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  • River of Destiny

  • By: Barbara Erskine
  • Narrated by: Gina Peach
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

On the banks of the River Deben in Suffolk lies a set of barns dating back to the Anglo Saxons. Within their walls, secrets have been buried deeply. Zoe and Ken have just moved into one of the barns, ready to start a new life away from the hustle and bustle of the city. To the outside world they seem like an ordinary couple, but underneath they are growing more distant by the day. And when Zoe becomes close to local recluse, Leo, she finds her attraction to him undeniable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable listening

  • By patricia on 21-04-2019

Enjoyable listening

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

Reviewed: 21-04-2019

Lovely story well told, but would have been easier to understand change of time periods if the narrator had announced the year. I was a little confused at times whilst listening in working out the characters place in the story lines.

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! A fantastic book

  • By DarkFish on 31-05-2016

Boring.

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

Reviewed: 31-03-2019

I did not like this book. The plot was moronic and completely unbelievable. The narrator very monotone and inclined to induce sleep.

  • Elantris

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 28 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

Elantris was built on magic, and it thrived. But then the magic began to fade, and Elantris began to rot. Now its shattered citizens face domination by a powerful Imperium. Can a young Princess unite the people of Elantris and lead a rebellion against the imperial zealots? Brandon Sanderson's debut fantasy showed his skill as a storyteller and an imaginer of baroque magical systems to be fully developed from the start.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Woeful narrator.

  • By Jenifer on 04-12-2017

Long winded

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

Reviewed: 24-02-2019

Too much conversations going round in circles. Plot takes forever to unravel. Story hard to follow because of too many changes. Not for me.

  • The Pearl Thief

  • By: Fiona McIntosh
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Severine Kassel is asked by the Louvre in 1963 to aid the British Museum with curating its antique jewellery, her speciality. Her London colleagues find her distant and mysterious, her cool beauty the topic of conversations around its quiet halls. No one could imagine that she is a desperately damaged woman, hiding her trauma behind her chic French image. It is only when some dramatic Byzantine pearls are loaned to the museum that Severine's poise is dashed and the tightly controlled life she's built around herself is shattered....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • lovely

  • By Anonymous User on 06-11-2018

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 17-01-2019

Good story, the plot always kept me involved. Beautifully narrated. Very enjoyable from start to finish.

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • The All Souls Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530

It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches. Diana Bishop, a young scholar and descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she must navigate with a vampire, Matthew Clairmont. This manuscript, Ashmole 782, holds the secrets of their past...and the key to their future. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastically captivating

  • By Monique M. on 28-03-2015

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 19-12-2018

I found the narrator’s voice quite sleep inducing. The story line too slow to be of interest. This book was definitely not for me.

  • The Ghost Tree

  • By: Barbara Erskine
  • Narrated by: Vivian Helbrun
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Ruth has returned to Edinburgh after many years of exile, left rootless by the end of her marriage and career and now the death of her father, from whom she had long been estranged. She is faced with the daunting task of clearing his house, believing he had removed all traces of her mother. Yet hidden away in a barely used top-floor room, she finds he had secretly kept a cupboard full of her possessions. Sifting through the ancient papers, Ruth discovers the diary and letters written by her ancestor from the 18th century, Thomas Erskine.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me

  • By Carol Anne Harvey on 04-01-2019

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 14-11-2018

Lovely story to listen to. I binge listened. Sometimes the story line was a little rambling, but overall enjoyable.

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 23 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,981
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,670
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,645

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Stephen Fry

  • By Dannielle on 16-03-2016

Enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 19-09-2018

Loved it. Recommended reading. Stephen Fry is a delight to listen to and of course the book explains all the gaps omitted from the movie.

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  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,597
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,433
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,415

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves.... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Betty Denley on 13-12-2015

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 03-04-2018

Stephen Fry brings life to the characters of an exceeding enjoyable narration which makes for an enjoyable listening experience for listeners of all ages.