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  • Blood Sisters

  • By: Jane Corry
  • Narrated by: Zoe Thorne, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 655

Three little girls set off to school one sunny May morning. Within an hour one of them is dead. Fifteen years later Alison and Kitty are living separate lives. Kitty lives in a care home. She can't speak, and she has no memory of the accident that put her there or her life before it. Art teacher Alison looks fine on the surface. But the surface is a lie. When a job in a prison comes up, she decides to take it - this is her chance to finally make things right. But someone is watching Kitty and Alison. Someone who wants revenge for what happened that day. And only another life will do....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay

  • By Ariana on 24-08-17

Suspense filled Thriller.

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

Reviewed: 07-03-19

This story follows the lives of Kitty and Alison. Kitty has been brain damaged and is non-verbal and wheelchair bound. She lives is a supported living home where she feels fury at the staff and other residents. Her memory is one of her greatest frustrations. Every memory feels infuriatingly just out of reach, with occasional flashes of the past that are gone too soon. Alison is an artist who teaches glass artistry. On a whim she applies for a job as artist in residence at a local prison and gets the job. Unbeknown to her, she is entering a world of smoke and mirrors, where staff and inmates act like they have your back and you never know who to rely on or believe. The suspense in this thriller builds and builds throughout, with shocks and surprises throughout. I really felt that I was kept on my toes and while I worked out a small amount of the story, I was regularly surprised and confused throughout.In the words of Sir Walter Scott "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive" and there is plenty of deception is this intense tale.Who to like? who to trust? and who did what? are questions that were a constant throughout. The narrators for Blood Sisters are Zoe Thorne and Emilia Fox and they do an outstanding job, both with the characterisation and the various voices. They manage to maintain the intensity, mood and suspense that are present throughout, while pulling you in until you are completely invested.

  • Strong

  • By: Kylie Scott
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

As head of security to Stage Dive, one of the biggest rock bands in the world, Sam Knowles has plenty of experience dealing with trouble. But spoiled brat Martha Nicholson just might be the worst thing he’s ever encountered. The beautiful troublemaker claims to have reformed, but Sam knows better than to think with what’s in his pants. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to make his heart fall into line.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant addition to the Stage Dive series.

  • By N. Mahoney on 04-03-19

A brilliant addition to the Stage Dive series.

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

I was gutted when I finished the Stage Dive series, so I had high expectations when I listened to Strong. What I got was a perfect addition to the Stage Dive series. This is a fun, sweet and sensual romance this time focusing on Ben's sister Martha and Sam, the long suffering, stoic, security for Stage Dive. Previously Martha has not been a likeable character, however after several years have passed, it is a far more mature, interesting Martha that comes to stay with her brother, sister-in-law and nephew. In addition to the romance it was nice to see a nicer side of Martha. Her relationship with nephew Gibby is entertaining and touching. I would have loved for this to be a full length book as I cannot get enough of this series, however, it works really well as a standalone as I already knew her history with her family and the band.
Andi Arndt provides fabulous narration. Having narrated the rest of this series, I expected great vocal acting and Ms Arndt once again delivered.

  • My Husband's Wife

  • By: Jane Corry
  • Narrated by: Abigail Thaw, Lily Bevan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,208

When lawyer Lily marries Ed, she's determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But when she takes on her first criminal case, she starts to find herself strangely drawn to her client. A man who's accused of murder. A man she will soon be willing to risk everything for. But is he really innocent? And who is she to judge?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Amanda W on 29-09-16

A fantastic, suspense filled, thriller.

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

I listened to My Husband's wife in January and it set a very high bar for every book that I read or listen to this year. The tense opening of the story is indicative of the intense, suspense filled thriller. Married couple, Lily and Ed's marriage is not an easy one. Ed the artist and Lily, the criminal defence lawyer start looking after Carla, the manipulative 9 year old daughter of their beautiful but vapid Italian neighbour.  Carla enjoys entertaining the youngster and Ed repeatedly draws the child that has quickly become his muse.Lily takes on a murder case that could make or break her career, meaning that she has less and less time to devote to her strained marriage or Carla. As the story progresses, the characters become less and less likeable. This would usually put me off of a book as I do like to have a character that I can champion. However in My Husband's Wife, dislike of the characters is actually a plus.I thought that I had it all worked out and then found out repeatedly, that I was wrong. The narration by Abigail Thaw and Lily Bevan is outstanding. Their vocal talents brought each character to life and drew me into the story.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,318

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • waste of time

  • By Nicole on 02-10-16

A suspense filled thriller.

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

Reviewed: 15-12-18

This was a really well written, suspense filled mystery. The alcoholic. train travelling Rebecca, Toms Ex-wife, who everyone treats with disdain or pity.
Anna, the ex mistress and current Tom and mother to their daughter.
And Megan, who lives a few doors away from Tom and Anna (In the home that Tom and Rachel bought together)
When Megan goes missing the finger of suspicion is pointed at several people.
Written in a non-linear time-line The chapters open with the name of the character whose eyes we are seeing the story through and the date.
The narration by Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett, was really well done and the character driven story was brought to life in the audiobook. In this instance, the distinct three separate narrators worked really well.
I was gripped from beginning to end.

  • Consumed

  • Vampire Awakenings, Book 8
  • By: Brenda K. Davies
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

When Mollie awakens to find herself in a cage, she doesn’t remember how she or her sister got there, but she also discovers they are not alone in their nightmare. After their captors take her sister, Mollie vows to do whatever it takes to rescue Aida. The only problem is, she has no idea how she’s going to break free...until Mike arrives. Imprisoned together, Mollie and Mike join forces to break free, but they soon discover life outside of captivity is even deadlier and more horrific than anything they could have imagined. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • so beautifull<br />

  • By Cliente Amazon on 01-03-19

I cannot get enough of this series.

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

Oh my goodness. This is the most tense. emotional, frightening (for them) and so good! This series is one of my favourites and while this book does have similar traits, it is more intense than the other books. Fast paced, tense and fantastic. There are some sexy. romantic moments and a lot of fantasy violence, so I would say that, as with the rest of the series, this is 18 +

  • Hangman

  • A Ragdoll Book
  • By: Daniel Cole
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Eighteen months have passed, but the scars the Ragdoll murders left behind are reopened on a daily basis, the legacy of the infamous investigation infecting all aspects of daily life. Despite the media's best efforts, copycat murders all over the planet have proven to be nothing more than violent mutilations by the unimaginative and deranged - until a Wall Street banker is strung up impossibly across the Brooklyn Bridge, the word BAIT carved deep into his chest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cole Paints Two Towns Red!

  • By Simon on 23-03-18

Outstanding Thriller

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

Reviewed: 26-11-18

This is the second book in the series and I advise you to read Ragdoll first to fully appreciate this book and because it is brilliant.

I thoroughly enjoyed Hangman. Well written, faced paced and crime thriller that kept me guessing right to the end and then a shocking conclusion!
Baxter journeys between this UK and US thriller and there is so much going on that your mind will spin. You don't know which country the killer/ Killers will strike next, but you do know that when the body of the Murdered and the Murderer are found, they will have the words Bait and Puppet carved into their chest.
I should warn people that this story can be a little gruesome but this is in line with the plot and isn't put in there for the shock factor.
Andrew Wincott did an outstanding job with the narration. The different voices were clear and easy to identify. He maintained the level of intensity throughout and put in a level of urgency and tension when it was appropriate.

  • Damaged

  • By: Jeanne St. James
  • Narrated by: B.B. Franklin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Mace Walker can't wait to get home. Being buried deep undercover for the past two years, on the most complex case of his career, has torn him down physically and mentally. Now the FBI agent has come home to recover after having his leg badly injured from a gunshot wound. Arriving home late one night, his relief is short-lived as he's faced with a stranger pointing a gun to his head, acting like he is the one who doesn't belong there!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this storyline

  • By Mandy Sawyer on 21-01-19

A good suspense filled romance.

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Rating. Writing 3.5 / Narration 4 / Overall 3.75

This story had all the makings to be a great story. I really liked the concept and plot and overall I enjoyed the audiobook. Initially there were aspects that I did not enjoy. 

In the first chapter the male protagonist, Mace, lets Colby wrongly assume that he was about to sexually assault her. He is an undercover cop who has been injured and has come home to convalesce and finds a strange woman in his house, so I accept that he had to use everything in his arsenal to ensure she was not there for revenge. What made me uncomfortable is that he was sexually excited during this initial encounter. 

Colby has escaped an abusive relationship so it didn't feel real to me that after such a fearful initial encounter, she would very quickly be open to unclad fun times.

I did like the plot but it took me a few paragraphs to get past my discomfort of those initial criticisms.  Once I got past those however. I immersed myself into the story and did enjoy it. I am fine with erotica (this isn't the book for you if you are not) and enjoyed the bond growing between Colby and Mace.

The thriller aspect of this book was very good and had me more than a little tense at times. People are out to get Colby and Mace and their pasts come at them from all angles. I won't spoil this for you.

What I will definitely say about Damaged is that if you can get past that initial part then you will get to listen to or read a really good book.

I thought that B.B. Franklin did a sterling job as the narrator. She kept the story flowing at a great pace and the characters had clear voices. Franklin dealt with the sexual scenes without overacting them but still managed to instil the right amount of tension in every single part of Damaged.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jeanne St. James. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • Box of Frogs

  • Fractured Faery Series, Book 1
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

One corpse. Several bizarre looking attackers. Some very strange magical powers. And a severe bout of amnesia. Madrona is not having a great week. It's going to be okay, though. All she has to do is find out who she really is, protect a soap star from being attacked by a stalker, and work out why so many people seem so afraid of her. Because surely she's a good person. Right?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointment

  • By Ula on 22-10-18

Fun Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 16-10-18

I had really high hopes for this story as my previous reads / listens to Helen Harper’s books were a real treat. This one was a treat with one exception. This one ends on a cliffhanger! (There are further books in the series already released so this is no major problem.)

After waking up next to a headless body, being attack and slowing down time, Amnesia suffering, Madrona draws the conclusion that she must be a superhero. ( and then proceeds to invest in the usual comic book hidden identity outfit, complete with mask and cape. )

Several chance encounters lead her to discover that her initial assessment couldn’t have been more wrong.

Filled with humour, fabulous fantasy characters and heaps of adventure, Box of Frogs is the first book in the Fractured Faery series. If this book is any indication, then Helen Harper has penned another wonderful series.

  • Rebel Heir: Book One

  • The Rush Series, Volume 1
  • By: Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
  • Narrated by: Maxine Mitchell, Sebastian York
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

How to kick off a great summer in the Hamptons: Snag a gorgeous rental on the beach. Check. Get a job at a trendy summer haunt. Check. How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons: Fall for the one guy with a dark leather jacket, scruff on his face, and intense eyes that doesn’t fit in with the rest of the tony-looking crowd. A guy you can’t have when you’ll be leaving at the end of the season. Check. Check. Check. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Book addict on 19-05-18

Angsty, emotional, great.

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Story: 5 Stars

Narration: 5 Stars

I thoroughly enjoyed Rebel Heir. Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward make such and amazing team. Quirky humour and a great story-line are pretty much guaranteed with these two and this Rebel Heir more than developed. I really loved the passing reference to another of their books.

This story really takes off when Gia starts working at Rush’s bar. They clash and they dance around each other. The chemistry zaps off of the page, or in my case, out of the speakers.

Rush is an alpha male and can be a bit of an ass, this causes tension between he and Gia.

Gia is a sweet, but sassy character and she takes none of Rush’s crap, despite her upset at some of Rush’s behaviour.

This is an angsty, sexy, emotional romance that has it all.

Please don’t be put off by the fact that this book does end on a cliffhanger, (I know how people feel about those.) The good news is that you can immediately read/ listen to the second book in this duet so you don’t have to wait.

Rebel Heir was narrated by Maxine Mitchell, Sebastian York. They are both fantastic narrators and really do this book justice. The voices suit the characters and the acting was exceptional which really brought the story to life.

The more intimate scenes were well dealt with (I have listened to books where they are uncomfortable sounding or overdone) the sensual scenes in this book flowed along with the story and felt like a natural progression.

  • Consumed

  • Deep in Your Veins Series, Book 4
  • By: Suzanne Wright
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre, P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Svente vampire Ava Sanchez has a difficult decision to make: Should she accept the invitation of the Grand High Master Vampires and join their legion? It will mean leaving behind her brother and her home. It will also mean working with Pagori vampire Salem McCauley. Unlike the majority of vampirekind, she doesn't fear Mr. Tall, Blond, and Dauntless...even if he does have some psychopathic traits. In fact, he has a raw sexuality that tempts her to drop her 'no relationships' rule and give him exactly what he wants from her - everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Consumed

  • By Ameera on 06-10-18

A fabulous Addition to the Series.

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

This fourth book in the Deep In Your Veins Series by Suzanne Wright is equally as enjoyable as the previous audiobooks in this series. The whole series has been consistent in character depth and quality and this made this book like a visit with the wonderful characters of which I have become so fond and the few new equally wonderful members of The Legion.

There are sexy scenes, battle scenes, humour and emotional scenes all twisted together in a wonderful tapestry of words. This book is exactly what I have come to expect of the writing by Suzanne Wright, she is always consistent in setting, rules and details.

The narration by Justine Eyre, P. J. Ochlan is as wonderful as the previous audiobooks in the series. P.J’s English accent has actually improved. Maybe he became more comfortable with the accent and the Irish accent sounded authentic in comparison to the accents of Irish people that I have known. All in all the consistant character representation and accents throughout the series and the high quality of narration that I have come to expect was present in Consumed. It was a complete pleasure to listen to.