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  • The Mitford Murders

  • The Mitford Murders, Book 1
  • By: Jessica Fellowes
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Lose yourself in the gripping first novel in a new series of Golden Age murder mysteries set amid the lives of the glamorous Mitford sisters. It's 1919, and Louisa Cannon dreams of escaping her life of poverty in London, and most of all her oppressive and dangerous uncle. Louisa's salvation is a position within the Mitford household at Asthall Manor, in the Oxfordshire countryside.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Just dreadful

  • By Vanessa Young on 09-01-2018

Was it just me or did this ramble.

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

Reviewed: 20-11-2018

Got lost several times despite it being a very simple narrative because I think I became bored often. Did not enjoy the characters or their problems and knew the outcome way back in the early chapters.
I hope im not being too harsh because i did finish it although really still don’t know why I persevered

  • Crowned and Dangerous

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Nothing is simple when you're 35th in line for the British crown, least of all marriage. But with love on their side and plans to elope, Lady Georgiana Rannoch and her beau, Darcy O'Mara, hope to bypass a few royal rules...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good rollicking story full of red hereings

  • By Maeb on 18-03-2018

Good rollicking story full of red hereings

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

Reviewed: 18-03-2018

Good rollicking story full of entertaining red herrings and new characters. But oh god was I was so sick of that O’mara Irish accent, soooo annoying with its repetitive rhythm that really isn’t accurately Irish.

  • Royal Flush

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner and theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcedhouseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Alanna Lever on 30-12-2018

Better than most

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

Reviewed: 23-02-2018

I enjoy this series as an easy listen along while being busy but this book tested the grey cells a bit more. Great references to the monarchy without claiming true stories or not. Interedting plots of intrigue and less who donit than a host of strange events including the very humourous monster invention that takes grest turns showing just how well the chinese whisper can work.

  • In Farleigh Field

  • A Novel
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham's middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Didn’t finish it

  • By Patrice on 13-05-2018

Good rollicking story

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

Reviewed: 28-04-2017

I always enjoy an old fashioned lord of the manor story and this one is peppered with interesting characters that run close to the reality of the times. But it is fiction, how we would have like it and been inspired by it.

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing world and story

  • By Douglas on 24-06-2017

Story about bullies in the schoolyard

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

Reviewed: 05-09-2016

What disappointed you about Dawn of Wonder?

Unbelievable, long boring recitations of repeating events, only one short excerpt almost breathed life into it. I perservered to the second book, but would rather sit in the cold rain than finish it.

What could Jonathan Renshaw have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Used some imagination

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Tim Gerard Reynolds?

no problem with him, although he had notjhing interesting to work with

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dawn of Wonder?

Gosh, at least 3/4 of the 'school' scenes. I lost interest in the lead character altogether, just same old sad sack line over and over.

Any additional comments?

There is nothing fantasy about this book, most could be a scene in any town.

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