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  • The Five

  • The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
  • By: Hallie Rubenhold
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 146

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffeehouses and lived on country estates; they breathed ink dust from printing presses and escaped people traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-03-19

AWFUL NARRATION

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

Reviewed: 16-03-19

I was looking forward to this book, having read and heard about it. However, the narrator was like a schoolgirl reading aloud in class!! She gabble through the story, breaking the sentences in all the wrong places with short phrasing. Annoyingly amateur.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Wallis in Love

  • By: Andrew Morton
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Wallis in Love brings a fascinating new perspective on the 20th century's most controversial royal scandal. Andrew Morton's impeccable research and unerring skill for riveting storytelling combine to present a strong case for a new and startling reveal: that the woman who rocked the world with her uncompromising passion for the Prince of Wales may have fooled everyone by keeping the object of her true passion hidden away....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fairytale gone terribly wrong

  • By Mommiecat on 25-09-18

NOTHING NEW

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

Reviewed: 23-03-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would like the Narrator to use an American accent when reading dialogue spoken by Americans. the speech patterns are all wrong!

Would you recommend Wallis in Love to your friends? Why or why not?

Only to people who know very little about Wallis Windsor. So much of this is well covered in other books I've read.

What three words best describe Cameron Stewart’s voice?

Pleasant, clear, English

Do you think Wallis in Love needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. there is nothing to be added

Any additional comments?

This sadly is really nothing new. It is highly unlikely, given other authors' evidence that Wallis was in love with Herman Rogers. In fact, Anne Sebba has proof that she regretted leaving Ernest, her husband, to whom she wrote after her split form him

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery

  • By: Catherine Bailey
  • Narrated by: Stephen Rashbrook
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

In April 1940, the ninth Duke of Rutland died in mysterious circumstances in one of the rooms of his family estate, Belvoir Castle. The mystery surrounding these rooms holds the key to a tragic story that is played out on the brutal battlefields of the Western Front and in the exclusive salons of Mayfair and Belgravia in the dying years of la belle époque. Uncovered is a dark and disturbing period in the history of the Rutland family, and one which they were determined to keep hidden for over 60 years. Sixty years on, The Secret Rooms is the true story of family secrets and one man’s determination to keep the past hidden at any cost.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great read. Great narration.

  • By Gale on 11-11-12

NO STORY AT ALL

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

Reviewed: 18-02-18

What would have made The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery better?

The story itself needed to be more substantial and have a REAL mystery to it

What was most disappointing about Catherine Bailey’s story?

It just rambled on with details of inconsequential events which had very little to do with the so-called 'Mystery'

Have you listened to any of Stephen Rashbrook’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No but he was excellent and I enjoyed his reading of the story, although someone should have told him that in Leicestershire the place called CROXTON is not pronounced like that. It is pronounced 'CROWSON'. Just a small niggle really.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery?

Most of the war details, this book was not supposed to be about the life in WW 1

Any additional comments?

Didn't really need all those names read out at the end. Just padding.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Furious Love

  • Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century
  • By: Sam Kashner, Nancy Schoenberger
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

He was a tough-guy Welshman softened by the affections of a breathtakingly beautiful woman; she was a modern-day Cleopatra madly in love with her own Mark Antony. For nearly a quarter of a century, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were Hollywood royalty, and their fiery romance - often called "the marriage of the century" - was the most notorious, publicized, and celebrated love affair of its day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read for All Fans of Hollywoodland

  • By irene on 08-04-13

TERRIBLE READER

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

What did you like best about Furious Love? What did you like least?

Second time I've listended to this book and I loved the detail and content. I hated the reader. he has no understanding of either phrasing or corect pronunciation. He reads each phrase as if it is a complete sentence.

What didn’t you like about Paul Boehmer’s performance?

The man cannot pronounce fairly standard French sayings, and his attempt at Welsh names is awful ( I know they are difficult) but he could have been taught how to say these words correctly. He seems not to understand that a comma is not a full stop, so every phrase has the wrong downward inflection.

Could you see Furious Love being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Yes, but who could play these people?!

  • Elizabeth Is Missing

  • By: Emma Healey
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,070
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,068

Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: Her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabeth is missing

  • By Mrs. Denise Slatter on 08-07-14

DULL

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

Reviewed: 29-01-16

What disappointed you about Elizabeth Is Missing?

It was not as I expected, more a narrative about old age than a mystery

What three words best describe Anna Bentinck’s performance?

Reasonably good

Any additional comments?

Disappointed an shall return the book to Audible

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Whispering Gallery

  • By: Mark Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Mark Sanderson does for the 30s what Jake Arnott did for 60s London – vividly revealing its hidden underworld in this follow up to Snow Hill. On a sweltering day in July 1937, reporter John Steadman is in London’s St Paul’s Cathedral waiting for his girlfriend … But romance is pushed aside when he witnesses a man falling to his death from the Whispering Gallery, killing a priest in the process. Did he jump or was he pushed?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A FINE STORY, BRILLIANTLY READ!

  • By Maureen on 18-09-15

A FINE STORY, BRILLIANTLY READ!

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

Reviewed: 18-09-15

What made the experience of listening to The Whispering Gallery the most enjoyable?

A highly unusual plot, set in St Paul's Cathedral so this was a different type of thriller.This was made particularly enjoyable because of the superb range of characters played by the reader, Jonathan Keeble, who had a multiplicity of voices ranging from cockney old ladies to middle class clergymen. One of the best readers I have heard.

What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

Jonathan Keeble is a versatile and highly professional reader. He has great range and subtlety.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

At times I wanted to continue listening to it for far longer than I was able but this worked for me over several afternoons, listening for an hour or two at a time.

Any additional comments?

A fine story, quite scary and unpredictable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Five Days in November

  • By: Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Clint Hill will forever be remembered as the lone secret service agent who jumped onto the car after President Kennedy was shot, clinging to its sides as it sped toward the hospital. Even now, decades after JFK’s presidency, the public continues to be fascinated with the Kennedys - America’s royal family. To mark the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Hill recounts his indelible memories of those five days leading up to, and after, that tragic day in November 1963. Hill, as Jackie’s guard, experienced those days firsthand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Days in November

  • By Denis Feen on 01-12-18

Fairly good but a little dull

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

Reviewed: 23-07-15

Would you try another book written by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin or narrated by Jeremy Bobb?

Yes, I have downloaded Clint Hill's book "Mrs Kennedy and Me" which was great

Who was your favorite character and why?

Clint Hill , because he's one of the few remaining witnesses to the assassination and he was as close as it's possible to get!

How could the performance have been better?

I think the narration was lacking. It was a little dull and monotonous

Could you see Five Days in November being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No, it would not work unless treated with a really new angle on the Assassination of Kennedy. Something which would compete with Oliver Stone's "JFK" movie.

Any additional comments?

This is one of thousands go books on Kennedy's murder and I quite enjoyed it because of the author's proximity to the president, but maybe it needed a different narrator? I've certainly heard far worse and it wouldn't stop me re-playing it.

  • Hardwiring Happiness

  • The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence
  • By: Rick Hanson
  • Narrated by: Rick Hanson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 79

Why is it easier to ruminate over hurt feelings than it is to bask in the warmth of being appreciated? Because your brain evolved to learn quickly from bad experiences but slowly from the good ones. You can change this. Hardwiring Happiness lays out a simple method that uses the hidden power of everyday experiences to build new neural structures full of happiness, love, confidence, and peace. Dr. Hanson’s four steps build strengths into your brain, balancing its ancient negativity bias, making contentment and a powerful sense of resilience the new normal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should be available on the NHS

  • By Saffy on 24-04-14

DISAPPOINTING

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

Reviewed: 18-01-15

What would have made Hardwiring Happiness better?

Although a great follower of Rick Hanson, this book basically stated the obvious: TRY TO THINK POSITIVELY AND SEE THE GOOD IN ALL SITUATIONS.

What was most disappointing about Rick Hanson’s story?

Just not different or interesting enough. It's been said before using better examples of situations which warrant positive thinking.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

He does have a lovely voice so I am glad Rick Hanson reads his own work.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Helter Skelter

  • The True Story of the Manson Murders
  • By: Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591

Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Evil: Step by Step

  • By Eugene on 18-12-14

Detailed and fascinating

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

Reviewed: 05-11-14

What made the experience of listening to Helter Skelter the most enjoyable?

The subject matter was well re-told by the author who was objective and clearly had a thorough knowledge of this famous crime.

Well read.

What did you like best about this story?

The subject itself of the Manson Family and their killings