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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 2,382
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,212

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

Usual high quality

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

Peter gets into more scrapes. The music between chapters is annoying but everything else is magic.

  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326

Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business. This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, considering how the ordinary things in life came to be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More Fact Pact Bryson

  • By Stewart Webb on 06-06-10

Depressing for some reason

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

This book has so many sad and depressing tales that I stopped listening. A shame because I usually enjoy Bill's work

  • Into the Water

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,964
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,796
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,788

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, read by Imogen Church, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, Rachel Bavidge and Laura Aikman. The addictive new psychological thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train, the runaway Sunday Times Number One best seller and global phenomenon. In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn't pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Out of the Hype Comes Real Quality!

  • By Simon on 03-05-17

Irritating narration and dull story

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

Reviewed: 25-07-17

Really struggled to finish it since I didn't care about any of the characters and the main narrator's voice irritated me.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Bertie Project

  • 44 Scotland Street, Book 11
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Once more, we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith. With customary charm and deftness, Alexander McCall Smith gives us another installment in this popular series, now running in its ninth season in the Scotsman. Anything could happen to Bertie and the gang....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'd give 10* if I could!

  • By Jill Besterman on 19-08-16

Pleasent story but lacks a conclusion

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

Reviewed: 15-02-17

Several interlocking stories with interesting characters but it ended without resolution. The narrator is relaxing to listen to.

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  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 233

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very technical hard Sci fi

  • By colin steele on 07-03-16

Impenetrable

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

Since I am unfamiliar with Chinese names I couldn't keep track of the characters and the slow story failed to grab me.

  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,525
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,978

When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this

  • By Mr. P Shaw on 25-11-08

Entrancing kidult story

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

Really enjoyable narration by the author and a light but captivating story kept me listening

  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

  • Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!
  • By: Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Brilliant!

  • By louise on 02-09-09

Occasionally gory

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

Reviewed: 28-10-16

I love this treatment of the classic story but the narrator can be too shrill.

  • A Summer at Sea

  • By: Katie Fforde
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 249

Emily is happy with her life just as it is. She has a career as a midwife that she loves . She enjoys living on her own as a single woman. But she also feels it's time for a change and a spot of some sea air. So when her best friend, Rebecca, asks whether she'd like to spend the summer cooking on a 'puffer' boat just off the Scottish coast, she jumps at the chance. But she barely has time to get to grips with the galley before she finds herself with a lot on her plate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Katie Fforde does not disappoint

  • By Anne from Somerset on 13-02-16

Jolly narrator stopped me at chapter 2

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

I had to stop listening. Although it might have turned onto s nicely predictable romance, suitable for holiday listening, the narrator was just too jolly. Maybe I am not the right demographic for this book.

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  • The Bone Clocks

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,872

One summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands what sort of asylum the woman was seeking.… The Bone Clocks follows Holly's life: not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air, and brief lapses in the laws of reality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too many different readers

  • By S. Hunt on 09-09-15

Endless

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

Reviewed: 25-05-15

None of the characters meant a thing. Disjointed stories. Couldn't wait for the end.

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  • Count Zero

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

A corporate mercenary wakes in a reconstructed body, a beautiful woman by his side. Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him, for a mission more dangerous than the one he's recovering from: to get a defecting chief of R&D-and the biochip he's perfected-out intact. But this proves to be of supreme interest to certain other parties-some of whom aren't remotely human.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating narrator

  • By Fiona on 08-07-11

Couldn't listen to it

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

Reviewed: 06-01-14

What would have made Count Zero better?

The narrator is awful. Far far too slow. I gave up after 10 minutes

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Davis?

Peter Kenney

3 of 5 people found this review helpful