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  • Unnatural Causes

  • By: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 190

As the country's top forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the dead. When death is sudden or unexplained, it falls to Shepherd to establish the cause. Each post-mortem is a detective story in its own right - and Shepherd has performed over 23,000 of them. Through his skill, dedication and insight, Dr Shepherd solves the puzzle to answer our most pressing question: how did this person die?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rollercoaster ride

  • By Dr Debbie Tranter on 23-09-18

Fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-11-18

An unusual and fascinating account of a not much discussed profession. Very well written with a balanced view in a difficult area. What comes across is his enormous integrity. To have it questioned due to cost cutting on computers is outrageous. But this sort of outrage happens too many times

Thank goodness he survives. Thank goodness the world is pepper by people such as he.

  • The Fox

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Fox by Frederick Forsyth. The 18th novel from best-selling thriller writer Frederick Forsyth, the man who defined the genre. The Fox is based on the stories of British hackers Gary McKinnon and Lauri Love and centres around an 18-year-old schoolboy with Asperger’s Syndrome who is able to penetrate intricate firewalls to access the secrets at the highest level of foreign governments and other major organisations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite Such a Cunning Fox!

  • By Simon on 21-09-18

Great

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

What fun! If only! We would sleep better in our beds if Sir Adrian Western really existed. Perhaps he does?a superb ready by David Rintoul.

  • The Paying Guests

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 943

Frances had been picturing her lodgers in purely mercenary terms - as something like two great waddling shillings. But this, she thought, was what it really meant to have paying guests: this odd, unintimate proximity, this rather peeled-back moment, where the only thing between herself and a naked Mrs Barber was a few feet of kitchen and a thin scullery door. An image sprang into her head: that round flesh, crimsoning in the heat.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stressful............

  • By Karen on 04-09-14

My First Sarah Waters

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

And not my last. It is beautifully written, language, descriptions and fully rounded characters. I am so pleased I have found this author. Juliet Stevenson needs no praise. She is perfect!

A wonderful listen and so interesting to learn about immediate post war Britain. We have come a long way from the outside privies and the smelly old ascot heaters of that time.

  • Bleak House

  • The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
  • Length: 43 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

This Audible Exclusive performance features a unique introduction written and narrated by Miriam Margolyes. Recognised as one of Dickens' most accomplished titles, Bleak House has impressed critics and audiences alike since it was first published in 1852. The novel boasts one of the most intelligent and engaging plots in all of English literature and is sure to engage the listener's imagination as it transports us back in time to the seedy, grimy and hazardous streets of Victorian London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • genius

  • By uk person on 13-05-18

Glorious

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-18

This is so brilliantly read by Miriam Margolyes that it is pure joy.
She even helps the syrupy Ester to come across as believable. Her changes of voice for the myriad of characters are a master piece.
I feel Dickens would have been delighted to listen or to do one of his readings with her.
The story is a masterpiece as well!! And to think the law has not much changed since those times. Whoops!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Charles Dickens

  • A Life
  • By: Claire Tomalin
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Charles Dickens: A Life, the major new biography from the highly acclaimed Claire Tomalin, published for the 200th anniversary of his birth. Read by the actor Alex Jennings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As lively a story as a good novel

  • By Kirstine on 27-01-12

Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-18

Informative and balanced. No stone unturned or so it seems. Ms Tomalin give options for possible behaviour by Dickens, his friends and relations but never colours the book with her own opinions.

Brilliant!!

  • Katie Mulholland

  • By: Catherine Cookson
  • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Some women are destined to arouse in men either fierce hatred or insatiable desire. Such a woman was Katie Mulholland. At 15, a scullery maid in the house of the Rosires, she had been raped by the master. Now, many years later, she had enough money to maintain three carriages if she wanted to and she was on her way to see Bernard Rosier under very different circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Did not want it to end !

  • By izzy123 on 16-11-16

My first Catherine Cookson

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-18

A perfect book in every way for audible listening. I can see why Ms Cookson became so popular. Who doesn’t like a tale of love and struggle. The goodies are good and the baddies are very bad! Of course love triumphs in the end but with a twist!!!


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Before I Go

  • By: Catherine Cookson
  • Narrated by: Christine Rendel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Known for the wit of her writing, Catherine Cookson was the UK's most widely read novelist during her lifetime. When her Estate discovered this never-before-published memoir in the attic of her home, it was an astonishing find. Before I Go is the definitive story of her life, in the author's own candid words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for Catherine Cookson Fans!<br />

  • By Jenny on 20-07-17

Fascinating!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-18

I have never read a Catherine Cookson novel but I intend to do so right now. I would have loved to have met her and Tom.

  • A Life of My Own

  • By: Claire Tomalin
  • Narrated by: Dame Penelope Wilton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of A Life of My Own by Claire Tomalin. As one of the best biographers of her generation, Claire Tomalin has written about great novelists and poets to huge success. Now she turns to look at her own life. This enthralling memoir follows her through triumph and tragedy in about equal measure, from the disastrous marriage of her parents and the often difficult wartime childhood that followed to her own marriage to the brilliant young journalist Nicholas Tomalin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Her autobiography as good as her biographies

  • By Rachel Redford on 22-09-17

Well Hello Claire Tomalin!

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

Reviewed: 30-06-18

What a lovely person you are and it was pure pleasure to listen to your story. I am sorry for the awful tragedies that befell you but thank you for your honesty in including them.
As for any name dropping complaints - ridiculous!
I am a little green though, of your intellect and courage. The sixties was a complicated and difficult time to grow up in.

The only pity was the narration. The wonderful Penelope Wilton sounds rushed and anxious. This lessened towards the end of the book, perhaps because I became used her style or perhaps because she realised she had made it within the alloted time.

  • The Girl with No Name

  • By: Diney Costeloe
  • Narrated by: Bea Holland
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

Thirteen-year-old Lisa escapes from Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport and arrives in England in August 1939. She can't speak a word of English, and among her meagre belongings is one precious photograph of her family. But when the Blitz blows her new home apart, she wakes up in hospital with no memory of who she is. The authorities give her a new name and despatch her to a children's home. With the war in full swing, what will become of Lisa now?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I just loved it

  • By Ingrid on 28-11-16

Interesting Account

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

Reviewed: 23-06-18

It is a well written account of how ordinary people lived through the blitz. The characters are well drawn and likeable. It is a easy listen. So, recommended for the audible experience, especially as Bea Holland is a cery good narrator.

  • Inside Vogue

  • A Diary of My 100th Year
  • By: Alexandra Shulman
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Shulman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

Editor in chief Alexandra Shulman kept a diary of British Vogue's centenary year. And what a year. She reveals the emotional and logistical minefield of producing the 100th anniversary issue (that Duchess of Cambridge cover surprise), organising the star-studded Vogue 100 Gala and working with designers from Victoria Beckham to Karl Lagerfeld and contributors from David Bailey to Alexa Chung, all under the continual scrutiny of a television documentary crew.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why oh! Why ....

  • By sally on 30-03-17

Interesting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-06-18

Alexandra Shulman’s voice is at first monotonous and difficult to listen to. After a while it is the essence of this interesting account of ‘a day in the life of’ story.