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  • The House on Cold Hill

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 689

They said the dead can't hurt you.... They were wrong. The House on Cold Hill is a chilling and suspenseful ghost story from the multimillion-copy best-selling author of Dead Simple, Peter James. Moving from the heart of Brighton and Hove to the Sussex countryside is a big undertaking for Ollie and Caro Harcourt and their 12-year-old daughter, Jade. But when they view Cold Hill House - a huge, dilapidated Georgian mansion - Ollie is filled with excitement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Johanna on 13-11-15

Left me cold -

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

Reviewed: 13-12-16

The story has a slow build and a few surprises but I would challenge anyone to put up with what this family did before running for the hills. The ending was also a bit weak for me - sorry.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Ruby Elephants

  • By: Chris James
  • Narrated by: Dominic Lopez
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

When an elephant escapes from the London Zoological Gardens, Holmes and Watson become embroiled in one of their strangest cases yet. Engaged by a jeweler in fear for his life, the trail leads Sherlock to two secret societies, each pursuing the eight ruby elephants said to unlock a vault containing the lost Nizam diamond. Standing in his way are some deadly foes: the Archangels, assassins in top hats and tailcoats, hell-bent on the murder of the great detective and the acquisition of the treasures of the realm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Sherlock romp

  • By Anonymous User on 10-01-18

strange story, weirdest accents - not for me

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

I love Sherlock Holmes stories, from the originals to the new ones but this one was not for me - it jumped at one point to a new part of story with no explanation, I tried many times to see if it was my ipod but no. Also Holmes and Watson voices were very wrong not true to the characters at all. Sorry, not for me.

  • Art in the Blood: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

  • By: Bonnie MacBird
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

London. A snowy December, 1888. Sherlock Holmes, 34, is languishing and back on cocaine after a disastrous Ripper investigation. Watson can neither comfort nor rouse his friend - until a strangely encoded letter arrives from Paris. Mlle La Victoire, a beautiful French cabaret star, writes that her illegitimate son by an English lord has disappeared, and she has been attacked in the streets of Montmartre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Games Afoot!

  • By Justin Webb on 19-05-16

Good adaption of Sherlock stories

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

Reviewed: 28-08-16

Took me a while to get used to the voice of Sherlock but I soon did and the stories and narration was very good.

I enjoyed the stories a lot

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sherlock Holmes - The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Jonathan Barnes
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Briggs, Richard Earl
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Four decades. Four cases. One solution. From the plains of Afghanistan to the alleyways of Victorian London, from the dark heart of the English countryside to the ruin of Europe after the Great War, join Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson in a quartet of astonishing new investigations which span their lifelong friendship and beyond....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok stories, impractical format

  • By reading listener on 22-06-17

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 28-08-16

I could not take to this format and found the stories just wrong for Sherlock and Watson. Also dont know why each actor had to introduce themselves either.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes

  • The Heirloom Collection
  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 58 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,684

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A long and rewarding listen....

  • By Lee on 29-04-15

Fantastic Collection - The full set

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

Reviewed: 20-01-16

A fantastic audio book covering all the brilliant stories. It lasted forever as it is a very long book but with short stories within I never lost my place. The characterisation of Holmes and Watson was just as I imagined it.

Simon Vance as ever narrates totally believable and easy to tell apart characters.

My best audiobook ever!

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,818

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

  • By Jude on 12-07-15

A thought provoking and non put downable book

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

I dont like science fiction but for some reason the story in this book appealed to me and I am so glad I chose to buy it.

I will never look at the figure on the door of a gents loo the same again (Not that I look at them a lot now being female). I was always very keen to hear the next chapter and could never second guess how the story would move on.

The end was not as expected but thinking about it now I can understand why that was done.

The narrators voice was great and his accents believable

I will look out for other stories by this author as I recommend this book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Buried

  • Department Q, Book 5
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Buried, the fifth installment of the Department Q series by Jussi Adler-Olsen, read by Steven Pacey. More than three years ago, a civil servant vanished after returning from a work trip to Africa. Though he is missing and presumed dead, the man's family still want answers. It is one of the many unsolved crimes left for Department Q, Denmark's cold-case unit headed up by Detective Carl Morck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Just A Crime Book

  • By David F. on 15-03-15

Another great Department Q story - gripping

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

Reviewed: 18-08-15

I did struggle in the first chapter as it was so far removed from Dept Q - I even had to check I was listening to the right book - however you soon realise this is absolutely necessary to support and explain the rest of the plot. I was gripped. The interaction between the Dept Q team is equally funny, sad and mysterious. I loved it. Having read the previous 4 books I hope there are still more to come

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • And June Whitfield

  • By: June Whitfield
  • Narrated by: June Whitfield
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

In a 56-year career spanning from Take It from Here to Absolutely Fabulous, June Whitfield's presence in a show has always been a hallmark of quality. From Shakespeare to Carry On films, from Penge rep to the Palladium, there is hardly a theatre or studio where she hasn't appeared, and in the process acquired a wonderfully funny backstage tale to tell. June Whitfield writes perceptively about the great comics she has known in her long professional life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely look back at Junes career but not an autobi

  • By S. Hall on 18-08-15

Lovely look back at Junes career but not an autobi

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

Reviewed: 18-08-15

A great look back with clips from all Junes great work but I missed info on Junes life outside of work - recommended listening though - she seems such a nice lady and so talented plus I think very patient with some of her co-performers

  • Devices and Desires

  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Devices and Desires by P.D. James is the eighth Adam Dalgliesh mystery. When Commander Adam Dalgliesh visits Larksoken, a remote headland community on the Norfolk coast in the shadow of a nuclear power station, he expects to be engaged only in the sad business of tying up his aunt's estate. But the peace of Larksoken is illusory.

A serial killer known as the Whistler is terrorising the neighbourhood...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant.

  • By pauline wallin on 22-01-19

Surprising that Insp Dalglish isnt in charge

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

Reviewed: 05-04-15

Great narration by Daniel again and it is a very interesting story but seemed strange to me Adam Dalglish was not running the investigation which held him back and I missed him. Otherwise very good as always but not my favourite

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in White

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Ian Holm
  • Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720

Late one moonlit night, Walter Hartright encounters a solitary and terrified woman dressed all in white. He saves her from capture by her pursuers and determines to solve the mystery of her distress and terror. Inspired by an actual criminal case, this gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness and mistaken identity has never been out of print since its publication and brought Collins great fame and success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Anthony on 13-01-11

Enthralling Story with many twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 31-01-15

This book is long but with the many twists and turns it kept me enthralled all the way through, I couldnt wait to get back to it to find out the next part. Well narrated too. A great book which has really lasted the test of time. I could picture it in my head.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful