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Mrs. Rm Walters

Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England.
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  • Crisis

  • By: Felix Francis
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Harrison Foster is a lawyer by training but works as a crisis manager for a London firm that specialises in such matters. Summoned to Newmarket after a fire in the Chadwick Stables slaughters six very valuable horses, including the short-priced favourite for the Derby, Harry (as he is known) finds there is far more to the ‘simple’ fire than initially meets the eye. For a start, human remains are found amongst the equestrian ones in the burnt-out shell. All the stable staff are accounted for, so who is the mystery victim?   

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Irritating Americanisms

  • By MJD on 21-09-18

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 29-09-18

Oh dear, is it me, but I am finding Mr Francis a tad predictable. I had worked out what was going on, and 'who dun it' long before 'our hero' had. As for the last chapter, pity somebody didn't tell me it was an advert for taking a holiday in the Maldives!

Maybe my tastes have changed with the advent of more recent authors. Or maybe horse racing and the American influence that has crept into his books is not what I am looking for these days.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Murder for Christmas

  • By: Francis Duncan
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 223

A classic mystery for the festive season: mulled wine, mince pies...and murder. Mordecai Tremaine, former tobacconist and perennial lover of romance novels, has been invited to spend Christmas in the sleepy village of Sherbroome, at the country retreat of one Benedict Grame. Arriving on Christmas Eve, he finds that the revelries are in full flow - but so, too, are tensions amongst the assortment of guests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic narrator

  • By Ms. Jenny M. Stone on 14-11-16

The most boring book ever written

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Listened to the prologue and part of the first chapter, lost the will to live. I can't make up my mind if it is the story or the narrator, probably the latter, but one thing is for sure I am returning it.

  • Dead Gone

  • By: Luca Veste
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

The young girl you have found isn't the first experiment I've carried out. She won't be the last. A tense, unpredictable crime debut that will not only have you gripped, but will chill you to the bone. Perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride and Mark Billingham. A serial killer is stalking the streets of Liverpool, gruesomely murdering victims as part of a series of infamous, unethical and deadly psychological experiments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Cracking Good Read From This Author!

  • By Flower Girl on 17-04-15

Dreadful book

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Less of the 'f' word. I don't like flashbacks either..

What was most disappointing about Luca Veste’s story?

Overuse of the 'F' word.

What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I always enjoy Jonathan's narrations. His use of dialects and female voices is excellent.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dead Gone?

All those 'F' words, and flashbacks.

Any additional comments?

Returning for a refund as I have no intentions of listening to the rest of it. Will not be buying anymore from this author again.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Gone West

  • By: Carola Dunn
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

In September 1926, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher visits Sybil Sutherby, a school friend now living in Derbyshire as the confidential secretary to a novelist. Suspecting that something is seriously amiss, Sybil has asked Daisy to discretely investigate. Upon arrival, Daisy finds a household of relatives and would-be suitors living off the hospitality of Humphrey Birtwhistle, who had been supporting them through his thrice-yearly, pseudonymous Westerns. When he took ill, though, Sybil took over writing them while he recovered, only to see the sales increase. Now, she fears that someone in the household is poisoning Birtwhistle to keep him ill and Sybil writing the better-paying versions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good listen.

  • By sue glason on 12-02-18

Boring

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Getting on with the plot.

Has Gone West put you off other books in this genre?

No because I already have several which I enjoy.

What about Lucy Rayner’s performance did you like?

She is the best thing about the book

What character would you cut from Gone West?

Too many to mention

Any additional comments?

I have lost the will to live with this book as it is so slow. Don't want to hear the rest, so I am returning it in favour of something I know I will enjoy later in the month.

  • On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service

  • A Royal Spyness Mystery, Book 11
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby alone. An opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way - my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a house party in the Italian lake country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murder and Nazis and Spies! Oh My!

  • By Inishowen Cailin on 20-08-17

Decent Audio Book

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

Where does On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Good enough for me to want to listen to it again.

What aspect of Katherine Kellgren’s performance might you have changed?

I do wish she wouldn't get quite so hysterical.

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

No

Any additional comments?

The chase scene near the end went on a bit too long, especially as we all knew thast one of those doing the chasing would be Darcy.

Still no sign of them getting into bed, though perhaps they are getting nearer!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

It is her characteristic generosity rather than her love of animals that finds Mrs Pargeter supporting her friend, Jasmine Angold, at a charity reception for PhiliPussies, whose worthy aim is to rehabilitate stray cats from the Greek island of Atmos into caring English homes. But the evening is to have unexpected consequences. At the event, Mrs P is taken aback to meet a woman who claims to be the sister of her late husband, the much-missed Mr Pargeter.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty pedestrian escapism

  • By AmyJackson on 03-09-17

Highly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 25-07-17

Any additional comments?

Loved this audio book, quite up to the standard of the earlier books in the series, pity all the early ones are not on Audible. Hope there are going to be more in the Mrs P series in the future.

As usual I tried to work out the why's and wherefore's, got them half right, so quite pleased with myself. ;)

  • Rooted in Evil

  • Campbell & Carter Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Ann Granger
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Carl Finch is a desperate man. Cut out of his stepfather's will, he is heavily in debt, and unless he can persuade his stepsister Hattie to bail him out, he'll be in even more trouble. Hattie's husband, Guy, has never liked Carl and wants his wife's inheritance for his own use, so Hattie agrees to meet Carl in secret to discuss his predicament. Little does she realise that when she arrives at their meeting point in Crooked Man Wood, she'll find Carl's dead body....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story - dreadful narrator

  • By Renka on 12-07-17

Not up the usual standard

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

Would you try another book written by Ann Granger or narrated by Julia Barrie?

I normally love books by Ann Granger, but for some reason this one wasn't up to her usual standard. I think it was probably the quality of the reader/sound.

Although Julie Barrie has a pleasant voice, there were times when it was difficult to hear what she was saying, usually when she was taking the part of the leading female character. However when it was a male character her voice was so loud. I had to turn the volume up for the female roles, then down for the male, which made listening very difficult.

Judith Boyd was so much better, especially for the voice of Jess. So although I would try Ann's books again, sorry, but I won't be trying anything by Julia Barrie.

How could the performance have been better?

Bring back Judith Boyd.

  • High Force

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887

Hell has unleashed a demon - and he's coming for you.... Detective Chief Inspector Ryan's worst nightmare has just become a reality. Notorious serial killer The Hacker has escaped prison and kidnapped one of his best detectives from her own home. His brutality is the stuff of legend - Ryan lost his sister and nearly his own life bringing the man to justice first time around. Can Ryan do it again to save his friend? There's a nationwide manhunt underway but the trail has gone cold and fear spreads like a virus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, really enjoyed that!

  • By Salter on 14-11-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 13-04-17

Where does High Force rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best

What was one of the most memorable moments of High Force?

The last hour, I was on tenterhooks even though I had already read the book on my Kindle.

What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

A really good narrator, I hope to listen to more of him in the near future

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It gave me palpitations, followed by a huge cheer at the end!

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed all the other books in the series, but I reckon this one tops the lot. I just wonder what the author will come up with next.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Passenger to Frankfurt

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61

Sir Stafford Nye's journey home from Malaysia to London takes an unexpected twist in the passenger lounge at Frankfurt: a young woman confides in him that someone is trying to kill her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a traditional Agatha Christie

  • By R on 18-10-12

Boring

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

Reviewed: 23-01-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Somebody in need of sleep.

Would you ever listen to anything by Agatha Christie again?

Yes, I have quite a few of her books, both audio, Kindle, and in paperback.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Hugh Fraser?

I love Hugh Fraser, he is almost as good as Ian Carmichael, which is high praise from me.

What character would you cut from Passenger to Frankfurt?

All of them.

Any additional comments?

I gave up at the half way mark, so am asking for a refund.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Christmas Carol

  • By: Charles Dickens, R. D. Carstairs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Cranham, Miriam Margolyes, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,851

'If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!' Charles Dickens’ ghostly tale of sour and stingy miser Ebenezer Scrooge has captivated readers, listeners and audiences for over 150 years. This Christmas, Audible Studios brings this story to life in an audio drama featuring an all-star cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THANK YOU 🎄🤶🏻🎄& Merry Christmas

  • By Highlight on 14-12-16

Brilliant adaptation

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

Reviewed: 19-12-16

Where does FREE: A Christmas Carol rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As near to the top as it can get.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

I have seen many films, listen to several audio versions of a Christmas Carol over the years. This adaptation is up amongst the best.