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  • The Blood of Rome

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 17
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

It is AD 55. As trouble brews on the eastern fringes of the Roman Empire, Tribune Cato and Centurion Macro must prepare for war.... The wily Parthian Empire has invaded Armenia, a frontier territory claimed by Rome, ousting King Rhadamistus. The king is ambitious and ruthless, but he is vital to Rome's strategic interests. General Corbulo must restore him to power while also readying the troops for war with the powerful Parthian Empire. Corbulo orders new arrivals Cato and Macro, and their elite cohort of Praetorian Guards, to carry out the task.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boys are back!

  • By Ron on 18-11-18

The Boys are back!

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

Another outing for our boys Cato and Macro (Uncle Mac Mac), start in typical fashion sending the boys off to dangerous territory, but twist with a bit of psychological effect of war on people and our heroes, quite apt for the release date (Nov 2018). Very enjoyable romp into the Ancient world, Jonathan Keeble is excellent portraying the voices. One final thing this book will continue...……...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tombland

  • The Shardlake Series, Book 7
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 37 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

The nominal king, Edward VI, is 11 years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector’s prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure and threatens to involve France. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shardlake again entangled in Tudor history

  • By Mr. S. Wallace-jones on 28-10-18

Brilliant! 5 star Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 25-10-18

An excellent Shardlake novel, combining a murder mystery with an in depth historical account of the Norwich rebellion, a pure joy to listen to, and kept me entertain for start to finish, include the 3 hours plus of historical notes at the end, fascinating stuff

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Column of Fire

  • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 3
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209

Christmas 1558, and young Ned Willard returns home to Kingsbridge to find his world has changed. The ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn by religious hatred. Europe is in turmoil as high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty and love, and Ned soon finds himself on the opposite side from the girl he longs to marry, Margery Fitzgerald. Then Elizabeth Tudor becomes queen and all of Europe turns against England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another masterpiece

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-09-17

Five star Follett does it again

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Another great historical romp, this time spanning the Elizabethan age, less Kingsbridge this time more global, and covering the religious wars between Protestants and Catholics, good plots, and characters, cross in a rich narrative, a definite must for all who enjoy their historical fiction or history brought to life

John Lee's narration is as good as ever

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,951
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,676

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Enjoyable piece

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

Reviewed: 22-09-18

lots of personal stuff here between Robin and Cormoran, which to adds to the depth of the stories, and pans the length of the book out :-)
Overall entertaining and enjoyable

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unseen Academicals

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: David Jason, Jon Culshaw, Mathew Horne, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 572

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible adaptation of a wonderful book

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-07-18

Foot the Ball comes to discworld

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

Brilliant adaptation of the novel, the Uni must win the town v gown 100 year match or lose their funding, but more importantly the 12 cheese cheeseboard, throw in a bit of Romeo and Juliet along with a goblin and dwarves, add a bit of Dirk Maggs genius plus the final chapter's foot the ball commentary and you'll find you've listened to a real gem. More please!!!!

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Kingdom Come

  • Kingmaker, Book 4
  • By: Toby Clements
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 370

Toby Clements's fourth and final instalment in the Kingmaker historical series, set during England's bloody and brutal War of the Roses. 1470. The recent tensions between King Edward and his great ally the Earl of Warwick lie forgotten these past months, but even as winter tightens her grip on the land, the peace is shattered by a vicious attack on one of the King's allies. Long buried secrets are brought to the surface, and Thomas and Katherine must finally decide where their loyalties lie and to choose between fight or flight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm going to miss Thomas and Catherine

  • By anyaandfin on 06-04-18

Oh my a series of audio treatments

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

Reviewed: 15-04-18

If you are into historical drama then this is a must, never before have I had the period of the War of the Roses brought so to life for me, at the commoner level. Absolutely brilliant

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase

  • And Another Thing...
  • By: Eoin Colfer, Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Jane Horrocks, Sandra Dickinson, Mark Wing-Davey, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

The brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast series based on And Another Thing… the sixth book in the famous Hitchhiker’s Guide "trilogy". Forty years on from the first ever radio series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur Dent and friends return in six brand new episodes, in which they are thrown back into the Whole General Mish Mash in a rattling adventure involving Viking Gods and Irish Confidence Tricksters, with our first glimpse of Eccentrica Gallumbits and a brief but memorable moment with The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast Of Traal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Out With The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal?

  • By Simon on 16-04-18

Froody Dudes!

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

Reviewed: 15-04-18

You don't need the brain the size of a planet to know an extended version is better than an abridged version. So if you enjoyed the BBC radio 4 version, you'll love this. Go grab your Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, and listen to an audio comedy dream

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 599
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554

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

Welcome back Max!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Another cracker from Jodi Taylor, I especially loved the long 1399 trip, could we have more. The books to me are just getting better and better, Can't wait until the next full book

  • Pandora's Boy

  • Flavia Albia, Book 6 (Falco: The New Generation)
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Flavia Albia is a private investigator, always drawn to an intriguing puzzle - even if it is put to her by her new husband's hostile ex-wife. On the Quirinal Hill, Clodia Volumnia, a very young girl with stars in her eyes, has died, amid suggestions that she was poisoned by a love potion. It will have been supplied by a local witch, who goes by the name of Pandora, though Albia learns that Pandora carries on a trade in herbal beauty products while hiding much more dangerous connections.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well read and touching mystery

  • By L Weale on 09-06-18

Starting to go off the boil

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Not sure if this is a dip in the usual high standard, but Flavia is starting to come across all jolly hockey sticks and lacking the edge that Falco had, the constant references in this book of Falco made me pine for the old days, maybe a joint investigation to come, though voice wise i'm unsure how that would work.

Hopefully a blip and the best is to come

  • Ep. 6: Driving Test (Slaving Away)

  • By: Miranda Kane
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

In Episode 6, Miranda finally sits her driving test. But on the morning of the test, she is completely thrown by a surprising and unexpected houseguest, wearing one of her flatmate Dan's T-shirts and making herself more than at home. Celebrating her test (we're not saying she passes by the way), more might be exposed than even Miranda is comfortable with. Dreams are espoused and plans are hatched to escape the city in this first season finale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Briiliant!

  • By Denise on 05-11-18

A second series please

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

This is basically a standard SitCom, while the first few episodes cover the sex trade more, later episodes there is less (last episode is regarding a driving test and relationships). I'm told there is more material to come from this 'situation' and I think a 2nd series is deserved, the guest character voices seems to think that, with a lot of 'names' willing to appear.