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  • 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 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569

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...

  • 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 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

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!)

The Chekhov Collection (The Seagull, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard) - Audible Classic Theatre cover art
  • 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 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

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 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

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

4 of 6 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 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

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 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 141

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

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  • Exit West

  • By: Mohsin Hamid
  • Narrated by: Ashley Kumar
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 117

Nadia and Saeed are two ordinary young people attempting to do an extraordinary thing - to fall in love - in a world turned upside down. Theirs will be a love story but also a story about how we live now and how we might live tomorrow, of a world in crisis and two human beings travelling through it. Civil war has come to the city which Nadia and Saeed call home. Before long they will need to leave their motherland behind - when the streets are no longer useable and the unknown is safer than the known. They will join the great outpouring of people fleeing a collapsing city.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but lacked sparkle.

  • By bookylady on 23-10-17

Much more than a love story

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

The first half of this book is indeed an interesting insight into love in a war zone, but once the concept of "doors" is introduced this book becomes so much more. It is a wonderful view of the circular nature of conflict, and an insight into the sometimes inexplicable behaviour of others. A worthy Booker finalist.

  • Rook

  • By: Sharon Cameron
  • Narrated by: Caroline Feraday
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal? Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy's arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sharon Cameron writes a rollicking good story

  • By Christine on 03-10-17

Sharon Cameron writes a rollicking good story

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

This is the third Young Adult book of Cameron's I have listened to and they are all top notch! The atmosphere, driving narrative and clever use of the Scarlet Pimpernel myth are all very enjoyable. Caroline Feraday has a large range of voices, including very believable male accents.

  • Lincoln in the Bardo

  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 572

Unfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night, narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, Lincoln in the Bardo is a literary experience unlike any other, for no one but Saunders could conceive it. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved 11-year-old son, Willie, dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Mistake

  • By L on 13-07-17

Extraordinary

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

Reviewed: 21-09-17

If you are an experienced reader that loves literature, this haunting tale about the shared condition of life and death is worth a try. If you only like straight forward plot focused books, you may struggle. Personally, I found it extraordinary, but only after I got used to the first "references" section - push on through!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful