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  • Middlemarch

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 35 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece and superbly read.

  • By Allie C on 31-01-2017

A great work

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

Reviewed: 21-04-2019

It was difficult getting in to this classic work but once I did get in to it I thoroughly enjoyed it. What a shame that great writers needed to write under a male pen name when n their works were rightly remembered in history as masterpieces.

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Douglas Hodge
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 96

Penguin presents a brand new recording of Roald Dahl's classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, read by the actor Douglas Hodge, who plays Willy Wonka in the hit musical adaptation of the book. Charlie Bucket desperately wants to eat more than cabbage soup every day. But even more than that, he longs to see Wonka's enormous chocolate factory! Now Mr Willy Wonka, the most wondrous inventor in the world, has hidden golden tickets inside his delicious creamy chocolate bars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The quietest road trip ever with Charlie and chocolate factory playing

  • By Daniel Peacock on 23-06-2018

An extraordinary story

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

Reviewed: 21-04-2019

Roald Dahl made my childhood and it is a great pleasure visiting his books again with my children. This is one of the best though much shorter than I recalled.

  • The Chosen Ones

  • Detective Robyn Carter, Book 5
  • By: Carol Wyer
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

On a hot summer’s morning, a young father is found murdered in a cornfield outside the quiet town of Colton, tied to a post, arms spread wide. Detective Robyn Carter is reminded of the crucifixion, and she knows she’s looking for a killer with a twisted sense of right and wrong. Robyn vows she will find the killer - no matter what. But then a local doctor - a popular woman with a young family of her own - is found dead outside her surgery. There are similarities between the first body and hers, and Robyn must take another look at the picture-postcard town, where no one has any enemies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Awful narrator.

  • By Anne Christine Greaves on 15-09-2018

MidStafford Murders

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

Reviewed: 15-04-2019

Very good Midpand multi murdering religious nut job. This is undoubtedly my favourite so far in the Robyn Carter series. I like the misdirection, the numerous dead end leads, I cam feel.the frustration of a good lead then turns out fruitless ....but then it all comes together. It's life, it's believable.

  • Young Bloods

  • Wellington and Napoleon, Book 1
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 19 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Arthur Wesley (the future Duke of Wellington) was born and bred to be a leader. With a firm belief that the nation must be led by a king, the red-coated British officer heads for battle against the French Republic, to restore the fallen monarchy. Napoleon Bonaparte joins the French military on the eve of the Revolution. He believes leadership is won by merit, not by noble birth. When anarchy explodes in Paris, he's thrust into the revolutionary army poised to march against Britain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great listen. best so far hope there is more in se

  • By Anonymous User on 05-09-2017

Great story telling

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

Reviewed: 14-04-2019

Simon Scarrow is more than the author of the Eagles of Rome series which captivated me, coming to the end of that series I came across Young Bloods and thought I'd give it a try especially given it is narrated by Jonathan Keeble. Simon is a historical fiction genius. Great story telling combined with great narration. It's worth every star.

  • The Body in the Dales

  • A Yorkshire Murder Mystery
  • By: J. R. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

A body is discovered deep in a cave beneath the Yorkshire Dales. Leading the investigation into the mysterious death are experienced DCI Jim Oldroyd and his partner DS Carter, a newcomer from London. The deceased is Dave Atkins, well known throughout the village but not well liked. While there is no shortage of suspects, the details of the crime leave Oldroyd and Carter stumped. How did Atkins’s body end up in such a remote section of the cave? When someone with vital information turns up dead, it becomes clear that whoever is behind the murders will stop at nothing to conceal their tracks.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Anonymous User on 20-08-2018

By 'eck it's grand

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

Reviewed: 10-04-2019

Loved it, listened again and still loved it. The shear Yorkshireness of it has left a smile on my face. It's a right cracking yarn too. Hope others get just as much out of this as I have.

  • The Green Count

  • By: Christian Cameron
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

After the bloody trials of Alexandria, Sir William Gold is readying for a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. He hopes, too, that the Holy City might allow his relationship with Emile, cousin of the Green Count of Savoy, to develop. But the Roman Emperor of Constantinople has been taken hostage by an unknown enemy, and the Green Count is vital to the rescue effort.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Plenty of action

  • By kevinplee@hotmail.com on 09-04-2019

Plenty of action

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

Reviewed: 09-04-2019

The best bit is reflecting on this book after the authors note at the end. It only adds to the interest. Fascinating tale around the history.

  • Dead Memories: An addictive and gripping crime thriller

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 10
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 53

On the fourth floor of Chaucer House, two teenagers are found chained to a radiator. The boy is dead but the girl is alive. For Detective Kim Stone every detail of the scene mirrors her own terrifying experience with her brother Mikey, when they lived in the same tower block 30 years ago. When the bodies of a middle-aged couple are discovered in a burnt-out car, Kim can’t ignore the chilling similarity to the deaths of Erica and Keith - the only loving parents Kim had ever known. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cracker

  • By kevinplee@hotmail.com on 08-04-2019

Cracker

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

Reviewed: 08-04-2019

Tenth book and still loving it. I love the authors writing, love the characters, love the no-nonesense, plain speaking midland English directness. Loving the anticipation of more books to come.

  • The Hypnotist's Love Story

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 524

The Hypnotist's Love Story is about the mild craziness that lurks behind the facades we present to the world, especially when it comes to love. Ellen O'Farrell is an expert when it comes to human frailties. She's a hypnotherapist who helps her clients deal with everything from addictions to life-long phobias. So when she falls in love with a man who is being stalked by his ex-girlfriend she's more intrigued than frightened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice listen

  • By Barb on 02-10-2014

Interesting and enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 05-04-2019

A new author fir me and a good Australian story. It is humourous and confronting, exploring an interesting and subjective industry in conjunction with the human condition. Not my usual thing but I loved the Aussieness and I really enjoyed the story hence my rating. I might try another from this author after another fix of my usual genre.

  • The Wreckage

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

In London, ex-cop Vincent Ruiz rescues a young woman from a violent boyfriend but wakes next morning to find that he’s been set up and robbed. As he tracks down the thieves, he discovers the boyfriend’s tortured body and learns that powerful men are looking for the girl. What did Holly Knight steal that is so important to them?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyment

  • By Heather Falkiner on 17-05-2015

Lots going on

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

Reviewed: 05-04-2019

Is this a Joseph O'Loughlin series ? He makes,a cameo appearance anyway. Seriously, I love this series and I finally clocked on to how it's a Joe show then a Vincent show then a Joe show, etc. It makes it all the more interesting like two series interwoven into one. This one is a Vincent Ruiz book with lots and lots going on and Joe comes in to help. Good story.

  • The Blood of Rome

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 17
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

It is AD 55. As trouble brews on the eastern fringes of the Roman Empire, Tribune Cato and Centurion Macro must prepare for war.... The wily Parthian Empire has invaded Armenia, a frontier territory claimed by Rome, ousting King Rhadamistus. The king is ambitious and ruthless, but he is vital to Rome's strategic interests. General Corbulo must restore him to power while also readying the troops for war with the powerful Parthian Empire. Corbulo orders new arrivals Cato and Macro, and their elite cohort of Praetorian Guards, to carry out the task.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great story.

  • By Delmar on 24-11-2018

Not the final bow

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

Reviewed: 04-04-2019

Yay ! Love this series but was sad because I thought this was the end of the line ...but no ! i just checked on Goodreads and there is another book ..not on audibe yet though unfortunately. I hope the same narrator continues with that book. Thanks Jonathan Keeble.