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  • Brodmaw Bay

  • By: F.G. Cottam
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Brodmaw Bay seems to be the perfect refuge for James Greer and his family. When his son is the victim of a brutal mugging, Greer wants to leave London - the sooner the better - for the charming old-fashioned fishing port he has just discovered. But was finding Brodmaw Bay more than a happy accident? What is the connection between the village and his beautiful wife? When his friendly new neighbours say they'd welcome some new blood - in a village where the same families seem to have lived for generations - are they telling the whole truth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wicker Man relocated to Cornwall

  • By JANET on 01-04-12

Wicker Man relocated to Cornwall

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-12

Throughly enjoyed this audiobook. Part of the way through the book, I told someone how much I was enjoying it and I outlined the main plot points - it sounded over-the-top, melodramatic and corny. However, this is not how I felt when listening. There is a slow build-up of sinister occurances set within a naturalistic setting that explains the family members' moitivations and actions. This audiobook is really good fun, it has a good degree of tension and it kept me guessing (and I was wrong about how I thought the narrative would conclude). The narration is great too.

This is the second FG Cottam audiobook I've heard - I also enjoyed The Waiting room but this one has the edge.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hogfather

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 996

"Discworld is more complicated and satisfactory than Oz," says Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. "Truly original. Pratchett creates a brilliant excess of delectable detail!" Hogfather is a Discworld Christmas tale - not to be missed! Browse more novels of Discworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Pratchett

  • By Beccameriel on 12-01-14

Audiobook doesn't do the book justice

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-03-12

I like this book. I like to read it at chrismas time about every other year. I thought it would be good to hear a reading of it for a change. I chose the Nigel Planer audiobook because it is unabridged. I had to stop listening after not very long. Planer is so boring! I did re-visit the audiobook but could not get into it - there is no sense of fun or mischief.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Tales of Terror from the Black Ship

  • By: Chris Priestley
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

The Old Inn clings precariously to a cliff top above a storm-lashed ocean. Ethan and Cathy are sick. Their father has left them to fetch a doctor... but they are not alone for long. A visitor comes begging for shelter, and so the children, who have an unnatural appetite for stories of a macabre persuasion, sit out the throes of the storm in the company of a sailor with more than enough grisly tales to satisfy them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • DISAPOINTING TAKE ON TERROR

  • By Highlight on 10-05-17

Quite entertaining

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-03-12

Classic structure with tales being told within an overall story and the tales become more gruesome. It's what happens when the stranger completes his tale telling that is so affecting ang satisfying, so do listen to this audiobook to the end.

  • Kind of Cruel

  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Emma Kay, Jonathan Aris, Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

When Amber Hewerdine consults a hypnotherapist as a desperate last resort, she doesn't expect that anything much will change. She doesn't expect it to help with her chronic insomnia. And she doesn't expect to hear herself, under hypnosis, saying words that mean nothing to her: 'Kind, cruel, kind of cruel'. These are words she has seen somewhere before, if only she could remember where….

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Psychological thriller with a good twist!

  • By Mrs on 23-12-12

Entralling tale

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-03-12

This is the first Sophie Hannah novel I've encountered. I selcted it having heard a positive radio review. The mystery is graduately revealed by different characters making deductions and realsing facts that are not known to others. There is the point of view of the main character, Amber and her family and friends, police detectives and an analyst - with the three narrators taking turns. It kept me guessing what happened in the past and where the story was heading right to the end. I'll try more Sophie Hannah books.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fear Index

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 312

His name is carefully guarded from the general public but within the secretive inner circles of the ultra-rich Dr Alex Hoffmann is a legend – a visionary scientist whose computer software turns everything it touches into gold. Together with his partner, an investment banker, Hoffmann has developed a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that tracks human emotions, enabling it to predict movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. His hedge fund, based in Geneva, makes billions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unpleasantly close to the present

  • By Nils on 08-10-11

Excellent thriller

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-11

The plot builds-up the tension very nicely. I couldn't stop listening towards the end as I needed to know how the story was going to pan-out. Excellent narrator. I definitely recommend this to anyone wanting a thriller.

  • Splinter

  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Ben Crowe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

An insanely fast-paced psychological thriller with a killer hook, from the international bestseller and master of terror, Sebastian Fitzek. The Clinic is a world leader in memory research, they say they can permanently erase your traumatic memories, leaving you free to start a new life. Marc Lucas killed his pregnant wife in a car crash. He carries the memory of her death with him everywhere - a splinter of glass stuck in his neck. His life is a nightmare from which he can't wake. Should he visit the clinic? Or has he been there already? The problem is, he can't remember....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story that keeps you guessing

  • By Sparrow on 22-03-15

Kept me guessing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-10-11

Lots of twists and turns in the plot. Kept me intrigued right to the end. Liked the narrator too. Great pace. Excellent ending (as well as the beginning and middle). Very enjoyable.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The American Boy

  • By: Andrew Taylor
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

England, 1819. Two enigmatic Americans arrive in London and soon after, a bank collapses. A man is found dead on a building site; another goes missing in the teeming stews of Seven Dials. A deathbed vigil ends in an act of theft and a beautiful heiress flirts with her inferiors. A strange destiny links each of these events to the American boy Edgar Allen Poe, brought to England by his foster father and sent to the leafy village of Stoke Newington to be educated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absolute must

  • By The Fool on 23-04-06

Good sense of Victorian England

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-11

Good sense of the period. I liked the narrator and cared about his fate. It lacked tension at times and, to be frank, rather than finding the ending satisfying, I was glad when I got through it. It felt rather long.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Good and Evil Angels

  • By: Matt Hayes
  • Narrated by: Matt Hayes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

You are probably sitting in your home, or at your office, reading this. Who is reading these words? You hear the voice in your head, but is it my voice? Is it your own voice? Are you sure? Look around you. The other people; what is behind their eyes? What if you are wrong? Maybe you have never worried about this before. Maybe you should start....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Stick with it

  • By JANET on 09-10-11

Stick with it

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-11

The start of this book introduces so many strands that it found it hard to join them together. The problem was that I was listening to it in the car and so the narrative was interupted. However, I started listening again (during a long journey) and I was able to appreciate how the different narratives joined-up. I'm glad I stuck with it. I came to enjoy it and was genuinely intrigued about where the narrative was going. Its not the type of book where I cared about the characters but it has some inventive ideas and I wanted to know how the narrative would develop. The narrative could be better but its not a great problem. I recommend this to anyone wanting to explore moral implications of cutting edge technology in a fictional context.

  • The Poison Tree

  • By: Erin Kelly
  • Narrated by: Alison Reid
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

It is the sweltering summer of 1997 when strait-laced, straight-A student Karen meets Biba - a bohemian and impossibly glamorous aspiring actress.She is drawn to her new friend’s carefree world of constant parties, and quickly abandons her old life to move into the crumbling Highgate mansion Biba shares with her brother Rex and a stream of lodgers. For a while, life is one long summer of love. But summer must end. And by the end of theirs, two people would be dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling from start to finish

  • By Ann in Durham on 26-10-11

very good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-11

This is not the type of work I normally read or listen to but I enjoyed this a lot. After a dramatic and engaging start, the narrative runs along two lines, the present and the events of a decade earlier, before the two strands meet and go forward to a really gripping climax. The narrator is well-chosen too and I really wanted to know how it was going to conclude.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Stranger's Child

  • By: Alan Hollinghurst
  • Narrated by: James Daniel Wilson
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52

In the late summer of 1913 the aristocratic young poet Cecil Valance comes to stay at ‘Two Acres’, the home of his close Cambridge friend George Sawle. The weekend will be one of excitements and confusions for all the Sawles, but it is on George’s sixteen-year-old sister Daphne that it will have the most lasting impact, when Cecil writes her a poem which will become a touchstone for a generation, an evocation of an England about to change for ever.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Murder by Narrator

  • By Christina on 28-07-11

Boring

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-11

In principle, the idea of dipping into a family's history every few decades appealed to me. I liked the idea that the sections stood alone and that the intervening years are not directly described but are deduced. I had no problem with the narrator, unlike some other reviewers. I've now run-out of positive things to say. How was this nomited for the Book Prize? I understand that it's all about misinterpretatations, reputations about a dead author and his work that change over time and reinforce myths (and being Holinghurst its laced with the historical development of gay life) but there is very little reason to engage with the characters or to care about what happens.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful