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  • Plague Pits & River Bones

  • The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Karen Charlton
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 226

London, 1812: Treacherous gangs roam the capital, and not even the Palace of Westminster is safe. When Detective Stephen Lavender is called in to investigate a highway robbery and a cold-blooded murder, both the cases take a dangerous and disturbing personal twist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love how

  • By Kevin on 21-02-18

Enjoyed it

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-08-18

No one buys a book they don't think they are going to like, but sometimes I pick up a 'random pook' in the family vernacular, or 'pot luck' in the Queen's. This was one such pook for me which exceeded my expectations, and I was sad that it had to end. I enjoyed it so much I headed back over to Audible almost immediately to get another in the series. The narrator's performance was excellent, and added that pleasing extra dimension I now expect from an audiobook. Good one.
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  • All Our Wrong Todays

  • By: Elan Mastai
  • Narrated by: Elan Mastai
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548

So, the thing is, I come from the world we were supposed to have. That means nothing to you, obviously, because you live here, in the crappy world we do have. But it never should've turned out like this. And it's all my fault - well, me and, to a lesser extent, my father. And, yeah, I guess a little bit Penelope. In both worlds she's the love of my life. But only a single version of her can exist. I have one impossible chance to fix history's greatest mistake and save this broken world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The point of it all....

  • By Kaggy on 02-05-17

Convoluted

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

What’s with all the repetition? Only half listened to the second half. Only half listened to the second half. Only half listened to the second half. This is just annoying.
Overall I didn’t hate it.

  • Jeeves and the Impending Doom

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: David Ian Davies
  • Length: 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

The double-act of Bertie Wooster and his faithful, omniscient butler Jeeves is the greatest comic pairing in literature. Millions of fans worldwide have laughed at the travails of bumbling Bertie and delighted at the felicitous solutions devised by Jeeves to extricate his master from 'the soup'. In this story Bertie Wooster finds himself on a losing streak and lands himself at the mercy of his aunts, Dahlia and Agatha, and only Jeeves is capable of extricating him from disaster.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A perfectly good story mangled

  • By anne.sherry on 02-05-18

A perfectly good story mangled

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Almost painful to my ears. Absolutely ruined by whiny. Narrator. Who doesn’t seem. To read the sentences as written. Putting gaps where there should be none, and generally ruining the flow. If you love PGW you will hate this poorly edited, and poorly executed story.

  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 30 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby is closely modelled on the 18h-century novels that Charles Dickens loved as a child, such as Robinson Crusoe, in which the fortunes of a hero shape the plot. The likeable young Nicholas, left penniless on the death of his father, sets off in search of better prospects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't switch this one off!

  • By Richard on 25-02-13

An earful of heaven!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

This is one of my favourite books. Beautifully performed by Simon Vance, who really brings the characters to life. This is the reason audiobooks are becoming mainstream. What more can a body ask? A brilliant story, expertly enacted, allowing one to escape the drudgery of daily tasks into a poignant, comic, exciting Victorian world.

  • Different Class

  • By: Joanne Harris
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey, Ewan Goddard
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

After 30 years at St Oswald's Grammar in North Yorkshire, Latin master Roy Straitley has seen all kinds of boys come and go. Each class has its clowns, its rebels, its underdogs, its 'Brodie' boys who, whilst of course he doesn't have favourites, hold a special place in an old teacher's heart. But every so often there's a boy who doesn't fit the mould. A troublemaker. A boy with hidden shadows inside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fifteen hours of skilfully drip-fed darkness!

  • By Rachel Redford on 09-05-16

Un-putdownable!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-09-17

Kept me guessing all the way through. Got that feeling of loss when I finished it that speaks to just how good it was. The author and the excellent narrator are a marriage made in heaven!'

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B A Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,426

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie? Jack has looks and wealth; Grace has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows. Sometimes the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW !!!!

  • By M F Herbert on 23-04-16

Words fail me

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-17

It is apparently perfectly possible to write absolute drivel and still get published. I can say nothing positive about this load of old codswallop. And even more annoying is the fact that it has been in my list of unread books so long I can't even return it! Jack, the husband of the main character is a caricature, who lacks only a twirly moustache, top hat and cape to complete him. The other main character is modelled on a marsmallow......I wasted an hour on this.

  • Imperium

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019

When Tiro, the confidential secretary of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events which will eventually propel his master into one of the most famous courtroom dramas in history. The stranger is a Sicilian, a victim of the island's corrupt Roman governor, Verres. The senator is Cicero, a brilliant young lawyer and spellbinding orator, determined to attain imperium - supreme power in the state.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb story, utterly superb narration.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-01-17

All hail Robert Harris!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-04-17

This is one of those books which once finished will send you rushing off to the store to download the next. Of the three this is my favourite. Robert Harris brings the Roman world to life wonderfully, and I was immersed in the lives of Cicero and Tyro. I am a simple soul, and political intrigue is not my usual thing, but the characters are so skillfully drawn I found myself gasping at the sheer ruthlessness and self interest which Cicero exposes. Bill Wallis does an excellent job of the narration. 'Read' it!

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  • Knots and Crosses

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 833

'And in Edinburgh of all places. I mean, you never think of that sort of thing happening in Edinburgh, do you...?' 'That sort of thing' is the brutal abduction and murder of two young girls. And now a third is missing, presumably gone to the same sad end. Detective Sergeant John Rebus, smoking and drinking too much, his own young daughter spirited away south by his disenchanted wife, is one of many policemen hunting the killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An uncertain beginning

  • By Simon on 02-09-15

Kept me listening

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-04-17

I enjoyed the combination of a good story, a plot just complicated enough, and a good narrator . Empathised with the characters and was engaged by the story all the way to the end.

  • The Crime Factory

  • By: Officer 'A'
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

The difference between a good detective and a successful criminal is paper thin - CID induction lecture. Welcome to the Criminal Investigation Department, aka the Crime Factory. Where the cops take and sell drugs (or steal them from the police storeroom); where they fit up, 'verbal' and harrass criminals, fight each other, drink-drive, abuse search warrants, have sex with sources, stab one another in the back (metaphorically), put each other under surveillance; abuse every aspect of their power...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very true and moving

  • By Minnou BH on 16-07-15

Oh dear....

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

Adds a whole new meaning to the word coprolalia. Uniformly bad, couldn’t finish this one.

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  • Classic Tales of Mystery: Who Killed Zebedee?

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Settling himself in front of the station fire, a young policeman is little prepared for the account of bloody murder that will be relayed that night. For it seems that Mrs Crosscapel's lodging-house is a place of dark secrets and buried passions - emotions that will soon cloud even his own judgement. Who Killed Zebedee? is a brilliant and highly original tale of horror and the macabre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The brilliant Wilkie Collins

  • By anne.sherry on 10-12-15

The brilliant Wilkie Collins

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

Reviewed: 10-12-15

Where does Classic Tales of Mystery: Who Killed Zebedee? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Quite high amongst the short stories

What was one of the most memorable moments of Classic Tales of Mystery: Who Killed Zebedee??

Its got quite a satisfying twist in the tale.

Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favourite?

The detective.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Have listened half a dozen times at least- listen with the lights out!

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