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Virginia

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  • Framley Parsonage

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (91)

    In the fourth of the Barsetshire Chronicles, the values of a Victorian gentleman, the young clergyman Mark Robarts, are put to the test. Through a combination of naivety and social ambition, Robarts is compromised and brought to the brink of ruin. Trollope tells his story with great compassion, offsetting the drama with his customary humour. Like all the Barsetshire novels, it is an extraordinarily evocative picture of everyday life in 19th-century England.

    Joseph R says: ""Is the Game Worth the Gamble?""
    "Simply Wonderful"
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    The series is developed in this story. Human fragilities abound and philosophical problems are presented and examined. Marriage as a love match and an economic and practical matter are found in this and other Trollope novels. Manners and social gender roles are described and this adds to the story. A delightful addition to a fabulous series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Face of a Stranger: A William Monk Novel #1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (636)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (457)

    A tragic accident leaves Inspector Monk with amnesia just moments after he solves the murder of a popular Crimean war hero. Forced to redo his entire investigation, a frustrated Monk faces a desperate murderer who will do anything to keep the inspector from discovering the truth twice.

    connie says: "promising start to the series"
    "A Murder Mystery Written by a Murderer"
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    The story of the author is much more fascinating than this book. Anne Perry was one of two young women convicted of pre-meditated murder. There is a novel element in this mystery but apart from that, this is just a good yarn. Knowing about the colourful and disturbing past of the writer was the tantalizing part for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Grimm Tales for Young and Old

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    In this enchanting selection of fairy tales, award-winning author Philip Pullman presents his 50 favourite stories from the Brothers Grimm in a 'clear as water' retelling, making them feel fresh and unfamiliar with his dark, distinctive voice.

    C. Bolliger says: "A fun listen between big books"
    "Fresh and Fast"
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    Samuel West reads brilliantly these marvellously-written tales. Action and more action is the order of the day with modern twists that retain the original plot. I was surprised at just how much pleasure I derived from listening and re-listening to this performance. Thinking I was just buying a book of predictable yarns, I was thrilled to find that there was a delicious novelty in each beloved story. Talk about fairy tales for adults! Some of the tales were rather gory but I was transported into a childlike trance and took all the grimness with a grain of salt and just relished the action. Really good book that is not patronizing or coy in any way. Brilliant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Testimony of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paul Sussman
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Born at the beginning of the 20th century, Raphael Ignatius Phoenix is determined to take his own life as the new millennium begins and he turns 100 years old. But before he ends it all, he wants to get his affairs in order, and that includes making sense of his own life. He decides to write it down, remembering the experiences, the myriad encounters and, of course, the 10 murders he committed along the way.

    Virginia says: "Mesmerizing"
    "Mesmerizing"
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    I finished this book in a couple of days because I simply could not resist listening to it for hours on end. The story is quirky, fast-moving and grimly droll. To say the story is novel would be an understatement. There was only one episode that I found ghastly beyond belief and I was actually too scared to go to bed and fall asleep as I was too immersed in a grim and wicked set of cruel actions. For the rest of the book, I was amused to the point of laughing out loud. Written in the first person, I was fond of the protagonist from the very beginning despite his proclivities. Absolutely brilliant narration that made a deviously delicious story even more delectable. Such an imaginative and amusing book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dissolution: A Novel of Tudor England Introducing Matthew Shardlake

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (962)
    Performance
    (831)
    Story
    (841)

    This riveting debut set in 1534 England secured C. J. Sansom’s place “among the most distinguished of modern historical novelists” (P. D. James). When Henry VIII’s emissary is beheaded at an English monastery, hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake is dispatched to solve the crime. But as he uncovers a cesspool of sin, three more murders occur - and Matthew may be the next target.

    Grcla says: "Very good"
    "Gripping!"
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    This is the first book set in this era that I have read and I was doubtful about whether I would enjoy the setting. All that changed after about five seconds. Brilliant story and a perfect narrator. Truly wonderful experience. Although the story is complex, I didn't get lost in it. This author really keeps the story moving. Literally, there is not one boring bit. Always something new and thrilling. I had to take this into the supermarket to finish it as I couldn't wait until after the shopping was done to find out what happened. Loved it to bits much to my surprise. And how great that it is a series. Hooray.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of the Missing Servant

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (318)

    In hot and dusty Delhi, Puri's main work comes from screening prospective marriage partners, a job once the preserve of aunties and family priests. But when an honest public litigator is accused of murdering his maidservant, it takes all of Puri's resources to investigate. How will he trace the fate of the girl, known only as Mary, in a population of more than one billion? Who is taking pot shots at him and his prize chilli plants?

    Brooke says: "Great mystery with local India color"
    "Eccentric and Charming Characters Abound"
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    This book conjures the atmosphere of modern New Delhi and the social milieu in which the story occurs. Satirical glimpses of the burgeoning nouveaux riches are hilarious. A great yarn that also provides an insight into the level of corruption in the red-tape-drowned bureaucracy. I just loved the weaving of the various cases that were pursued and how the conclusions were neatly written. Above all this is an amusing and light novel with lovable and droll characters drawn against a backdrop of systemic corruption. I loved it and couldn't put it down. The narrator is a perfect choice and he evokes the characters brilliantly. A lovely marriage of story and performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Semi-Detached House

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Emily Eden
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The house is called "Pleasance" and is rented by two sisters, Blanche and Aileen. The story revolves around the fortunes of two neighbouring families of varied social standing. The sisters' semi-detachment is to the Hopkinsons. Whilst Blanche's husband, Arthur, is abroad on a mission, the neighbours soon prove themselves invaluable as friends and Blanche and Mrs Hopkinson discover that their husbands are already acquainted!

    Virginia says: "Delicious"
    "Delicious"
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    This is such a delightful comedy of human foibles and manners. The characters are lovable and I felt that I had walked into a circle of friends: I really cared about them. The book is so good, I have listened to it twice within the last week. Living in the book is preferable to the grim events of real life. The narrator is simply perfect and picks up the humour and irony to a tee. Pure escapism. I hope there are more to come. Lovely, lovely book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Autumn: A Max Tudor Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By G. M. Malliet
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (349)

    Max Tudor has adapted well to his post as vicar of St. Edwold's in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip. The quiet village seems the perfect home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past as an MI5 agent. But this new-found serenity is quickly shattered when the highly vocal and unpopular president of the Women's Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max's training as a former agent kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play.

    Sara says: "A Classic Cozy English Village Mystery"
    "Too Many Sermons"
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    A lot of the characters are caricatures: the vegetarian, the independent femme fatale etc.
    There is quite a lot of preaching about tolerance of difference which I found utterly tedious. The narrator is superb and wasted on such drivel. The author plays it too safe and endeavours to convert the reader to political correctness. A great setting and a fun idea for a cozy but the fearful and timid writing destroyed what it had the potential to offer.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (339)

    When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

    Jane says: "Hopefully this is the first of a series"
    "Fantastic ...."
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    I really enjoyed all the characters in this book. Intriguing story and now I am just awaiting the next in the series. Very atmospheric book...I felt that I was there. The characters are so real and I didn't want to leave them when the story was finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Revolutions

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Felix Gilman
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In 1893, young journalist Arthur Shaw is at work in the British Museum Reading Room when the Great Storm hits London, wreaking unprecedented damage. In its aftermath, Arthur's newspaper closes, owing him money, and all his debts come due at once. His fiancée, Josephine, takes a job as a stenographer for some of the fashionable spiritualist and occult societies of fin de siècle London society....

    Virginia says: "Great Fun"
    "Great Fun"
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    I enjoyed this story. The narrator is superb. The writing is imaginative and atmospheric. Great escapism.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sword in the Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (139)

    This is one of the most popular re-tellings of the story of King Arthur. Like The Lord of the Rings, this fantasy novel has been equally popular among younger readers and adults. White takes an inventive approach that involves animals who speak and Robin Hood! A true Arthurian classic.

    Shelly M. Felton says: "I've been waiting for this..."
    "Just Not My Era"
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    This book seems to be well written and the narration is excellent. I simply did not enjoy the era.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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