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  • The House of Silk

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,637

It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a ripping yarn

  • By L on 25-02-12

I liked it

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

Reviewed: 08-11-15

Slightly extravagant compared to the original Holmes but quite enjoyable.
Sir Derek Jacobi's performance was wonderful.

  • The Silkworm

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 2
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,054

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star rating based on quality not name

  • By Linda on 06-08-14

Sequels are tricky!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-15

The premise of this story was a good one. The egocentric author found murdered in a horrific way only to be sensationalised that he had written the death.
Even though the suspects were aplenty I found it quite obvious whom the perpetrator was. Robert Glenister read the novel very well once again I'm glad he is the narrator for the series. I must say his delivery kept me listening.
Currently on the 3rd instalment and must say I'm quite disappointed the promise of the Cuckoo's Calling isn't a promise fulfilled.
Doubt after the third instalment I will return to the series, even if a fourth instalment comes along.
I would recommend the 1st book but would give those looking to read the rest a bit of a warning not to get your hopes up. I doubt it will have the same hysteria the Harry Potter series caused in its wake.

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,028

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Nick Moore on 15-07-13

Really enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 03-11-15

The Strike series was recommended to me and I was apprehensive at first, however I became hooked.
The story wasn't overly complicated like some crime novels and so you weren't bogged down with too much. Flowed really well and characters developed really well.
The performance was great!
Looking forward to the other 2 in the series now.

  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Now, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It

  • By Sue on 22-07-07

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 01-11-15

Performance by Hugh Fraser as usual very good!
The story is one of my favourites!

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  • The Shakespeare Secret

  • By: J L Carrell
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McNenny
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

A modern serial killer - hunting an ancient secret. A woman is left to die as the rebuilt Globe theatre burns. Another woman is drowned like Ophelia, skirts swirling in the water. A professor has his throat slashed open on the steps of Washington's Capitol building. A deadly serial killer is on the loose, modelling his murders on Shakespeare's plays.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing!

  • By David Crabbe on 10-04-08

Awful simply awful!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-14

What would have made The Shakespeare Secret better?

The only thing that would have made this book better was not writing it!

What was most disappointing about J L Carrell’s story?

Nearly everything about this pathetic story was highly disappointing however as a plot idea I think it was a good one but the author must be a Dan Brown fan or was told how much he made with one book as it became a parody! Of the same ilk of Dan Brown but at least hasn't caused the same hysteria. I will never go anywhere near anything written by this author

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The Narrator was awful maybe that's why it uncredited accents what accents someone train this person. However maybe the more accredited narrators read this book and felt the same about this awful drivel and they pulled this narrator from the street.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Couldn't delete this fast enough

Any additional comments?

Do not waste your time on this! How could this rubbish get a sequel!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

  • By: L. Frank Baum
  • Narrated by: Anne Hathaway
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway ( Rachel Getting Married, Alice in Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films ( The Dark Knight Rises), lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant narration

  • By Julia Brown on 30-11-14

The great world of Oz

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Always been very found of the Wizard of Oz collection and must say this audible version is very good. Anne Hathaway gives life to this world and characters and her reading is very good.



I enjoyed this a great version for kids to listen to!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death Comes As the End

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

It is Egypt, 2000 BC, where death gives meaning to life. At the foot of a cliff lies the broken, twisted body of Nofret, concubine to a Ka-priest. Young, beautiful, and venomous, most agree that she deserved to die like a snake. Yet Renisenb, the priest's daughter, believes that the woman's death was not fate, but murder. Increasingly, she becomes convinced that the source of evil lurks within her own father's household.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rather unusal Christie whodunit

  • By Karen on 27-09-09

My favourite Agatha Christie novel

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

Reviewed: 23-12-12

I always enjoy any Agatha Christie novel however this one is my favourite above them all. It's always my go to if I need a familiar story if I'm travelling or if I need to unwind.
Would recommend it to anyone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful