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  • In the Black Room

  • The Black Room, Book 1
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then there's waking up inside someone else's head. Bartender Charlie Wilkes is faced with this exact dilemma when he wakes to find himself trapped inside The Black Room: a space consisting of impenetrable darkness and a huge, ethereal screen floating in its center. It is through this screen that Charlie sees the world of Minnie - his unwitting and unwilling host - while he undergoes an out-of-body experience like no other.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • One quarter of a book for full price

  • By Laura on 28-05-16

One quarter of a book for full price

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

Reviewed: 28-05-16

More fool you if you fall for it. I did and won't be purchasing books 2,3 and 4 "in order to get the full story" to quote the author

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • Continuing Stieg Larsson's Dragon Tattoo Series, Book 4
  • By: David Lagercrantz, George Goulding - translator
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,258
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,037
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,040

Mikael Blomkvist is contacted by renowned scientist Professor Balder. Fearing for his life, but more concerned for his son's well-being, Balder wants Millennium to publish his story. More interesting to Blomkvist than Balder's advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection with a certain female superhacker. It seems that Lisbeth Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters that will soon bring terror to the streets of Stockholm, the Millennium team....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Dear!

  • By mollyeyre on 05-09-15

Super book - well done

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

Reviewed: 21-09-15

Fantastic story. Bravo

Main Narrator - superb !! Narration let down in the last few minutes by another actor with an Irish accent supposedly playing a Swedish role who blurts out at somebody that he has said his name wrong "It's not Blomstrom, it's BlomqWist - only problem is that he prounounced what was supposed to be his own name WRONG. As the superb narrator had told us throughout, it's BlomqVist. V for Victor, not W for water. Made the story not credible after such a good job of being lulled away almost all the way to the end only to be bumped back to earth with a judder. Only reason to deduct a star from this very enjoyable work.

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  • Speaking From Among the Bones

  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

The villagers of Bishop’s Lacey are holding their collective breath as St Tancred’s tomb in the local church is about to be opened after five hundred years. Inveterate eleven-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce is first at the scene, but the body she finds lying there is not that of a desiccated saint; it is Mr Collicutt, St Tancred's celebrated organist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flavia is unique

  • By Bard Groupie on 03-09-16

Light on story, superb performance

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

This episode is rather light on material for the usual epic tale from Alan Bradley but nonetheless enjoyable and provides continuity to the series of young Flavia's detecting and chemistry adventures. I get the sense this book was a filler, laying the groundwork for what is to come.

  • Solitude Creek

  • Kathryn Dance, Book 4
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Fear kills - the fourth electrifying Kathryn Dance thriller by master of suspense and number-one best-selling author Jeffery Deaver. One mistake is all it takes. Busted back to rookie after losing her gun in an interrogation gone bad, California Bureau of Investigation agent Kathryn Dance finds herself making routine insurance checks after a roadhouse fire. But Dance is a highly trained expert in body language: Her most deadly weapon is her instinct, and they can't take that away from her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Subtle Dance with Adversity

  • By Ms. L. Chalkley on 20-05-15

Jeffrey Deaver back on form after a looong absence

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

Reviewed: 10-08-15

Looks like the ghost writers sat this one out and JD is firmly back in the saddle. He was truly missed !

Narration is excellent also - an inspired choice for a wide international audience.

Bravo

  • Night School

  • Wake Up to the Power of Sleep
  • By: Richard Wiseman
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 418

Almost a third of your whole life is spent asleep. Night School uncovers the scientific truth about the sleeping brain - and gives powerful tips on how those hours of apparently ‘dead’ time in the dark can transform your waking life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative with a quirky sense of humour

  • By Laura on 19-05-14

Informative with a quirky sense of humour

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

Reviewed: 19-05-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, contains a lot of informative facts about sleep and it's effects on our general health and well being.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Night School?

The quizes

What about Peter Noble’s performance did you like?

Calm, cool manner

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It's not that kind of book. Perhaps Audible could research the questions posed so that they are appropriate to, for instance, an educational book ?

Any additional comments?

Thoroughly enjoyable learning book.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Eeny Meeny

  • By: M. J. Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Nigel Pilkington, Lucy Gaskell, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 977

The girl emerged from the woods, barely alive. Her story was beyond belief. But it was true. Every dreadful word of it. Days later, another desperate escapee is found - and a pattern is emerging. Pairs of victims are being abducted, imprisoned then faced with a terrible choice: Kill or be killed. Would you rather lose your life or lose your mind? Eeny Meeny is an electrifying debut, with the nerve-shredding intensity of Saw and Along Came a Spider.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!! "What would you do?"

  • By lynsey on 15-05-14

As good as Jeffrey Deaver at his very best

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

Reviewed: 19-05-14

If you could sum up Eeny Meeny in three words, what would they be?

Pacy, Clever, Original Plot

What did you like best about this story?

It's original plot

Any additional comments?

Kudos to J.R. Aldrige. Hard to believe this is a first novel. The author has a very bright future in this field. More please !!!

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Angelmaker

  • By: Nick Harkaway
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 288

All Joe Spork wants is a quiet life. He repairs clockwork and lives above his shop in a wet, unknown bit of London. The bills don't always get paid and he's single and has no prospects of improving his lot, but at least he's not trying to compete with the reputation of Mathew "Tommy Gun" Spork, his infamous criminal dad. Edie Banister lives quietly and wishes she didn't. She's nearly ninety and remembers when she wasn't. She's a former superspy and now she's... well... old. When Joe fixes one particularly unusual device, his life is suddenly upended. It's a 1950s doomsday machine....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now that is a great book. just so clever. you will

  • By Gavingks on 29-03-13

Absolute meandering drivel narrated in a

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

Reviewed: 15-02-14

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I tried so hard to like this book - 6 hours of the 17 hours and still I have not got a clue what any of it is about.

This is absolute drivel - no worse - it's meandering drivel narrated in a manner that is guaranteed to send you asleep. The contrast between this narrator and the narrator of the current book I am listening to (Apple Tree Yard) could not be more marked.

I am glad I finally gave up on this after hours and liberated myself into a book in which the narrator engaged me and drew me in to the story.

What will your next listen be?

Apple Tree Yard

What didn’t you like about Daniel Weyman’s performance?

He sent me drifting off time after time after time. Did not engage me whatsoever unfortunately - and I rewound and rewound, all to no avail.

What character would you cut from Angelmaker?

um......wouldnt know where to begin with this

Given that its 17 hours of unintelligible drivel, I think there are far more crucial things that could be cut than a character.

Any additional comments?

Do yourself a favour - Don't buy it in - audio form, at least.
Concentration may be aided with the printed book and your imagination, dunno.

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  • Blind Fury

  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Kim Hicks
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Close to a motorway service station, the body of a young woman is discovered. She appears to have no family, no friends, no one to identify her. DI Anna Travis is brought onto the team of investigators by DCS James Langton, who already suspects that this recent case could be linked to two unsolved murders. As more evidence is discovered the team realise that they are contending with a triple murder investigation - and no suspect. Anna's blood runs cold when she receives a letter from a murderer she helped to arrest. He makes contact from prison insisting that he can track down their killer, but will only talk to Anna herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic listen!

  • By L. A. Trewern on 14-10-13

Immature, attention-seeking prejudices on display

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

Reviewed: 09-02-14

Where does Blind Fury rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'm not sure I will support Ruth Rendell again after the extreme prejudices revealed in the book but this was an excellent story, once you could suspend disbelief at the attitude of Mz. Rendell.

Any additional comments?

Attention seeking author in a fairly immature manner

  • A Room Swept White

  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Fliss Benson is a TV producer struggling to deal with a personal tragedy in her own life. She receives at work an anonymous card which consists of 16 numbers arranged in four rows of four. These numbers mean absolutely nothing to her. At the same time, she is handed a particularly unwelcome assignment: she has to work on a documentary about cot death and three mothers accused (wrongly, it seems) of murder: Helen Yardley, Sarah Jaggard and Rachel Hines.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bit disappointing

  • By ClaireL on 06-08-18

Excellent book - highly recommended

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

Reviewed: 09-02-14

What made the experience of listening to A Room Swept White the most enjoyable?

The way in which the story was laid out made it two books for the price of one.
The suspense makes it hard to put down.

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  • Good Omens

  • The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,987

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - the world's only totally reliable guide to the future - the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea...The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the apocalypse are revving up, and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not particularly looking forward to the coming rapture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's the end of the world... but not as we know it

  • By Wayne on 09-10-08

Humour of the book w/footnotes does NOT translate

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

Reviewed: 09-02-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Nope. This is probably best read from a printed copy of a paper book. The efforts of the narrator were much appreciated and it was a stellar performance. However, much of the humour was lost. I can only give it three stars but cannot help suspecting that the reviewers on amazon.com from the printed version are correct and it is a good book if read from print.

Have you listened to any of Stephen Briggs’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Any additional comments?

Buy a printed copy, don't get the audiobook on this occasion despite the convenience.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful