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Mr. Nicholas P. Frow

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  • One of Your Own

  • The Life and Death of Myra Hindley
  • By: Carol Ann Lee
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

'Infamous, I have become disowned, but I am one of your own' - Myra Hindley, from her unpublished autobiography. On 15 November 2002, Myra Hindley, Britain's most notorious murderess, died in prison, one of the rare women whose crimes were deemed so indefensible that 'life' really did mean 'life'. But who was the woman behind the headlines? How could a seemingly normal girl grow up to commit such terrible acts? Her defenders claim she fell under Ian Brady's spell, but is this the truth?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched. Terrible narration.

  • By Jamie Wilkins on 23-05-14

A perfect audiobook

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

Reviewed: 29-05-17

If you could sum up One of Your Own in three words, what would they be?

Immersive, complex, harrowing

What was one of the most memorable moments of One of Your Own?

Inevitably, the reading of the transcript...

What does Maggie Mash bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I thought the narration was fantastic. I don't understand why other reviewers have complained about it. The narrator uses numerous different accents and voices for different characters, and unlike some narrators she does the accents very well! Overall it felt like good value for money, as it made the audiobook seem much more like a documentary with a wide cast of characters.

  • And After

  • Until the End of the World, Book 2
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

Cassie Forrest could almost believe life at Kingdom Come Farm is perfect, with Adrian and her friends at her side and spring on the way. The spring thaw also means millions of defrosting zombies, however, and if the past year has taught her anything, it's that life in this new world is highly imperfect. When Safe Zones throughout the country begin to disappear and the zombies at the fences grow in number, Cassie clings to the hope that if she has the people she loves most, it will be all right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get the tissues out!

  • By kdsshrub on 23-04-16

Great. Not as good as the first or third.

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

Reviewed: 29-10-16

If you could sum up And After in three words, what would they be?

Lots of talking

Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

She's brilliant

Any additional comments?

I love the whole series, and I happily listened to this one. However, not a lot happens for quite a while. And by that I mean there's not any zombie action but not any emotional action either. Just lots of talking and jokes. The zombies become less scary due to their repetition. I love the series and I absolutely loved the third part. But this one is my least favourite!

  • Until the End of the World

  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406

Cassie Forrest isn't surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, she’s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: she’s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk. Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends have just enough time to escape Brooklyn for her parents’ cabin before Bornavirus LX turns them into zombies, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just wonderful

  • By captainsjo on 09-03-15

Fun, unique, quirky. Great to listen to.

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

Reviewed: 27-09-16

If you could sum up Until the End of the World in three words, what would they be?

Warm, fast-paced, entertaining.

What other book might you compare Until the End of the World to, and why?

It's one of those rare modern dystopian novels that isn't repetitive, parodic, or boring. It is similar to Life As We Knew It (which is another dystopian book that is AMAZING in case you haven't already listened to it.)

Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favourite?

The main character is lovely. I feel like I know her.

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

It's surprisingly affecting. I felt very moved at numerous moments. It also made me laugh fairly often.

Any additional comments?

Very well-written. It's quite a unique book. Its combination of zombie apocalypse and chick-lit works really well, even though with a lesser writer it could have been awful. A really brilliant audiobook that I will return to again and again over the years, even if it's just for the familiarity of the voice and characters as I fall asleep.

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