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  • Close to Home

  • DI Fawley, Book 1
  • By: Cara Hunter
  • Narrated by: Emma Cunniffe, Lee Ingleby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461

How can a child vanish without a trace? Last night, eight-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from a summer party at her home. No-one at the party noticed her leave. Even her parents aren't sure of the last time they saw her. DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows that in nine cases out of 10, it's someone close to the victim. When a pair of bloody tights is discovered, Fawley's worst suspicions are concerned. Someone knows where Daisy is. And her time is running out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GRIPING

  • By Sheila on 06-01-18

Gripping from the first page to the last

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

Reviewed: 24-01-18

Where does Close to Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Easily in the top ten

Who was your favorite character and why?

The detective. His character was all too human and his own back story added to the tale.

Have you listened to any of Emma Cunniffe and Lee Ingleby ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No , but certainly will

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Most certainly yes, I really wanted to know the outcome.

Any additional comments?

It was well written, the writer came across as someone who knows their craft well.

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  • Don't Wake Up

  • By: Liz Lawler
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 358

A dark and gripping debut psychological thriller with a horrifying premise and a stinging twist. Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table. The man who stands over her isn't a doctor. The choice he forces her to make is utterly unspeakable. But when Alex re-awakens, she's unharmed - and no one believes her horrifying story. Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind. And then she meets the next victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I"ve read for ages

  • By Mary Thompson on 21-10-17

Disappointing. The tale lost momentum.

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

Reviewed: 24-01-18

What did you like best about Don't Wake Up? What did you like least?

The narrator was the best thing about this book. I found that halfway through the book I didn't care about any of the characters.

Would you be willing to try another book from Liz Lawler? Why or why not?

Probably not

Which scene did you most enjoy?

None in particular stood out

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

Having read reviews I expected a great deal more from this book. The story started well but seemed to dip, with a disappointing end.

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,892

Introducing Audible's Thriller of the Year: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil, performed by Joanne Froggatt. In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By madison on 06-09-17

Compelling, heart wrenching, brilliantly narrated

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Silent Child: Audible's Thriller of the Year to be better than the print version?

Having only heard the audio version am unable to comment

What did you like best about this story?

The storyline itself, in addition to well crafted characters, truly convincing

What about Joanne Froggatt’s performance did you like?

An exceptional narrator, easily one of the best I have listened to

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

there were several. I think we can all feel the pain and frustration felt when the protagonist has her damged son returned to her

Any additional comments?

I could easily have listened to this all in one sitting..it is an excellent book. Better then The Girl on the Train.

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  • The Samaritan

  • By: Mason Cross
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

When the mutilated body of a young woman is discovered in the Santa Monica Mountains, LAPD Detective Jessica Allen knows she's seen this MO before - two and a half years ago on the other side of the country. A sadistic serial killer has been operating undetected for a decade, preying on lone female drivers who have broken down. The press dub the killer the Samaritan, but with no leads and a killer who leaves no traces, the police investigation quickly grinds to a halt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first book but still a good listen

  • By Robert Blackburn on 11-07-15

Gripping, Mason Cross delivers another page turner

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

Reviewed: 21-08-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Samaritan to be better than the print version?

I have only listened to the audio version. It's first class, a great story and well told.

What other book might you compare The Samaritan to, and why?

For pace and story line on the main character, it sits well with the Carter Blake series. Not one of these books fails to deliver.

What does Eric Meyers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

In reading we lend the characters our voice, we imagine how they speak, speed, delivery etc. This experience tells us a story, invites us in and we are swept up in the telling of it, at the narrator's pace.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. It is compelling listening.

Any additional comments?

Mason Cross consistently delivers excellent stand alone tales while weaving the more intricate back stories of the main character.

  • On Writing

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688

In June of 1999, Stephen King was hit by a van while walking along the shoulder of a country road in Maine. Six operations were required to save his life and mend his broken body. When he was finally able to sit up, he immediately started writing. This book - part biography, part a collection of tips for the aspiring writer - is the extraordinary result.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great personal insight

  • By Blinkinmarvellous on 13-04-13

absolute genius.

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

Reviewed: 21-08-17

Would you consider the audio edition of On Writing to be better than the print version?

I don't have a printed version, but listening to Stephen King walk us through his history and then seamlessly move into thoughts on writing it is an exceptional listen and excellent guide for writers, opening doors to ideas and making that first inroad into taking pen to paper.

What did you like best about this story?

The way he took us into his story and then revealed in a warts and all telling he invited us to follow him through his life with personal challenges and career highs and lows.
With sometimes uncomfortable honesty he shows us that his writing career was dogged with episodes that were to say the least challenging.
Even if you are a reader of Stephen King with no desire to write, it is well worth a listen.

Have you listened to any of Stephen King’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to him narrate any of his books, but he is a master story teller.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

His story and storytelling invites you as a listener in, to laugh, wonder and enjoy.

Any additional comments?

One of the best audio books I have ever listened to.

  • The Time to Kill

  • By: Mason Cross
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

It's been five years since Carter Blake parted ways with top-secret government operation Winterlong. They brokered a deal at the time: he'd keep quiet about what they were doing, and in return he'd be left alone. But news that one of Blake's old allies, a man who agreed to the same deal, is dead means only one thing - something has changed, and Winterlong is coming for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting, fast paced and well written.

  • By Junie on 10-08-17

Exciting, fast paced and well written.

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

Would you listen to The Time to Kill again? Why?

Not for some time as I would remember the story too well.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character Carter Blake is well developed and in such a way that while the story is gripping, you want to now more about this mysterious character.

Which character – as performed by Eric Meyers – was your favourite?

Carter Blake - the main character. As the story unfolds so do some of the secrets of this characters past. His back story is another thread woven through the book and creates interest in his past.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No - just a great story. Looking forward to more by Mason Cross.

Any additional comments?

It will be interesting to read more of the Carter Blake novels. Each can stand alone but will be interesting to see how Blake's history brought him to where he is.

  • Taming Tigers

  • Do Things You Never Thought You Could
  • By: Jim Lawless
  • Narrated by: Jim Lawless
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Everybody has a tiger. It is the thing that snarls at us when we think about making a change in our lives and stops us developing and achieving our potential. In Taming Tigers Jim Lawless shares his proven and inspirational training program and case studies from people who have changed their lives by following the rules. You'll hear Jim's own experience of grabbing his tiger by the tail, as he went from a 36 year-old, overweight, non-riding consultant to a jockey, and later a UK freediving record holder, in 12 months.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely compelling!

  • By Junie on 10-08-17

Absolutely compelling!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

Where does Taming Tigers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is easily one of the best - ever! It is inspirational and I defy anyone not to listen and look at their lives and assess where they are in terms of where they want to be. It is not a self help book, it's a clear instruction manual.

What about Jim Lawless’s performance did you like?

Jim is a much celebrated speaker and this comes through in the narration. It is brilliantly narrated.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me think and then best of all take action.

Any additional comments?

Just finished listening and about to re listen now.

  • Wolf Lake

  • A Novel
  • By: John Verdon
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Could a nightmare be used as a murder weapon? That's the provocative question confronting Gurney in the thrilling new installment in this series of international bestsellers. The former NYPD star homicide detective is called upon to solve a baffling puzzle: Four people who live in different parts of the country and who seem to have little in common, report having had the same dream - a terrifying nightmare involving a bloody dagger with a carved wolf's head on the handle.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • What a disappointment.

  • By Anonymous User on 15-09-17

Hooked from the opening page

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

Reviewed: 20-04-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Wolf Lake to be better than the print version?

The setting in a remote location in formidable weather helps to build an atmosphere of isolation and supense. The characters are believeable, really well drawn and the story unfolded with some surprises. Listening to it made these elements all the more enjoyable.

What other book might you compare Wolf Lake to, and why?

The premise is similar to groups of people in an isolated location and who are in danger, some meeting grisly ends. Along the lines of The House on Haunted Hill. Dark Matter also evokes this kind of atmosphere.

What three words best describe Christopher Lane’s performance?

The wrong narrator

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, absolutely.

Any additional comments?

Will certainly read more books by this author, an excellent first experience.

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  • A Game of Ghosts

  • A Charlie Parker Thriller, Book 15
  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

It is deep winter. The darkness is unending. The private detective named Jaycob Eklund has vanished, and Charlie Parker is dispatched to track him down. Parker's employer, Edgar Ross, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has his own reasons for wanting Eklund found. Eklund is no ordinary investigator. He is obsessively tracking a series of homicides and disappearances, each linked to reports of hauntings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best Parker books yet.

  • By Dexmag on 23-05-17

Certainly lived up to expectation

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

Reviewed: 20-04-17

What did you like most about A Game of Ghosts?

This certainly did not disappoint, another great chapter in the Charlie Parker story. It builds on threads in earlier books, such as the realisation that his daughter is far from ordinary, she cleary has inherited some higher awareness from her father. Additionally it works as a stand alone book, so could be enjoyed as a first read from the series. It is exceptional writing, Mr Connolly is truly gifted.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Has to be Charlie Parker, as always fighting against evil men and his own ghosts. In the most threatening situations he comes across as strong, with no fear and even some dry witty comebacks.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Harding’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Jeff Harding always manages to bring characters to life he is an excellent narrator.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Compelling tale of war with evil in this world and others

  • The Dry

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705

I just can't understand how someone like him could do something like that. Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn't rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Revisiting the past...

  • By FictionFan on 10-03-17

A grat compelling story

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

Reviewed: 22-03-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Certainly I would recommend it. It has everything, a compelling story and great characters who are entirely believable. Well told too.

What did you like best about this story?

The way past and present came together to give us a great tale, giving us more about the characters and their stories as wellas many hidden secrets. There was at the same time an air of sadness and one of menace.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

No one scene stood out, they were all good.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, absolutely.

Any additional comments?

I will certainly belooking out for more from this author.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful