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  • Their Lost Daughters

  • Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,346

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smokin' Start to a New Series!

  • By Simon on 14-06-18

The best audio book of 2018?????

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

Some hints for DCI Jackman since he clearly needs help: if someone is attractive and constantly tired they are a good guy, conversely if they are ugly and not well liked, arrest them immediately since they are definitely baddies.

Can’t wait for the big reveal to find out Jackman affords his million pound windmill and house maid on a £50,000 salary. Possibly taking bribes or re selling confiscated smack.

  • The Darkwater Bride

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Donal Finn, Jamie Glover, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

Late Victorian London. When James Miller, the most respectable of Scottish businessmen, is pulled, dead, from the Thames, his daughter is drawn into an investigation which reveals a whole world of secrets and corruption. Alongside local detective Culley, Catriona’s search for her father’s killer leads all the way to the tragic truth behind the ghostly legend of The Darkwater Bride and the power of her deadly kiss. An epic drama starring Adrian Scarborough, Claire Corbett, Freya Mayor and Jamie Glover, The Darkwater Bride combines the genres of the Victorian mystery thriller with the equally classic Victorian mode of the ghostly tale.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ghostly Thriller With a Dark Heart!

  • By Simon on 30-10-18

Good acting rubbish story

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

Reviewed: 05-01-19

Characters are cardboard cut outs. Feels like it was written as a commercial project to appeal to what the author sees as the current trends on Twitter.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

  • By: Imogen Hermes Gowar
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar, read by Juliet Stevenson. This voyage is special. It will change everything.... One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent knocking on his front door. One of his captains is waiting eagerly on the step. He has sold Jonah's ship for what appears to be a mermaid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly beguiling and brilliantly believable.

  • By ms.t.s.hutchings on 20-02-18

Magical

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

Reviewed: 29-12-18

Far better than an Almond for a Parrot, The Toymakers, Golden Hill and others it is compared with, all of which I started but did not finish. The characters in this are brilliantly drawn and engaging. Mrs Chapel is my favourite. The Hancock’s and Suki remind me a little of the Boffins and Bella from Our Mutual Friend. I would never have believed in mermaids before encountering this wonderful book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bookseller's Tale

  • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Ann Swinfen
  • Narrated by: Philip Battley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Oxford, Spring 1353. When young bookseller Nicholas Elyot discovers the body of student William Farringdon floating in the river Cherwell, it looks like a drowning. Soon, however, Nicholas finds evidence of murder. Who could have wanted to kill this promising student? As Nicholas and his scholar friend Jordain try to unravel what lies behind William's death, they learn that he was innocently caught up in a criminal plot.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A vivid depiction of the past, with a mystery thrown in

  • By Michelle on 19-01-18

Average

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

The main character, doesn’t exactly win you over. A man who seems more interested in looking at a book one last time rather than saving his family from a danger of his own foolish creation. There are no colourful people who hold the attention here or interesting plot. It is a fairly pedestrian detective story with a few nays chucked in to the dialogue in an annoying attempt to give it a historical feel. The main characters modern, progressive take on child rearing does not quite ring true for a tale set in the dark ages. He sounds more like a father from 21st century Sweden than a Britain of the Middle Ages.

  • Bodies from the Library

  • Lost Classic Stories by Masters of the Golden Age
  • By: Tony Medawar, Agatha Christie, Georgette Heyer, and others
  • Narrated by: Philip Bretherton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

This anthology of rare stories of crime and suspense brings together a selection of rare tales by masters of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction for the first time in book form, including a newly discovered Agatha Christie crime story that has not been seen since 1922. At a time when crime and thriller writing has once again overtaken the sales of general and literary fiction, Bodies from the Library unearths lost stories from the Golden Age, that period between the World Wars when detective fiction captured the public’s imagination and saw the emergence of some of the world’s cleverest and most popular storytellers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very well chosen selection

  • By Mr Chops on 24-09-18

Very well chosen selection

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

Reviewed: 24-09-18

The author bios in between each of the stories are just as interesting and really make this a book worth buying.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Drop

  • By: Denise Mina
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

William Watt wants answers about his family's murder. Peter Manuel has them. But Peter Manuel is a liar. William Watt is an ordinary businessman, a fool, a social climber. Peter Manuel is a famous liar, a rapist, a criminal. He claims he can get hold of the gun used to murder Watt's family. One December night in 1957, Watt meets Manuel in a Glasgow bar to find out what he knows.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bleak time

  • By Amazon Customer on 19-07-18

Confused

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

Reviewed: 14-06-18

Some good moments of character insight but failed to connect to a meaningful storyline. I kept wondering how the detailed thought processes that were explained were relevant to the narrative. In the end I couldn’t really follow the plot development and gave up. The narration was excellent though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Doughnut Economics

  • Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist
  • By: Kate Raworth
  • Narrated by: Kate Raworth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

Economics is broken. It has failed to predict, let alone prevent, financial crises that have shaken the foundations of our societies. Its outdated theories have permitted a world in which extreme poverty persists while the wealth of the super-rich grows year on year. And its blind spots have led to policies that are degrading the living world on a scale that threatens all of our futures. Can it be fixed?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Got better as it went along

  • By S J Bennett on 21-05-18

Rehash of issues but no solutions

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

Reviewed: 26-03-18

If you haven’t heard about Shakespeare, Isaac Newton, keynes, Global warming, inequality etc this book may be interesting. If you are looking for a potentially better economic system you will not find it here. Just lots of waffle, telling you what you already know - people are starving, the rich are getting richer, the planet is dying. The single thought is that focusing on GDP is bad. It doesn’t provide a credible alternative.
I disagree that GDP is bad, just change its focus through tax etc.
Personally I would plump for restraint of human population growth rather than GDP , just a thought ....

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 351

It's always awkward when 5,000 kronor goes missing. When it happens at a certain grotty hotel in South Stockholm, it's particularly awkward because the money belongs to the hitman currently staying in room seven. Per Persson, the hotel receptionist, just wants to mind his own business and, preferably, not get murdered. Johanna Kjellander, temporarily resident in room eight, is a priest without a vocation and, as of last week, without a parish. But right now she has two things at her disposal: an envelope containing 5,000 kronor and an excellent idea....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable adventure

  • By Tom on 01-05-16

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 14-02-18

I find the style in which this book is written quite annoying. The plot is quite simplistic, if it was furniture it would be Ikea.

  • Some Kind of Wonderful

  • By: Giovanna Fletcher
  • Narrated by: Emily Atack
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 260

When the love of your life says you're not The One, who are you? Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since the first week of university. Now, after celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks they're about to get engaged. Instead, a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, no fiancé and no future. Lizzy is heartbroken - but through the tears, she sees an opportunity. This is her moment to discover what she's been missing while playing Ian's ideal 'better half'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn’t want it to end

  • By Anonymous User on 21-12-17

Formulaic

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

Reviewed: 14-02-18

Fairly predictable chick lit. The standard fare, could tell what was going to happen and didn’t find the whole thing very realistic.

  • A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

  • By: Marina Lewycka
  • Narrated by: Siân Thomas
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

 

Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamorous blonde Ukrainian divorcee. He was 84 and she was 36. She exploded into our lives like a fluffy pink grenade, churning up the murky water, bringing to the surface sludge of sloughed-off memories, giving the family ghosts a kick up the backside. Sisters Vera and Nadezhda must put aside a lifetime of feuding to save their émigré engineer father from voluptuous gold-digger Valentina. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, charming and very engaging throughout

  • By Neil Bottle on 20-06-15

Not amused

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

Reviewed: 13-02-18

I thought this would be humorous from the reviews. It just seems to be some quite awful characters endlessly bickering over an inheritance. Perhaps it improves but couldn’t bear listen long enough to find out. Sorry!