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  • Into the Water

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,688
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,546

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, read by Imogen Church, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, Rachel Bavidge and Laura Aikman. The addictive new psychological thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train, the runaway Sunday Times Number One best seller and global phenomenon. In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn't pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Out of the Hype Comes Real Quality!

  • By Simon on 03-05-17

Annoying

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

Reviewed: 16-05-18

Put it like this, I live in Newcastle and have all my life. We sound nothing like that. Ask a Geordie actor to do it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Because She Loves Me

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 891
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 803
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 798

When Andrew Sumner meets beautiful, edgy Charlie, he is certain his run of bad luck has finally come to an end. But as the two of them embark on an intense affair, Andrew wonders if his grasp on reality is slipping. Items go missing in his apartment. Somebody appears to be following him. And as misfortune and tragedy strike his friends and loved ones, Andrew is forced to confront the frightening truth.…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Scary

  • By Tim Miller on 06-11-16

Just odd.

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

Reviewed: 24-04-16

There was nothing wrong with the performance of this title, except for the quite slow delivery speed adding to what is already a quite slow story. The story never delivers on anything promised in the synopsis or indeed the prologue. There's no chilling atmosphere and no sense of build up to the twist, which is so left field as to render the previous 9 hours redundant. I didn't guess it, but I was neither thinking 'of course it is ' or 'I would never have got that but it makes total sense'. I was just left thinking, well that's ridiculous. It is also needlessly explicit, sexually, violence wise and language wise. It doesn't add anything, and means I have to keep turning it down in the train.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Only the Innocent

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 971
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 886
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 884

When billionaire philanthropist Sir Hugo Fletcher is discovered murdered in his London home, tied naked to a bed, the scandal is only a shadow of the darkness lurking off-camera. Laura Fletcher returns from an Italian vacation to find her home under siege by paparazzi. Is she shocked? Yes. But is she distraught? Not exactly. Chief Inspector Tom Douglas reveals his suspicions that Hugo’s killer is female. The deeper Douglas digs, the more sordid details he uncovers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very poor narration

  • By mrs c a dunne on 20-07-15

Really terrible narration.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-15

The worst falsetto female voice. Totally spoils the characterisation of all the women in the book. Makes them all sound like dame Edna. The story is like a lot of Rachel Abbot books , far fetched but entertaining. But the narration is shocking.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Stranger Child

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573

One dark secret. One act of revenge. When Emma Joseph met her husband, David, he was a man shattered by grief. His first wife had been killed outright when her car veered off the road. Just as tragically, their six-year-old daughter mysteriously vanished from the scene of the accident. Now, six years later, Emma believes the painful years are behind them. She and David have built a new life together and have a beautiful baby son, Ollie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvellous!!

  • By Bernadette on 15-11-15

Good Read.

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

I love the continuity between this and Sleep Tight. Though I probably prefer that story slightly more. I love Tom Douglas, he's wonderfully written. I thought this story is a touch far fetched, but still marvellous. Like a melodrama.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pretending to Dance

  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

When the pretending ends, the lying begins.... It's the summer of 1990, and 14-year-old Molly Arnette lives with her extended family on 100 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The summer seems idyllic at first. The mountains are Molly's playground, and she's well loved by her father, a therapist famous for books he's written about a method called 'Pretend Therapy'; her adoptive mother, who has raised Molly as her own; and Amalia, her birth mother who also lives on the family land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story, heart felt and captivating

  • By elfisher on 23-10-15

Beautiful performance.

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

Reviewed: 04-11-15

I guessed the twist. And I thought the main character was selfish. But by design. Neither of these things made the book any less enthralling. Loved it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cry Baby

  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum, Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

It’s every mother’s nightmare - the abduction of her baby. That’s how it starts for Erin Vogel when she is attacked and left unconscious in her apartment. When she awakes it is to find that Georgia, her six-month-old daughter, has been taken. But Erin is given a chance to get Georgia back. At an unthinkable price. Like most mothers, she has always said she would do anything for her child. Now the strength of that bond is about to be put to the ultimate test.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me hooked

  • By esra on 08-04-15

Predictable, but enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 27-05-15

Alright, so I guessed the twist. But I still enjoyed it and I was definitely along for the ride. The only thing that was wrong was the pace of the female narrator. In the early part of the story I couldn't keep up with what she was saying. I don't know whether it was to portray the intensity of the situation, but I understood that from the words. I felt that, as we went on, she slowed down, but it could be that I was getting used to it.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,773

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had doubts, I never should have. Brilliant

  • By Andy on 26-01-15

Intense

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

Reviewed: 15-04-15

The story is a wonderfully gripping depiction of the random instances and deliberate actions in life that lead to consequences no one ever envisaged. It is well written and holds your interest as you scramble to piece events together with the unreliable narrator. The performance of it however, is not as seamless as some I've listened to. I can hear page turning and hints of hesitation, as well as one really notable increase in volume for no reason. It doesn't spoil the story, but it is distracting.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman Who Stole My Life

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 784

One day, sitting in traffic, Stella Sweeney attempts a good deed. The resulting car crash changes her life. But in this event is born the seed of something which will take Stella thousands of miles from her old life, turning an ordinary woman into a superstar, wrenching her whole family apart. For the first time real, honest-to-goodness happiness is just within her reach. But is Stella Sweeney, Dublin housewife, ready to grasp it?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not One Of Her Best

  • By Rebecca on 26-11-14

Brilliantly Irish.

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

Reviewed: 01-04-15

The title and the references to it are wonderfully misleading, which is perhaps the best thing about this book. It is filled with Irish character, witty and charming. I'm not sure it needed the vast array of secondary characters, but I enjoyed it very much nonetheless.

  • Cemetery Girl

  • By: David Bell
  • Narrated by: Fred Lehne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

Four years after Tom and Abby's 12-year-old daughter vanishes, she is found alive but strangely calm. When the teen refuses to testify against the man connected to her disappearance, Tom decides to investigate the traumatizing case on his own. Nothing can prepare him for what he is about to discover.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Every parent's nightmare

  • By Kaggy on 15-12-13

Frustrating

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

Reviewed: 03-03-15

It speaks well of the performance of this that I spent the first four hours desperately wanting to smack the main character in the face. I firstly thought I was meant to feel this way, that it was meant to symbolise the frustration of Caitlin being missing. Then when she came back it got a whole lot worse. I struggled to get into the head of Tom, to understand his motivations. And though I suspected the twist at the end, it felt like I'd taken so long to get to it that I no longer had any will to find it out. I'd lost all patience with Tom, and found the character of Caitlin so under explored as to lack empathy too. Great performance, long story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rosie Effect

  • Don Tillman 2
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O’Grady
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884

With the Wife Project complete, Don settles happily into a new job and married life in New York. But it's not long before certain events are taken out of his control and it's time to embark on a new project. As Don tries to get to grips with the requirements of starting a family, his unusual research style soon gets him into trouble. To make matters more difficult, Don has invited his closest friend to stay with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Amazing

  • By Mrs on 03-12-14

Almost as good as the first book...

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

Reviewed: 22-02-15

I. Love. Don. Tillman. I think that we all, at some point, have felt like we don't fit in and don't understand some social situation. We are all incredulous sometimes at the actions of others and we, like Rosie, see Don's inherent weirdness as endearing. So, after a book worth of an encouraging Rosie, she maybe feels a touch out of character here. And I don't know that I ever feel that the reasoning behind her central change is ever explored or explained properly. Even so, the book is highly enjoyable, the performance is stellar, and the book falls confidently into a category Don might call 'a useful contribution to the field'.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful