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  • Sands of Windee

  • An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Arthur W. Upfield
  • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

The police never notice the small detail in the background of a police photograph of an abandoned car. A detail that tells Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte plainly that the mysterious disappearance of Luke Marks near Windee Station is anything but accidental. Why had Luke Marks driven specially out to Windee? Had he been murdered or had he, as the local police believed, wandered away from his car and been overwhelmed in a dust-storm? Bony feels the answers lie somewhere in the sands of Windee.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favoutite story.

  • By mrsvee on 30-06-2019

Not my favoutite story.

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

Reviewed: 30-06-2019

Unfortunately this book shows that Bony is too conscious of his half-caste status. Such rot as to his feelings for a white woman who sees him only as a man, not a half breed. Bah, humbug!

  • The Mountains Have a Secret

  • An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery, Book 12
  • By: Arthur W. Upfield
  • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

A thrilling mystery and one of the incomparable Inspector Bonaparte's toughest cases. Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte travels to Victoria, where two young women have disappeared while hiking in the Grampians. Not long after the search for the girls is called off, a local detective is found shot dead. Bony visits the hotel the women were last seen at, and meets the hotel's unsavoury proprietor. The resulting encounter propels Bony into an investigation which almost costs him his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most enjoyable.

  • By mrsvee on 27-06-2019

Most enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 27-06-2019

Even though this wS a most enjoyable listen, there were a couple of mispronunciations that jarred. Eg...cupola ss cue- polla instead of cup ( what you have your coffee in) ola. Producers, please correct as they are being recorded. Yes, most enjoyable in spite of.

  • Venom House

  • An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery
  • By: Arthur Upfield
  • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

An Inspector Bonaparte Mystery. The Answerth family's mansion seems to deserve its nickname of "Venom House". Perhaps that's because of its forbidding setting, an island in the centre of a man-made lake, its treacherous waters studded by the skeletons of long-dead trees. Perhaps it's because of the unquiet ghosts of the Aborigines slaughtered by Answerth ancestors. Or perhaps it's just because the Answerth household is such a strange one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a favourite.

  • By mrsvee on 23-06-2019

Not a favourite.

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

Reviewed: 23-06-2019

Never did I like this book. Too black for me. Loved Bony and the Kelly gang the best.

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  • St. Peter's Fair

  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Johanna Ward
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

St. Peter's Fair is a grand, festive event, attracting merchants from across England and beyond. There is a pause in the civil war racking the country in the summer of 1139, and the fair promises to bring some much-needed gaiety to the town of Shrewsbury. Until, that is, the body of a wealthy merchant is found murdered in the river Severn. Was Thomas of Bristol the victim of murderous thieves? And, if so, why were his valuables abandoned nearby?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Please select readers more carefully!

  • By mrsvee on 09-06-2019

Please select readers more carefully!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-2019

Again a female reader who tries unsuccessfully to emulate a male’s voice .. it just doesn’t work. And also, producers, please listen to pronunciations. While Ms Ward is better than many, it is a pity to spoil a book by choosing the wrong reader. I hope you are planning to redo these excellent stories and that you choose a male reader.

  • The Red Fox Clan

  • Ranger's Apprentice, Book 13
  • By: John Flanagan
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

John Flanagan returns to the world of Ranger’s Apprentice to find out what happens when Will’s apprentice, Maddie - the Royal Ranger - returns home to Castle Araluen. The Kingdom may have been at peace for a number of years, but there are always those who would commit treason to take power for themselves. When Maddie learns of a plot against the crown, she must go undercover to find out more - and hopefully stop it. But going undercover isn’t easy when you’re the princess - even if you’re trained as a Ranger. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a great narrator

  • By Amanda Berkhout on 10-08-2018

This reader is too much!

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

Reviewed: 01-06-2019

He’s too much everything. What’s with the funny accents? What’s with the breathless over awed delivery? What’s with his high pitched voice? Please go back to your previous reader. He was so much easier to listen to. Please, please, rerecord it and dump Mr Keating.

  • The Icebound Land

  • Ranger's Apprentice, Book 3
  • By: John Flanagan
  • Narrated by: William Zappa
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 97

Will and Evanlyn are bound for Skandia as the captives of the fearsome Skandian wolfship captain, Erak. Halt has sworn to rescue Will, and he will do anything to keep his promise – even defy his King. Expelled from the Rangers, Halt is joined by Horace as he travels through Gallica towards Skandia. On their way, they are constantly challenged by freelance knights – otherwise known as thieving thugs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pity.

  • By mrsvee on 24-05-2019

Pity.

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

Reviewed: 24-05-2019

It is a pity the reader mispronounces so many words, and for placing the emphasis in a sentence incorrectly, that too spoils the story. Whose fault is it - the reader or the producer

  • A Pocket Full of Rye

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Joan Hickson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his "counting house" when he suffered an agonising and sudden death. On later inspection, the pockets of the deceased were found to contain traces of cereals. Yet, it was the incident in the parlour which confirmed Jane Marple's suspicion that here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oh dear!

  • By mrsvee on 21-05-2019

Oh dear!

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

Reviewed: 21-05-2019

I have always enjoyed the “Miss Marple” screen performances by Joan Hickson, but listening to her read of this book made me sad ... so many mispronunciations, and so many misplaced emphases. Perhaps the producer/director of the readings do not alliw more time for “re-reads” to correct these mistakes. As I said, ‘So sad’!

  • Polgara the Sorceress

  • By: David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 30 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 69

Polgara is the epic culmination of a magnificent saga, and a fitting farewell to a world which, once experienced, will never be forgotten. 

She soars above a world of warriors, kings, and priests. The daughter of Belgarath and the shape-shifter Poledra, she has fought wars, plotted palace coups, and worked her powerful magic for three thousand years. Now, Polgara looks back at her magnificent life, in this fitting crown jewel to the saga that is the Eddings' Belgariad and Mallorean cycles.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant story, averagely performanced

  • By Anonymous User on 16-06-2019

Readers ruin story.

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

Reviewed: 21-05-2019

The voices are TOOAmerican for my ear, and for hat reason many of their pronunciations are off, then too is how to read a paragraph .. emphasis in the wrong place and also many on the wrong word. Please, use voices and that don’t hurt the ear and don’t try to characterise all characters. They just are not proficient to get away with that. This book is not alone in those faults perceived by me.

  • A Christmas Carol

  • By: Charles Dickens, R. D. Carstairs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Cranham, Miriam Margolyes, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

'If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!' Charles Dickens’ ghostly tale of sour and stingy miser Ebenezer Scrooge has captivated readers, listeners and audiences for over 150 years. This Christmas, Audible Studios brings this story to life in an audio drama featuring an all-star cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen

  • By C.P. on 29-12-2016

An outstanding production.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-2019

This wonderful tale by Charles Dickens is beautiful produced by Audible with outstanding performances by a casy ably led by Sir Derek Jacobi. A definite must listen. You will be visibly moved!

  • The Ladies of Missalonghi

  • By: Colleen McCullough
  • Narrated by: Federay Holmes
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

The Hurlingford family have ruled the small town of Byron for generations. Wealthy, powerful and cruel, they get what they want, every time. Missy Wright, a Hurlingford by birth, has been shunned by her family since marrying for love, not money. Now widowed, she lives quiet existence in genteel poverty. But then a stranger arrives in town; a divorcee from Sydney. She opens Missy's eyes to the possibility of a happy ending.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This is by far the worst reading I have ever heard.

  • By mrsvee on 22-03-2019

This is by far the worst reading I have ever heard.

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

Reviewed: 22-03-2019

The mispronunciations , the misplaced emphases, and worst of all that prissy immature voice, have made this the hardest book to continue with. This story by Colleen McCullough is one of the two I read tome and again for relief from more serious books, but, Ms Holmes, you have ruined this for me. Colleen must be not just turning in her grave, but spinning in it. No stars for performance!