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  • Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad

  • By: M. R. James
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,480
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,257

The story tells the tale of an introverted academic who happens upon a strange whistle while exploring a cemetery on the East Anglian coast. When blown, the whistle unleashes a supernatural force that terrorises its discoverer. Montague Rhodes James was a noted British mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–1918) and of Eton College (1918–1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy Short Story

  • By Lynn Worton on 29-03-14

This tale does give you goose bumps.

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

Narrated by David Suchet.

The story tells the tale of an introverted academic who happens upon a strange whistle while exploring a cemetery on the East Anglian coast. When blown, the whistle unleashes a supernatural force that terrorizes its discoverer.

This is one of his classic tales and excellently read by David Suchet.

The main character in this tale is a bit of a pompous know-it-all, who is by the end of the tale taken down a peg or two.

I’m not into horror, but I don’t mind ghost stories now and again. I have listened to several of the M. R. James stories in both audio and live narration/performance…I have to admit that his tales do give you goose bumps.

Enjoyable and well worth listening to. I have listened to this story several times.

  • Classic Love Poems

  • By: William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

For anyone who's in love - or hopes to be - what greater celebration could there be than to hear the world's greatest love poetry read lovingly by Richard Armitage? With 13 poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more, Classic Love Poems is a listening treat for Valentine's Day - or any day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Poems, Balm For The Soul.

  • By bookylady on 10-02-15

A beautiful flow of expression of love.

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

Reviewed: 31-10-18

Poems from the following poets and read by Richard Armitage.

My favourite 2 from this collection are:

Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~ How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

Just has the beautiful flow of expression of love.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~ COME into the garden, Maud,
For the black bat, Night, has flown,

I’m a sucker for Tennyson since the day I read Agatha Christies ‘The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side” which has the following quote in the novel from the poem ‘The Lady of Shalott’,

“Out flew the web and floated wide;
The mirror crack’d from side to side;
‘The curse is come upon me,’ cried
The Lady of Shalott.”

I just find the imagery of his words, creates the pictures he is trying to convey into my mind.

All the poems are beautifully recited by the actor Richard Armitage.

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  • Death of a Busybody

  • By: George Bellairs
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Miss Ethel Tither has made herself deeply unpopular in the quintessentially English village of Hilary Magna, since she goes out of her way to snoop on people, and interfere with their lives. She is found floating in a cesspool, having been bludgeoned prior to drowning in the drainage water. This is, in every way, a murky business; realising that they are out of their depth, the local police quickly call in the Yard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great way to spend an afternoon!

  • By Ms GM on 26-02-17

3rd book in the Chief Inspector Littlejohn series.

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

Reviewed: 19-10-18

This book is the third in the Chief Inspector Thomas Littlejohn series was originally published in 1942 and depicts village life during the Second World War.

Bellairs mysteries during this time are light and humorous escapism for the period.

Miss Tither is a busybody who makes her way around the village of Hilary Magna sniffing out 'Sin' and handing out religious tracks. So it is no wonder that she is discovered dead in the vicars septic tank.

Littlejohn has his work cut out trying to find the 'needle in the haystack' as Miss Tither was not liked in the village.

A most enjoyable mystery from the British Library Crime Classic Collection. With a colourful cast of characters in a well plotted mystery.

Ric Jerrom does an impeccable job narrating this Littlejohn Crime Classic and it is well worth listening to.

  • Rest You Merry

  • By: Charlotte MacLeod
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

For years, Professor Peter Shandy has been badgered by Jemima Ames, Assistant Librarian and Annual Chairperson, to decorate his campus home for the Grand Illumination which is Balaclava Agricultural College's main fund-raising event. Now he can hold out no longer. Goaded to madness, he buries his small brick house under an avalanche of plastic reindeer, flashing lights, and fake Santa Clauses. Hooks up an amplifier blaring "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth," locks the switches at "on," and escapes to sea on a tramp steamer....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FESTIVE SEASON & A DEAD BODY AT BALACLAVA COLLEGE.

  • By IAN on 19-10-18

FESTIVE SEASON & A DEAD BODY AT BALACLAVA COLLEGE.

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

Reviewed: 19-10-18

The first book in the Peter Shandy mysteries by Charlotte MacLeod, in a 10 book series.

This was the audiobook edition narrated by John McLain.

Peter Shandy, college botany professor, and librarian Helen Marsh Shandy solve murder mysteries in Balaclava County, Massachusetts.

With the festive season in full swing at Balaclava College, professor Peter Shandy is not feeling in the festive spirit. After refusing to allow the Christmas committee to decorate his home on the hill for yet another year, he decides to take the Christmas break away from his normal yearly routine. But before going he decides to leave a little present for the Christmas committee that they will not forget!

What he doesn't expect to find on his return is a dish of marbles scattered over the floor and the dead body of his friend and working partners wife and head of the Christmas committee behind his sofa!

It looks like she slipped off the ladder trying to remove some of Peter's window decorations.

The campus security and the local police are quite willing to put it down as an accident, but Peter thinks it is murder, when he finds that one of his nieces marbles is missing.

So it is left to Peter, with the help of Miss Helen Marsh to find a killer within the college campus.

Charlotte MacLeod story telling is light, fun and totally enjoyable. Weaving a magic of colourful characters and situations that will keep you glued to the page from start to finish.

Ms MacLeod's books are ones I can enjoy many times over, and still get the freshness and the delight as I did when I first read them many years ago.

John McLain's excellent narration kept the story moving with the lightness and fun that Ms MacLeod aimed for, and is well worth listening to.

  • Roger Ascham and the King's Lost Girl

  • By: Matthew Reilly
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 193

In this special prequel to Matthew Reilly’s The Tournament, Roger Ascham, the unorthodox tutor of Princess Elizabeth, is tasked by King Henry VIII with a most unusual and dangerous mission – tracking down a favourite prostitute of the King's who has gone missing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • excellent Narrative

  • By shirley on 15-02-15

This was a really good mystery.

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

Reviewed: 15-11-17

Although a bit grizzly towards the end, I found that I did enjoy this mystery from Matthew Reilly.

Matthew has taken Princess Elizabeth (I) real tutor and woven a tale of mystery that is very good, with for me anyway the likable character of Roger Ascham.

This was a really good mystery with a good set of characters and well plotted and written.

I know Matthew has written The Tournament as the next full length mystery, but I would love to see more Roger Ascham novels and short stories in the future.

  • Mrs. Zant and the Ghost

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Gillian Anderson
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 330

Mrs Zant has recently lost her beloved husband, and while walking in the Kensington Gardens, the spot where she and her deceased husband declared their love for each other, she feels his presence trying to warn her of some coming danger. Mr Rayburn witnesses it all, and he'll have to fight his own incredulity regarding the supernatural and his gut feeling that the disturbed young woman is telling the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Michele on 07-01-16

A supernatural tale well worth listening to.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

A short supernatural tale from Wilkie Collins.

Mrs. Zant and the Ghost is a story of loss and renewal. Belief in the hereafter.

While Mr. Rayburn and his young daughter are in Kensington Gardens, they witness a woman who looks disturbed. Not wishing the lady to come to any harm, Mr. Rayburn follows her home and the tale unfolds.

I really enjoyed this short story from Wilkie Collins, it had just the right touches to hold you and keep you Listening. And it definitely helped having the sultry tones of Gillian Anderson as the narrator.

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  • By: Washington Irving
  • Narrated by: Tom Mison
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 852
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 771
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 773

Tim Mison, star of the hit Fox series Sleepy Hollow, narrates the classic Washington Irving short story. In the secluded Dutch territory of Sleepy Hollow, nebbish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with the town hero for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel's farm one autumn evening, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, an apparition said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper snuffed out by a stray cannonball.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First time hearing it...

  • By Denise S on 06-03-15

Keep your head in Sleepy Hollow!

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

Although I knew the basics of the story, I had never read or seen it before.

Wahington Irving's story flows as easily as a meadow brook.

With an educated school teacher like Ichabod Crane succumbing to his fear of ghosts and phantoms, that the Dutch settlers tell roam the area. The most fearful of them all is the Headless Horseman.

All 7 of the deadly sins are woven within this well told and crafted story.

This isn't a story I would have normally have read, but I must admit that I throughly enjoyed it.

Very well narrated by Tom Mison, who I believe stars in the TV series Sleepy Hollow.

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  • The Danger Point

  • Miss Silver Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Patricia Wentworth
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Miss Silver is returning from holiday when a distraught young woman enters her carriage. Beautiful society heiress Lisle Jerningham confides that she believes her husband, Dale, is trying to kill her. An overheard conversation and a near-tragic accident have convinced her that her life is in danger. Lisle returns to Tanfield Court, unsettled by her suspicions and then by another accident. But it’s when a young woman from the local village is found dead at the bottom of a cliff that she really begins to fear for her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable cozy mystery

  • By S. B. Smith on 29-03-15

I love this series. These are my comfort reads.

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

I love this series. These are my comfort reads/listens.

These are well styled and written mystery/romance books, with the lead character of Miss Maud Silver (ex governess turned Private Enquiry Agent), who fits in to any household or village quite easily with her knitting bag over her arm and a soothing, listening presence. Always backed up by one of her ex pupils, Randal Marsh or Frank Abbott, who are detectives in the police force.

Diana Bishops narration of the Miss Silver mysteries is to me the definitive voice of the audiobooks, just like Joan Hickson is for me the definitive Miss Jane Marple.

  • The Case Is Closed

  • By: Patricia Wentworth
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

The Everton murder case has long been closed. The culprit has been charged with the murder of his uncle and has served a year of his sentence already. Or has he? The evidence against Geoffrey Grey is convincing but his wife believes in his innocence. And so does her young cousin, Hilary, who decides to solve the mystery herself. But when Hilary herself is nearly murdered she turns in desperation to her ex-fiancé for help. He calls upon the services of Miss Silver to help solve another mystery, which she does in her own original style.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant narration and a good mystery

  • By Mrs Gallop on 01-09-14

The clocks are ticking, Miss Silver is on the case

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

Reviewed: 17-09-17

The second book in the Miss Maud Silver mysteries.

There was a 10 years gap between Grey Mask (Miss Silver Book #1) and The Case is Closed (Book #2), in which she wrote a number of non Miss Silver mysteries. She brought Miss Silver back due to popular demand, and continued to write 30 more in the series, bringing the total up to 32 books.

The Miss Silver mysteries are my go to reads/listen, and have been since I was 14. I think that it is the fact that Ms Wentworth was an excellent story-teller, bringing mystery and romance to each book she wrote in the series.

There have been several narrators over the years, but I personally love listening to Diana Bishop, who I think brings the stories alive with her narration.

The Everton murder case has long been closed. The culprit has been charged with the murder of his uncle and has served a year of his sentence already. Or has he? The evidence against Geoffrey Grey is convincing but his wife believes in his innocence. And so does her young cousin, Hilary, who decides to solve the mystery herself. But when Hilary herself is nearly murdered she turns in desperation to her ex-fiancé for help. He calls upon the services of Miss Silver to help solve another mystery, which she does in her own original style.

If you have not yet read any of the Miss Silver mysteries yet, you are missing out!

  • Grey Mask

  • The Miss Silver Mysteries
  • By: Patricia Wentworth
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

The first of the classic mysteries featuring governess-turned-detective Miss Silver, who investigates a deadly conspiratorial ring. Charles Moray has come home to England to collect his inheritance. After four years wandering the jungles of India and South America, the hardy young man returns to the manor of his birth, where generations of Morays have lived and died. Strangely, he finds the house unlocked, and sees a light on in one of its abandoned rooms. Eavesdropping, he learns of a conspiracy to commit a fearsome crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good - get the lot!

  • By Dru on 21-12-14

Miss Silver mysteries are a delight to read.

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

Reviewed: 30-06-17


The first of the classic mysteries featuring governess-turned-detective Miss Silver, who investigates a deadly conspiratorial ring.

Blackmail, kidnapping and murder is what meets Charles Moray return to England. A gang is using his family home for a meetings, held by a man wearing a grey mask. And what makes it impossible to go to the police, is the fact that his ex-fiancee Margaret Langton is involved.

A friend suggests involving a private enquiry agent. Charles Moray goes to the meeting Miss Maud Silver, unsure how she is possibly going to help...

I have loved the Miss Silver mysteries since I was a teenager. These are my go to comfort reads and listens to.

Diana Bishop narration brings alive Miss Silver, the mysteries and romance of the stories.