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  • Sleeping Beauties

  • By: Jo Spain
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

The inspector frowned and examined the earth under the trees. As he scanned the glade, his stomach lurched. One, two, three, four. Five, counting the mound of earth disturbed under the tent. Somebody had cleared the earth of its natural layer and sown their own flowers. In five places. Five graves. A young woman, Fiona Holland, has gone missing from a small Irish village. A search is mounted, but there are whispers. Fiona had a wild reputation. Was she abducted, or has she run away?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly entertaining

  • By DartmoorDiva on 08-11-17

Gripping and well narrated

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

Reviewed: 21-04-19

Another excellent Jo Spain book.
This time we are on the hunt for a serial killer after women disappear and turn up dead.
The story moves along at a fair pace and Aoife McMahon gives both male and female characters their own distinctive voice.

A truly excellent book which will have you on the edge of your seat.

  • Hell Divers II: Ghosts

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 2
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545

Ten years ago, Hell Diver Xavier "X" Rodriguez fell to Earth. Those he left behind went on without him aboard the airship he once called home. Michael Everheart - the boy once known as Tin - has grown into a man and the commander of Hell Diver Raptor Team. While Michael dives to help keep the Hive in the air, Captain Leon Jordan rules with an iron fist at the helm of the ship. But unrest stirs under his strict leadership as a prophecy of hope sweeps the lower decks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I devoured this!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 30-05-18

The Hell Divers dive again...

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

Reviewed: 16-04-19

Equally as good as the first in the series if not better. Again we find the divers trying to save the Hive, fight the mutants (we get a bit more background on them) protect one another’s backs and suss out treachery.

The author really makes you feel as though your diving with them and I found myself investing time in this book which should have been used for work but I simply couldn’t switch it off. So now on to book 3 ...

  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 972

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 26-05-18

Hell Divers

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

Reviewed: 09-04-19

It’s a good gung ho book which managed to keep my attention and root for the main characters espically X and I would have loved to have found out more about the monsters - where they came from etc and about life on the Hive within the lower floors although this may happen in book 2.

I could almost be on a dive with the Hell divers as the descriptions of the 'falls' they were taking were so good as were the ones of Planet Earths total destruction by WW3 ...although we don't find out what happened yet either.

On the whole a good start to the series :) R C Bray is as usual excellent .

  • The Strain

  • Book One of the Strain Trilogy
  • By: Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan
  • Narrated by: Ron Perlman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

A plane lands at JFK and mysteriously 'goes dark', stopping in the middle of the runway for no apparent reason, all lights off, all doors sealed. The pilots cannot be raised. When the hatch above the wing finally clicks open, it quickly becomes clear that everyone on board is dead - although there is no sign of any trauma or struggle. Ephraim Goodweather and his team from the Center for Disease Control must work quickly to establish the cause of this strange ocurrence before panic spreads.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By Matt on 17-07-09

The Strain

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

Reviewed: 07-04-19

I loved the tv series and I love Mr Perlman so this book was always going to be a hit with me and it was.

A completely new take on vampires - ok there’s still the silver, sunlight and cut the old head off - similarities but there’s so much more to the story.

I’m going to get the next instalment available on Audible and did I say I like Del Toro’s movies...

  • The Hoarder

  • By: Jess Kidd
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409

Maud Drennan - underpaid carer and unintentional psychic - is the latest in a long line of dogsbodies for the ancient, belligerent Cathal Flood. Yet despite her best efforts, Maud is drawn into the mysteries concealed in his filthy, once-grand home. She realises that Cathal, and the junk-filled rooms, are opening up to her. With only her landlady and a troop of sarcastic ghostly saints to help, Maud must uncover what lies beneath Cathal's decades-old hostility and the strange activities of the house itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, magical, gripping. Brilliant.

  • By J. O'connor on 23-03-18

Marvelous simply marvellous

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

Reviewed: 27-03-19

A wee gem of a book. Bought as a DD and I’m so glad I did. It’s a mystery with some suspense and includes the daily going ons of a couple of best friends. Throw in some saints a couple of shady characters, nurse Ratchet an excellent narrator and you really do have a cracking book. Highly recommended!

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,943

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic and fasinating romp through time

  • By al on 02-12-14

St Mary’s is marvelous

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

Reviewed: 20-03-19

Really enjoyed this, loved the characters and the historical facts the story is peppered with. It’s quite an exciting book and fairly kept me on my toes. Well worth a listen and I highly recommend it :)

  • The MEG

  • By: Steve Alten
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean's deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face to face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he's sure he saw but still can't prove exists - Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white shark. Written off as a crackpot suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Taylor refuses to forget the depths that nearly cost him his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Meg-nificent! 🦈

  • By Irishimpstixx on 15-08-18

The Meg

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

Reviewed: 13-03-19

Okay it’s a bit far fetched and yes belief has to be suspended but it’s fun! A rollicking good tale expertly read by Mr Runnette and full of facts on sharks. Bought as a BOGOF and well worth the dosh.

  • Alien: Sea of Sorrows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: James A. Moore, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: John Chancer, Stockard Channing, Walles Hamonde, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597

Set 300 years after the events of Alien: Out of the Shadows and Alien: River of Pain, Alien: Sea of Sorrows deals with the rediscovery of dormant Xenomorphs (Aliens) in the abandoned mines of LV-178, the planetoid from Alien: Out of the Shadows, which has now been terraformed and renamed New Galveston. The Weyland-Yutani Corporation, reformed after the collapse of the United Systems Military, continue their unceasing efforts to weaponise the creatures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drowning in Aliens!

  • By Simon on 26-04-18

Sea of sorrows and loads of action

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

Reviewed: 09-03-19

Another episode of the Alien franchise chock full of zenomorphes and gung ho humans. Excel sound effects too :)

  • The Chalk Man

  • By: C J Tudor
  • Narrated by: Andrew Scott, Asa Butterfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,189

None of us ever agreed on the exact beginning. Was it when we started drawing the chalk figures, or when they started to appear on their own? Was it the terrible accident? Or when they found the first body?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, narration not so good

  • By C rimmer on 08-11-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 06-03-19

Really enjoyed this book and I found both narrators easy to listen to. The book flows easily between the two eras - young Ed and old Ed.

I didn’t guess the bad egg which is always a good thing as I read/listen to too many whodunnit’s.

  • Ep. 5: Afro-Victorians (Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets)

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

This episode of Victorian Secrets recounts the lives, times and experiences of Black Victorians in Britain. Historians have for the most part kept the details of these lives secret, either by forgetting or ignoring them. We will also examine the responses of diverse British citizens to humans they saw as ‘other’. At the beginning of Victoria’s reign, we British thought we knew all about slavery. It had bought us great wealth and power, after which we had taken the moral high ground and abolished it. But that didn’t mean the British had abolished prejudice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Victorian life

  • By Lee on 25-02-19

Victorian life

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

Reviewed: 25-02-19

Another brilliant, entertaining and informative slice of life in the Victorian age. I now have a bit more knowledge regarding slavery and how it was to live as a black person in a prejudice Britain.