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  • How to Be Happy

  • By: Eva Woods
  • Narrated by: Lucy Brownhill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Annie has been sad for so long that she's forgotten how to be any other way. She's trudging miserably through every day, sheer determination keeping her going. Until she meets Polly. Polly is everything that Annie is not. She's colourful, joyful, happy. Because if recent events have taught Polly anything, it's that your time is too short to waste a single day. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A difficult read

  • By Doodly Di on 25-05-18

Cringe!!

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

Reviewed: 16-06-18

Beyond awful, Polly is a character who is suppose to be super chirpy, kooky and quirky but just comes across annoying, over bearing and so irritatingly childish. The narration was 'spat out' particularly polly's lines which just made me loathe this character even more. Details and research into some of the hospital tactics and procedures were completely ludicrous l couldn't read past chapter 5. Remove the swearing and I think it would be perfect for teens and pre-teens.

  • Never Greener

  • By: Ruth Jones
  • Narrated by: Sharon Small
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

When Kate was 22, she had an intense and passionate affair with a married man, Callum, which ended in heartbreak. Kate thought she'd never get over it. Seventeen years later, life has moved on - Kate, now a successful actress, is living in London, married to Matt and mother to little Tallulah. Meanwhile Callum and his wife, Belinda, are happy together, living in Edinburgh and watching their kids grow up. The past, it would seem, is well and truly behind them all....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Only one problem

  • By queenwinnie on 10-04-18

One of the best.

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Just excellent..l thought it was going to be a soft soppy book but it was raw and realistic. I loved the narrator her accents were a complete joy to listen to.

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  • The Mistake

  • By: K. L. Slater
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 876

You think you know the truth about the people you love. But one discovery can change everything.... Eight-year-old Billy goes missing one day, out flying his kite with his sister, Rose. Two days later he is found dead. Sixteen years on, Rose still blames herself for Billy's death. How could she have failed to protect her little brother? Rose has never fully recovered from the trauma, and one of the few people she trusts is her neighbour Ronnie, who she has known all her life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Janet biglari on 07-12-17

Oh Dear ....not good

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

Nothing worse in a whodunit than introducing the culprit at the very last chapter very annoying and a bit of a cope out if you ask me. This book was brim full over over exaggerated angst....heart pounding in my chest.....couldn't breath...bile rising in my throat....oh STOP. just awful.

  • When She Was Bad

  • By: Tammy Cohen
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 165

You see the people you work with every day, but what can't you see? Amira, Sarah, Paula, Ewan and Charlie have worked together for years - they know how each other likes their coffee, whose love life is a mess, whose children keep them up at night. But their comfortable routine life is suddenly shattered when an aggressive new boss walks in.... Now there's something chilling in the air. Who secretly hates everyone? Who is tortured by their past? Who is capable of murder?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • when she was bad!!!!!

  • By Mrs. J. M. Benjamin-potts on 30-06-16

Weak characters. Stupid story line. suspense....non existent.

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

Reviewed: 28-04-18

About 10 or so characters which are all instantly forgettable. The story was beyond stupid and was trying way too hard to keep us guessing as to which boring character was up to no good.

  • Bitter Blood

  • A True Story of Southern Family Pride, Madness, and Multiple Murder
  • By: Jerry Bledsoe
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

In this unrelenting real-life drama of three wealthy families connected by marriage and murder, Bledsoe recounts the shocking events, obsessive love, and bitter custody battles that led toward the bloody climax that took nine lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed

  • By Mrs F on 27-05-15

Random boring facts on too many unrelated characters.

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

Reviewed: 28-03-18

A very odd read. Not smooth and consistent...jumped from person to person until there was about 15 characters being written about at the same time. Just seemed to be a list of very random facts about random people for the first 50 chapters....(I'm sure l feel asleep through it at least 6 times)....ahh maybe l'm just getting old and need a shorter book next time....Oh!....and it didn’t help that 2 characters weren't even given names until the end they were instead referred to as 'the old man' and 'the younger man'...NOT HELPFUL.

  • Such Good Boys

  • The True Story of a Mother, Two Sons and a Horrifying Murder
  • By: Tina Dirmann
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Raised in the suburb of Riverside, California, 20-year-old college student Jason Bautista endured for years his emotionally disturbed mother's verbal and psychological abuse. She even locked him out of the house, tied him up with electrical cord, and on one occasion, gave him a beating that sent him to the emergency room. On the night of January 14, 2003, Jason strangled his mother. To keep authorities from identifying her body, he chopped off her head and hands, an idea he claimed he got from watching an episode of the hit TV series The Sopranos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad but interesting tale

  • By Rosiewhowho on 19-01-17

Narrator spoiled it for me

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

Reviewed: 14-03-18

Absolutely gripping story one of the best but the narrator speaks sooo quickly!! every sentence starts off throaty and harsh...very annoying after a while.

  • Dead by Sunset

  • Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer?
  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Loni Ann, Cynthia, Lauren, Cheryl, and Sara seemed to have it all - beauty, wealth, children, and a husband who they believed to be this perfect man - Brad Cunningham. He was handsome, charismatic, and mysterious. They adored him and tried to give him all he wanted. But he wanted everything: sex, money, and it seemed, their very lives. How long would it take before he finally got what he deserved?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fan of Author, Fan of Reader

  • By Margaret on 11-06-11

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 27-02-18

Wish writers would stop telling me how 'handsome' and pretty characters are!! By all means describe their appearance and personality but please allow me to judge for myself as to whether l find their description attractive or not. The narrator sounded like grandpa Simpson so all in all a bit rubbish.

  • Unravelling Oliver

  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Sam O'Mahony, Roy McMillan, Kevin Hely, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591

Oliver Ryan is a handsome and charismatic success story. He lives in the suburbs with his wife, Alice, who illustrates his award-winning children's books and gives him her unstinting devotion. Their life together is one of enviable privilege and ease - enviable until, one evening after supper, Oliver attacks Alice and beats her into a coma. In the aftermath, as everyone tries to make sense of his astonishing act of savagery, Oliver tells his story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging, Original and Very Well Crafted

  • By Simon on 28-07-17

Too many pointless characters and disappointing ending

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

I read 'lying in wait' and loved it so l was so looking forward to this one but it was disappointing. I found there were to many pointless side stories on multiple characters that really had no relevance on the main story. The ending was the biggest let down we never find out what happens to Oliver or his wife. It felt like the author got bored with this book and just ended it quickly to be done with it.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • 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 954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888

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

Oh how l gasped!!!! 😮

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

This is a very deliciously dark book. If you like too see the baddies get justice and everyone one lives happy ever after ...then this book is not for you. The ending made me gasp and its great to read a book that gets my heart rate up! I loved the narrators, particularly 'Karen' who has a real earthy soft quality.......just like the calm before the storm.

  • Bitter Almonds

  • The True Story of Mothers, Daughters, and the Seattle Cyanide Murders
  • By: Gregg Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 20 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Stella Nickell's small-time world was one of big-time dreams. In 1986, her biggest one came true when her husband died during a seizure, making her the beneficiary of a $175,000-plus insurance payoff - until authorities discovered that Bruce Nickell's headache capsules had been laced with cyanide. In an attempt to cover her tracks, Stella did the unconscionable. She saw to it that a stranger would also become a 'random casualty' of cyanide-tainted painkillers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but too much 'personal opinion'

  • By Hazel on 20-01-18

Good but too much 'personal opinion'

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

Reviewed: 20-01-18

Long winded and kinda ran off in irrelevant tangents at times but good over all apart from the authors obsession of informing us how 'pretty' characters were....how 'enviably slender' her waist was and beautiful her blonde hair was....STOP IT !!....you just sound creepy! Just give us the facts and WE will decide if we find this attractive or not.