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Sheryl Mason

Auckland, - New Zealand
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  • Verdict of Twelve

  • By: Raymond Postgate
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

A woman is on trial for her life, accused of murder. The 12 members of the jury each carry their own secret burden of guilt and prejudice which could affect the outcome. In this extraordinary crime novel, we follow the trial through the eyes of the jurors as they hear the evidence and try to reach a unanimous verdict. Will they find the defendant guilty or not guilty? And will the jurors' decision be the correct one?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A mixed bag of goodies

  • By Lee on 15-04-18

Not quite to my taste

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

I struggled to finish this one. The idea was original, it was just not presented as well as I'd thought it could be. Sadly, this will be a return.

  • The Battersea Barricades

  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

It's not easy being a rebel. So many new skills to assimilate. Never mind strategic planning, weapons expertise and the like - there's bicycle stealing, oil-stain removal and boat steering to be mastered first. And quickly. It's the time of the Civil Uprisings, and two young women set out to make a difference. Their only problem? They don't know where they are. Or where they're going. Or what to do when they get there. Other than that....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very moving

  • By Lindzl00 on 23-04-18

The Past in the Present

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

Reviewed: 23-04-18

The back story of The Battersea Barricades. Sometimes funny, sometimes odd and sometimes sad.

Beautifully and tightly crafted short story.

Yes, I cried.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • An Argumentation of Historians

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 9
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627

They say you shouldn't push your luck. Max gives her own luck a massive shove every day - and it's only a matter of time until luck pushes back.... January, 1536 - the day of Henry VIII's infamous jousting accident. Historians from St Mary's are there in force, recording and documenting. And arguing - obviously. A chance meeting between Max and the Time Police leads to a plan of action. And it's one that will have very serious consequences - especially for Max.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lost for words

  • By Binka on 11-04-18

Still Delivers

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

What made the experience of listening to An Argumentation of Historians the most enjoyable?

Dare I say finding the last chapter after learning it was missing?

No, sorry, I love listening to the St Mary's books because they are so well written and because Zara Ramm does such a good job of the narration.

What other book might you compare An Argumentation of Historians to, and why?

Nothing I can think of, really. Jodi found her niche and while there are a few copyists out there, none have the talent to draw me in.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

No comment, spoiler.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, but that's a spoiler too.

Any additional comments?

All right, I'm not sure this is an area you could park TB2 in but ... having read A Travel in Time (where the Time Police could track Max by her tag) I'm mildly confused as to why they can't track Ronin the same way. There's no mention of him having a tag removed in any of the books. Maybe it's the sort of thing you take as read and go on with the story but to me it seems a glaring hole.

  • Crime/Mystery Starter Library

  • By: Louis Tracy, Anna Katharine Green, Maurice LeBlanc, and others
  • Narrated by: Richard Ward
  • Length: 25 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

This Cyanide Publishing box set contains four classic crime/mystery audiobooks, including The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley, A Strange Disappearance, The Almost Perfect Murder, and Arsene Lupin. Visit www.CyanidePublishing.com - home to the greatest mysteries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An extremely good primer

  • By Sheryl Mason on 14-01-18

An extremely good primer

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

Reviewed: 14-01-18

What made the experience of listening to Crime/Mystery Starter Library the most enjoyable?

The stories, which I thoroughly enjoyed and also the narrator, who gave a good performance of all the books.

What did you like best about this story?

That's a hard one. It's not one story. I think I liked the first story best, even though I didn't manage to solve it.

What about Richard Ward’s performance did you like?

Variation. The English books were delivered with an English accent and the American ones with the American accent. Voices were also well done.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Hardly. It's very long and incorporates four different books but I liked the idea of getting stories by authors I'd never heard of before.

Any additional comments?

This is one I'll probably listen to again once I've forgotten the stories a bit. For their era, they're well written and (mostly) tightly plotted.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Second Hand Curses

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really hope thear it a second book

  • By Frosty_Wolf94 on 27-11-17

How to stop curses

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

Reviewed: 14-01-18

Rather to my surprise, I adored this book. It gallops along at a fair pace and some of the background of the characters is filled in, if only lightly.

Although I don't really like multiple narrators, this was handled with panache and style. Also not at a speed to detract from the book.

It's funny and lighthearted, regardless of some of the situations the characters find themselves in.

Highly recommended.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • To Wake the Dead

  • Dr Gideon Fell, Book 9
  • By: John Dickson-Carr
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Christopher Kent, worth a quarter of a million pounds yet not a penny in his pocket, stands hungrily in Piccadilly one snowy morning looking up at the huge hotel when a piece of card bearing a number floats down to him. He enters the hotel and is served with breakfast, giving the waiter the room number to charge. Then an unlucky chance compels him to go up to room 707....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect marriage of material and performance

  • By Ashley on 24-12-17

One of the best

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

First, thank you to Audible for finally bringing John Dickson Carr to us at last.

This is a nice little mystery. I'd read it a few years ago and could remember who did it but not how or why. Famous for his locked room mysteries, John Dickson Carr makes this a locked room mystery without the "locked room" so to speak.

As usual with a lot of authors, the majority of the clues lie at the start of the book, within maybe the first three or four chapters so by the end you've forgotten them. This is always a neat trick if you can pull it off, of which Dickson Carr is a master. As with the characters, you will be guessing wrongly throughout the book and then realise all the answers were there all the time.

