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  • Come Sundown

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422

The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it's kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine's aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don't talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she's dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great saga

  • By Linda Carroll on 19-08-17

Not one of her better ones

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Sorry but I didn’t really enjoy this. I’ve read 3 Nora Roberts that I’ve loved but I found this very heavy going and quite frankly boring. I found myself skipping to the end of chapters, more than once.

  • La Belle Sauvage

  • The Book of Dust, Volume One
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,752
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,302

Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust series. Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them - a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Story, Great Narrator

  • By Lorenzo on 21-10-17

Cracking Yarn

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

Reviewed: 24-12-17

Michael Sheen narrates this book brilliantly with a superb range of voices and accents. Great storyline, Cannot wait for volume two!

  • The Beach Hut next Door

  • By: Veronica Henry
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

The sun is out, and the beach huts at Everdene Sands are filling up once again. Jemima is artist in residence for the summer, capturing the antics of the holiday makers on canvas. But it's not long before she becomes embroiled in their tangled lives.Vince and Murphy are best mates, and misspent their youths in the waves and bars of Everdene. Now they are making plans for The Lobster Shack, eager to make their fortune.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration

  • By S on 12-11-14

Unexpected

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

I really enjoyed the first Beach Hut book and expected this to be a continuation of the families in that book but it was a whole set of new people and after my initial disappointment I did enjoy the different stories. Well read and an easy listen

  • Clash of Iron

  • By: Angus Watson
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482

Leaders are forged in the fires of war. Iron Age warriors Dug and Lowa captured Maidun castle and freed its slaves. But now they have conquered it, they must defend it. A Roman invasion is coming from Gaul, but rather than uniting to protect their home, the British tribes battle each other - and see Maidun as an easy target. Meanwhile Lowa's spies infiltrate Gaul, discovering the Romans have recruited bloodthirsty British druids, and Maidunite Ragnall finds his loyalties torn when he meets Rome's charismatic general, Julius Caesar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic brilliant.

  • By S. Binley on 12-08-15

Superb!

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

Reviewed: 14-09-15

I loved this second book, Sean Barrett's narration is faultless and the storyline was brilliant. Just the right combination of drama and humour.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Age of Iron

  • Iron Age Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Angus Watson
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770

Legends aren't born. They're forged. Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary travelling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. First, Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar's most fearsome warriors, who's vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution. Now Dug's on the wrong side of that thousands-strong army he hoped to join ­- and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a good yarn

  • By graham on 12-11-14

Thoroughly Enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 23-06-15

I really enjoyed this book, it was very well written with just the right amount of humour and action for me. Steven Pacey's narration was once again absolutely first class. I have just started the sequel which is turning out to be equally entertaining.

  • The Skull Throne

  • The Demon Cycle, Book 4
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 23 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,519

In the grand tradition of George R.R. Martin and Robert Jordan, Sunday Times best-selling author Peter V. Brett continues his critically acclaimed Demon Cycle with the next dramatic instalment: The Skull Throne. The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty. Built from the skulls of fallen generals and demon princes, it is a seat of honour and ancient, powerful magic, keeping the demon corelings at bay. From atop the throne, Ahmann Jardir was meant to conquer the known world, forging its isolated peoples into a unified army to rise up and end the demon war once and for all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The stuffing in the middle?

  • By Robyn on 29-09-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 23-06-15

This may well be the case of a book too far, however it was not helped by the change in narrator who pronounced a lot of names differently. Also, as mentioned by other reviewers, there were strange pauses throughout the narration. I am not sure if I will bother with the next one as not a lot seems to have happened in this and it was almost as if the author ran out of steam - or perhaps has split a longer book into two parts. It will be interesting to see if the next installment takes as long to be released as this one did..

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,141

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Nick Moore on 15-07-13

Great little listen!

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

Reviewed: 18-06-14

I bought this book for my wife and I to listen to while we were driving, I didn't find out it was written by J.K Rowling until yesterday. I have to say we both enjoyed it immensely and Robert Glenister does a brilliant job of narration. We have just purchased the next in this series and are looking forward to it.

  • Red Country

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,841
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,608

Shy South comes home to her farm to find a blackened shell; her brother and sister have been stolen and she's going to have to return to her bad old ways if she's ever going to see them again. She sets off in grim pursuit with only her cowardly old step-father Lamb for company. But it turns out he's hiding a bloody past of his own. None bloodier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old friends and enemies

  • By Matt on 23-12-12

Superb!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-13

Joe has done it again, I loved this story which mixed old characters and new but still retained their depth of background, The humour was right up there and in some places had me laughing out loud. Joe Abercrombie is one of my "go to" writers and Steven Paceys' narration is spot on. Keep 'em coming lads!