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  • Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

  • The Miles Vorkosigan Adventures, Book 17
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Future imperfect: Three years after her famous husband's death, Cordelia Vorkosigan, widowed Vicereine of Sergyar, stands ready to spin her life in a new direction. Oliver Jole, admiral, Sergyar Fleet, finds himself caught up in her web of plans in ways he'd never imagined, bringing him to an unexpected crossroads in his life. Meanwhile, Miles Vorkosigan, one of Emperor Gregor's key investigators, this time dispatches himself on a mission of inquiry, into a mystery he never anticipated - his own mother.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Every trace of an exciting plot dispensed with

  • By Kindle Customer on 18-11-16

Loved this book

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

Reviewed: 20-02-18

I admit that I read this one with reluctance, given the Big Event at the end of the previous book (no spoilers). However, I loved it. It swiftly climbed the listings of my favourite LMB's books right up to second - Civil Campaign being up there at the top. Jole is a very likeable character and, as with all LMB's characters, you really feel that you get under his skin.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secrets of Wishtide

  • By: Kate Saunders
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Mrs Laetitia Rodd is the impoverished widow of an Archdeacon: she is also a private detective of the utmost discretion. In winter 1850, she is asked by Sir James Calderstone to investigate the background of an 'unsuitable' woman his son intends to marry. In the guise of governess, she travels to the family seat, Wishtide, where she discovers that the Calderstones have more to hide than most. As their secrets unfold, the case takes an unpleasant turn when a man is found dead outside a tavern.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Delightful

  • By Linda on 24-03-17

Really enjoyed this book

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

Reviewed: 22-08-17

This is a beautifully crafted and well written book which is enhanced by the excellent narrator. It's by no means a thriller, and is a relatively gentle 'whodunnit', but you would realise that from the synopsis. I did work out quite early on who the culprit was, but the story is none the worse for that, and it in no way spoilt my enjoyment of the story. As soon as I had finished it, I came online to get the next in the series, just to be disappointed by the fact that there weren't any more and it was only published earlier this year! I will certainly look out for others in this series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Long and the Short of It

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283

Follow the disaster magnets of St Mary's as they hurtle around history! The ninth book in The Chronicles of St Mary's Series collects the best-selling short stories in audio for the first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very unfair for people to complain

  • By Hevpais on 13-06-17

Very unfair for people to complain

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

Reviewed: 13-06-17

I find it extraordinary that people are complaining that this is a compliation of previously released stories. Don't they read the blurb???? It says quite clearly "The ninth book in The Chronicles of St Mary's Series collects the best-selling short stories in audio for the first time." It then goes on to say at the end "And a bonus a new and previously unpublished short story - 'A Perfect Storm'." How could this have been made clearer? And to cap that, it is ridiculously easy to get credits back from Audible if a book isn't liked. Get your credit back and next time, read the description first and don't blame others for your own shortcomings!

This book was issued primarily as a paper back for people who do not have Kindles or Audio after massive requests, because issuing short stories in paperback is not commercially viable. It wasn't intended to issue it in Audio also, but again, the fans asked for this. At the ridiculously low prices that these are available, neither the author nor the publisher is going to be retiring on the profits, for goodness sake!

If are buying this because you want it, don't hesitate. The books are totally brilliant, the short stories in particular are fun, but if you haven't read the 'full' books they may seem a little disjointed as they are 'fillers'. The narrator is also fantastic and adds so much to the story by reading it so well.

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • The Ides of April

  • Falco: The New Generation (Flavia Albia, Book 1)
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Lucy Brown
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 262

Falco: the new generation - Introducing Flavia Albia.Flavia Albia is the adopted daughter of a famous investigating family. In defiance of tradition, she lives alone on the colourful Aventine Hill, and battles out a solo career in a male-dominated world. As a woman and an outsider, Albia has special insight into the best, and worst, of life in ancient Rome.A female client dies in mysterious circumstances. Albia investigates and discovers there have been many other strange deaths all over the city, yet she is warned off by the authorities.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly rocky start to "Falco - the daughter"

  • By Mike on 05-11-13

Took a little while, but worth it

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

Reviewed: 20-03-17

I found this spin off from the Falco novels a bit hard going to start with, but I think that was mainly unfamiliarity with what felt like it should be a familiar cast, but actually there was no reason why it should be. Also, felt odd hearing them with a female narrator, but again, that was as it should be. Once I settled down and started getting to know the people, Lindsey Davis great storytelling came though and I thoroughly enjoyed it, buying the second one as soon as i'd finished the first.

