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  • Prince

  • By: Rory Clements
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Spring 1593. England is a powder keg of rumour and fear. Plague rages, famine is rife, the ageing Queen's couriers scheme: Elizabeth's Golden Age is truly tarnished. Meanwhile Spain watches and waits - and plots. Into this turmoil a small cart clatters through the streets of London, carrying a deadly load. It is the first in a wave of horrific bombing attacks on the Dutch immigrant community that will change John Shakespeare's life for ever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tut tut

  • By Barbara Steffensen on 08-03-16

Heavy Readingr

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

A grim and brutal book made even more unpaletable by short chapters that tend to destroy the flow of the story. Not a bokk I would read or listen to a second time
For me the novel's only redeeming aspect is excellent performance by the narrator Jonathan Aris

  • The Cornish Coast Murder

  • By: John Bude
  • Narrated by: Ben Allen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

The reverend Dodd, vicar of the quiet Cornish village of Boscawen, spends his evenings reading detective stories by the fireside - but heaven forbid that the shadow of any real crime should ever fall across his seaside parish. But the vicar's peace is shattered one stormy night when Julius Tregarthan, an ill-tempered magistrate, is found at his house in Boscawen with a bullet through his head. The local police inspector is baffled by the lack of clues.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good old fashioned story

  • By Mrs. Cullen on 20-05-16

Good Idea Poor Execution

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

Reviewed: 28-02-17

Any additional comments?

The plot build-up was poor, a situation not helped by Ben Allen's reading which throughout the book seemed to lack, what I can best describe as. a "sense of conviction".

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hunting Shadows

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

A society wedding at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire becomes a crime scene when a man is murdered. After another body is found, the baffled local constabulary turns to Scotland Yard. Though the second crime had a witness, her description of the killer is so strange it's unbelievable. Despite his experience, Inspector Ian Rutledge has few answers of his own. The victims are so different that there is no rhyme or reason to their deaths. Nothing logically seems to connect them - except the killer. As the investigation widens, a clear suspect emerges. But for Rutledge, the facts still don't add up, leaving him to question his own judgment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed this book. one small quibble though

  • By Artemis on 29-05-18

Best thriller for a lomg time

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

Reviewed: 28-02-17

Any additional comments?

An excellent book, well written, with a very original plot line. Ably supported by the reader Simon Prebble. Once I started listening I found it hard to stop.

  • Murder for Christmas

  • By: Francis Duncan
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 236

A classic mystery for the festive season: mulled wine, mince pies...and murder. Mordecai Tremaine, former tobacconist and perennial lover of romance novels, has been invited to spend Christmas in the sleepy village of Sherbroome, at the country retreat of one Benedict Grame. Arriving on Christmas Eve, he finds that the revelries are in full flow - but so, too, are tensions amongst the assortment of guests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic narrator

  • By Ms. Jenny M. Stone on 14-11-16

Best book for quite a while

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

Reviewed: 13-01-17

What about Geoffrey Beevers’s performance did you like?

At the beginning of the book I was not sure if I liked Mr Beevers voice, but very quickly I became attuned to it, so that by Chapter two I found him east to listen to; by the end I could have listened to him for much longer.
In fact it was because Geoffrey Beevers is the reader for "Murder has a Motive" that prompted me to download it

.

Any additional comments?

I have read crime novels for many years but until Audible recommended "Murder for Christmas" I had never heard of Francis Duncan. I am glad I have followed their advice and shall read the rest of his works when they are re-published...But only if Geoffrey Beevers reads them!
I wonder what other works by unfashionable authors are waiting to be re-discovered?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder Has a Motive

  • By: Francis Duncan
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 253

Amateur sleuth Mordecai Tremaine is back in another classic mystery from the author of Murder for Christmas. When Mordecai Tremaine emerges from the train station, murder is the last thing on his mind. But then again, he has never been able to resist anything in the nature of a mystery - and a mystery is precisely what awaits him in the village of Dalmering.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Miss Marple you'll enjoy this.

  • By Nicky on 09-02-17

Excellent listening

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

Reviewed: 13-01-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A good well thought out story and plot which keeps the listener/reader guessing to the very end. Additionally I found the reader, Geoffrey Beevers, very easy to listen to..

What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder Has a Motive?

Once I started listening to the story, I found it difficult to stop until the very end..

Any additional comments?

For those who like a good old fashioned who-done-it, this book is ideal.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Death of Grass

  • By: John Christopher
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 157

A viral strain has attacked rice crops in East Asia causing massive famine; soon a mutation appears which infects the staple crops of West Asia and Europe such as wheat and barley, threatening a worldwide famine. Christopher's classic post-apocalyptic novel follows the struggles of architect John Custance and his family as they make their way across an England that is rapidly descending into anarchy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The end of the world as seen from the 1950's

  • By Charles on 18-08-11

A Standard 1950's Pulp Fiction Type Story

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

Reviewed: 31-05-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book could have come straight out of a 1950's Wizard or Rover comic, I found that if I changed a few of the place names it would have made a good pulp fiction Western.

What could John Christopher have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Thought about his subject before starting writing, In spite of the fact that Christopher threw in the names of a few real towns, for me the story was virtually at an Enid Blyton level;
totally lacking credibility, with the last chapter actually illogical.

Did The Death of Grass inspire you to do anything?

Yes....Write these comments!.

Any additional comments?

I am sure that only those who published the book could dream of calling it a classic; that praise would go to stories that have a ring of reality about them, such as George Stewart's "Earth Abides".

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Requiem for a Wren

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Damien Warren-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Alan Duncan returns to his family home in Australia after the war and several years of study in England. But his homecoming is marred by the mysterious suicide of his parents' quiet and reliable parlour-maid. A search through her belongings in search of clues leads to heart-breaking revelations about the woman's identity, the death of Alan's brother Bill, and, above all, the disappearance of his brother's fiancée, Janet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A poignant love story told with great restraint

  • By Trevor on 23-09-13

A Griping Tale in the Spirit of Romeo and Juliet

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

Reviewed: 16-09-14

If you could sum up Requiem for a Wren in three words, what would they be?

Griping from start to finish

What was one of the most memorable moments of Requiem for a Wren?

Chapter 10 in which Nevil Shute provides a a silver lining to a dark story

Have you listened to any of Damien Warren-Smith’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I thought Mr Warren-Smith's performance was excellent....I could listen to him for ever.

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

It was very sad but I did find the death of Janet Prentice a bit unreal...In real life I'm sure she would have handled Alan's homecoming in a more controlled manner, after all she had 8 years to prepare herself for it.

Any additional comments?

Overall an absolutely unforgetable book.