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  • Domina

  • The Women Who Made Imperial Rome
  • By: Guy de la Bédoyère
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero - these are the names history associates with the early Roman Empire. Yet, not a single one of these emperors was the blood son of his predecessor. In this captivating history, a prominent scholar of the era documents the Julio-Claudian women whose bloodline, ambition, and ruthlessness made it possible for the emperors' line to continue. Eminent scholar Guy de la Bedoyere, author of Praetorian, asserts that the women behind the scenes - including Livia, Octavia, and the elder and younger Agrippina - were the true backbone of the dynasty.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating viewpoint, read a bit too fast

  • By Christine on 06-04-19

Fascinating viewpoint, read a bit too fast

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

Reviewed: 06-04-19

I really enjoyed going over this well known historical period from an alternative viewpoint. Whilst the narrator has a pleasant voice, he did seem to be reading too fast at times, which made concentration a bit hard.

  • Viceroys

  • By: Christopher Lee
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Viceroys is the story of the British aristocracy sent to govern India during the reigns of five British monarchs. It is also the story of how the modern British identity was established. British history from the Hundred Years War onwards gives an impression of how the British were seen. It is a misconception or, more kindly, a British view. Until the 19th century the British did not have an identity readily recognised throughout the world. Even the Elizabethans were never established other than as great individuals. From 1815, an image of Britain as the first superpower was built that would make do until even the 21st century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very brief overview

  • By Martyn on 22-01-19

Interesting facts linked by thought bubbles

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

I had trouble following the narrative, with loosely connected facts being interspersed throughout a roughly chronological structure, and sometimes an assumption of knowledge that I didn't have. Nonetheless, I still finished what is a very interesting area.

  • The Novice's Tale

  • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Ann Swinfen
  • Narrated by: Philip Battley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

When the novice Emma Thorgold goes missing from Godstow Abbey in the summer of 1353, the hunt is on throughout the Oxfordshire countryside. Bookseller Nicholas Elyot and scholar Jordain Brinkylsworth are anxious to help the girl, but her stepfather has other intentions. Why is he so determined to shut her away for life? Or worse? And will she be found unharmed?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable

  • By Jennifer Chennell on 27-11-17

Attention to detail first rate

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

Reviewed: 16-12-18

These Tales are fascinating, in that they really show extensive, authentic detail of the medieval era. Added to that, the mystery part is easy going (not 15 murders per book like a Paul Doherty). A really enjoyable listen.

  • The Diary of a Bookseller

  • By: Shaun Bythell
  • Narrated by: Robin Laing
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 824

Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff. He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle pleasure

  • By Flint on 11-12-17

Kinda boring

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I thought I’d enjoy this being an ex bookseller myself but I found this book kinda boring, and a little bit mean...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nefertiti's Heart

  • By: A. W. Exley
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Cara Devon has always suffered curiosity and impetuousness, but tangling with a serial killer might cure that. Permanently. London, 1861: Impoverished noble Cara has a simple mission after the strange death of her father - sell off his damned collection of priceless artifacts. Her plan goes awry when aristocratic beauties start dying of broken hearts, an eight-inch-long brass key hammered through their chests.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Surprised

  • By Christine on 12-09-18

Surprised

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I thought I was getting an adventure story much in the line of Elizabeth Peters, but this is quite an explicit bodice ripper! Oh well, the story itself was quite interesting, not sure if I will read book 2 (romance is not my thing).

  • Mistress of the Just Land

  • A Jean Brash Mystery 1
  • By: David Ashton
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Redmond, David Ashton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

New Year's Day - and through the misty streets of Victorian Edinburgh, an elegant female figure walks the cobblestones with a certain vengeful purpose. Jean Brash, the mistress of the Just Land, brings her cool intelligence to solving a murder, a murder that took place in her own bawdy house (the best in Edinburgh and her pride and joy). A prominent judge, strangled and left dangling, could bring her whole life to ruin, and she didn't haul herself off the streets, up through low, dirty houses of pleasure and violent vicious men, to let that come to pass.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you love McLevy you will love this

  • By S Wood on 01-10-16

Lots of strengths, one minor weakness

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

Reviewed: 23-04-18

David Ashton is a very skillful writer with an interesting, unique narrative style. Coupled with Siobhan Redmond's outstanding performance this a highly evocative and enjoyable listen. However, the author's own performance was entirely overdone - hopefully a bit less dramatic flair in the next one please Mr Ashton (as I will still be listening!)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Chekhov Collection (The Seagull, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard) - Audible Classic Theatre
    An Audible Original Drama
    
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        Samantha Bond,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
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        Katherine Kingsley,
    
    
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    Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
    17 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • The Chekhov Collection (The Seagull, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard) - Audible Classic Theatre

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Anton Chekhov
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Freddie Fox, Katherine Kingsley, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

This collection of three of Anton Chekhov's most well-known and important plays is voiced by a sparkling cast and features music, SFX and a full soundscape. The Seagull was written in 1895 and is a masterclass in the art and power of subtext, Three Sisters tells the tale of three sisters who find it very hard to live in a drab Russian provincial town after the death of their father, and The Cherry Orchard speaks of a widowed landowner who returns home more or less insolvent after five years abroad.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sadly disappointing

  • By Mme Jabini on 21-06-18

Highly professional

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

These performances are highly professional, performed by first rate actors. The only problem I had, was differentiating some of the voices - solved by pulling the plays down from my bookcase and reading them too!

  • The Seeker

  • Damian Seeker 1
  • By: S. G. MacLean
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Camm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 139

London, 1654. Oliver Cromwell is at the height of his power and has declared himself Lord Protector. Yet he has many enemies at home and abroad. London is a complex web of spies and merchants, priests and soldiers, exiles and assassins. One of the web's most fearsome spiders is Damian Seeker, agent of the Lord Protector. No one knows where Seeker comes from, who his family is, or even his real name. All that is known of him for certain is that he is utterly loyal to Cromwell and that nothing can be long hidden from him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Dark-Cloaked Figure

  • By Simon on 10-12-16

Listen at 1.25 speed

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

This is an excellent story, but the narrator is very soporific. Rather than not listening though, I listened at 1.25 speed (on my iphone) and found it perfectly OK. I'm glad I persevered as it really was an excellent story

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Infernal Devices

  • By: K. W. Jeter
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28

When George’s father died, he left his son a watchmaker’s shop - and a whole lot more. But George has little talent for watches and other infernal devices. When someone tries to steal an old device from the premises, George finds himself embroiled in a mystery of time travel, wild music, and sexual intrigue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Infernally good!

  • By Mr MA Lawrence on 09-05-13

An excellent original

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

Reviewed: 30-10-17

One of, some say THE first, Steam Punk novels. I almost gave up immediately on this as the narrator didn't strike me as very good, but I persisted and this ended up being an enjoyable, fast paced story with great steam punk devices and fantastical creatures. I loved it!

  • Elmet

  • By: Fiona Mozley
  • Narrated by: Gareth Bennett-Ryan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 155

An atmospheric and thrilling debut set in Yorkshire - perfect for fans of The Loney and The Essex Serpent. Fresh and distinctive writing from an exciting new voice in fiction, Elmet is an unforgettable novel about family, as well as a beautiful meditation on landscape. Daniel is heading north. He is looking for someone. The simplicity of his early life with Daddy and Cathy has turned sour and fearful.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Powerful Story of Outsiders& Family Love/Loyalty

  • By bookylady on 13-10-17

Too much (slightly boring) detail

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

Reviewed: 19-10-17

I tried to listen to this book, because it was a Booker finalist, but never really engaged. It was supposed to be atmospheric, but I found the minute details of people putting on clothes and carrying out chores to be boring. Detailed description just isn't my thing

1 of 2 people found this review helpful