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  • Never Look Back

  • DI Mike Lockyer, Book 1
  • By: Clare Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Karl Prekopp, Imogen Church
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 759
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 685
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 689

Three women have been found brutally murdered in south London, the victims only feet away from help during each sadistic attack. And the killer is getting braver.... Sarah Grainger is rapidly becoming too afraid to leave her house. Once an outgoing photographer, she knows that someone is watching her. A cryptic note brings everything into terrifying focus, but it’s the chilling phone calls that take the case to another level. DI Mike Lockyer heads up the regional murder squad. With three bodies on his watch, and a killer growing in confidence, he frantically tries to find the link between these seemingly isolated incidents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent debut

  • By Saffy on 25-04-14

what a fabulous ending

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

I thoroughly enjoyed this gripping and fast paced book. A book I couldn't put down and which caused a few late nights because I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.

My first book by Clare Donoghue and it won't be my last that's for sure.

Well written with each chapter meandering into the next ensuring that you cannot leave the book just yet. A writer who knows how to make you want more. If the author was a chef each course would make you salivate more at the last mouthful so that you desire the next course with great anticipation.

The narrators did justice to this book with correct crescendo when needed.

A 5 star book in my opinion for the author and both narrators. In a theatre I'd give a standing ovation.

  • The Chocolate Girls

  • By: Annie Murray
  • Narrated by: Frances Barber
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Three very different women work together at Cadbury's Bournville factory, and their lives become entwined by war and work: and a child called David. Edie, the main character, marries young to escape her unhappy family home. Widowed at 19 and, after losing her child from the marriage, she faces the war grieving and lonely. Then one night during the Blitz, an infant mysteriously abandoned during the bombing is handed into her care.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED it

  • By Anonymous User on 18-04-19

A huge disappointment.

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

Reviewed: 21-03-16

This book left me wondering if I had fallen asleep and missed some major parts of the story.

The beginning had the reader jumping into a good strong story but quickly I was left wondering what on earth was going on as chunks of the story seemed to be missed out.

The ending was ridiculously abrupt leaving me feeling really let down.

Ms Barber narrates beautifully and was the only saving grace of this book.

  • The Burning

  • By: Jane Casey
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon, Penelope Rawlins, Paul Thornley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy makes her weak, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, from her grieving friends and family, the more determined Maeve becomes to bring her murderer to justice. But how do you catch a killer no one has seen? And when so much of the evidence they leave behind has gone up in smoke?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pacey, intelligent, great characters!

  • By Ann D on 31-01-15

Incredible

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

A fabulously written book and what an amazing performance by all three narrators.

I could hardly put this down.

  • Good Girls Don't Die

  • By: Isabelle Grey
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 930

Accused of grassing up a fellow officer and driven brutally out of home and job, DI Grace Fisher is thankful to survive some dark times and find haven with the Major Investigation Team in Essex. Any hopes of a quiet start to her new life are dashed by the discovery of the body of a female student, last seen at a popular bar in Colchester. Grace has her first case. When a second student, also out drinking, is murdered and left grotesquely posed, the case becomes headline news. Someone is leaking disturbing details to a tabloid crime reporter. Is it the killer? Or a detective close to the case?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Victoria Burton on 17-01-15

I gave up

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

Reviewed: 01-03-16

I really wanted to like this but the narrative was BORING. Melody is such an irony as a name for the narrator as there was zero melody in this flat yawn inducing story telling. Don't get me wrong, Melody has a lovely voice but for narrating a book she may as well have been reading the yellow pages for the amount of enthusiasm given.

I feel that I cannot pass comment truly on the book as I think it cold have been fab with a narrator who delivered with some feeling.

  • Almost Dead

  • Lizzy Gardner, Book 5
  • By: T.R. Ragan
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Life for private investigator Lizzy Gardner will never be the same. It's been three weeks since her fiancé Jared, was shot on what was supposed to be their wedding day. He's in a coma now, and Lizzy is being forced to make a decision she might not be able to live with. But a string of deaths has forced her to get back to work. While they appear to be unrelated accidents at first glance, a closer look shows they all have something in common.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story writing

  • By Chudwill on 04-04-16

Words fail me.

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

Reviewed: 19-02-16

I'm really sorry to have to say that I was bored to tears with this book.

I really don't know what else to write to be honest as I don't like to be harsh.

  • Bones in the Nest

  • By: Helen Cadbury
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

The Chasebridge Killer is out, racial tension is rising and the mutilated body of a young Muslim man is found in the stairwell of a tower block in Doncaster. As he gets drawn into the case, Sean Denton's family life and his police job become dangerously entwined. Meanwhile a young woman is trying to piece her life back together, but someone is out there - someone who will never let her forget what she's done.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this as much as the first Sean Denton book

  • By Jane on 20-07-17

Another magnificent book by Helen

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

Reviewed: 16-02-16

This book starts as it means to go on...fast paced on the edge of your seat and thrilling. I advise you to read Helens other book first...to catch a rabbit. ..as it's the start of what I hope is a series about Sean Denton.

Once again Jonathan Keeble does an incredible job as the narrator. This man knows how to read stories out loud.

I finished this in 24 hours. I just couldn't put it down and listened to it whilst working, walking my dog and forfeited an evening of tv to continue with this book.

A fantastic author.

  • He's Got to Go

  • By: Sheila O'Flanagan
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

What do you do when the man in you life lets you down? Show him the door? Chuck his clothes out of the window? If only it was that easy - especially when you've got an eight year old to think about and a part-time job that barely pays the milk bill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, rich characters, great story!

  • By Ann D on 05-08-15

Really enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 15-02-16

An easy story to listen to with likeable characters. A tad annoying with the 'he said' 'she said'. Surely a seasoned author could think of other ways to depict who is saying what.

The story is somewhat predictable but it's a, what I call...a palate cleanser Sunday afternoon read. A story to listen to inbetween your usual genre to refresh your brain ready for your next nitty gritty book.

Narrated very well indeed.

It would be nice if there's a follow on book from this as I'd like to know what happens to the characters. I guess that's the nosy part of me.I did feel like I was a spy on the wall to these three ladies.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ice Cold

  • A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

In Wyoming for a medical conference, Boston medical examiner Maura Isles joins a group of friends on a spur-of-the-moment ski trip. Days later, Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli is determined to learn what happened to her friend. The investigation plunges Jane into the twisted history of Kingdom Come, where a gruesome discovery lies buried beneath the snow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tess Gerritsen at her best....

  • By Anita on 29-04-12

Recording has intermittent issues

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

Story was mediocre. Narrator very good but I've knocked the performance score down due to the intermittent jumping of the recording. Very annoying and I wasn't sure if I'd missed things t times.

I've never had an abridged version before so I don't know if this skipping is normal. It's not very good that it's allowed to be sold with this problem.

Poor value.

  • Brooklyn

  • By: Colm Tóibín
  • Narrated by: Niamh Cusack
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 461

It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her family and her home for the first time. Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. She is far from home - and homesick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Irishwoman abroad

  • By Kate on 11-06-15

Thoroughly enjoyed it and different from my norm.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

I thoroughly enjoyed this easy to listen too audio book. Lighthearted and with no great effort to get to grips with.

A predictable plot but as my favourite genre is thriller, psychological crime and fast paced mystery this book acted like a palate cleanser before picking another from my usual genre.

Narrated beautifully, which I expected from such a wonderful actress and Niamh didn't disappoint at all.

Don't expect thrills,spills and fireworks as this is a gentle love story with a sense of duty thrown in. Imagine Call the midwife but without nuns and nurses.

Nicely written. Clearly read. Easy to digest.

  • Obsessed

  • The Lizzy Gardner Series , Book 4
  • By: T. R. Ragan
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Desperate for better ratings, radio psychologist Madeline Blair tells her listeners she’s being stalked, unaware that her long-time listener and biggest fan, Seth Brown, will do anything to protect her. When her publicity stunt is revealed, he becomes enraged by her deceit and dangerously unhinged. When her friends mysteriously begin to vanish and damning evidence points to Madeline, she turns to private investigator Lizzy Gardner for help. Lizzy knows her way around a murderer’s mind, after surviving her own horrifying ordeal at the hands of a serial killer years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Women with machetes. and they are the good guys.

  • By books and me on 30-04-16

I'm still unsure if I like it

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

I listened through to the end of this but I'm not sure if I enjoyed it or not. I felt like it was much longer than 8hours or so. It didn't keep me engaged much, another one where my mind wandered off.

The narrator was ok. Characterisation via giving them voices was rather lame.