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  • Now We Shall Be Entirely Free

  • By: Andrew Miller
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

One rain-swept February night in 1809, an unconscious man is carried into a house in Somerset. He is Captain John Lacroix, home from Britain's disastrous campaign against Napoleon's forces in Spain. Gradually Lacroix recovers his health but not his peace of mind - he cannot talk about the war or face the memory of what happened in a village on the gruelling retreat to Corunna. After the command comes to return to his regiment, he sets out instead for the Hebrides, with the vague intent of reviving his musical interests and collecting local folk songs. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • patchy and contrived.

  • By movie moghul on 08-09-18

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I’m sure someone will enjoy this, but not me. Despite being booker listed, and being recommended, this was slow and turgid. I like historical fiction, but this felt really exposition heavy and I didn’t care about the characters enough to stick with it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 442

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with a bright future. They seem to have it all - until Mark loses his job and cracks start to appear in their perfect life. But they’re determined to make it work. They book their dream honeymoon and trust that things will work out - after all, they have each other. Could the life of your dreams turn out to be a nightmare?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I would have loved to give this book six stars!

  • By Janet biglari on 13-08-18

Really enjoyed this

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

After a run of dull books, this one was a doozie - a shoal of red herrings and lots of tension, really good read!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I, Witness

  • By: Niki Mackay
  • Narrated by: Camilla Rockley, Karen Cass, Peter Noble, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

They say I'm a murderer. Six years ago, Kate Reynolds was found holding the body of her best friend, covered in blood, and clutching the knife that killed her. I plead guilty. Kate has been in prison ever since, but now her sentence is up. She is being released. But the truth is, I didn't do it. There's only one person who can help: Private Investigator Madison Attallee, the first officer on the scene all those years ago. But there's someone out there who doesn't want Kate digging up the past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm floored!

  • By Jenna Jenks on 25-04-18

Alright, but...,

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

Reviewed: 13-08-18

The many voices seem written too similarly and the characters are all a bit predictable, it would be nice to have a PI who wasn’t a mess!!
Ok but doesn’t stand up to close inspection.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Good Me Bad Me

  • By: Ali Land
  • Narrated by: Hannah Murray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267

Annie's mother is a serial killer. The only way Annie can make it stop is to hand her in to the police. But out of sight is not out of mind. The secrets of her past won't let her sleep, even with a new family and name - Milly. A fresh start. Now surely she can be whomever she wants to be. But Milly's mother is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Anne on 23-01-17

This review is my fault, not the author's

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

Reviewed: 13-07-17

What made the experience of listening to Good Me Bad Me the most enjoyable?

I have to put my hands up here - I have given this book five stars because I am not in a position to review it. This is because I have just had a little boy, and the first few pages contained images which I found so disturbing I couldn't read/listen on. This is NOT MEANT TO REFLECT NEGATIVELY on the book, and neither were those lines especially brutal or graphic, but it is perhaps a tribute to the writing that they were so spot on disturbing and pushed all my buttons, that I have been haunted by them for weeks. So I couldn't read on, but I'm sure if you do, this book will be gripping as hell.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • He Said/She Said

  • By: Erin Kelly
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Broadbent, Helen Johns
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,103
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,011

In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She and her boyfriend, Kit, call the police, and in that moment it is not only the victim's life that is changed forever. Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear. And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, the events that follow have taught her that you can never see the whole picture: something - and someone - is always in the dark....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping & different

  • By Lulu M on 04-05-17

It takes a while....but keep going

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

Reviewed: 13-07-17

What made the experience of listening to He Said/She Said the most enjoyable?

There is something unsatisfying about 'He said, she said,' thought I can't put my finger on it. I think it's because there's a slightly sneaky lack of foreshadowing to make the twist work, or possibly that the performance of the female story always seems to have a slightly hysterical edge, which made it a little hard to gel with in the beginning. That is as negative as I'm going to get though, because the author tackles a very divisive subject very well, and makes you as a reader confront your preconceptions about where the story is going, much in the way that countless juries have to do the same and so often come up short, with skill and light touch manipulation. There are a few moments when I was moved both to anger and tears, which is always the sign of a good book, and a lot of the back story set in the late nineties was painfully familiar. Yes, do read this, because it's a well written thriller and it will make you check your preconceptions of where it's going as it plays with the rape/revenge plot.

  • Smoke

  • By: Dan Vyleta
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32

Smoke opens in a private boarding school near Oxford, but history has not followed the path known to us. In this other past, sin is a physical attribute, visible to all, and children are born carrying the seeds of evil within them. It is in this school, surrounded by the sons of the wealthy and well connected, that two boys called Thomas and Charlie discover that the world of smoke, soot and ash is not as it seems, for sin has a secret history and virtue a politics both intricate and murderous.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My goodness but this is tedious

  • By S. Jonas on 17-03-17

My goodness but this is tedious

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

Reviewed: 17-03-17

I really tried with this. I presume someone thought about the phrase 'fuming with anger', thought that would be a cool metaphor for sin, then read a lot of Dickens. It's written in a sort of Dickensian style, but this means a lot of passive voice and far far too much detail - people don't jus get up and leave, they rise and the rooms are left, with a passing reference to the wainscotting - until you're screaming 'oh do get on with it!' The main obsession with smoke and sin becomes quickly ridiculous - every one is twisted, everyone is dirty, it's all grim - and the three main characters are stunningly unsympathetic and dull. There is an attempt at steam punk sensibilities, but it was all lost in the smog for me. Not for me, though I imagine if it's your sort of thing, then it will keep you going till the end.

  • All Fall Down

  • By: Tom Bale
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 456
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 423

It should have been an idyllic day for the Turner family - until a dying man, beaten beyond all recognition, arrives at their home, uttering the words 'help me'. Rob and Wendy Turner and their children try to explain away the horrific scene as being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but in the days that follow, their lives are threatened in ways they could never imagine. The family is unaware that they are being watched by someone with their own terrifying agenda, who will stop at nothing to fulfil their own twisted desires.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Phew - What a twisty turny thing!

  • By Kaggy on 09-03-17

Couldn't finish it

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

Just failed to grab me, something so dreadfully tedious about it, un engaging characters and a plot I couldn't be bothered to unpick. Sorry, life's too short!

  • The Darkest Secret

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 265

When identical twin Coco goes missing during a family celebration, there is a media frenzy. Her parents are rich and influential, as are the friends they were with at their holiday home by the sea. But what really happened to Coco?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting

  • By P. Coleman on 14-01-16

Good read, but...

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

Reviewed: 14-12-16

The first few chapters of this I found hard work, as the characters were, probably by design, not that appealing. Characters don't have to be "nice", but they all seemed a bit obvious and uninspiring. I did find it warmed up towards the middle, though there are sections I could have happily edited out, but I eventually did get on board with the story. I worked out what had actually happened and so the ending was both probably true to life and yet a little frustrating, as so many obvious ends remain untied. This isn't bad writing at all, it makes perfect sense in the world of the story,but then fiction isn't real life.

Good narration though!

  • The Power

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Naomi Alderman, Thomas Judd, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,941

'She throws her head back and pushes her chest forward and lets go a huge blast right into the centre of his body. The rivulets and streams of red scarring run across his chest and up around his throat. She'd put her hand on his heart and stopped him dead.' Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visceral, Stirring and Inspirational

  • By Raine on 29-12-16

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 30-11-16

This might upset some readers, and I hope it does, because like all great Sci-fi this holds up a dark mirror to where we are now, and asks some big questions. It made me cheer revenge scenarios, then choke back tears when things go horribly wrong, in the gym as well, which raises eyebrows.

Read this, and think on.

Truly a genius book.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Rising Man

  • By: Abir Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 570

Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, Wyndham has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force. But with barely a moment to acclimatise to his new life or to deal with the ghosts which still haunt him, Wyndham is caught up in a murder investigation that will take him into the dark underbelly of the British Raj.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! Worthy of Rankin

  • By Arthur on 21-05-16

Couldn't finish it

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

Tedious, turgid, couldn't care less. I think we've had enough books about in-jar from the PoV of white middle class men working out their personal angst through realising they were on the wrong side. Too much flies and heat, mad dogs and Englishmen, and frankly I'd have murdered the whole bloody lot of them, so hard to care about the death of some nasty colonial stuffed shirt.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful