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  • Pied Piper

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (80)

    John Howard is determined to brighten up his old age by taking a fishing trip to France, but during his stay the Nazis invade. Howard must try to escape back to England with the two small children of some friends who are forced to stay behind in order to help the Allied war effort. As the conflict grows closer, the roads become impassable and Howard also comes across five more children who need his help. He ends up leading this motley group of youngsters through the French countryside, constantly beset by danger yet heroically protecting his charges.

    A User says: "My favourite Nevil Shute book"
    "My favourite Nevil Shute book"
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    I read the book many years ago and as soon as Audible provided it, I bought it. It is an amazing story and I would highly recommend it to listeners. It is well read. I also recommend all the other books by Nevil Shute.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Damn His Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Peter Moore
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The brutal murder of the Rev. George Parker in the rural village of Oddingley on Midsummer's Day in 1806 - shot and beaten to death, his body set on fire and left smouldering in his own glebe field - gripped everyone from the Home Secretary to newspapermen across the country. It was a strange and stubborn case. The investigation lasted 24 years and involved inquests, judges, and coroners, each determined to solve the gruesome crime. Damn His Blood is a true story of brutality, greed, and ruthlessness.

    A User says: "Fascinating book"
    "Fascinating book"
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    I am only halfway through this book. It is a wonderful book full of lifestyles on the early 19th century - quite a history lesson at the same time as being a fascinating account of a brutal murder.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And Thereby Hangs a Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    International best-selling author Jeffrey Archer has spent the last five years gathering spellbinding stories from around the globe. There are tales from India, Germany, the Channel Islands, England, Italy, and many other countries, all brought back with care. Some of these stories will make you laugh; others will bring you to tears, but, once again, every one of them will demand that you keep listening until you finally discover what happens to this remarkable cast of characters.

    S. Sarabasha says: "Delightful"
    "Good Stories"
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    This is a good book to listen to while travelling - I always enjoy Jeffrey Archer's stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Corduroy Mansions: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (237)

    In London’s Pimlico neighborhood lies a tenement described in architectural guides as “a building of no interest whatsoever.” But the residents of Corduroy Mansions—including a literary agent, a wine merchant, a thoroughly unpleasant member of Parliament, and a vegetarian dog—are a rather fascinating lot.

    connie says: "Oedipus Snark, MP"
    "Excellent series"
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    I am hooked on all Alexander McCall Smith's books. First I read 44 Scotland Street and now I am on the last book of Corduroy Mansions. I love all his eclectic characters with their faults and virtues. He really understands humans and dogs. I also read No 1 Ladies Detective Agency - but only one so far. I can't wait for my morning walk with the dog to listen to the next hour's worth! Simon Prebble is a great reader - a voice for each character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Various Pets Alive and Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Marina Lewycka
    • Narrated By Siân Thomas
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Marcus and Doro were part of a left-wing commune from the late 1960s until the early 1990s: lentils, free love, spliffs, radical politics, cheesecloth blouses, sex, housework and cooking rotas, crochet, allotments. Their children have grown up rather different from them: primary schoolteacher Clara craves order and clean bathrooms, son Serge is pretending to his parents that is still doing a Maths Ph.d. at Cambridge, while in fact making loadsamoney in the City; third child Oolie Anna, who has Down's Syndrome, is desperate to escape home and live on her own.

    A User says: "Enjoyable"
    "Enjoyable"
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    I am in the last quarter of this book. I listen to books while walking the dog for about an hour each day. I have always enjoyed Marina Lewycka's books. The story jumps from one character to another and often back into the past when the characters were young. She is as funny an ever and sometimes people must wonder why I am laughing as I walk! Some books I can't wait to hear what happens next - but not with this book - it is what I call leisurely listening (reading). The narrator is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Over Scotland: A 44 Scotland Street Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (115)

    Internationally best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith, creator of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels, offers the third installment from his popular Scotland Street series. The endearing denizens of 44 Scotland Street soldier on, both domestically and across the globe, in this entertaining mosaic that is filled with the author's trademark wit and charm.

    Lois says: "The Best 44 Scotland St. Book Yet"
    "Excellent listening"
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    It took me a while to get into the first book because of all the characters, but once they were established as 'real characters', I loved the stories. I then listened to the next book and am now listening to 'Love Over Scotland'. It is essential to read the books in order. They are beautifully written and the narrator is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15294)
    Performance
    (12621)
    Story
    (13261)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Absolute Drivel"
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    When I reached chapter 5 I decided that I had better things to do than listen to this drivel. The author needs to learn how to write and the narrator needs to take elocution lessons - she has a whining teenager voice. I should have read the reviews before purchasing this book - what a waste of a credit. Somebody insisted I read the book!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (167)

    At the center of Nemesis is a vigorous, dutiful 23-year-old playground director, Bucky Cantor, a javelin thrower and weightlifter, who is devoted to his charges and disappointed with himself because his weak eyes have excluded him from serving in the war alongside his contemporaries. Focusing on Cantors dilemmas as polio begins to ravage his playground and on the everyday realities he faces, Roth leads us through every inch of emotion such a pestilence can breed.

    Mirek says: "Without pathos about life..."
    "A very sad emotional story"
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    This book was very well read by Dennis Boutsikaris. As I have worked to help eradicate polio in India, the story brought home to me the devastation that a preventable disease can bring to a community. I know many survivors of Polio, who now in their declining years are suffering from the effects of the painful and crippling disease.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Finish: An Aurelio Zen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    After his adventures in Cosi Fan Tutti, Aurelio Zen finds himself back in Rome, sneezing in a damp wine cellar and being given another unorthodox assignment - to release the jailed scion of an important wine-growing family.

    Denise says: "Not a long finish"
    "Good book"
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    Took a while for me to get into the story but it was a good mystery and had a perfect ending! I bought the book because of Michael Kitchen - he is a superb narrator. I have purchased the next in the series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen Morris: and Pilotage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Stephen Morris has just called off his engagement to the girl of his dreams because he is a penniless graduate with no prospects. He finds a job working as an aircraft mechanic, hoping to make his fortune. In Pilotage, Stephen's young navigator Pete Dennison is struggling with exactly the same problem.

    A User says: "Beautifully read"
    "Beautifully read"
    Overall

    I agree with the first review. Nevil Shute has always been my favourite author - I just wish there were more of his books on audio, as I have difficulty reading nowadays. I did find the Morris/Helen romance had a perfect ending - quite obvious!

    Adrienne, Kingston, Ontario

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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