They were six university students from Oxford - friends and sometimes more than friends - spending an idyllic week together in a French farmhouse. It was supposed to be the perfect summer getaway...until they met Severine, the girl next door. For Kate Channing, Severine was an unwelcome presence, her inscrutable beauty undermining the close-knit group's loyalties amid the already simmering tensions. And after a huge altercation on the last night of the holiday, Kate knew nothing would ever be the same.
I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. The story is unusual and quite enthralling- I was anxious to listen to the outcome.
Would thoroughly recommend listening to this book and will look out for more by this author. Narrator was excellent too !
Nora Brown teaches high school English and lives a quiet life in Seattle with her husband and six-year-old daughter. But one November day, moments after dismissing her class, a girl's face appears above the students' desks - a wild numinous face with startling blue eyes, a face floating on top of shapeless drapes of purples and blues where arms and legs should have been. Terror rushes through Nora's body - the kind of raw terror you feel when there's no way out, when every cell in your body, your entire body, is on fire - when you think you might die.
Sadly this is one of the worst stories I have every listened to - and the voice of the narrator was awful :(
Her imitation of a child’s voice and the Margaret character were totally unreal and made it painful to listen. The story I can only describe as weird, and I really had to make an effort to listen to the end. I wish I had not- the ending was very strange and this is an author and narrator I will avoid buying again. Very disappointing.
Eleanor and her mother, Marjorie, have always had a difficult relationship, and although they've tried, they have somehow just failed to connect. Now Marjorie has Alzheimer's, and as her memory fades, her grip on what she has kept hidden begins to loosen. When she calls her daughter to say, "There's something I have to tell you," Eleanor hopes this will be the moment she learns the truth about the terrible secret that has cast a shadow over both their lives.
An intriguing story, very well narrated, with a sensitive touch to dementia and the traumas of a normal family. Very enjoyable- I will be looking for more books by this author.
Mia Hamilton lived the perfect life with her husband, university teacher Zach, and their two-year-old daughter. But everything changed when Zach committed suicide on the same night one of his students vanished. Five years later, just when Mia is beginning to heal, stranger Alison walks into her life, saying her husband didn't kill himself. Fragile, slight Alison leads Mia on a path into Zach's past, and Mia begins to think she never really knew her own husband.
I really was enjoying this book, but the ending was so disappointing- truly a pity .
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Meet John Milton. He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder. Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn't want to be on his list. But now, after ten years, he's had enough - there's blood on his hands and he wants out. Trouble is, this job is not one you can just walk away from. He goes on the run, seeking atonement for his sins by helping the people he meets along the way.
Best narrator I have heard and a really good story- looking forward to hearing the next one :)
Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.
Very interesting story, one just had to try to work it all out. Hard to stop listening! Very good narrators, and a great ending. Really enjoyed it :)
There is no perfect marriage. There is no perfect murder. Diana Jager's life crumbles when her details are released on the Internet as revenge for her antisexism blog. Then she meets Peter. Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident - a nightmare end to their fairy-tale romance. But Peter's sister, Lucy, doesn't believe in fairy tales and tasks maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling 'Black Widow'.
I did enjoy this book and the plot was intriguing. The performance was good and I was keen to hear how it would end. I would say this was the only disappointing part. It ended too quickly with some gaps in the story. Peter was said to be non violent and passive in the end chapter, yet we know he hit his wife and had a job to control his anger. However,I enjoyed the story overall :)
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As their holiday unfolds, Colin and Maria are locked in to their own intimacy. They groom themselves meticulously, as though there waits someone who cares deeply about how they appear. Then they meet a man with a disturbing story to tell and become drawn into a fantasy of violence and obsession.
I enjoyed listening to this audio book and love the reader. It was an interesting story- but can I say I enjoyed it? I am not sure. I felt the couple to be very naive and so the ending should not have been such a surprise. It was. I have no idea why it should end like this :(
Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge, and finds herself being groomed for the intelligence services. The year is 1972. Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency.
Great story, very well presented and read beautifully. Love Ian McEwan's books, and this one does not disappoint :) will see what other audio books are available..
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Who killed Pamela Werner? On a frozen night in January 1937, in the dying days of colonial Peking, a body was found under the haunted watchtower. It was Pamela Werner, the teenage daughter of the city’s former British consul, Edward Werner. Her heart had been removed. A horrified world followed the hunt for Pamela’s killer, with a Chinese-British detective team pursuing suspects including a blood-soaked rickshaw puller, the Triads, and a lascivious grammar school headmaster. But the case was soon forgotten amid the carnage of the Japanese invasion...by all but Edward Werner.
I loved listening to this story and learning something about the history of Perking and the life lived there by the ex-pats. It is terrible to think of the miscarriage of justice that happens, and 'who you know', matters just as it does today, sadly. Anyway, a great book and very well read :)
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