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  • Girl Zero

  • Detective Harry Virdee, Book 2
  • By: A. A. Dhand
  • Narrated by: Muzz Khan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

There are some surprises that no-one should ever have to experience. Standing over the body of your beloved - and murdered - niece is one of them. For Detective Inspector Harry Virdee, a man perilously close to the edge, it feels like the beginning of the end. His boss may be telling him he's too close to work the case, but this isn't something that Harry can just let lie. He needs to dive into the murky depths of the Bradford underworld and find the monster that lurks there who killed his flesh and blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Niche Appeal?

  • By Simon on 05-03-18

Really didn’t enjoy the narration

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

Reviewed: 23-02-18

I found the story quite interesting but the narration really put me off. I understand doing the character voices in the appropriate accent but the narration part was - I’m guessing - supposed to be a Bradford accent, so a body became a budday and it annoyed me so much I didn’t finish the book.

  • The Complete Novels : Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 81 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 68

Ever since Colin Firth's Mr Darcy emerged from the lake in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, the novels of Jane Austen have become more popular than ever, delighting millions of fans all over the world. Now, Alison Larkin's critically acclaimed narrations of Austen's six completed novels are brought together in this very special 200th anniversary audio edition. "Alison Larkin's narration will captivate listeners from the first sentence" raves AudioFile magazine about the Earphones Award-winning recording of Sense and Sensibility, which starts the collection.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All in one place

  • By Ramona Toy on 11-02-18

All in one place

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

If you could sum up The Complete Novels : Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion in three words, what would they be?

I don't think Jane Austen needs reviewing. I enjoyed the narration by Alison Larkin a lot!

Any additional comments?

I agree with other comments that it wasn't easy to find the start of a book, having broken it down only into equal time slots. Here they are for future use:

Sense & Sensibility
Part 1 Chapters 2 - 41
Part 2 Chapters 1 - 14

Pride & Prejudice
Part 2 Chapters 15 - 43
Part 3 Chapters 1 - 35

Mansfield Park
Part 3 Chapters 36 - 42
Part 4 Chapters 1 - 42
Part 5 Chapters 1 -4

Emma
Part 5 Chapters 5 - 41
Part 6 Chapters 1 - 21

Northanger Abbey
Part 6 Chapters 22 - 40
Part 7 Chapters 2 - 14

Persuasion
Part 7 Chapters 15 - 40

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  • Das Lächeln der Fortuna

  • Waringham-Saga 1
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Martin May
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

England 1360: Nach dem Tod seines Vaters, des ehemaligen Earl of Waringham, verdingt sich der zwölfjährige Robin als Stallknecht auf dem einstigen Gut seiner Familie. Besonders Mortimer, der Sohn des neuen Earl, schikaniert Robin.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gut aber nicht großartig

  • By Ramona Toy on 05-01-18

Gut aber nicht großartig

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

Ich bin ein großer Fan von historischen Romanen, aber diese Geschichte war doch manchmal etwas zu weit hergeholt für meinen Geschmack. Und die Fehde zwischen Robin und Mortimer wiederholte sich zu oft in fast dem gleichen Ablauf.

Am schlimmsten fand ich allerdings die Musik, die nicht nur total überflüssig sondern störend war und manchmal hatte ich Probleme, die Worte über die Musik zu hören. Wenn ich mir den nächsten Teil dieser Saga noch mal holen sollte, wird es im Buchformat sein.

  • Der Judas-Schrein

  • By: Andreas Gruber
  • Narrated by: Hans Jürgen Stockerl
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

In dem abgeschiedenen Dorf Grein am Gebirge, eingeschlossen zwischen den Bergen und einem Fluss, wird eine verstümmelte Mädchenleiche entdeckt. Der Ermittler Alexander Körner wird mit seinem Kripoteam in den Ort geschickt, um den Fall zu lösen. Die Lage spitzt sich zu, als durch den anhaltenden Regen der Fluss über die Ufer tritt und die einzige Brücke wegreißt. Vom Hochwasser umgeben und von der Außenwelt abgeschnitten, kommt eine schreckliche Wahrheit ans Licht, und das Morden geht weiter.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enttäuscht vom Inhalt

  • By Ramona Toy on 17-10-17

Enttäuscht vom Inhalt

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

Reviewed: 17-10-17

Ich habe dieses Buch gekauft, weil ich die Sneijder & Nemez und die Pulaski Bücher sehr gut fand. Dieses Buch hört sich in der Beschreibung auch nach einem Krimi an, führt allerdings ins Übernatürliche. Überhaupt nicht mein Geschmack, trotzdem aber im typischen Gruber Stil geschrieben.

  • The Girl in the Glass Tower

  • By: Elizabeth Fremantle
  • Narrated by: Emily Watson, Rachael Stirling
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

Tudor England. The word treason is on everyone's lips. Arbella Stuart, niece to Mary, Queen of Scots, and presumed successor to Elizabeth I, has spent her youth behind the towering windows of Hardwick Hall. As presumed successor to the throne, her isolation should mean protection - but those close to the crown are never safe. Aemilia Lanyer, writer and poet, enjoys an independence denied to Arbella. Their paths should never cross. But when Arbella enlists Aemilia's help in a bid for freedom, she risks more than her own future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fictional history at its best

  • By Ramona Toy on 28-06-16

Fictional history at its best

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

Reviewed: 28-06-16

I became interested in the story of Arabella Stuart after visiting Hardwick. This book does tell her real story in a fictional way that is so compelling, I found myself drawn in completely, rooting for her cause, hoping for the happy end she had so deserved.

Great performances for a great book

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Godfather

  • By: Mario Puzo
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,024
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,874
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,870

A modern masterpiece, The Godfather is a searing portrayal of the 1940s criminal underworld. It is also the intimate story of the Corleone family, at once drawn together and ripped apart by its unique position at the core of the American Mafia. Still shocking 40 years after it was first published, this compelling tale of blackmail, murder, and family values is a true classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DO NOT MISS THIS!

  • By suze0501@aol.com on 26-02-15

Brilliant story brilliantly told

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

Reviewed: 24-02-16

I read the book many years ago and forgot just how good it was. Puzo spins a fine web of love, integrity and betrayal with great characters to both love and loath.

Joe Mantegna's narration brings the book to life. Could not have chosen a better actor for this.

  • Wars of the Roses: Stormbird

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926

The thrilling first instalment in the Wars of the Roses series - set at the beginnings of this turbulent period of English history which saw the throne change hands six times in 30 years. The Swan sees Henry VI crowned King of England, and married to the young French noblewoman, Margaret of Anjou - and so begins the extraordinary story of how England became a divided nation, where brother took up arms against brother. This was the war which defined the England we know today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fresh and vivid historical fiction.

  • By John on 25-11-13

Brilliant historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 14-09-15

Conn Iggulden brings the characters alive in a way that is so gripping, I couldn't help but be drawn in completely from the first chapter. While adding characters that are clearly fiction and changing some of the timelines, he stays close enough to what is actually known to make it a true story.

Roy McMillan's reading of the book is brilliant. I can't wait to download the 2nd book.

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