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  • 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 478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

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

A wonderful sequel

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

Reviewed: 26-08-17

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

I would definitely recommend this book to others, with the strong suggestion that you read book 1 first.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

On more than one occasion I found myself laughing in real life at what I had just heard. Without giving too much of a spoiler there is a section where the history of a, new to this book, group of characters is being explained to a visitor which I particularly enjoyed.

Any additional comments?

Whilst there is a recap at the start of this book about what happened to the main characters in book 1 I think this works best as a reminder to a reader who has already read book 1 rather than as a way of being a good jumping in point for a new reader. If you have read any of Jodi Taylor other books you'll be familiar with the sense of humour that shines through various characters exploits and I was delighted to find that it was evident in this book as well.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • Jessica Daniel, Book 7
  • By: Kerry Wilkinson
  • Narrated by: Becky Hindley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel has barely left her house in months, isolated from friends and colleagues. She may have given up on herself, but one man is sure she still has something to offer. DCI Jack Cole gives her a chance at redemption: an opportunity to help a neighbouring force by discovering what is going on with a reclusive community living in a stately home in the middle of nowhere. People are going missing, turning up dead with only vague links back to the house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good undercover story

  • By Andromeda's Twin on 17-02-15

One year later ...

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

Reviewed: 17-04-17

This book is set a year after "Thicker than water". As the main story unfolds we also get a series of flashback chapters that reveal what has been happening in Jessica's life. I mention this as it's not immediately obvious that this is what is happening and I initially thought I'd missed a book somewhere.
If you've enjoyed the rest of the series I see no reason why you won't enjoy this book. There's not the same interaction with the usual team but given the context of the story that's appropriate. As a one off I enjoyed it though I'm not sure if I personally want this to be a permanent career development for Jessica.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Invisible Library

  • By: Genevieve Cogman
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 438

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant, Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission: to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration

  • By Jan on 17-06-15

Like having Siri reading a book to you

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

Reviewed: 30-12-15

This is the closest I've come to returning a book and it was purely because of the narration. Conversations are better then the rest which is delivered/technically tweaked in such a way it was like having Siri read the book to you. It's a shame as the story itself is above average.

  • The Very First Damned Thing

  • An Author-Read Audio Exclusive
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jodi Taylor
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,318
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218

Jodi Taylor reads the long-awaited prequel in her Chronicles of St Mary’s series, as Dr Bairstow struggles to set up St Mary’s as we know it in a world still scarred by the ravages of civil war. Ever wondered how it all began? It’s two years since the final victory at the Battersea Barricades. The fighting might be finished, but for Dr Bairstow, just now setting up St Mary's, the struggle is only beginning. How will he assemble his team? From where will his funding come?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An intro....not much more

  • By Robyn on 29-11-16

Great filling back story for loved characters

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

I really enjoyed listening to how some of the regular St Mary's team came to belong. As other reviews have mentioned this is read by Jodi Taylor so it may take a bit of adapting to a different voice reading the much loved characters.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Foxglove Summer

  • Rivers of London, Book 5
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,765
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,508

In the fifth of his best-selling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper. Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can take a city wizard to the country but...

  • By Sarah on 17-11-14

5th book in PC Peter Grant series

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

Reviewed: 04-12-14

Have you listened to any of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to each book in the PC Peter Grant series - all read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith so to my ear he is Peter Grant and all the other characters. This book carries on the same excellent level of narration.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is a book I'd have happily listened to all in one sitting - which as it's 10 hours 45 mins long I guess is technically possible, though "real life" annoyingly got in the way of actually listening to it all at once!

Any additional comments?

I've read other some comments about this being a short book, in running length it's actually longer than the previous four in the series. As a story I think it would be possible to hear this as the very first Peter Grant story and still easily follow what was going on - however that option would obviously give spoilers about what had happened in previous stories. So my personal recommendation is to start at book one and work your way through to get maximum delight from the readings and the story.
For those who have already read/listened to the previous 4 books this story is set outside of London so some of the previous "regular" characters we've already met don't feature as much, if at all, and we meet new characters.
I'm already looking forward to book 6 :)