  • The Jupiter Myth

  • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 14
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Marcus was hoping for a relaxed visit to Britannia. But things turn serious at the scene of a murder. King Togidubnus has been stuffed down a bar-room well - leading to a diplomatic situation which Marcus must resolve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Part II of II

  • By Michelle on 25-11-09

Excellent Falco - but first 5* for this narrator

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

Reviewed: 15-02-17

Story excellent, well up to standard, and great to meet Flavia Albia at last. My main reason for writing this review is to say - fair's fair - this is the first time i've really enjoyed this narrator's work. He has shed all the cretinous accents and manners he gave to the other characters and I couldn't fault it.

  • The Accusers

  • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 15
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Jamie Glover
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

Fresh from his trip to Britain, Falco needs to re-establish his presence in Rome. A minor role in the trial of a senator entangles him in the machinations of Silius Italicus and Paccius Africanus, two real-life lawyers at the top of their trade. These notorious ex-consuls play a dangerous game, where success brings rich pickings but a mistrial or a wrong verdict entails huge financial penalties.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not sure about the reader/narrator

  • By Anne on 13-12-10

Good, but not my favourite

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

Reviewed: 15-02-17

Storyline was enjoyable as usual, but this is my least favourite so far. For my liking, way too much of the narrative was in the form of reports and court episodes, especially the former. It almost felt that it had been done in a rush and the reports were a quick fix. Narrator ok, but some of the pronunciations were not as i imagine them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Body in the Bath House

  • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 13
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

Marcus Didius Falco discovers that rank brings problems, the most gruesome of which is a corpse buried under the tiles of his new bath house. The contractors have fled to Britain where, as the Fates have it, Falco is ordered. A local chief and ally of the Romans is having a Palace built by the Emperor Vespasian. However, the project is running late, and fatal accidents keep happening. Falco, troubleshooting for the Emperor, is without an ally and now next on the list for assassination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typically Brilliant

  • By John L. on 28-06-06

Yet another excellent Falco

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

The story is, as ever, excellent and gripping. The characters are maturing and developing, especially that of Falco as he gets a bit older and wiser. Not as brash and coarse as he was as a raw lad. Normally i don't like this narrator's work and prefer the other main narrator, but he really got to grips with this one and resisted the urge to make the other characters sound like morons. This is definitely my favourite of his narrations so far.

  • Three Hands in the Fountain

  • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 9
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

Marcus Didius Falco and his friend Petronius find their local fountain has been blocked - by a severed human hand. Soon other body parts are being found in the aqueducts & sewers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favourite Falco

  • By Claire Kendall-Price on 04-10-15

story good, narrator not so much

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

Reviewed: 28-01-17

The Falco story is, as always, excellent. 'Nuff said. However, I find this narrator irritating. He voices Falco alright, but manages to make all of the other male characters, or most, like cretinous imbeciles, using a voice worthy of the best TV sterotypical low intelligence low class moron. I constantly expect each speech to start with derrrrrr .... Almost put me off the story to be honest, and i love the Falco novels.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Great St. Mary's Day Out

  • A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 420

Everyone deserves to get away for a bit. Even the miscreants at St Mary's. Astonishingly, Dr. Bairstow has declared a holiday. Even more astonishingly - he's paying for it. Needless to say, there are strings attached. They have to record the 1601 performance of Hamlet, with Shakespeare himself in the role of the Ghost. It doesn't go well, of course.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic St Marys featuring Bill the flaming Bard

  • By English Country Life on 01-08-16

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

Loved this story. Rip roaring tale full of energy and fun. Great to catch up on what happens after the huge events at the end of book 7 (no spoilers) and, as always, love Markham. Listened to it in one sitting, then immediately went back to the start and listened to it again. Can't believe how Jodi Taylor can cram so much into one short story. Favourite line? Possibly that Matthew is not to be used as a draft excluder. Naughty Jodi to stir up the mud again over Markham's status - trying to avoid spoilers again! Love, love, loved it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Nothing Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780

Getting a life isn't always easy. And hanging on to it is even harder.... Jodi Taylor brings all her comic writing skills to this heartwarming tale of self-discovery. Known as The Nothing Girl because of her severe stutter and chronically low self-confidence, Jenny Dove is only just prevented from ending it all by the sudden appearance of Thomas, a mystical golden horse only she can see. Under his guidance Jenny unexpectedly acquires a husband - the charming and chaotic Russell Checkland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful book

  • By ellen on 08-05-15

Lovely Book

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

Reviewed: 25-10-15

I read the associated 'short' Little Donkey before The Nothing Girl, accidentally thinking it was part of the St Mary's Chronicles. I didn't enjoy it and consequently had no intention of reading The Nothing Girl. However, having withdrawal symptoms with no St Mary's left to read and having read Bachelor Establishment, i decided to get Nothing Girl after all. I absolutely loved it, and so listened again to Little Donkey straight after, and this time enjoyed it. The problem the first time was that i didn't know the characters. The Nothing Girl is quite different from the St Mary's, but I loved it and am sure you will too. Don't be put off by the synopsis, believe the reviews!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful