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  • Absolute Proof

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Hugh Bonneville
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463

What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences? This question and its answer lie at the heart of Absolute Proof, an international thriller from best-selling author Peter James. The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life’s work of a famous atheist and the credibility of each of the world’s major religions are all under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Proof of the Pudding is in the Reading!

  • By Simon on 07-10-18

Riveting story; sublime narration

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

Reviewed: 30-11-18

Usually when I finish an audible book, I have the next book lined up and off we go! But having just finished ‘Absolute Proof’, I want to keep thinking about the story and pondering the possibilities it presents.

It really is an intriguing storyline, made even more fascinating by knowing that it was inspired by a real event. Throughout the story, I wondered how on earth Peter James would end it. I really hoped it wouldn’t be cheesy and it didn’t disappointed.

Hugh Bonneville’s narration is awesome. His accents and interpretation of each personality made the characters come alive. It wasn’t hard to see why Peter James personally chose Hugh to narrate his story.

This is a book which will stay in my mind for a long time to come. Highly recommended!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Missing Girl

  • By: Jenny Quintana
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 67

When Anna Flores' adored older sister goes missing as a teenager, Anna copes by disappearing too and eventually building a life for herself abroad. Thirty years later, the death of her mother finally forces Anna to return home. Tasked with sorting through her mother's possessions, she begins to confront not just her mother's death but also the huge hole Gabriella's disappearance left in her life - and finds herself asking a question she's not allowed herself to ask for years: what really happened to her sister?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hallelujah, it’s finally come to an end!

  • By Steena on 17-11-18

Hallelujah, it’s finally come to an end!

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

What an implausible story! And how long can an author drag out an ending? If I’d been the editor, I’d have been saying....’prune, prune, prune!’ Frankly, I was simply groaning during the final chapters....’please hurry up and finish!’

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ballroom

  • By: Anna Hope
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

By the acclaimed author of Wake: Where love is your only escape.... Nineteen-eleven: Inside an asylum at the edge of the Yorkshire moors, where men and women are kept apart by high walls and barred windows, there is a ballroom vast and beautiful. For one bright evening every week they come together and dance. When John and Ella meet it is a dance that will change two lives forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant summer read

  • By Julie on 11-06-16

Now this is really good!

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

Reviewed: 21-03-16

If you could sum up The Ballroom in three words, what would they be?

Compelling, insightful, memorable

What did you like best about this story?

It is very atmospheric with strong characterisation. As I understand it, the maxim for writing a good story is.... 'show, rather than tell'. This did just that. Many years ago I had a work meeting at the place on which this is loosely based and I could visualise it so clearly. The ending is also robust and fitting. The day after I finished listening to this, I bought the book to give to a friend as a gift... it's that good.

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

No, this was the first, but I was very impressed. Great job, Daniel. Thank you.

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

I think something similar has been written elsewhere about it being the British version of One flew over the cuckoo's nest.

Any additional comments?

Do read...

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Little Boy Blue

  • DI Helen Grace 5
  • By: M. J. Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 452

Hiding her personal connection to the victim - and a double-life which must remain secret at all costs - Helen becomes a woman possessed, working her team around the clock to chase down every lead. As the killer strikes again, the investigation takes its toll not only on Helen but also her senior officers. Tempers flare, friendships fray and Helen faces an impossible choice. Confess her sins and lose control of the case? Or keep living a lie, protecting her darkest secrets, and risk getting trapped in this tangled web?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A totally implausible storyline.

  • By Steena on 21-03-16

A totally implausible storyline.

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

Reviewed: 21-03-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I am amazed that anyone thought this was good. The story line is totally implausible and fatuous. It was more like a grizzly fairy tale than anything that would happen in real life. It is quite literally a 'story' and not a very good one at that. I was so pleased when it came to an end.

Would you ever listen to anything by M. J. Arlidge again?

No

Which scene did you most enjoy?

None

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Still trying to think of something...

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Back Road

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Penny McDonald
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,066

A girl lies close to death in a deserted lane. A driver drags her body to the side of the road. A shadowy figure hides in the trees, watching. For Ellie Saunders last night’s hit and run on the back road could destroy everything she has ... Ellie’s new neighbour, former Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas has moved to the village for some peace and quiet, but as he is drawn into the web of deceit his every instinct tells him that what happened that night was more than a tragic accident.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The biggest disappointment on Audible

  • By Ryan Clontz on 23-09-14

Thank goodness this book has come to an end!

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

Reviewed: 27-09-14

What could Rachel Abbott have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This story is so contrived and long winded, The plot is so thin it could have been told in 5 minutes rather in hours and hours. I'm also incensed that Ms Abbott thinks it is acceptable to portray woman in this non-assertive and puerile fashion. Ellie, the central character, frankly deserved everything she got (and managed to avoid) by being the most incompetent and ineffectual person ever. I wanted to reach through the sound system and give her a jolly good slap for letting down the female race by being so totally non assertive and stupid. Ms Abbott, do you really know woman who are as incompetent as this? And what an utterly stupid ending...

Would you listen to another book narrated by Penny McDonald?

Yes - apart from the attempt to give the policeman an unnecessary northern accent, Penny McDonald did a really great job.

  • Life or Death

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503

Why would a man escape from prison the day before he's due to be released? Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of the gang. Seven million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is. For 10 years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled, and threatened almost daily by prison guards, inmates, and criminal gangs, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he's due to be released.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling story

  • By Kirstine on 25-08-14

Gripping from start to finsh

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

Reviewed: 14-09-14

If you could sum up Life or Death in three words, what would they be?

Wait and see!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Life or Death?

When you discover why Audie Palmer escapes the day before his official release date.

Which character – as performed by John Chancer – was your favourite?

Probably Audie or Moss...but there were a lot of others besides. John Chancer is truly excellent and really brought the characters to life...

  • Mr Mercedes

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,121

Described as 'the best thriller of the year' Sunday Express, the No. 1 bestseller introduces retired cop Bill Hodges in a race against time to apprehend a killer. A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • King on form yet again

  • By T on 04-10-14

Gripping and absorbing - 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: 09-07-14

Any additional comments?

This story is captivating from the moment it begins. I found myself thinking about the story throughout the day and couldn't wait to get back into my car to listen to the next chapter. Gripping story which is brilliantly narrated. So disappointed when it finished. I just wanted it to go on and on. You're missing out if you don't listen to this one!

  • Emma [Naxos]

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500

One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Rachel on 20-06-10

A brilliant story - brilliantly read

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

Reviewed: 25-06-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I've listened to Juliet Stevenson's narration of this story once before, and loved it so much I chose to listen to it again - all 16+ hours! The story is Austen at her best - great characterisation and witty story line. But Juliet Stevenson really brings this story to life. Her interpretation of the characters and her choice of accents and 'voice' are brilliant. Give it a few months, and I'm sure I'll want to listen to it all over again!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pines

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 874

Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Simmering suspense

  • By Derek on 26-06-14

Don't miss this one!

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

Reviewed: 25-06-14

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

Vivid. Imaginative. Terrifying.

What other book might you compare Pines to, and why?

Brave New World and 1984. An imaginative and frightening vision of a possible future;
I sincerely hope Blake Crouch has got it completely wrong!

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

'You can check out any time you like... but you can never leave!'

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,262

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woodcutter

  • By jackie Hammond on 23-05-11

Gripping from beginning to end

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

Reviewed: 25-06-14

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

One of the best so far.

What did you like best about this story?

An exciting story about some intriguing characters. A powerful story line.

What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

Really first class. Excellent characterisation and narration. A great example of how it should be done. Kept me enthralled.

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

Absolutely.

Any additional comments?

Worth listening to and one not to be missed if you like intrigue and suspense.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful