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  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

  • By: Stuart Turton
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,568
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,564

'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder, and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.' It is meant to be a celebration, but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself over and over again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex but Brilliant. A Classic in the making!

  • By Martin on 03-08-18

Overly complicated.

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

Reviewed: 13-03-19

Jot Davis must walk through life believing every single moment of his life is building to the most momentus moment.

Every third word is drawn out to emphersis just how portentous it is. How important the next word will be. It starts out as irratating, becomes grating and you end up wanting the whole thing to just end.

The story is overly complicated, Mr David's narration doesn't help when everyone appears to be Northern and under the impression they are reading for the national theater of Preston.

God it's hard work. By the time the plot twist turns up you are hardly suprised, it explains nothing, adds nothing and is just something else Mr Davies caaaan talllk...... Realllllllly.... Sloooowwwwllyyyy..... ABOUT.

  • Fight Club

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Jim Colby
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531

Every weekend, in basements and car parks across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight Club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter and dark, anarchic genius. And it's only the beginning of his plans for revenge on the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • better to read

  • By Mr on 02-01-13

The film is better

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

Reviewed: 29-01-19

It's great narration, and maybe if I hadn't seen the film first it would be a great story. But, well, the film handles the switch and payoff with more style.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597

Soon to be a major TV series starring Kenneth Branagh. On 21 June 1922, Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt - is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol. Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely. But instead of his usual suite, he must now live in an attic room while Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval. Can a life without luxury be the richest of all?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this and now I feel bereft

  • By suze on 07-12-18

It's a small world.

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

Reviewed: 20-11-18

Russia moves through upheaval after upheaval. Death, war and intrigue stalk the streets of Moscow and stops dead at the door of the metropol where it will be forever 1922 and everyone is having a spiffing time with the lovely ageless Count Rostov.

An ode to a lost age. The book skates over the horror of Stalin and WW2, the rise of the police state and the millions starved to death by communism. Characters waltz through the revolving door of the hotel, impart their bit of the plot and move on, some return, some are forgotten and some get a footnote if they're lucky. The only hardship the count appears to endure is a lack of fish stew.

Then it's time to wrap things up and the charming Count has the last laugh.

Bubbly fun but don't expect war or peace

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Extinct

  • Extracted, Book 3
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,255

The end of the world has been avoided - for now. With Miri and her team of extracted heroes still on the run, Mother, the disgraced former head of the British Secret Service, has other ideas.... While Mother retreats to her bunker to plot her next move, Miri, Ben, Safa and Harry travel far into the future to ensure that they have prevented the apocalypse. But what they find just doesn't make sense. London in 2111 is on the brink of annihilation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing sequel, read by phenomenally talented CP!!

  • By Lauren on 21-05-18

Excellent.

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Love the narration, love the story. Good solid romping fun with great characters. Don't think about the logic too hard and just enjoy the ride..

Aye.

  • The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire

  • The Complete Series
  • By: Rod Duncan
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
  • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585

The complete set of The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire trilogy, featuring The Bullet Catcher's Daughter, Unseemly Science and The Custodian of Marvels. Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life - as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Steampunk Adventuress rights wrongs

  • By Andrew on 23-02-18

I struggled through this... Fruitlessly

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

Reviewed: 25-06-18

Young adult literature at its most unrequited, sugar coated bland dullness. No questions get answered at the end, no explanation of motives or consequences.

Things are alluded too but not followed up. The girl gets the guy at the end with all the subtlety of a fight train derailing through a station China shop.

I stuck with this because the narrator was worth it.

The first book promised much, the second failed to pick up the threads and the third tossed the first two book out and tried to have love story in a caper in a crime in a revenge story.

Sorry, but this was dull. And promised so much.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    368 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter

  • By: Rod Duncan
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 350

Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life - as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus. But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enticing world

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-15

It's OK.

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

Reviewed: 19-12-17

As an opener to a series it's OK.
The world building is solid enough, the characters are solid and believable. But it throws the steampunk references in randomly and doesn't really do anything with them.

Fun, frothy and Victorian

  • Provenance

  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 201

A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artefacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. Ingray and her charge will return to their home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family and her world before they are lost to her for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ann Leckie has done it again. Another great story

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-10-17

Interesting, but complicated.

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

I loved the authors first trilogy. But this follow up doesn't quite have the same zip and vim I'm afraid.

The narration is as fantastic as ever, but the lead character wonders around like Nancy Drew in space figuring out the nafarous plans of the evil dibbly bongs from the planet gobble drool who are working for the master race of thingybob who are mates with the higs bosons who went on holiday with the Joneses from galactic central just last week and then some one dies. And our plucky heroine saves the day and rescues the day for something, or someone. And a bowl... I think

Lots of characters and all a touch contrived.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Out of Time

  • By: Miranda Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Miranda Sawyer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Miranda Sawyer's midlife crisis began when she was 44. It wasn't a traditional one. She didn't run off with a Pilates teacher or blow thousands on a trip to find herself. From the outside, all remained the same. Work, kids, marriage, mortgage, blah. Days, weeks and months whizzed past as she struggled with feeling - knowing - that she was over halfway through her life. It seemed only yesterday that she was 29, out and about. Out of Time is not a self-help audiobook. It's an exploration of this sudden crisis, this jolt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So it’s not just me then

  • By Kid Ooshi on 06-11-18

This may well change my life.

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

Loved this, suddenly the last 4 years make sense. It wasn't just me, everyone feels like this! I don't need happy pills to carry on, I just need to be honest to myself.

I'm going to give this book to all my friends.

  • The Furthest Station

  • A PC Peter Grant Novella
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,818
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681

There's something going bump on the Metropolitan line, and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly whom to call. It's PC Peter Grant's specialty.... Only it's more than going 'bump'. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter - making the follow-up interviews rather difficult. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but

  • By Jeffrey Slater on 06-10-17

Too short.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-17

Far too short, and the final was wrapped up rather too neatly.

Obviously got board writing about the faceless man, time to start a new plot line.

Still great writing, but the words, "holding " and "pattern" must I'm afraid, be used here.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Extracted

  • Extracted, Book 1
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • started well

  • By people's bank on 06-03-17

Visceral writing rips along

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

Reviewed: 24-08-17

Great characters that draw you in and make you care about them. The story doesn't stand up to too much scrutiny, but then time travel stories always have that "why don't they just....." element.

I've bought the second book because I want to know what happens next. This is an excellent opener and although really just a very long prologue the story never drags or feels like filler.

The narrator is fantastic, enough variation in character voices to keep them separate in your head.