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  • Nicholas Nickleby

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 31 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in 19th-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccentrics in Dickens's pantheon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible diversity in the actor's voice

  • By Penguin mum on 08-06-07

Story telling at its best

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Not only a classic piece of literature, but also nicely read by Simon Vance.... the most outstandingly awesome Yorkshire accent ever (Note - I don't say it's a good Yorkshire accent, but it is most amazing. Really. )

  • The Liar

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 327

Stephen Fry's breathtakingly outrageous debut novel, by turns eccentric, shocking, brilliantly comic and achingly romantic. Adrian Healey is magnificently unprepared for the long littleness of life; unprepared too for the afternoon in Salzburg when he will witness the savage murder of a Hungarian violinist; unprepared to learn about the Mendax device; unprepared for more murders and wholly unprepared for the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Listen

  • By MrY on 13-09-12

Somewhat sticky.....

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

...but extraordinarily amusing. The expression "taking the urine" springs to mind. Also the toast. Should possibly have an 18 certificate??

  • The Scarifyers: The Thirteen Hallows

  • By: Simon Barnard, Paul Morris
  • Narrated by: David Warner, Terry Molloy, Gareth David-Lloyd
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

When a haunted chess set causes consternation at the British Chess Championships, and a horse magically materialises in Kettering Agricultural Museum, MI:13 are called to investigate. Harry Crow (David Warner) and Professor Dunning (Terry Molloy) follow the trail of inexplicable happenings to an unremarkable terraced house in South Wales, home to the mysterious Mr Merriman (David Benson). He's very old, and very mad; but is there more to Merriman than first appears?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What the word 'Awesome' was invented for.

  • By My Idoru on 22-11-17

What the word 'Awesome' was invented for.

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

Reviewed: 22-11-17

Never a dull moment with Prof Dunning (dun dun dun dun ) and Harry Crow. Such a shame Lionheart (The much loved and missed Nicholas Courtney) died but Crow fills the role nicely.
Oh no.... not Wales......

  • Glimpses of the Moon

  • By: Edmund Crispin
  • Narrated by: Philip Bird
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Death and decapitation seem to go hand in hand in the Devon village of Aller. When the first victim's head is sent floating down the river, the village's rural calm is shattered. Soon the corpses are multiplying and the entire community is involved in the murder hunt. While the rector, the major, the police and a journalist, desperate for the scoop of the century, chase false trails, it is left to Gervase Fen, Oxford don and amateur criminologist, to uncover the sordid truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such fun!

  • By PFK on 07-04-13

So good I listened twice

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Glimpses of the Moon to be better than the print version?

Whilst I enjoy reading Crispin, Philip Bird is so good a narrator he makes it even better

What did you like best about this story?

So many threads ravelling and twining together, so many fine 'rustic' characters.

What about Philip Bird’s performance did you like?

Bird just brings the characters to life in the best way.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

(Benny Hill chase music)

Any additional comments?

Proper laughed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Reamde

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 38 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 785

Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This virus really infected me!

  • By Samuel on 08-11-11

Quality and quantity - can't go wrong.

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

Reviewed: 26-12-16

If you could sum up Reamde in three words, what would they be?

Epically convoluted adventure

What did you like best about this story?

This stunning quest for gold and revenge manages to cross half the real world and a fantasy one too. Non stop plot that never looses the thread.

What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Hillgarten's reading lights up the characters, and even though his Russian/Hungarian accents verge through Mexico and Pakistan, his English accent is so POSH it's almost comic, and his Welsh is um.... he's obviously never heard a Welsh accent, he keeps the pace going so that one wants to just keep listening.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

This could not be made into a film. Maybe a series of films. There is just too much stuff.

Any additional comments?

I'll be looking for more by both the author and the narrator. Very good listening.

  • False Scent

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

In a poisonous cloud of spray, the curtain falls on a drama queen. Little did beloved British actress Mary Bellamy know that she would be done in at her own birthday party - choked by toxic mist from the bottle of Slaypest, a deadly insecticide. Basking in the glow of her most adoring fans - who all happened to be her most duplicitous enemies - Mary would make her final performance.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • How to ruin a great story

  • By slb on 18-12-16

Oooh Ducky!!! Luvies abound!

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

Reviewed: 30-01-16

If you could sum up False Scent in three words, what would they be?

Jolly good fun!

What did you like best about this story?

The story is a classic whodunnit.... but Saxon brings it to life

What does James Saxon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

James Saxon must be one of the best character voice actors going, and in this show biz story he is supreme, from coy to camp and back..... but mostly camp.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed out loud, not so much at the plot but at Saxon's interpretation.

Any additional comments?

Listen out for Deep Throat Nin!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Affair of the Mutilated Mink

  • By: James Anderson
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

The Earl of Burford can't believe his luck. Rex Ransom, his favourite star from the 'talkies', and his hot-shot producer, Haggermeir, want to film their next feature at Alderley, the family's seventeenth-century country estate. Somewhat less enthusiastic is the Countess, who finds herself hosting an impromptu house party for the incoming Hollywood crowd.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good twist.

  • By Janet on 06-04-16

Unadulterated wonderful balderdash and piffle

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

Reviewed: 31-12-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend this to anyone who likes the light crime genre or Wodehouse-ish stuff

What did you like best about this story?

This is a wonderful mickey take of the Sayer/Christie/Allingham/Marsh style of crime. It's contorted and improbable.

What does Cornelius Garrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Garrett is a good, intelligent narrator - he brings the story and characters to life.

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

Listened over three or four days, and looked forward to the next session!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Affair of the Thirty Nine-Cufflinks

  • By: James Anderson
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Understandably, Lord Burford had some misgivings about hosting another house party at Alderley, his beautiful country mansion. After all, the previous two could at best be described as disastrous, since a couple of their guests were bumped off during their stay on each occasion. But with family members travelling down for the funeral of an elderly relative, the Earl really had no choice but to offer them accommodation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're a fan of Ngaio Marsh's Alleyne, you'll LOVE this!

  • By Carôle on 07-01-16

P.G. Wodehouse meets Dorothy Sayers. And she loses

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

Reviewed: 15-12-15

If you could sum up The Affair of the Thirty Nine-Cufflinks in three words, what would they be?

Jolly good fun.

What other book might you compare The Affair of the Thirty Nine-Cufflinks to, and why?

Reminds me of Wodehouse's 'Blandings' stories, only with murder. Convoluted and fantastically silly

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Loved any scene involving anyone trying to explain anything to Penny.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Moved me only to laughter

Any additional comments?

Dashing good blarney. Spiffing plot.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Peripheral

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

The Peripheral by William Gibson is a thrilling new novel about two intertwined futures, from the bestselling author of Neuromancer. Flynne Fisher lives down a country road, in a rural near-future America where jobs are scarce, unless you count illegal drug manufacture, which she's keen to avoid. Her brother Burton lives, or tries to, on money from the Veterans Association, in compensation for neurological damage suffered in a Marines elite unit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhat disappointed

  • By Doug on 01-08-16

A frighteningly possible future view

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who likes thought provoking, intelligently written literature. Except romantics....

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the characters came over well, both through writing and performance. I particularly liked Connor, although his was a small part. The heroines mother was also very real

What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

I've listened to Lorelei's books before and am always impressed by her characterisation and pronunciation. She's either very well read or does research!

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

Nope - a few hours a day, relaxing treat. To good and complex for one sitting. I had dreams about it!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,389

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Exactly how it sounded in my head when I read it

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

Reviewed: 31-10-15

Would you listen to Rivers of London again? Why?

Definitely will listen to this production again, so well performed and so gripping.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rivers of London?

Loved meeting the Rivers personified. And Kobna Holdbrook-Smith performed all the parts beautifully. Beverly Brook appeared before me :)

Have you listened to any of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't heard Kobna Holdbrook-Smith before but will look out for more readings by him.

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

My afternoon delight for a week. I made it last! Too good to listen too all at once.