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  • The Darkening Age

  • The Christian Destruction of the Classical World
  • By: Catherine Nixey
  • Narrated by: Lalla Ward
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

In The Darkening Age, Catherine Nixey tells the little-known - and deeply shocking - story of how a militant religion deliberately tried to extinguish the teachings of the Classical world, ushering in unquestioning adherence to the 'one true faith'. The Roman Empire had been generous in embracing and absorbing new creeds. But with the coming of Christianity, everything changed. This new faith, despite preaching peace, was violent, ruthless and intolerant. And once it became the religion of empire, its zealous adherents set about the destruction of the old gods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By L on 08-09-18

Fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-18

This book was a real education for me . It explains how history has been manipulated. It is extremely thought-provoking. I can not recommend it highly enough. Gripping , so much information- I may re read it .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,605
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,866

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Eleanor!

  • By Kaggy on 30-06-17

Fantastic listen

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

Reviewed: 31-07-18

What a wonderful book. From the start I was captivated by Eleanor. The slow changes that she makes in her character are so expertly portrayed. There is also mystery in there too and the author slowly lets the background creep into the story . Beautifully written

  • The Word Is Murder

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,726

A wealthy woman strangled six hours after she's arranged her own funeral. A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own. A reluctant author drawn into a story he can’t control. What do they have in common? Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's new thriller. Spread the word. The word is murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Unemployed Detective

  • By Sarah on 30-08-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

Another fabulous book from Horowitz! Keeps you guessing until the end. Rory Kinnear is a brilliant reader- you can't believe that there's not a full cast in there!!

  • Magpie Murders

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner, Samantha Bond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,151

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She's worked with the revered crime writer for years, and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway.... But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who? How? Where & Why?

  • By Mrs Q on 10-10-16

Fabulous book

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

I really enjoyed this- in fact I've never read a book like it! It's a book within a book. The story is excellent and keep you guessing right to the end. 2 mysteries for the price of one !!!

  • The Secret History

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,433
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163

The smartest murder-mystery you will ever hearA misfit at an exclusive New England college, Richard finds kindred spirits in the five eccentric students of his ancient Greek class. But his new friends have a horrific secret. When blackmail and violence threaten to blow their privileged lives apart, they drag Richard into the nightmare that engulfs them. And soon they enter a terrifying heart of darkness from which they may never return.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting tale

  • By mj on 06-09-16

Stick with it! The book has a very slow start. I wasn't sure if I would confine . It didn't grip.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-16

This was a slow burn. I wondered where it was going and it took me weeks to listen to the first part- it just didn't grip me.
The it began to exert its pull and by the middle I was hooked. You enter their world- a group of privileges students in the Hamptons. Then a dark secret emerges and the book becomes a tense thriller !

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Miniaturist

  • By: Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by: Jessie Burton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,851
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,676
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,674

There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed...On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tricky to get in to

  • By DebNwood on 20-05-15

Fantastic story

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

Reviewed: 24-05-15

Beautifully written, this novel creates a whole world which you slip into. It twists and turns and takes you by surprise.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Pilgrim

  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,135

Pilgrim is the code name for a man who doesn't exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation. But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting but a bit too full of cliches

  • By Anna on 19-12-16

Great story, fast moving, well told

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-15

I really enjoyed this- couldn't stop listening. If you like nesbo - you will like this! On to part 2 now!

  • A Fraction of the Whole

  • By: Steve Toltz
  • Narrated by: Colin McPhillamy, Craig Baldwin
  • Length: 25 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Martin Dean spent his entire life analyzing absolutely everything - from the benefits of suicide to the virtues of strip clubs - and passing on his self-taught knowledge to his son, Jasper. But now that his father's dead, Jasper can fully reflect on the man who raised him in intellectual captivity, and the irony is this: theirs was a great adventure. From his prison cell, Jasper Dean tells the unlikely story of his scheming father Martin, his crazy Uncle Terry and how the three of them upset - mostly unintentionally - an entire continent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fathers and Sons

  • By sarahmoose2000 on 02-08-09

without doubt one of the best books I've ever read

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

Reviewed: 23-05-14

This was recommended to me by an American friend. It is amazing - I have been telling everyone about it. Tolzte has only written this one so far. It is funny and makes you laugh out loud. It is an epic tale - something that would usually put me off - but it rambles from the youth of the writer,through to his adult hood and all the characters he meets along the way. The australian delivery of the reader is fantastic, he sounds surprised and amazed, justas the reader will be. I will be listening to this again . I never do that !

  • Cockroaches

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 909

Harry is on a special mission. Detective Harry Hole arrives in a steaming hot Bangkok. The Norwegian ambassador has been found dead in a seedy motel room, and Harry has been sent to investigate. It’s clear that the Ambassador’s family are hiding some secrets of their own, but few people are willing to talk.He needs to solve a crime and avoid a scandal. When Harry lays hands on some incriminating CCTV footage, things only get more complicated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cochroaches by Jo Nesbo

  • By Steven on 08-12-13

Nesbo doesn't disappoint

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

Reviewed: 23-05-14

Another great book from Nesbo and Sean Barrett's voice is like honey. A great story, well read and keeping you guessing

  • The Late Monsieur Gallet

  • Inspector Maigret, Book 3
  • By: Georges Simenon, Anthea Bell (translator)
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

George Simenon's devastating tale of misfortune, betrayal and the weakness of family ties, translated by Anthea Bell. Instead of the detail filling itself in and becoming clearer, it seemed to escape him. The face of the man in the ill-fitting coat just misted up so that it hardly looked human. In theory this mental portrait was good enough, but now it was replaced by fleeting images which should have added up to one and the same man but which refused to get themselves into focus.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best Maigret booksl

  • By D on 03-05-14

excellent

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

Reviewed: 23-05-14

I just love the Maigret books and this was read perfectly - very atmospheric of France in that era. A great detective story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful