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  • The Trials of Rumpole

  • By: John Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

The irrepressible, audacious defence barrister Horace Rumpole whose court scenes are proverbial, and whose home is ruled by Mrs Rumpole, is back in these short stories by John Mortimer. The much loved stories were adapted from his scripts for the hugely popular TV series of the same name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very enjoyable read

  • By Flint on 07-12-14

The Trials of Rumpole

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-19

Really enjoyed this book. The storylines are very good and the narrator makes the whole thing come to life. Very enjoyable.

  • Rumpole and the Golden Thread

  • By: John Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

The irrepressible, audacious defence barrister Horace Rumpole continues to juggle the vagaries of the law, the ambiguities of crime, and the contradictions of the human heart. The much loved stories were adapted from his scripts for the hugely popular TV series of the same name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As if Leo MKern was still with us.

  • By Lesley on 08-08-10

Rumpole and the Golden Thread

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-19

Thoroughly enjoyable and easy listening. The writing is very good and has made me laugh. The narrator really makes it too. Great.

  • Castles

  • Their History and Evolution in Medieval Britain
  • By: Marc Morris
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Beginning with their introduction in the 11th century, and ending with their widespread abandonment in the 17th, Marc Morris explores many of the country's most famous castles, as well as some spectacular lesser-known examples. At times this is an epic tale, driven by characters like William the Conqueror, King John, and Edward I, full of sieges and conquest on an awesome scale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Castles

  • By Penelope on 26-12-18

Castles

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 26-12-18

Having a love of history, this book was very interesting and informative. Will easily listen again.

  • The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places

  • By: Neil Oliver
  • Narrated by: Neil Oliver
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 58

The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places is Neil’s very personal account of what makes these islands so special, told through the places that have witnessed the unfolding of our history. Beginning with footprints made in the sand by humankind’s earliest ancestors, he takes us via Romans and Vikings and the flowering of religion through civil war, industrial revolution and two world wars. From windswept headlands to battlefields, ancient trees to magnificent cathedrals, each of his destinations is a place where, somehow, the spirit of the past seems to linger.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most enjoyable listen for a long time!

  • By Ian David Williamson on 01-10-18

The story of the British Isles in 100 Places.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-18

Fantastic. Neil Oliver is really good and makes everything so interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed this and will listen again many times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A River in the Sky

  • An Amelia Peabody Murder Mystery
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

It's 1910, and archaeologist Amelia Peabody heads for Palenstine hoping to prevent an English adventurer called Morely from causing damage during his search for the vanished treasures of the Temple in Jerusalem. The War Office fears increasing German influence in Palenstine and insists Morley is working for German intelligence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry

  • By Kris on 05-04-11

A River in the Sky

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-13

The story was good, but narrator spoiled this book for me and I was disappointed.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Flashman in the Great Game

  • By: George MacDonald Fraser
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

What caused the Indian Mutiny - the insurrection which was the watershed of the British Empire? Flashman, in his role as secret agent, saw far more of the Great Mutiny than he wanted to - Russian spies in Queen Victoria's drawing-room, the first explosion of revolt, the heroic defence at Cawnpore and the vital message out of Lucknow...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Greatest

  • By Mr H. on 09-06-10

Flashman in the Great Game

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-13

I did not enjoy this book and have to admit not perserveringto the end. Certainly not for me.

  • He Shall Thunder in the Sky

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 12
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

In her best-selling Amelia Peabody mysteries, author Elizabeth Peters has created an award-winning mixture of vivid archeological detail, finely-tuned suspense, and witty romance. This, the 12th Amelia Peabody mystery, opens in 1914. As the tides of war rise, Egypt is threatened by attacks. Espionage abounds, pulling in several members of the Peabody Emerson household even as they embark on a new archeological season.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent rendition

  • By Carolynne on 21-07-06

He Shall Thunder in the Sky

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-13

Time moves on and this was a much darker story, but again, well written and well narrated

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Camel Died at Noon

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 6
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Amelia and Emerson leave the calm of Victorian England in search of an estranged father's son and a lost kingdom buried deep in Sudan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling escape into a bygone age!

  • By Philip on 24-04-11

The Last Camel Died at Noon

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-13

What to say..... another great story from Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody series. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Deeds of the Disturber

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 5
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

After an adventurous season spent excavating at Dahshoor, and narrowly averting the clutches of the Master Criminal, Victorian Egyptologist Amelia Peabody Emerson and her spouse prepare for a quiet summer in England. The social and domestic routine, though interrupted by the precocious escapades of their only child, Ramses, hardly seems much of a challenge for the indomitable Emersons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Emersons in London

  • By Stephanie on 18-08-07

The Deeds of the Disturber

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-13

This was something of a surprise, being set in England this time. A good story read by a great narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Mummy Case

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 3
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

The indomitable Amelia Peabody and her husband, known to many as "the Father of Curses", are into archaeology and mischief again. This third in the series brings the reader once more into Egypt and the shady world of black market antiquities. The winter excavation season has hardly yet begun when Amelia stumbles onto what looks suspiciously like a ring of thieves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful romp, beautifully read.

  • By Colin on 07-09-09

The Mummy Case

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-13

Another good story by Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody. Very enjoyable, with a great narrator, bringing the characters to life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful