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  • Longstone

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 10
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Between the devil and the deep blue sea... Viking treasure is discovered beneath the icy waters of the North Sea, and local historian Dr Anna Taylor is called in to help catalogue the most exciting hoard in living memory. But when a shipwreck diver washes up dead, she’s soon out of her depth. Luckily, she knows just the person to call.... When DCI Ryan arrives at the picturesque fishing town of Seahouses, he's faced with an impenetrable wall of secrets and lies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant..

  • By Salter on 11-03-19

An absolutely ingenious book

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

Reviewed: 08-03-19

L J Ross is one of my favourite authors, and getting two books together was an absolute treat to get two books together. I really feel like I know Ryan and the other major characters. Very well written and genius plots. Highly recommended.

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  • Saint Death

  • John Milton, Book 2
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625

John Milton has been off the grid for six months. He surfaces in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and immediately finds himself drawn into a vicious battle with the narco-gangs that control the borderlands. He saves the life of an idealistic young journalist who has been targeted for execution. The only way to keep her safe is to smuggle her into Texas. Working with the only untouchable cops in the city and a bounty hunter whose motives are unclear, Milton must keep her safe until the crossing can be made.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Sophomore Story

  • By JJ on 02-06-15

Well written and well read

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

Not my usual kind of book, but I've fallen in love with Mark Dawson novels. They are very well written, a must for me, and very well narrated. A highly recommended author.

  • The Stone Circle

  • The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries, Book 11
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters telling him to 'go to the stone circle and rescue the innocent who is buried there'. He is shaken, not only because children are very much on his mind, with Michelle's baby due to be born, but because although the letters are anonymous, they are somehow familiar. They read like the letters that first drew him into the case of The Crossing Places, and to Ruth. But the author of those letters is dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic as usual

  • By M BeeH on 12-02-19

Another great 're a d for Elly Griffiths

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-19

As always, this author has me hooked from the very beginning to the last word. I'm thinking there could be another baby on the way for Ruth and Nelson. I feel that know the character's personally now. Brilliantly read by Jane McDowell.

  • Oliver Twist

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Claire Walsh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Named a "national institution" by George Orwell, Dickens offers his most popular tale, of the orphan who is reared in a workhouse and runs away to London. A novel of social protest, a morality tale, and a detective story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Performance, story not his best

  • By Beth Parker on 12-03-19

Well told and timeless.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-19

It is narrated wonderfully by Claire Walsh, Bringing the character's to life. Well worth a listen.

  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Saunders
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,778

A heartwarming festive tale of redemption and cheer, The Christmas Hirelings is the story of a lonely widower who reluctantly invites a group of children to his manor for Christmas. It showcases the benefits of opening your doors and hearts during the holiday season.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! What a wonderful Christmas tale.

  • By Helen SJ on 17-12-18

Poignant and moving

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

Reviewed: 16-12-18

There are many twists and turns among a family divided, but can one little girl put them together again. Read superbly by Jennifer Saunders, the story line opens up many of our own hopes and fears for the Christmas season. I highly recommend this read for anyone.

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  • Elevation

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 156

Castle Rock is a small town where word gets around quickly. That's why Scott Carey wants to confide only in his friend Doctor Bob Ellis about his strange condition: he's losing weight, without getting thinner, and the scales register the same when he is in his clothes or out of them, however heavy they are. Scott also has new neighbours, who have opened a 'fine dining experience' in town, although it's an experience being shunned by the locals; Deidre McComb and her wife, Missy Donaldson, don't exactly fit in with the community's expectations. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty Long for a Short Book Cut Short!

  • By Simon on 30-10-18

Another excellent book!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

No one knows a book, and it's intonations, like the author, so Stephen King reading one of his own was a thrill. The usual level of excitement and chills by the score. If you are on a diet it may not be the best one to read, but it's a real bite your knuckles ride into weight loss.

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  • A Cursed Inheritance

  • Wesley Peterson, Book 9
  • By: Kate Ellis
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

The brutal massacre of the Harford family at Potwoolstan Hall in Devon in 1985 shocked the country and passed into local folklore. When a journalist researching the case is murdered 20 years later, the horror is reawakened. Sixteenth-century Potwoolstan Hall, now a New Age healing centre, is reputed to be cursed because of the crimes of its builder, and it seems that this inheritance of evil lives on as DI Wesley Peterson is faced with his most disturbing case yet. And when the truth is finally revealed, it turns out to be as horrifying as it is dangerous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another hit for Kate Ellis

  • By crochetdiva on 17-07-18

Another hit for Kate Ellis

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

I'm hooked on Wesley Peterson books now. Sadly I started with the later books, but now I want to start at book one and listen to all of them. The twists and turns have me on the edge of my seat. Very well read by Gordon Griffin.

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  • Heresy

  • By: S. J. Parris
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 512

Oxford, 1583. Giordano Bruno, a radical thinker fleeing the Inquisition, is sent undercover to Oxford to expose a Catholic conspiracy against Queen Elizabeth. But he has his own secret mission at the University, which must remain hidden at all costs. When a series of hideous murders are committed, Bruno is compelled to investigate. What he finds makes it brutally clear that the Tudor throne itself is at stake....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good enjoyable lightweight read

  • By S Price Sinclair on 08-02-15

Very well written

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

This was a surprisingly easy listen for a novel set in the 16th century. It is extremely well written, and historically accurate. Add a brilliant reading by Laurence Kennedy, and you have a superb hit. I can't wait to read another that I have already purchased.

  • Crisis

  • By: Frank Gardner
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 457
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 420

Introducing Luke Carlton - ex-Special Boat Service commando and now under contract to MI6 for some of its most dangerous missions. Sent into the steaming Colombian jungle to investigate the murder of a British intelligence officer, Luke finds himself caught up in the coils of a plot that has terrifying international dimensions.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not great.

  • By G.Russell on 19-10-16

Unputdownable!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

This isn't my usual kind of listening, but I'm so glad I decided to buy it. There are twists and turns at every stage, and I didn't want to stop listening to sleep. This will have you on the edge of your seat, the back of your sofa, and will even infiltrate your dreams. Dare not to listen.

  • The Horologicon

  • By: Mark Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

The Horologicon - which means 'a book of things appropriate to each hour' - follows a day in the life of unusual, beautiful, and forgotten English words. From the moment you wake to the second your head hits the pillow, there's a cornucopia of hidden words ready for every aspect of your day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully funny and informative

  • By Penguin on 07-04-13

Well worth a listen!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Simon Shepherd is wonderful as the narrator of this fascinating, and very funny, book. In an almost Stephen Fryesque way he leads us through the brilliant book of words and phrases that, sadly, hardly seem to get a mention in these modern times. Maybe, just maybe, if enough people listen, a few of them may come back.

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