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elly gausden

London, United Kingdom
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  • Nocturnal: A Novel

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 22 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

Homicide detective Bryan Clauser is losing his mind. How else to explain the dreams he keeps having - dreams that mirror, with impossible accuracy, the gruesome serial murders taking place all over San Francisco? How else to explain the feelings these dreams provoke in him - not disgust, not horror, but excitement? As Bryan and his longtime partner, Lawrence 'Pookie' Chang, investigate the murders, they learn that things are even stranger than they at first seem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely amazing.

  • By sean on 08-01-14

Very, very, very long. And you feel it

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

Reviewed: 16-08-18

Some good characters, a great idea and what would have been brilliant in about half the number of words. Also super short on female characters at all and the two in it are a bit 1 dimensional.

  • The Elder Ice: A Harry Stubbs Adventure

  • By: David Hambling
  • Narrated by: Brian J. Gill
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

In this novella set in 1924 London, ex-boxer Harry Stubbs is on the trail of a mysterious legacy. A polar explorer has died, leaving huge debts and hints of a priceless find. His informants seem to be talking in riddles, and Harry soon finds he isn't the only one on the trail - and what he's looking for is as lethal as it is valuable. The key to the enigma lies in an ancient Arabian book and it leads to something stranger and more horrifying than Harry could ever imagine.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable story read by an annoying reader

  • By elly gausden on 06-06-18

Enjoyable story read by an annoying reader

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

An enjoyable little romp with the supernatural in the 1920s. Liked the story but the reader have some of the oddest pronunciation I've ever heard. The main character is an ex'boxer from Norwood who at times sounds like Prince Charles. He says Herry instead of Harry amongst other things and it's quite wearing. Would be excruciating for a full length novel.

  • Dire Straits

  • Bo Blackman, Book 1
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

Bo Blackman is a rookie private investigator working for the London based firm of Dire Straits. She doesn't often get triber-based assignments, which is just as well. Vampires and daemons don't interest her as much as humans do... However, when she has to serve a summons on a dodgy daemon called Devlin O'Shea and she ends up saving his life instead of being framed for his murder, her life takes a shocking turn for the worse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Delightfully British Urban Fantasy

  • By Mike on 18-11-15

Returning it it's so tedious

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-05-18

Very tedious. I don't care about any of the characters and the plot that should be grabbing me really isn't.

  • Inspector Hobbes and the Blood

  • Unhuman, Book 1
  • By: Wilkie Martin
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 194

Set in a small Cotswold town, Inspector Hobbes and the Blood is a fast-paced comedy cozy mystery fantasy about the adventures of Andy, an incompetent reporter, when he is reluctantly working with Inspector Hobbes, a police detective with a reputation. Andy soon finds himself immersed in a world where not everyone is human, and a late-night visit to a churchyard nearly results in grave consequences, and a ghoulish outcome. An accidental fire leads to Andy having to doss in Hobbes's spare room.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great performance & story - but not quite British

  • By Alexandra Brewis on 16-01-18

Good idea, but the narrator uses wrong voice

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

The idea of the book is good, although the narrator's character is really annoying. He's supposed to be a bit of a moron, but he's not written with any endearing qualities really so it's hard to not just be annoyed by him.

And on top of that the reader, who is obviously good at accents as he reads to the rest really well, reads the narrator (and it's from this characters POV so that's 80% of the book maybe) with a weird super affected posh voice. It's like having queen Victoria read at you. Given the character himself says at one point says he envies another character for speaking better than he does it just seems like completely the wrong choice. And there's only so many times you can hear the word hairy pronounced harry before you get annoyed.

