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Fran Pearce

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  • Why We Sleep

  • The New Science of Sleep and Dreams
  • By: Matthew Walker
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,027
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,770
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,728

Why can some birds sleep with only half of their brain? What really happens during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, health and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep or what good it serves or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when it is absent. In this book, neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker charts 20 years of cutting-edge research.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is Sleep just for the Weak?

  • By R Blades on 15-01-18

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: 15-09-18

A very interesting factual narrative about the mechanisms and benefits or deprivation of sleep. It is surprising just what is sleep related.

  • The Kicking the Bucket List

  • By: Cathy Hopkins
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon, Gabrielle Glaister, Anne Dover
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

Meet the daughters of Iris Parker. Dee, sensitive and big-hearted; Rose, uptight and controlled; and Fleur, the reckless free spirit. At the reading of their mother's will, the three estranged women are aghast to discover that their inheritance comes with very tricky strings attached. If they are to inherit her wealth, they must spend a series of weekends together over the course of a year and carry out their mother's bucket list.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, shame about the 'self-helpidness'

  • By Mama C on 06-07-17

Emotional roller-coaster

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

Reviewed: 19-05-18

It's a reasonable story. If you have sisters it's easy to recognise the characters and the interactions. The idea was good and I laughed at times, sometimes wished the story would progress a bit more concisely but was sobbing like a child at the end.

  • An Argumentation of Historians

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 9
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549

They say you shouldn't push your luck. Max gives her own luck a massive shove every day - and it's only a matter of time until luck pushes back.... January, 1536 - the day of Henry VIII's infamous jousting accident. Historians from St Mary's are there in force, recording and documenting. And arguing - obviously. A chance meeting between Max and the Time Police leads to a plan of action. And it's one that will have very serious consequences - especially for Max.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lost for words

  • By Binka on 11-04-18

Fantastic

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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: 22-04-18

Another gripping, funny and sad story from the Chronicles of Saint Mary's. Adventure through time, will she get home or will her life be changed forever in an earlier time.

  • The Witchfinder's Sister

  • By: Beth Underdown
  • Narrated by: Lucy Brownhill, Roy McMillan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 298

It's 1645. When Alice Hopkins' husband dies in a tragic accident, she returns to the small Essex town of Manningtree, where her brother Matthew still lives. But home is no longer a place of safety. Matthew has changed, and there are rumours spreading through the town: whispers of witchcraft, and of a great book, in which he is gathering women's names. To what lengths will Matthew's obsession drive him? And what choice will Alice make when she finds herself at the very heart of his plan?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By ms on 26-03-17

Must read

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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: 27-03-18

It may be a book of fiction but the actions that Matthew Hopkins took against women were based on fact. The way women were made to confess and accused. A Brilliant story and must read, which was very well narrated.

  • Death Descends on Saturn Villa

  • By: M. R. C. Kasasian
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561

Gower Street, 1883: March Middleton is the niece of London's greatest (and most curmudgeonly) personal detective, Sidney Grice. March has just discovered a wealthy long-lost relative she never knew she had. When this newest family member meets with a horrible death, March is in the frame for murder, and only Sidney Grice can prove her innocence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another great book

  • By J on 24-07-15

Ain't not!!!!

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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: 06-02-18

An intriguing story but really makes it is the Banter. The exchanges of words between characters had me laughing a lot. Very well written.

  • Strange Sight

  • By: Syd Moore
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

The La Fleur restaurant has a slew of unusual phenomena. Bonnet-clad apparitions pass through walls, blood leaks from ceilings and rats besiege the dining room. Experts from the Great Essex Witch Museum are called in to quell these strange sights. But before Rosie Strange and Sam Stone can do their thing, events turn darker. For La Fleur's chef has been strung up and slaughtered like a pig. More oddly, the only witness, the owner's daughter Mary, swears blind a ghost did it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Fran Pearce on 31-01-18

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: 31-01-18

A wonderful story with humour and intrigue. Very well narrated and worth a listen or a read.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Christmas Past

  • A Chronicles of St Mary's Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 254

Max, Leon and Matthew - together at last for Christmas at St Mary's, a time of conspicuous consumption, riotous misbehaviour and the traditional illegal Christmas jump. And this time it's intergenerational. Donning her unfamiliar mother hat, Max takes Matthew back to 19th-century London, where they plan to deliver a parcel of Christmas cheer to his former friends but find themselves confronting the terrifying Old Ma Scrope in the process.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed the story

  • By Allan on 23-12-17

Uplifting

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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: 04-01-18

A wonderful Christmas short story. Unusually for St Mary's it was a smooth journey. Wii make you feel good.

  • Wolf Winter

  • By: Cecilia Ekbäck
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

A brilliantly written and gripping historical Nordic noir thriller with all the intrigue and atmosphere of Burial Rites, the pent-up passion of The Piano, and the suspense of The Tenderness of Wolves. There are six homesteads on Blackåsen Mountain. A day's journey away lies the empty town. It comes to life just once, in winter, when the church summons her people through the snows. Then even the oldest enemies will gather. But now it is summer, and new settlers are come.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and Unusual

  • By holly bird on 28-03-15

Twists and turns

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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: 04-01-18

A great story interconnecting many crimes from the start. It's leads the reader/listener in many different directions. It also describes the effects the long Scandinavian winters can have on a person.

  • And the Rest Is History

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 8
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816

Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don't call it time travel - these historians investigate major historical events in contemporary time. And they aren't your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster magnets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jodi Never Disappoints!

  • By Gryfynn on 16-04-17

Wonderfully written

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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: 08-12-17

Another great story in the Chronicles of Saint Mary's. Adventure, sadness and humour entwined in this captivating story

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Strange Magic

  • By: Syd Moore
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 407

Rosie Strange doesn't believe in ghosts or witches or magic. It's no surprise therefore that when she inherits the ramshackle Essex Witch Museum, her first thought is to take the money and run. Still, the museum exerts a curious pull over Rosie. There's the eccentric academic who bustles in to demand she help in a hunt for the bones of the notorious Ursula Cadence, a witch long since put to death. And there's curator Sam Stone, a man about whom Rosie can't decide if he's tiresomely annoying or extremely captivating.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • so so boring

  • By Marie on 13-09-17

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

A great story, some interesting characters, with good twists and turns throughout. It's amazing how important an old set of bones are!