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  • The Murder Bag

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376

Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard, but a high standard

  • By Philip on 05-04-15

addictive, human, and so many plot twist<br />

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

Reviewed: 21-12-18

I absolutely loved this book.
I found the characters believable and in cases loveable. I read/listen to a lot of detective fiction and this is a first time in a while I have wanted to go straight to the second book in this series. I read Tony Parsons prev books years ago and I have forgotten how much I enjoyed his writing style. The narrator is perfect, he seems to be able to capture the emotion in each character. I'm trying not to write to much as I don't want to give it away but I do genuinely recommend. If you like detective fiction with feeling ,believable characters this book is a credit well spent!

  • The Diary of Samuel Pepys

  • The BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
  • By: Samuel Pepys, Hattie Naylor
  • Narrated by: Kris Marshall, Katherine Jakeways, Full Cast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 324

Kris Marshall and Katherine Jakeways star as Mr & Mrs Pepys in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of the world famous diaries. Samuel Pepys was 26 when he decided to start keeping a diary, in January 1660. For the next 10 years he faithfully recorded the day's events and confessed his innermost thoughts. That diary has since become one of our most important, and fascinating, historical documents. Pepys gave us eyewitness accounts of some of the great events of the 17th century, including the Great Fire of London and the Second Dutch War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and insightful

  • By Deborah Wyman on 21-10-14

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 23-04-18

Really enjoyed this adaptation, Kris Marshall does an excellent job of pepys as do all the rest of the cast in their parts. Really felt like I Was there.

  • Human Croquet

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

Once it had been the great forest of Lythe--a vast and impenetrable thicket of green. And here, in the beginning, lived the Fairfaxes, grandly, at Fairfax Manor, visited once by the great Gloriana herself. But over the centuries, the forest had been destroyed, replaced by Streets of Trees. The Fairfaxes have dwindled, too; now they live in Arden, at the end of Hawthorne Close, and are hardly a family at all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting

  • By DartmoorDiva on 30-07-15

Cannot get enough of Kate Atkinson!!

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

Reviewed: 15-12-17

What did you like most about Human Croquet?

The narration,utterly perfect for each character. Susan Jameson really does it an absolute justice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vinnie- her character and remarks absolutely creased me up! oooh and Mrs Baxter.

What about Susan Jameson’s performance did you like?

The characters voices really worked for me. I would absolutely listen to her again, fantastic actress and Narrator.

  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster, telling a woman in an emerald dress and a D cup that he wasn't married. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but there she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop in an ancient street beneath York Minster, with sensible and sardonic Patrica, aged five; greedy, cross-patch Gillian, who refused to be ignored; and Ruby...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Family Story

  • By Lisa Crowe on 11-05-15

What a listen!

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

Reviewed: 22-11-17

Absolutely excellent, Susan jameson makes this book, her narration is fabulous plus kates talent, winning combo.

  • The Life of Elizabeth I

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 23 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

The New York Times best-selling author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The War of the Roses, historian Alison Weir crafts fascinating portraits of England’s infamous House of Tudor line. Here Weir focuses on Elizabeth I, also known as the Virgin Queen, who ascended to the throne at age 25 and never married, yet ruled for 44 years and steered England into its Golden Age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Gemma Thomson on 29-12-15

Queen Bess was girl power before it was invented!

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

Reviewed: 13-06-17

Would you listen to The Life of Elizabeth I again? Why?

Absolutely, I am crazy about history especially the Tudors etc

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bess of course !

Which scene did you most enjoy?

enjoyed all of it but I love the way she wouldn't bow down to the pressures of marriage or religion.

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

many bits and bobs

Any additional comments?

the narrator Davina Porter is OUTSTANDING! I have listened to her read all of the outlander books. by far my favourite

  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,832
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,347

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping story.

  • By Bernadette on 22-10-15

Cannot get enough of strike!

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

Reviewed: 14-12-15

Where does Career of Evil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Just finished listening to career of evil and I loved it, I found myself thinking about the storyline line when I wasn't listening trying to work out the guilty person. Robert glennister is perfect at the narration please don't change him ever!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Strike, always strike!

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

Accents were brilliant as always

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

It made me laugh, Shankar is a great character

  • Absolute Pandemonium: The Autobiography

  • By: Brian Blessed
  • Narrated by: Brian Blessed
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,535
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449

A memoir from national treasure Brian Blessed. There is no one quite like Brian Blessed. He's an actor, film star, trained undertaker, unlikely diplomat, secret romantic, martial artist and mountaineer. He's also a brilliant storyteller who will - and you must brace yourself - simply leap out of the story at you. Ready? Then listen to Absolute Pandemonium and you'll be taken on a riotous journey from his childhood, growing up the son of a miner in Goldthorpe, to finding fame in Z-Cars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A joyful, irreverent, nine hours of fun!

  • By Vernon Wright on 23-10-15

absolute brilliance

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

Reviewed: 22-10-15

If you could sum up Absolute Pandemonium: The Autobiography in three words, what would they be?

Hysterical, interesting and fantastic

What was one of the most memorable moments of Absolute Pandemonium: The Autobiography?

To be honest, I love all of it, Brian Blessed makes you feel like he's an old mate you are chatting to down the pub, I was laughing out loud with the first 10 minutes.

Which character – as performed by Brian Blessed – was your favourite?

Brian himself of course

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

It made me really laugh, his voice and 'story telling' way hooks you straight in, I feel like I could sit and have a cuppa with him. Honest and really insightful.

  • Dragonfly In Amber

  • Outlander, Book 2
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 38 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088

New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant follow up

  • By Rachel on 17-08-08

This series of books are amazing

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

Reviewed: 23-09-14

Would you listen to Dragonfly In Amber again? Why?

absolutely, They are absolutely wonderfully narrated by Davina Porter. She makes these books as amazing as they are. Without her reading them I don't know if I would love them as much as I do.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It has to be Clare. She's witty, kind, loving and calm.

Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favourite?

Jamie, Davina's character voices are impeccable.

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

Love at its deepest

Any additional comments?

as you can see I just adore the outlander series (so far..) wonderfully amazing

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  • The Miniaturist

  • By: Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by: Jessie Burton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,961
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,776
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,774

There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed...On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tricky to get in to

  • By DebNwood on 20-05-15

Really got into this but disappointed

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

Reviewed: 10-09-14

What made the experience of listening to The Miniaturist the most enjoyable?

The authors reading ability was second to none, lovely clear concise reading. fantastic

Would you be willing to try another book from Jessie Burton? Why or why not?

I would yes. I would like to see a follow on from this book

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

The characters emotions the fact its read by the author makes a difference

Any additional comments?

I was just really dissapointed with the ending, (sorry Jessie!) but otherwise a fantastic book

  • Under Your Skin

  • By: Sabine Durrant
  • Narrated by: Tracy-Ann Oberman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 397

Gaby Mortimer is the woman who has it all. But everything changes when she finds a body on the common near her home. Because the evidence keeps leading back to her. And the police seem sure she's guilty.... Under Your Skin is an unpredictable, exquisitely twisty story, which proves that there are only three rules in life that mean anything: Assume nothing. Believe no one. Check everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely gripping

  • By Saffy on 24-04-13

Narrator is brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 25-06-14

Would you listen to Under Your Skin again? Why?

I wouldn't, because I now know who dunnit!

What did you like best about this story?

it was really good, bit shocked at the conclusion!

What about Tracy-Ann Oberman’s performance did you like?

absolutely everything, she is absolutely fantastic!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful