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A Darkness Descending
    
    
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        Christobel Kent
    
    


    
    
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        Saul Reichlin
    
    


    
    Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
    29 ratings
    Overall 3.7
  • A Darkness Descending

  • By: Christobel Kent
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

When Niccolo Rosselli, the driven, charismatic leader of a Florentine political movement, collapses at a rally, his young party immediately comes under threat. And when it emerges that his long time partner, Flavia, has disappeared, leaving behind not only a devastated husband but their newborn son, the political becomes dangerously personal - and Sandro Cellini is drafted in to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely addictive

  • By Nancy on 28-11-13

Fascinating Florence

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

Reviewed: 12-03-14

This series just gets better, with the relationship between Sandro and his rather odd 'family'. this time mixed up with the local political situation.
Beautifully read.

  • The Good Nurse

  • By: Charles Graeber
  • Narrated by: Will Collyer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed 'The Angel of Death' by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favourite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history. Cullen's murderous career in the world's most trusted profession spanned sixteen years and nine hospitals across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard work but worth it

  • By Tod Werewolf on 06-11-13

How titles can mislead!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-13

I had heard of 'angels of death' and they have occurred in the UK, but this book is about someone who took his mission to the extreme. Whatever problems and horrific situations he went through as a child, even he did not use to justify his killings. He couldn't even remember who he had killed and at various times, just laced IV bags without knowing who they were for.
Sounds awful, and yet it made for a fascinating listen. The narrator was excellent.
This was a man who was described by most of his colleagues as a "good, caring, nurse".
What made it even worse was that suspicions were raised in his early career, but he was able to continue practicing.
Not a Feel Good book, or one to read when you are down.

  • The Blood Crows

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 12
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382

From the best-selling author of Centurion, The Gladiator and Praetorian, a new military adventure for battle-hardened centurions Macro and Cato, fighting for the Empire in Britannia. For nearly ten years, the Roman Empire has fought ceaselessly to strengthen its hold over Britannia. But opposition from native tribes led by the ruthless warrior Caratacus threatens to destroy everything. Prefect Cato and Centurion Macro are summoned by Governor Ostorius to Londinium....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Macro & Cato at their Best!

  • By David on 21-04-15

Cato & Macro ride again!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

Another very bloody Cato and Macro novel, set in a part of Britain where Roman rule is tenuous, and the "Roman" troops are themselves from fairly barbaric tribes.
The two think they have jumped out of the frying pan that their service to the Imperial secretary and freedman, Narcissus, has tied them in for the last few years. Back to military service they find that the frying pan sat on a rather dangerous fire.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Police

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,241

The police urgently need Harry Hole. A killer is stalking Oslo’s streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated, but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can’t help anyone. For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the centre of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry can’t protect anyone. Least of all himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an easy book to review

  • By Scullywag on 20-09-13

Still going

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

Reviewed: 17-10-13

I thought this would be a prequel, as in the last Harry Hole he was killed off, but it said on the cover - he's back - so I'm not giving anything away. Throughout the book this uncertainty continues. People get knocked off but will it be who you think, and by the person you thought?
The author keeps it up right to the end.
Excellent

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Paris

  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Jane Wymark, Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 31 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

Inspired by the haunting, passionate story of the city of lights, this epic novel weaves a gripping tale of four families across the centuries: from the lies that spawn the noble line of de Cygne to the revolutionary Le Sourds who seek their destruction; from the Blanchards whose bourgeois respectability offers scant protection against scandal to the hard-working Gascons and their soaring ambitions. Over hundreds of years, these four families are bound by forbidden loves and marriages of convenience; dogged by vengeance and murderous secrets , and brought together by the tumultuous history of their city.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great book - hard to follow in Audible format

  • By Penny on 29-11-13

Not in the mood?

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

Reviewed: 13-10-13

Obviously a lot of people have thoroughly enjoyed this, so perhaps I was not in the mood to listen to it, and Rutherfurd is long if he fails to capture you near the beginning.
Have read some of his others so am used to his lengthy descriptions.
I did wonder if it might be worth trying the print version, but can't be bothered as I never felt involved with the characters, and decided I really couldn't care less what happened to them!

