just to follow the plot, and I am still not sure if I understand the conclusion.

Would you be willing to try another book from Elizabeth George? Why or why not?

Yes, I on the strength of her previous books.

What three words best describe Davina Porter’s performance?

Various accents.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Possibly.

  • The Complete Barchester Chronicles (Dramatisation)

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey, Alex Jennings
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580

Here is a new audio edition of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of Anthony Trollope's gently satirical tales of provincial life, available together in one download. Nearly 20 hours of ironic, witty, and wonderfully written drama is contained in this audiobook. The cast includes Anna Massey, Alex Jennings, David Haig, Rosemary Leach, Kenneth Cranham, Emma Fielding, and Brenda Blethyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barchester comes alive!

  • By Ian Henderson on 05-06-08

An everyday story of Clerical Folk

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-09

Brilliant. A whole history lesson of the gentle and not so gentle folk of Barchester wonderfully read.

  • Cranford

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Elizabeth Gaskell's comic portrait of early Victorian life in a country town describes with poignant wit the uneventful lives of its lady-like inhabitants, offering an ironic commentary on the separate spheres and diverse experiences of men and women. As the external world necessarily impinges even on Cranford, the unlikely juxtapositions of old and new brought about by the pace of change are also explored.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Kate on 05-01-08

A Perfect Classic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-09

Possibly the best version of Cranford I have read, heard or seen. I did not want it to end.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful