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  • Ordinary Thunderstorms

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Martyn Ellis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 406

Adam Kindred, visiting London for a job interview, comes across a little Italian bistro as he walks along the Embankment, admiring the views. During his meal he strikes up a conversation with a diner at the next table, who leaves soon afterwards. With horrifying speed, Adam's encounter leads to a series of accidents through which he will lose everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful book, beautifully read.

  • By L. Fuchs on 24-09-09

William Boyd at his best

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

Reviewed: 21-07-17

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Oh this is good. The plot is great when it all goes horribly wrong for the main character and how he manages to adapt and survive is fascinating. Really well written and great character development. Not entirely sure about the ending.

  • The Couple Next Door

  • By: Shari Lapena
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,166
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,063

People are capable of almost anything. Fast-paced and addictive, The Couple Next Door announces a major new talent in thriller writing. You never know what's happening on the other side of the wall. Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying. Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you live only next door. You'll have the baby monitor, and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

  • By kelly lorraine atkinson on 14-04-17

Weak ending

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

Reviewed: 21-07-17

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Started off well, Weak towards the end. There were parts of it that were ludicrous - especially when it all went so wrong for the husband it reminded me of Tom Sharpe's Wilt.

  • See How They Run

  • By: Tom Bale
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 409

It's often said that when tragedy strikes, the victims were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. But not Harry and Alice French. Assaulted by masked men looking for a mysterious package and a man named Renshaw, Alice and Harry manage to convince them that there has been a terrible mix-up. But nothing prepares Alice and Harry for the web they find themselves trapped in after their assailants leave. Especially as Alice hasn't been completely honest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nail biting Thriller I Recommend to All

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 20-05-16

Great start but too many storylines at the end

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

Reviewed: 21-07-17

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Starts off well but there are too many characters with stories that the author wants to develop making it all a bit wishy washy at the end. Overall a good read though.

  • Blink

  • A psychological thriller with a killer twist you'll never forget
  • By: K. L. Slater
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 665

Three years ago Toni's five-year-old daughter, Evie, disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace. But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself - and a devastating truth. Toni's mind is trapped in a world of silence. Her only chance to save herself is to manage the impossible: she must find a way to make herself heard. She must find her daughter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast Paced Page-Turner

  • By MarisaReads on 23-02-17

Gripping read!

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

Reviewed: 21-07-17

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This is a great book with a great storyline. I wouldn't say 'enjoyable' all the way through as the storyline was so dark so I'll say it was darkly enjoyable. Will definitely investigate more KL Slater books.

  • The Chessmen

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,697

Fin Macleod, now head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal-game hunting taking place on the island. This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill - a local poacher, Fin's teenage intimate, and possessor of a long-buried secret. But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn and Fin puts together the fractured pieces of the past, he realizes that revealing the truth could destroy the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterclass in Storytelling

  • By MISS E J BIRD on 19-02-13

Ach...disappointed

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

Reviewed: 21-07-17

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I loved the other two books in the Chessmen series but this one didn't live up to my expectation. The stories went confusingly back and forth between the present and the main character's youth. I also did not recall any mention of him being involved in a Scottish super band in the last two books! Struggling for content for the last book?

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  • Lying in Wait

  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Caoilfhionn Dunne, David McFetridge, Lesley McGuire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876

Lydia Fitzsimons lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the last thing she expects is that pursuing it will lead to murder. However, needs must - because nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Horrifically superb!

  • By Ann D on 07-01-17

Disturbing but brilliant story

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

Reviewed: 21-07-17

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Oh this is such a good book. The story evolved and evolved. The ending was so unexpected and it left me thinking about it for days after. Definitely one of my top audible books.

  • Since We Fell

  • By: Dennis Lehane
  • Narrated by: Katherine Fenton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34

When she hit rock bottom, he was there with her every step of the way as she slowly regained her confidence - and her sanity. But his mysterious behaviour forces her to probe for the truth about her beloved husband. How can she feel certain that she ever knew him? And was she right to ever trust him? Since We Fell is a true masterpiece that will keep you in suspense until the very end.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gave up

  • By dc on 07-10-17

Enjoyed every bit of this except the end!

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

Reviewed: 28-06-17

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Terrific book. Loved the twists and turns. Really enjoyed his development of the main character. And her husband - what a sneeky man! Couldn't figure out how it was going to end and I don't think the author really did either. Overall though, totally worth a read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Suitable Lie

  • By: Michael J. Malone
  • Narrated by: Steven Cree
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 198

Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna. Feisty, fun and beautiful, she's his perfect match.... And she loves his son, too. When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all that she seems. He ignores it; a dangerous mistake that could cost him everything.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A waste of my life.

  • By Julian E. Boyce on 22-06-17

Started off well then floundered with repetition

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

Reviewed: 28-06-17

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I thought the underlying main issue of the book was worth exploring but there just wasn't enough of a story there to keep it going and it just spiralled off at the end into something that was really quite weak. I enjoyed the first part of the book but then by the middle found it prone to repetition and side stories that really didn't need to be there. Some of the relationships weren't developed enough. Found the narrator's attempts at pretending to be a wee Scottish boy really irritating.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Strings of Murder

  • By: Oscar de Muriel
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 586

Penguin presents the unabridged,downloadable audiobook edition of The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel, read by Andy Secombe, including musical interludes recorded by the author himself. Edinburgh, 1888. A virtuoso violinist is brutally killed in his home. But with no way in or out of the locked practice room, the murder makes no sense. Fearing a national panic over a copycat Ripper, Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Frey to investigate under the cover of a fake department specializing in the occult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Class

  • By Crispin on 29-10-15

Fabulous narration

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

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The narration sold this book to me. Andy Secombe brought comedy into the book with his fantastic voices. Had I read this instead of listened to it I may have taken offence at the crass references to all things Scottish such as saying 'ye ken' or haggis but he made a joke of it all with his brilliant performances. The storyline didn't matter nearly as much but it was a good story too and if the writer and narrator were to combine again I'd definitely have another listen.

  • His Bloody Project

  • By: Graeme Macrae Burnet
  • Narrated by: Crawford Logan, Cameron Mowat
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944

A brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community in 1869 leads to the arrest of 17-year-old Roderick Macrae. There is no question that Macrae committed this terrible act. What would lead such a shy and intelligent boy down this bloody path? Presented as a collection of documents, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers, which offer conflicting impressions, throwing Macrae's motive and his sanity into question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By David on 07-03-17

Good story but felt repetitive

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

A book of two halves - first half good - great storyline but the second half just seemed to repeat everything that was said in the first part of the book. Didn't really follow the purpose of it. Big question for me was what really happened to the murdered girl - unanswered. Author really shouldn't have narrated the opening chapters - off putting!!!