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  • By the Pricking of My Thumbs

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

When Tommy and Tuppence visit an elderly aunt in her gothic nursing home, they think nothing of her mistrust of the doctors; after all, Ada is a very difficult old lady. But when Mrs Lockett mentions a poisoned mushroom stew, and Mrs Lancaster talks about "something behind the fireplace", Tommy and Tuppence find themselves caught up in an unexpected adventure involving possible black magic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • By the Pricking of my thumbs

  • By Jaye what if on 16-03-16

Something special this way comes

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-09

I am a fan of AC. Its quite simple, she writes well, the plots are great and nowadays I feel transported to a simpler life when I read her stories.

So how did I get on with this one...? I rated it. Hugh Fraser is a splendid reader and has the knack down to a tee. His narration is concise and clear, the characters come to life and the pace/quality are spot on. No peaks and troughs here.

I could quite imagine our principle characters off having their adventures whilst being able to come home at the end to a nice roast chicken. I shall certainly be avoiding Anywhere named Sunnyridge in future.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Witch Hunt

  • Jack Harvey, Book 1
  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: Peter Capaldi
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Witch is a terrorist, one of the best, but this job is going to test even her to the very limit. This time her cold calculation may desert her just when she needs it most. On her tail are three very different detectives: one woman, two men. Two are at the beginning of their careers, while one is staking a lifetime's experience on tracking Witch down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witch hunt

  • By Enervator on 08-06-06

A corking read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-09

I have not read any Ian Rankin/Jack Harvey novels before so I had no prior thoughts or can make any comparisons. This book was great. Although I was unsure after 15 mins as to whether it was 'my thing' by 30 mins in I was totally absorbed.

The plot is plausible and well constructed. I found myself egging the characters on, or shouting at them to hold back which is always a good sign that I am enjoying the story.

The narration was clear, well paced and the characters completely discernable from each other. I vry much enjoyed the narrators voice and he brought warm and life to the various roles.

I will certainly be checking at the next novel in this series.

  • Lifeless

  • Tom Thorne, Book 5
  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Tom Thorne's career is on the skids. Depressed by the recent loss of his father, berated for overstepping the mark on his last case, he's been 'encouraged' to take leave. It's a fairly dire situation. But not as dire as the situation for London's homeless. Three vagrants have been found murdered in the last month. Were they just random jetsam, or were they targeted for a reason?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Far from Lifeless

  • By Andy Parsons on 23-10-05

Tom finds the dark waiting for him

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-09

The next chapter in Toms life and it really has got dark for him. He is suffering from the effects of his fathers death and the 'what if' demons in his head have begun to win over. His venture onto the streets of London is both harrowing and enlightening. I found it hard to 'enjoy' but was engrossed none the less.

I am a big fan of Tom Thorne and look forward to the next in the series.

  • The Secret of Crickley Hall

  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

The Caleighs have had a terrible year. They need time and space, while they await the news they dread. Gabe has brought his wife, Eve, and daughters, Loren and Cally, down to Devon, to the peaceful seaside village of Hollow Bay. He can work and Eve and the kids can have some peace and quiet - and perhaps they can try, as a family, to come to terms with what's happened to them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Ian Kershaw on 11-06-07

Don't forget your torch

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-09

I have read many James Herbert's but had not heard of the Secret of Crickley Hall before. I actually picked it because of the title, sounding so very un horror like. I wasn't disappointed.

OK it is the scariest book out there and nor do I think it is JH's best work but I enjoyed it. The pace was good and overall the plot was quite satisfying. The characters were slightly obvious but I warmed to them and I found myself talking to them during the story which is generally a good sign that I am pretty engrossed.

The narration was good, the quality and pace were fine. I liked it and this one has inspired me to select another JH from the pile.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Thunder and Ashes

  • Morningstar Strain
  • By: Z. A. Recht
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Francis Sherman and Anna Demilio want only a vaccine, but to find it, they must cross a countryside in ruins, dodging not only the infected, but also the lawless living. The bulk of the storm has passed over the world, leaving echoing thunder and softly drifting ashes. But for the survivors, the peril remains, and the search for a cure is just beginning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Once again to the breach . . .

  • By Simon on 31-12-14

Another sprinter

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-09

The sequel to Plague Of The Dead. This book continues right from where the last book ended No gaps in time that the reader has to guess about.

This is as well written and enjoyable as the original Morningstar Strain book. Again the story focuses in two places and I think the split works just great. You get plenty about each group and lots of action and adventure along the way. I was driving along shouting encouragement or wincing with anticipation.

As for the ending... well you must listen for yourself.

I am hoping it won't be too long before Audible has the next part ready for download. Hoo-arr!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Plague of the Dead

  • Morningstar Strain
  • By: Z. A. Recht
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Original no. Good story nonetheless . . . Yes!

  • By Simon on 04-12-14

This one is a spinter

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-09

I downloaded this book on a whim. I had never heard of the author, nor the title but decided to give it a whirl. I must say I am impressed. The story is not too far fetched and have several notes of truth about it. I like the characters and the pace at which they were introduced, although the first 30 minutes were a bit slow. I am delighted to have listened on as I would have missed a treat.

The narration is clear, well paced and consistent. No speed changes or obvious pauses in the reading. The characters are easy to spot and some of the 'voices' really give a flavour of the character in question.

I recommend this book and since I have just finished the sequel, suggest you get that one as well. (Thunder & Ashes)

  • Hell House

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 273

For over 20 years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mt. Everest of haunted houses, its shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of unimaginable horror and depravity. All previous attempts to probe its mysteries have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen

  • By Sara on 30-06-09

Gripping stuff

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-09

I really enjoyed this book and so wanted to hear more that I took the long way home on more than one occasion so I could get a few extra minutes in. It is well written and the dynamics between the characters are presented clearly. The story unfolds at a pleasing rate and each aspect is brought into play well.

The narration is good although there were some unexpected pauses but it was placed well, clear, the characters well defined and the other 'people' in the book were easily told apart.

I was impressed overall and will certainly be checking out more by this author. As mentioned in another review, the content of Hell House can be somewhat graphic but it is integral to the story, not gratuitous for shock value.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • A Feast of Carrion

  • By: Keith McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

St Benjamin's Medical School is the greatest of its kind, any death occurring within its walls would have created ripples within the academic world, but the death of Nikki Exner is far from being ordinary. Raped, and then grotesquely executed, her theatrical murder horrifies everyone. John Eisenmenger, a former forensic pathologist, finds himself dragged unwillingly into the case. Teaming up with solicitor Helena Flemming, Eisenmenger sets out to discover what really did happen to Nikki Exner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Wonderful Series

  • By Allan on 25-04-09

Superb beginning to a great series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-09

This is the first book in a series featuring John Eisenmenger and believe me it is a fantastic start. The characters are clearly described, well rounded and full of surprises. Brilliantly narrated by Sean Barrett, the book comes alive and each intricate description builds a whole picture in the mind. I found this book spellbinding.
The reading pace is perfect, the narration is perfect and each character is clearly identifiable in the reading.

If you like forensics coupled with a good thriller you should put this one on your list!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • A Pelican at Blandings

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Nigel Lambert
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 36

Clarence, ninth Earl of Emsworth, sank back in his chair looking like the good old man in a Victorian melodrama whose mortgage the villain had just foreclosed. He felt the absence of that gentle glow which customarily accompanied the departure of one of his sisters. Lord Emsworth needed Galahad....There are tricky corners to be rounded, and assorted godsons, impostors, and pretty girls to be paired off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Corking!

  • By Sue on 09-12-08

Corking!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-08

A lovely romp round Blandings Castle, complete with mad relatives, impeccable butlers, mistaken identity, duplicity and revenge. What a treat to be transported back to a simpler time what a fellows word was his bind, couples fell in love at the drop of a summer hat and Lords spent their time ogling fat swine.
A sweet read that really helped me chill on the way home after a rough day. No stresses could withstand the gentle pace, intrigue and laughter provided by such a lovely story.
Audio quality is fine although you can hear when the narrator has taken a break but this in no way detracts from the pleasure. The pace is measured beautifully and delivery is perfect, splendid all round.
I am off to try an earlier book about Blandings residents and brothers who should have set thier faces against sisters right from the start.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Burning Girl

  • Tom Thorne, Book 4
  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Roger Lloyd Pack
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Jessica Clarke had been set alight 20 years ago. Her attacker, quickly tracked down and eager to confess, is still in jail, his career as a hitman for North London gangs now well behind him. So who is harassing Carol Chamberlain, the arresting officer, and claiming that he is one who burned the girl?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Badly read.

  • By Z.Djemal-Mehmet on 07-02-19

Gripping stuff

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-08

The fourth novel featuring Tom Thorne by Mark Billingham. I enjoyed the story and it tackled a whole new area of dodgy characters lurking in the underworld. The subject matter was bold which must have been quite challenging to write et alone research.
I have given all the other books 5 stars and this one only drops to four because of the change in narrator. No offense to Robert Lloyd Pack, he read it very well, but I simply could not get past his character in the vicar of dibley reading this. Not fair I suppose but I did find that distracting.
Overall audio quality and pace were up to the usual standards