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  • Don't Wake Up

  • By: Liz Lawler
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 603

A dark and gripping debut psychological thriller with a horrifying premise and a stinging twist. Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table. The man who stands over her isn't a doctor. The choice he forces her to make is utterly unspeakable. But when Alex re-awakens, she's unharmed - and no one believes her horrifying story. Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind. And then she meets the next victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I"ve read for ages

  • By Mary Thompson on 21-10-17

Should have been better

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

Reviewed: 14-07-18

The premise was good, just the way the book was written I think. I didn't feel engaged with the characters. Same general idea as "The Girl on the Train". It just didn't work in this case.

We want to be on the side of the main protagonist but we have doubts about believing her because she is a flawed character, drinks too much. Just substitute Train for Hospital.

  • My Husband's Wife

  • By: Jane Corry
  • Narrated by: Abigail Thaw, Lily Bevan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,132

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

Not that interesting

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

This is as much about who is loving and marrying who as it is about who might murder who. There's something of a "chick-Lit" feel about it.
I had no empathy with any of the characters, no feeling of suspense. Felt myself falling asleep on several occasions.
The promising start did not come to anything.
In more detail:
We hear the story narrated from two perspectives. Lily, an up and coming young lawyer, and Carla, a 10 year old Italian immigrant girl living in the same block of flats with her mother. The story starts in the year 2000, then in part 2 of the book we jump forward 13 years. We're told right at the start of the book that Ed Macdonald (Lily's husband), is found stabbed to death at his home in 2015. So the book gradually fills in the time to that point, and a bit beyond.
I didn't like the narrators much. Technically they were OK, but their voices did not sound like their characters.

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864

Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it's Meghan Shaughnessy's. These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common - a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear. Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and superbly read!

  • By Aíslín on 24-07-17

Refreshing change from Joe O'Loughlin

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

As another reviewer says, it's hard to imagine that this book was written by the same author.

This is one of those books that is difficult to review without giving away the plot. I can say that we hear the story from the perspective of two different women, (thankfully without jumping back and forward in time too much). Neither character is perfect, both are victims in some way, and at times I was finding myself urging on the "bad guy" hoping that she would get away with it. Just the right amount of twists and turns to keep the listener interested without becoming too unbelievable.

Anyway, it's good psychological thriller. Maybe a little flat just after the half way point, but otherwise a gripping read. I recommend.

  • While My Eyes Were Closed

  • By: Linda Green
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory, Maggie Mash, Gareth Bennett-Ryan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,401

Dare you close your eyes for even a few seconds? One, two, three... Lisa Dale shuts her eyes and counts to 100 during a game of hide-and-seek. When she opens them, her four-year-old daughter, Ella, is gone. Disappeared without a trace. The police, the media and Lisa's family all think they know who snatched Ella. But what if the person who took her isn't a stranger? What if they are convinced they are doing the right thing? And what if Lisa's little girl is in danger of disappearing forever?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Page turner

  • By Ms on 26-03-16

Really Boring

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

Reviewed: 29-06-18

Out of the 100 books that I've listened to from Audible, this is definitely the most uninteresting. We already know from the publisher's summary that somebody snatches four-year-old Ella during a game of hide-and-seek. Ella's parents are distressed about it, and for the next 7-8 hours of listening, that's about all there is. In the last couple of hours things finally come to a head, and there's a bit of a story, but it wasn't really worth the 8 hour wait. I guess the book might appeal more to readers who have an interest in four-year-olds and their well being.

  • Jane Corry

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Jane Corry, Gabriel Fleming
  • Narrated by: Jane Corry, Gabriel Fleming
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Jane Corry joins Gabriel Fleming to talk about her latest novel, My Husband's Wife.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a listen

  • By David M on 23-06-18

Worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 23-06-18

I was hoping to find out how the author manages to sit down and plan or "road-map" all the complex twists and turns that are the feature of her books, before she starts writing. It seems that she just writes chapter by chapter, and builds in the twists retrospectively as she thinks of them. Oh well. I can say that the books are much better than the interview. I certainly recommend the books.
We did learn why she likes to write about marriages and prisons.

  • The Dead Ex

  • By: Jane Corry
  • Narrated by: Laura Aikman, Honeysuckle Weeks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

He said in sickness and in health. But after Vicki was attacked at work and left suffering with epilepsy, her husband, Daniel, left her for his mistress. So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he's gone missing, her first thought is 'good riddance'. But then the police find evidence suggesting that Daniel is dead. And they think Vicki had something to do with it. What really happened on the night of Daniel's disappearance? And how can Vicki prove her innocence when she's not even sure of it herself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A suspense thriller with all the right ingredients

  • By David M on 21-06-18

A suspense thriller with all the right ingredients

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

Reviewed: 21-06-18

This book had me gripped right from the start, there were no dead patches and towards the end the surprises just kept on coming.
The story evolves from the perspectives of two separate people over the years from 2007. Vicki who's ex-husband DAVID has gone missing with evidence that she might have had something to do with it, and Scarlett an 8 year old who is moving between foster homes. I listened intrigued, wondering how these threads would eventually come together.
The writing was superb, I could visualise all the scenes in my mind with very little effort and the time I spent listening just seemed to fly by. Great performance by the two narrators.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Somebody I Used to Know

  • By: Wendy Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

When Wendy Mitchell was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 58, she had to say good-bye to the woman she once was. Her career in the NHS, her ability to drive, cook and run - the various shades of her independence - were suddenly gone. Yet Wendy was determined not to give in. She was, and still is, propelled by a need to live in the moment, never knowing which version of herself might surface tomorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential reading to understand dementia

  • By Kevin on 27-02-18

Excellent writing by Anna Wharton, (Ghost Writer).

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

Reviewed: 17-06-18

Great insight into the experience of living with dementia. Since diagnosis Wendy has been determined to accept every invitation to help in Alzheimer's research, give talks to various groups, travel, live independently, devise coping strategies etc. An inspiration to the rest of us whether we have the disease ourselves, have some other problem, or even just want to improve ourselves.
Wendy Mitchell and Anna Wharton (the one who actually did the writing), really worked well together on this. Anna should have been given more credit by the publishers.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Wife

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

 

Childhood sweethearts William and Mary have been married for 60 years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both have a strong sense of right and wrong. This is what their son, Joe O'Loughlin, has always believed. But when Joe is summoned to the hospital with news that his father has been brutally attacked, his world is turned upside down. Who is the strange woman crying at William's bedside, covered in his blood - a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The formula still works

  • By David M on 15-06-18

The formula still works

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

This must be about book 9 in the Joseph O'Loughlin series but the formula still works. This book is as good as any of the previous 8. Great descriptive writing from the author. He makes you feel believe you are there in London following Joe O'Loughlin's every move and every thought. I like the Vincent Ruez character as well. This time the victim of the crime is Joe's own father. I got through the book in just 2 days, eager to find out "who done it", I was hooked.

Rather morose like all the other books in the series. Much of that being down to Sean Barrett's inimitable voice.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Love Will Tear Us Apart

  • By: Holly Seddon
  • Narrated by: Kate Rawson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Kate and Paul have been married for 10 years. Childhood best friends who reconnected as adults, Paul now has a high-flying job while Kate looks after their two adorable children. Their friends think they're the perfect couple. Everything should be wonderful. But Kate has a secret. One she's sure Paul doesn't know. Because if he did, would he really love her as much as he says he does? Or would he decide that their life together isn't worth the vow he made all those years ago? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not one of Molly's best

  • By DAS on 03-07-18

Chick Lit

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

The publishers categorise this as "Crime & Thrillers, Psychological Thrillers". I couldn't see that myself. Not at all.

It is about childhood friends Kate & Paul and their developing relationship over the years. They drift apart at university age then get back together at the time that they both start work. We hear about their work and family stresses, and how they eventually get married to each other and have two children. We hear about the day of their 10th Wedding Anniversary when Kate (our narrator), looks back over the 10 years of their marriage.

The publishers blurb is ambiguous about whether "the secret" is his or hers. Whichever it is, it doesn't get discussed until a long, long way into the book. To my mind, even "the secret" once revealed, is of a Chick Lit nature rather than a Psychological Thriller Nature.

As for crime, I don't want to give anything away, just to say that the book was particularly weak in this area too.

This may or may not be good as a Chick Lit book, (I'm not qualified to judge), but it is definitely not what it says on the tin.

Final gripe: people just don't get trapped in their cars by air bags that have been activated.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 444

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

Only a GENTLE psycological thriller

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Sometimes thriller writers try to put in so many twists and turns that the reader is unable to suspend disbelief, and the story just seems artificial and shallow. Not this one.

With this book, I did believe I was there. I was taken away to New York, living in the story. The book had good depth which I think will stay with me for a while.

That was the positive bit. The first half of the book simply misleads us. In the second half of the book, the reader proceeds cautiously wondering whether there will be another huge turn about. (I'll not spoil it by telling you whether there was.)

The story is told mainly by Vanessa in the present and she keeps remembering events from different points in the past, between 1-10 years ago. Unlike other books, the events of the past are not "time-stamped" and they aren't in sequence. There were occasions where I wasn't quite sure what time period I was supposed to be in.

Overall, I don't think there was quite enough going on in this book, despite what story there was, being very well written. Hence the three stars. I'm glad I bought the book and I thought that the gentle twist in the epilogue was a satisfying one to close on.

I liked Julia Whelan as the narrator.