LISTENER

Jules Blunt

Somerset, UK
  • 17
  • reviews
  • 15
  • helpful votes
  • 166
  • ratings
  • Preserve the Dead

  • DS Lucy Black, Book 3
  • By: Brian McGilloway
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

Detective Sergeant Lucy Black is visiting her father, a patient in a secure unit in Gransha Hospital on the banks of the River Foyle. He's been hurt badly in an altercation with another patient, and Lucy is shocked to discover him chained to the bed for safety. But she barely has time to take it all in before an orderly raises the alarm - a body has been spotted floating in the river below.... The body of an elderly man in a grey suit is hauled ashore: he is cold dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really cool book about police work

  • By Karolina on 28-10-18

Highly recommend the DS Lucy Black series.. and I rarely write reviews!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

I love detective novels and series but need clever writing with hard to predict endings and this really hits the mark.

I feel I’m on a journey with Lucy Black and her family. It’s a warts and all background that produced a clever if a little lost, soul.

It’s good to have a female in the main role who hasn’t burnt her bra or is under a man’s control. Maybe that’s why I identify with her.

I’ve just finished book 3 - plots are all clever and interwoven with more than one event and reflect the background of Ireland’s history without taking sides or shoving it in your face.

Fab narrator rounds off these hard to put down novels.

I’m just sad I’m nearing the end of the series.
Highly highly recommended

  • The Ex-Wife

  • A Nail Biting Gripping Psychological Thriller
  • By: Jess Ryder
  • Narrated by: Annette Chown
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 598

Newly married Natasha has the perfect house, a loving husband, and a beautiful little girl called Emily. She’d have it all if it wasn’t for Jen, her husband’s ex-wife who just won’t leave them alone. Then Natasha returns home one day to find her husband and Emily gone without trace. Desperate to get her daughter back, Natasha will do anything even if it means accepting an offer of help from Jen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Brilliant

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

Good but marred by narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

I struggled to like Natasha as the voice of the narrator made her sound whinging and despite plot developments I don’t feel her character grew flesh.

I rarely write full reviews but when this is billed as ‘a gripping psychological thriller ‘ I felt I needed to reset expectations.

It is good but not brilliant. Change of narrator would help but I didn’t find it a page turner.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Fat Chance

  • By: Nick Spalding
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds, Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 576

Meet Zoe and Greg Milton, a married couple who have let themselves go a bit. Zoe was a stunner in her college days, but the intervening decades have added five stone, and removed most of her self-esteem. Greg's rugby-playing days are well and truly behind him, thanks to countless pints of beer and chicken curry. When Elise, a radio DJ and Zoe's best friend, tells them about a new competition, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn their lives around.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Awful narration

  • By GKH on 02-01-17

Excellent and witty writing let down by narration

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

Reviewed: 18-02-18

A brilliant, laugh out loud account of the struggle to lose pounds in the hope of winning ‘Fat Chance’ and £59k.

The writing is fab, absolutely on point and I enjoyed - and identified with - Zoe’s journey.

The narration particularly the female was really disappointing and at times annoying. The comic timing - and intonation - was a beat off every time. Greg’s narration was better but I’m not sure I’d have chosen either.

Once you get past the narration and immerse yourself in the writing the book is absolutely great. Well observed, witty and yet kind. I was laughing out loud. Highly recommended - I’ll read more Nick Spalding but probably not via audible next time. I’ll buy a physical book with pages and narrate it in my own head!!

  • Cry Baby

  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum, Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best one yet!

  • By Liane on 21-04-15

Worth sticking with

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

Reviewed: 31-08-17

Not easy to get into - the narrator's voice to me sounded dated but I persevered and somehow the voice became hypnotic.

Twists and has a plausible but unforeseen crescendo that made me stay awake listening through to the end.

Very different to what I'd normally listen to and I'm glad I found it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sweetpea

  • By: C. J. Skuse
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog...but she's got a killer secret. Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon's life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend's plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list. A kill list.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By D. Childs on 29-05-17

Unusual, gritty and curiously compelling

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

Reviewed: 16-08-17

Amazing narration made this unusual story credible and engaging. Not like anything I've listened to before - I'm more of a Tom Thorne woman usually - but it was well worth the departure into this unpredictable crime novel. Brace yourself for the sex references though.

Highly recommended.

Special credit to the fab narrator who carried the story off so very well.

The ending was disappointing for me - I'd have liked it done differently but don't want to spoil it for you!

  • The Versions of Us

  • By: Laura Barnett
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 389

Some moments can change your life for ever. Have you ever wondered, what if....? A man is walking down a country lane. A woman, cycling towards him, swerves to avoid a dog. On that moment their future hinges. There are three possible outcomes, three small decisions that could determine the rest of their lives. Eva and Jim are 19 and students at Cambridge when their paths first cross in 1958. And then there is David, Eva's then lover, an ambitious actor who loves Eva deeply.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly tricky to keep up

  • By Patricia Grundy on 22-07-15

Doesn't work as an audiobook

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

Interesting concept but way too winding a plot and 3 is definitely a crowd when it comes to following what's happening and to whom. I didn't care about any of the characters as the complexity of the plot left no room for character depth. I feel like the book lasted for years not hours. Not worth spending precious time on. Not recommended - maybe it will make a good film!! Try Lionel Shriver's 'Post birthday world' instead

  • The Last Anniversary

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105

"I'll tell you something, something important. Love is a decision. Not a feeling. That's what you young people don't realise. That's why you're always off divorcing each other. No offence, dear." So decrees the formidable Connie Thrum of Scribbly Gum Island. She is the chief decision-maker of a rather unconventional family and her word is law. It's been over seventy years since Connie and her sister Rose visited their neighbours and found the kettle boiling and a baby waking for her feed, but no sign of her parents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Lisa on 21-01-15

Well worth the read - something a bit different

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

Reviewed: 08-08-15

Really interesting story and well read. I found it a bit difficult to get into hence 4 rather than 5 star but once engaged I couldn't put it down.

Highly recommended.

  • 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 22,506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,253

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it

  • By Miss N. Bleakley-wadlow on 05-02-17

Didn't see it coming - fab story

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

Reviewed: 19-07-15

Great story. Well read. Recommended by someone who has really high standards and listens to a huge amount of stories. Get it!!!

  • Daughter

  • By: Jane Shemilt
  • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Daughter by Jane Shemilt, read by Sophie Aldred. I still don't know why we had to check. Did we really think you would be there, curled up and sleeping on the stage? That we would put our arms round you, and take you home? Naomi has vanished, leaving her family broken and her mother Jenny desperately searching for answers. But the traces fifteen-year-old Naomi left behind reveal a very different girl to the one Jenny thought she'd raised.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me hooked...after a while

  • By Ms. E. Townsend on 19-02-15

Well read and engaging. A story that is impossible to pause

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

Reviewed: 13-07-15

I found this really gripping - we sometimes think having a good job makes us great parents but lack of time can leave you seriously lacking. This book plausibly plays out the gaps caused by a fast paced world of busy parents and busier children. A must read/listen whether you think you're getting it right or wrong.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Keeper

  • By: Mal Peet
  • Narrated by: James Goode
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Paul Faustino, South America's top sports writer, sits opposite the man they call El Gato – the Cat – the world's greatest goalkeeper. On the table between them stands the World Cup ... In the hours that follow, El Gato tells his incredible story – how he, a poor logger's son, learns to become a World Cup-winning goalkeeper so good he is almost unbeatable. And the most remarkable part of this story is the man who teaches him – the mysterious Keeper, who haunts a football pitch at the heart of the claustrophobic forest...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping storyline

  • By Claire on 26-07-15

A page turner I wasn't expecting to enjoy! Highly recommend

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

Reviewed: 07-06-15

Once I realised this was about football I thought I'd hate it but had to read it as part of our book challenge. But I loved it!! Well read and engaging story - I couldn't put it down.

Read it!