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  • After I've Gone

  • By: Linda Green
  • Narrated by: Emmy Rose, Helen Lloyd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571

On a wet Monday in January, Jess Mount receives the devastating news that she hasn't got long left to live. She doesn't hear it from a doctor, though. She discovers it when her Facebook timeline skips forward 18 months and family and friends start posting tributes to her - following her death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was ok

  • By M. Mawson on 08-08-17

wish I hadnt bothered

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

Reviewed: 31-01-19

could not get on with this - no likeable characters at all and the ending was anything but satisfying
Narration was good though - and that was what kept me going!

  • The Other Wife

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815

 

Childhood sweethearts William and Mary have been married for 60 years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both have a strong sense of right and wrong. This is what their son, Joe O'Loughlin, has always believed. But when Joe is summoned to the hospital with news that his father has been brutally attacked, his world is turned upside down. Who is the strange woman crying at William's bedside, covered in his blood - a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really excellent

  • By mollyeyre on 16-06-18

another great listen

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

Reviewed: 31-01-19

I love Michael Robothams books and I love Sean Barrett's narration so I was delighted when this one was released.
I found myself getting a bit annoyed with Joe though in this one - he didn't behave as I wanted him to - but maybe that says more about me than him!
Narration, as always was impeccable - I very often find myself listening to other narrators and wondering " how would Sean Barrett read that sentence" - his dead pan delivery allows the story to be the star, and the listener to add their own interpretation - just how I like it
Cannot wait for the next one

  • Liar Liar

  • By: M J Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348

Perfect for fans of Jo Nesbo and Mo Hayder, Liar Liar showcases all the hallmarks of Arlidge's taut and rapid-fire writing, including his protagonist, DI Helen Grace, and the Southampton based team. Faced with yet another ruthless serial killer, one with a penchant for pyromania, DI Helen Grace is an unwilling participant in a race against this new sadistic combatant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Liar Liar

  • By Susan Random on 18-06-17

not the best Helen Grace book

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

Reviewed: 31-01-19

Maybe I am just getting a bit tired of this series but I did not find this book as enjoyable as others from the same series.
There is too much "back story" - and I managed to be one step ahead of the narrative which is always a shame.
I find the narration irritating in the extreme - too much emphasis on the wrong word, too much interpretation in the phrasing. Others seems to really like it though so maybe it is just me.
Finally, I hadn't noticed this in the other books but there seem to be a lot of "big words" squeezed into the story for not reason - so much so that they really stood out to me when listening. Think I need a break from these now.........

  • Gone Astray

  • By: Michelle Davies
  • Narrated by: Clare Wille
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504

Gone Astray is a tense psychological thriller from debut novelist Michelle Davies. When Lesley Kinnock buys a lottery ticket on a whim, it changes her life more than she could have imagined.... Lesley and her husband, Mack, are the sudden winners of a £15 million EuroMillions jackpot. They move with their 15-year-old daughter, Rosie, to an exclusive gated estate in Buckinghamshire, leaving behind their ordinary lives - and friends - as they are catapulted into wealth beyond their wildest dreams.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A tense, spine chilling story

  • By Marissa on 08-07-16

Liked the premise and narration was good

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

Reviewed: 17-04-18

Yes - enjoyed this one. Ending was a surprise, the narration was good and the overall story line believable (not always a criteria but in this case it seems to fit)
Would recommend

  • The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman

  • By: Mindy Mejia
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Thorburn, Jeff Harding, John Moraitis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Eighteen-year-old Hattie Hoffman is a talented actress, loved by everyone in her Minnesotan hometown. When she's found stabbed to death on the opening night of her school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of the community. Sheriff Del Goodman, a close friend of Hattie's dad, vows to find her killer, but the investigation yields more secrets than answers: it turns out Hattie played as many parts offstage as on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Kerrie on 20-07-17

Nicely written - well narrated

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

Reviewed: 17-04-18

Really enjoyed this one.
Some of it was a bit overlong (generally the "Hatty" parts) but I took that as part of the story as probably a "Hatty" would talk like that.
Liked the fact that the voices were so different from each other.
Didnt see the ending coming either - so all in all a good listen

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Sister

  • By: Sam Carrington
  • Narrated by: Rachael Louise Miller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

The gripping new thriller from the best-selling author of Saving Sophie. Stephanie is scared for her life. Her psychologist, Connie Summers, wants to help her face her fears, but Connie will never really understand her. Stephanie's past has been wiped away for her own protection. Stephanie isn't even her real name. But then, Dr Summers isn't Connie's real name either. And that's not all the women have in common.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overlong.

  • By L. Cox on 01-04-18

Its beginning to drag now....

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

Reviewed: 17-04-18

Have to be honest - I nearly returned this one as the narration has driven me to distraction. Accents are dreadful and the phrasing is over dramatic. However just when I thought I couldn't listen to it anymore, the story seemed to buck up.
So I have stuck with it
But it is dragging on and on - I want to know what is going to happen but I still have 2 hours to go..........
Will keep going but will probably avoid this author and narrator in future.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Before

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,769
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,759

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping thriller

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-17

Really enjoyed this

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

This gripped me. Took a while to settle in to be honest and at times I was really frustrated with Emma and Jane but once it slotted into place I enjoyed it a lot.
Narration was very good indeed. The voices of two main characters were pitched just right.

  • 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 1,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,265

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

keeps me riveted in the car

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

Reviewed: 23-08-17

Not quite finished this yet but am loving it.
Was really not sure about the narrator when it started but as the story goes on, I realise it is pitch perfect.
The story is developing nicely and the little glimpses into the horror that Annie has experienced are intriguing.

  • Hope to Die

  • DS Nathan Cody, Book 2
  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429

On a bitterly cold winter's night, Liverpool is left stunned by a brutal murder in the grounds of the city's Anglican Cathedral. A killer is on the loose, driven by a chilling rage. Put on the case, DS Nathan Cody is quickly stumped. Wherever he digs, the victim seems to be almost angelic - no one has a bad word to say, let alone a motive for such a violent murder. And Cody has other things on his mind, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gobsmacked

  • By Jackie Cody on 09-04-17

I love this series - story and narration excellent

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

Reviewed: 21-07-17

Love this book. Every layer of it is excellent and I love the fact that it is set in Liverpool and wraps the story around the city.
Narration is excellent I have to say.
The story is just the right side of gruesome to keep me interested but not repelled as well!

love it and cannot wait for the next one

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • You're Next

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596

‘I know you, don’t I?’ Five words - that’s all it takes to plunge Mike Wingate and his family into mortal danger. Mike doesn’t recognise the crippled stranger who approaches him at a party... but the stranger seems to know all about him. What has Mike done? Do they have the wrong man? Overnight, the threats become attacks, and Mike, his wife, and their young daughter learn they aren’t safe anywhere - especially not their own home. He doesn’t know who they are. He doesn’t know what they want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrated by the master himself

  • By Ms. A. Allin on 22-05-16

Enjoyed more than I thought I would.

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

Reviewed: 20-06-17

Narration was great. Enjoyed the story. A little predictable in the end but overall v good.