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Aberdeenshire
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  • The Hunting Party

  • By: Lucy Foley
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron, Laura Kirman, Clare Corbett, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

Everyone's invited. Everyone's a suspect. In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather for New Year. The beautiful one. The golden couple. The volatile one. The new parents. The quiet one. The city boy. The outsider. The victim. Not an accident - a murder among friends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great twists

  • By Eleni on 14-12-18

There's been a murder!

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

Reviewed: 13-12-18

i have to say this has been one of my most entertaining reads in 2018, it's an absolute cracking mystery. As some other reviewers have stated it is written very much in golden age of crime a la Christie and set in a country house (lodge). There are a group of long time friends who met at Oxford and are now in their thirties who spend each New Year together. Emma and Mark, Miranda and Julien, Samira and Giles alongside baby Priya (6 months old), gay couple Nick and Bo plus Katie are the friends plus 3 staff Dougie, Heather and Ian. As the story progress we learn about each character and the dark secrets they keep. The friends aren't the only paying guests at the lodge there is also two Icelanders named Invar and Gudrun.

A guest goes missing and a body is found but it isn't revealed till later on who is murdered. The suspense keeps building up until we learn who by whom in the last few chapters.

The action takes place during a snow blizzard and which leaves the lodge cut off and to try and travel in the freezing rural conditions would certainly be dangerous in its self! Never mind stay at a lodge where there's been a murder! The description of the Scottish landscape was a joy and I was totally immersed...so much so I could almost feel the snow beneath my feet as I walked the dog through the woods whilst listening!

This novel is excellent, although the main characters are really unlikable, it held my attention right through. The author managed to keep me guessing as to who was laying dead and why. The twists kept coming and coming. Each chapter is told from the POV of the main female characters and Dougie the gamekeeper which I really liked.

Any way this book is worth a credit of anybody's money and certainly a re read/listen.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Buried Lives

  • By Lee on 12-12-18

Buried Lives

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

This was an unexpected gem. A story full of characters which have depth are believable.
A man lays dying and has spent many years in jail for a crime he may or may not have done. The race is on to get to the truth before he dies. Twists and turns abound lead to a remarkable ending. This book is excellent and not a word is wasted nor used as padding.
Narration is fantastic .... the beginning of a new series for me to enjoy.

  • A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away

  • By: Chris Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

Back when they were students, Simon and his friend, Ray, had dreams to become rock stars. Fifteen years later their mid-30s are bearing down fast, and they're having to accept a less glamorous life. Ray takes refuge from his responsibilities by living a virtual existence in online games. People say he needs to grow up, but everybody finds their own way of coping. But for Simon it's serial murder, mass slaughter and professional assassination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, well narrated

  • By Sandra on 09-06-16

A big boy did it and run away...not far enough!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

As an Aberdonian am used to all the dialects/Doric/slang I hear every day. I also realise that it's a grim city with grim people. It's also cold, freezing and damp! So not a lot to smile about really but we have hearts of gold.

I don't know what it was about this novel it just irritated me. I just didn't like the laungage or the narration I just don't know what it was . Any way I listened to a few chapters then throw up he towel in. I bought it as either a daily deal or a BOGOF so no money really lost. Maybe I just chose the wrong novel to start my journey with Brookmyre....

  • Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Quintessential Englishman!

  • By Simon on 21-10-18

Just simply magical...

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

A wonderful bunch of Victorian Secrets told by the wonderful Stephen Fry. Absorbing episodes full of historical facts some of which i was woefully ignorant of. Some harrowing information especially regarding those with mental ill health and strong women but informative never the less.

