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  • Slow Horses

  • Slough House, Book 1
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994

Slough House is Jackson Lamb’s kingdom; a dumping ground for members of the intelligence service who’ve screwed up: left a secret file on a train, blown surveillance, or become drunkenly unreliable. They’re the service’s poor relations – the slow horses – and bitterest among them is River Cartwright, whose days are spent transcribing mobile phone conversations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Smiley than Pilgrim

  • By Robert on 17-08-17

New find...

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

...and thoroughly loving this opener to the Slough House series. Fast paced, well informed, and addictivley etertaining.

  • Shakespeare's Landlord

  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

When cleaning lady and karate student Lily Bard discovers the dead body of her landlord, her plan of leading a quiet life becomes complicated. Accused of murder, she realizes that finding the true killer may be the only way to prove her innocence. Using the easy access her job gives her, Lily investigates the people of tiny Shakespeare, uncovering skeletons in closets, and ultimately, the killer...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling listening

  • By PatM on 29-10-16

Good start

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

Not the deepest of mysteries but I think this first in a series was more about character building and scene setting. I really warmed to Lily. She's well thought out and interesting and I want to see what way she develops as the lead character. Little hints at a real romance in an unexpected place too.
Narration was perfect.

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  • My Cousin Rachel: Film Tie-In Edition

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Pryce, Roger Michell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815

Ambrose Ashley, Philip's cousin, guardian, and god, married Rachel in Italy and died there. Jealous of his marriage and grief-stricken by his death, Philip prepares to meet his cousin's widow with hatred in his heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing, atmospheric mystery

  • By S. Dempsey on 23-06-13

Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 02-01-16

Very enjoyable classic. Perfect for a cold winter afternoon. Great narration brought the story alive.

  • Gentlemen and Players

  • By: Joanne Harris
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283

At St Oswald’s, a long-established boys’ grammar school in the north of England, a new year has just begun. For the staff and boys of the school, a wind of unwelcome change is blowing. Suits, paperwork and Information Technology rule the world; and Roy Straitley, the eccentric veteran Latin master, is finally – reluctantly – contemplating retirement. But beneath the little rivalries, petty disputes and everyday crises of the school, a darker undercurrent stirs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Narration

  • By Laurie-an on 01-05-11

Sly, entertaining read

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

Reviewed: 02-01-16

An excellent murder mystery that keeps you guessing right up to the end. Loved it. Highly recommend.

  • Brazzaville Beach

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Harriet Walter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

I live on Brazzaville Beach... I am here because two sets of strange and extraordinary events happened to me... One in England, first, and then one in Africa. On Brazzaville Beach, on the edge of Africa, Hope Clearwater examines the complex circumstances that brought her there. Sifting the details for evidence of her own innocence or guilt, she tells her engrossing story with a blunt and beguiling honesty that not only intrigues and disturbs but is also completely enthralling.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing despite 4 stars

  • By Maddy on 02-02-12

Really enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 02-01-16

What about Harriet Walter’s performance did you like?

A very good story brought alive by excellent narration. I am now actively seeking this narrator for my next purchases. It does make a big difference when the story is well read.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended. Boyd is an excellent author and this is one fo my favourites by him, coupled with brilliant narration, it's a win-win.

  • The Secret History

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 22 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,512
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,237

The smartest murder-mystery you will ever hearA misfit at an exclusive New England college, Richard finds kindred spirits in the five eccentric students of his ancient Greek class. But his new friends have a horrific secret. When blackmail and violence threaten to blow their privileged lives apart, they drag Richard into the nightmare that engulfs them. And soon they enter a terrifying heart of darkness from which they may never return.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting tale

  • By mj on 06-09-16

Why authors shouldn't be narrators

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

Reviewed: 27-04-14

If you could sum up The Secret History in three words, what would they be?

Awful nasal, dispassionate voice that ruined the whole book. Why on earth not hire a proper narrator? A good one is worth his/her weight in gold.

  • Michel Thomas Method

  • Greek Introductory Course
  • By: Hara Garoufalia-Middle, Howard Middle
  • Narrated by: Hara Garoufalia-Middle, Howard Middle
  • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Learn another language the way you learnt your own. You learnt your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn Greek in the same way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greek Introductory Course

  • By Anne on 02-01-10

worked for me

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

Reviewed: 06-04-14

What made the experience of listening to Michel Thomas Method the most enjoyable?

An easy introduction. I play this every time I drive over to Greece from the UK and feel very prepared by the time I arrive.

  • The Eustace Diamonds

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 25 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

Who owns the Eustace Diamonds? Lizzie Eustace claims that Sir Florian Eustace, her late husband, gave them to her. But Mr Camperdown, the family solicitor, insists that they are an heirloom, to be passed down from generation to generation. Lizzie is both beautiful and clever, yet Mr Camperdown believes her to be a scheming liar. And Mr Camperdown is right! The battle for the diamonds rages until a robbery intervenes and they disappear. Or do they...?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Eustace Diamonds

  • By Client d'Amazon on 25-08-10

Excellent.

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

Reviewed: 06-10-13

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

Very enjoyable and witty tale of Victorian social manners and mischief which is wonderfully narrated by Timothy West.

  • Gone Girl

  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,930

Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keep going with this

  • By E on 23-02-13

A little too contrived

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

Reviewed: 18-07-13

Any additional comments?

Great writing and solid characterization really brought to life by the narrators, but all in all plot wise this is far too contrived. It felt as if the author was struggling at the end to bring it all together. I'm seeing this with Flynn more and more, as if the plot runs her than the other way around.
Vastly entertaining though, no doubt about that.

  • Frederica

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Clifford Norgate
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

Rich and handsome, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters, the Marquis of Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. But when a distant connection applies to him for help, he finds himself far from bored.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Fun

  • By Maureen on 18-07-11

Heyer at her best

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

Reviewed: 18-07-13

Any additional comments?

Light, lively and witty, and very well narrated. Thisi s one of Heyer's better books and a good place to start if you want to explore her sizeable catalogue.

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