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  • Jackson Brodie, Book 5
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Jason Isaacs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village in North Yorkshire, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son Nathan and ageing Labrador Dido, both at the discretion of his former partner Julia. It’s a picturesque setting, but there’s something darker lurking behind the scenes. Jackson’s current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, seems straightforward, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network - and back into the path of someone from his past. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A welcome return

  • By Kerry on 27-06-19

Welcome back Jackson Brodie

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

Reviewed: 08-07-19

It was a long wait for a new Jackson Brodie book, but it was well worth the wait. Kate Atkinson has brought us another great story and it was great to have it read by Jason Isaacs. A particular plus for me was the story being set in and around Scarborough, where I was born. As always, you are left wanting more.

Jason Isaacs narration was very good and he brought all the characters to life really well.

I think I will be going back to listen to the other Jackson Brodie books again now.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Brontë
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 19 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612

The work tells the story of Jane's early life, her experience at Lowood School and as a governess. Her refusal to accept Rochester's love on any but her own strictly moral terms is a passionate cry for independence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jane Eyre

  • By Nereida on 04-01-11

A True Classic

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

Reviewed: 13-10-18

My favourite book and read so well by Juliet Stevenson. She bring s every character to life. Highly recommended.

  • Wuthering Heights

  • By: Emily Brontë
  • Narrated by: Patricia Routledge
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429

The passionate and tragic story of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff is one of the high points of 19th-century Romantic literature. In the relationship of Cathy and Heathcliff, and in the wild, bleak Yorkshire Moors of its setting, Wuthering Heights creates a world of its own, conceived with a disregard for convention and an instinct for poetry and the darkest depths of the human soul in torment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best performance

  • By chloe67 on 11-11-15

Ageless storytelling

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

Reviewed: 28-09-18

This is always a wonderful read or listen. Patrica Routledge brought real life to the characters. I did find some of the traditional Yorkshire words were not pronounced correctly (I am from Yorkshire so forgive my pickiness). But I would recommend this book as a good listen.

  • Great Expectations

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799

Pip is an orphan, brought up in a village on the Essex marshes by his disagreeable sister and her husband Joe Gargery, the kind-hearted village blacksmith. Life is harsh and Pip has few prospects until he receives from an anonymous benefactor the chance of escaping the forge for a more promising life in London. But his expectations are fraught with difficulties as he is haunted by figures from his past such as the escaped convict Magwitch, the eccentric Miss Havisham, and her proud, beautiful ward, Estella.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • surpassed my expectations

  • By Anonymous User on 21-12-09

Wonderful reading

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

Reviewed: 19-07-16

I loved the way Martin Jarvis made every character distinctive and brought the story to life

This is such a lovely reading. He brought out the wonderful richness of Dickens words.

I can't recommend this book highly enough.

  • A Night on the Orient Express

  • By: Veronica Henry
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

The Orient Express. Luxury. Mystery. Romance. For one group of passengers settling in to their seats and taking their first sips of champagne, the journey from London to Venice is more than the trip of a lifetime. A mysterious errand; a promise made to a dying friend; an unexpected proposal; a secret reaching back a lifetime...As the train sweeps on, revelations, confessions and assignations unfold against the most romantic and infamous setting in the world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not great

  • By sugarmax on 20-08-15

Lovely way to escape

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

Reviewed: 01-04-16

I wanted a book that would be an easy and enjoyable listen that I could lose myself in while travelling to work. This definitely fitted the bill. I loved the different stories and the narrator brought them to life beautifully.

It made me want to travel on the Oriwnt Express.

I would recommend as a good holiday read.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,510

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it

  • By Miss N. Bleakley-wadlow on 05-02-17

Lots of twists and turns but always fascinating

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

Reviewed: 21-07-15

Would you listen to The Girl on the Train again? Why?

No probably not because I know how it ends now and its the sort of book where you like to be kept guessing. Really enjoyed it though.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl on the Train?

When Rachel remembers something really important

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No but I definitely would. All 3 narrators were really good and it helped that they were all very different to listen to. It brought the book to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes I think if I had had the time I would, it was annoying having to stop it when I got to work!

Any additional comments?

Really enjoyed the 3 different narrators, they all captured their characters really well.