  • Ep. 4: 40 Elephants and Other Dangerous Women (Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets)

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

This episode examines how the role of women in education, marriage, divorce, sexuality, psychology and politics were all debated in the Victorian era. Some women were becoming active in society, whether men liked it or not- and some used the power of the pen to assert themselves. In particular we’ll meet Mary Carr, ‘Queen of the Forty Thieves’, an all-female criminal gang, later known as the 40 Elephants, well known for attracting men and then turning what looked like seduction into extortion. They were shoplifters, blackmailers and dab hands at swindling people – mainly men - out of money....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Victorians episode 4

  • By Lee on 06-12-18

Victorians episode 4

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

Another excellent episode. Thank you Audible and of course the brilliant Mr Fry :) :)

  • Ep. 9: In and Out of the Asylum (Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets)

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

In this episode we visit Victorian Asylums and examine how the intentions of those who built and operated these places were partly in response to the revelations of secrets of previous eras, the madwoman held in the country house attic, or the madman cruelly shackled then forgotten in a dark corner of the workhouse. The Victorian reaction was to create a bureaucracy for dealing with ordinary people’s mental illness. Throughout the era Victorian ideals of public health tarnished with some speed. Asylums filled rapidly and more and more were built, because the Victorians felt they needed them. But despite the ideals of those who ran them, life in public asylums could be hard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Victorian Asylum

  • By Lee on 06-12-18

The Victorian Asylum

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I'm enjoying this series no end but I have to say some of the Victorian attitudes towards 'mental ill health' were pretty scarey but obviously the practice of the day. My knowledge of the Victorian age was sorely lacking before this series. Bravo Mr Fry.

  • Company of Liars

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,212

On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Medieval Road Movie - Well worth a listen

  • By I. Jamie on 02-02-09

Simply excellent

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

This was the second audiobook that I bought on Audible and after listening to a few chapters I sent it back..... more fool I. So now after my second attempt I’ve listened to an excellent book which is in my top 5 reads of 2018. History, magic, folklore, murder, the plague and add in nine interesting characters.... viola you have a smashing novel. Listen carefully though as all the clues are given to you but even so I still did not see the twist at the end coming!

David Thorpe gives each and every character their own voice.

  • Terry Pratchett: BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • Seven BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis, Sheila Hancock, Anton Lesser, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different.... Collected together for the first time are seven full-cast BBC Radio dramatisations of Terry Pratchett’s novels, with star-studded casts including Martin Jarvis, Sheila Hancock, Anton Lesser, Philip Jackson, Alex Jennings and Mark Heap.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent radioplay renditions of Pratchett's work

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-11-18

Entertaining enough!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Not a patch on the books though. I suppose you pay your money and takes your chances.

Anton Lesser could narrate a shopping list and I would be glued to the speakers.

Overall the actors did a great job bringing the characters of Discworld to life especially Death but overall I found Pratchett’s humour missing.

  • The Silent Sleep of the Dying

  • By: Keith McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

When Mark Hartmann is asked to perform a post-mortem on a lab assistant killed by cancer, everything looks straightforward. But his initial findings are surprising: Millicent Sweet appears to have died of several different, aggressive tumours. Before he can discuss this with colleagues, he's called to a conference in Scotland. A serious error of judgement gives a pharmaceutical company a handle on him, and they threaten to expose his excesses unless he falsifies his report on Sweet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this one

  • By Sue on 22-07-08

The Silent Sleep .... sadly put me to sleep!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Not quite but not as good as the others I’ve read in this series (out of order). Actually I’m beginning to think that the friends of the male protagonist should actually de friend him as he’s always getting them killed or hurt alongside himself.

I must admit I did enjoy the scientific stuff. Excellent narration but the weakest story so far.

  • Kane and Abel

  • The 30th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 19 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590

Kane & Abel for a new generation!!

They had only one thing in common - William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless Polish immigrant. Two men born on the same day on opposite sides of the world, their paths were destined to cross in the ruthless struggle to build a fortune.

The marvellous story, spanning 60 years, of two powerful men linked by an all-consuming hatred, brought together by fate to save - and finally destroy - each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb listen

  • By josephine on 05-06-13

Kane and Able revisited..

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

I first met Misters Kane and Able over 20 years ago in print and thourghly enjoyed the book so when I saw it available and in a sale I wondered if it was as good as I remembered. Fortunately it was as excellent being read to me as it was me reading it all those years ago. Admittedly I'd forgotten some of the details contained within the plot but this added to my enjoyment.

All in all a good book well narrated :)