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  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,311

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Addicted from the get go - love it!

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

Reviewed: 28-01-19

I absolutely love this series and am well and truly hooked. My other half is quite annoyed with me that every spare minute I'm hooked up to the book again when I should be doing other things.

In a nut shell it's grown up (ish) Harry Potter by way better with a policeman spin. All the characters have potential and I already want to know back stories for them all and can envisage multiple spin off story ideas.

The concept of a grown up copper bumping into a ghost to open his eyes to the world of magic is a bit different but so compelling. I just want more now..................

  • In Bloom

  • By: C. J. Skuse
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Rhiannon Lewis has successfully fooled the world and framed her cheating fiancé, Craig, for the depraved and bloody killing spree she committed. She should be ecstatic that she’s free. Except for one small problem. She’s pregnant with her ex-lover’s child. The ex-lover she only recently chopped up and buried in her in-laws' garden. And as much as Rhiannon wants to continue making her way through her kill lists, a small voice inside is trying to make her stop.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Expectations just too high

  • By Pootle_around on 15-08-18

I'm a warped bunny I love these so much!

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

Love this series whole heartedly . Yes I am a wee bit of a warped bunny but I find them so funny, I'm not quite sure what that says about me but I'm left wanting more!!!!

When's the next one coming?

The character, story and narration is right up my street.

Had the pleasure of chatting to the author in an online book group I belong to and she was lovely with a great sense of humour. Which made me love her books even more. Nothing worse that finding out an author is an arse so it was a delight seeing her reply to everyone's comments and being just as funny as I'd imagined.

Keep up the good work and

  • Strange Magic

  • By: Syd Moore
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 514

Rosie Strange doesn't believe in ghosts or witches or magic. It's no surprise therefore that when she inherits the ramshackle Essex Witch Museum, her first thought is to take the money and run. Still, the museum exerts a curious pull over Rosie. There's the eccentric academic who bustles in to demand she help in a hunt for the bones of the notorious Ursula Cadence, a witch long since put to death. And there's curator Sam Stone, a man about whom Rosie can't decide if he's tiresomely annoying or extremely captivating.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • so so boring

  • By Marie on 13-09-17

Quirky and different

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

Whilst the pace of the story is a little slower than I'd like, I really enjoyed the quirky narration. It's nice to listen so something different for a change that stands out. And a love an accent or two.

It helped make it feel a bit more authentic and real, gave the main character Rosie who feels dipsy as hell and out of her depth a bit more warmth and a fuller characterisation.

It made me chuckle a little along the way as she blundered around not really knowing what she'd got in to, I'd be intrigued to listen to more of this series.

  • Why Mummy Drinks

  • By: Gill Sims
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662

Why Mummy Drinks is the brilliant novel from Gill Sims, the author of the online sensation Peter and Jane. It is Mummy's 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future of people asking if she wants to come to their advanced yoga classes and polite book clubs where everyone claims to be tiddly after a glass of Pinot Grigio and says things like 'oooh gosh, are you having another glass?'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOL

  • By Sarah on 04-01-18

Entertaining idea but the narrator done my head in

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

Reviewed: 18-10-18

Whilst I like the idea and part of it made me chuckle. The narrator pretty much put me off from the get go, she was rather annoying, had this been narrated by someone else I feel I would have found it more enjoyable.

  • The Girl Who Dared to Think

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Leigh
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

How do you fight an enemy when they're inside your mind? A gargantuan glass-walled tower looms over a deadly wilderness. They say it's all that's left. The Tower's survival is humanity's survival, and each must serve it faithfully.... Twenty-year-old Liana Castell must be careful what she thinks. Her life is defined by the number on her wristband - a rating out of 10 awarded based on her usefulness and loyalty to the Tower, and monitored by a device in her skull. A device that reports forbidden thoughts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow starter!

  • By Jan Jacobs on 13-05-18

Another little gem from Bella Forrest

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

Reviewed: 26-09-18

Started another series from BF and am already liking it, can see potential for more in the series.

The main character is strong and obviously confused and frustrated by the system everyone else appears to be blindly following.

  • The Girl Who Dared to Think 2: The Girl Who Dared to Stand

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Leigh
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

After stumbling upon an ancient, dusty office sealed away from the rest of the Tower, Liana makes a shocking discovery. Her first instinct is to flee - until she realizes all is not what it seems. The room has been hidden for a reason. It holds secrets about the Tower's past and answers that could be key to her people's future. But with this knowledge comes grave danger, as Liana will quickly discover....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ups and downs

  • By Jan Jacobs on 23-05-18

Still want more from this series

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

Reviewed: 26-09-18

I seem to be becoming a firm Bella Forrest fan.

I like the pace of the books, characters and narration. Keep them coming as I'm really enjoying bingeing on series when time allows.

  • Cinder

  • The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

A forbidden romance. A deadly plague. Earth's fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen and temptation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautiful <3

  • By Nada on 12-02-18

Modern twist on an old fairy tale ish....

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

Reviewed: 26-09-18

I liked this book, it was nicely fast paced and the interesting concepts. Modern or even futuristic spin on Cinderella tale , I'd be intrigued to see what's next for Cinder et al.

I'd like to hear more from this author and narrator

  • Let Me Lie

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan, Clare Mackintosh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737

The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They're both wrong. One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life - a shocking suicide carefully played out to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with her parents' deaths ever since. Now with a young baby herself, Anna feels her mother's presence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened. But as she looks for answers, someone is trying to stop her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Real Maze of a Thriller

  • By Simon on 14-03-18

Meh, lost me as a listener

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I've loved other books by this author but this one just wasn't for me. Yes there's lots of twists and turns but it bored me and it didn't help it was slowly paced and just seemed to plod on with not much happening.

Some of the characters were nicely rounded but I just wasn't engaged enough with the story to really care. It all seemed just too unbelievable.

The interview with the author at the end was a nice addition though.

  • Girl 99

  • By: Andy Jones
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

When Tom's girlfriend walks out on him the day before Christmas, he feels humiliated but not necessarily heartbroken. Sadie wasn't, after all, The One. If we're being precise, she was number 85. And so, for reasons that are only mostly wrong, Tom embarks on a mission to bring his number of encounters up to a nice neat 100. Over the course of his quest he sleeps with a colleague, a colleague of a friend, a friend of a friend, a friend of a friend's wife, the estate agent selling his flat, and several more besides.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but got a bit boring in places

  • By Clarence on 24-04-18

Ok but got a bit boring in places

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

Reviewed: 24-04-18

I like the idea of this being from a male perspective, telling his cheeky dating tales but I did get rather bored in places as its seemed very samey and to go on a bit.

I like the narrator's voice but gives it a much older tone than I would have expected and he's quite a slow paced story teller.

  • The Girl

  • Guardians, Book 1
  • By: Lola StVil
  • Narrated by: Jennifer O'Donnell, Adam Chase
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

I crave him. I need him. I love him. And that is the reason, we will all die...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intrigued

  • By Clarence on 17-04-18

Intrigued

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

Reviewed: 17-04-18

The summary for this book is really poor, it could do with some serious padding out, I brought it on a whim as the narration style took my fancy.

Teenage angst of the immortal kind with angels, demons and mere mortals, has caught my interest and I'm keen to see what's next in the series. I think this is mostly down to the excellent narration.

The characters are good but the main character is a young teenager (who dare I say it, can be a bit whingey) but it shows series promise.

I would imagine Bella Forrest fans would like this series.