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  • The Darkwater Bride

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Donal Finn, Jamie Glover, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 238

Late Victorian London. When James Miller, the most respectable of Scottish businessmen, is pulled, dead, from the Thames, his daughter is drawn into an investigation which reveals a whole world of secrets and corruption. Alongside local detective Culley, Catriona’s search for her father’s killer leads all the way to the tragic truth behind the ghostly legend of The Darkwater Bride and the power of her deadly kiss. An epic drama starring Adrian Scarborough, Claire Corbett, Freya Mayor and Jamie Glover, The Darkwater Bride combines the genres of the Victorian mystery thriller with the equally classic Victorian mode of the ghostly tale.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ghostly Thriller With a Dark Heart!

  • By Simon on 30-10-18

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 19-12-18

What a great listen! Gripped my attention from from start to finish. More like this please.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Rosie Project

  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,527

Meet Don. Don is a genetics professor who just might be somewhere on the autistic spectrum. He looks a little like Gregory Peck and is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. And it’s definitely not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not .Rosie, meanwhile, isn’t looking for love; she’s looking for her biological father. Sometimes, though, you don’t find love: love finds you...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By F on 26-05-13

The Rosie Project

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

This is the most heartwarmingly funny story I've listened to in years! And brilliantly performed. Huge thumbs up.

  • December

  • By: Phil Rickman
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 20 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

In the ruins of a haunted medieval abbey, four musicians hope to tap into the site's dark history. The experience almost destroys them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interwoven with the Abbey Recording.

  • By Annie on 20-01-13

December by Phil Rickman

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

Reviewed: 17-04-18

Another addictive listen by Phil Rickman. Great story, with a couple of the characfers having appeared in other of the author's books. Fantastiic reading by Sean Barrett, producing an entire cast of character accents and oersonalities.

  • Executed

  • Extracted, Book 2
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,038
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,929

The team of heroes extracted from their timelines to stop the impending apocalypse didn't think they needed a leader. But they've got one anyway. With their mission in tatters, Miri has been called in to steady the ship. And to focus them on their assignment: preventing the end of the world. The problem is, the world doesn't know it's in danger. With governments pursuing them relentlessly, attempting to steal the time-travel device to use for their own ends, the heroes are on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unputdownable - an absolute must listen

  • By Londongirl on 12-06-17

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 13-01-18

The first part of this series was really good, but this book is amazing. The story itself is a nail biting sci-fi thriller. But the relionships between characters is full of affection and humour - I was cracking ip lsughing at times.

Then the performance, to cap it all, is perfect for this book. Highly recommended!

  • The Amber Keeper

  • By: Freda Lightfoot
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 111

After her mother's suicide, Abbie Myers returns home to the Lake District with her young child - and no wedding ring. Estranged from her turbulent family for many years, Abbie is heartbroken when she hears that they blame her for this tragedy. Determined to uncover her mother's past, Abbie approaches her beloved grandmother, Millie, in search of answers. The old woman reveals the story of how she travelled to Russia in 1911 as a young governess and became caught up in the revolution.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ok story, shame about the narration!!!

  • By Miss D Srao on 18-06-15

Good story badly written

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

This was a fascinating story marred by incredibly shoddy writing. I found it unbelievable that between the author, publisher, narrator and audio recording team, things got through to the end performance. For example: describing scenes where children wouldn't do as they were told as "blatant displays of obedience". And not just once. Much of the writing was contrived and amateurish.

For all that, in spite of moments of disbelief over the above, I'm glad I stuck with it. Great story. I just wish someone would rewrite it.

  • The Last Thing I Remember

  • By: Deborah Bee
  • Narrated by: Yolanda Kettle, Lucy Middleweek
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

A novel that grips from the very beginning and that will live long in the memory, The Last Thing I Remember is Deborah Bee's startling debut thriller. Sarah is in a coma. Her memory is gone - she doesn't know how she got there. And she doesn't know how she might get out. But then she discovers that her injury wasn't an accident. And that the assailant hasn't been caught. Unable to speak, see or move, Sarah must use every clue that she overhears to piece together her own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant - Yes there's bad language but please don't be put off by it!

  • By Natasha on 20-02-17

A real page turner

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

Reviewed: 30-11-17

Brilliant! This had me enthralked from start to finish. I loved the way the plot was revealed piece by piece to keep you guessing.

  • A Snowball in Hell

  • By: Christopher Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Simon Darcourt, an inventive killer with a sense of humour, is creating his own celebrity talent show, one that is generating more publicity than its contestants have ever had in their lives. The catch is that those lives won't be very long. The police turn to Angelique de Xavia, a cop who has crossed his path before. However, the police are not the only people who want Darcourt. Now she's faced not only with tracking him down, but also with the task of ensuring she doesn't end up dead once she's served her purpose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Rogayah on 03-09-09

A Snowball In Hell

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

Reviewed: 26-11-17

A great listen full of Chris Brookmyre's laugh out loud, dark, dark humour. I loved it!

  • The Something Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489

It's life as usual at Frogmorton Farm - which is to say that events have passed the merely eccentric and are now galloping headlong towards the completely bizarre. Once again Jenny struggles to stay afloat in the stormy seas of matrimony with her husband, Russell Checkland, together with an unlikely mix of Patagonian Attack Chickens, Jack the Sad Donkey and Mrs Crisp's mysterious boyfriend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From beginning to end, a brilliant audio book.

  • By Lesley on 05-11-17

Another cracking listen from Jodi Taylor.

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

Reviewed: 14-11-17

This is one of those books that I just couldn't put down. There were times - many times - when my laughter was so loud and sudden that I'm sure my neighbours must question my sanity. Big thumbs up!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Nothing Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780

Getting a life isn't always easy. And hanging on to it is even harder.... Jodi Taylor brings all her comic writing skills to this heartwarming tale of self-discovery. Known as The Nothing Girl because of her severe stutter and chronically low self-confidence, Jenny Dove is only just prevented from ending it all by the sudden appearance of Thomas, a mystical golden horse only she can see. Under his guidance Jenny unexpectedly acquires a husband - the charming and chaotic Russell Checkland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful book

  • By ellen on 08-05-15

Another great listen from Jodi Taylor.

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

Having listened to all the Chronicles of St Mary's series, it was great to find another offering. The book has her usual perceptive wit, as well as an amazing warmth that endears you to the right characters. A few surprises on the way too. Now - onto the second in the series.

  • Ubik

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 613

Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business - deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, he is gravely injured and placed in "half-life," a dreamlike state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, such as Runciter's face appearing on coins and the world seeming to move backward in time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By Mr. J. Forsyth on 19-12-16

Ubik by Philip K Dick

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

Reviewed: 29-10-17

It took a while for me to get into this, but once I did I loved it. Worth sticking with.