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    • A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

    • By: Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 500
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 471
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 470

    Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War. Philby's two closest friends in the intelligence world, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence chief, thought they knew Philby better than anyone, and then discovered they had not known him at all.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Retold with Gripping Narrative

    • By Pippa Lamb on 14-10-14

    Regular price: £22.09

    • The Nurses of Steeple Street

    • By: Donna Douglas
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    Welcome to the district nurses' home on Steeple Street, where everyone has a secret.... Ambitious young nurse Agnes Sheridan had a promising future ahead of her until a tragic mistake cost her the love and respect of everyone around her. Now she has come to Leeds for a fresh start as a trainee district nurse. But Agnes finds herself facing unexpected challenges as she is assigned to Quarry Hill, one of the city's most notorious slums.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • District nursing between 2 World Wars

    • By SUEDENIE on 24-09-16

    Regular price: £22.09

    • Double Cross

    • The True Story of the D-Day Spies
    • By: Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 152
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122

    D-Day, 6 June 1944 was a victory of arms. But it was also a triumph for a different kind of operation: one of deceit, aimed at convincing the Nazis that Calais and Norway, not Normandy, were the targets of the invasion force. The deception involved every branch of Allied wartime intelligence. But at its heart was the “Double Cross System”, a team of double agents controlled by the secret Twenty Committee.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good book, narration is little off for me.

    • By outlandish on 10-10-15

    Regular price: £17.19

    • The Glass Room

    • A Vera Stanhope Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Charlie Hardwick
    • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 430
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 370
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 365

    When one of DI Vera Stanhope's hippy neighbours goes missing, she feels duty-bound to find out what happened. It's an easy job to track the young woman down to a country retreat where aspiring authors gather to work through their novels. It gets complicated when a body is discovered and Vera's neighbour is found with a knife in her hand. Calling in the team, Vera knows that she should hand the case over to someone else, but the investigation is too tempting.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great listen

    • By melanie on 06-07-12

    Regular price: £15.09

    • Silent Voices

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Charlie Hardwick
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 519
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 440
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 438

    When DI Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, she wonders briefly if she’s uncovered a simple death from natural causes. But a closer inspection reveals ligature marks around the victim’s throat…Vera pulls her team together and sets them interviewing those connected to the victim, while she and colleague, Sergeant Joe Ashworth, work to find a motive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Oneof the best audiobooks I've heard

    • By Gill on 17-05-11

    Regular price: £15.09

    • Still Waters

    • By: Katie Flynn
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Living on the edge of the beautiful Norfolk Broads with her father, the only ripple in Tess Delamere's calm life is the disturbing dream about her dead mother which haunts her. She yearns to know more, but the arrival of a new stepmother heralds the end of Tess' hopes that her father might divulge the past. As she grows up, Tess slowly starts to put together the pieces herself. But the outbreak of war brings tragedy and upheaval, changing Tess' priorities....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • It's ok

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-18

    Regular price: £27.99

    • The Detective Wore Silk Drawers

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Forbidden in Victorian England, the grim and violent world of bare-knuckle fighting has gone underground. So when a headless body is found floating in the Thames, his hands “pickled” for fighting, Sergeant Cribb knows he is facing a challenge. Desperate for information, they select the young constable Henry Jago to infiltrate the gang, subjecting him to a rigorous programme of purging, pickling and training. Cribb is certain that the losing fighters are being killed or worse, so getting Jago out just in time is crucial.... 

    Regular price: £17.89

    • The Armada Boy

    • By: Kate Ellis
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    Archaeologist Neil Watson did not expect to find the body of American veteran Norman Openheim in the ruins of the old chantry chapel. He turns to his old student friend, Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson, for help. Ironically, both men are looking at an invading force - Wes the WWII Yanks and Neil a group of Spaniards killed by outraged locals as they limped from the wreckage of the Armada. 400 years apart two strangers in a strange land have died violently - could the same motives of hatred, jealousy and revenge be at work? Wes is running out of time to find out....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • one of my favourite series

    • By LM Milford on 08-02-18

    Regular price: £19.29

    • The Merchant's House

    • By: Kate Ellis
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    DS Wesley Peterson, newly arrived in the West Country town of Tradmouth, has his hands full when a child goes missing and a young woman is brutally murdered on a lonely cliff path. Then his old friend, archaeologist Neil Watson, unearths the skeletons of a strangled woman and a newborn baby in the cellar of an ancient merchant's house nearby. As the investigation continues, Wesley begins to suspect that these deaths, centuries apart, may be linked by age-old motives of jealousy, a sexual obsession and desperate longing.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not a bad story

    • By JPH on 30-01-18

    Regular price: £19.29

    • A Cursed Inheritance

    • Wesley Peterson, Book 9
    • By: Kate Ellis
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    The brutal massacre of the Harford family at Potwoolstan Hall in Devon in 1985 shocked the country and passed into local folklore. When a journalist researching the case is murdered 20 years later, the horror is reawakened. Sixteenth-century Potwoolstan Hall, now a New Age healing centre, is reputed to be cursed because of the crimes of its builder, and it seems that this inheritance of evil lives on as DI Wesley Peterson is faced with his most disturbing case yet. And when the truth is finally revealed, it turns out to be as horrifying as it is dangerous.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another hit for Kate Ellis

    • By crochetdiva on 17-07-18

    Regular price: £22.79

    • Bats in the Belfry

    • A London Mystery
    • By: E. C. R. Lorac
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Bruce Attleton dazzled London’s literary scene with his first two novels, but his early promise did not bear fruit. His wife, Sybilla, is a glittering actress, unforgiving of Bruce’s failure, and the couple lead separate lives in their house at Regent’s Park. When Bruce is called away on a sudden trip to Paris, he vanishes completely until his suitcase and passport are found in a sinister artist’s studio, the Belfry, in a crumbling house in Notting Hill, and Inspector Macdonald must uncover Bruce’s secrets. This intricate mystery from a classic writer is set in a superbly evoked London of the 1930s.

    Regular price: £18.59

    • The Bone Garden

    • By: Kate Ellis
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    An excavation at the lost gardens of Earlsacre Hall is called to a halt when a skeleton is discovered under a 300-year-old stone plinth, a corpse that seems to have been buried alive. But DS Wesley has a more recent murder case to solve. A man has been found stabbed to death in a caravan at a popular holiday park, and the only clue to his identity is a newspaper cutting about the restoration of Earlsacre. Does local solicitor Brian Willerby have the answer?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very entertaining.

    • By sandra streeting on 10-02-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Lord James Harrington and the Winter Mystery

    • By: Lynn Florkiewicz
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    1957. Lord James Harrington and his wife, Beth, run a country hotel in the village of Cavendish, deep in the heart of West Sussex. James and Beth are discussing the latest Cavendish Players production, The Devil Incarnate, when their cleaner informs them that farmer Alec Grimes is missing.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Thin, anachronistic piffle

    • By Fi on 04-04-18

    Regular price: £19.29

    • Wobble to Death

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    In Victorian London, race-walking, or 'wobbles', is all the rage. So on a Monday morning in November 1879, the crowds gather for Islington's bizarre six-day endurance walking race. By Tuesday, one of the contestants is dead. Tetanus from a blister is assumed, but then there is a second death, and this time it's definitely murder. A bemused Sergeant Cribb from Scotland Yard is called in, along with Constable Thackeray, and they soon discover that something foul is at play.

    Regular price: £17.89

    • The Pride

    • Neyler Quartet, Book 1
    • By: Katie Flynn
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    1901. Tina Rose is the beloved daughter of a wealthy Jewish family while Edward grew up with an abusive father in the wilds of New Zealand. Despite their differences, the two fall madly in love when Edward arrives in England, looking for a better future. However, the consequences of their love affair are terrible for Tina, as she is shamed by the father she adores, and Edward is sent away. Against all the odds, Tina and Edward find each other again.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • book you must read

    • By Julie Ann Jones on 06-03-18

    Regular price: £22.09

    • The Staveley Suspect

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Simmy Brown has a lot on her mind. Not just keeping her florist business afloat, her father’s failing health and the challenge of developing a long-term relationship with Christopher but also the approach of Mother’s Day, a busy and painful day for her. But in taking an order for a retirement party in Staveley, she is pulled into her most challenging investigation. When a daughter starts accusing her own mother of murder, Simmy, Ben and Bonnie find themselves taking different sides of the investigation. With her relationships under strain, Simmy is tried on all fronts....

    Regular price: £18.59

    • Judith

    • By: Betty Neels
    • Narrated by: Anne Cater
    • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    After the hurly-burly of the big London hospital where she had been working, Judith found it a very pleasant change to be offered a private job looking after a charming patient, Lady Cresswell, in the Lake District. Her patient gave her no trouble at all - which was more than could be said for her patient’s son, the disagreeable Professor Charles Cresswell. He seemed to have taken a dislike to Judith on sight - a dislike which, it must be confessed, Judith returned with interest. And now he was turning up to spoil their pleasant holiday in Portugal as well!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Judith

    • By anonymous on 03-08-18

    Regular price: £17.19

    • The Skeleton Room

    • By: Kate Ellis
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    When workmen converting former girls' boarding school Chadleigh Hall into a luxury hotel discover a skeleton in a sealed room, DI Wesley Peterson and his boss, Gerry Heffernan, are called in to investigate. But within minutes they have a second suspicious death on their hands: a team of marine archaeologists working on a nearby shipwreck have dragged a woman's body from the sea. And it becomes clear that her death was no accident. The dead woman's husband may be linked with a brutal robbery of computer equipment, but Wesley soon discovers that the victim had secrets of her own....

    Regular price: £21.39

    • A Murder Too Soon

    • A Tudor Mystery
    • By: Michael Jecks
    • Narrated by: Peter Noble
    • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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    June 1554. Professional assassin Jack Blackjack has been dispatched to the palace of Woodstock, where Queen Mary's half sister, Princess Elizabeth, is being kept under close guard. Jack's employer has reason to believe that a spy has been installed within the princess' household, and Jack has been ordered to kill her. Jack has no choice but to agree. But he arrives at Woodstock to discover that a murder has already been committed. 

    Regular price: £19.29

    • The Mallen Streak

    • The Mallen Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Catherine Cookson
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Thomas Mallen of High Banks Hall had many sons, most of them bastards. But to all of them he passed on his mark - a distinctive flash of white hair running to the left temple, known as the Mallen Streak. It was said that those who bore the streak seldom reached old age and that nothing good ever came of a Mallen. In 1851, Thomas Mallen found himself a ruined man, forced amid scandal and disgrace to sell the hall. With him went his two young wards and their indomitable governess. Then the Radlet brothers of Wilbur Farm arrived, one of whom bore the unmistakable Mallen Streak.

    Regular price: £19.99

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