As for narration, this is one of the best narrations of a book that I have found in years. The voices are all extremely well done, the pace is perfect and the Jonathan Keeble has a beautiful voice for this work.

On the whole, brilliant! Thanks, Audible, can we have some more please?

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Lighter Side

  • An NHS Paramedic's Selection of Humorous Mess Room Tales
  • By: Andy Thompson
  • Narrated by: Pete Nottage
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

In his The Dark Side series, Andy Thompson gives us a taste of the dark sense of humor paramedics use as a coping mechanism; here he packs laugh-out-loud moments into every word as he recalls health care professionals' encounters with the weirdest of behavior, hilarious misunderstandings, and cringingly embarrassing episodes.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive following The Dark side 1 & 2

  • By Laura on 15-12-17

Oh dear

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

Reviewed: 17-09-17

Overall 2/5

Why didn't the author read his previous books before writing this? He repeats some stories already told about three or four times. On the whole, it's a bit better than the previous two books, it doesn't sound quite so much as a court of law.

Performance 2/5

Same narrator, same problem - too fast.

Story 2/5

I'd have given this a higher rating if not for the repetitions of stories.

On the whole, I'd suggest giving the whole series a miss.

  • The Dark Side, Part 2

  • Real Life Accounts of an NHS Paramedic: The Traumatic, the Tragic, and the Tearful
  • By: Andy Thompson
  • Narrated by: Pete Nottage
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Following up on his well-received first book, Andy Thompson provides another captivating, thought-provoking, and at times intense glimpse into the daily life of a paramedic working in the UK's National Health Service. In the style of his first book, Andy recalls each event from the detailed documentation recorded at the time. Each account is written in a way that puts the listener right there next to him, so you live the events in real time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By dilys on 10-07-16

There are still better books than this

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

Reviewed: 17-09-17

Overall 3/5

This book would have been infinitely improved by less repetition. Once you've heard all the basics once, listening to them every time starts to grate on your nerves. They also read as though they were being read as evidence in a court of law. Not chatty and informative but dull and informative.

Performance 2/5

The narrator would have markedly improved this book by a) not reading it at all or b) been giving a ticket for speeding by the police. Nice accent but ...

Story 3/5

As mentioned by another reviewer, this does rather "talk down" to even a layman. I'm not brain dead, thanks. I'd direct the author to Tom Reynolds style (yes, I know it's a pseudonym, I guess this author's is too).

  • The Dark Side

  • Real Life Accounts of an NHS Paramedic: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly
  • By: Andy Thompson
  • Narrated by: Pete Nottage
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Andy Thompson's true-to-life, graphic, and gripping account of his work as an NHS paramedic in Britain's Accident and Emergency Ambulance Service will shock you, sadden you, entertain you, and perhaps inspire you. You'll smile at some of Andy's real patient encounters, while others will cause you to wipe a tear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By amiie on 04-12-17

There are better books

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

Reviewed: 17-09-17

Overall 3/5

This book would have been infinitely improved by less repetition. Once you've heard all the basics once, listening to them every time starts to grate on your nerves. They also read as though they were being read as evidence in a court of law. Not chatty and informative but dull and informative.

Performance 2/5

The narrator would have markedly improved this book by a) not reading it at all or b) been giving a ticket for speeding by the police. Nice accent but ...

Story 3/5

As mentioned by another reviewer, this does rather "talk down" to even a layman. I'm not brain dead, thanks. I'd direct the author to Tom Reynolds style (yes, I know it's a pseudonym, I guess this author's is too).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lockwood & Co: The Hollow Boy

  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Emily Bevan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

Lockwood & Co. might be the smallest (some might say shambolic) Psychic Detection Agency in London. But its three agents - Lockwood, Lucy and George - are exceptional talents. And they get results. When an outbreak of ghostly phenomena grows to terrifying levels in Chelsea, Scotland Yard is left baffled. Even more baffling is that Lockwood & Co appear to have been excluded from the huge team of Agents investigating the Chelsea Outbreak.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story- didn't like the narrator

  • By Southyorks1234 on 27-01-18

Things that go bump in the night

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

If you could sum up Lockwood & Co: The Hollow Boy in three words, what would they be?

Absolute pure delight

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lucy has always been my favourite character but only because of the Skull. The Skull probably ranks a bit higher than Lucy but only because of it's personality.

What about Emily Bevan’s performance did you like?

Having listened to both Miranda Raison and Katie Lyons read the first two books, I was delighted to find the book read by Emily Bevan. I adore her accent, she can switch well between characters (even when they're from London and she has to sound like the BBC) and, as Lucy comes from the North of England near the Cheviot Hills, she's 100% perfect for this book.

Emily Bevan puts life into this book, you really feel as if you're participating.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

"If you leave him now, he will die"

Any additional comments?

I feel that Audible have made a major mistake classifying these books. They appear in various categories but usually as suitable for 8 - 10 year olds. Now if you supply the kids with a dictionary, they'll understand parts of the book but how many are precocious enough to understand "surreptitious"?

Granted I am 50+ years old but I thoroughly enjoy these books and the idea behind them. Full marks to the author and to Random House for finally giving the books the narrator they deserved.