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  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 297

The 10-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambiance while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline.... Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these tired bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal? These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly brilliant! Liane Moriarty does it again!!!

  • By Lu on 08-10-18

Disappointing! Not her usual charisma!!

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

Reviewed: 14-11-18

I was really disappointed with this book. I was waiting for ages for it to be released as I have read all of her other books and every one of them has been brilliant, but this was a right let down. I couldn't believe it was written by Liane Moriarty!
It was centred around nine visitors to a health retreat, one family of 3, one young couple and four singles, all different ages, but unlike in all of her other books, not one of them had an interesting or charismatic personality. They were all very bland and boring. The story just dragged on and on, particularly when they were all locked in one of the treatment rooms. I almost gave up halfway and kind of wish I had. Unbelievable and far fetched and dull.

If she writes another book, I would still read it because I have thoroughly enjoyed all her others.
The narrator did well as always.

  • Gone Girl

  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,867

Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keep going with this

  • By E on 23-02-13

Worst ending ever, what a let down!!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

This book was amazing and the plot was one of the cleverest I've ever heard. I was so enthralled with it that I was going to give it 5 stars and was going to say that it would make a brilliant TV series. I was wondering how on earth the author was going to end it and was expecting a brilliant shock finale. That's until I actually got to the ending! It was like the author couldnt think of a briliant, shock finale or that she got bored or tired and just couldn't be bothered any more so she just quickly made something up and thought - That'll do!! It was the most unexpected ending, but NOT in a good way. Very disappointing!
Unnecessary over use of bad language too, but would've forgiven that if the author had had the imagination to end the story in keeping with the other 90 per cent of the book.
Both narrators were very good.

  • The Date

  • By: Louise Jensen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, and she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future. By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognizable. She wakes, and she knows that something is wrong. She is home, she is alone, she is hurt, and she has no memory of what happened to her. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Another poorly edited novel...

  • By Ninecatz on 22-08-18

A bit unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Overall, a good story, if not a bit unbelievable. How did 'the date' know that Ali was going to lose her memory???
The outcome was a bit of a shock and was not at all the person I thought the culprit was going to be and the reason for doing so.
The endless, needless descriptions were infuriating though. For example, about 2 minutes was spent with the main character Ali pondering over a hanging basket!!?? Some of the mind wandering descriptions just went on and on and on and I found myself saying out loud "just get on with it for goodness sake!!!"
Worth a read though.

  • Best Day Ever

  • By: Kaira Rouda
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead, Amy McFadden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Paul Strom has spent years building his perfect life: glittering career, beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in the suburbs. But he also has his secrets. That's why Paul has promised his wife a romantic weekend getaway. He proclaims this day, a warm Friday in May, will be the best day ever. Paul loves his wife, really, he does. But he also wants to get rid of her. And with every hour that passes, Paul ticks off another stage in his elaborately laid plan....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • dog walker sussex

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-10-17

GOOD

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Paul Strom, the main character in the book was the most obnoxious, arrogant, chauvinistic prat ever!! He cannot possibly love anybody at all because his love is all focussed on himself. Having said that, some of the things he says are so outrageous that I just had to laugh out loud!
The story was a good one and kept me wanting to listen more just to find out if he was going to fall. The ending was good and satisfying.
Good choice of narrator, he was really believable as the character and had all the right inflections in his tone. He really got into character and sounded like he enjoyed narrating the book too.
I think this would make a good TV drama.

  • The Last Mrs Parrish

  • By: Liv Constantine
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman, Meghan Wolf
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

Amber Patterson is tired of being a nobody: an invisible woman who melts into the background. She deserves more. She deserves a life of wealth, luxury and leisure. Daphne Parrish is the golden girl of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut. With her model looks, her picture-perfect mansion and her millionaire husband, Jackson, she has everything Amber wants.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable and corny...but very enjoyable :)

  • By AnnieJuly on 05-01-18

So glad I found this book!!

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

Reviewed: 13-08-18

This was definitely one of those books that you just can't put down! It was interesting throughout. Daphne was a lovely believable person and I was just willing the ending to work out for her. As for Amber and Jackson, they were both vile people and I could not wait to hear how the story would unfold and how they would both get what they truly deserved in the end - I was not disappointed. I was satisfied with what I thought was the end of the book but then the epilogue was a further shock and surprise. Absolutely brilliant!!
I also loved the description of the houses and apartments owned by Daphne and Jackson and the description of their lavish lifestyle.
The book was well written and also well read by both narrators. I will look out for further books by this author.
RECOMMENDED!!! You will not be disappointed!

  • The Man Who Didn't Call

  • By: Rosie Walsh
  • Narrated by: Katherine Press
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

If you've ever found yourself waiting for a call that didn't come, The Man Who Didn't Call by Rosie Walsh is the audiobook for you. Imagine you meet a man, spend six glorious days together, and fall in love. And it's mutual: you've never been so certain of anything. So when he leaves for a long-booked holiday and promises to call from the airport, you have no cause to doubt him. But he doesn't call.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous novel by Rosie Walsh

  • By Linda Siddorn on 18-06-18

Brilliant Book!! Recommended!

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book. The main characters, Sarah and Eddie were very likeable, especially Eddie who was lovely, witty and very warm hearted and lovable. I just wanted the best outcome for them both. It was an unusual story with lots of twists and turns. Halfway through the book I realised that all was not as it seems and then it just got more interesting. The ending had me in tears - I won't say if they were tears of joy or tears of sorrow because I don't want to give anything away. Listen for yourself and enjoy!! Recommended!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman Next Door

  • By: Cass Green
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Bea Holland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 552

Two suburban women. Two dark secrets. The almost perfect murder. Everybody needs good neighbours.... Melissa and Hester have lived next door to each other for years. When Melissa's daughter was younger, Hester was almost like a grandmother to her. But recently they haven't been so close. Hester has plans to change all that. It's obvious to her that despite Melissa's outwardly glamorous and successful life, she needs Hester's help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant gripping story

  • By Miss Lesley Davidson on 28-01-17

So Good!!!

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

Reviewed: 26-07-18

This was a really good book and quite unusual. I think it would make a great TV series.
I wouldn't say it was a psychological thriller, I thought it was more like a 'Black Comedy' because the Woman Next Door (Hester) was in her 60s, and was a bit of a Mrs Bouquet type character - completely bonkers, but so funny in parts. I'm not sure if the author meant for the book to be funny, but it was quite funny in parts but still had me on the edge of my seat awaiting the outcome. I think that both narrators were good, but the one who did the voice of Hester was particularly good. She really got into character and it sounded like she thoroughly enjoyed reading her part.
The only criticism was that I thought the end was a bit sudden, I was quite surprised when I realised that I had reached the end, I thought there wold have been an epilogue.
I would recommend this book, I really enjoyed it

  • The Other Woman

  • By: Sandie Jones
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

The Other Woman by debut author Sandie Jones is a gripping psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Michelle Frances' The Girlfriend and B A Paris' Behind Closed Doors. There's nothing that this mother wouldn't do for her son.... Emily thinks Adam's perfect: the man she always hoped but never thought she'd meet. But lurking in the shadows is a rival, a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves. A mother whose love for her son knows no bounds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent throughput!

  • By Teddi on 08-04-18

Good read!

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

I did enjoy this book but I would not call it a psychological thriller. It was more like a mother in law from hell kind of book, with a twist! Emily was a bit of a boring character and her relationship with Adam was never really believable, they never come across a a loving or lovable couple. There was an overuse of the exclamation WHAT??!! which got quite irritating. Having said all that, it did keep me listening, and the twist in the tale at the end was worth it.
Good narration too.
Yes, I would recommend it.

  • Staying at Daisy's

  • By: Jill Mansell
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Staying at Daisy's from Sunday Times best-selling author Jill Mansell is essential reading if you love the novels of Cathy Kelly and Milly Johnson. Daisy MacLean runs the country house hotel owned by her flamboyant father, Hector. When she hears who's about to get married there, she isn't worried at all - her friend, Tara, absolutely promises there won't be any trouble between her and ex-boyfriend Dominic, whom she hasn't seen for years. But Dominic has other ideas....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By barbara on 18-08-16

Worst narration ever!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I got to about chapter 6 and could take no more. Absolutely boring storyline and the worst narration I have ever heard. The men all sounded like Leslie Philips out of the carry on films (well hello, and I say, ding dong) it was just horrendous, what on earth was the narrator doing? I've listened to a couple of other books by this author and they've been good but not the case with this one. It is so far fetched and childish and was actually like a Carry On film come to think of it. Sent it back and got my credit refunded. Annoyed that it wouldn't allow me to give it ZERO stars!!!

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 668

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. It's about a jealous wife obsessed with her replacement. It's about a younger woman set to marry the man she loves. The first wife seems like a disaster; her replacement is the perfect woman. You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships. You will be wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Edge of The Seat Thriller

  • By Janet biglari on 12-02-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was very intruiging from the start. It got a little complicated in the middle and I thought I'd lost the thread, but stuck with it until the penny dropped!
Loved the narration too.