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  • The Mystery of Three Quarters

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 427

Returning home after lunch one day, Hercule Poirot finds an angry woman waiting outside his front door. She demands to know why Poirot has sent her a letter accusing her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met. Poirot has also never heard of a Barnabas Pandy and has accused nobody of murder. Shaken, he goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him - a man who also claims also to have received a letter from Poirot that morning, accusing him of the murder of Barnabas Pandy.... 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious in the extreme!

  • By raven on 27-09-18

Very well written and performed

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

I LOVE Julian Rhind-Tutt as a narrator; never a dud book.

The story is exceptionally well written with some very clever phrases (which of course I couldn’t now find to include to show you!). However the denouement was a bit long winded. In the ‘real’ Christie books it’s all quite snappy and fast, but Poirot here seemed to feel the need to intricately explain every single little clue or discrepancy. So please don’t worry that there will be any loose ends!

Very well worth buying.

  • The Murderer's Son

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320

Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl. Twenty years ago: a farmer and his wife are cut to pieces by a ruthless serial killer. Now: a woman is viciously stabbed to death in the upmarket kitchen of her beautiful house on the edge of the marshes. Then a man called Daniel Kinder walks into Saltern police station and confesses to the murder. But DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans of the Fenland Constabulary soon discover that there is a lot more to Daniel than meets the eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Sitting On The Fens About This One!

  • By Simon on 17-10-18

Ooo, you can’t put it down!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

An exciting fast paced book with so many turns you can’t figure out which possible shady person actually killed anyone! I enjoy a good yarn without the distraction of deep character development, and I feel it suited my tastes very well.

I also don’t like the popular thing with modern day detective fiction that they have to have a troubled and unhappy home life. Let’s just have a team of hard working detectives who want to do their job well, and all function together fairly well as a team - thank you Joy Ellis!

I’m sorry Richard Armitage as I think you’re a great actor, but the narration wasn’t my favourite. Could do with a few pauses or change in tone to denote change of location of the action, change from speech to thought etc. Sometimes a little hard to follow, and I pressed my ‘back 30 sec’ function a few times.

Buy it, it’s a great book, and thankfully it’s part of a series so more of the same please!

  • Dear Mrs Bird

  • By: AJ Pearce
  • Narrated by: Anna Popplewell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 526

London, 1940. Emmeline Lake and her best friend, Bunty, are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent, and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance - but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman's Friend magazine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wartime tale of writing, bravery & soldiering on

  • By K. J. Noyes on 12-04-18

Delightful and charming

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

Reviewers on Amazon have said that in the written version of this book, they found words ACCENTUATED WITH CAPITALS to be quite annoying. In the audio version however it just leads to some emphasis with a kind of old-school BBC voice. The story feels light to start with, but really has some guts and heart. I was a little disappointed with how Bunty reacted to a certain situation (about 2.5 hours before the end), as I didn’t feel it rang true to the character created so far. However it all came out in the wash (as Emmy would say) and was resolved by the end.

Beautifully narrated, it is a delightful tale which was full of joy despite some serious and sad subject matter - being set during the 2nd world war. I regularly found myself smiling as I drove the car listening to it. Highly recommend.

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  • Forever and a Day

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Matthew Goode
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611

M laid down his pipe and stared at it tetchily. 'We have no choice. We're just going to bring forward this other chap you've been preparing. But you didn't tell me his name.' 'It's Bond, sir,' the Chief of Staff replied. 'James Bond.' One body. Three bullets. 007 floats in the waters of Marseille, killed by an unknown hand. It's time for a new agent to step up. Time for a new weapon in the war against organised crime. It's time for James Bond to earn his licence to kill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Iconic Legend is Born

  • By Simon on 02-06-18

Horowitz knows how to write a good plot

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

Reviewed: 25-11-18

SPOILERS alert
I have not read anything by Ian Fleming so can’t compare, but I imagine that Anthony Horowitz has captured his style quite well. He did this excellently when writing his Sherlock Holmes books and captured Conan Doyle brilliantly. It seems to reflect the typical prevailing attitudes toward women that Bond seemed to have in the films, and of course all women he shows an interest in end up dying (as usual). It has a good twisty plot with plenty of double crossing and I couldn’t see any loose end which hadn’t been tied up by the fini. Matthew Goode has a lovely rich voice and does accents well - it was easy to tell the characters apart during conversations.

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  • The Invisible Ones

  • By: Stef Penney
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 464

Small-time private investigator Ray Lovell veers between paralysis and delirium in a hospital bed. But before the accident that landed him there, he had promised to find Rose Janko. Rose was married to the charismatic son of a travelling gypsy family, Ivo Janko. When Ray starts to investigate her disappearance he's surprised that her family are so hostile towards him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent story, narrated well

  • By Helen on 25-10-12

What a fantastic book!

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

Reviewed: 13-07-18

*Spoiler alert at the end*
This is a fantastic book. I only got it because it was the daily special! The story is great, brilliant pace and twisty and exciting. Narration by Dan Stevens is pitch perfect. I will definitely be getting more by Stef Penney.

But I still have one question - who was Christo’s father then???

  • Sleep

  • The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of Naps...and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind
  • By: Nick Littlehales
  • Narrated by: Nick Littlehales
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 244

One third of our lives is spent trying to sleep. Most us have disturbed, restless nights and rely on a cocktail of caffeine and sugar to drag us through the day. Yet the hours we spend in bed shape our moods, motivation and decision-making skills - defining our performance in work, at home and while keeping fit. We need a new approach to sleep. In this groundbreaking audiobook, Nick Littlehales, elite sleep coach to some of the world's leading sports stars and teams, lays bare his strategies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Should have got someone else to narrate

  • By Raistrick on 24-02-17

Fascinating stuff

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

Reviewed: 18-04-18

As usual, an audiobook narrated by its writer is not performed at its best. However this is a very interesting way of looking at something we all need more of! I’m definitely going to be putting some of these things into practice. Unfortunately when listening in the car, you can’t take notes, so I’ll be needing to listen again with pen and paper!

  • Let Me Lie

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan, Clare Mackintosh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770

The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They're both wrong. One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life - a shocking suicide carefully played out to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with her parents' deaths ever since. Now with a young baby herself, Anna feels her mother's presence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened. But as she looks for answers, someone is trying to stop her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Real Maze of a Thriller

  • By Simon on 14-03-18

This book won’t last long sadly - Clare, please get writing your next!

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

Reviewed: 27-03-18

The narrator has a lovely voice, very easy to listen to, but could have done more to differentiate between the characters when speaking. Sometimes it doesn’t say “...said Murray” etc, and would have been helpful to tell who was supposed to be speaking.

The story is what we have come to expect from Clare Mackintosh - page turning twisty thriller, not knowing who to trust or what to believe. Still managed to be a surprise at the end even though I thought I’d been through all the possible options in my head!

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  • Local Girl Missing

  • By: Claire Douglas
  • Narrated by: Hannah Murray, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 587

Twenty years ago 21-year-old Sophie Collier vanished one night. She left nothing behind but a trainer on the old pier - and a hole in the heart of her best friend, Francesca. Now a body's been found. And Francesca's drawn back to the seaside town she's tried to forget. Perhaps the truth of what happened to Sophie will finally come out. Yet Francesca is beginning to wish she hadn't returned. Everywhere she turns are ghosts from her past. The same old faces and familiar haunts of her youth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great thriller.

  • By Miss Lesley Davidson on 09-11-16

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 26-01-18

I really enjoyed this. I kept changing my mind throughout the book over ‘who dunnit’ but the actual ending I had never guessed! Very well narrated, I like having two different narrators for the two different first person dialogues.

Claire Douglas seems very clever at portraying the narcissistic personality - I wonder if she has her own experience of someone in her life?

  • Stormbreaker

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Oliver Chris
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349

When his guardian dies in suspicious circumstances, 14-year-old Alex Rider finds his world turned upside down. Forcibly recruited into MI6, Alex has to take part in gruelling SAS training exercises. Then, armed with his own special set of secret gadgets, he's off on his first mission to Cornwall, where Middle-Eastern multi-billionaire Herod Sayle is producing his state-of-the-art Stormbreaker computers - but there's more to Sayle than meets the eye....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Alex Rider is amazing ( or so I'm told)

  • By Kathleen Esplan on 20-07-15

Romping

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

Reviewed: 24-01-18

Probably because this is a story for children, the narrative gets straight into the story very quickly. There is no great character development, and the descriptions of the things are sparse and perfunctory.

However the tale is well spun and planned out. The narrator does a very good job at special voices for specific people, but oddly his ‘normal’ narration is a bit monotonous.

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,636
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,495
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,495

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling

  • By penobscott on 10-07-17

Who needs fiction with tales like this...

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

Reviewed: 21-01-18

What an amazing, edifying, inspiring true story. I’m not sure we are made with as much strength of character these days. It is well read throughout. A ‘real’ book I’ve also enjoyed because it has Frank Hurley’s photos included is The Endurance by Caroline Alexander