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  • The Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Many of us know the Black Death as a catastrophic event of the medieval world. But the Black Death was arguably the most significant event in Western history, profoundly affecting every aspect of human life, from the economic and social to the political, religious, and cultural. In its wake the plague left a world that was utterly changed, forever altering the traditional structure of European societies and forcing a rethinking of every single system of Western civilization: food production and trade, the church, political institutions, law, art, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating & gripping

  • By Ballina Beach on 08-10-2016

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 21-08-2018

The subject nis horrendous but this series of lectures was enthralling. Well presented and easy to listen to, I can't imagine a more thorough course. I'll be looking for more by this lecturer.

  • Miss Frost Ices the Imp: A Nocturne Falls Mystery

  • Jayne Frost, Book 2
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Welcome to Nocturne Falls - the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost's daughter, Santa Claus's niece, heir to the Winter Throne, and now...private investigator. Sort of. When she buys a sealed box at an estate sale and cat-related circumstances cause that box to be opened, life in Nocturne Falls starts to go haywire. Jayne has no choice but to figure out what she unleashed and how to recapture it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • lightweight fun

  • By A on 09-07-2017

lightweight fun

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

Reviewed: 09-07-2017

The Nocturne Falls series is entertaining and the Jane Frost spin off is a good addition. This narrator has a pleasant tone, but her manner of speech is annoying. Some words, or syllables, are drawn out unnecessarily then the following words are tripped out overly fast as if she has to make up the time she lost on the previous word. The same habit makes some simple statements sound like slow considerations, which does not sit well. The voices are a little inconsistent, Sometimes Jane sounds like she is 10 years old. I don't know how anyone can call her a "great narrator". Adequate, not great. Listen to the sample, it is not quite a deal breaker for me, but it would be for some.

  • Master and Commander

  • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 1
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Master and Commander is the first of Patrick O’Brian’s now famous Aubrey-Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written. It establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship’s surgeon and an intelligence agent. It displays the qualities which have put O’Brian far ahead of any of his competitors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The whole series is excellent

  • By A on 20-07-2016

The whole series is excellent

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

Reviewed: 20-07-2016

As with all series, some stories are better than others, but if you are into Jack and Stephen you won't really care, you can't skip a book because it isn't quite up to the others. Having read them all many years ago I am now listening on the drive to work, which means I sometimes have to sit in the car waiting for an especially exciting segment to come to a climax. It is a good thing I am in the country because the excitement of the sea battles can be a little distracting. The wonderful descriptions of the life at sea, and the brief periods on land are thoroughly researched. The quieter interludes provided by the philosophical musings of Stephen would not be to everyone taste, but provide a more intellectual stimulation in contrast to the rest.They are a very humane pair, particularly Jack, who knocks an incompetent footpad on the head, then not knowing what to do about the unconscious body on land, carries him home and gives him to Stephen to nurse back to health, then, feeling a vague responsibility for him, they give him a job. I am very happy in the knowledge that I have many more of them to listen to.

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  • Dead Between the Lines

  • By: Denise Swanson
  • Narrated by: Maia Guest
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Opening an old-fashioned five-and-dime shop in her small Missouri hometown has been a great change for Devereaux “Dev” Sinclair. But when she hosts a reading group there, she learns that bad writing can mean life or death. To keep her new business in the black, Dev opens up her shop to local clubs. But in the first meeting of the Stepping Out Book Club, the speaker storms out after members attack his poetry’s sexism and scorn for small towns.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I want to smack her, but can't help liking her

  • By A on 26-05-2016

I want to smack her, but can't help liking her

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

Reviewed: 26-05-2016

I am not entirely in sympathy with Dev; she is one who likes to have her cake and eat it too, but some how she gets away with it. I suppose I wouldn't have the ...tenacity? ...guts? ...stupidity? ...whatever...that justifies the amateur private/personal investigation that I like reading about, so how can I fully enter her motivation? Neither is it absolutely realistic, but if you want realism, read true crime. Anyway, I enjoy her antics and her relationships and would like to have a milkshake at her store. I've listened to all three stories so far and look forward to the next.

  • Bring Me Home

  • By: Alan Titchmarsh
  • Narrated by: Alan Titchmarsh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Britain's favourite gardener and TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh takes us to the scenic highlands of Scotland for his new tale of betrayal, mystery and romance. The author of eight bestselling novels including The Haunting and Folly, Titchmarsh's new multi-generational novel makes the perfect gift this Mother's Day. It seems a perfect afternoon in the Highlands. Standing at the door of the lochside castle that has been his family's home for generations, Charlie Stuart welcomes his guests to the annual summer drinks party.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Up to his usual standard, very enjoyable

  • By A on 26-05-2016

Up to his usual standard, very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 26-05-2016

One reviewer has been bothered by accents and language, and maybe if I was from the UK I'd've noticed it too, but I'm not, so it didn't bother me at all. I always enjoy his books and his reading. Gentle tones, but it keeps me coming back. You know it will all work out in the end, so that is comforting, but the journey there is not predictable. I have read many of his books, and liked all of them.

  • 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 309
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

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

thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 16-02-2015

Kobna H-S does a great job with the narration, maintaining various accents consistently. I have read all the others and enjoyed them, but this is the first I have heard on Audio. Now I have to buy the first four on audio. He allowed me to visualise the characters in a way I had not managed when reading. It is not often I would say the audiobook was better than the real book, but I would this time.
The books are excellent, with a fascinating view on some real history/geography, especially around the rivers of London. I also like that the characters are so believable, even the fantasy ones. The 'hero' is very likeable, with a sense of humour I can relate to. He takes both jobs (wizard and policeman) seriously, but manages to gently poke fun at them too. The author must have some good advisors on police procedure because it all sounds very plausible. I have nothing negative to say.