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  • Death Around the Bend

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 3
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220

When Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, are invited to Lord Riddlethorpe's country estate for a week of motor racing and parties, they both agree it sounds like a perfectly charming holiday. But when one of the drivers dies in a crash during the very first race, they discover that what seemed like an uncharacteristic error in judgement may have a more sinister explanation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thi series is getting better by the book

  • By Teddy on 18-07-17

Always a pleasure

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Just love spending time with these ladies. Witty, warm-hearted and with a mystery thrown in too!

  • A Quiet Life in the Country

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 642

Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amusing

  • By Kirsty on 23-02-17

Very charming old school mystery

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

Reviewed: 23-01-19

Slightly silly but very engaging lady and maid duo solve a murder. Their warm relationship is at the heart of it. Characters and dialogue were great, plot good enough and it was really well read. I'll be checking out others in the series!

  • Wings of the Storm

  • The Rise of Sigurd, Book 3
  • By: Giles Kristian
  • Narrated by: Philip Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 209

Fighting in Sweden for an ambitious warlord, Sigurd Haraldarson and his small but loyal band of oath-sworn warriors are winning fame and reputation. But Sigurd knows that to take on his hated enemy, the oath breaker King Gorm - the man who betrayed his father, a man Sigurd has vowed to kill - he must earn riches enough to build an army. Many believe Sigurd to be Óðin-favoured, but his exploits have drawn the eye of another god, too: Loki the Trickster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ODIN! ODIN! ODIN!

  • By Raven Mad on 02-01-17

Relentless!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

If you loved the first book, struggled through the more pedestrian second one, this is definitely worth the wait. Totally fulfils the promise of the series in a massive final act. Great characters, great story, beautifully written and so vivid. Enjoy!

  • Her Royal Spyness

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Body found in Dukes bath!!!

  • By Mr. F. Hartshorn on 09-04-14

disappointing

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

Reviewed: 27-09-18

nice idea, and it started pretty well. I liked the main character and the situation she was in and was happy to go along for the ride. sadly not very much happens, and it happens very slowly and laboriously. Added to that is the least original romcom storyline (one of the men is even called Darcy, just to flag that up for anyone who's missed it). not great.

  • God of Vengeance

  • The Rise of Sigurd 1
  • By: Giles Kristian
  • Narrated by: Philip Stevens
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

Norway, AD 785. It began with the betrayal of a lord by a king.... King Gorm puts Jarl Harald's family to the sword but makes one fatal mistake - he fails to kill Harald's youngest son, Sigurd. His kin slain, his village seized and its people taken as slaves, Sigurd wonders if the gods have forsaken him. Hunted by powerful men, he is unsure who to trust, and yet he has a small band of loyal followers at his side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blood, Betrayal, and Violent Vengeance

  • By Simon on 13-03-16

loved it!

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

Reviewed: 25-07-18

Great adventure story, well performed and written in a mock Norse saga style that is really concise and satisfying. The plot, which is not the most complex, is driven by a strong revenge motive and carries you along with its energy. Probably my favourite Audible book so far: highly recommended (if you don't mind the gory bits!)

  • Love, Nina

  • Despatches from Family Life
  • By: Nina Stibbe
  • Narrated by: Nina Stibbe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 338

In the 1980s, Nina Stibbe wrote letters home to her sister in Leicester describing her trials and triumphs as a nanny to a London family. There’s a cat nobody likes, a visiting dog called Ted Hughes (Ted for short) and suppertime visits from a local playwright. Not to mention the two boys, their favourite football teams, and rude words, a very broad-minded mother and assorted nice chairs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A heartwarming and hilarious listen

  • By Saffy on 24-11-13

warm, funny, engaging

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

This is a bit of a gem. The diaries of a young nanny from Leicester living with a family in the north London literary set. She's funny, perceptive and you come to love the characters (the mother and two sons that she lives with) as much as she does. as a real diary it's not always big on incident, but nearly always entertaining. thoroughly recommend.

  • Magpie Murders

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner, Samantha Bond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,467

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She's worked with the revered crime writer for years, and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway.... But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who? How? Where & Why?

  • By Mrs Q on 10-10-16

a love letter to the classic whodunit

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

Reviewed: 22-01-18

At least I think it was, because it also rather picks them apart as well as being one. Definitely an entertaining read though, and two mysteries for the price of one. Clever, but for some reason not entirely satisfactory , perhaps there's a sense of trying to have ones cake and eat it?! Beautifully read though, and satisfying ending.

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,709

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

inventive, funny and really well-read

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

This is a deliberately odd mix between a sardonic and very convincing London policeman's voice, and a bizarre fantasy world. As such some bits work better than others! The sheer amount of imagination involved though, and some great characters kept my attention even when it got a bit silly. It was never dull, and the reader was excellent. I may well check out others in the series.

  • Imperium

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,067

When Tiro, the confidential secretary of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events which will eventually propel his master into one of the most famous courtroom dramas in history. The stranger is a Sicilian, a victim of the island's corrupt Roman governor, Verres. The senator is Cicero, a brilliant young lawyer and spellbinding orator, determined to attain imperium - supreme power in the state.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb story, utterly superb narration.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-01-17

fascinating

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

Reviewed: 28-09-17

For a story about ancient Roman politics this is weirdly gripping. the characters are great, the big set piece showdowns in the Senate are tense, and the suspense is there throughout. Cicero is an intriguing character even when there's less going on in the story, but it's well plotted and beautifully performed. Really great!

The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 cover art
  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840

For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First in the Harry Bosch series

  • By chris on 09-08-10

high quality cop drama

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

Reviewed: 02-12-16

There's nothing strikingly original about this LA cop story with it's maverick loner hero, love interest and tangled crime to unravel, it's just done so well. The characterisation, atmosphere, plotting and performance are all top notch. If you like police procedural dramas, this one's a class act!