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  • The Fourteenth Letter

  • By: Claire Evans
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Phoebe Stanbury was killed in the summer of secrets.... One balmy June evening in 1881, Phoebe Stanbury stands before the guests at her engagement party: this is her moment, when she will join the renowned Raycraft family and ascend to polite society. As she takes her fiancé's hand, a stranger holding a knife steps forward and ends the poor girl's life. Amid the chaos, he turns to her aristocratic groom and mouths: 'I promised I would save you.'

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings!

  • By Rosie on 12-04-18

The Fourteenth Letter

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

Reviewed: 13-05-18

Complicated, unusual and brilliant. I really enjoyed the story and the narrator just added to the whole ambience of a chain of events that left the main protagonist wondering what on earth was happening to him. I highly recommend this,though saying also that it does take some listening to, and I look forward to the next chapter, because I can’t believe that it ends here!

  • The Private Patient

  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

The fourteenth Adam Dalgliesh Mystery. When the notorious investigative journalist, Rhoda Gradwyn, booked into Mr Chandler-Powell's private clinic in Dorset for the removal of a disfiguring and long-standing facial scar, she had every prospect of a successful operation by a distinguished surgeon, a week's peaceful convalescence in one of Dorset's most beautiful manor houses, and the beginning of a new life. She was never to leave Cheverell Manor alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Unexpected Outcome

  • By JPR Beader on 10-04-16

The Private Patient

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I found it difficult to get into the story or engage with the characters. However, when the murder happened and Dalgleish and team arrived it became more interesting and intriguing. There were many threads and most of the characters had back stories that may or may not have been relevant and in the end this is what spoiled this book for me. I did not guess the murderer or the motive so that came as a surprise but after it had been solved all the other ends had to be tied up and I found it tedious. I have not read many works by the author so perhaps fans will be appalled that I could use such a description: it was very clever and intricate in the extreme but I felt that too many characters had been in PD James’s mind when she started and probably she hadn’t decided who the murderer would be so wove many possibilities until she could choose. I usually read and/or listen to my books several times but I shan’t revisit The Private Patient.

  • A Good Year

  • By: Peter Mayle
  • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Max Skinner is a man at the heart of London's financial universe until his employers embark on a little asset-stripping of their own. Himself. Amid the grey London drizzle, there is one potential ray of sunshine: Max's Uncle Harry has left him his estate in his will, an eighteenth-century chateau and vineyard an hour's drive from Avignon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Year. By Peter Mayle.

  • By Edward on 07-04-09

A Good Book too...

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

Reviewed: 19-04-18

My friends and my long suffering husband have often put up with me shouting at the TV because they were showing a film that was nothing like the book. In this case I actually saw and really liked the film first. The book is very different but very enjoyable and as I already have recordings by Tim Pigott-Smith I knew I would not be let down by the performance. It is likely that had I read the book first I would have shouted at the tv which would have been a shame because I would have missed a good production, however the audiobook is well-narrated with very engaging characters and I will read and listen to it again and recommend it highly.

  • The Toll-Gate

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Daniel Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Captain John Staple’s exploits in the Peninsula had earned him the sobriquet Crazy Jack amongst his fellows in the Dragoon Guards. Now home from Waterloo, life in peacetime is rather dull for the adventure-loving Captain. But when he finds himself lost at an unmanned toll-house in the Pennines, his soldiering days suddenly pale away beside an adventure - and romance - of a lifetime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More action, less manners - but vintage Heyer

  • By Maggie on 19-06-14

Wish I’d read the all of the reviews

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

Reviewed: 27-03-18

I like Georgette Heyers regency stories and The Toll-Gate is no exception. I have most of them in paperback and several in my Audible library. This is the second that I felt was spoiled by the narrator. He just didn’t get the feel of the characters and in a few instances where John said “quietly “ or “calmly” or “lovingly” his voice was as strident as if he were addressing a meeting. Another reviewer mentioned that the fight scene in the cave was narrated as if it were a racing commentary and I can only agree. A good story spoiled.

  • The Bedlam Stacks

  • By: Natasha Pulley
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 496

An astonishing historical novel set in the shadowy, magical forests of South America, which draws on the captivating world of the international best seller The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. Deep in uncharted Peru, the holy town of Bedlam stands at the edge of a forest. The shrine statues move, and anyone who crosses the border dies. But somewhere inside are cinchona trees, whose bark yields quinine: the only known treatment for malaria. On the other side of the Pacific, it is 1859, and India is ravaged by the disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story and took me back to my travels in Peru

  • By claire on 28-07-17

Just not for me...

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

Reviewed: 31-01-18

I really enjoyed the watchmaker of Filigree Street which was a complicated story. This, however, was over complicated with mostly unlikeable characters. I have read other reviews which say the story gets better as you go along:I am about a quarter of the way through and I’m so bored that I don’t care what happens. This is very unusual for me as I read a lot and also have many audible books of differing styles. However I’m afraid I’ve had to give up on this one.

  • The Secret Life of Bees

  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141

Lily has grown up believing she accidentally killed her mother when she was four. She not only has her own memory of holding the gun, but her father's account of the event. Now 14, she yearns for her mother, and for forgiveness. Living on a peach farm in South Carolina with her father, she has only one friend: Rosaleen, a black servant whose sharp exterior hides a tender heart. South Carolina in the '60s is a place where segregation is still considered a cause worth fighting for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it - start to finish!

  • By Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE on 04-08-14

Another unusual choice for me...

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

But I'm so glad I have it in my library. The story is good, there are a lot of facts that make you think quite hard about the way people treat each other -especially when you realise that these things happened in our recent history. There are also lots of times when you can empathise with the trials of a teenage girl in early sixties rural America and enjoy the way she learns to love herself. It is very well written and the narrator really adds to the story by the way she gets the tone and emotion right. I really recommend this but also warn that if you get as involved as I you may find yourself resenting having to stop listening and come back to real life.

  • The Great Christmas Knit Off

  • By: Alexandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

The perfect seasonal tale of how laughter, friends and wacky Christmas jumpers can mend a broken heart. For fans of Trisha Ashley and Jenny Colgan. Heartbroken after being jilted at the altar, Sybil has been saved from despair by her knitting obsession and now her home is filled to bursting with tea cosies, bobble hats, and jumpers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A heart warming read!

  • By Fabulous Book Fiend on 01-01-15

The Great Christmas Knit Off

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

This is an easy listen and reasonably entertaining but I think I must be getting too old and cynical. There were several threads to the story but as soon as I heard them I knew where they were going and the story was a little simplistic. However, the narration was excellent and, although I thought I knew what would happen I wasn't that confident and listened right to the end,

  • My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750

The hilarious, heartbreaking novel by the author of the international best seller A Man Called Ove. Granny has been telling fairy tales for as long as Elsa can remember. In the beginning they were only to make Elsa go to sleep, to get her to practise Granny's secret language, and a little because Granny is just about as nutty as a granny should be. But lately the stories have another dimension as well. Something Elsa can't quite put her finger on....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderfully engaging, great story well read.

  • By Catherine Smith on 27-08-15

Not what I was expecting....

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

Reviewed: 21-10-16

I thought this would make a change from my usual choices and the humour in the sample I listened to decided me to try it. It is a really lovely story, told from the perspective of an extremely bright 7 year old following the death of her granny. It is a little formulaic in that someone precious dies leaving secrets to be revealed, a villain getting his come-uppance and everything being explained at the end but that description is much too simple and patronising to be applied to such a good book. There are some times when you may think you can work out the ending but you probably can't see it all. A good story, some interesting characters with back-stories and excellent narration.

  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432

A dark enchantment blights the land. Agnieszka loves her village, set deep in a peaceful valley. But the nearby enchanted forest casts a shadow over her home. Many have been lost to the Wood, and none returns unchanged. The villagers depend on an ageless wizard, the Dragon, to protect them from the forest's dark magic. However, his help comes at a terrible price. One young village woman must serve him for 10 years, leaving all she values behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended!

  • By Gabrielle Harvey-Jones on 18-05-16

Unusual and unputdownable

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

Reviewed: 14-09-16

I really enjoyed listening to this. The story seemed, from the jacket notes, to be all too predictable but it really wasn't. I haven't read (listened to) anything quite like it before. The main protagonists were believable and although it is obviously a fantasy story it is written in such a way that it becomes believable too. If you like this genre and are toying with the idea of buying it -do. You won't regret it.

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  • Warlock Holmes - A Study in Brimstone

  • By: G. S. Denning
  • Narrated by: Robert Garson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius. Warlock Holmes is an idiot. A font of arcane power, certainly. But he's brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn't deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of 1,000 demons and his stalwart companion. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety and save him from a gruesome death every now and again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable spoof

  • By GV on 18-02-17

Could have been sooo good and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

Unfortunately and despite the best efforts of the narrator it was not. An opportunity missed by a mile.............

2 of 5 people found this review helpful