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  • His Other Lover

  • By: Lucy Dawson
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Mia has her life in order. She is a grown-up and enjoys a grown-up's relationship with Pete. Not passionate or spontaneous but solid. She knows he is 'the one'. But then she sees a text message on Pete's phone that throws her world into a spin. It is more than friendly, signed off with a kiss, and Mia has never heard of the sender, Liz. With her carefully mapped out life sliding out of control Mia will discover a side to herself she never knew existed, as she formulates a plan to win her happy ending. Because all's fair in love and war - isn't it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good easy listening, suspense thriller

  • By David M on 16-01-19

Good easy listening, suspense thriller

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

Reviewed: 16-01-19

Lucy Dawson's thrillers are usually about relationships and families rather than murders, always told from the woman's perspective. This is no exception.

In this book, our hero, Mia finds evidence that her significant other is having a relationship with somebody else. The suspense is about whether she will manage to get rid of her partner's other woman and keep him for herself. Mia starts doing things that partly make you think she might be a little deranged herself, and partly make you anxious to find out whether she will get away with it - not unlike a soap opera.

Towards the end, we get a few changes in direction, raising the tension somewhat as you would expect from a good thriller. At times though it did begin to border on a Whitehall farce. I liked the last couple of lines of the book. A good final twist.

Like Lucy Dawson's other books (White Lies, The Memory, The Daughter, Everything You Told Me), I found this held my attention right from the start and all through the book. It was easy to follow without too much concentration, not to many characters, but just enough to keep the listener's attention.

I wasn't conscious of any out-of-place mannerisms from the narrator, Georgia Maguire. On that basis I reckon she did a really good job. There are some awful edits in the sound though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bloody Chamber

  • By: Angela Carter
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 133

A collection of short stories, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories was first published in 1979 and awarded the Cheltenham Festival Literary Prize. This Audible exclusive adaptation is narrated by legendary actors, Richard Armitage and Emilia Fox, who take on different chapters of the audiobook. Among these are 'The Bloody Chamber', 'The Courtship of Mr Lyon', 'The Tiger's Bride', 'Puss in Boots', 'The Erl-King', 'The Snow Child', 'The Lady of the House of Love', 'The Werewolf' and 'Wolf-Alice'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing alternatives to well known tales

  • By Ms. L. M. Haynes on 10-07-18

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 10-01-19

Bought as an experiment when it was on offer. I'm not sure I really understood it. I'll stick to thrillers.

  • The One

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Vicky Hall, Simon Bubb, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

How far would you go to find The One? One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner - the one you're genetically made for. A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking - and deadlier - than others....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I absolutely loved this book!!

  • By Daisy on 02-06-17

The One

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

Reviewed: 05-01-19

In rotation, we follow 5 separate characters who have each had their DNA analysed to match them to their one true soulmate in the whole world. This isn't so much 5 separate love stories as 5 separate thrillers, each delivered as a series of episodes and each episode ending on a mini-cliff hanger until we get back to that character again to find out what happens next. There are over 100 of these episodes or chapters. (Mandy, Christopher, Jade, Nick, Ellie, then back to Mandy again...)

With 5 separate character's stories to follow in rotation, each episode thoughtfully kicks off with a little reminder of where the story got to at the end of the last episode, so it does get a little tedious at times.

Despite the tedious pattern of delivery I was quite enthralled for 11 hours. Then finally I was let down because the author didn't have the dramatic ending up his sleeve that I hoped he might have. His literary expertise was a bit basic too. Phrases like:
► The best meal he'd ever had
► The longest trip she'd ever taken
Rather like I might write myself! Not Booker Fiction prize material.

The narrators were all very good, some better than others. The actors playing Mandy and Jade in particular were brilliant. The latter delivered a completely natural Tyneside accent as well as a completely natural Australian accent. Quite an achievement!

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Crispin Bonham-Carter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

The most personal of Oscar Wilde's works, The Picture of Dorian Grey was also one of the earliest. It was published in 1891 and caused immediate controversy and great notoriety for its writer. The story of an immensely beautiful and hedonistic boy whose conscience becomes separate from his body and housed in a portrait which slowly and hideously ages and decays in keeping with his increasing depravity whilst the boy himself remains untouched plays with all of Oscar Wilde's theories of art and life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not sure that I understood much of it.

  • By David M on 29-12-18

Not sure that I understood much of it.

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

Reviewed: 29-12-18

Dorian Gray lives a life of self indulgence and misbehaviour. He stays looking young while his portrait ages. I get that bit, otherwise the book mainly went over my head. I assume it's actually a good book because Oscar Wilde wrote it, academics study it and there are Spark Notes to explain it to the rest of us.

It's strange that this particular reading is less popular than some others in the Audible collection. Crispin Bonham-Carter seemed to be a pretty good reader. Very clear.

  • Elizabeth Is Missing

  • By: Emma Healey
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,978
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,978

Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: Her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabeth is missing

  • By Mrs. Denise Slatter on 08-07-14

Too Much Like another book

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

Reviewed: 19-12-18

I felt like I was re-reading 'Three Things About Elsie' by Joanna Cannon. The two books are very alike. Both books are very good, but having read one already I couldn't be bothered with this one. Not the book's fault, so I'm giving it a token 4 points.

  • The Daughter

  • By: Lucy Dawson
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464

You lost your daughter. You will never forgive yourself. And now someone is determined to make you pay.... Seventeen years ago, something happened to Jess' daughter, Beth. The memory of it still makes her blood run cold. Jess has tried everything to make peace with that day, and the part she played in what happened. It was only a brief moment of desire...but she'll pay for it with a lifetime of guilt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a good listen, tearful at times

  • By Jeminar on 27-04-18

A Good Read

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

Reviewed: 19-12-18

Another good family thriller with the woman as the main character. (There's no shortage of them!) I was completely engaged from the start and could relate to the characters. The last 1-2 hours maybe were not quite so good. The book became less believable as the author tried to pack lots of twists and turns into a big ending. Still 5 stars overall I think.

In short this is about Jessica Davis and the relationships and children that she had with three men over a period of years. The first one got killed on a climbing frame age 5.

Great narration by Rachel Atkins. One of the best.

  • The Memory

  • By: Lucy Dawson
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

She’ll never forget...I’ll never forgive. People always notice my daughter, Isobel. How could they not? Incredibly beautiful...until she speaks. An unsettling little-girl voice, exactly like a child’s, but from the mouth of a full-grown woman. Izzie might look grown up, but inside she’s trapped. Caught in the day it happened...the day that broke her from within. Our family fell apart that day, and we never could pick up the pieces....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well paced and gripping thriller

  • By David M on 07-12-18

Well paced and gripping thriller

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

All through the book we're given hints of mysteries that we hope will be explained later, and this alongside a gentle flow of actual revelations, so there's never a flat bit.

The ending moves at a very fast pace and I found I had to concentrate so as not to miss something.

The story is about Tim and Clare who move from the London area to buy an old property in rural Shropshire, and also about Eve Parks and her daughter Isabel who are selling the property to live in a smaller place nearby.

Mainly the book revolves around the relationships between and among the people in the two families and their Shropshire neighbours. Quite a clever plot really. It does involve Voodoo, black magic and similar things, so maybe not one to listen to in the middle of the night on your own. Balancing the supernatural we have Clare a partly trained psychologist who is sure there must be a rational explanation for everything.

Good narration by Clare Corbett. Great range of voices.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • What Goes Around

  • The best-selling psychological thriller
  • By: Julie Corbin
  • Narrated by: Helen McAlpine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

If someone took away your perfect life, how far would you go to get it back? Ellen's family is her world. So when her husband leaves her for another woman, she is almost destroyed. But not quite, because Ellen has a plan, a way to make those who have hurt her suffer. Leila is the other woman. She finally has everything she ever wanted. But Leila's brother has come back into her life, raking up a past that needs to stay buried. One of them will pay for their actions with their life, but which one?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original and compelling!

  • By Ann D on 15-04-17

Pleasing Symmetry

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

A very good thriller, quite a dramatic opening. We follow the story from the perspectives of two separate women; Leila, Tom's new woman who has recently moved into Tom's family home. On the face of it she is professional, secure in herself, and knows what she wants, and Ellen, Tom's displaced wife who is not so assertive, has some mental issues, and is trying to look out for her children, grand daughter and father.

As the book progresses, we find there is more to both of the women than we first thought. Both are revealed as a little devious, but which of them will turn out to be the good guy?

Other reviewers have pointed out the references to sex and animal cruelty. This is a thriller and we expect to read about human beings being attacked and murdered, so why do readers make a fuss about an animal or two!

It's an engaging read. There's not too much jumping between time periods so the plot isn't too hard to follow. Also the sort of ending that carefully wraps up all the issues.

I'd recommend this book and will be looking out for more by Julie Corbin.

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,507

Introducing Audible's Thriller of the Year: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil, performed by Joanne Froggatt. In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By madison on 06-09-17

Too much scene setting

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

OK, I know that scene setting is important, but this has 7 hours of it before the drama starts. A six year old boy (Aiden) disappears for 10 years then returns as a bedraggled teenager. He obviously must have a story to tell but he's not talking...still not talking...still not talking...

The opening was dramatic. That was good. Then mainly the book is about relationships. Emma's relationship with her current husband Jake, whose baby she is carrying. Emma's relationship with her previous boy friend Rob, the father of Aiden. Emma's relationship with her friend Josie, her friend Aimee from school. Emma's relationship with the Police Liaison Officers who set up camp in her house etc.

I didn't like Sara A Denzil much as the narrator. She was OK for reading the parts of teenagers, but otherwise her voice sounded too immature.

Not too much jumping between time-frames. The story was easy to follow. I really can't understand Audible's justification for calling it Thriller or the Year 2017. Just a marketing term I think!

  • Friend Request

  • By: Laura Marshall
  • Narrated by: Elaine Claxton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 951

Maria wants to be friends. But Maria is dead. Isn't she? When Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past, her heart nearly stops. Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook. Maria Weston has been missing for over 25 years. She was last seen the night of a school leavers' party, and the world believes her to be dead. Particularly Louise, who has lived her adult life with a terrible secret. As Maria's messages start to escalate, Louise forces herself to reconnect with old friends....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clever thriller with some unexpected twists

  • By Grab This Book on 20-10-17

Rather a Good Suspense Thriller

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

Reviewed: 25-11-18

So much better that Laura Marshall's other book Three Little Lies'.

The story is told from the perspective of Louise Williams, alternately from 1989 when she was 16 year old school girl looking to be accepted among her classmates, and from 2016 when she is a 43 yo mother haunted via a strange Facebook contact regarding something that happened back in 1989.

This story really does have all the right ingredients, even a creepy voice that occasionally pops in from nowhere giving a clue about the outcome of the story later on. It has all the feel of the vulnerable woman walking down into the metaphoric dark basement with scary music playing in the background and we're all shouting 'don't do it'!

I might have scored the book higher had the main character not been so weak and made decisions that I wouldn't have made myself. But still a good read. I'm glad the book did not focus more than it did on the teenage girl phase.

The narrator was OK. Didn't have a wide range of voices, and didn't have a plausible man's voice.

Best quote: 'The end of something is always the start of something else, even if you can't see it at the time'.