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  • 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 5,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,629

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

loved it

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

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

Yes, it is a gripping tale, well written and well narrated

Which character – as performed by Joanne Froggatt – was your favourite?

The main one, but all the characters were well described and the child (Adrian) was very compelling and unpredictable

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

Not really, but only because it was a bit intense and I needed a break to let things sink in

Any additional comments?

Generally a very good book with excellent narration for this tale

  • Darien

  • Empire of Salt Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: C. F. Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

The city of Darien stands at the weary end of a golden age. Twelve families keep order with soldiers and artefacts, spies and memories, clinging to a peace that shifts and crumbles. The people of the city endure what they cannot change. Here, amongst old feuds, a plot is hatched to kill a king. It will summon strangers to the city - Elias Post, a hunter; Tellius, an old swordsman banished from his home; Arthur, a boy who cannot speak; Daw Threefold, a chancer and gambler; Vic Deeds, who feels no guilt; and Nancy, a girl whose talent might be the undoing of them all.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Expectations Partly Met!

  • By Simon on 13-07-17

seriously good

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

Reviewed: 28-12-17

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

I would definitely recommend this book. It is gripping from start to finish, brilliantly read and told at a good pace.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were very believable and well thought out.

What about Daniel Weyman’s performance did you like?

I thought he read with feeling and managed to make the internal voices of the different characters distinct.

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

This could be the pre history of game of thrones

  • Strange Practice

  • A Dr Greta Helsing Novel
  • By: Vivian Shaw
  • Narrated by: Suzannah Hampton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

Meet Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead. After inheriting a highly specialised and highly peculiar medical practice, Dr Helsing spends her days treating London's undead for a host of ills: vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights and entropy in mummies. Although barely making ends meet, this is the quiet, supernatural-adjacent life Greta's dreamed of since childhood. But when a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead alike, Greta must use her unusual skills to keep her supernatural clients - and the rest of London - safe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, wrong narrator

  • By madeline downham on 10-12-17

Great story, wrong narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

What did you like best about Strange Practice? What did you like least?

I loved the whole idea of the tale, thought the narrator was so wrong for it

Who was your favorite character and why?

The odd Demon character (Vas?), he was complex and strange, sadly hated the way his name was pronounced so fully most of the time.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Suzannah Hampton?

S.H's voice was too monotonous, nice, well modulated but too even and crisp all the way through, no humour at all. A narrator with more inflection, maybe able to change pace a bit? Maybe someone who could inject a humorous pace, alter voice slightly for different characters?

Could you see Strange Practice being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Kirsten Dunst, Aiden Turner (vamp), Michael Fassbender(Vamp or demon), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Sam), Robert Carlisle

Any additional comments?

I listened to it all the way through because the story is good. I began to wish I'd read it though. The narration was wearing, every sentence started with sharp enfaces, regardless of the action. Reminded me of an actor trying too hard to add drama to a boring speech. I would not recommend this as an audible listen, but as a book to read.

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  • Dead but Not Forgotten

  • Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse
  • By: Charlaine Harris (editor), Toni L. P. Kelner (editor), Rachel Caine, and others
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51

Charlaine Harris' smash-hit Sookie Stackhouse series may have reached its conclusion, but the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, lives on in this all-new collection of 15 stories. Written by a killer lineup of authors, including New York Times best-sellers Rachel Caine, MaryJanice Davidson, Jonathan Maberry and Seanan McGuire, and with introductions read by Charlaine herself, Dead but Not Forgotten puts your favorite characters center stage.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Perhaps what you images is better!

  • By Creative Butterfly on 11-06-14

surprisingly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 20-09-17

Where does Dead but Not Forgotten rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

pretty good as an end of series

What other book might you compare Dead but Not Forgotten to, and why?

Generally the Sookie Stackhouse ones, because its linked to them

What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

Again a great reading

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

No, it suited being heard in chunks, or individual stores

Any additional comments?

One of my favourite characters told my least favourite tale, Eric Norseman. It made a good point, but just didn't grip me. Basically the book is a good epitaph to a fab series

  • Deadlocked

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery, Book 12
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

Sookie has a murder investigation on her hands. A young girl has died at a vampire party - and it looks as though her lover, Eric, might be responsible. Eric swears he didn't do it, the police don't believe him, and even Sookie isn't so sure. Nor is she inclined to take his word for it, having caught him enjoying the victim's blood minutes before she was killed.But something strange is going on. Why had Sookie been asked to come to the fateful party a few minutes early - just to catch Eric in the act?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bringing Sookie back home to roost..

  • By Cheryl M-M on 23-07-12

excellent

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

Reviewed: 17-08-17

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

pretty high

What did you like best about this story?

entertaining, funny and I liked the twists and turns this book took

Which scene did you most enjoy?

strip scene

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

made me chuckle

Any additional comments?

A real escape from reality that doesn't feel completely alien, many of the characters are very down to earth

  • Dead and Gone

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #9
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 133

Now it's the turn of the weres and shifters to follow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world.Sookie Stackhouse already knows about them, of course - her brother turns into a panther at the full moon, she's friend to the local Were pack, and Sam, her boss at Merlotte's bar, is a shifter. At first the great Were revelation seems to go well - then the horribly mutilated body of a were-panther is found outside Merlotte's.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dead and Gone

  • By Nadia on 29-10-09

great stuff

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

Reviewed: 20-07-17

What made the experience of listening to Dead and Gone the most enjoyable?

fast moving plot and great characters

What other book might you compare Dead and Gone to, and why?

The other books in the series.....for obvious reasons

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

Her narration makes you feel more involved in the story as she sounds as I'd imagine Sookie to sound. She also reads at a good pace and with definite and appropriate changes in cadence, so that you stay connected and don't get bored.

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

Don't go out in the woods today!

Any additional comments?

Just a good bit of fun

  • Living Dead in Dallas

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #2
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is having a streak of bad luck. First her co-worker is killed. Then she comes face to-face with a beastly creature that gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn't enjoy it). The point is: they saved her life. So when one of them asks for a favour, she obliges - and soon Sookie's in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Living Dead In Dallas

  • By Nadia on 13-10-09

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

Where does Living Dead in Dallas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty high, I've listened to hundreds and give up quick if something doesn't hook me straight away

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the way the characters were written, the way they responded to things made unlikely events interesting

Which character – as performed by Johanna Parker – was your favourite?

Sookie Stackhouse

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

Laugh and wonder what would happen next

Any additional comments?

Surprised to be looking forward to the next installment

  • Dead Until Dark

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn't get out much - not because she's not pretty - she's a very cute bubbly blonde - or not interested in a social life. She really is . . . but Sookie's got a bit of a disability. She can read minds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank god and just in time!!

  • By Sophie on 25-10-09

Surprised that I liked it so much

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

What did you like most about Dead Until Dark?

It's wittiness and sense of place

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Until Dark?

The death of Grandmother

Which character – as performed by Johanna Parker – was your favourite?

Sookie Stackhouse

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

Never underestimate a good Waitress

Any additional comments?

Entertaining and better the True Blood, which I loved

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Lone Warrior

  • Jack Lark, Book 4
  • By: Paul Fraser Collard
  • Narrated by: Dudley Hinton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Jack Lark, once the Scarlet Thief, has fought hard for his freedom. But will he risk it all to do the right thing? Bombay, 1857. India is simmering with discontent, and Jack Lark, honourably discharged from the British army, aims to take the first ship back to England. But before he leaves, he cannot resist the adventure of helping a young woman escape imprisonment in a gaming house. He promises to escort Aamira home, but they arrive in Delhi just as the Indian Mutiny explodes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Up there with the best

  • By George J. on 16-02-17

love these adventures

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

Reviewed: 16-05-17

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

I don't know as I've not read it

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lone Warrior?

When Jack Lark finds his lost love

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

Very well

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

When the hero realises and accepts that he can't fix everything

Any additional comments?

Well written and well performed tale of adventure, heroism, violence and truth. Its a rollicking yarn but it doesn't avoid cruel reality

  • A Secret Rage

  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

After a modeling stint in New York, Nickie Callahan returns to Tennessee hoping to enjoy the sweet, easy life as a college roommate to her best friend. But then a sexual predator strikes close to home, victimising women in a string of vicious attacks. Desperate to stop the brutality, Nickie casts a suspicious eye at every man she knows. She soon narrows her list down to 10 suspects - and then takes matters into her own hands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very different from other Charlaine Harris books

  • By Naboya on 18-08-14

loved it

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

Reviewed: 16-05-17

What did you like most about A Secret Rage?

Interesting story, great narrator

What did you like best about this story?

Easy to follow but not boring, kept me hooked

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

Really liked the narration, took you to the place and made it easier to picture the people

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

Nope, nothing so dramatic, just made me contented

1 of 1 people found this review helpful