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  • Blood on Satan's Claw

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Mark Morris - adapter, Piers Haggard, Robert Wynne-Simmons
  • Narrated by: Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Thomas Turgoose, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 757

Seventeenth-century England, and a plough uncovers a grisly skull in the furrows of a farmer's field. The skull disappears, but its malefic influence begins to work in insidious ways upon the nearby village of Hexbridge. First, the cows stop milking and the fruit turns rotten on the trees. Then, an insolent ungodliness takes hold of the local children, mysterious fur patches appear on limbs and people start disappearing.... Something evil is stirring in the woods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Folk Horror at it's best. A stellar adaptation.

  • By Film Lover on 17-01-18

Slightly scary tale ideal for a dark, wet, Sunday

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

Reviewed: 17-12-18

I enjoyed this drama, it's not too scary and makes for a good listen on a dark, wet, winter Sunday afternoon. The performances don't always hit mark, sometimes the gaps between scenes is too long and there's too much screaming.

  • The Remains of the Day

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Dominic West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,425

A contemporary classic, The Remains of the Day is Kazuo Ishiguro's beautiful and haunting evocation of life between the wars in a Great English House. In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the countryside – and into his past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nostalgia for a time that has so much to teach us

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-07-15

Delightfully slow and carefully told story

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

Reviewed: 15-12-18

A beautifully written story of a life lived in service by a man whose values have fallen out of fashion.

  • The Lost Abbot

  • The Nineteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Matthew Bartholomew doesn't want to travel to Peterborough in the summer of 1358, but his friendship with the lovely Julitta Holm has caused a scandal in Cambridge, so he has no choice. He is one of a party of Bishop's Commissioners, charged to discover what happened to Peterborough's abbot, who went for a ride one day and has not been seen since. When the Commissioners arrive, they find the town in turmoil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An entertaining mystery

  • By Learning is fun! on 14-06-14

It's ok but convoluted

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

Reviewed: 15-12-18

There's an awful lot going on in this book, almost everyone is out for themselves and as a result the plot ends up really convoluted. There's not a lot of joy in this story - the monk's talent contest felt anachronistic. I don't think it's one of the better ones.

  • Tombland

  • The Shardlake Series, Book 7
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 37 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700

The nominal king, Edward VI, is 11 years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector’s prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure and threatens to involve France. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb - Samson’s best yet

  • By Jim__Leeder on 26-10-18

Too heavy on the history

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

Reviewed: 25-11-18

I really liked the other Shardlake books but I found this one heavy going. There's a lot of history and not a lot of puzzle solving!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Silent Companions

  • By: Laura Purcell
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 544
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 502
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 503

Inspired by the work of Shirley Jackson and Susan Hill and set in a crumbling country mansion, The Silent Companions is an unsettling Victorian gothic ghost story that will send a shiver down the spine.... Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband's crumbling country estate, The Bridge. With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband's awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eerie and fabulous

  • By Caz on 24-03-18

Creepy Victorian gothic ghost story

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

Reviewed: 25-11-18

If you like Victorian gothic ghost stories you'll like this. Great for a long dark winter night. Very creepy at times. Had hoped for a little bit more from the ending but still very good.

  • Cat Out of Hell

  • By: Lynne Truss
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

A cottage on the coast on a windy evening. Under a pool of yellow light, two figures face each other across a kitchen table. A man and a cat. The story about to be related is so unusual yet so terrifyingly plausible that it demands to be told in a single sitting. The man clears his throat, and leans forward, expectant. 'Shall we begin?' says the cat….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unusually gripping

  • By mollymoon1 on 21-03-14

Quirky, dark and fun

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

Reviewed: 27-06-18

Thoroughly enjoyed this dark tale. Good balance of gruesome, sad and funny. It has an inventive story line and great characters which are narrated well. At just over 5 hours it's a fairly short but I think that makes the story crisper and kept me gripped.

  • The Burning Chambers

  • By: Kate Mosse
  • Narrated by: Hattie Morahan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

Bringing 16th century Languedoc vividly to life, Kate Mosse's The Burning Chambers is a gripping story of love and betrayal, mysteries and secrets; of war and adventure, conspiracies and divided loyalties....   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A special time and a special place

  • By Beady on 20-05-18

Too similar to Labyrinth

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

Reviewed: 25-06-18

This was a bit too much like the Labyrinth for my tastes. Same names, same location, same themes (religious strife, hidden secret, boy meets girl, abuses of power, etc). Also, you know from the outset that most of the main characters must survive in order to continue the story into more modern times which takes away some of the suspense.

What happened to Blanche de la Bruyère at the end of the book seemed really out of character and inserted to kill a promising plot line rather than adding to the story. The whole ending is a bit far fetched and moves at a much greater pace than the rest of the book.

If you like historical fiction it's an enjoyable read but the story doesn't feel new.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Rotherweird

  • Rotherweird, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Caldecott
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 700

Rotherweird is a twisted, arcane murder-mystery with shades of Deborah Harkness, Hope Mirrlees and Ben Aaronovitch, Mervyn Peake and Edward Gorey at their disturbing best. The town of Rotherweird stands alone - there are no guidebooks, despite the fascinating and diverse architectural styles cramming the narrow streets, the avant-garde science and offbeat customs. Cast adrift from the rest of England by Elizabeth I, Rotherweird's independence is subject to one disturbing condition: nobody, but nobody, studies the town or its history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story bit hard to follow

  • By kate on 05-11-17

Novel, imaginative story, weak ending

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

Reviewed: 16-06-18

Enjoyed this story with its mix of Tudor John Dee type magic, archaeology and world within a world plot but I was left feeling very unsatisfied. The story is a curious mix of old and new, some parts of the story like the coracle race are fun easy listening but there are other parts where I drifted and had to listen to them again to keep on top of the plot.

I hadn't realised that Rotherweird is first volume in a planned trilogy and perhaps this explains why I found the ending rather weak with too many plotlines unresolved.

  • Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 406

Global phenomenon and Sunday Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction, following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things, which includes a never-before published American Gods story, "Black Dog". In this new volume, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Skiamakhos on 23-02-15

Interesting and entertaining collection of short stories

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Eclectic mix of short stories with something to appeal to all tastes. This was my second attempt at the audiobook after having lost interest during the author’s preamble the first time around. I found the story with Shadow Moon particularly memorable/disturbing.

One small comment, I wish there were a little bit more of a gap between the stories so that it’s clearer when one has ended.

  • Origin

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,910
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,907

The spellbinding new Robert Langdon novel from the author of The Da Vinci Code. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Deception Point 2

  • By 451 on 10-10-17

Not as gripping as some of his other books

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

I quite like Dan Brown books with their mix of fast paced adventure and puzzle solving. This one I wasn’t so keen on. The main plot worked ok, wasn’t so sure about some of the sub plots.