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  • The Wicked Cometh

  • By: Laura Carlin
  • Narrated by: Sophie Ward
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

The year is 1831. Down the murky alleyways of London, acts of unspeakable wickedness are taking place, and no one is willing to speak out on behalf of the city's vulnerable poor as they disappear from the streets. Out of these shadows comes Hester White, a bright young woman who is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. When Hester is thrust into the world of the aristocratic Brock family, she leaps at the chance to improve her station in life under the tutelage of the fiercely intelligent and mysterious Rebekah Brock.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astonishing. This one is not to be missed.

  • By Joanna Mitchell on 16-02-18

Astonishing. This one is not to be missed.

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

Reviewed: 16-02-18

This story had me gripped from the word go. I bought it because of the narrator, of whom I am a huge fan. Sophie Ward’s narration is unbeatable, but the book itself is well paced, the characters varied and incredibly believable, the period detail has you right there in the thick of the action.

I believed every word, and felt washed along on the tide of Hester’s discovery of life, the world, herself and what it means to truly love. Every twist and turn of this book was perfectly executed. This book had me unable to press pause. It made me cry for a day and pray for a miracle. It lives within me still. This is one I will never forget.

I read a review that said it would be liked by fans of Sarah Waters, and as a somewhat jaded “Water-girl” I can say that I am thrilled that at last this genre may have found a voice that will propel it forward with love, not lust, something rare and long needed.

I eagerly await another offering from this author. These are characters I would love to meet again, but I believe I would enjoy meeting new friends penned so beautifully by Miss Carlin.

Please Miss, We Want Some More. Read for us, I beg you, by the outstandingly talented dreamboat Sophie Ward.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan, Ben Miles, Jonathan Bailey, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 311

Time travel meets history in this new drama adaptation by Marty Ross. When Max, a recent ancient history graduate, is offered a mysterious job at St Mary's Historical Research Institute, she quickly comes to realise this isn't any old stuffy research library. At St Mary's the historians don't just study the past - they revisit it. What begins as an academic exploration of events, such as the Peterloo Massacre, takes a dark and dangerous turn, and the historians of St Mary's soon learn that it's not just history they're fighting....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One damned thong after another:Audio drama

  • By Prudence on 21-05-17

I didn't know St Mary's could get better!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

I am a huge St Mary's fan, and didn't see how the audible books could be improved, BUT .... Wow! The audible movie blew me away! The cast are superb. So glad Zara Ramm is playing Max, and the whole gang are credible and convincing throughout. Cal is wonderful in the Somme section, Dr Bairstow is just how I imagined him, and Max trying to herd a Dino out of the pod is priceless.

I can't wait for the movies of the rest now. Please Audible! Please do the rest!
Well done. Fantastic, addictive stuff.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Romancing the Inventor

  • A Supernatural Society Novella
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Imogene Hale is a lowly parlor maid with a soul-crushing secret. Seeking solace, she takes work at a local hive, only to fall desperately in love with the amazing lady inventor the vampires are keeping in the potting shed. Genevieve Lefoux is heartsick, lonely, and French. With culture, class, and the lady herself set against the match, can Imogene and her duster overcome all odds and win Genevieve's heart, or will the vampires suck both of them dry?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent short story

  • By Claire on 05-08-18

Simply delicious

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

I couldn't have enjoyed this more. Having become quite enamoured of Genevieve during the parasol series, I fell head over heels for Imogen & their story.

As a gay woman myself, I have seldom read about someone coming to terms with their sexuality in a more convincing and sympathetic way. Bravo Miss Carriger.

Alexia is always a delight & doesn't fail to push, or perhaps undo, any of the relevant buttons.

A little disconcerting to hear a different voice with different pronunciations, but wonderfully narrated.

You have excelled yourselves ladies. Touché