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Joanne

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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  • Never the Bride

  • By: Paul Magrs
  • Narrated by: Joanna Tope
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Brenda has had a long and eventful life and she has come to Whitby to run a B&B in search of some peace and quiet. She and her best friend Effie like nothing better than going out for tea and keeping their eyes open for any of the mysterious goings on in town. But the oddest thing in Whitby may well be Brenda herself. With her terrible scars, her strange lack of a surname or the fact that she takes two different shoe sizes, Brenda should have known that people as, well, unique as she is, just aren’t destined for a quiet life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amusing interlude.

  • By Crackdown on 26-05-15

I just couldn't stop

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

Reviewed: 27-10-18

I wasn't entirely sure what to expect and was quite right (came by recommendation).

Things didn't go as planned when I tried to preempt some parts of the story. Which, I was very happy with. Kept me on my toes. The observations in human nature especially those aspects we often don't speak aloud or share were keen, elicited melancholy and at times humerous.

The heroines are everyday people. Quite the antithesis. And when I say normal. Middle aged, routine driven, fish and chip eating, bingo playing. ..normal.

The narrator does an excellent job of reinforcing the normality and has a subtle, well established style. Very easy to listen to.

I am now rushing on to listen to the next installment!

  • Mogworld

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475

In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about 60 years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all. On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story and narration after first hour.

  • By Kieran on 17-11-12

Loved the Dead (pun intended) and dry humour

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

Reviewed: 16-08-18

I thoroughly enjoyed the droll deadpan delivery of the narration which fitted well with the story and main character. Zombie alternative storylime with some eye watering descriptions which made me wince. The humour and concept kept me coming back for more.

  • A Demon Bound

  • Imp, Book 1
  • By: Debra Dunbar
  • Narrated by: Angela Rysk
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Samantha Martin is an imp, enjoying an extended vacation from Hel. All she wants to do is drink beer by the pool, play mischievous pranks on the humans, and get her hot neighbor in the sack. It's a relaxing break from her infernal home as long as she manages to avoid the angels, who won't hesitate to execute her on sight. But when her naughty hellhound lands her in trouble with the local werewolf pack, Sam is blackmailed into helping track and catch a killer. The steps she must take to appease the werewolves will put her right in the crosshairs of the angels.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Needs a re-write

  • By Ozzymandias on 05-01-16

Slow burner which picked up pace

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

Reviewed: 23-08-16

Struggled with the narrator initially as I found her lacking in intonation. So much so that I stopped listening. I finally decided to try again and found myself warming to her more subtle style. Once past this sticky point, I found the book engaging and threaded with humour. So much so that I finished it in super quick time!

  • Heartless

  • The Parasol Protectorate, the Fourth
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband's past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux's latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant. Can Alexia determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More stars for Heartless

  • By R. McGinlay on 24-10-11

love love love

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

Reviewed: 06-02-16

flew through this series. Emily Gray is fantastic and her performance really reinforced the era and characters of this engaging book. Bustles, etiquette and humour. Loved it.

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  • Changeless

  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

Alexia Tarabotti, now Lady Maccon, awakens to find her werewolf husband yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears - leaving her to deal with a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria. But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, so even when her investigations take her into the backwaters of Scotland, she is prepared. She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Changless? a collision of the changeless.

  • By Allan Hugman on 16-02-15

Thoroughly Captivating

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

Reviewed: 31-12-15

Love the narrator, perfectly pitched and posed, ideal for the period of the book. The humour, characters and attention to detail are all captivating and it moves at pace.

  • How to Break a Dragon's Heart

  • How to Train Your Dragon, Book 8
  • By: Cressida Cowell
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 198

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer, and the greatest viking hero who ever lived. But it wasn't always like that. Hiccup's memoirs look back to when Hiccup was just an ordinary boy, and finding it very hard to be a hero. Hiccup must battle Berserks, dodge Scarers, complete the Impossible Task and save Fishlegs from being fed to the Beast! And all while being hunted down by an old enemy with a dark secret about the Lost Throne. What's a hero to do?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Toothless Daydream

  • By TEZ FROST on 14-04-13

Diverting Dragons and David T.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-13

Bought to ensure peace and quiet in the car, this book has ensured that my five tear old (dare I say it... myself as well! ) have been totally engaged in that lost art. ..of listening! !



It's brilliant. The book itself is delightful and focuses on Hiccup and his Viking life. With many a giggle at his and fellow Vikings adventures. It sucks you in (yes you too, the adult reading this) and David Tennant is brilliant. He uses many accents and voices to set the scene. David is completely engaging, enigmatic and bursting with energy and as this is our initial foray into audio books, has been a great success. For both of us. Although I suspect I am probably a tad more 'hooked'

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