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  • The Mystery of Three Quarters

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 444

Returning home after lunch one day, Hercule Poirot finds an angry woman waiting outside his front door. She demands to know why Poirot has sent her a letter accusing her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met. Poirot has also never heard of a Barnabas Pandy and has accused nobody of murder. Shaken, he goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him - a man who also claims also to have received a letter from Poirot that morning, accusing him of the murder of Barnabas Pandy.... 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious in the extreme!

  • By raven on 27-09-18

captures the essence of Poirot

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

Reviewed: 24-09-18

another well narrated story by Rhind-Tutt. I enjoyed the previous Sophie Hannah books more, particularly the closed casket, but this is well worth the listen/read.

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 71 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,920
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,488
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,461

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and five collections of short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant audio book, shame about the navigation.

  • By Mr. P. J. Marsh on 10-03-17

A deftly read and presented collection.

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

Reviewed: 20-09-18

The additions by Stephen Fry add needed context to the narratives, and enhance the collection. A pleasure to listen to.

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  • Provenance

  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 201

A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artefacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. Ingray and her charge will return to their home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family and her world before they are lost to her for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ann Leckie has done it again. Another great story

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-10-17

excellent story well delivered

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Ann Leckie is a great writer, and I have listened to her Ancillary series before buying this. I think this is a more pacy story of political vying and competitive moves. I enjoyed it immensely.

  • Middlemarch

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 35 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077

Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All consuming

  • By Caro on 27-04-11

A brilliant narration of a classic

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

Reviewed: 15-01-18

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

timeless human nature

Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favourite?

She performed all exceptionally well. Dorethea was very well done.

Any additional comments?

This book is exceptionally long, but the narration and story carry you through.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,016
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,018
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,989

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

Excellent science adventure marred by sexism

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

Reviewed: 15-01-18

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

Rare to have so much complex science successfully melded into a compelling narrative.

What did you like best about this story?

Rare to have so much complex science successfully melded into a compelling narrative. The thoroughness of detail is a great strength.

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The animation and emotion in the narrator adds much to what could otherwise be a technical monologue. The accent helped convey the central character.

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

There are a few tense monuments, which are well structured.

Any additional comments?

The negative of what is otherwise a good book is the continual sexist overtones in the book. These are not character based, which would be more understandable, it is general. The women in the story are portrayed as over-emotional, frequently sexualised where there is no reason, and their brilliance downplayed in comparison to the men. It also assumes that all people talk pretty much the same, which made the characters other than Mark Whatney appear a little flat. Shame, because the story is great.