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  • Winter Frost

  • By: R. D. Wingfield
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

Winter in Denton is a busy time for DI Jack Frost, whose unsolved crime figures are mounting. A serial killer is murdering local prostitutes; armed robbery; a ram raid at a jewellers and a buried skeleton is uncovered. But Frost's main concern is for the safety of a missing schoolgirl. The dead body of another little girl from the same school is found... Frost's prime suspect, strongly protesting his innocence, hangs himself in his cell, leaving a note blaming Frost for driving him to suicide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best Frost!

  • By Kay on 14-01-15

Excellent enjoyable story and performance

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

I love the even rougher cruder Frost of the books than that portrayed by David Jason in the TV series. I have enjoyed everything I have previously listened to narrated by Stephen Thorne and this is top notch narration.

  • The Return of the Native

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Alan Rickman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

Set on Egdon Heath, a fictional barren moor in Wessex, Eustacia Vye longs for the excitement of city life but is cut off from the world in her grandfather's lonely cottage. Clym Yeobright who has returned to the area to become a schoolmaster seems to offer everything she dreams of: passion, excitement and the opportunity to escape. However, Clym's ambitions are quite different, and marriage only increases Eustacia's destructive restlessness, drawing others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvellous.

  • By Pauline on 17-08-11

Struggled to retain concentration

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

Reviewed: 21-06-19

A fine novel and well narrated. I struggled to keep concentration through some sections though.

  • Seven Bridges

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 8
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692

It's been five months since a killer walked free, and DCI Ryan is preparing to leave Newcastle to hunt him down - this time for good. But Ryan's plans are scuppered when events take a dramatic turn and he is forced to stay and face his past one last time or watch a friend suffer the consequences. Amid the chaos, another killer is preparing to strike. When the Tyne Bridge explodes, Ryan's team are faced with a frantic race to uncover a deadly foe who won't stop until every bridge is burned, along with everybody on it....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story lines

  • By Ronnie Ingledew on 02-10-18

Decent detective yarn.

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

Reviewed: 13-04-19

I have enjoyed this series of light detective fiction and this one while not one of the best is still a good listen . Once again excellent narrator creating authentic regional north east England feel.

  • Dark Suits and Sad Songs

  • A D.C.I. Daley Thriller, Book 3
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,150

When a senior Edinburgh civil servant spectacularly takes his own life in Kinloch harbour, DCI Jim Daley comes face to face with the murky world of politics. To add to his woes, two local drug dealers lie dead, ritually assassinated. It's clear that dark forces are at work in the town. With his boss under investigation, his marriage hanging on by a thread, and his sidekick, DS Scott, wrestling with his own demons, Daley's world is in meltdown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent value for money

  • By Michael Bath on 07-02-17

Enjoyable detective series

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

I enjoyed this as best of the three I have listened to with pleasure . Excellent narrator and good story. Unfortunately the Daley character is a bit unappealing but still a recommendable listen. If there is more I will buy.

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  • The English and Their History

  • By: Robert Tombs
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 45 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624

In The English and their History, the first full-length account to appear in one volume for many decades, Robert Tombs gives us the history of the English people and of how the stories they have told about themselves have shaped them, from the prehistoric 'dreamtime' through to the present day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a masterpiece.

  • By D. D. Paxton on 26-10-16

A really fine one volume history.

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

Reviewed: 21-11-18

I have read a number of one volume history books about English and British history as a non specialist general reader but this is the one I found the most helpful and thought provoking. Very well narrated too.

  • Moby Dick

  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: William Hootkins
  • Length: 24 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 319

"Call me Ishmael." Thus starts the greatest American novel. Melville said himself that he wanted to write "a mighty book about a mighty theme" and so he did. It is a story of one man's obsessive revenge-journey against the white whale, Moby-Dick, who injured him in an earlier meeting. Woven into the story of the last journey of The Pequod is a mesh of philosophy, rumination, religion, history, and a mass of information about whaling through the ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent book!

  • By C.H. on 23-09-15

Heavy going but I did it! Lol

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

Reviewed: 31-10-18

I tried to read the book many times but found it extraordinarily heavy going. I made it through with the audiobook and enjoyed several sections. Very well read though.

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  • Notes From a Big Country

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460

After moving back to the States, Bryson started to write a column for The Mail on Sunday Night and Day magazine. This is a collection of these column entries. Bryson writes about everything from everyday chores, to suing people, the beach, TV, movies, air conditioners, college, Americana, injury dangers, wasting resources, and holiday seasons.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bitter or Sweet ? I'm not sure !

  • By J-H2O on 03-10-06

Interesting and amusing

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Enjoyable easy listen for either long or short sessions. I look forward to hearing more of Bill Bryson and this good narrator.

  • The Abolition of Britain

  • From Winston Churchill to Princess Diana
  • By: Peter Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Peter Hitchens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

Prominent English social critic Peter Hitchens writes of the period between the death of Winston Churchill and the funeral of Princess Diana, a time he believes has seen disastrous changes in English life. The Abolition of Britain is bitingly witty and fiercely argued, yet also filled with somber appreciation for what the idea of England has always meant to the West and to the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read (listen)!

  • By The Lost Clansman on 20-12-17

Very interesting book - dreadful narration

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

Reviewed: 22-09-18

I am always interested to know what Peter Hitchins has to say but this was read at a breathless fast pace seriously spoiling the enjoyment of the book.

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  • Poirot's Finest Cases

  • Eight Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisations
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Full Cast, John Moffat
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,478
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,307

John Moffatt stars as the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The ABC Murders: A chilling letter sets the sleuth on the trail of an enigmatic killer. After the Funeral: A wealthy businessman is dead, and his sister thinks it was murder. Death on the Nile: Poirot is in Egypt when a chilling murder takes place. Peril at End House: Whilst on holiday, the sleuth encounters a young woman, a hat and a bullet. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: Mrs Farrars is found dead, one year after the death of her husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as David Suchet is on the TV

  • By David T-Rex on 22-11-14

Fine performances.

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

Reviewed: 20-09-18

Very authentic adaptations all of which which I enjoyed. The stories I didn't know required more concentration than I was able to give at a single listen and I did get lost occasionally and had to go back. I suppose the twisty nature of the genre.

  • The Co-Op's Got Bananas

  • A Memoir of Growing Up in the Post-War North
  • By: Hunter Davies
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Despite the struggle to make ends meet during the tough years of warfare in the 1940s and rationing persisting until the early 1950s, life could still be sweet. Especially if you were a young boy, playing football with your pals, saving up to go to the movies at the weekend, and being captivated by the latest escapade of Dick Barton on the radio. Chocolate might be scarce, and bananas would be a pipe dream, but you could still have fun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • evocative

  • By Peter on 30-06-18

Enjoyable for a 50s born person

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

I learned a lot about 50s Carlisle which is one of my later life places. I enjoyed this very much but I am not sure someone with no knowledge of the far north west of England would get much from it.

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