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Bev Holdgate

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  • The Silent Patient

  • Written by: Alex Michaelides
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins, Louise Brealey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-02-21

Excellent twists

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-05

Great story had me hooked from the start. Just when I thought I had figured it out there came the twist. Never saw it coming. Narrators also excellent

  • Lorna Doone

  • Written by: R. D. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

First published in 1869, Lorna Doone is the story of John Ridd, a farmer who finds love amid the religious and social turmoil of 17th-century England. He is just a boy when his father is slain by the Doones, a lawless clan inhabiting wild Exmoor on the border of Somerset and Devon. Seized by curiosity and a sense of adventure, he makes his way to the valley of the Doones, where he is discovered by the beautiful Lorna.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing beats the classic romance

  • By Bev Holdgate on 2018-09-15

Nothing beats the classic romance

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-15

While recently watching a travel log on Sommerset and Devon England they referred to the area as Lorna Doone country. Audible has introduced me to classics and so I added this to my list, and I’m glad I did. The language is such poetry and the characters leap right off the pages (or earbuds). A true romance that touches all the emotions. The narrator did an amazing job, especially with the local dialect (some hard to follow though). Very enjoyable time spent.
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  • The Punishment She Deserves

  • A Lynley Novel
  • Written by: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 22 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard and his pugnacious and deeply loyal Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers find themselves up against one of the most sinister murder cases they have ever encountered. Fans of the longtime series will love the many characters from past books who join Lynley and Havers, but listeners new to the series will quickly see why Elizabeth George is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed writers of our time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic and complex story

  • By Lucy on 2019-02-16

Thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 2018-08-08

Could wait to get back to the book. Intriguing story and the characters complex and interesting. Thoroughly enjoying getting to know all the supporting characters better. Can’t wait for the next book.

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  • A Banquet of Consequences

  • A Lynley Novel
  • Written by: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

The unspoken secrets and buried lies of one family rise to the surface in Elizabeth George's novel of crime, passion, and tragic history. As Inspector Thomas Lynley investigates the London angle of an ever more darkly disturbing case, his partner, Barbara Havers, is looking behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire, deceit, and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story!

  • By Angela Douthwright on 2019-01-17

One of Her most entertaining

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-06-21

The subject matter was a little dark but the story kept you guessing and there were surprising twists. I like that you got to know some of the supporting characters better and they were quite funny at times. It took me a while to get used to the narrator some of his inflection sounded like a poor imitation of Captain Kirk from Star Trek and other times like Anthony Andrews as the scarlet pimpernel but the story was strong enough to override it. Very enjoyable listen

  • The Signature of All Things

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story

  • By Bev Holdgate on 2018-02-25

Beautiful story

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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: 2018-02-25

So very well written. A story that imparted knowledge at the same time as entertained. Alma character came alive and I really cared about her. She made me laugh at times which I love in a novel. Very enjoyable

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Nine Lessons

  • A Josephine Tey Mystery
  • Written by: Nicola Upson
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Called to the peaceful wooded churchyard of St John-at-Hampstead, Detective Chief Inspector Archie Penrose faces one of the most audacious and unusual murders of his career. The body of the church's organist is found in an opened grave, together with a photograph of a manor house and a cryptic note. The image leads Archie to Cambridge, where the crisp autumn air has brought with it bustling life to the ancient university and town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Edge of seat

  • By Bev Holdgate on 2018-01-24

Edge of seat

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

Reviewed: 2018-01-24

Took a chance on this detective novel and am now hooked. Great story with lots of intrigue and twists. Couldn’t wait to get back to it.

  • Mrs. Dalloway

  • Written by: Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

It is a June day in London in 1923, and the lovely Clarissa Dalloway is having a party. Whom will she see? Her friend Peter, back from India, who has never really stopped loving her? What about Sally, with whom Clarissa had her life’s happiest moment? Meanwhile, the shell-shocked Septimus Smith is struggling with his life on the same London day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By DWard on 2018-09-19

Quirky kind of book

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-01-20

I selected this book as it was recommended as a book to read/listen to that would give you the feel of London. It definitely did that - following along the streets and listening to Big Ben chime the hours. The characters switched often, so it didn’t flow very well. Not much of a story. The narration by Juliette Stevenson was great as usual - she certainly kept me listening.