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  • The Oxford Tearoom Mysteries Box Set Collection I

  • Prequel + Books 1 & 2
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

"Scones, a tea shop in England, a kitty and a murder...yes, please!" Enjoy the first three books in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, in one handy collection! Join tearoom sleuth Gemma Rose, her mischievous feline Muesli, and the nosy Old Biddies as they tackle murder and mystery in the beautiful city of Oxford - not to forget the delights of delicious baking and afternoon tea in a quaint English village!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really enjoyed these stories.

  • By Anonymous User on 11-10-2018

Twee

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

Reviewed: 24-02-2019

I was looking for something very easy and light, and I did get it, so I should probably give it another star. But it was just a little too sweet. If you want some cute sentimentality, through, go for it. Great narrator.

  • The Amulet of Samarkand

  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

When the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus is summoned by Nathaniel, a young magician's apprentice, he expects to have to do nothing more taxing than a little levitation or a few simple illusions. But Nathaniel is a precocious talent and has something rather more dangerous in mind...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By Laurel on 20-05-2015

An amiable romp through fantasy

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

Reviewed: 30-09-2018

I haven't read the books and do understand how those who have would be disappointed about the lack of the footnotes, that seem to place a very important role in the book itself. But as a listener, I really enjoyed it. I don't think it's brilliant, but it's well written, fun and I think kids would adore it. And after some dodgy Audible narrators, Steven Pacey was an absolute delight.

  • Magpie Murders

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner, Samantha Bond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She's worked with the revered crime writer for years, and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway.... But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two mysteries in one, it can't get any better!

  • By Jane S on 22-10-2016

Best Whodunnit Ever..

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

Reviewed: 19-09-2018

I've read quite a few, but this was fabulous - wheels within wheels. I don't want to say too much about the storyline as it is so unique.
And after a couple of exceptionally poor narrators lately, it was a joy to listen to very adept professionals.

  • Careless in Red

  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Crispin Redman
  • Length: 21 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

It is barely three months since the murder of his wife and Thomas Lynley takes to the South-West Coast Path in Cornwall, determined to walk its length in an attempt to distract himself from his loss. On the 43rd day of this walk, he sees a cliff climber fall to his death, apparently witnessed by a surfer in a nearby cove. Shortly afterwards, Lynley encounters a young woman from Bristol whose personal history is a blank before her 13th year. These events propel him into a case that brings Barbara Havers from London....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad to have Barbara Havers as the author wrote her, a Londoner. Sadly Barbara Havers with a Scottish accent made Believing The

  • By Julie on 05-01-2017

Well written but killed by narration

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

Reviewed: 09-07-2018

This really is about personal relationships with a murder thrown in. That doesn't mean that the process of finding the murderer is not well thought out and quite brilliant - it is both. But the interactions between the characters is the driving force and one in which George excels. As with any engaging personal dynamic, many characters were unlikeable or deeply flawed, others mildly flawed and no one was perfect (with the possible exception of Havers, who was brilliant in this book).
The narrator was my big problem. His style was overly dramatic and the voices highly unlikeable, with the exception of the obviously 'nice' characters.
In retrospect, a very good story, but a bit like pulling teeth to listen to.

  • Surfeit of Lampreys

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Ngaio Marsh’s most popular novel begins when a young New Zealander’s first contact with the English gentry is the body of Lord Wutherford - with a meat skewer through the eye.... The Lampreys had plenty of charm - but no cash. They all knew they were peculiar - and rather gloried in it. The double and triple charades, for instance, with which they would entertain their guests - like rich but awful Uncle Gabriel, who was always such a bore.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good for its type

  • By Yoga Satya on 03-07-2018

Good for its type

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

Reviewed: 03-07-2018

Ngaio Marsh's writings are somewhat dated now; very similar to Agatha Christie, and I bought this with that knowledge. I still thorougly enjoyed it.
The beginning I found a little tedious to the point where I was considering giving up on it; it was all very 'jolly good chappy'. But once Alleyn arrived on the scene it changed into an excellent procedural whodunnit. I read her books in the distant past and always enjoyed this detective. He's likeable and very smart.
I was also concerned about the narrator initially.. he felt a little bland at the start but completely won me over as the book progressed; excellent accents and well paced.
As with all good whodunnits, you need to keep your wits about you, but Marsh does a good job of reinforcing facts and allowing the clues to unfold.
All in all it was an enjoyable bit of nostalgia for me. I felt transported to another time and place, and that has to be one of the signs of a good book.

  • Medalon

  • Demon Child, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Fallon
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The small country of Medalon lies between the vast nation of Karien in the north and the nations of Fardohnya and Hythria in the south. For centuries the Medalonians co-existed peacefully with the Harshini, a magical race that abhors killing. But now they are gone and in their place the Sisters of the Blade rule Medalon from the Citadel. An elite army of Defenders enforces the Sisterhood's oppressive rule. The Harshini and their demons are believed to be extinct and Medalon has an uneasy peace with its northern and southern neighbours.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent fantasy

  • By Yoga Satya on 24-05-2018

Excellent fantasy

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

Reviewed: 24-05-2018

I've been looking for a fantasy writer that I would enjoy as much as I did work by Hobbs, Martin and Rothfuss, and Fallon is a close contender. There are interesting ideas, particularly relating to the gods, that are relatively unique and great fun. The characters are well-rounded; you can certainly engage with them. There was no extraneous writing.. it is succinct and yet very descriptive.
I'm very fussy about narrators, but Church narrates quite beautifully; I will look out for her work in future. The voices she creates are a good fit for the characters and the narration in general flows very nicely.
I'm disappointed we can't give half stars or I would give the story 4.5; it very nearly makes the grade as one of the very best of fantasy.

  • Educated

  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 812

Tara Westover and her family grew up preparing for the End of Days but, according to the government, she didn’t exist. She hadn’t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in hospitals. As she grew older, her father became more radical and her brother more violent. At 16, Tara knew she had to leave home. In doing so she discovered both the transformative power of education, and the price she had to pay for it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE in this family = loyalty to a bipolar father

  • By Zoonda on 08-11-2018

Powerful

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

Reviewed: 08-05-2018

An extraordinary story of how affecting upbringing and family can be. Tara's would be one of the most extreme examples, and her loyalty to family amidst such degredation and insanity is, for me, both the most frustrating and the most meaningful take-away. Her obviously profound intelligence indicates just how difficult addressing such a childhood can be. She has such self-awareness and insight and writes with no-nonsense beauty.
Not for the faint-hearted and yet un-put-downable.

  • The Punishment She Deserves

  • An Inspector Lynley Novel, Book 17
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 28 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

When a Member of Parliament shows up at New Scotland Yard requesting an investigation into the suicide of the son of one of his constituents in the beautiful town of Ludlow, the Assistant Commissioner sees two opportunities in this request: the first is to have an MP owing him a favour, and the second is to get rid of Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, whose career at the Met has been hanging by a thread for quite some time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A plot entwined by multiple threads

  • By Joy on 31-03-2018

Immersing

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

Reviewed: 27-04-2018

I've always been very taken with Lindley and Havers. The juxtaposition of these two characters could easily feel contrived, but George has made it work, and continues to do so in this, her latest offering. She seems to manage the mix of the development of the lives of ongoing characters with an intriguing plot quite effortlessly. The book is very long, but not overly so; there was never a sense of superfluousness.

The narration is very professional and well produced.. phone calls sounded like phone calls for example. The only issue I had was that a couple of the female characters had overly high-pitched voices that I found difficult to listen to.

All in all, an enjoyable, well-written book that draws you in right from the beginning.

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  • The Ruin

  • By: Dervla McTiernan
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379

Galway 1993: Young Garda Cormac Reilly is called to a scene he will never forget. Two silent, neglected children - 15-year-old Maude and five-year-old Jack - are waiting for him at a crumbling country house. Upstairs, their mother lies dead. Twenty years later, a body surfaces in the icy black waters of the River Corrib. At first it looks like an open-and-shut case, but then doubt is cast on the investigation's findings - and the integrity of the police. Cormac is thrown back into the cold case that has haunted him his entire career - what links the two deaths, two decades apart?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous!

  • By Anonymous User on 16-03-2018

An excellent debut

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

Reviewed: 06-04-2018

I really enjoyed this book. It had depth, both in storyline and characters. It was well narrated except for an Australian accent that was badly done and unnecessary (the reason is a spoiler). Looking forward to her next book.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,800

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that 'sharing is caring.' So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified. And one parent is dead. Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it's the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Earphones comfy? Go!!

  • By Natalie on 19-05-2015

Engaging story. Pity about the narration.

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

Reviewed: 04-01-2018

I've read a lot of the other reviews and people seem to be divided over the narration. I was very sorry that I listened to rather than read this book. Friends who had read it had a different take on it.

The story is excellent; big issues - bullying, domestic violence etc - are addressed very well while keeping the story engaging. But there is a whiney snarkiness that pervades the book that I really could have done without. Quite often the narrator makes the adult characters sound like petulant children. Perhaps that was her aim, but it really didn't work for this listener.