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  • I Invited Her In

  • By: Adele Parks
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 689

When Mel hears from a long-lost friend in need of help, she doesn’t hesitate to invite her to stay. Mel and Abi were best friends back in the day, sharing the highs and lows of student life until Mel’s unplanned pregnancy made her drop out of her studies. Now, 17 years later, Mel and Abi’s lives couldn’t be more different. Mel is happily married, having raised her son on her own before meeting her husband, Ben. Now they share gorgeous girls and have a chaotic but happy family home, with three children.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bit obvious

  • By Jackie M-W on 04-11-18

A bit far fetched

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

Reviewed: 31-12-18

I enjoyed reading this story despite the rather unrealistic story line. Not sure a sociopath like Abi would have turned into Mother Earth at the end. But the other characters were believable and the narration was superb

  • Rapid Falls

  • By: Amber Cowie
  • Narrated by: Kate Marcin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

It’s been twenty years since Cara’s boyfriend died in a horrible accident and her sister, Anna, went to prison. The tragedy has become a local legend, but Cara has moved past her grief to have a successful career and a happy family. Pity about Anna. Recently released from incarceration, she’s struggling with addiction, guilt, and shame - a shattered life. Cara’s forgiveness seems to be the only thing that helps her pick up the pieces. But as Anna pulls herself together, her memories of that night on the bridge start to come into focus. And few of them match her sister’s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sibling rivalry

  • By san2har on 15-12-18

Sibling rivalry

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

Reviewed: 15-12-18

A sad story of the different lives of two sisters, after a tragedy very well narrated. Hopefully the protagonist will never know a moment’s peace in the long run (but her ruthless character makes me doubt this.) Although it was fairly obvious what had happened the story was so well conceived and the weakness of the father and police prejudice made it believable.

  • The Chalk Man

  • By: C J Tudor
  • Narrated by: Andrew Scott, Asa Butterfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,089

None of us ever agreed on the exact beginning. Was it when we started drawing the chalk figures, or when they started to appear on their own? Was it the terrible accident? Or when they found the first body?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, narration not so good

  • By C rimmer on 08-11-18

Well drawn story

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

A long narrative unravelling a murder and suicide seen from two different time frames by Ed. I enjoyed the gradual unfolding of what happened as Ed tried to figure it out. Satisfactory ending. The narrator of the young Ed was excellent but I found the older Ed to be too quiet and indistinct at times.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Stranger Diaries

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Anjana Vasan, Andrew Wincott, Esther Wane, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 319

Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. As a literature teacher specialising in the Gothic writer R. M. Holland, she teaches a short course on it every year. Then Clare's life and work collide tragically when one of her colleagues is found dead, a line from an R. M. Holland story by her body. The investigating police detective is convinced the writer's works somehow hold the key to the case.s....  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The stranger diaries

  • By brenda peirce on 18-11-18

Not bad

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Good story- not sure about original stranger diary. An English teacher who writes a diary has attracted a ‘protector’ leading to two murders. Her daughter who attends the same school has some friends who have formed a group of creative writers but her mother is unaware of this. Well written as with other Griffiths books and excellent detective characters. Good narration of main characters

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Brass in Pocket: Inspector Drake Mystery (Volume 1)

  • By: Stephen Puleston
  • Narrated by: Richard Elfyn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Two traffic officers are killed on an isolated mountain pass in North Wales. Inspector Drake is called to the scene and quickly discovers a message left by the killer - traffic cones in the shape of a number four. The killer starts sending the Wales Police Service lyrics from famous rock songs. Are they messages, or is there some hidden meaning in them? Does it all mean more killings are likely?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining story and great narration

  • By Anonymous User on 14-11-18

Gave up!

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

Reviewed: 29-10-18

I really couldn’t carry on with this book. Although I quite enjoyed the prequel I’m afraid Drake’s OCD really irritated me. It didn’t seem to help him with his detective work either. It was a convoluted story following the murder of two policemen and I really didn’t care in the end who did it or why it happened.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Murder Solstice

  • Death Stalks the Island...
  • By: Keith Moray
  • Narrated by: David McCallion
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

The Scottish Hebrides. A strange group of people have descended on the small island of West Uist. Camped out in the grounds of the Castle, they are preparing to celebrate the summer solstice. Museum curator Finley McNab becomes suspicious of the cultlike group, and when he challenges them it seems his investigations could be deadly. Inspector Torquil McKinnon is called in to keep an eye on the group. Are they innocent pagan worshippers, or is something more sinister going on behind the scenes? As the day of the solstice draws ever nearer, whispers of murder are on the horizon....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • West Uist murders

  • By san2har on 14-10-18

West Uist murders

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

Reviewed: 14-10-18

This series is improving but for a little island there are lots of murders - a bit like Midsomer. However the characters are becoming familiar, Torquin the DI, Morag, his sergeant, Ewan and the 2 special constables. They manage to solve the murders together with the help of other local characters. There is also plenty of humour.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In a House of Lies

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851

A missing private investigator is found locked in a car hidden deep in the woods. Worse still - both for his family and the police - the body was in an area that had already been searched 10 years ago. Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is part of a new inquiry, combing through the mistakes of the original case. There were always suspicions over how the investigation was handled, and now - after a decade without answers - it's time for the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Changing of the Guard?

  • By Simon on 13-10-18

Ok

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

A bit of a complicated tale with many familiar characters as well as some new’ But still a good listen. Like the dogBrillo

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • All the Hidden Truths

  • By: Claire Askew
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron, Angus King
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

This is a fact: Ryan Summers walked into Three Rivers College and killed 13 women, then himself. But no one can say why. The question is one that cries out to be answered - by Ryan's mother, Moira; by Ishbel, the mother of Abigail, the first victim; and by DI Helen Birch, put in charge of the case on her first day at her new job. But as the tabloids and the media swarm, as the families' secrets come out, as the world searches for someone to blame...the truth seems to vanish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really quite stunning

  • By Dom on 10-08-18

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

An excellent book on a difficult subject. There is a killing spree at a college 13 dead and suicide of the gunman. This is not a spoiler alert as the book deals with the fall out after the event. It is dealt with sensitively. Beautifully written and observed with an excellent narration. This has to be one of my top books this year.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Temp

  • By: Michelle Frances
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Carrie is a successful TV producer in a high pressure job. She’s talented, liked, and well-respected. She and her husband, Adrian, an award-winning screenwriter, decided years before that they didn’t want children. But now, just as they’re both at the pinnacle of their careers, she has discovered she is pregnant and is shocked to find that she wants to keep the baby. But in a competitive industry where time off is seen as a sign of weakness, Carrie looks on the prospect of maternity leave with trepidation. Enter Emma, the temp, who is everything she could wish for as her cover: smart, willing and charming. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely worth a listen!

  • By ms s womack on 05-12-18

Daft storyline

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

Reviewed: 27-09-18

Whilst the writing was good and the narration excellent, the storyline was completely bonkers. Misunderstandings could have been easily talked out rather than creating an unrealistic plot line. The main characters are TV writers and producers. A married couple and a temp who took over some of the wife’s job role while she was having a baby - although we are told neither wanted one.
Basically things emerge to make it ‘psychological’ but it was complete drivel

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,814
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,383

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 24-09-18

Another triumph. Robin and Strike continue to run their detective agency (with more success. Robin, though still married is getting panic attacks because of her trauma at the hands of the serial killer in a previous case. Her husband does not help matters.
This case involves politicians , left-wing groups and dysfunctional families in a complicated tale which is eventually solved. Very satisfactory ending.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful