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  • The Secret Scripture

  • By: Sebastian Barry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

Nearing her 100th birthday, Roseanne McNulty faces an uncertain future, as the Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital where's she spent most of her adult life prepares for closure. Over the weeks leading up to this upheaval, she talks with her psychiatrist, Dr. Greene, and their relationship intensifies and complicates. Told through their respective journals, the story that emerges is at once shocking and deeply beautiful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing story with exceptional narration

  • By Trixie on 26-07-15

Hoped for so much more

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

Reviewed: 19-02-19

The idea, the first few chapters I thought this was going to be good. Unfortunately it lost my interest on quite a few occasions, was slow, little character development and disappointing. I didn't hate it but it could have been so much more!

  • The Shadow in the North

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,156

An elderly lady loses her money on an investment; a conjuror is pursued by thugs; and a clairvoyant mentions the name of the richest man in Europe and his mysterious company. Seemingly unconnected events set Sally Lockhart on the trail of an evil far more awful than she could ever imagine. This thriller, by the author of The Ruby in the Smoke, evokes its 19th century setting and at the same time remains remarkably contemporary in the originality of its plot and larger-than-life characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By mollyeyre on 04-03-18

Great story

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

Reviewed: 15-02-19

Both book 1 and 2 were as good as each other. Love the narrator and the story

  • Just William: A BBC Radio Collection

  • Classic Readings from the BBC Archive
  • By: Richmal Crompton
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 105

A stunning collection of Just William stories, narrated by Martin Jarvis. These BBC radio readings of the adventures of William have come to be some of the most loved adaptations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Floreat William Brown!

  • By Dr. Carole Cushing on 20-01-18

Kids of all ages will love this!

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

Reviewed: 06-02-19

Exciting, funny adventure stories that kids and parents will really enjoy. Listened to these same stories when I was younger and my children loved them just as much!

  • Going Solo

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 270

Penguin presents the new, unabridged audiobook edition of Roald Dahl's Going Solo, read by Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens. The second part of Roald Dahl's remarkable life story, following on from Boy. When he grew up, Roald Dahl left England for Africa - and a series of dangerous adventures began. From tales of plane crashes to surviving snake bites, this is Roald Dahl's extraordinary life before becoming the world's number-one storyteller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Snakes, Boats & Dogfights

  • By Oliver Dayman on 16-11-17

One of the best autobiography

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

Roald Dahl's Autobiographies are brilliant. Beautifully written, beautifully told. Ideal for all ages. Wish there was more!

  • The Ruby in the Smoke

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,809
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,592

An unabridged reading of Philip Pullman's nerve-shattering thriller, set in the murky streets and opium dens of Old London. When 16-year old Sally's father drowns in suspicious circumstances, she is left to fend for herself in Victorian London. Although she doesn't know it, she is already in terrible danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A layered and satisfying listen

  • By Barry on 08-09-16

My 11 year old says Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

The narrator read it so well, I never got bored. Definitely recommend. Can't wait to hear off all the another adventures Philip Pullman will take us on!

  • Anatomy of a Scandal

  • By: Sarah Vaughan
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal, Luke Thompson, Esther Wane, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,077

You want to believe your husband. She wants to destroy him. Gripping psychological drama for fans of Apple Tree Yard, The Good Wife and Notes on a Scandal. Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tense, engrossing and very topical

  • By Kaggy on 06-02-18

eye opener but wanted more

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

Reviewed: 27-01-19

Good read, eye opener as makes you think and question. liked the narrator and characters. Just wanted more at the end. I don't envision that there will be a second so I will make up my own happy ending.

  • Close to Home

  • DI Fawley, Book 1
  • By: Cara Hunter
  • Narrated by: Emma Cunniffe, Lee Ingleby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925

How can a child vanish without a trace? Last night, eight-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from a summer party at her home. No-one at the party noticed her leave. Even her parents aren't sure of the last time they saw her. DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows that in nine cases out of 10, it's someone close to the victim. When a pair of bloody tights is discovered, Fawley's worst suspicions are concerned. Someone knows where Daisy is. And her time is running out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a rollercoaster ride

  • By j c rogers on 07-02-18

7/10

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

Reviewed: 10-01-19

Loved narration. Was simple, easy to read story. Nothing gripping or extra special but worth a read.

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  • How to Stop Time

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,023
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,020

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to jazz age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he'd never witnessed them firsthand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb as I expected from Matt Haig

  • By Kaggy on 17-07-17

Easy enjoyable read

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

Reviewed: 17-12-18

Nice novel with interesting concept that gets you thinking. A younger audience could enjoy it too. Could have had more to it, could have been longer but I actually liked the light read

  • The Word Is Murder

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,935

A wealthy woman strangled six hours after she's arranged her own funeral. A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own. A reluctant author drawn into a story he can’t control. What do they have in common? Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's new thriller. Spread the word. The word is murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Unemployed Detective

  • By Sarah on 30-08-17

Enjoyable but a bit frustrating

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

Reviewed: 18-09-18

I enjoyed the crime part of this book but the authors constant bragging of his achievements, who he has met, what he has done had me so close to quitting on a few occasions. Really boring that I wish I could just skip! I understand he himself is just a character in this book but it did get boring.
Concentrate on the who dunnit aspect and it was good. I get the concept but there was really no need for all the fluff inbetween. Whilst I love Sherlock novels and even what Horowitz has done himself regarding the series however Horowitz and Hawthorne was far far to similar to a Sherlock and Watson, almost felt a little like a cop out and not original enough. I will buy next book in the hopes that they become their own characters

  • Dead Men's Trousers

  • By: Irvine Welsh
  • Narrated by: Tam Dean Burn
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

Mark Renton is finally a success. An international jet-setter, he now makes significant money managing DJs, but the constant travel, airport lounges, soulless hotel rooms and broken relationships have left him dissatisfied with his life. He's then rocked by a chance encounter with Frank Begbie, from whom he'd been hiding for years after a terrible betrayal and the resulting debt. But the psychotic Begbie appears to have reinvented himself as a celebrated artist and - much to Mark's astonishment - doesn't seem interested in revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant and utterly hilarious...

  • By Jonny D on 17-05-18

best author, best narrator! fantastic as always

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

If only we could have a Porno audible instead of an abridged T2 version I would listen to this series countless times. Brilliant by the hugely talented Irvine Welsh, he never dissapoints. Really hoping this isn't the last!