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  • Hydra

  • An Episode of Six Stories
  • By: Matt Wesolowski
  • Narrated by: Tim Bruce, Jane Slavin, Kris Dyer, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 133

In November 2014 Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father and sister to death with a hammer. Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation. King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five witnesses and Arla herself as he questions whether Arla's responsibility for the massacre was a diminished as her legal team made out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absolutely brilliant writer. Stunned.

  • By C.Johnson on 09-03-18

Concept better than result

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

Reviewed: 15-02-19

Neat idea but I found it annoying on so many levels. Did I care ? Nope. Was it a page turner? Nope, lacking pace and tension. And that patronizing presenter, hated him and his superior manner. Scripted north of England voices, not an ear of a Scottish voice. I could go on.
Wasted opportunity.
I did at least manage to struggle to the end albeit with some impatience for it to come to a conclusion.

  • I Am Watching You

  • By: Teresa Driscoll
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,789
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,785

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it - until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she's decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls - beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard - has disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Glowing Five Stars

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 23-10-17

Built on sand

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

Reviewed: 15-02-19

The book begins from a feeble premise of 'guilt' and tries to construct a story which cannot be supported by this.
To be honest I failed to finish the book as I found this, and the voice of the narrator, so annoying. I have been charitable with the stars on the off chance that it did improve.

  • American Tabloid

  • By: James Ellroy
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

It's 1958. America is about to emerge into a bright new age - an age that will last until the 1,000 days of John F. Kennedy’s presidency. Three men move beneath the glossy surface of power, men allied to the makers and shakers of the era. Peter Bondurant, Howard Hughes’ right-hand man, Jimmy Hoffa’s hit man. Kemper Boyd, employed by J. Edgar Hoover to infiltrate the Kennedy clan. Ward Littell, a man seeking redemption in Bobby Kennedy’s drive against organised crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Histrionics

  • By Luke on 25-09-15

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 15-02-19

Noir Chandler on speed. Often had no idea what was happening but . . . pace and style more than compensate and I will certainly listen to it again. I do not listen to books a second time.
My only query is, how did Elroy get away with this? His portrayal of real people seems somewhat libelous!

  • The Poisonwood Bible

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Dean Robertson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • excellent read

  • By metalwork on 22-09-10

An amazing tour de force

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

Reviewed: 26-01-19

A wonderful book. Fascinating story with fully formed characters. Loved the multiple naration by the different charcters despite missing the swap over occasionally. However because of the quality of the writing it very soon became clear who was talking. Personal experience and deep research producing a memorable listen.

  • A Monster Calls

  • By: Patrick Ness
  • Narrated by: Jason Isaacs, Patrick Ness
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming.... This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book, very powerful and emotional.

  • By ian mcnamara on 26-12-16

Stick with it, well worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 26-01-19

My first reaction to this book was that i had made a error. Another young adult book had slipped in. Enough there to keep listening... this was not the usual patronising ya offering. Then, well perhaps it wasn't ya at all. Then, just don't care - this is a great listen.

  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577

The Husband's Secret is a funny, heartbreaking novel of marriage, grief, love, and secrets. When her husband announces he's in love with her best friend, painfully shy Tess picks up her young son and returns to her mother's house. There she begins an unexpected affair with an old flame. Rachel is a woman in her 60s consumed by grief and anger at the loss of her daughter 20 years earlier. When her son announces he is taking her beloved grandson overseas, Rachel begins a descent into deeper bitterness and pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes you want to listen to the end

  • By Joanne on 10-11-13

Class literature

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

Reviewed: 26-01-19

Head and shoulders above so much of the competition. Beatifully written, rich characters and an interesting story line. No need to say more. Listen and enjoy.

  • Dragon Teeth

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Sherri Crichton - Afterword
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

The year is 1876. Warring Indian tribes still populate America's western territories, even as lawless gold-rush towns begin to mark the landscape. Against this backdrop two palaeontologists pillage the Wild West for dinosaur fossils while deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars. Into this treacherous territory plunges William Johnson, a Yale student with more privilege than sense.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good

  • By MR on 24-07-17

A work in progress.

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

Reviewed: 26-01-19

This book seems rather incomplete to me and a work in progress rather than a completed novel. The characters are shallow two dimensional and it is difficult to have any interest in their fate. Scope for lots and it could certainly have been a very interesting book. Maybe worth a rewrite with a little more skill.
Worth a narration with a different reader. Nothing against the quality of the reader himself, just totally inappropriate for this book and adding to the detachment from both story and charactrs.

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  • The Enzo Files, Book 5
  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

When France’s top chef, Marc Fraysse, summoned the world’s press to make a shattering announcement, rumors abounded that he was about to lose one of his three coveted Michelin stars. Instead, on arrival at his remote restaurant on a volcanic plateau in central France, they were greeted with the news that the troubled genius had been murdered, and the message he intended to deliver was never made. Seven years later, his killing and the identity of his killer still remain an enigma.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo Files - Incomplete!

  • By Glitzy Goose on 01-05-16

Airport tut, poor airport tut at that

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

Quite amazed how an author like Peter May can write quality fiction like his Scottish islands books and produce this awful stuff. 'Produced ' is almost the right word - churned out on the production line to satisfie an editor or buy a new car perhaps. A pile of pretentious claptrap about wine, paper thin characters, predictable story lines vie to submerge what plot there is. Worse, can there be worse, the reader is treated as an idiot who needs everything explained to them.
So i didn't like the book, perhaps this affected my oppionion of the narration. I didn't like that either. Clear, carefull and well read but really not fitting the story and that terrible Scottish accent and those frech accents and... enough said.
Enzio will not get a second chance.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,349
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,059

'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the '30s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the greats.

  • By Simon on 05-10-15

Always meant to read this book....

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

One of those books that one feels you must read sometime.... Well, fifty years on and finally got round to it. Seen the film :- so of course the book was nothing like my expectations, the 'courtroom' plays only a very small part in this tale.
The blurb say it all, just to add that i enjoyed the rich tapestry of the age and the depth of characters. Worth the wait.

  • Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,725

A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Formed Tale Hits the Sweet Spot

  • By Simon on 06-12-17

Spiced school historical drama

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

This book remininds me of one of those BBC educational dramas I had to listened to at school. Social history via dramatisation. A bit of sex added for 'adult' spice but basically the same - not much plot and two dimensional characters who 'teach' by explaining everything to each other. Both the characters and the plot are predictable and stereotypical. I suspect that the skcial history is sound but for me it was all rather a waste of time, unless your are a juvenile history student.
I did manage to drag myself to the end but i will not be bothering with the further books in the series.

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