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  • The Waiting Room

  • By: F. G. Cottam
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 382

The waiting room stands on a crumbling railway platform at the edge of a retired rock star’s vast estate. Abandoned to dereliction and isolated by a moat of thorny wilderness, it used to be a playground for his children. Until strange music and the terrifying spectre of a leering soldier frightened them away. Julian Creed is TV’s most popular ghost hunter. Only his small production team knows he is a complete fake who doesn’t even believe in the paranormal. Until he spends one night in the waiting room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A clever, subtly scary read

  • By Jonathan Mills on 06-07-11

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 10-04-19

I'm not generally a reader of supernatural stories but loved this and David Rintoul gave a masterly rendition
Bravo

  • The Binding

  • By: Bridget Collins
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409

Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice - but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse. He will learn to handcraft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing, breath taking, heart wrenching

  • By Tiina on 15-01-19

mesmeric

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

Reviewed: 15-03-19

A truly original concept beautifully executed
Carl Prekopp's rendition I wonderful. He does a lot of work on radio 4 and is in my top 3 male voice actors

  • Empire: Scarlet City - Part III

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010

A true rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London - the Scarlet City - the centre of medieval England, this is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empire

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-04-18

EXCELLENT SERIES

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

Marvellous performances from an exceptional cast. I don't understand why approximately 70%of historical drama seems to concentrate on the Tudors when the Plantagenet era is such an exciting period. This story encompasses the court, the merchant and working classes giving a broad understanding of the mid 14th century

  • I Capture the Castle

  • By: Dodie Smith
  • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520

"I write this sitting at the kitchen sink" is the first line of a novel about love, sibling rivalry, and a bohemian existence in a crumbling castle in the middle of nowhere. Cassandra Mortmin's journal records her fadingly glamorous stepmother, her beautiful, wistful older sister, and the man to whom they owe both their isolation and poverty: Father. The author of one experimental novel, and a minor cause celebre, he has since suffered from writer's block and is determined to drag his family down with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • funny and well written

  • By Patricia on 22-05-06

I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT , I LOVE IT

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

Reviewed: 15-01-19

Jenny Agutter's rendition is beautiful.
The characters are enchanting, you want to have them all as friends

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The One

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Vicky Hall, Simon Bubb, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186

How far would you go to find The One? One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner - the one you're genetically made for. A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking - and deadlier - than others....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I absolutely loved this book!!

  • By Daisy on 02-06-17

Much better than expected

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

I didn't have great hopes for this but I'm always prepared to give Penguin/Random house publications a chance as they're usually good quality. I was very impressed, a clever initial idea executed to perfection.
Don't be put off by the seemingly numerous characters thrown at you initially you very quickly get your bearings due to skilful characterisation,memorable individual story lines and good narration

  • The Perfect King

  • The Life of Edward III
  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 19 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Edward’s life is one of the most extraordinary in all English history. He ordered his uncle to be beheaded, he usurped his father’s throne and he started a war which lasted for more than a hundred years. He took the crown when it was at its lowest point and raised it to new heights, presenting himself as a new King Arthur, victorious across Europe. He was the architect of many English icons - from parliamentary rule to the adoption of English as the official language and even the building of a great clock tower at Westminster. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By susanne H on 17-12-18

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 17-12-18

I was enthralled by this book,such an exciting and important life. Why hasn't anyone made a film of this.
The narrator unfortunately lost a star for his lack of research on how to pronounce common English place names

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Relentless Tide

  • A DCI Daley Thriller, Book 6
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597

When Professor Francombe and her team of archaeologists find the remains of three women on a remote Kintyre hillside - a site rumoured to have been the base of Viking warlord Somerled - their delight soon turns to horror when they realise the women tragically met their end little more than two decades ago. It soon becomes clear that these are the three missing victims of the ‘Midweek Murderer’, a serial killer who was at work in Glasgow in the early 1990s.  DCI Jim Daley now has the chance to put things right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pull up a pew and pour yourself a wee dram . . .

  • By Simon on 09-10-18

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

It feels like catching up with old friends hearing another installment in the series.
Always lots of twists
Narration is excellent

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Birdcage Walk

  • By: Helen Dunmore
  • Narrated by: Emma Fenney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 330

It is1792 and Europe is seized by political turmoil and violence. Lizzie Fawkes has grown up in radical circles where each step of the French Revolution is followed with eager idealism. But she has recently married John Diner Tredevant, a property developer who is heavily invested in Bristol's housing boom, and he has everything to lose from social upheaval and the prospect of war. Diner believes that Lizzie's independent, questioning spirit must be coerced and subdued. She belongs to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great novel spoiled by narrator

  • By DartmoorDiva on 04-07-17

It Pains Me To Say

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

I have loved all of Helen Dunmore's books from her debut but having listened to the first 3 hours of this I have decided not to go on .
I'm simply not interested and don't care about the characters

  • A Tale of Two Cities

  • The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
  • By: Charles Dickens, Simon Callow - introduction
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

Exclusively from Audible. 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' So begins Charles Dickens' most famous historical drama: a gripping tale of war, social injustice and the choice between darkness and light. After being unjustly imprisoned for 18 years, French doctor Manette is released from the Bastille jail in Paris and embarks upon a journey to London in the hope of finding the daughter he never met.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic story, by a master storyteller

  • By Phil Culmer on 07-03-18

Marvellous

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Simon Callie's narration is perfection, every character has a distinct voice.
I cannot recommend this highly enough. Loved it

  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 547

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared, a priceless heirloom is missing and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC !!!!

  • By helend on 26-09-18

narration didn't help

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Although Joanne Froggat produced some excellent male voices there was no differentiation whatever between the many leading female characters which I found confusing

3 of 4 people found this review helpful