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  • Smoke and Ashes

  • By: Abir Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

India, 1921. Haunted by his memories of the Great War, Captain Sam Wyndham is battling a serious addiction to opium that he must keep secret from his superiors in the Calcutta police force. When Sam is summoned to investigate a grisly murder, he is stunned at the sight of the body: he’s seen this before. Last night, in a drug addled haze, he stumbled across a corpse with the same ritualistic injuries. It seems like there’s a deranged killer on the loose. Unfortunately for Sam, the corpse was in an opium den, and revealing his presence there could cost him his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • windham and surrender-not at their best

  • By "graham_78" on 18-06-18

A Great 3rd Book in the Series

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

Reviewed: 08-04-19

Once again the narration is perfect. This book is more political than the previous ones, which made it very interesting. If you have listened to book 1 and 2, then you will not be disappointed. I really hope there is a 4th book.

  • A Necessary Evil

  • By: Abir Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

The fabulously wealthy kingdom of Sambalpore: home to tigers, elephants, diamond mines and the beautiful Palace of the Sun. When the heir to the throne of Sambalpore is assassinated in Calcutta in the presence of Captain Sam Wyndham and his colleague 'Surrender-Not' Banerjee, Wyndham works to uncover the reasons behind Prince Punit's death, despite the opposition of his commanding officers. Travelling to Sambalpore, he discovers a kingdom riven with suppressed conflict.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Book

  • By G. Williams on 04-06-17

A very Good Sequel

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

Reviewed: 08-04-19

Once again the narration is perfect. This story has more twists in it than book 1, when you think the murder is solved, there is a further twist.

I like that the characters are imperfect and flawed, which makes everything more real. The hypocrisy and wry dry humour is very well done.

  • A Rising Man

  • By: Abir Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 580

Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, Wyndham has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force. But with barely a moment to acclimatise to his new life or to deal with the ghosts which still haunt him, Wyndham is caught up in a murder investigation that will take him into the dark underbelly of the British Raj.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! Worthy of Rankin

  • By Arthur on 21-05-16

A very Good Book

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

Reviewed: 08-04-19

I decided to listen to all 3 of the books in this series before submitting my review. I have to say I really did like all 3 of them.
The dry humour, the hypocrisy, and injustice of it's time, are really very well portrayed in all of the books. This book is the one, that builds the characters and the story, and book 2 and 3 continue to flourish in the the same way.
I thought the narrator was excellent and captured the feel of the time perfectly. Very very good.

  • Wives and Daughters

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
  • Length: 25 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

Molly Gibson, the only daughter of a widowed doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford, lost her mother when she was a child. Her father remarries wanting to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks. To Molly, any stepmother would have been a shock, but the new Mrs. Gibson is a self-absorbed, petty widow, and Molly's unhappiness is compounded by the realisation that her father has come to regret his second marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb characterisation by a first class reader

  • By Philadelphus on 01-06-07

Very Good

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-19

Prunella Scales is excellent narrating this book. A good classic book of it's era. I loved listening to it.

  • Milkman

  • By: Anna Burns
  • Narrated by: Bríd Brennan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,620
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,614

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous. Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very, Very Good

  • By David M on 20-10-18

Slow, very slow

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

Reviewed: 12-03-19

The Narrator does a very good job of reading this book, I cannot fault her at all. However, the story is good, but very let down in my opinion, by over explaining every single metaphor, etc. At several points I very nearly gave up, but forced myself to listen to the end.
The whole idea behind the story is an excellent one, as here on the mainland we had no idea of the the day to day living in Northern Ireland in the 1970's and beyond. But because the author "waxed the lyrical" far too much for me and therefore lost my attention too often, in the end I didn't care for any of the characters or their lives at all in the end. Given the subject matter, this was a shame.

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  • This Is Going to Hurt

  • Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,991
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,023
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,981

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, Well told

  • By The_Animagus on 23-09-17

Entertaining to a point.

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

Reviewed: 23-02-19

I completely understand why Adam Kay wrote this book, and to be fair it is a good one. However, after a while it did get on my nerves a bit with his constant whining about his job. the first half was good, after that it was whining, Maybe it would have been better to listen too if someone else had narrated it.

  • The Merchant's Tale

  • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Ann Swinfen
  • Narrated by: Philip Battley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Oxford, Autumn 1353. St. Frideswide's Fair is a great annual event in Oxford, bringing together merchants and buyers from all over England and Wales, and from as far away as Flanders and France. Yet the earnings from the fair, granted to the Priory of St. Frideswide centuries before, are resented by the town, and resentment can turn to violence. Under the unscrupulous Prior de Hungerford, even more trouble is brewing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Tale

  • By helen on 23-02-19

Another Great Tale

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

Reviewed: 23-02-19

I loved this book, and the other 3 in the series. A great continuation, as per usual Philip Battley does a grand job of narrating it.

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 221

Jane Austen's most popular novel, originally published in 1813, some 17 years after it was first written, presents the Bennet family of Longbourn. Against the background of gossipy Mrs. Bennet and the detached Mr. Bennet, the quest is on for husbands for the five daughters. The spotlight falls on Elizabeth, second eldest, who is courted by Darcy, though initially she is more concerned with the fate of her other sisters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best narrator ever!

  • By Hannah on 25-11-06

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 23-02-19

The story is so well known , that to say it is brilliant, is enough. Emilia fox narrates this superbly, I cannot fault this book and narration in any way. I listened to all the samples of narration for this book and truly this is the best.

  • The Troubadour's Tale

  • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: Ann Swinfen
  • Narrated by: Philip Battley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

When Nicholas Elyot and his friends set out to spend the Christmas season in the country, they are prepared for a hard journey in winter. They are also wary of violence on the road, for these are troubled times after the Great Pestilence, when bands of dispossessed and desperate men roam the countryside of England. It is not surprising, therefore, when the troubadours hired to provide entertainment at Leighton Manor are attacked in Wychwood. Yet why should this group draw the attention of outlaws, who are searching for something? Is one of the troubadours not quite what he seems?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story Well Read

  • By B. A. Chapman on 10-04-19

A good return to medieval Oxford

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

Reviewed: 23-02-19

Having listened to all the books in this series, I found this story the weakest one of all. It seemed to padded out with the weather and a journey. I found that it was slow in getting to the "nuts and bolts" of the story. However, it was nice to listen to the continuation of life for Nicholas, his family and friends. As per usual Phillip Battley's narration was perfect.
I hope the next book in the series has a much stronger story line.

  • The Thirteenth Tale

  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

The Thirteenth Tale is a compelling and emotional mystery, in the timeless vein of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, about family secrets and the magic of books and storytelling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric and gripping

  • By Kirstine on 24-05-12

A slow burner and a must listen to book.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

This book is a slow burner, it very gradually draws you in so that you are totally hooked. The narration by Jenny Agutter is superb, she simply brings the book to life. I really liked the way the author tied the whole story up, even the minor characters,which is so unusual. This I really appreciated as it is so frustrating to have a story told where many of the characters just simply disappear with no explanation.