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  • The Lake of Darkness

  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

When he unexpectedly comes into a small fortune, he decides to use his newfound wealth to help out those in need. Finn also leads a quiet life, and comes into a little money of his own. Normally, their paths would never have crossed. But Martin’s ideas about who should benefit from his charitable impulses yield some unexpected results, and soon the good intentions of the one become fatally entangled with the mercenary nature of the other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rendell writes her villains so well!

  • By franjangle on 30-11-18

Rendell writes her villains so well!

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

Reviewed: 30-11-18

Not a detective story, an unfolding tale of mayhem that winds a drift of characters in an ever tighter knot. The knot unravels and reties itself as fate descends in startling ways. Intriguing story mellifluously read, only took a star off to make space for Rendell's very very best.

  • A Sight for Sore Eyes

  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: David Threlfall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Two damaged children: Teddy Brex, whom no-one loved, and so found it easier to relate to objects or things which never let him down; and Francine Hill, who was discovered sitting by the body of her mother, her skirt red with blood. She couldn’t tell the police or her father anything to help track down the killer.... Children grow up in different ways. Teddy became a handsome young man, Francine was beautiful - a sight for sore eyes. But it was death that brought them together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sight For Sore Eyes

  • By Susan Random on 15-02-16

Long-running unfold of fate

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

Reviewed: 22-11-18

Wonderfully alive characters playing out their various futures towards a series of tense and convincing endings. You can see all of them in technicolour, listen in on their thinking patterns, understand why they do what they do almost by accident, even the central villain. But the foreboding almost made me put it down and run away, though glad I didn't as all is satisfactorily concluded, in a way.

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  • A Judgement in Stone

  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Carole Hayman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Four members of the Coverdale family - George, Jacqueline, Melinda and Giles - died in the space of fifteen minutes on the 14th February, St Valentine's Day. Eunice Parchman, the housekeeper, shot them down on a Sunday evening while they were watching opera on television. Two weeks later she was arrested for the crime. But the tragedy neither began nor ended there...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb story

  • By Amazon Customer on 25-07-14

Ending and beginnings and vice versa

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

A tale to prove a fine writer can up-end the usual conventions of a who dunnit, tell the story 'backwards', and create just as much suspense. Well worth a read for a new take on what can lead to murder, and protagonists you can believe in. Slightly grating mimickry of female voices but not enough to spoil it.

  • Dark Corners

  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

A spectacularly compelling story of blackmail, murders both accidental and opportunistic, and one life’s fateful unravelling from Ruth Rendell, writing at her most acute and mesmerising. When his father dies, Carl Martin inherits a house in an increasingly rich and trendy London neighbourhood. Carl needs cash, however, so he rents the upstairs room and kitchen to the first person he interviews, Dermot McKinnon. That was colossal mistake number one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Rendell Classic

  • By SEA, Charente on 12-11-15

Hmm, overworked

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

Reviewed: 15-11-18

A tale of weakness and guilt written with Ruth Rendell's reliable flare for crime, human weakness and where a corkscrew of life might lead to. But not sure the mix of caricature and darkness works too well here, though it should. That may have been because the narrator tries too hard to act it out, and that irritated throughout. Less theatrics could have let a listener colour it themselves, and catch the humour, without distraction from the story.

  • La Belle Sauvage

  • The Book of Dust, Volume 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,203
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,805

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

Pissing down

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

An allegoric adventure that rollicks along in somewhat relentless sogginess. Hard to put down for all that. Sequel to come will I hope be a bit drier.

  • Nutshell

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 669

Nutshell is a classic story of murder and deceit, told by a narrator with a perspective and voice unlike any in recent literature. A bravura performance, it is the finest recent work from a true master. To be bound in a nutshell, see the world in two inches of ivory, in a grain of sand. Why not, when all of literature, all of art, of human endeavour, is just a speck in the universe of possible things?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hamlet From The Womb

  • By Simon on 01-09-16

Scintillating, and funny with it

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

Where does Nutshell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top, listened to it twice within 3 months & enjoyed it both times

Who was your favorite character and why?

Oh got to be the foetus, with its developing understanding of the world out there, and its alcohol (or rather, fine wine) problem.

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

Inflection

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

That the baby loved his dad, as he should

Any additional comments?

I've just become a grandmother - i'm looking warily at the infant, and even more warily at its mother!

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  • A Wizard of Earthsea

  • The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

When Sparrowhawk casts a spell that saves his village from destruction at the hands of the invading Kargs, Ogion, the Mage of Re Albi, encourages the boy to apprentice himself in the art of wizardry. So, at the age of 13, the boy receives his true name - Ged - and gives himself over to the gentle tutelage of the Master Ogion. But impatient with the slowness of his studies and infatuated with glory, Ged embarks for the Island of Roke, where the highest arts of wizardry are taught.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbeatable fantasy classic

  • By Macwoman on 13-04-15

Grown up Potter

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

Reviewed: 21-09-16

Predating Harry Potter: a dense imagined world apart with wizards, the knowing ones who learn their craft, and one of them on a life-death mission. This one not an inherited mission but one embarked upon due to his own youthful mistake. Tje story is more grown-up, more symbolic, more moral. Thicker in atmosphere and detail, lasts longer in the imagination.

  • The Day of Creation

  • By: J. G. Ballard
  • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

An unforgettable voyage of the imagination from the bestselling author of Cocaine Nights and Super-Cannes. In parched Port-la-Nouvelle in central Africa, Dr Mallory watches his clinic fail as constant warfare between a ragged band of guerrillas and the local chief of police causes the tribal residents to flee. In this drought-plagued and poverty-ridden country he dreams of discovering a third Nile tributary to make the Sahara bloom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poetic and Wierd

  • By franjangle on 06-01-16

Poetic and Wierd

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

A dream within Africa, a strange odessey, I never quite grasped where it was heading, and certainly not why. Obsessive to listen to, hypnotic, with a pump of helicopter blades in the mist.

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  • Cat's Eye

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Elaine Risley, a painter, returns to Toronto to find herself overwhelmed by her past. Memories of childhood - unbearable betrayals and cruelties - surface relentlessly, forcing her to confront the spectre of Cordelia, once her best friend and tormentor, who has haunted her for 40 years. An exceptional novel from the winner of the 2000 Booker Prize.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Careless editing.

  • By Eva O'Donnell on 16-02-14

Young experiences reverberate

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

Reviewed: 07-10-15

Reminding me why groups of quite ordinary women can subtly scare me - although I am one myself. Beautifully written with complexity, colour and shape, as always from Attwood. Centred around the life of a character I could believe in and identify with. This even though based in a country unknown to me, Canada, which in itself provides a black and white blackground with drab lives against which colours suddenly blaze. Pity about some bad editing here and there when repeated sentences break the spell.

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  • MaddAddam

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, Robbie Daymond
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331

A man-made plague has swept the Earth, but a small group survives, along with the green-eyed Crakers - a gentle species bio-engineered to replace humans. Toby, one-time member of the Gods Gardeners and expert in mushrooms and bees, is still in love with street-smart Zeb, who has an interesting past. The Crakers’ reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is hallucinating; Amanda is in shock from a Painballer attack; and Ivory Bill yearns for the provocative Swift Fox, who is flirting with Zeb.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book of the trilogy!

  • By BB on 02-10-15

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

A trilogy that deserves to get into the lexicon, just as The Handmaids Tale did in a different era. But also just a great story of an end and a beginning.

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