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  • Written in Dead Wax

  • The Vinyl Detective, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Cartmel
  • Narrated by: Ben Allen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 483

He is a record collector and a connoisseur of vinyl, hunting out rare and elusive LPs. His business card describes him as the Vinyl Detective, and some people take this more literally than others. For example, the beautiful, mysterious woman who wants to pay him a large sum of money to find a priceless lost recording on behalf of an extremely wealthy yet shadowy client. And so begins a painful and dangerous odyssey in search of the rarest jazz record of them all....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT

  • By Viv on 07-11-16

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

It was an entertaining listening. I really like the reader. But the book was a bit too long.still, I had a good time

  • Café in Berlin

  • Learn German with Stories 1 - 10 Short Stories for Beginners
  • By: André Klein
  • Narrated by: André Klein
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Experience the first episode of our bestselling "Dino lernt Deutsch" story series for German learners on your stereo or headphones, at home or on the go. Narrated by the author with special emphasis on early text comprehension practice and pronunciation, this audiobook will not only help you learn German, but let you experience the story through the ears of the protagonist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Andre

  • By Anton van Deventer on 20-10-15

Excellent tool

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

Reviewed: 26-07-17

Excellent tool for beginners of German language. The histories are adequate for adults. Strongly recommend, particularly with the books to check spelling and vocabulary

  • Cast Iron

  • Enzo Macleod, Book 6
  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 655

In 1989 a killer dumped the body of 20-year-old Lucie Martin into a picturesque lake in the west of France. Fourteen years later, during a summer heat wave, a drought exposed her remains - bleached bones amid the scorched mud and slime. No one was ever convicted of her murder. But now, forensic expert Enzo Macleod is reviewing this stone-cold case - the toughest of those he has been challenged to solve. Yet when Enzo finds a flaw in the original evidence surrounding Lucie's murder, he opens a Pandora's box.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo Rides Again!

  • By Simon on 14-01-17

Good end to the series

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

This was a good end to a series that was becoming too predictable since book 4.

  • Winter: A Berlin Family, 1899-1945

  • By: Len Deighton
  • Narrated by: James Lailey
  • Length: 24 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

Epic prelude to the classic spy trilogy Game, Set and Match that follows the fortunes of a German dynasty during two world wars. Winter takes us into a large and complex family drama, into the lives of two German brothers - both born close upon the turn of the century, both so caught up in the currents of history that their story is one with the story of their country, from the Kaiser's heyday through Hitler's rise and fall.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good overall

  • By Rob on 15-10-16

To be a German in the first half of the XX century

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

I enjoyed the book immensely but I was a bit disappointed with the end. A wonderful narrator and a gripping story makes for a very good audiobook

  • The Violent Century

  • By: Lavie Tidhar
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

For 70 years they guarded the British Empire. Oblivion and Fogg, inseparable friends, bound together by a shared fate. Until one night in Berlin, in the aftermath of the Second World War, and a secret that tore them apart.But there must always be an account... and the past has a habit of catching up to the present.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • He shrugged... And he shrugged... He shrugged...

  • By Daniel Suss on 14-11-18

Literary X men

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

Reviewed: 23-01-17

The book grows on you once you get used to the style and fantasy and greatly helped by the magnificent narrator

  • People of the Book

  • By: Geraldine Brooks
  • Narrated by: Edwina Wren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

In 1996, Hanna Heath, a rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna discovers a series of artifacts in its ancient binding, she begins to unlock the book's mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed past, tracing the book's journey from its salvation back to its creation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enthralling, a wonderful story

  • By Jane Shepherd on 27-04-10

Inspiring story

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

Reviewed: 20-09-16

I really liked the intertwined stories. The intermittently shrill voice and absurd accented of the reader were somehow distracting

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blood & Beauty

  • By: Sarah Dunant
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

Rodrigo Borgia picks up his papal skirts and walks out on to the public balcony.Sixty-one years old. How many years does he have in front of him? By his age, four of the five popes he had served were already rotting in their tombs. Sixty-one. Three sons, a ripening daughter and a sublime young mistress, ready to drop more fruit.Borgia blood. Thick with ambition and determination. How long does he need? Give him another ten - no, fifteen - summers and he will have the bull crest emblazoned over half of Italy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Patricia White on 22-07-13

A pleasure to enjoy

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

Reviewed: 19-07-16

This is a wonderful historical novel that transports you to the Borgia court. The enchantment is made more enjoyable by the extraordinary reader who captures the characters and the emotions beautifully

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • My Brilliant Friend

  • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
  • By: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 814
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 745
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 742

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Brilliant friend

  • By Susan Whitehead on 22-05-16

Growing up in poor Naples

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

Wonderful description of life in the poor neighbourhoods of Naples. A gripping story of growing up and the fears and hopes of being different.
The pronunciation of the Italian words could have been better

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sweet Caress

  • The Many Lives of Amory Clay
  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458

It is Amory's photographer uncle, Greville, who gives her a camera and some rudimentary lessons in photography and unleashes a passion that will irrevocably shape her future. Her search for life, love and artistic expression will take her to the demimonde of Berlin of the late 20s, to New York of the 30s, to the Blackshirt riots in London and to France in the Second World War, where she becomes one of the first women war photographers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I think it is the narrator....

  • By Louise on 22-10-15

Don't listen if you like William Boyd

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

Reviewed: 15-02-16

The story probably deserves more tan 3 stars but the shilling unbearable voice of the reader makes it hard work to listen.
She may be OK reading chick lit but the girlie voice and intonation are too much, even for a Boyd fun like me

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Rosie Effect

  • Don Tillman 2
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O’Grady
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928

With the Wife Project complete, Don settles happily into a new job and married life in New York. But it's not long before certain events are taken out of his control and it's time to embark on a new project. As Don tries to get to grips with the requirements of starting a family, his unusual research style soon gets him into trouble. To make matters more difficult, Don has invited his closest friend to stay with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, different and intelligent!

  • By Ann D on 09-11-14

As good as the first

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

Reviewed: 12-07-15

As good as The Rosie project. A pleasure from beginning to end. Looking forward to the next project.