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  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,507

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Part history lesson, part audio documentary.

  • By brian on 11-01-18

Review

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-18

I actually enjoyed this recording. I actually thought the Victorians were a bunch of stuffed shirts, this recording proved me wrong.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Twelve Days of Winter: Crime at Christmas - Twelve Days of Winter Omnibus edition

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

A collection of interlinked tales of crime and retribution laced with dark humour, set around the festive season – from the number-1 best seller Stuart MacBride. Thieves, drug dealers, lap-dancers, gangsters, and even the odd good guy populate these 12 tales exploring the seedier side of life in North East Scotland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review

  • By Gillian M. on 11-19-18

Review

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I thoroughly enjoyed these short stories. For fans of Stuart MacBride books, these short stories will be a real treat.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Infirmary: A DCI Ryan Mystery

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Tom Bateman, Bertie Carvel, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

There's a serial killer targeting the streets of Newcastle, seemingly picking his victims at random but subjecting them all to the same torturous end. When the Chief Inspector on the case goes missing, it falls on DCI Ryan to track down the man who is brutally murdering women and goading the police to 'catch me if you can'. As everyone becomes a suspect, Ryan and his team get drawn further and further into the case, but for Ryan the nightmare gets closer to home than he could ever have imagined. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Too Much!

  • By Amie Friend on 11-17-18

Review

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I absolutely enjoyed listening to this book. It really explained why DCI Ryan went to Holy Island. The actors who portrayed the different characters and narrated the book made it come alive, for 6 hours and 29 minutes it literally transported into me into DCI Ryan's world. For fans of LJ Ross's this is a must.

  • The Woman in the Strongbox

  • By: Maureen O'Hagan
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 286

In this tantalizing true mystery of a stolen life, an acclaimed reporter and an identity theft investigator follow a series of incredible revelations about the actual identity of a wife, mother, and friend turned perfect stranger. Days after Lori Ruff’s suicide, her family discovered her hidden strongbox containing stunning evidence that her entire life had been invented. Her real identity was buried so deep it would take five years to unearth. Who was Lori Ruff?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth is stranger than fiction. Very interesting.

  • By Delah on 08-12-18

The lengths people will go to to disappear.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-18

It is amazing as to what lengths some people will go to, to disappear. This story really brought the fact that you really don't know people even when you think you do.

  • Hunger Moon

  • The Huntress/FBI Thrillers, Book 5
  • By: Alexandra Sokoloff
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 460

Special Agent Matthew Roarke has abandoned his rogue search for serial killer Cara Lindstrom. He's returned to the FBI to head a task force with one mission: to rid society of its worst predators. But as the skeletal symbols of Santa Muerte, "Lady Death," mysteriously appear at universities nationwide, threatening death to rapists, Roarke's team is pressured to investigate. When a frat boy goes missing in Santa Barbara, Roarke realizes a bloodbath is coming - desperate teenagers are about to mete out personal, cold-blooded justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read it with an open mind

  • By Bree Salyer on 01-23-18

Hunger Moon

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Absolutely brilliant. Listening to this book was an absolute pleasure, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Several times I had to stop doing housework so that I did not miss anything. I have really enjoyed the series and hope there will be more books. Such a shame that what can be done in fiction can't, and should not be done in the real world. Highly recommended.

  • Plague Pits & River Bones

  • The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Karen Charlton
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

London, 1812: Treacherous gangs roam the capital, and not even the Palace of Westminster is safe. When Detective Stephen Lavender is called in to investigate a highway robbery and a cold-blooded murder, both the cases take a dangerous and disturbing personal twist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No One Is Smiling on Bowstreet Station

  • By Chuck on 03-12-18

Review

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-18

I loved both the book and audiobook. I really enjoyed listening to Michael Page, it made a day of doing household chores pass by very pleasantly.

  • The Devil's Daughter

  • Hidden Sins, Book 1
  • By: Katee Robert
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 216

Growing up in a small town isn't easy, especially when you're the daughter of a local cult leader. Ten years ago, Eden Collins left Clear Springs, Montana, and never once looked back. But when the bodies of murdered young women surface, their corpses violated and marked with tattoos worn by her mother's followers, Eden, now an FBI agent, can't turn a blind eye. To catch the killer, she's going to have to return to the fold.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me...

  • By shelley on 11-21-17

Review

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-17

The book is good. Recommended for anyone who likes mystery with several twists. I'm going to read more by this author.

  • Bricking It

  • By: Nick Spalding
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan, Heather Wilds
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,204

When siblings Dan and Hayley Daley inherit their late grandmother's derelict Victorian farmhouse, it seems like a dream come true. All they have to do is fix the place up and sell it for a tidy profit! Except - as anyone who has renovated an old house knows - things are never that easy. The walls are rapidly crumbling around them, the architect is a certified lunatic, the budget is spiraling...and then there's the disturbingly intelligent cow to worry about.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • coarse, predictable

  • By THRIFTY LAWYER on 06-20-16

Review

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-28-17

I thoroughly enjoyed this book it had me laughing pretty much all the way through to the end. Highly recommend listening to this book as the narrator's really brought it to life. Highly recommend.

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,428

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Slowest "Thriller" Ever

  • By Kierstin L Hartwig on 10-18-18

Review

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-28-17

Absoutely Brilliant book. I listened to the book while doing housework , the book had so many twists and turns that it took me longer than normal to get my house work done. The ending gobsmacket me I never saw it coming. Highly recommended to anyone who likes thrillers.

39 of 48 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Above Reproach

  • By: Evelyn Pryce
  • Narrated by: James Clamp
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

In 1830s London, scandalous whispers surround the pub known as the Sleeping Dove, a hidden bordello catering to nobles eager to shed the trappings of their stations. Josephine Grant knows the rumors are true - she plays piano at the Dove and is known only as the “Bawdy Bluestocking” to the pub’s faithful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Average

  • By Kimberly on 03-22-14

Review

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-28-17

I enjoyed listening to this book , it made my afternoon of shopping and doing dinner go by quickly. Will definitely be looking to hear and read more from this author.