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Claire Mills

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  • Lies Sleeping

  • Rivers of London, Book 7
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,728
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,524

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice. But even as the unwieldly might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love these characters and these books.

  • By Pegs on 23-11-18

Return to form

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

Reviewed: 05-06-19

Whilst the series started off brilliantly the last couple of books have felt more like fillers. This one though brings everything together with Mr Punch, the Faceless Man and Lesley and all wonderfully narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,396
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,377

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Claire on 21-02-18

Harrowing but beautiful

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

Reviewed: 21-04-18

A must listen and I cannot rate this highly enough. Richard Armitage narrates this beautifully and you can feel the years drop away as you travel back to the horrors of Auschwitz. This book will make you cry, gasp in horror at the cruelty faced and above all wonder at one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever come across. There were times I had to stop listening, to allow time for me to absorb the story. Even if it’s not your normal audible book, please take the time to listen to this.

  • White Silence

  • Elizabeth Cage, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Kate Scarfe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,452
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,450

Elizabeth Cage is a child when she discovers that there are things in this world that only she can see. But she doesn't want to see them, and she definitely doesn't want them to see her. What is a curse to Elizabeth is a gift to others - a very valuable gift they want to control. When her husband dies, Elizabeth's world descends into a nightmare. But as she tries to piece her life back together, she discovers that not everything is as it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By mollyeyre on 23-09-17

When is the next installment out??

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

I’m an avid fan of St Mary’s and have to ration myself so I don’t listen to them all in one go. This was better (if that’s possible). Brilliant storyline with lots of twists and turns and narrated beautifully. If you like Jodi Taylor’s other books you will adore this. When’s the next one out?

  • 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 887
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812

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

So enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

I'm an avid fan of the St Mary's Chronicles so I thought I'd try another of Jodi Taylor's books. I'm so glad I did. Really lovely story with some out loud ah moments, some giggles and wonderfully narrated. Very disappointed I've finished listening to it. Very highly recommended

  • No Time Like the Past

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 5
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155

Jodi Taylor’s best-selling series The Chronicles of St. Mary is back with a bang…St. Mary’s has been rebuilt, and it’s business as usual for the history department. But first there’s the little matter of a 17th-century ghost that only Mr. Markham can see. Not to mention the minor inconvenience of being trapped in the Great Fire of London…and an unfortunately timed comfort break at Thermopylae, leaving the fate of the Western world hanging in the balance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If the Joneses had a child ...

  • By Garry on 21-04-15

Demolished it!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

What made the experience of listening to No Time Like the Past the most enjoyable?

I love the Chronicles of St Mary's and have to ration myself with them as there's not an endless supply of them. The narrator is superb, the storyline are wonderful and I love the hopping around the timeline

What did you like best about this story?

The ongoing exploits of Max and St Mary's. There's never any feeling that any of these books are fillers to get you to the next one. You have the thread of the characters and the ongoing story that goes from book to book, but then there are all the wonderful pockets of the events that they go and visit (and generally cause chaos!)

What about Zara Ramm’s performance did you like?

She's got the whole characterisation down to a fine art now. I couldn't imagine Max being anyone else or the story being narrated by anyone else

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A gallop and romp through time

Any additional comments?

I'm going to have to listen to a couple of other audio books before the next, but it's going to be hard!!!

  • Passenger 23

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Max Beesley, Rebecca Hall, Anthony Head, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,462

With no police to investigate and no escape, could it be the perfect setting for a crime? Martin Schwartz (Beesley) is an undercover detective who is recovering from his wife and sons' bizarre disappearance from a cruise ship 5 years ago. He is a desperate man willing to take big risks. Martin never wanted to step onto a cruise ship again until he receives a call which can't be ignored. On average, 23 people per year disappear without a trace from cruise ships. Never before has someone come back... until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Interesting stuff!!!

  • By lynsey Patina on 22-12-15

Gripping stuff

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Passenger 23 to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the book, but I would say that yes

Who was your favorite character and why?

The lead (it was a couple of month's ago that I read this so I've forgotten his name!)

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Wonderful - very much up to the standard that I expect from theses

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely! I can always tell how engrossed I am in an Audible book, by how quickly I listen to it. If it's good I'll find every opportunity to listen to it

Any additional comments?

Very good dramatisation. I love these type of Audible productions with the different characters, especially these by Sebastian Fitzek and am always keeping an eye out for the next one. More of these please!

  • The Mangle Street Murders

  • By: M. R. C. Kasasian
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,515

Gower Street, London, 1882: Sidney Grice, London's most famous personal detective, is expecting a visitor. He drains his fifth pot of morning tea, and glances outside, where a young, plain woman picks her way between the piles of horse-dung towards his front door. Sidney Grice shudders. For heaven's sake - she is wearing brown shoes. The Mangle Street Murders is for those who like their crime original, atmospheric, and very, very funny.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite My Pot of Tea

  • By Simon on 06-02-16

Not as good as anticipated

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

Would you try another book written by M. R. C. Kasasian or narrated by Emma Gregory?

Narrator was good, but I felt that the story could have been better

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was a bit, oh, right, the end

What does Emma Gregory bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Good characterisation

Did The Mangle Street Murders inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

Narration was good, but the story could have been better. It chugged along, but I wasn't that bothered about what happened in the end. I'll try another one of this series to see if it's any better, but I think there are better books set in this era out there

  • Foxglove Summer

  • Rivers of London, Book 5
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,225
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,936

In the fifth of his best-selling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper. Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can take a city wizard to the country but...

  • By Sarah on 17-11-14

Definitely a filler

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

I've thoroughly enjoyed all the previous Rivers of London books and was really looking forward to this one. Off I started and listening to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith was like putting my comfy slippers on. I kept thinking, oh the story will get going now, but it never really did. The more I listened the more it just seemed like a filler book, to tide the listener over until the next one. If you've listened to the previous ones you'll need to get through this one as it gives some info that will no doubt come in handy for the next book (which is now being downloaded!)

  • The Secret Race

  • Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs
  • By: Tyler Hamilton, Daniel Coyle
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 500

On a fateful night in 2009, Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle met for dinner at a restaurant in Boulder, Colorado. The two had met five years before while Coyle was writing his best-selling book Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force. But this time, Tyler had something else on his mind. He finally wanted to come clean, about everything: the doping, the lying, his years as Lance Armstrong's teammate on U.S. Postal,, and his decade spent running from the truth. "I'm sorry," he told Coyle. "It just feels so good to be able to talk about this. I've been quiet for so many years."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story even if you are not a bike racing fan

  • By Bettym on 19-03-13

Enlightening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-13

I'd just finished listening to Bradley Wiggin's autobiography and moved straight onto this one. Talk about a complete contrast of the same competition and hopefully shows how much progress the sport has made over the last few years. Sean Runnette narrated it perfectly and painted a brilliant picture of 'The Secret Race'. If you're interested in bike racing then this is an absolute must listen to, especially after the recent Lance Armstrong Oprah Winfrey confession. You'll be hooked and in disbelief of the cover up over the last 15 years.

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  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,968
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,602

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Loved it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-01-13

I wasn't sure what to expect of this book, but within minutes I was hooked and listened to all 3 books back to back. Very well read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith who brought the books alive. I'm really hoping that there is a 4th book in the writing!!!!