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Mrs Kate Evans

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Some real gems

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-19

I love horror short stories. I've never really liked slow drawn out horror as I think something is lost in the padding, so these bite sized pieces are perfect. Some real gems amongst these, particularly the 'that could really happen ' stories involving everyday people. I listened to some of them with growing dread as the horror unfolded. Only deducted one star for narration because although I got used to the narrator he was quite wooden with very little inflection. Off to buy another Tobias Wade.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

I'd give this one a miss if I were you.....

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

Reviewed: 22-04-19

Thankfully I ordered this via Whispersync so didn't waste a credit. The characters are wooden, the dialogue is forced and the story weak. Sam speaks in cliches constantly, he reminds me of a Victorian school master; the only thing he doesn't do is call people by their surname. Viola could audition for Cruella de Vill. The husband is very one dimensional, and the main protagonist is so wishy washy someone ought to wring her out.
Narration fair to middling.

Nobody gets out alive. Classic Rendell.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

Settle back and enjoy vintage Rendell.
A great collection from Ruth with all the aspects we have come to love.
Tight, claustrophobic stories that leave none of the characters unscathed.
These shortened versions are perfect to reacquaint yourself with her earlier work.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

Cat and mouse with incompetent cats and very bland mouse

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

Reviewed: 18-10-18

No way is this up to the usual Grisham standard. There’s no espionage just a very long winded cat and mouse (but with no excitement) story with an unlikeabke mouse chased by a few incompetent (aren’t they always) cats. Nothing much happens and the end is lukewarm. I’d give it a miss unless on special offer.

Dire, absolutely dire.

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

Reviewed: 30-07-17

Would you try another book written by Isabel Ashdown or narrated by Imogen Church?

I adore Imogen' s narration and will often take a gamble with a book if she is reading, but even she couldn't save this navel gazing tedium.

Has Little Sister put you off other books in this genre?

No, it's still my favourite genre.

What does Imogen Church bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She brings the characters alive.

What character would you cut from Little Sister?

All off them except the baby, and that's only because she couldn't speak.

Any additional comments?

Give this one a miss if you want a new take on a well used premise, plausible storyline and characters you can actually care about. The references to and particularly treatment of mental health was shameful.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Enjoyed from beginning to end

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

Reviewed: 20-04-17

Would you listen to Watching Edie again? Why?

I think I might make an exception and listen to this again in a few months, just to pick up on stuff I might have missed first time round.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Oddly enough it was Heather, although the more standard choice might have been Edie, I think there's a part of Heather in all of us.

Have you listened to any of Chloe Massey and Kathryn Griffiths ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to either and although both excellent if I had to choose the better of the two, Chloe just pips Kathryn at the post.

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

Forgiven but not forgotten.

Any additional comments?

Kept me listening at every spare moment, and only deducted one star for the, in my opinion, the rather rushed ending.

Lots of spoilers about the first book.

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Nowhere Child to be better than the print version?

Probably, because it is so well narrated by Lisa Coleman. She really is great.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most interesting was finding out what happened after Stranger Child.
I suppose for a lot of readers that might read this first there are a lot of spoilers about Stranger Child.

What does Lisa Coleman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I've not listened to her before but her voice is perfect for this.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

Any additional comments?

If you haven't read Strange Child first this book gives away a lot of details.

Could the protagonist be any more of a wimp....

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

Would you try another book written by David Jackson or narrated by Jonathan Keeble?

I would have given up on this long before if it hadn't been for the narrator. I'd listen to Jonathan Keeble reading a telephone directory.

What could David Jackson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not made Nathan such a wimp..... and honestly, a man in his mid 20s that looks nine years old ?

What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

Everything.... he does a great scouse accent.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

The story sounds so promising, but the characters are so wet.

Even the sublime Frank Muller couldn't save this.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-16

Would you try another book written by John Grisham or narrated by Frank Muller?

Have most of Grisham's books. Sadly Frank Muller has passed away.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

Yes, without a doubt. This one just isn't his best.

Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favourite?

None of the characters really stood out, I'm afraid.

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

Borderline boredom.

Any additional comments?

No.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Alien: Out of the Shadows cover art

Absolutely loved it. Why did it have to end !

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

Would you listen to Alien: Out of the Shadows again? Why?

This is one of the very few audio books that I would listen to again to hear things I may have missed the first time round.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Alien: Out of the Shadows?

I thought the atmosphere of the whole thing was gripping but when they go a-hunting it is scary, trust me.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

All excellent, especially Ripley as voiced by Laurel Lefkow.

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

Teeth, tails and attitude.