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  • The Essex Serpent

  • By: Sarah Perry
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

London 1893: When Cora Seaborne and her son Francis reach Essex, rumours spread from further up the estuary that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced that it may be a previously undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail she meets William Ransome, Aldwinter's vicar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Modern Classic

  • By Philip on 15-04-2019

An almost perfect book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-2019

Beautifully written thoughtful and thought provoking this has properly been described as the best “gothic” novel since Dickens/Stoker...but its better than that.
If you like good prose perceptive narrative and honesty, read this book.

  • The Eyre Affair

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'. In this world there are no jet-liners or computers, but there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic, a great interest in all things literary - and a woman called Thursday Next. In this utterly original and wonderfully funny first novel, Fforde has created a fiesty, loveable heroine and a plot of such richness and ingenuity that it will take your breath away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun!

  • By Anie on 19-03-2016

Literary farce

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-2018

Reviewed as a silly book for smart people this book is a tour de force - a kind of thinking person’s discworld
I only hope the rest of the series is as whimsical and entertaining as this splendidly performed genre twisting delight

  • The Great Impersonation

  • By: E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

East Africa, 1913. The disgraced English aristocrat Everard Dominey stumbles out of the bush and comes face to face with his lookalike, the German Baron von Ragastein. Months later, Dominey returns to London and resumes his glittering social life. But is it really Dominey who has come back - or a German secret agent seeking to infiltrate English high society?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's got it all!!!

  • By Anonymous User on 15-01-2019

Superb performance and presentation

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-06-2018

Edwardian in tone and a little jingoistic the story is beautifully constructed and written in a flawless tone. It is only enhanced by Peter Nobles flawless performance. I cannot recommend it too highly. Listen and enjoy
Please let us have more of both writer and narrator

  • Gaudy Night

  • Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 12
  • By: Dorothy L Sayers
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

The best of the golden age crime writers, praised by all the top modern writers in the field including P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L. Sayers created the immortal Lord Peter Wimsey. The twelfth book featuring Lord Peter (the third novel to feature Harriet Vane) is set in an Oxford women's college. Harriet Vane has never dared to return to her old Oxford college. Now, despite her scandalous life, she has been summoned back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sayers at her zenith

  • By Anna Thierry-Higgins on 23-10-2017

A great classic nicely presented

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-2017

The performance was spoilt for me by a simple mispronunciation- the hideous ‘mischievEEOus’ for mischievous
Otherwise I found it well and sympathetically read.
As a love story with a detective interest it is one of, if not the, best.

  • The Various Haunts of Men

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  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquillity and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet cathedral town.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story well narrated but disappointing ending

  • By Deborah on 13-03-2019

Highly recommended

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-10-2017

This was a great read. The author managed the complex relationships of plot and subplot and between characters with a truly deft touch. It was refreshing to see the main character drawn by the reaction of a subordinate by emotional response moderated by her self awareness. More than a detective story this was good fiction.