I first heard some of the chapters from this when it was broadcast as Radio 4's book of the week and was so impressed that I had to download the audiobook. It is definitely my listen of the year so far. I loved the insights into people's lives and behaviour and the reasons offered for why we do the things we do really resonated with me. This is beautifully written and the narrator absolutely does justice to the writing with the slow, hypnotic reading. Stephen Grosz' words have stayed with me long after listening. An absolute must for anyone interested in the human experience.
Yes this is predictable, feel good, easy listening chick lit - but I loved it! I think I knew where the story was heading from the first few chapters but this did not spoil my enjoyment of it. Carole Matthews creates such likeable characters that it's easy to become involved in their lives and the story. Julia Franklin narrates this perfectly, her friendly, empathetic tone is perfect for family dramas. A perfect Christmas listen!
If like me, you are disappointed that Sue Grafton's new Kinsey Milhone is not available on Audible I suggest you listen to what I hope is the first in a new series by Karen Sandler. Great characters and plot and I love the San Francisco setting. Laurel Lefkow is fast becoming one of my favourite narrators- I think I could listen to her narrate any audio book- and she narrates this perfectly.
As ever, Linwood Barclay writes a gripping, involving story and this is excellently narrated by Mark Zeisler. I did feel that the plot was a little weak and overly drawn out without the characteristic Barclay twists and turns. However, it did keep me listening and was ultimately enjoyable.
From the opening chapter you know this is classic, quality crime writing at it's best and a very welcome return for Carol and Tony. This had me gripped from the start, by the plot, the superb characterisation and the relationship between Carol and Tony. There is some unpalatable violence towards women, however it is not gratuitous and is acceptable within the gripping plotline. This book reminds me just how well Val McDermid writes and that she is in a different league to most other crime writers. For those of who find the relationship between Tony and Carol so compelling this is a very satisfying listen.
I always enjoy Saul Reichlin's narration but did find some of the characters voices a little irritating- this, however is a minor fault as his rich, dark voice is well suited to the story.
I have not listened to the first book in the Kate Hanson series as I was a little put off by some rather negative reviews. However, the synopsis of this book appealed to me and I always enjoy Anna Bentinck's narration so I decided to give it a listen. I am really pleased that I did. Cross writes very well, with likeable and believable characters and a realistic plot that moves along at a good pace. Anna Bentinck narrates excellently and I did not share other listeners concerns about her use of accents. They are not always perfect but she has a very listenable voice. Highly recommended. Now I'm off to download the first in the series.
This is one of those books that I did not want to end. I want to buy it for all of my friends and would happily listen to it all over again. I feel bereft now I no longer have Nina Stibbe and the cast of characters from Gloucester Crescent in my life. These letters written to her sister Vic over a 5 year period in the 1980s are written and narrated in a very understated but incredibly heartwarming and funny style. Nina writes perfectly about the minutiae of daily domestic life and portrays the characters who live on or pass through Gloucester Crescent in a warm, funny, but never unkind way. I felt as though I were listening to letters from a friend. I loved the literary references which again, were so understated and Nina never becomes starstruck by any of the famous people she meets from the arts and literary world.
An absolute joy!
I have attended mindfulness courses and read and listened to many mindfulness books and this is definitely one of the best. If you are suffering from pain or illness and have never tried mindfulness, this is a perfect place to start. Vidyamala Burch has personal experience of chronic pain and her own use of mindfulness techniques to help with this is extremely inspiring. She narrates this beautifully- her voice is empathetic, soothing and inspiring. This is also a fantastic listen, if like me, you already have some experience of mindfulness meditation. The mindfulness exercises at the end of the book are some of the best I have found on audio.
After listening to Susan Lewis' 'No Child of Mine' I was really keen to listen to this, the follow up. 'No Child of Mine' was an unexpectedly brilliant audiobook. It was my first Susan Lewis book and I found it absolutely gripping. I would definitely suggest listening to 'No Child of Mine' first as I feel that familiarity with the plot and characters is essential to the enjoyment of this audiobook. As with the previous book, Susan Lewis' storytelling ability is superb, I felt completely involved in the lives of Charlotte and her family and was gripped throughout. Julia Franklin narrates this beautifully, she voices the different characters perfectly and her warm, compelling voice suits this story so well.
After listening to Tim Weaver's 'Dead Tracks', I was a little disappointed, but as I enjoyed the first half I felt the author had promise and wanted to listen to another of his books. 'Never Coming Back' had good reviews on Amazon and in the broadsheets, as well as being on the Richard and Judy autumn 2013 recommended reads, so thought I'd give this a go. I really wish I hadn't bothered and I am struggling to understand why the reviews have been so good. Like 'Dead Tracks' it starts off well and I was really intrigued to find out what had happened to the missing family. However, by half way through I felt that the plot had become farcical and unbelievable with shallow, poorly realised characters. I wasn't sure about David Bauckham's narration, I did get used to it but feel that this audiobook could have been improved by a more convincing narrator.
I really loved the previous two Bridget Jones books and was really excited to hear that Helen Fielding was writing a follow-up. However, I really wish that I had not bothered to download this audiobook and I really struggled to listen. The main problem is that it doesn't feel as if Bridget has grown up- it was quite painful to hear the now fifty something Bridget still behaving like a thirty something. Her best friends Tom and Jude seem equally stuck in their thirties. Helen Fielding's style of writing, which once made me laugh so much seems rather outdated and no longer funny. The best part of this audiobook is Samantha Bond's narration. She voices the characters perfectly and just about makes this a bearable listen.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.