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  • A Witch's Path Box Set

  • Books 1 - 3: Witch for Hire, A Witch's Path, A Witch's Trial
  • By: N. E. Conneely
  • Narrated by: Soundbooth Theater, Jeff Hays
  • Length: 22 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

Most witches don't work for police departments, but Michelle isn't your average witch. She's clanless, looking for a warlock who isn't offended by her lack of family connections, and in danger of losing her job if she can't find the eight escaped trolls before they start eating the local residents. Trolls, angry police, and misbehaving spells are the least of her problems. Statues attacking homeowners might be problematic for your average witch, but to Michelle it's another day at the office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant story and superbly read!

  • By English Speech And Pronunciation on 03-12-17

Magical

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

An enjoyable box set and although the story can drag in parts and seemed rushed in others it balances itself out.

I do want to slap the Private Eye friend - annoying and how she makes a living out of the job I have no idea as she seems to panic and lose her head when things happen.

The voice actress of the main character can sound a little whiny at times but overall it works. The elven voice seems a little stereotyped and the Irish accent does go for a walk about sometimes. It would seems from the authors website that the voice cast is slightly different for the next book in the series. I do recommend that you go to the authors website as it has a good section of bonus material about the series.

Would love little short stories from the different supporting police cast, they would be good fun, as well as why two brownies decided to set up a B&B.




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  • Quidditch Through the Ages

  • By: J.K. Rowling, Kennilworthy Whisp
  • Narrated by: Andrew Lincoln
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345

A perennial best-seller in the wizarding world and one of the most popular books in the Hogwarts School Library, Quidditch Through the Ages contains all you will ever need to know about the history, the rules - and the breaking of the rules - of the noble sport of Quidditch. Packed with fascinating facts, this definitive guide by the esteemed Quidditch writer Kennilworthy Whisp charts the game's history from its early origins in the medieval mists on Queerditch Marsh through to the modern-day sport loved by so many wizard and Muggle families around the world. With comprehensive coverage of famous Quidditch teams, the commonest fouls, the development of racing brooms, and much more, this is a must-have sporting bible for all Harry Potter fans and Quidditch lovers and players, whether the weekend amateur or the seasoned Chudley Cannons season-ticket holder.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing! Wonderful! Absolutely incredible!

  • By Anonymous User on 16-03-18

Why the special sound effects?

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

Reviewed: 26-03-18

I took a star off due to the annoying sound effects during the main parts. They totally worked in the last bit of the 2014 Quidditch WC reports but seemed out of place in the rest of it.

Voice performance was excellent from all and the Rita Skeeta was very Anne Robinson smarmy!

Now all we have to do is wait for the 2018 Quidditch World Cup coverage and we are sorted.

  • The Stone Monkey

  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Lincoln and Amelia are recruited to track down a cargo ship carrying two dozen illegal Chinese immigrants, as well as the notorious human smuggler and killer known as the Ghost. But when the capture goes disastrously wrong, Lincoln and Amelia find themselves in a race to stop the Ghost before he can track down and murder the two surviving families who have vanished deep into the labyrinthine world of New York City's Chinese community....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get enough of Lincoln Rhyme

  • By Pauline on 28-09-13

Slow but gets there

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

Reviewed: 25-03-18

It was a bit of a struggle at first and it was only perseverance that got me through the first couple of hours. Narration is good but the accent when performing the Chinese parts got on my nerves, probably just a personal thing.

Not the strongest LR book but acceptable.

  • Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls

  • A Handbook for Unapologetic Living
  • By: Jes M. Baker
  • Narrated by: Jes M. Baker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls is a manifesto and call to arms for women of all sizes and ages. With smart and sassy eloquence, veteran blogger Jes M. Baker calls on women to be proud of their bodies, fight against fat shaming, and embrace a body-positive worldview to change public perceptions and help women maintain mental health.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant book

  • By mims on 08-01-16

Not just for fat girls.

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

Reviewed: 25-11-17

This is a book which, although may have a target audience in the title, every’body’ should read it. Jes doesn’t hold back and the world could use more people like her. Since it is narrated by the author the words have belief and sincerity in them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bitter Blood

  • A True Story of Southern Family Pride, Madness, and Multiple Murder
  • By: Jerry Bledsoe
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

In this unrelenting real-life drama of three wealthy families connected by marriage and murder, Bledsoe recounts the shocking events, obsessive love, and bitter custody battles that led toward the bloody climax that took nine lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed

  • By Mrs F on 27-05-15

Great research and background

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

Reviewed: 25-04-17

What made the experience of listening to Bitter Blood the most enjoyable?

Many true crime book focus on just the crime and the investigation/case afterwards. This book however, looks into the background of the people involved, not just them, but the families that they came from. This amount of research adds not only to the speculation of why the crimes were committed but also looks at the feeling of the people who are left behind and how it affected their lives since then.

The narration of the words is excellent and Keven Stillwell has a lovely voice to listen to. He is very suited to this genre. So much so that I am looking to listen to no only more books from this author but read by Mr Stillwell as well.

What about Kevin Stillwell’s performance did you like?

Voice and the feeling that he cared about the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

  • By: Felicia Day
  • Narrated by: Felicia Day
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534

The Internet isn't all cat videos. There's also Felicia Day - violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world...or at least semi-influential in the world of Internet geeks and Goodreads book clubs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and charming and nerdy :)

  • By Beccameriel on 18-08-15

Did she ever pause for breath?

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

Reviewed: 25-08-15

Would you consider the audio edition of You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) to be better than the print version?

To have it read by the author is probably best as I can imagine some parts of it not coming across when read as well as the voice putting emphasis on the correct bits.

What was one of the most memorable moments of You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)?

I snorted laughing while listening to a lot of it, it got me some weird looks on the street and on the works bus.

Which character – as performed by Felicia Day – was your favourite?

Felicia Day!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, made me cry with laughter. Some points made me cringe as I recognised so much of myself in it.

Any additional comments?

I normally don't buy books of this (IMHO short) length, I like to get my credits worth. However, being a huge admirer of Ms Day (LOVED her in SPN and DHSA) I thought well why not. I think that if it had been read by another person, then it probably would be about another 2 hrs longer as she talks 10 to the dozen. But then it wouldn't have the same feeling or effect. I am so Team Felicia I could get pom-poms out.

  • Death and the Virgin

  • Elizabeth, Dudley and the Mysterious Fate of Amy Robsart
  • By: Chris Skidmore
  • Narrated by: Richard Burnip
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

On 9th September 1560 Amy Robsart, the wife of Queen Elizabeth’s favourite courtier, Robert Dudley, was found lying dead at the foot of a staircase. It was a death that scandalised Tudor England. Was it an accident, suicide or murder? Robert Dudley’s open flirtation with the young Queen Elizabeth only fuelled rumours that he had orchestrated his own wife’s death. With Dudley now conveniently widowed, perhaps the queen had found her consort at last.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and well written

  • By Batwench on 10-04-13

Interesting and well written

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-13

It seems at times that this is more about the rise/fall and life of Dudley than what happened to his wife, Amy. However, what happened to his wife was very closely linked to his life at court. As well as this it also gives an interesting insight into the politics of the Elizabethan Court and the diplomacy of the age.



Well researched and the narrator makes it very easy to listen to and that he actually enjoyed the book himself. Makes this period of history accessible in interesting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Game of Thrones

  • Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,142
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,155

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Game of Thrones. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Game of Thrones is the first volume in the series. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truly brilliant fantasy novel

  • By Qasim on 16-09-11

Hard Going - didnt even make it through this part

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

I must admit I do not see what all the fuss is about. I could not seem to get into this book or the story and I have tried. This is a story where you need to have a paper and pen just to work out the links between the characters. In fact it has put me off watching the TV show which apparently is easier to understand.

  • The Red Necklace

  • The French Revolution, Book 1
  • By: Sally Gardner
  • Narrated by: Tom Hiddleston
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

France 1789: a time of terror; a charismatic boy, Yann, who must find out who he is; the daring rescue of Sido, an aristocrat's daughter: these are the elements in this tremendous adventure by a consummate storyteller, a marvellous tale of the first days of the French Revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Step into history...

  • By Nicola on 23-08-12

Enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

I will admit that the reason I bought this book was to have Tom Hiddleston whispering in my ear. However, saying that I have listend to this version of the book twice as I actually got really into the characters and the story. There are times when you can tell this this is an abridged version as the story seems to 'jump' and the flow is lost. Characters are well thought out and from what I know about this location and period in history the author has done some good research to place the characters and story in the correct context. I have added the unabridged version of this book and book 2 to my wish list so I can find out what happens next, even if the velvet tones of Mr Hiddleston are not caressing my ears.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles

  • By: Kim Newman
  • Narrated by: Tom Hodgkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 380

Imagine the twisted evil twins of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson and you have the dangerous duo of Professor James Moriarty - wily, snake-like, fiercely intelligent, terrifyingly unpredictable - and Colonel Sebastian Basher Moran - violent, politically incorrect, debauched. Together they run London crime, owning police and criminals alike. When a certain Irene Adler turns up on their doorstep with a proposition, neither man is able to resist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Sara on 05-01-12

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

Kim Newman writes this as an interesting take on the Sherlock world from the other side of the table, namely Moriarty and his 'right hand man' Colonel Sebastian Moran who is the main narrator of this book. Do not expect just one 'case' but a series of short stories that do link with each other. Also, it is very funny and I did get a few odd looks when laughing out loud when listening to this in a public place. It is book that I know I will be returning to time and time again. If you are a Holmes purist it may not be for you but give it a go and you might be surprised.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful