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Mrs Kate Evans

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  • The Ruth Rendell BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • Seven Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Oona Beeson, Jamie Glover, Peter Wingfield, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Full-cast dramatisations of seven of Ruth Rendell's tense psychological thrillers. This collection includes The Bridesmaid, Going Wrong, King Solomon’s Carpet, People Don’t Do Such Things, The Fever Tree, The Dreadful Day of Judgment and Thornapple. Among the casts of these seven suspenseful adaptations are Jamie Glover, Mark Strong, Reece Shearsmith, Paul Rhys, Danny Sapani and Juliet Aubrey. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Jane on 13-02-19

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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Broker

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 213

In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing president grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the president issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power-broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world's most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • outstanding

  • By Harri on 18-05-16

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.

  • Little Sister

  • By: Isabel Ashdown
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

After 16 years apart, sisters Jessica and Emily are reunited. With the past now behind them, the warmth they once shared quickly returns, and before long Jess has moved into Emily's comfortable island home. Life couldn't be better. But when baby Daisy disappears while in Jess' care, the perfect life Emily has so carefully built starts to fall apart. Was Emily right to trust her sister after everything that happened before?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dire, absolutely dire.

  • By Mrs Kate Evans on 30-07-17

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

  • Watching Edie

  • By: Camilla Way
  • Narrated by: Chloe Massey, Kathryn Griffiths
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

There are some friends you'll never forget...no matter how hard you try. Before: Edie is the friend that Heather has always craved. But one night it goes terrifyingly wrong. And what started as an innocent friendship ends in two lives being destroyed. After: Sixteen years later Edie is still rebuilding her life. But Heather isn't ready to let her forget so easily. It's no coincidence that she shows up when Edie needs her most.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book..

  • By Sarah on 13-10-16

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.

  • Nowhere Child

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508

A standalone novella featuring the same characters as Rachel Abbott's best-selling novel Stranger Child. Eight months ago Tasha Joseph ran away, and her stepmother, Emma, has been searching for her ever since. She is desperate to give Tasha the home and security she deserves. The problem is, Emma isn't the only one looking for Tasha. The police are keen to find her, too. She could be a vital witness in a criminal trial, and DCI Tom Douglas has a team constantly on the lookout for her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please Rachel Just Give The Girl A Break!

  • By Simon on 09-06-16

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.

  • A Tapping at My Door

  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,178

From the best-selling author of Cry Baby, the beginning of a brilliant and gripping police procedural series set in Liverpool, perfect for fans of Peter James and Mark Billingham. A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She's disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes. DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story well worth a listen

  • By Cathryn B. on 11-04-16

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.

  • The Street Lawyer

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Michael was in a hurry. He was scrambling up the ladder at Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. law firm with 800 lawyers. The money was good and getting better; a partnership was three years away. He was a rising star with no time to waste, no time to stop, no time to toss a few coins into the cups of panhandlers. No time for a conscience. But a violent encounter with a homeless man stopped him cold. Michael survived; his assailant did not. Who was this man?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A engrossing morality story

  • By Kirstine on 23-01-18

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
  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,661

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!!!

  • By Chris on 27-04-16

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.

  • Frank Muller

  • A Montage
  • By: Various
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Frank Muller was one of the most talented narrators to ever record a book. As Stephen King said, "[When Frank reads], the blind will see, the lame will walk, and the deaf will hear."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an absolute treat for the ears. What a loss.

  • By Mrs Kate Evans on 26-04-16

What an absolute treat for the ears. What a loss.

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

Reviewed: 26-04-16

If you could sum up Frank Muller in three words, what would they be?

Unique. Talented. Missed.

What other book might you compare Frank Muller to, and why?

Nothing can ever compare to Frank.

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

He's got to have been one, if not the, best narrators ever.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and this easily done due to it being only 15 minutes long.

Any additional comments?

Sadly Frank passed away in 2008, after being very unwell since a motorbike accident in 2001, and not only left behind a heartbroken family, but droves of saddened fans, and a huge talent that can never be equalled. Listen to this and you will be convinced you are listening to numerous narrators. A nice gesture from audible to make this available free, so thanks for that.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Monkey's Paw

  • By: W. W. Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

The paw of a dead monkey is a talisman that grants its possessor three wishes, but the wishes come with an enormous price. The Monkey's Paw is a classic horror short story written by author W. W. Jacobs, first published in England in 1902.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed immensely but last 3 minutes is missing !

  • By Mrs Kate Evans on 22-04-16

Enjoyed immensely but last 3 minutes is missing !

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

Reviewed: 22-04-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Monkey's Paw to be better than the print version?

Yes. The reader adds greatly to the enjoyment of the story; a very gifted voice actor.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Monkey's Paw?

It's a short story, set over three or four scenes so none really memorable than others.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

As my comment above, but enjoyed all of it from beginning to end. The reader sets the scene and creates atmosphere.

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

Too short to be a film, methinks, but probably something along the lines of Be careful what you wish for.

Any additional comments?

Sadly, the last three minutes was missing, but hopefully I didn't miss too much at the end as the main point of the story had been made.