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  • Cause of Death

  • Dr Kay Scarpetta, Book 7
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

New Year's Eve and the final murder scene of Virginia's bloodiest year takes Scarpetta 30 feet below the Elizabeth River's icy surface. A diver is dead. Ted Eddings, an investigative reporter who was a favourite at the Medical Examiner's office. Was Eddings probing the frigid depths for a story or simply diving for sunken trinkets? And why did Scarpetta receive a phone call reporting the death before the police were notified?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as others

  • By Renee on 14-06-2018

Not as good as others

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

Reviewed: 14-06-2018

I can't decide if I wasn't as keen on this because of the poor narration, or what. The narrator ruined this audiobook for me. Nowhere near as good as Lorelei King. Will not buy any more of the books narrated by CJ Critt. A pity.

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  • Postmortem

  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralysed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Renee on 31-05-2018

Riveting!

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

Reviewed: 31-05-2018

Even better than the printed book. Great narrator, too. Next two books in the series downloading now....

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  • Pawn of Prophecy

  • The Belgariad, Book 1
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgrath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. That was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the man without a shadow had haunted him for years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome book

  • By Byron on 01-02-2015

Great story, a bit disappointed in narration

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

Reviewed: 30-07-2017

What made the experience of listening to Pawn of Prophecy the most enjoyable?

It's a series I've read over and over, and I was looking forward to the audio books

What didn’t you like about Cameron Beierle’s performance?

I didn't like the narration at all. It was slow, and the accents were too weird and inconsistent.

Any additional comments?

Sadly, I found I lost interest in listening due to the disappointing narration. Maybe I'll continue another time.

  • An Echo in the Bone

  • A Novel
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 45 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 415

Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love them all

  • By Anonymous User on 10-04-2018

wonderful.

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

Reviewed: 10-07-2017

I was sadly disappointed with the sound quality of this recording compared to all the previous books. The volume seemed much lower and I had to install an EQ app to get enough treble to make it nice and clear. The story, narrative etc were outstanding as always.

  • Dragonfly in Amber

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 38 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 863
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 788

New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a sappy romance, a great adventure!

  • By Samuel on 25-05-2015

brilliant

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

Reviewed: 11-02-2017

I am totally hooked. Wonderful story, brilliantly narrated. Next one downloading now and I can't wait!

  • Whitethorn

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 24 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

From the author of The Power of One comes a new novel about Africa. The time is 1939. White South Africa is a deeply divided nation with many of the Afrikaner people fanatically opposed to the English. The world is also on the brink of war, and South Africa elects to fight for the Allied cause against Germany. Six-year-old Tom Fitzsaxby finds himself in The Boys Farm, an orphanage in a remote town in the high mountains, where the Afrikaners side fiercely with Hitler's Germany.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Whitehorn

  • By Pierre Sydney on 29-03-2019

Another unputdownable effort!

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

Reviewed: 21-11-2016

Bryce Courtenay's stories are always intriguing, believable, and amazingly interesting. Humphrey Bower delivers the audio in his usual wonderful manner. this is an amazing partnership.

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Thriller ... Bit weird end

  • By Brian on 19-04-2015

Riveting !

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

Reviewed: 20-10-2016

Thoroughly enjoyable . An amazing, interesting and nail-biting experience! Loved the narrator.

  • Fishing for Stars

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 22 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Nicholas Duncan is a semi-retired shipping magnate who resides in idyllic Beautiful Bay in Indonesia, where he is known as the old patriarch of the islands. He is grieving the loss of his beautiful Eurasian wife, Anna, and is suffering for the first time from disturbing flashbacks to WWII, the scene of their first meeting and early love. His other wartime lover is the striking Marg Hamilton, a powerful and influential political player in Australia who has remained close to Nick.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sequel syndrome 😔

  • By Anonymous User on 19-12-2017

Another masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 10-10-2016

I just love a good sequel! Another masterful collaboration from a fantastic author/narrator combo. Next one downloading now.

  • A Dance with Dragons

  • Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 48 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Dance with Dragons. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Dance with Dragons is the fifth volume in the series. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book voices inconsistent

  • By Luke on 24-07-2016

Living the story....!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-2016

What made the experience of listening to A Dance with Dragons the most enjoyable?

I have "read" all the books in the conventional way, but listening to them was a whole new experience. I felt like I was actually there.

What other book might you compare A Dance with Dragons to, and why?

All others of Martin's books.

Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to all Roy's narrations of the GoT books. While I mostly liked him, he has an irritating way of changing the pronunciation of some of the character's names as the story progresses. Brienne seemed to be the most obvious, with maybe 4 different pronunciations of her name. Catelyn was another.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found the story very exciting, and could not stop listening.

Any additional comments?

The book is written in such a way that the mental imagery was amazing.

  • April Fool's Day

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 19 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

This is Bryce Courtenay's moving tribute to his son, Damon, a hemophiliac who died from medically acquired AIDS on April 1, 1991, at the age of 24. April Fool's Day is controversial, painful and heartbreaking, yet has a gentle humor. It is also life-affirming, and, above all, a testimony to the incredible regenerative strength of love: how when we confront our worst, we can become our best. This tragic yet uplifting story will change the way you think.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing true story

  • By Renee on 01-10-2016

Amazing true story

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

Reviewed: 01-10-2016

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