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  • Take Me In

  • By: Sabine Durrant
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear, Morven Christie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

It starts with a holiday. A three-year-old boy on a beach, and the hero who saves his life.But nothing is ever that simple.Tessa and Marcus know they owe Dave Jepsom more than they can ever repay.Yet even as he is walking from the sea with their son in his arms, there is something about him that makes them uneasy. He is not like other people that they know. Being with him makes them confront truths about themselves they would rather not see. The shock of that moment will change everything. And it's not how things start that matter. But how they end....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just too long!

  • By Creeda on 27-07-18

Rushed ending spoils a good listen.

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Loved Durrant's previous book, Lie With Me, but this book has the same themes, and props, Jo Malone, Dyptique candles, Flat whites, SW London.
The narration is good but the ending is predictable and any twists are not fully explained.

  • Slade House

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues, Thomas Judd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 687

Prepare to be chilled, electrified and entertained - a gem of a novel from 'one of the most brilliantly inventive writers of this, or any country' ( Independent). Walk down narrow, clammy Slade Alley. Open the black iron door in the right-hand wall. Enter the sunlit garden of an old house that doesn't exactly make sense. A stranger greets you by name and invites you inside. At first, you won't want to leave. Too late, you find you can't....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classy Supernatural Tale

  • By Simon on 03-11-15

ANOTHER MITCHELL CLASSIC

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

Reviewed: 22-02-16

If you could sum up Slade House in three words, what would they be?

Any additional comments?

If you have read Mitchell's other books you will love all the references to past characters and events. This is shorter and less complex than the Bone Clocks, I listened to it while painting my bathroom and didn't want it to end.

  • The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,418
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,418

England,1976. Mrs Creasy is missing, and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, 10-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 1976 - long, hot and a wonderful experience

  • By Kaggy on 05-04-16

This is an outstanding book, beautifully recorded.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

If you could sum up The Trouble with Goats and Sheep in three words, what would they be?

That hot summer.

What about Paula Wilcox’s performance did you like?

She made you love the characters, I did not even recognise her voice initially. She did a great job.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Tilly and Gracie, what a team. I had a best friend when I was 10, and this book took me back to that uncomplicated relationship, in a good way.

Any additional comments?

I have recommended this recording to so many friends. I will listen again.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • I Let You Go

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe, Julia Barrie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,056

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she? In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief, and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous debut!

  • By Ann D on 09-05-15

Twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 18-01-16

What made the experience of listening to I Let You Go the most enjoyable?

This is a compelling book, I played it in the car, while I was getting ready to go out, while I cooked. I will leave it a few months and then listen to it again, concentrating on different characters. I highly recommend this book, a fantastic listen.

  • Midnight Sun

  • Blood on Snow 2
  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Kim Gordon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50

Jon is on the run. He has betrayed Oslo’s biggest crime lord: The Fisherman. Fleeing to an isolated corner of Norway, to a mountain town so far north that the sun never sets, Jon hopes to find sanctuary amongst a local religious sect. Hiding out in a shepherd’s cabin in the wilderness, all that stands between him and his fate are Lea, a bereaved mother; and her young son, Knut. But while Lea provides him with a rifle and Knut brings essential supplies, the midnight sun is slowly driving Jon to insanity.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful Performance! Could I give it back!

  • By a mohammadi nasr on 07-04-16

SO DISAPPOINTING

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

Reviewed: 24-11-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different narrator, It did not bode well when Kim Gordon couldn't even pronounce Jo Nesbo's name correctly. She went on to sound tired, and disinterested. Seriously one of the worst performances I have heard on Audible. I realise this was not a Harry Hole book, so it is reasonable to have a new voice, but I almost asked for my money back.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Predictable. I have heard/read all Jo Nesbo's work and am a huge fan.
This is not up to his usual standard.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kim Gordon’s performances?

No I would not. I do not find her voice appealing.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Midnight Sun?

You book was so short you couldn't have cut a minute.

Any additional comments?

I feel it is a cheek to ask for a whole credit for such a short book.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Way We Live Now

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451

In this world of bribes, vendettas, and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel...a bloated swindler...a vile city ruffian'. But as vile as he is, he is considered one of Trollope's greatest creations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! Fantastic!

  • By Sharon on 15-11-09

AMAZING BOOK

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

Reviewed: 13-12-14

What did you like most about The Way We Live Now?

Trollope has a wry understated humour, I liked this book more than his others. This book is a huge undertaking, I'm so glad tackled it in audio book form. The characters are so well drawn, I couldn't wait to be alone to listen to it, It's big a love story, a financial who done it and a social commentary.

What did you like best about this story?

Again the humour, the 'Posh' people were unintentionally hilarious, the 'commoners' equally so. It is like a carry on script with loads of class and social rules, blocking each tier from living the lives they could. They all accept the parameters without question.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I loved it all, Timothy West is the perfect narrator for this book. When he is the female characters being really 'bitchy' to each other while being pleasant and refined, it's fantastic.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The way it was, now lost forever.

Any additional comments?

Listen to this, it will take you a long time, and no one in my family would listen to it with me, so I had to put headphones on (this was great actually). Treat yourself.

  • The Children Act

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Lindsay Duncan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759

Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now her marriage of 30 years is in crisis. At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful 17-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who is the ultimate judge?

  • By Kaggy on 10-05-17

A KIND NARRATIVE

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

Reviewed: 10-09-14

If you could sum up The Children Act in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating, thought provoking.

What other book might you compare The Children Act to, and why?

Apple Tree Yard, only because it deals with a professional woman, who outwardly has her life under tight control.

Have you listened to any of Lindsay Duncan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Lindsay Duncan is perfect although when portraying a 17 year old she is a touch patronising.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Who judges the judges?

Any additional comments?

McEwan always educates with his books and this is another example of exceptional writing along with scrupulous research. I think Ian McEwan must be a kind and thoughtful man.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Return of the Native

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Alan Rickman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

Set on Egdon Heath, a fictional barren moor in Wessex, Eustacia Vye longs for the excitement of city life but is cut off from the world in her grandfather's lonely cottage. Clym Yeobright who has returned to the area to become a schoolmaster seems to offer everything she dreams of: passion, excitement and the opportunity to escape. However, Clym's ambitions are quite different, and marriage only increases Eustacia's destructive restlessness, drawing others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvellous.

  • By Pauline on 17-08-11

A haunting story

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

Reviewed: 29-07-14

Where does The Return of the Native rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This story is read by Alan Rickman who is perfect, this is a sad yet fascinating book. The narration is transportive. I will listen to this audio book again.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Saints of the Shadow Bible

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James MacPherson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806

Sunday Times number-one best seller Ian Rankin returns with his gripping new Rebus novel. Unabridged edition featuring a bonus interview with Ian Rankin and James MacPherson. Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. A 30-year-old case is being reopened, and Rebus' team from back then is suspected of foul play. With Malcolm Fox as the investigating officer, are the past and present about to collide in a shocking and murderous fashion?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, yes, yes, Rankin right back on top of form!

  • By Jill on 10-11-13

Always listen to the audio sample.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-14

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I really wish I'd listened to an audio sample before I purchased this book. I've always loved Rebus and read them all, but the narration on this audio book, is not compelling and I found the story had no pace.

What was most disappointing about Ian Rankin’s story?

I'm afraid I did not finish it. I will buy the book, I'm sure the story will be up to Rankin's usual standard.

How could the performance have been better?

A different narrator.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

  • The Son

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826

Sonny's on the run. Sonny is a model prisoner. He listens to the confessions of other inmates, and absolves them of their sins. He's been lied to his whole life. But then one prisoner’s confession changes everything. He knows something about Sonny’s disgraced father. Sonny wants revenge. He needs to break out of prison and make those responsible pay for their crimes. Whatever the cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By David on 26-04-14

A new hero.

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

Reviewed: 27-04-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you like Jo Nesbo, you will not be disappointed by this. Twists and turns, and the ending is fantastic. It's great to meet new characters.

What did you like best about this story?

It was a change from the Harry series, Nesbo loves flawed characters, you never know if they will relapse / submit / regress. My heart was in my mouth. I listen to books while I cook and with this book, the family were very well fed.

Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favourite?

I liked Sonny. Even though he did bad things, you always wanted the best for him.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

You can run but you can't hide from your past.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful