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  • Nobody's Child

  • Detectives King and Lane Series, Book 3
  • By: Victoria Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

On a damp October day, a body is found in an abandoned hospital, too burnt to be identified, but detective Alex King knows that every victim is someone’s daughter or son. Pushing aside her own troubles, Alex puts everything into finding the killer, but when someone else is found dead, she begins to suspect that the body in the hospital was just the first of many. Just as Alex uncovers a heart-breaking link between the victims, she finds her own safety under threat. Is this a figure from her past hell-bent on revenge, or could the murderer be even closer than she thinks?   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow burner - confusing at times - good twist.

  • By Gemma on 04-03-19

Slow burner - confusing at times - good twist.

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

I quite enjoyed this book although there were alot of characters to try and follow, which got a little confusing at times.
I do enjoy the banter between the main characters King & Lane and i hope that the author explores the chemistry between them and the sub characters in upcoming novels in the series.

As for the actual story. I found it to be a slow burner, it took me a while to get in to, but when i did, i very much enjoyed it and i was not expecting what happened at the end.

Overall - definitely worth a read!

  • The Silent Girls

  • By: Dylan Young
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

When a young girl disappears on the edge of the Forest of Dean and blood is found where she was last seen, the town is terrified a killer has returned.The local police are convinced it’s the same man who stabbed a girl to death 18 years ago. They know who he is. They’re desperate to finally have the evidence they need to put him away. To save another girl before it’s too late. Only Detective Anna Gwynne is sure he isn’t the real killer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad...in the end

  • By Colette on 26-02-18

Excellent Debut Novel

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

Excellent listen. I have RP too so was very pleased that the author did her research on this eye condition!! This book kept me interested all the way through and i enjoyed the relationships between all the main characters. very much looking forward to the next book in the series.

  • The Surrogate

  • By: Louise Jensen
  • Narrated by: Alex Tregear
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 254

You know that feeling? When you want something so badly, you almost feel you'd kill for it? Be careful what you wish for.... Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat's childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream. But Kat and Lisa's history hides dark secrets. And there is more to Lisa than meets the eye.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Cant believe this book was ever published

  • By Hazel on 31-10-17

This book kept me awake....brilliant

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

Reviewed: 31-08-18

This book had me hooked right from the beginning, even though the story line is inprobable, who cares!!!!! books are all about escapism and thats exactly what this book did, it kept me awake to til the wee hours and I read it in 3 sittings!! if i did not have to go to work i would of read it all in one go.

Louise Jensen does it again with this twisty turny page turner.....keep em coming!!!

  • Dead to Me

  • A Serial Killer Thriller: Detective Kate Matthews Crime Thriller Series, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Edger
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

How do you catch a killer who knows your every move? She drew the curtains and returned to the kitchen where she removed the bottle of vodka from the freezer and reached for the large kitchen knife. If he dared to come back, she'd be ready for him. When a body is found hanging in the remains of a dock-side warehouse, detective Kate Matthews is called to the scene.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Dr on 18-02-18

Had me hooked!

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

Reviewed: 23-04-18

What did you like most about Dead to Me?

Trying to figure out 'who dunnit' i love books tht keep me guessing....and with this one i thought i was being so clever and guessed but how wrong i was

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead to Me?

It was all memerable proper page turner

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

I am a big fan of Emma's narration, she is clear and expressive she brings the characters to life in all the audiobooks she reads.

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

Catch me if you can.

Any additional comments?

I am looking forward to reading more in this deceive series.

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  • The Reunion

  • By: Samantha Hayes
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288

Then - In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom. Eleanor never came back. Now - The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organizing a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing. When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!!

  • By Astrid on 09-03-18

Utterly brilliant!!! didn't want it to end

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

Reviewed: 23-04-18

Where does The Reunion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is certainly in my top 5 books of all time

Who was your favorite character and why?

No stand out characters, all the characters in the book had their place and were as good as each other, however, if i had to pick i would said Raine.

Have you listened to any of Karen Cass’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No i haven't ready anything else with Karen, but i certainly will look out for her name in the future.

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

absolutely! and i nearly did! i read it in 3 days :)

Any additional comments?

Just to say, blooming well done to the author Samantha Hayes, i will certainly be looking out for any other books by this author....BRAVO!!

  • The Silent Children

  • Detective Robyn Carter, Book 4
  • By: Carol Wyer
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this.... Years later a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed. Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his friends and family don’t offer any clues, and all her team have to go on is a size-ten footprint.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant!

  • By Lisa Matthews on 14-02-18

Don't fall aslep listening!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

Would you consider the audio edition of The Silent Children to be better than the print version?

I don' rad print so i can't really answer this question, although, if i could read print i would still opt for audible because listening brings the book to life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Even though he is not a main character, i Love Ross - the PI, he should be more involved in the books.

What about Emma Newman’s performance did you like?

I enjoy listening to Emma - easy to listen to.

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

not really - i was too busy trying to keep up with the story!

Any additional comments?

Overall, a good book - lots of threads to keep up with so i would not reccomment listening to this book before bed, if you fall asleep you will lose the plot!! but please do give it a read, something a little different and enjoyable. 4 stars.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Blood

  • Detective Erika Foster, Book 5
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She's worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before. As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim - the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago. Erika quickly realizes she's on the trail of a serial killer who's already made their next move.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Erika Foster is back!

  • By Timi on 21-09-17

Kept me up until 3am!!!!...best book in the series

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

What made the experience of listening to Cold Blood the most enjoyable?

The narration by Jan is, as usual, excellent, she really brings the characters alive - i found myself giggling to several parts of the book. she makes listening so easy and enjoyable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Apart from Erika, who i love because of her dead pan personality i very much enjoyed the character of Max in this book because i could imagine him in my minds eye and he was generally a good character. (I dont want to give too much awa)

Have you listened to any of Jan Cramer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, and she is on top form as usual, i am sure she sits in the studio acting out the scenes as she reads them?! she gets in to the story and obviously enjoys reading them, and thats what makes her fun to listen to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

i had a few giggles - especially with the tazar scene

Any additional comments?

The best book in the series so far.... Robert you are a genius and i look forward to reading/listening to more of Erikas adventures in the future.

LOVED IT.

  • The Girl Who Came Back

  • By: Kerry Wilkinson
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

When six-year-old Olivia Adams disappeared from her back garden, the small community of Stoneridge was thrown into turmoil. How could a child vanish in the middle of a cozy English village? Thirteen years on and Olivia is back. Her mother is convinced it's her but not everyone is sure. If this is the missing girl, then where has she been - and what happened to her on that sunny afternoon? If she's an imposter, then who would be bold enough to try to fool a child's own mother - and why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl Who Came Back

  • By Mini Ward on 24-09-17

Good end twist

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

Reviewed: 13-12-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl Who Came Back to be better than the print version?

I can not answer this question as i am blind so unable to read print books - thank the lord for audible!!

What other book might you compare The Girl Who Came Back to, and why?

I am totally rubbish at remembering book titles but this book does remind me of one think it was something Anna....

What about Alison Campbell’s performance did you like?

I enjoy listening to Alisons narration, she has narrated a few books i have read in the past and i find her voice very soothing and easy to listen too

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

i didnt get emotionally involved with this book, it was slow to start but it gained momentum.

Any additional comments?

Although this was a slow burner i did enjoy it very much and the twisty turns at the end were great. looking forward to reading more by this author.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Guilty

  • By: Laura Elliot
  • Narrated by: Laoisha O'Callaghan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

On a warm summer's morning, 13-year-old schoolgirl Constance Lawson is reported missing. A few days later, Constance's uncle, Karl Lawson, suddenly finds himself swept up in a media frenzy created by journalist Amanda Bowe implying that he is the prime suspect. Six years later Karl's life is in ruins. His marriage is over, his family destroyed. But the woman who took everything away from him is thriving. With a successful career, a husband, and a gorgeous baby boy, Amanda's world is complete. Until the day she receives a phone call.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but the narration spoils it!

  • By Gemma on 16-08-17

Good but the narration spoils it!

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

Reviewed: 16-08-17

What made the experience of listening to Guilty the most enjoyable?

This book, in the main is well written and i enjoyed how the story flowed. however, it was in no means a page turner and it did take me a while to get involved in the storyline

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Nothing wrong with the story as such, although not exactly realistic it had some good twists and turns. Unfortunetly, the narrator completly ruined the listen for me, The irish accent is usually a lovely soothing tone, but you could tell this narroator was faking it and it was harsh and unrealistic.

What didn’t you like about Laoisha O'Callaghan’s performance?

Nothing, she spoiled the listen for me

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

It started off as an intriguing story. but then as the book went on it got more surreal! i could of had an emotional connection if it go off on such an odd tangent. Dont get me wrong i read the whole thing and it was good but i found it hard work.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Two Sisters

  • By: Kerry Wilkinson
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50

They told us he had been missing for nearly two days, that he probably drowned. They told us a lie. Megan was 10 years old when her older brother, Zac, went missing among the cliffs, caves, and beaches that surround the small seaside town of Whitecliff. A decade later, a car crash has claimed the lives of her parents. Megan and her younger sister, Chloe, return to Whitecliff one summer for the first time since their brother's disappearance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't Grab Me!

  • By Gemma on 12-07-17

Didn't Grab Me!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

What did you like best about Two Sisters? What did you like least?

This book was hard work, i can usually go through a book in a few days but this one seemed to go on forever, I am not saying its a bad book its just not one of the best. it just didn't grab my attention

Would you ever listen to anything by Kerry Wilkinson again?

I love Kerry's Jessica Daniel Series they are amazing so yes defo, and i would read another stand alone book

Have you listened to any of Alison Campbell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I like Alison's narration on all the books she has read, she has an easy to listen to voice

Was Two Sisters worth the listening time?

Tough question, it was quite predictable and i guessed who the 'baddie' was pretty much straight away so reading it right through and finding i was right was a bit disappointing. but yes, give it a read

Any additional comments?

The story was quite unrealistic and it would of been good to get to know the characters a bit more, to see them develop to delve more in to Megans eating disorder and her relationship with her mother and the obviouus chemistry between her and Van

4 of 4 people found this review helpful