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  • Amok

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Natascha McElhone, Adrian Lester, Rafe Spall, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,223

This was to be her last day alive. The renowned criminal psychologist Ira Samin prepared her suicide thoroughly. The death of her eldest daughter had weighed too heavily on her conscience for her to carry on and she yearned for one last drink to raise a toast to oblivion. Her morbid plans are interrupted and she is called in to negotiate a gruesome hostage situation at a radio station where a psychopath is playing a morbid game.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Case of the Missing "I"

  • By Simon on 31-07-18

It was nearly good...

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

Reviewed: 06-07-15

This audiobook got off to an promising start with interesting characters and theme and a cast of quality actors. Despite that I felt it didn't hang together as an audiobook.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Illegal Gardener

  • The Greek Village Series, Volume 1
  • By: Sara Alexi
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Heathcote
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 188

A delightful glimpse into the lives of two very different people who became friends and were both better for it. A rare friendship that changed their lives and may change yours a bit too.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Well meaning but dull and annoying

  • By Kaggy on 04-07-16

A taste of Greece for all who love a story

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

Reviewed: 30-05-15

A very enjoyable listen full of dig joyful narrative and a few surprises.

I love the way the dialogue switches seamlessly between Iamaan and Juliet's point of view and how many relationships develop as a result of their relationship. The Greek setting a local colour is the perfect backdrop to this story and the narrator does a good job.

  • The Mangle Street Murders

  • By: M. R. C. Kasasian
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,499
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,488

Gower Street, London, 1882: Sidney Grice, London's most famous personal detective, is expecting a visitor. He drains his fifth pot of morning tea, and glances outside, where a young, plain woman picks her way between the piles of horse-dung towards his front door. Sidney Grice shudders. For heaven's sake - she is wearing brown shoes. The Mangle Street Murders is for those who like their crime original, atmospheric, and very, very funny.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite My Pot of Tea

  • By Simon on 06-02-16

Victorian melodrama with a comedic turn of phrase

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

Reviewed: 27-01-15

I really enjoyed this - sparkling repartee between March and her Guardian, interesting additional characters, a likeable police inspector and a yarn to which the reader does wish to listen to attentively. I like the author's turn of phrase (although it is just a tad gruesome in parts this can be forgiven as part of the Victoriana and it is not horrid). The narrator is excellent.

  • The Rosie Effect

  • Don Tillman 2
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O’Grady
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971

With the Wife Project complete, Don settles happily into a new job and married life in New York. But it's not long before certain events are taken out of his control and it's time to embark on a new project. As Don tries to get to grips with the requirements of starting a family, his unusual research style soon gets him into trouble. To make matters more difficult, Don has invited his closest friend to stay with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, different and intelligent!

  • By Ann D on 09-11-14

Wonderful warmhearted modern storytelling

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

Reviewed: 20-01-15

Where does The Rosie Effect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My third favourite :)

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rosie Effect?

When Don is describing what he requires in his perfect woman.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Rosie turns up and Don assumes she has come to apply to be in The Project. Also the conversations Don has with Gene about Claudia and whether she is in 'the know' about his antics, it's really funny.

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

How caring Don's friends are and what great relationships he has simply by being himself, a unique individual with gifts and skills.

Any additional comments?

I got this audio book because it was in the sale and I so glad that I did. It is very funny, ideally suited to audio narration and all the better for being unabridged and read by Dan O'Grady- he makes a really good job of it. I am going to buy the sequel now; the Rosie Effect.

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Spotlight
    
    
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        Patricia Wentworth
    
    


    
    
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        Diana Bishop
    
    


    
    Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    52 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Spotlight

  • By: Patricia Wentworth
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Gregory Porlock’s party was a very successful one - from Gregory’s point of view. He was in the highest of spirits, and the fact that his guests were obviously not in a party mood only added to his enjoyment. He knew they all had good reason to fear and dislike him, and it amused him to play the part of the genial host, and to watch each of his visitors trying to act the part of a gay and carefree guest for the benefit of all the others. Gregory never knew that one of his visitors played two roles that evening, that someone doubled the part of guest and murderer, for in that drama Gregory Porlock was cast for a different role.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wentworth in her stride....

  • By SEA, Charente on 13-11-16

Out of print in books- enjoy it on Audible!

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

Reviewed: 20-01-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Spotlight to be better than the print version?

Yes as it is too hard to find in book form.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Spotlight?

The depiction of the main 'baddy', quite horrid!

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

This one is very good, Diana Bishop narrates these stories marvellously well.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Human nature under the spotlight.

Any additional comments?

Read or listen to all 31 of Patricia Wentworth's Miss Silver stories, they are marvellous.

  • Poison in the Pen

  • By: Patricia Wentworth
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Tilling Green was a charming little village nestling in the Ledshire countryside. Not at all the sort of place you would expect to find an anonymous letter writer. And when one of the recipients, a young woman, was found drowned in the lake belonging to the Manor House, Miss Silver was persuaded to go and investigate. Valentine Grey, the pretty young heiress from the Manor House, was marrying one Gilbert Earle, but on the night of Valentine's pre-wedding party Jason Leigh, Valentine's former love, returned after months without a word.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone is sending poison pen letters-how horrid!

  • By MRS O on 20-01-15

Someone is sending poison pen letters-how horrid!

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

Reviewed: 20-01-15

Where does Poison in the Pen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top end of the middle of the list

What was one of the most memorable moments of Poison in the Pen?

At the end when the little boy is in danger- I held my breath !

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

All of her Miss Silver stories, this one is in the middle of the pack

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

Frank Abbott and Miss Silver genuinely care about each other's well being.

Any additional comments?

Do get this on audiobook but try one of the five star ones first - maybe The Case of William Smith or Dangerpoint.

  • Eternity Ring

  • By: Patricia Wentworth
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Mary Stokes was walking through Dead Man's Copse one evening when she saw, in the beam of a torch, the corpse of a young woman dressed in a black coat, black gloves, no hat and an eternity ring set with diamonds in her ear. But when she and Detective Sergeant Frank Abbott went back to the wood the body had vanished.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Give Patricia Wentworth a try today!

  • By MRS O on 20-01-15

Give Patricia Wentworth a try today!

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

Reviewed: 20-01-15

What did you like most about Eternity Ring?

I love this good old fashioned stories, I liked the feisty character of Cecily and am find of recurring character Frank Abbott.

What did you like best about this story?

That I guessed who did it but it was still worth listening to the whole story unfold.

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

All of her Miss Silver stories - I wish I could rewind and discover them fresh all over again, I love them. This one is a 4 out of 5, but only because the character of Miss Silver herself does not get much of a look in in Eternity Ring.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A detective worthy of Sherlock Holmes in 'Victorian Governess' clothing with a good dose of common sense, human kindness and a clean handkerchief ready at all times.

Any additional comments?

Try one of the other 31 stories before this one...Danger Point or The Alington Inheritance maybe.

  • No Wind of Blame: Inspector Hemingway, Book 1

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

The superlatively analytical Inspector Hemingway is confronted by a murder that seems impossible – no one was near the murder weapon at the time the shot was fired. Everyone on the scene seems to have a motive, not to mention the wherewithal to commit murder, and alibis that simply don't hold up.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narration spoilt the book

  • By Mrs on 31-10-15

Save your money and purchase a different book!

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

Reviewed: 20-01-15

What would have made No Wind of Blame: Inspector Hemingway, Book 1 better?

A different narrator

What will your next listen be?

More Patricia Wentworth, I haven't yet found another author who can replace her as my current favourite author.

How could the performance have been better?

The voices of the characters were jarring and unconvincing. There was very little variation between each character's personality in this re telling (common or posh were the only choices and because of this the narration kept me from focussing on the story).

What character would you cut from No Wind of Blame: Inspector Hemingway, Book 1?

Keep the characters, change the narrator.

Any additional comments?

Diana Bishop would have brought Georgette Heyer's stories to life-sadly, for me, Ulli Burve did not.