  • Touched

  • Marnie Baranuik Files, Book 1
  • By: A. J. Aalto
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Marnie's first big FBI case ended with a bullet in one shoulder and a chip on the other, a queasy heart and a serial killer in the wind, leaving her a public flop and a private wreck. When the FBI's preternatural crimes unit tracks her down at a remote mountain lodge for her insight on a local case, her quiet retirement is promptly besieged by a stab-happy starlet, a rampaging ghoul, and a vampire-hunting jackass in tight Wranglers. Marnie figures the only real mystery is which one will kill her first.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Diverting but not satisfying

  • By elly gausden on 15-01-18

Diverting but not satisfying

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

Reviewed: 15-01-18

Well read and amusing in places, but far, far to long for the amount of actual plot in the book. All the constant back and forth of lusting after the two 'love' interests is tedious after the millionth example of it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence

  • By: Michael Marshall Smith
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

It's not every day that the devil knocks on your door. From the critically acclaimed author of Only Forward comes a delightful new tale about Hannah, a young girl living a mundane existence in California, who discovers that her grandfather has been friends with the devil for the past 150 years...and now they need her help.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I agree, Hannah is unlikable.

  • By Debra K on 06-06-18

Clever, well written, but not sure I liked it

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

Reviewed: 14-01-18

The narrator is excellent, really, really good, although he or the producers failed to work out Vainclaw is British.

But the story is my problem area. It's very clever and well written but I don't think I liked any of the characters all that much. So while the fate of the world us at stake, and I cared about that, I wasn't too bothered about any of the people in the story. Except Vainclaw. He was kind of fun

  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

  • By: Theodora Goss
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents' deaths, is curious about the secrets of her father's mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father's former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture...a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes. But her hunt leads her to Hyde's daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By elly gausden on 09-11-17

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

A clever conceit done really well. The author has built a Victorian London populated by monsters who aren't and men who are. But she doesn't disappear into her own cleverness and lose track of the story, unlike some other people who have done similar things (yes Kim Newman I'm looking at you). The story rips along quite well, but we get some good background and insight into the characters too.

The only point to note, especially apparent in Audio book form, is the jumping between 'now' and the story. It's a bit jarring at first but after a while becomes part of the flow and actually a fun way to tell a story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Murder on the Home Front

  • A True Story of Morgues, Murderers and Mysteries in the Blitz
  • By: Molly Lefebure
  • Narrated by: Lucy Scott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

It is 1941. While the 'war of chaos' rages in the skies above London, an unending fight against violence, murder and the criminal underworld continues on the streets below. One ordinary day, in an ordinary courtroom, forensic pathologist Dr Keith Simpson asks a keen young journalist to be his secretary. Although the 'horrors of secretarial work' don't appeal to Molly Lefebure, she's intrigued to find out exactly what goes on behind a mortuary door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murder, war, trials and sardine sandwiches

  • By Sonia on 11-04-13

Interesting and we'll written

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

Reviewed: 23-10-17

Very well read and hugely enjoyable, but there's lots of period typical sexism, racism and views about morality. Enjoy it with a historian's hat on and you'll be fine

  • Death Makes a Prophet

  • By: John Bude
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Welworth Garden City in the 1940s is a forward-thinking town where free spirits find a home - vegetarians, socialists, and an array of exotic religious groups. Chief among these are the Children of Osiris, led by the eccentric High Prophet, Eustace K. Mildmann. The cult is a seething hotbed of petty resentment, jealousy and dark secrets - which eventually lead to murder. The stage is set for one of Inspector Meredith's most bizarre and exacting cases.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dry humour and a twist in the tale

  • By Sandra Anthony on 11-12-17

It's quite dull, despite the great setting

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

Reviewed: 17-10-17

Not sure why I keep reading Bude's books as they're all similar with their complicated plots, but dull telling. The solution is fairly unguessable but that might be because you actually don't really care any more.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Monuments Men

  • Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
  • By: Robert M. Edsel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

As Hitler was attempting to conquer the western world, his armies were methodically pillaging the finest art in Europe, from Michelangelos to Vermeers, all stolen for the Führer. The Monuments Men had a mandate from President Roosevelt to find these artworks, but no vehicles, typewriters, or authority. In a race against time to save the world’s greatest cultural treasures from destruction at the hands of Nazi fanatics, each man constructed his own treasure map....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Informative

  • By Joe on 16-04-14

Good book, probably better in print

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

I enjoyed it, but I kept having to rewind when I realised I'd forgotten to pay attention for a while. I get the feeling it's the kind of book to fully appreciate you need to be able to look at the who's who and I suspect maps and pictures that are in the print version.