Hard-hitting and powerful, this psychological thriller has it all; sex, murder, power, glamour, secrets, lies, revenge, and wicked moments of laugh out loud. Set in the colourful underbelly of glitterati London and the stunning Amalfi Coast. Stalkers, prostitutes, ex SAS, footballers, WAGs and the British press pay the price of childhood secrets, an abused cherubic choirboy pays the price of beauty and ladies who lunch pay the price of greed, deceit and lust - as evil steps centre stage. It's no wonder this one's going to Hollywood.
Music and sound design by Daniel Barbera of Rail Music.
©2009 Siobhan C Cunningham (P)2011 Siobhan C Cunningham
I agree with the reviews posted by r and Helen below. The quality of this audio book is terrible. Authors should leave their egos at the door and let professionals read their books! I would have been prepared to have forgiven the poor audio quality if the story had been any good but, unfortunately, it is dire. The characters are a cliche and all deeply unappealing; everyone speaks in soundbites; no description goes further than to explain that the person concerned is "sooo f***ing sexy"; and, worst and fundamentally of all, the graphic descriptions of abduction, rape and murder in this book sit badly with the author's choice of flip tone. It is unclear whether she is suggesting with this novel that these crimes that can just be shrugged off with a glass of red wine, a pasta meal and a "sooo f***ing sexy" naked man for the evening. The scene in which the "heroine" enjoys being raped is particularly offensive and sets back the campaign for women's rights in these circumstances about 40 years. If "this one's going to Hollywood" then it is going to some bad, soft porn producer! "Hey, Big Boy," (yes, she actually uses "Big Boy" more than once) "have you come to fix my refrigerator?" Trash - save your money...
"Amazon Review THE PENANCE LIST"
"Boy, if anyone can write about sex this lady can! It's a complete turn on from start to finish - I'm ashamed to say even the sadistic bits have erotic appeal - and no writer's ever done that for me before!! I love the characters - they involve you straight away and the plot keeps you hooked right to the end.... what end? I'm going to read the next two parts of the trilogy as soon as I can get hold of them. You're a very brave lady Ms Cunningham, and I love what you've done: you've somehow given us all the things we want to read about in one. It makes you shiver, it makes you laugh out loud, it intrigues you, it arouses you... you don't feel guilty lapping up the horror because the characters in one way or another seem to deserve it (or get their revenge for it). No, I'd be happy 'hanging out' with those girls and fantasising about that sex. Mmmmm!!! AMAZON BOOKS 5.0 out of 5 stars Giving sex a bad name by JI
What a fab, sexy, thrilling holiday read. I can't wait for the next installment. The only bit I didn't like and found a bit irritating was the music at the end of every "episode" - what was the point. Still, only a very minor blip in a brilliant book.
Haven't even finished listening too it, rubbish quality recording with the narrator stumbling over the words she wrote herself (whats that about!?) and a poor recording quality.
"When can I meet Tara......and Siobhan!!!"
I have just returned from holiday, having taken The Penance List on my kindle as an Audible book.....i was addicted, it is a fantastic story and i cant wait for the next installment
"A good read - highly erotic"
A great, erotic story and with an interesting twist at the end.
Siobhan's narration is engaging and gripping.
I am keen to read the sequel when it is out on Audible.
If I had wanted only porn I could have got it a any sleazy book shop.
"A negative review I'm afraid"
I didn't enjoy this story, but mainly because of other issues rather than the content. It is read by the author and she has a slight speech impediment (very soft "R") which in itself isn't a problem but as she is not a professional voice talent she has very poor microphone technique and it is obvious when she is getting to the bottom of a page and starting at the top of a new one. There are page and clothes rustles and she must be reading quietly as there is a constant background hiss. Technically it is poorly recorded and the editing is slip shod and of variable quality. The sound effects are cut in over silence (which makes them really obvious after the aforementioned hiss behind the voice) and sometimes interfere with the speech. Page rustles could have been cut out on several occasions but were left in and there are numerous instances of double words left in rather than being cut out when the narrator has made a mistake. Where the edits are made on the speech they quite often clip the start of the incoming word. So sadly I would not recommend this to anyone!
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