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Mrs Maureen Cate

Wollaston, Northamptonshire United Kingdom
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  • Harvest Home

  • By: Thomas Tryon
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

After watching his asthmatic daughter suffer in the foul city air, Theodore Constantine decides to get back to the land. When he and his wife search New England for the perfect nineteenth-century home, they find no township more charming, no countryside more idyllic than the farming village of Cornwall Coombe. Here they begin a new life: simple, pure, close to nature - and ultimately more terrifying than Manhattan’s darkest alley.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling tale of tradition and conspiracy

  • By kindlemama on 20-07-16

Pastoral horror...

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

I first read and enjoyed Tom Tryon’s ‘Harvest Home’ about 50 year’s ago. At the time I suspect I was initially curious to find out what this very good looking film actor had written! Later, one of my favourite actresses, Bette Davis. played the widow in an adaptation for television.
This Audible production has delighted me. The story hasn’t dated, the narration is convincing and the characters are absorbing - especially the widow - still Bette Davis in my mind’s eye!!

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,474
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,069

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Superb!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

I have been hooked on Strike and Robyn since reading the first book but enjoyed the second and third less, as they seemed to become more obtuse and tortuous. However ‘Lethal White’ is the best so far. A splendid cast of characters and a clever plot brought brilliantly to life by Robert Glenister. I hope it won’t be necessary to wait too long for the next book!

  • The Fifth to Die

  • A Detective Porter Novel
  • By: J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by: James Alexander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

In the midst of one of the worst winters Chicago has seen in years, the body of missing teenager Ella Reynolds is discovered under the surface of a frozen lake. She’s been missing for three weeks...the lake froze over three months ago. Detective Sam Porter and his team are brought in to investigate, but it’s not long before another girl goes missing. The press believes the serial killer Anson Bishop has struck again, but Porter knows differently. The deaths are too different. There’s a new killer on the loose.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but awful narration

  • By Gayle on 17-08-18

Excellent story, horrendous narration...

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

Reviewed: 16-09-18

I greatly enjoyed the first Detective Porter Audible rendition and was looking forward to the second. I am still battling my way through it. The story is intricate, intriguing and a worthy follow on from the earlier book. However, the narration is appalling. Who thought it would be a good idea for the ghastly 'Voice of Doom' to be used throughout - regardless of character or narrative? Add to that the not infrequent mispronunciations and the endless use of somethinK, nothinK, anythinK and it's a wonder I'm trying to keep going to the end of the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Persuasion

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Sinead Dixon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Anne Elliott, Jane Austen's only aging heroine, has devoted her life to caring for her financially irresponsible family. Just when she is growing content with her uneventful lifestyle, a long-lost flame re-enters the picture - now as the beau of her significantly younger cousin. Anne is now faced with a choice: will she watch Captain Wentworth settle into life with another woman, or will she strive to win back his love and escape her family?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • shocking America narrator. very poor pronunciation

  • By kel on 12-09-18

Could not listen!

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

Reviewed: 17-08-18

An American narrator for Jane Austen? NO! I simply couldn’t listen and will be returning this recording.

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: President Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 624

A sitting US President is missing. President Bill Clinton partners with number one best-selling author James Patterson in a powerful, one-of-a-kind thriller filled with the kind of insider details that only a President can know.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For a Star Turn it's Hit and Miss

  • By Simon on 05-06-18

Stunning!

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

Reviewed: 30-07-18

A very strong and thought provoking story. Deeply enjoyable and an excellent narration. Were I American I would want Dennis Quaid as President!!

  • The Red Zeppelin

  • Hilary Manningham-Butler, Book 2
  • By: Jack Treby
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Seville, 1931. Six months after the loss of the British airship the R101, a German Zeppelin is coming in to land in Southern Spain. Hilary Manningham-Butler is an MI5 operative eking out a pitiful existence on the Rock of Gibraltar. The offer of a job in the Americas provides a potential life line, but there are strings attached. First she must prove her mettle to her masters in London, and that means stepping on board the Richthofen before the airship leaves Seville.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oh dear...

  • By Mrs Maureen Cate on 06-07-18

Oh dear...

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

...although Ms Dawe participated in the narration on the two previous books in the series, the author - Jack Treby - was the main narrator. Where did you go Jack?? I found this performance seriously sub-standard. The main protagonist, Sir Hilary, is a upper class Englishman yet there were pronunciations of many words that were scarcely recognizable as English and certainly not such as would have been used by Sir Hilary. If there’s another- come back Jack!!

  • A Cold Treachery

  • Inspector Ian Rutledge, Book 7
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Called out by Scotland Yard into the teeth of a violent blizzard, Inspector Ian Rutledge finds himself confronted with one of the most savage murders he has ever encountered. Rutledge might have expected such unspeakable carnage on the World War I battlefields, where he’d lost much of his soul - and his sanity - but not in an otherwise peaceful farm kitchen in remote Urskdale. Someone has murdered the Elcott family at their table without the least sign of struggle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb series...

  • By Mrs Maureen Cate on 13-04-18

Superb series...

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

Reviewed: 13-04-18

I adore these books and am slowly working my way through the series. Inspector Ian Rutledge is a complex and intriguing character who earns my respect and admiration.
All the stories I have listened to so far paint a clear picture of 1919 and how WW1 had lingering, sometimes devasting effects on many of the characters we meet in the books. Not least Rutledge himself.

There is just one thing that grates (but I am a pedant!) that has been explained by my recent discovery that the joint authors are American. In 3 of the books I have heard anachronisms. No lady in 1919 would have asked 'do you take cream in your tea?' The English would offer milk. The word 'gotten' would never be heard and hopefully still isn't. Finally, in this book, a lady's handbag would not have been referred to as a 'purse'.

Overall, however, the books I have listened to so far display a wonderful, historical picture of lives and living in 1919 England and Scotland.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rooster Bar

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 746

Law students Mark, Todd and Zola wanted to change the world - to make it a better place. But these days these three disillusioned friends spend a lot of time hanging out in The Rooster Bar, the place where Todd serves drinks. As third-year students, they realise they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham Raises The Bar

  • By Simon on 20-10-17

Disappointing...

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

It may just be me but I found this book far from the quality of previous Grisham novels `i have enjoyed. I gave up about three quarters of the way through!

  • The Mitford Murders

  • The Mitford Murders, Book 1
  • By: Jessica Fellowes
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 317

Lose yourself in the gripping first novel in a new series of Golden Age murder mysteries set amid the lives of the glamorous Mitford sisters. It's 1919, and Louisa Cannon dreams of escaping her life of poverty in London, and most of all her oppressive and dangerous uncle. Louisa's salvation is a position within the Mitford household at Asthall Manor, in the Oxfordshire countryside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely, lovely, lovely!!!!

  • By cdw on 09-10-17

PREDICTABLE BUT ENJOYABLE...

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

Reviewed: 14-11-17

A fiction greatly enhanced by factual persons and events. An enjoyable read with characters and events both real and invented. Basically, a light, period,detective story but none the less a worthwhile listen - especially if you are a Mitford fan.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,738

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and likeable

  • By Dragon on 06-05-13

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 30-08-17

Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

I have read all three (so far) books in the series, enjoying them all, however Robert Glenister's reading brought me greater pleasure than I could have imagined - his portrayal of Cormoran and other parties is superlative. I'm sure I will return for another rendition one day..

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cuckoo's Calling?

Impossible to select one moment. The narrative carries you along smoothly from one surprise to the next.

Have you listened to any of Robert Glenister’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have just started listening to the second in the Series and have already downloaded the third. The best reader I have experienced on Audible.

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

If only one had the time!

Any additional comments?

The Cuckoo's Calling has just been made into a TV Series in three parts and at the time of writing the first two have been shown. Although the two main characters, Cormoran played by Tom Burke and Robyn by Holliday Grainger are truly excellent, I am so glad that I had already read and listened to the book. If you've only seen the TV production PLEASE try an unabridged version - condensing down into three hours has done this unusual detective story no favours.