  • The Orpheus Descent

  • By: Tom Harper
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong, Kris Milnes, Sarah Feathers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 44

Today, 12 golden tablets sit in museums around the world, each created by unknown hands and buried in ancient times, and each providing the dead with the route to the afterlife. Archaeologist Lily Barnes, working on a dig in southern Italy, has just found another. But this tablet names the location to the mouth of hell itself. And then Lily vanishes. Has she walked out on her job, her marriage, and her life - or has something more sinister happened? Her husband, Jonah, is desperate to find her. But no one can help him: not the police, and not the secretive foundation that sponsored her dig.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Myth Reworked - Badly

  • By Michelle on 27-05-13

Sounded good

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

Reviewed: 13-10-13

Disappointing in that the blurb sounded really interesting, but although I liked the narration itself I didn't feel that there was a rationale behind the two story times. I actually preferred the Classical Greek time, but the ending really didn't seem to come off.

  • The Red Moth

  • By: Sam Eastland
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

As Hitler's forces smash into Soviet territory, a lone German scout plane is forced down. Contained in a briefcase within is a seemingly inconsequential painting of a red moth. Military Intelligence dismisses the picture as insignificant, but Stalin suspects a German plot. He summons his old adversary, Inspector Pekkala - the Finn who was Tsar Nicholas II's personal detective - to discover the real significance of this strange cargo. As the storm gathers, Pekkala and his assistant from the Bureau of Special Operations find themselves on the track of the most formidable art thieves in history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Art under Stalin

  • By Bibliophile on 01-10-13

Art under Stalin

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

Reviewed: 01-10-13

This starts with the shooting down of a German reconnaissance plane near the Summer Palace as the Germans approach Leningrad. Inspector Pekkala is called in by Stalin to investigate why there should have been so much importance attached to a rather uninteresting picture of a red moth, and becomes involved in a complicated search.
Entertainingly written with fewer lapses back into the past than in some of the rest of the series. Kirov has a rather larger part.
As usual, an excellent narration

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Seraphina

  • By: Rachel Hartman
  • Narrated by: Mandy Williams, Justine Eyre
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow but Intense and Gripping

  • By Lulu on 04-08-14

Dragons with a difference

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

Reviewed: 17-09-13

A fascinating story of dragons interacting with people. Some beautiful writing and beautifully read.
Wasn't at all sure about this book, but found myself listening late into the night as the story unfolded

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Children of the Revolution

  • The 21st DCI Banks Mystery
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

A disgraced college lecturer is found murdered with £5,000 in his pocket on a disused railway line near his home. Since being dismissed from his job for sexual misconduct four years previously, he has been living a poverty-stricken and hermit-like existence in this isolated spot. The suspects range from several individuals at the college where he used to teach to a woman who knew the victim back in the early '70s at Essex University, then a hotbed of political activism.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A slow burner but gets you in the end!

  • By Gill in Gloucs on 18-07-14

Think I slept through this time

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

Reviewed: 12-09-13

I think I listened to Radio three through the 1980s so miss most of the musical references that are such a part of this book - even more than in the other DI Banks books.
Pity as I am sure there is a lot of relevance to them.
Good series, well read

  • Code Name Verity

  • By: Elizabeth Wein
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I adored it!

  • By Mo on 01-09-13

Heartwrenching

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

Reviewed: 12-09-13

Thank heavens this wasn't longer as I listened to it in one go and stayed up very late!
A beautifully written story of friendship at a time of adversity.
The actual story is gripping, confusing and inspiring.
One of those books which is a novel, but has been based on events if not individuals. Maddie and Queenie are enchanting characters who you only wish you could have met.
I remember many years ago speaking to a lady who had been in the S.O.E. in France, who still would not talk about what she had done, because of The Official Secrets Act and Queenie reminded me so much of her. Quiet people who did an incredibly dangerous job, and whose main concern was that they put others at risk.
This version is beautifully told with two voices to mark the divide.
Well worth a listen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful