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  • Harry Potter: A History of Magic

  • An Audio Documentary
  • By: Pottermore Publishing, Ben Davies
  • Narrated by: Natalie Dormer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

The history of magic is as long as time and as wide as the world. In every culture, in every age, in every place and, probably, in every heart, there is magic. Harry Potter: A History of Magic reveals some of the hidden stories behind real-world magic and explores some of J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their folkloric, cultural and historical forebears.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing for a HP fan

  • By Toria Phillips on 17-10-2018

Geek Heaven

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

Reviewed: 12-10-2018

This is the best audiobook Ive listened to this year! There's so much detail and its so well narrated. Fascinating... definitely a must for Harry Potter geeks.

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  • The Tales of Max Carrados

  • By: Ernest Bramah
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

Exclusive audio collection. Eleven Max Carrados stories - narrated by national treasure Stephen Fry. Max Carrados featured in a series of mystery stories that first appeared in 1914. Carrados featured alongside Sherlock Holmes in The Strand magazine, in which they both had top billing. The character often boasted how being blind meant his other senses were heightened. This exclusive audio collection features 11 Max Carrados stories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By happyretro on 05-07-2018

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 05-07-2018

Stephen Fry's performance is excellent. The stories are interesting but quite a few are not plausible given modern scientific knowledge. However it gives a very interesting insight into the beliefs and ideas of the time they were written. So definitely worth a listen regatdless.

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  • Murder in the Dark

  • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
  • By: Kerry Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

The delectable Phryne Fisher has been invited to the Last Best party of 1928. When three of the guests are kidnapped, Phryne finds she must puzzle her way through the scavenger hunt clues to retrieve the hostages. This is another sparkling mystery from Australia's Queen of Crime, Kerry Greenwood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is one of the best Phryne books

  • By happyretro on 12-06-2018

This is one of the best Phryne books

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

Reviewed: 12-06-2018

I love the whole Phryne Fisher series but this has to be the best plot, best food, best decor and best costumes!

  • This Is How

  • Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike.
  • By: Augusten Burroughs
  • Narrated by: Augusten Burroughs
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

To say that Augusten Burroughs has lived an unusual life is an understatement. From having no formal education past third grade and being raised by his mother’s psychiatrist in the seventies to enjoying one of the most successful advertising careers of the eighties to experiencing a spectacular downfall and rehab stint in the nineties to having a number one bestselling writing career in the new millennium, Burroughs has faced humiliation, transformation and everything in between.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best anti-self help self help book ever

  • By happyretro on 19-05-2018

The best anti-self help self help book ever

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

Reviewed: 19-05-2018

This book is raw, honest and really helpful. Ive listened to it many times and it always makes me feel better and hopeful when Im feeling my worst.

  • The Listerdale Mystery

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Here are 12 ingenious, witty mysteries showing the author at her best, including: the curious disappearance of Lord Listerdale, the strange meeting on a train of a feckless man and a beautiful girl, and Philomel Cottage and the extraordinary country house visit of Edward Robinson. Each is expertly narrated by Hugh Fraser.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christie & Fraser, A Perfect Match

  • By Mandy on 22-12-2018

This has some real gems of short stories

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

Reviewed: 05-11-2017

Dont be put off by the first story which is quite soppy. There are a lot of really fantastic short stories here which have awesome surprise endings which will have you hitting the rewind button to listen again.

  • The Labours of Hercules

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

In appearance Hercule Poirot hardly resembled an ancient Greek hero. Yet, reasoned the detective, like Hercules he had been responsible for ridding society of some of its most unpleasant monsters. So, in the period leading up to his retirement, Poirot made up his mind to accept just 12 more cases: his self-imposed "labours". Each would go down in the annals of crime as a heroic feat of deduction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Agatha Christie short stories!

  • By happyretro on 10-06-2015

I love Agatha Christie short stories!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-2015

Hugh Fraser reads Poirot books really really well. These are fun and varied short stories which work well for listening before bed.