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Barbara Steffensen

UK
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  • The Angel's Mark

  • By: S. W. Perry
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

LONDON, 1590. Queen Elizabeth I's control over her kingdom is wavering. Amidst a tumultuous backdrop of Spanish plotters, Catholic heretics and foreign wars threatening the country's fragile stability, the body of a small boy is found in the City of London, with strange marks that no one can explain. When idealistic physician Nicholas Shelby finds another body displaying the same marks only days later, he becomes convinced that a killer is at work, preying on the weak and destitute of London.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Kate on 28-10-18

loved it....

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

I always curl up on the sofa in the afternoon for a good old listen. I couldnt do housework while listening as I have to digest and be in the book.

  • Traitor

  • By: Rory Clements
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

The Elizabethan navy has a secret weapon: an optical instrument so powerful it gives England unassailable superiority at sea. Spain will stop at nothing to steal it and seize the two men who understand its secrets - William Ivory, the 'Queen's Eye', and the magician Dr Dee. With a second Armada threatened, intelligencer John Shakespeare is sent north to escort Dr Dee to safety. But he finds Dee's host, the Earl of Derby, dying in agony, apparently poisoned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Traitor - left wanting more

  • By Mr on 13-04-13

Most enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Absolutely loved it. I felt like I'd been sent back in time and was part of the story. 10/10

  • The Piccadilly Plot

  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Thomas Chaloner is relieved to be summoned back to London. He will be glad to be home, to be reunited with his new wife, but the trivial reason for his recall exasperates him – the theft of material from the construction site of his master, the Earl of Clarendon's embarrassingly sumptuous new house just north of Piccadilly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Excellent

  • By Barbara Steffensen on 10-09-17

Absolutely Excellent

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

I can't seem to get enough of this guy Chaloner. Absolutely loved the ending of this book...wish I could go back in time to meet somebody like him.....hmmmm

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Butcher of Smithfield

  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Thomas Chaloner is despatched to investigate the death of a lawyer with links to the "Butcher of Smithfield", a shady trader surrounded by a fearsome gang of thugs who terrorise the streets well beyond the confines of Smithfield market.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clueless

  • By Rogayah on 12-09-09

Great Stuff

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

Lots of people, names to remember etc. But I found it a busy book from the start. No napping during this listen. So all in all it was great and I will definitely be listening to more Challoner escapades in the future.

  • The Dead Woman of Deptford

  • Inspector Ben Ross Mystery, Book 6
  • By: Ann Granger
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong, Julia Barrie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

The sixth Inspector Ben Ross mystery. On a cold November night in a Deptford yard, dock worker Harry Parker stumbles upon the body of a dead woman. Inspector Ben Ross is summoned from Scotland Yard to this insalubrious part of town, but no witness to the murder of this well-dressed middle-aged woman can be found. Even Jeb Fisher, the local rag-and-bone man, swears he's seen nothing.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Barbara Steffensen on 03-12-16

Boring

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

Very tame indeed. Just new what was coming. Where was the imagination of the author. Such an ordinary boring story. Sorry but there it is.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Prince

  • By: Rory Clements
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

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

Tut tut

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

Reviewed: 08-03-16

Sorry folks, I was a bit bored with this story.......I kept falling asleep as it didn't come to life until Chapter 20 or around there....

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Revenger

  • By: Rory Clements
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

1592. England and Spain are at war, yet there is peril at home, too. The death of her trusted spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham has left Queen Elizabeth vulnerable. Conspiracies multiply. The quiet life of John Shakespeare is shattered by a summons from Robert Cecil, the cold but deadly young statesman who dominated the last years of the Queen's long reign, insisting Shakespeare re-enter government service. His mission: to find vital papers, now in the possession of the Earl of Essex.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • could be better

  • By Simon on 22-02-16

A good Listen

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

Reviewed: 22-02-16

I enjoyed this book, there was somethimg going on in every chapter.......apparently I have to leave a review of 20 words or more....bla bla bla

  • The Heretics

  • By: Rory Clements
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

From Rory Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award, comes THE HERETICS, the fifth in his acclaimed John Shakespeare Elizabethan mystery series. 'Does for Elizabeth's reign what C. J. Sansom does for Henry VIII's' Sunday Times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Barbara Steffensen on 12-02-16

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

While laying back on my bed on a cold Scottish winter's afternoon and letting my mind soak up the days of yore......great stuff.....brings the imagination to life....

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sovereign

  • Shardlake, Book 3
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738

Autumn, 1541. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to attend an extravagant submission of his rebellious subjects in York. Already in the city are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak. As well as assisting with legal work processing petitions to the King, Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a special mission - to ensure the welfare of an important but dangerous conspirator being returned to London for interrogation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely superb!

  • By Ian C Dando on 18-04-15

Love the voice

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

I think a bit more needs to happen, although I do like the Shardlake books...