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  • Coco Chanel

  • The Legend and the Life
  • By: Justine Picardie
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Harwood
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Justine Picardie has spent the last decade puzzling over the truth about Coco Chanel, attempting to peel away the accretions of romance and lies. In this full-scale biography we finally discover the history of the incredible woman who created the way we look now. Coco Chanel was an extraordinary inventor - she conjured up the little black dress, bobbed hair, trousers for women, contemporary chic, best-selling perfumes, and the most successful fashion brand of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent biography of a facinating woman

  • By JenPeter on 12-03-11

Elusive and enigmatic

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

Justine Picardie does a good job of trying to get to the heart of this iconic individual. Many questions remain unanswered but there’s a feel for a lady who ensured no one would ever truly understand her essence. Interesting and I enjoyed it.

  • The Russia House

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

It is the third summer of perestroika. Niki Landau, philanderer and travelling rep, attends the first Moscow audio fair and is asked by beautiful young Katya to take a parcel back to England. It’s addressed to Barley Blair, jazz-player and drinker, and contains information vital to the defence of the West. But times and heroes are changing. And Barley Blair is a man who makes his own rules of engagement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect voice for the master's stories

  • By Peter on 21-06-11

Another masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

The narration is outstanding. Balanced,convincing totally plausible. Really adds to the story.
This is not an action packed adventure. It’s far better, it explores relevant world tensions, good v bad, stereotypes, it’s packed with suspense leaving the reader unsure whose narrative is reliable. A real feel for the vagaries of Cold War espionage in recent years. Le Carré delivers another compelling insight into the murky workings of the world.

  • Can't Stand Up for Falling Down

  • Rock 'n' Roll War Stories
  • By: Allan Jones
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Allan Jones launched Uncut magazine in 1997 and for 15 years wrote a popular monthly column called Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before, based on his experiences as a music journalist in the 70s and 80s. By turns hilarious, cautionary, poignant and powerful, the Stop Me...stories collected here include encounters with some of rock's most iconic stars, including David Bowie, Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Smiths, R.E.M. and Pearl Jam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, touching and informative

  • By Jim on 09-09-17

Trip down memory lane

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Really enjoyed this. Numerous anecdotes from a respected music journo about his meetings and interviews with many famous names. Some Farr better than others. I was pleased to see that Gordon sumner was egocentric and affected even in his early Police days. Some fascinating snippets. Well read with interesting accents. Enjoyed this.

  • Sweet Little Lies

  • By: Caz Frear
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 443

What I thought I knew: in 1998, Maryanne Doyle disappeared, and Dad knew something about it. Maryanne Doyle was never seen again. What I actually know: in 1998, Dad lied about knowing Maryanne Doyle. Alice Lapaine has been found strangled near Dad's pub. Dad was in the local area for both Maryanne Doyle's disappearance and Alice Lapaine's murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting & accomplished new voice

  • By Michelle on 25-12-17

Implausible plot and irritating narration

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This has all the elements of a great murder mystery; but it just doesn't work. I wasn't keen on the narrator whose range of voices and delivery was often irritating. The story centres on a possibility that a close family member has murdered someone. What I couldn't buy in to was the premise that the junior investigating officer failed to mention a connection. She effectively perverts the course of justice and the idea that blood is thicker than water didn't work.

The plotting is convoluted in part, particularly towards the end where other issues are brought in. It's contrived and trying to be too clever, particularly with the humour and relationships. And there's too much explanation of thoughts. I was disappointed.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893

When an 11-year-old boy is found murdered, forensic evidence and reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach. But the jailed suspect, arrested in a public spectacle, has an alibi, and further research convinces Detective Ralph Anderson that the coach was indeed out of town. So how can he have been in two places at the same time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Outsider Stands Tall

  • By Simon on 24-05-18

Top rate King still on form

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

How can one person be in two places at the same time. Witnesses and dna evidence support the impossibility.

With a twisted plot, loads of convincing characters and a nod to the supernatural, this had me hooked right in and I really enjoyed it.

  • The Liar

  • By: Steve Cavanagh
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Once a con artist, now a hotshot lawyer, Eddie Flynn's learnt that fast talk and sleight of hand are just as important in the courtroom are they are on the street. That's why Leonard Howell asks for Eddie's help when his 19-year-old daughter goes missing - he needs someone willing to break the rules. But what if the whole thing was a setup from the very beginning? With a client on trial for his life and the body count rising, the only question is which is deadlier - a man who keeps his oath or one who breaks it?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging

  • By K. R. Fellows on 08-10-17

Much more than courtroom drama

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

Recently discovered this series and I’m blown away by Steve Cavanagh’s storytelling.
Intelligent and plausible characters with interactions filled with tension. A developing back story with wife and child relationship and in terms of action, the pace is fast, the plotting twists and turns and I was breathless at times. Excellent delivery by narrator and some sardonic humour adds to the pleasure.

  • The Mammoth Book of Cover-Ups

  • The Most Disturbing Conspiracies of All Time
  • By: Jon E. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Peter Marinker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Uncover why the Titanic sank, ponder the sinister Vatican/Mafia network that plotted the assassination of liberal John Paul, find out why NASA 'lost' its files on Mars, read why no-one enters Area 51, and consider why medical supplies were already on site at Edgware Road before the 7/7 bombs detonated. Just because you are paranoid, it doesn't mean that they aren't out to conspire against you.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Summary of every conspiracy you can think of

  • By Daniel on 10-01-17

Superficial

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Barely a taster. Very short chapters mostly rehash of well known stuff. Not impressed and returned for refund.

  • One Last Dram Before Midnight

  • Short Story Collection
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

Bringing together six short stories - two of which are previously unpublished - One Last Dram Before Midnight is perfect for fans of Denzil Meyrick. These tales take us from Jim Daley's early days pounding the beat in Glasgow as a young constable to a lighthearted whisky smuggling romp involving Hamish and some ghostly pipers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a Treat!

  • By Patricia on 24-10-17

Neat addition

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Loved this. Adds to the backstories but also an entertaining selection of stand alone tales.

  • The Little Red Chairs

  • By: Edna O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50

When a wanted war criminal masquerading as a healer settles in a small west coast Irish village, the community are in thrall. One woman, Fidelma McBride, falls under his spell, and in this searing novel Edna O'Brien charts the consequence of that fatal attraction. This is a story about love, the artifice of evil and the terrible necessity of accountability in our shattered, damaged world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good read..as they say

  • By opinion on 18-07-16

Challenging issue explored with sensitivity

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Outstanding narration throughout.

This starts off as a rural tale set in Ireland. Edna O’ Brian’s writing is so understated it’s difficult to see what’s coming as the story moves to violation and genocide. I enjoyed the complex narrative and it’s a thought provoking tale of betrayal, loss, love and deeper issues, based on fact, involving war crimes.

  • A Man Without Breath

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Winter, 1943. Bernie Gunther has left the Criminal Police and is working for the German War Crimes Bureau based in Berlin. Reports have been circulating of a mass grave, discovered deep in the Katyn Forest. Rumour has it that the grave is full of Polish officers murdered by the Russians - perfect propaganda for Germany. But it needs a detective of subtle skill to investigate this horrific discovery. Cue Bernie Gunther...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Badly edited.

  • By Lyndsay on 03-07-13

Complex plot

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Saddened to learn of Philip Kerr’s death recently and sorry this series will end. His plotting is superb and the final scenes in this book had me holding my breath. The settings are amazing. With a clever mix of fact and fiction, I really felt that I’d travelled to Russia and was observing events. Gunther’s laconic style and humour shines and the narration throughout is excellent with a great mix of character voices. Really enjoyed this.