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Caroline Lawless

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  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Bill Homewood
  • Length: 52 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804

On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Count of Monte CristoNarrated by Bill Homewood

  • By Martin on 18-08-11

classic

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

Reviewed: 09-08-19

Glad I perciveerd through the first few chapters. Great listen. I also thought the narrator was great.

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  • Red Bones

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451

An archaeologist studying on a site at Whalsay discovers a set of human remains. Is it an ancient find - or a more contemporary mystery? Then an elderly woman is shot in a tragic accident. Shetland detective Jimmy Perez is called in by her grandson - his own colleague, Sandy Wilson. Mima Wilson was a recluse. She had her land, her pride and her family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Linda on 08-08-17

Bit slow. Why are the accents Welsh?

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

Reviewed: 31-05-19

Not the best of the series. Narration a bit rubbish but was understandable and with clear diction. Felt it was a bit repetitive in places and with no real momentum to get to the end. Good story but drawn out.

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  • Blue Lightning

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440

Shetland Detective Jimmy Perez knows it will be a difficult homecoming when he returns to the Fair Isles to introduce his fiancée, Fran, to his parents. Challenging to live on at the best of times, with the autumn storms raging, the island feels cut off from the rest of the world. Trapped, tension is high and tempers become frayed. When a woman's body is discovered at the renowned Fair Isles bird observatory, the islanders react with fear and anger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Back on track

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-08-16

Good description of landscape

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

Reviewed: 26-05-19

Narrator not good at Scottish accents (sounded Welsh in lots of places) and didn't keep a characters accent constant so got confused about who was speaking. It didn't spoil story just my appreciation of it.

  • The Verdict

  • By: Nick Stone
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk, desperately trying to get promoted. And then he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, turns out to be not only someone he knows, but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him so badly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Verdict by Nick Stone

  • By Steven on 29-01-14

Excellent story and narrative.

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

Highly recommended. Clear diction and good pace along with a cracking storyline. Will look for more by this author and narrator.

  • The Distant Echo

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Tom Cotcher
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,131

On a freezing morning four drunken students stumble upon the body of a woman in the snow. Rosie has been raped, stabbed and left for dead in a cemetery. The only suspects are the four young men now stained with her blood. Twenty-five years later the police mount a cold-case review of Rosie’s unsolved murder, and the four are still suspects. But when two of them die in suspicious circumstances, it seems that someone is pursuing their own brand of justice....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing story with good characters

  • By Janet on 07-03-17

very enjoyable<br />

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

couldn't put it down. quality narater good plot not to descriptive.A good all round read

  • Ladies of Letters

  • The complete BBC Radio collection
  • By: Lou Wakefield, Carole Hayman
  • Narrated by: full cast, Patricia Routledge, Prunella Scales
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

First broadcast on Woman's Hour, Prunella Scales and Patricia Routledge star in this popular BBC Radio 4 comedy Ladies of Letters. This collection features all 11 series. When Irene Spencer meets Vera Small at her daughter Lesley's wedding reception, they embark upon a correspondence that is quite unlike any other in the history of letter writing. Both Irene and Vera are happily widowed and endowed with errant offspring. They live in a world of church fetes and amateur dramatics but love nothing more than dipping their pens in the vitriol pot.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Complete?

  • By Judith J. Standing on 07-09-17

So funny. Really enjoyed stories. Highly recommend

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

loved it even though some stories are mad and a bit contradictory. a must listen.

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  • Traitor's Blood

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

His refuge had become a prison. The world outside a trap. But it was time that was his greatest enemy…Viscount Bessacarr was once the centre of a notorious trial. When the news comes that cancer is suspected, he is determined to see his young daughter again. But the price of being allowed back in Britain is high. Bessacarr’s job is to kill a famous traitor and defector – his father. Soon he is caught up in a mad race from London to Rome and along the coast to Amalfi. His opponents? The KGB, British Intelligence and his family.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very dated dialogue. Not to my taste.

  • By Caroline Lawless on 19-04-18

Very dated dialogue. Not to my taste.

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

Reviewed: 19-04-18

The story was OK and the narration clear and easy to follow but doalogue was overtly sexist. Dsappointing.

  • Painting the Darkness

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 20 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

On a mild autumn afternoon in 1882, William Trenchard sits smoking his pipe in the garden of his comfortable family home. When the creak of the garden gate heralds the arrival of an unexpected stranger, he is puzzled but not alarmed. He cannot know the destruction this man will wreak on all he holds most dear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Goddard at his best

  • By Kirstine on 26-03-13

good story. keeps you guessing

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

Reviewed: 25-02-18

not too sure that I really liked the ending. lots of questions left unanswered but still a good story.

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  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • Outlander, Book 6
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 57 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 456

A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the saga of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century, time-traveling wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and the rift between Britain and its American colonies has put a frightening word into the minds of all concerned: revolution. In the backwoods of North Carolina, violence has already reared its ugly head, as cabins have been burned to the ground. To preserve the colony for King George III, the governor pleads with Jamie to bring the people together and restore peace. But Jamie has the burden of knowing that war cannot be avoided.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally!!!!

  • By karin cornet on 22-01-13

I'm addicted

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

Reviewed: 21-07-17

Sometimes a little repetitive and get fetched but the characters and story swing you along. Narration is 1st class.

  • Rather Be the Devil

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  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827

Some cases never leave you. For John Rebus, 40 years may have passed, but the death of beautiful, promiscuous Maria Turquand still preys on his mind. She was murdered in her hotel room on the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there, and Maria's killer has never been found. Meanwhile, the dark heart of Edinburgh remains up for grabs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Half Measures Here!

  • By Simon on 04-11-16

Gripping right to the end.

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

Reviewed: 28-01-17

Really good stories all intermingled. Characters are believable and the old favorites are true to form.