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  • The Salt Path

  • By: Raynor Winn
  • Narrated by: Anne Reid
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710

Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, the couple lose their home and their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. They have almost no money for food or shelter and must carry only the essentials for survival on their backs as they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5

  • By Kim on 02-06-18

Uplifting

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

Reviewed: 30-04-19

There is an internal spot that this touches,it made me cry and laugh and look at the world for it's worth,but most of all look inside at that spot that has been touched and learn from it. Such an uplifting book .

  • Call Me Star Girl

  • By: Louise Beech
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Pregnant Victoria Valbon was brutally murdered in an alley three weeks ago - and her killer hasn’t been caught. Tonight is Stella McKeever’s final radio show. The theme is secrets. You tell her yours, and she’ll share some of hers. Stella might tell you about Tom, a boyfriend who likes to play games, about the mother who abandoned her, now back after 14 years. She might tell you about the perfume bottle with the star-shaped stopper, or about her father....  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Plot

  • By susan on 24-04-19

Plot

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

Reviewed: 24-04-19

Initially the plot seemed pretty weak as the story progressed the twists and turns really pulls you in very enjoyable

  • 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 857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 793

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

Storyline

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

Reviewed: 17-04-19

Initially I thought the story seemed a little week ! However once I got to chapter 3 I was hooked really enthralling couldn't wait to po k up from where I left off

  • The Blame Game

  • By: C.J. Cooke
  • Narrated by: Bea Holland, Thomas Judd, Eliot Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

He said he’d do anything to protect her. She said she’d do anything to protect her family. And they both said they would forget what happened 22 years ago. But now it seems that there is someone who will stop at nothing to make them remember....  Who is playing the blame game? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Storyline

  • By susan on 06-04-19

Storyline

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

Reviewed: 06-04-19

I was a bit disappointed by the story I understood the overall concept of the book but in.parts the story felt a bit ridiculous. Some parts were intriguing but as it unfolded I did not get the feeling of a interesting story

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  • The Lost Man

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

Two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of the outback. In an isolated part of Australia, they are each other's nearest neighbour, their homes hours apart. They are at the stockman's grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family's quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story and perfectly narrated.

  • By Caroline on 23-11-18

Plot

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

Reviewed: 24-03-19

At the start of the story the narrator had lots of description about the Australian outback,initially I thought this was going to be boring and I wanted to get to the plot but as the story unfolded the descriptive became part of the plot and was part of the story. Really enjoyable and very well thought out story

  • The Liar's Wife

  • By: Samantha Hayes
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

When Ella wakes up in a hospital following a hit-and-run incident, she is scared and confused. Close to tears, her eyes fall on a get-well-soon card on the window sill, and the nurse reassures her that her loving husband will be back soon. But Ella has never been married. In fact, she has lived alone her whole adult life; working hard, rarely socializing, quietly harboring a terrible secret from her past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible ending

  • By Anonymous User on 24-11-18

Twist

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

Reviewed: 12-03-19

Loved the twist at the end did not see that coming. However did get a bit impatient with Ella for not taking action earlier overall really good read

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 966
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 960

The 10-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambiance while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline.... Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal? These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Did not like this book at all

  • By sabine on 21-10-18

Not holding my interest

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

Reviewed: 16-02-19

disappointed with this read could not finish the book and that is a crime in my world. Have read authors books before and enjoyed them. Not this o ne felt lack lustre with a story that did not take you anywhere.

  • The Bell Jar

  • By: Sylvia Plath
  • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804

Read by the critically acclaimed actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. When Esther Greenwood wins an internship at a New York fashion magazine in 1953, she is elated, believing she will finally realise her dream to become a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, Esther's life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiralling into depression and eventually a suicide attempt as she grapples with difficult relationships and a society which refuses to take women's aspirations seriously.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • THIS IS NOT UNABRIDGED

  • By Bryony on 09-09-15

slow

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

Reviewed: 16-12-18

I found this to be a very slow and drawn out story Ths subject was a good one but for me it did not resonate

  • The Girl in the Letter

  • By: Emily Gunnis
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away. A mystery to be solved. 1956. When Ivy Jenkins falls pregnant she is sent in disgrace to St Margaret's, a dark, brooding house for unmarried mothers. Her baby is adopted against her will. Ivy will never leave. Present day. Samantha Harper is a journalist desperate for a break. When she stumbles on a letter from the past, the contents shock and move her. The letter is from a young mother, begging to be rescued from St Margaret's. Before it is too late.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fairly good read...

  • By Anonymous User on 17-12-18

Gripping Story

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

I found myself seething at the injustices and almost egging on the revengeful actions. Extremely hard to put down book
The story is so strong that it almost tells itself. An excellent read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Not That Kind of Love

  • By: Clare Wise, Greg Wise
  • Narrated by: Rose Smith, Greg Wise
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 105

A moving, thought-provoking and surprisingly humorous book which is both a description of a journey to death and a celebration of the act of living. Based on Clare Wise's blog, which she started when she was first diagnosed with cancer in 2013, Not That Kind of Love charts the highs and lows of the last three years of Clare's life. The end result is not a book that fills you with despair and anguish. On the contrary, Not That Kind of Love should be listened to by everybody for its candour and for its warmth and spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Moving and Thought Provoking

  • By Kim on 01-03-18

Heart Warming

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

Reviewed: 16-10-18

Really interesting read and some good points raised about death and the dying.
Heart warming approach to a subject which unfortunately is not viewed regularly in today’s society