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  • Foxglove Summer

  • Rivers of London, Book 5
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

In the fifth of his best-selling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper. Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous narration brings the book to life

  • By emmoff on 15-07-2015

A Real Page turner

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

Reviewed: 19-11-2018

Twisted plot, memorable characters, evocative scenery.The voices described the personalities to a T! The relationships were tantalisingly close .....

  • The Bedlam Stacks

  • By: Natasha Pulley
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

An astonishing historical novel set in the shadowy, magical forests of South America, which draws on the captivating world of the international best seller The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. Deep in uncharted Peru, the holy town of Bedlam stands at the edge of a forest. The shrine statues move, and anyone who crosses the border dies. But somewhere inside are cinchona trees, whose bark yields quinine: the only known treatment for malaria. On the other side of the Pacific, it is 1859, and India is ravaged by the disease.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By amanda on 03-03-2019

fantastic story, beautifully read.

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

Reviewed: 18-08-2018

initially, the performers start/stop way of speaking bothered me, but nuances in character and delightful way he bought out the characters personalities soon had me totally won over. the story itself just held me in awe with i the beauty of it's finer details and the unexpected twists and moves in expectations. like the previous book, this one is an absolute gem.

  • Whispers Under Ground

  • Rivers of London, Book 3
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And it’s just as well - he's already had run-ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho. Progression in the police force is less easy, especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn't even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Janette on 18-04-2018

Eerie and Exciting

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

Reviewed: 08-08-2018

atmosphere was electric. Good Character interplay .Mystery pervades the plotline and the descriptions of alleys and sewers was detailed.

  • Moon over Soho

  • Rivers of London, Book 2
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400

I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ❤️❤️❤️

  • By Lucy on 05-06-2016

Kept me humming along

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

Reviewed: 26-07-2018

Evoked the scenes from the past with such detail and spookiness. Character portrayal was believable and tragic.

  • Demon Dentist

  • By: David Walliams
  • Narrated by: David Walliams
  • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

The new jaw-achingly funny novel from David Walliams, the number-one best-selling author! Make your appointment if you dare…. Darkness had come to the town. Strange things were happening in the dead of night. Children would put a tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy, but in the morning they would wake up to find… a dead slug; a live spider; hundreds of earwigs creeping and crawling beneath their pillow. Evil was at work. But who or what was behind it…? Listen to this book and find out!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Scary!

  • By Belinda on 28-07-2016

Had me shuddering !

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

Reviewed: 29-06-2018

Voices ranged from sounding hilarious through to spine chilling. Enjoyed every grisley, ghastly moment! Unfolded with mystery and malevolence

  • A Symphony of Echoes

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, witness the murder of Archbishop Thomas A Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Whirlwind of Romance and Rip-roaring Adventure

  • By Richard on 16-10-2017

Whirlwind of Romance and Rip-roaring Adventure

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

Reviewed: 16-10-2017

Characters are despicable or lovable. Max fights her inner & outer demons. Gripping & thrilling!

  • 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 177
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

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

Absolutely amazing

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

Reviewed: 30-09-2017

There was literally not a moment that I was not enthralled, the story had a perfect place, revisited existing characters without excessive repetition of their history as other series often do. The slice of life along with story progression of Abigail was incredibly satisfying. Kobna's superb performing capabilities continue to lend this series all of the nuances it deserves.

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  • Blameless

  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Alexia Tarabotti becomes the scandal of the London season. After being dismissed by Queen Victoria from the Shadow Council and attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, she flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they can explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than vampires – and they’re armed with pesto.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of fun

  • By Rozanne on 09-11-2017

magnetic!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-2017

I was attracted to this book like a magnet to a fridge! The interweaving of drama, bodice- ripping romance and quirky humour was engaging.

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  • Soulless

  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Firstly, Alexia Tarabotti has no soul. Secondly, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Thirdly, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette. With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pronunciation of Akeldama bit different.

  • By Rose Atkins on 03-05-2018

Couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 24-05-2017

Fabulous!I was completely engrossed from start to end.
Into the next book. She has created a brand new genre.

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  • The Bones of Paris

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King garners widespread acclaim for her suspenseful novels rich with historical detail. Set in the vibrant Paris Jazz Age, The Bones of Paris introduces private investigator Harris Stuyvesant, an American agent who’s been given the plum assignment of locating beautiful young model Philippa Crosby. But when Philippa’s trail ends at the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre, Stuyvesant discovers a world where art meets sexual depravity - and where a savage killer lurks in the shadows.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Laurie R King was in a disturbed place

  • By Richard on 18-04-2017

Laurie R King was in a disturbed place

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

Reviewed: 18-04-2017

What did you like best about The Bones of Paris? What did you like least?

The level of research and the familiar names from 1920s Paris bought it to life

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

This was a very disturbed piece of writing, not her usual fare at all. There were many times I just wanted to stop listening because it was simply gruesome. And depressing.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Pretty much anything with Nancy Berger - she was an upbeat character, one I liked in the story. Harris was good, but the other characters were unlikeable.

Could you see The Bones of Paris being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

I hope not.

Any additional comments?

Unless you like Horror, I wouldn't recommend listening to this book.