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  • Johnny and the Dead

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Richard Mitchley
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Sell the cemetery? Over their dead bodies.... Not many people can see the dead (and not many would want to). Twelve-year-old Johnny Maxwell can. And he's got bad news for them: the council want to sell the cemetery as a building site. But the dead aren't going to take it lying down... especially since it's Halloween tomorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant read

  • By John Crowhurst on 26-07-17

Cool Book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-17

Our eldests first foray into the mind of Terry Pratchett and he loves it. In his 12yr old words "it's dead cool" He's listened to it many times now and never seems to tire of it.

  • 'Naughtiest Girl Is a Monitor' and 'Here's the Naughtiest Girl'

  • Naughtiest Girl Series
  • By: Enid Blyton
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Naughtiest Girl Is a Monitor: When Elizabeth Allen is chosen to be a school monitor, she's delighted. But she soon finds out just what a responsible job it is. The harder she tries, the worse she behaves! Will the naughtiest girl in the school EVER learn to be good?.... Here's the Naughtiest Girl: There's a new boy in Elizabeth's class. He's sulky and grumpy. and he'll do anything to show Elizabeth up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How I adored this book

  • By YMIT on 25-04-17

Great stories that never grow old

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

Enid Blyton books are still firm favourites and my daughter loves them. This series and Malory Towers are her absolute favourites so she has them in audio and book forms. No need to worry about what the kids are reading when we've all read them ourselves and know there's no dodgy content. Quite enjoyed listening to these myself when she has them on in the car!

  • The Secret Mermaid: Penguin Peril & Turtle Trouble

  • By: Sue Mongredien
  • Narrated by: Eva Haddon
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

PENGUIN PERIL: The penguins have mysteriously disappeared from the icy seas and the mermaids are worried - where can they be? Molly and her mermaid friend, Phoebe, search everywhere. Could the Dark Queen be behind the trouble? TURTLE TROUBLE: Molly and her mermaid friend, Shanti, are on their way to a tropical island to rescue the turtles trapped there. But danger is lurking in the coral reef. And soon it’s up to Molly to save the turtles and Shanti too….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • lovely

  • By boosmummy on 03-01-17

lovely

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-17

Got this for our 8yr old daughter who has read the first 3 in the series in book form. She loved it and it made a long car journey very enjoyable for her.

  • From the Cradle

  • By: Mark Edwards, Louise Voss
  • Narrated by: James Clamp
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 442
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 442

When Helen and Sean Phillips go out for the evening, leaving their teenage daughter babysitting little Frankie, they have no idea that they are about to face every parent's greatest fear. Detective Inspector Patrick Lennon is hopeful that the three children who have been abducted in this patch of south-west London will be returned safe and well. But when a body is found in a local park, Lennon realizes that time is running out - and that nothing in this case is as it seems.…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but not brilliant

  • By Mrs yvie on 14-02-16

brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-17

A parents worst nightmare, their child going missing from their own home. The story flowed easily and I found myself listening long after I should've switched off. Definitely try book 2 in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Name is Markham

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Piers Wehner
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559

Like a smaller and much scruffier Greta Garbo - finally - Markham speaks! It's Christmas and time for the first (and almost certainly last) St Mary's Annual Children's Christmas Party - attendance compulsory, by order of Dr Bairstow. Discovered practising his illegal reindeer dance and poo-dropping routine, our hero, along with fellow disaster magnets Peterson and Maxwell, is dispatched to Anglo-Saxon England to discover the truth about Alfred and the cakes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christmas isn't Christmas without St Mary's

  • By Nicole P on 22-12-16

brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-16

I'll never be able to think of King Alfred burning his cakes the same way again!

  • Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings

  • A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934

It’s Christmas again at St Mary's and time for Max’s obligatory illegal jump. On this occasion, however, they’re right up against it. A loaded gun has been left behind in Ancient Egypt, and it’s up to them to retrieve it before anyone accidentally blows their own head off, thus affecting the timeline for centuries to come. And as if that’s not enough, someone (Max) has inadvertently poisoned Mr Markham. It’s hot, they’re running out of supplies, they can’t find the gun and it’s all going horribly wrong. Again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short and sweet

  • By Robyn on 08-08-16

brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-15

I just love the St Mary's books and this one was just as good as the previous ones. They really cheer you up when you're feeling down.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,415
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,968

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping story.

  • By Bernadette on 22-10-15

brilliant third book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-15

a wonderful brilliant third instalment of this series. didn't want it to end, next one please ☺

  • The Silkworm

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 2
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,451

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star rating based on quality not name

  • By Linda on 06-08-14

excellent story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-07-15

A brilliant sequel to A Cuckoo's Calling. I hope there's going to be more in the series.

  • Delphie and the Glass Slippers

  • Magic Ballerina Series
  • By: Darcey Bussell
  • Narrated by: Helen Lacey
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

King Rat is causing havoc in Enchantia again, by playing around with the Big Clock and making time whizz by. Cinderella finds herself always going to the ball, but never meeting her prince! Can Delphie help?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just right for little girls

  • By boosmummy on 31-05-15

Just right for little girls

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-05-15

My 7yr old daughter adores these books, they're great for little girls (and big girls!)

  • The Winter King

  • The Warlord Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 19 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525

Uther, the High King of Britain, has died, leaving the infant Mordred as his only heir. His uncle, the loyal and gifted warlord Arthur, now rules as caretaker for a country which has fallen into chaos - threats emerge from within the British kingdoms while vicious Saxon armies stand ready to invade. Uther, the High King of Britain, has died, leaving the infant Mordred as his only heir. His uncle, the loyal and gifted warlord Arthur, now rules as caretaker for a country which has fallen into chaos - threats emerge from within the British kingdoms while vicious Saxon armies stand ready to invade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Brilliant

  • By Matt on 29-08-14

Wonderful Book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-15

I got this as I love books based around Arthur and Merlin. An amazing book that I couldn't stop listening to, the story just pulled you in. The characters are well written and Jonathan Keeble (who is fast becoming one of my favourite narrators) reads it so well that you feel like you're really in the story and the characters come alive. I'm a fan of Bernard Cornwell and this book has really started this series well.