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  • The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, Volume II

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

In the last six stories written by Conan Doyle featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, the duo face some of their most challenging cases. In "The Adventure of the Illustrious Client", Holmes puts his own life in danger as he tries to cut short a young girl’s infatuation with the notorious wife-murderer Baron Gruner. Why is Mrs. Maberley offered a handsome price for the Three Gables, provided she leaves at once and takes nothing with her?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Off key

  • By Mark on 06-04-12

Off key

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-12

I have all of the Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes storys on my ipod now and I must say that this series of storys is my least favorite. Don't get me wrong, compaired to a lot of books this is still very good but I don't think that Doyle is quiet on the money in this case.

As for the reader, he is good without being anything special. Of note though is the final story on this audiobook. It is not a Conan Doyle story but one written by the narrator, David Timson. It serves as proof that Holmes simpley becomes another boring detective if anyone but Doyle writes him. The story is flat and lifeless and contradicts several things that Doyle has said about Holmes in his own storys. It is badly written and badly researched. It is so bad infact I have nocked a star of my rating.

Over all a good book, apart from the last story, and the reader is good, but not quite up to the usual standards of Holmes and Watson.

  • The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, Volume I

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

These six cases are among the last undertaken by Sherlock Holmes before he retired to the Sussex downs. However, the problems facing the sleuth are as diverse and challenging as ever. What with seeking the whereabouts of the stolen Mazarin Diamond, discovering the importance of being called Garrideb, encountering a mysterious murder on Thor Bridge, searching for eternal youth and the threat of a vampire in Sussex, there is no sign of Holmes' deductive powers slowing down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Doyle's best

  • By Mark on 06-04-12

Not Doyle's best

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-12

I have all of the Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes storys on my ipod now and I must say that this series of storys is my least favorite. Don't get me wrong, compaired to a lot of books this is still very good but I don't think that Doyle is quiet on the money in this case.

As for the reader, he is good without being anything special.

Over all a good book and reader but not quite up to the usual standards of Holmes and Watson.

  • The Daffodil Affair

  • An Inspector Appleby Mystery
  • By: Michael Innes
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Inspector John Appleby visits utopia in the deep jungles of South America - and tangles with a high spirited conspiracy. An eccentric English schoolgirl disappears, leaving a cryptic note.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disapointing

  • By Mark on 06-04-12

Disapointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-12

I have now played through this story twice and I must say that I have now removed it from my ipod. It truley is rubbish. The story is unbelivable and very random. There is no detective work as such just some huge moments of coincidence that will leave you open mouthed at the fact that the author has tryed to pass it off as part of the story. Maybe as a fan of Sherlock Holmes I am expecting to much from my story book detectives but this book falls so far short of my expectations of what a detective should be that I find it unbarable. On that note, unbarable is the only way to describe about 50% of the characters. They simple seem to be there to annoy you.

The only reason I have given this book 2 stars is that the reading of it is good if not brilliant. I don't think I shall be bothering with any other Innes' book if this is his standard fair.

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  • The Storm of War

  • By: Andrew Roberts
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 28 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

One of the best selling History titles of 2009. Examining the Second World War on every front, Andrew Roberts asks whether, with a different decision-making process and a different strategy, Hitler’s Axis might even have won. Were those German generals who blamed everything on Hitler after the war correct, or were they merely scapegoating their former Führer once he was safely beyond defending himself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding Piece of Work

  • By Colin on 26-04-10

A Storming Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-12

Andrew Roberts has written a brilliant history of the second world war. For someone like me who has an interest in the history of the second world war but does not have indepth knowledge this is great. However if you are looking for a history that goes indepth into one area or another of the war then this is not for you. Christian Rodska's narration is really good even if once or twice his "impersinations" of some of the leading figures in the war does make you chuckle. A great book and a great narration.

  • Dark Matter

  • By: Michelle Paver
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234

January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top 5 Horror

  • By Joseph on 04-04-11

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-12

When I first heard the sample of this book on the website I was not sure. However once I started the book I could not stop my self from playing it. I just wanted to hear more. The book is very well written and keeps you on edge for long periods of time. The narrator is brilliant and I will be looking for more work by him. A true 5 star recording that you will love.