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  • Three Mages and a Margarita

  • The Guild Codex: Spellbound Series, Book 1
  • By: Annette Marie
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Broke, almost homeless, and recently fired. Those are my official reasons for answering a wanted ad for a skeevy-looking bartender gig. It went downhill the moment they asked me to do a trial shift instead of an interview - to see if I'd mesh with their "special" clientele. I think that part went great. Their customers were complete dickheads, and I was an asshole right back. That's the definition of fitting in, right? I expected to get thrown out on my ass. Instead, they...offered me the job? It turns out this place isn't a bar. It's a guild. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • on a whim purchase

  • By Nicole Phillips on 22-04-2019

Fun, Fresh and...

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

Reviewed: 10-03-2019

I picked up this title on a whim. I'd never heard of the author or series, but I liked the title and the blurb so I paid over my credit. I'm so glad I did. This is the first new best-of-breed series I've found since The Rivers of London. Tori and her three new best friends are great fun and there's enough back-story mystery to keep the flow going through the series. The narrator, whom I'd not heard before, fits the main character and does a good job with different characters throughout.

  • Written Off

  • By: E. J. Copperman
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Rachel Goldman writes mysteries in which Duffy Madison, consultant to the county prosecutor's office, helps find missing persons. Rachel is busy working on her next book when a man calls out of the blue asking for help in a missing person case. The caller's name? Duffy Madison. Is this real, or has she lost her mind? She doesn't have much time to find out, because a serial killer is on the loose, kidnapping and murdering mystery authors. And Rachel may just be the next target.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lighthearted Fun

  • By Readalot on 23-04-2018

Lighthearted Fun

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

Reviewed: 23-04-2018

I enjoyed this one for a few reasons. One was the performance. I've listened to a few books read by this actor and she's one of my favourites. Then, I liked the bits of humour. I liked the concept. Finally, I liked the insight into the way novelists work, and how would-he-really works in plotting. I knew that already (I'm a writer too) but it was fun to read about it and to be nodding along.

  • The Weirdstone of Brisingamen

  • By: Alan Garner
  • Narrated by: Philip Madoc
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

The Edge is a land of two worlds: above and below. It took me my childhood to learn about above; when I was 19, I went to learn the wonders of below: a world of darkness and silence, so dark that you can see the lights of brain cells discharging; so silent that blood in the veins can be heard.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An Old One Revisited

  • By Readalot on 19-03-2018

An Old One Revisited

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

Reviewed: 19-03-2018

I read this one when it was new (yep, I'm that old). It was fun to revisit, and I appreciate much of Garner's storytelling (before he became incomprehensible to me) but I found now, as then, that Colin and Susan are... bland. Not sure why. Philip Madoc has a great voice but I found his reading a bit stagy.

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  • Fated

  • Alex Verus, Book 1
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Camden, North London. A tangled, mangled junction of train lines, roads and waterways. Where minor celebrities hang out with minor criminals and where tourists and moody teenagers mingle. In the heart of Camden, where rail meets road meets leyline, you might find the Arcana Emporium, run by one Alex Verus. He won't sell you a wand or mix you a potion, but if you know what you're looking for, he might just be able to help.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Solid Story

  • By Readalot on 19-03-2018

Good Solid Story

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

Reviewed: 19-03-2018

I enjoyed Fated. It's a good solid story with some action, character and a good (if somewhat too measured IMO) narration. I was looking for something similar to Rivers of London, but that was silly of me. Same genre... not the same tone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • One Under

  • Bill Slider, Book 18
  • By: Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
  • Narrated by: Terry Wale
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

A middle-aged man jumps under a tube train at Shepherd's Bush station, and a teenage girl is killed in a hit-and-run in a country lane puzzlingly far from her home on the White City Estate: two unrelated incidents which occupy DCI Bill Slider and his team during a slack period. At least it's a change of speed after the grind of domestics, burglaries and Community Liaison. But links to a cold case - another dead teenager, pulled out of the River Thames - create doubts as to whether they are indeed unrelated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slider Reliable

  • By Readalot on 22-12-2017

Slider Reliable

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

Reviewed: 22-12-2017

I enjoyed listening to this one. I haven't read all the Bill Slider series, but I have read a lot of them. I enjoy them, on the whole. The (minor) problem I have with them is possibly more of a comment on me than on the books: I have the same problem with the Charles Paris stories and quite a few others. I like Bill and Charles, but just occasionally, I'd like to see things go right for them. I know stories need reverses, but Slider just seems to have SO many. Early in the series, he falls in love with Joanna, but doesn't tell his wife. He faffs about and nearly loses Joanna. Then his wife leaves him. Hooray! Joanna... but hey, she's off on a long trip. Now I catch up and find out that though they're married, something else has gone wrong for them...

As I said, that might be just me. I like Atherton, and all the others of the team. I like the style, and Slider's dogged character. I like the details about music and policing. I'd just love to see him NOT get a bollocking for doing his job properly. Come to think of it... I often get annoyed with those books or series where a talented amateur solves a lot of the crimes and yet the police are forever telling him or her to butt out.

If you enjoy Slider though, this is a solid entry. I enjoyed the narration, too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gallows Hill

  • By: Lois Duncan
  • Narrated by: A. Savalas
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

When Sarah Zoltanne moves from sunny California to a small town in Missouri, she feels like she'll never fit in. Her mother is dating a jerk, the kids at her school despise her, and she misses her old home. So when a popular boy asks her to tell fortunes at a school fair, she jumps at the chance. But soon her crystal ball begins to swirl with strange visions and her outlandish predictions start to come true with startling accuracy. Now Sarah must confront a community that not only mistrusts her, but also fears her strange powers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Re-Read/Listen

  • By Readalot on 19-10-2017

Re-Read/Listen

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

Reviewed: 19-10-2017

I remembered this as being one of my favourites of Lois Duncan's books when I read a clutch of them years ago. I didn't like it as much this time around. I still liked Charlie very much, and the plot is good, but I'd forgotten how annoying Sarah herself is. Or maybe that's just me. She has plenty to bear, but she doesn't do herself any favours by being constantly prickly and confrontational.

  • The Furthest Station

  • A PC Peter Grant Novella
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

There's something going bump on the Metropolitan line, and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly whom to call. It's PC Peter Grant's specialty.... Only it's more than going 'bump'. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter - making the follow-up interviews rather difficult. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely amazing

  • By Richard on 30-09-2017

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 19-10-2017

I loved this novella. It has everything I like about the Peter Grant stories, minus the angst (which I'm not so fond of). As ever, the narrator is pitch perfect.

  • The Corner Shop

  • By: Elizabeth Cadell
  • Narrated by: Helen Taylor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Lucille Abbey runs her London secretarial agency with utmost efficiency. When, therefore, a certain Professor Hallam rejects three girls sent by her to apply for the post of his secretary and they each pronounce him "impossible", Lucille herself sets out to interview the Professor at his home in Hampshire. He is, she finds, eccentric—even impossible; but he represents a challenge and, what is more, an excuse to delay what promises to be a trying holiday in Paris. She stays on to tame and to organize him—a less formidable task than she had imagined; in fact, she grows fond of him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favourites

  • By Readalot on 12-06-2017

One of My Favourites

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

Reviewed: 12-06-2017

Would you consider the audio edition of The Corner Shop to be better than the print version?

Yes, I think so. I thought the reader very much enhanced this story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like Barbara very much because she's so unexpected.

Which character – as performed by Helen Taylor – was your favourite?

The professor came out very well, and she did a marvellous job of the glorious set-piece when the women are discussing the professor while he is oblivious

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

No, because I listen while I walk the dogs.

Any additional comments?

I think Elizabeth Cadell is underrated. At her best she is very funny.

  • The Wind off the Small Isles

  • By: Mary Stewart
  • Narrated by: Susie Riddell
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Beloved author Mary Stewart's long-lost novella, now available again for the first time in 40 years. In 1879 a wealthy young woman elopes with an impoverished fisherman, leaving her family, who live on the volcanic island of Lanzarote, distraught. In 1968, 23-year-old Perdita West, secretary to the famous author Cora Gresham, visits Lanzarote, the strangest and wildest of the Canary Isles, on a research trip. They meet Cora's estranged son, Mike, and fall in love with the unusual, beautiful little island.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Charming

  • By Readalot on 12-06-2017

Charming

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

Reviewed: 12-06-2017

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would to friends who like style

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I'd read it before, so it was expected

Have you listened to any of Susie Riddell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

You and Me, Always, is the only other one. I like her performance.

Did The Wind off the Small Isles inspire you to do anything?

Yes, to be annoyed the other longer books are not on Audible

Any additional comments?

Please... give us the other classic adventures. This one is so very short.

  • Her Royal Spyness

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a cosy mystery

  • By Karen on 26-05-2016

Good fun

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

Reviewed: 08-05-2017

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'm not sure about this. I did enjoy it, but found myself not gripped.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Let Georgie eat cake! (That tea with HM was just too much... or too little!"
NOT the fault of the book itself, but Ch 8 kept stopping. I don't know why as the other chapters played through.

Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favourite?

Georgiana ... and Darcy

Was Her Royal Spyness worth the listening time?

Oh yes. I might even listen to another one though it seems the romance must move slowly.

Any additional comments?

Good fun.