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  • A Murder is Announced

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Joan Hickson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 133

The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which reads: "A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m." A childish practical joke? Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, a crowd begins to gather at Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Party games...

  • By FictionFan on 06-01-18

Terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

You will, of course, recognise the voice of Joan Hickson as Miss Marple's voice from television. However, the other voices in this version of the audiobook are so similar to Miss Marple's voice that it made it impossible at times to work out who was saying what. I actually returned this item half way through because rather than being light entertainment while doing housework it was tiresome and not worth the price paid.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Become a Corporate/Business Coach

  • By: Lyn Kelley
  • Narrated by: Lyn Kelley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Lyn Kelley, Ph.D., Certified Professional Coach with over 20 years experience in business coaching gives you the step-by-step method to become a corporate or business coach or consultant. Most importantly she shows you how to promote it, how to get in with big corporations, and how to maintain your professional ethics and integrity. Dr. Lyn shows mental health providers, coaches and human service providers how they can get rich in the Corporate Coaching boom! You can easily earn $250/hr to $2500/day with business and corporate coaching. Plus she gives you samples of contracts and letters you'll need.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Really? Impossible to take seriously

  • By JANE PRIOR on 29-06-16

Really? Impossible to take seriously

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

Reviewed: 29-06-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I'm sending back this book and asking for a refund because it is dreadful. If you know absolutely nothing about coaching then do yourself a favour and find another book. And if you know if know anything at all about coaching then you probably already know more than the author of this book. To add insult to injury the tone is patronising.

The Blackhouse
    
    
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        Peter May
    
    


    
    
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        Steve Worsley
    
    


    
    Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    2,170 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • The Blackhouse

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,782

The Isle of Lewis is the most desolate and harshly beautiful place in Scotland. When a bloody murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. Since Fin himself was raised on the island, the investigation represents not only a journey home but a voyage into his past. Each year twelve island men sail out to a remote and treacherous rock called An Sgeir on a perilous quest to slaughter nesting seabirds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book

  • By Flint on 09-04-16

Exquisite story telling

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

Reviewed: 22-10-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Blackhouse to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version of this novel so I can't comment on any improvements or failings between the two formats.

What other book might you compare The Blackhouse to, and why?

In some senses the book compares to other detective stories based on the Western Isles, like those by Ann Cleeves. However, the novel is also a beautiful woven story which, for me, moves it out of the category of crime fiction to human interest fiction. The later works of Ian Rankin generate this kind of human interest at times and evoke strong senses of the geography and socio-economic context of the tale.

What about Steve Worsley’s performance did you like?

Generally the accents were done well. I really liked the main voice of the narration, which was gentle and rolling; I don't think anyone could take a disliking to it.

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

I enjoyed this novel and it was thought provoking and evocative; my imagination enjoyed the experienced and I think the story will stay with me for some time. However, I didn't have a strong emotional response; although raising some controversial issues and dealing with moral challenges the writer did this with sensitivity and without sensationalizing or blowing a moral trumpet.

Any additional comments?

Really good read and I'll return to this author again.

  • Vigilante

  • Jessica Daniel, Book 2
  • By: Kerry Wilkinson
  • Narrated by: Becky Hindley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Dead bodies are piling up for Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel. Usually when a serial killer is on the loose, the pressure would be building to find the perpetrator, but the victims are all hardened criminals themselves. The national media can't believe their luck with an apparent vigilante on the streets while Jessica's new boss seems grateful someone else is doing their job for them. But things aren't so straightforward when forensics matches blood from the apparent killer to a man already behind bars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kerry strikes again

  • By Peter on 11-06-15

I suddenly realised where I'd read the plot before

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

Reviewed: 11-07-15

What would have made Vigilante better?

Like many others who have reviewed Kerry Wilkinson's novels I quite like the character Jessica and, again like other reviewers, I appreciate the banter between Jessica and other characters in the story. With the first book in the Jessica Daniels series I very quickly solved the puzzle and who did it, which is unusual for me. Moving on to book 2 in the series any sense of enjoyment derived from the characterisation became frustration and annoyance when, half way through the book, I realised that the plot was familiar. Given that there are so many crime novels in print/audio formats it must become challenging for writers to produce something original but what makes other crime novels better is twofold; firstly, the best selling crime writers do overwhelmingly produce stories that are original and, secondly, the very best of those writers, produce genuinely good fiction as well.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kerry Wilkinson again?

I wouldn't listen to another Kerry Wilkinson again. I gave the writer a chance by listening two novels and I was interested in his choice to self-publish. I believe the author now has a deal with a publisher but I can see why his submissions were rejected by agents; agents will be looking for original and good fiction, whatever the genre. These books/audios might sell well but so do red top newspapers; high volume sales don't necessarily equate to quality content.

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

Overall, I am disappointed by the two books. There's a lot of hype and, at times, anger that some writers can't get published so self-publishing seems to be viewed as the underdogs fighting back against the establishment. I am not in a position to comment on whether or not other self-published authors are talented or fairly talentless but if I buy a book I want to buy something that will enrich my life; it's a bit like choosing not to eat from chain fast food outlets - just because millions of people do it that doesn't mean to say it's good.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • One Good Turn

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

It is the Edinburgh Festival. People queuing for a lunchtime show witness a road-rage incident--an incident which changes the lives of everyone involved. Jackson Brodie, ex-army, ex-police, ex-private detective, is also an innocent bystander--until he becomes a suspect. With Case Histories, Kate Atkinson showed how brilliantly she could explore the crime genre and make it her own. In One Good Turn, she takes her masterful plotting one step further.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good read, with some annoying elements!

  • By Gillian on 10-05-15

Intricate and intriguing

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

Story telling at its best: I was absorbed from the first paragraph until the end of this intriguing novel. Each character was brought to life through cleverly woven sub plots and the whole brought together with style and panache. A great read.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Down Cemetery Road

  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

Sarah Tucker - a young married woman, bored and unhappy with her life - becomes obsessed with trying to find a little girl who disappears after a neighbouring house is destroyed by a massive explosion. She soon discovers that people she thought long dead are still alive and those living are fast joining the dead. What begins in suburban south Oxford ends on a remote and unwelcoming Scottish island as the hunt for the missing child takes Sarah out of her marriage and onto a journey with a troubled ex-soldier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By JANE PRIOR on 07-06-15

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 07-06-15

Great plot and characters who are believable and credible. Tensions build after first hour of listening so stick with the audio book and you will be amply rewarded.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Peas and Queues

  • By: Sandi Toksvig
  • Narrated by: Sandi Toksvig
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 286

How do you get rid of unwanted guests? What do you do if there's a racket in the quiet carriage? How should you eat peas, and behave in queues? How to behave, like how to punctuate, is an aspect of life that many are no longer taught. Thankfully, Sandi Toksvig has come to the rescue with her entertaining guide to modern manners, with characteristic wit and perceptiveness.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If you love lists you'll love this

  • By PPod on 02-12-14

Very funny and informative

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

Reviewed: 17-05-15

The content is both informative and entertaining. Read with all humour charm and exquisite timing one expects from Sandi. Great fun and something you can return to again and again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lazybones

  • Tom Thorne, Book 3
  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

Someone, a woman or somebody pretending to be a woman, is writing to convicted rapists in prison, befriending them and then brutally killing them when they are released. DI Tom Thorne must discover the link between these killings and a murder/suicide that took place twenty-five years before; a tragedy to which the only witnesses were two small children, now adults and nowhere to be found. How can you escape a past that will do a lot more than just catch up with you?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A powerful book

  • By Joseph on 23-08-06

Obvious from near the beginning

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

Reviewed: 05-05-15

I have read some other books by Mark Billingham and enjoyed them all. However this novel was extremely disappointing. The plot was weak and it didn't take long to work out who was committing the murders and why. The incidental music was tacky and completely superfluous. The narrator did well and his performance was by far the best element of this audiobook.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Clare in the Community

  • Series 8 & 9 plus the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Special
  • By: Harry Venning, David Ramsden
  • Narrated by: Sallys Phillips, Alex Lowe, a full cast
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 111

Sally Phillips stars as Clare in this sparkling collection of 13 comic episodes. Clare Barker, the social worker with all the politically correct jargon but none of the practical solutions, returns in these 13 episodes, which includes a special installment recorded live at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. As if the upheaval of moving offices and embracing hot-desking weren’t enough for Clare and her colleagues at the Sparrowhawk Family Centre, the threat of redundancies hangs over them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant!

  • By Antonia on 28-09-16

Superb

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

Reviewed: 18-04-15

Clare in the community is one of the funniest radio comedies ever. Brilliantly performed. From series one to nine there isn't a dull moment. I laughed out loud so often it was a tonic

  • Disgrace

  • Department Q, Book 2
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,184

Kimmie’s home is on the streets of Copenhagen. To live she must steal. She has learned to avoid the police and never to stay in one place for long. But now others are trying to find her. And they won’t rest until she has stopped moving - for good. Detective Carl of Department Q, the cold cases division, has received a file concerning the brutal murder of a brother and sister 20 years earlier. A group of boarding school students were the suspects at the time - until one of their numbers confessed and was convicted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely hooked!

  • By Hilary Harrison on 21-10-12

Loved this book

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

Reviewed: 27-03-15

The themes of the novel are dark but they have been handled with care and sensitivity. This gives the reader opportunities for insight without being left with a sense that the plot and the events were written simply to satisfy the author's needs. Too often I start to read a crime novel and then put the book down and leave it down because it feels like the writer has a need to purge to themselves or is writing purely to attract readers who are attracted to gratuitous violence. I was a little sceptical at first about some of the characterisation but as I read on the personalities rang as true. A really good read and I will look for more by this author.