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  • The Stranger Diaries

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Anjana Vasan, Andrew Wincott, Esther Wane, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 519

Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. As a literature teacher specialising in the Gothic writer R. M. Holland, she teaches a short course on it every year. Then Clare's life and work collide tragically when one of her colleagues is found dead, a line from an R. M. Holland story by her body. The investigating police detective is convinced the writer's works somehow hold the key to the case.s....  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The stranger diaries

  • By brenda peirce on 18-11-18

Who casts these actors?

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

Reviewed: 10-01-19

In all honesty I was disappointed in the book all round. I found the female characters one dimensional (although how much that was influenced by the irritating narrators I can’t say) and there wasn’t enough suspense or depth for me. For me it was ok and no more, but that is just a matter of personal taste I know. Therefore I wouldn’t be leaving this negative review if it wasn’t for the appalling narration Thank goodness for Anjana Vasan. She was the only one of the four narrators with any talent. The other two women were over emotional in their reading (you don’t have to express the emotion in every single word you say. If you do you lose the sense of the characters and the scene - no one does that in real life so why would you when narrating a book?!) and at the same time monotone. I really disliked the woman narrating as Clare. She insisted on making the men sound as if they were all elderly and stupid. Why do that? It’s so unnecessary. Andrew Wincott over acted so badly it physically made me cringe. That’s not how you create tension. Again he was over doing the emotion. Compare his performance with those of David Rintoul for example. Rintoul reads effortlessly and truthfully and chills you to the bone. Winnacot sounded like an amateur pantomime villain. I thought Anjana Vasan read really well. It was simple, truthful and interesting to listen to. I’d happily read another book narrated by her, but will actively avoid listening to books narrated by the other three. I wish I’d have stopped reading when I first wanted to an hour in. I kept going and hoped that the plot would be so good that it made up for the awful performances, but although it wasn’t bad (my opinion obviously) It wasn’t good enough to make it worth my while. What is like to know is who casts these audiobooks? Whoever it is really needs replacing. We have literally thousands of amazing actors in the U.K. There are a few of them narrating audio books, but most audiobooks seem to be narrated by actors (and sometimes people who are not really actors at all) who have no talent and ruin the books they perform. As a casting director casting for an audiobook you only have to focus on two things. Is this person an excellent actor and is their voice suitable? That’s it. You’re not restricted by anything else because the actors are not seen physically. I don’t understand why the casting is so bad so often. It’s not fair on the authors, nor the listener, nor to be honest is it fair for audible who have to refund money on more books than they should. Soooo annoying!

  • A Song for the Dying

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

A heart-stopping crime thriller from the author of three consecutive No. 1 bestsellers, including Birthdays for the Dead and the DI Logan McRae series. He's back... Eight years ago, ‘The Inside Man' murdered four women and left three more in critical condition - all of them with their stomachs slit open and a plastic doll stitched inside. And then the killer just … disappeared. Ash Henderson was a Detective Inspector on the initial investigation, but a lot can change in eight years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vile crimes, awful language - got to be MacBride!

  • By Lorna on 24-03-14

Great book. Great narration

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

Reviewed: 19-12-18

Another brilliant book by Stuart MacBride. I love Ian Hanmores narration....Perfect for Stuart MacBrides style. I’m so tired of great books on audible being ruined by appalling narrators. It’s such a relief when you get a good one.

  • Eve: A Christmas Ghost Story

  • A Psychic Surveys Prequel
  • By: Shani Struthers
  • Narrated by: Heather Tracy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

In 1899, in the North Yorkshire market town of Thorpe Morton, a tragedy occurred; 59 people died at the market hall whilst celebrating Christmas Eve, many of them children. One hundred years on and the spirits of the deceased are restless still, 'haunting' the community, refusing to let them forget. In 1999, psychic investigators Theo Lawson and Ness Patterson are called in to help, sensing immediately on arrival how weighed down the town is. Quickly they discover there's no safe haven. The past taints everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Supernatural tale, superbly narrated

  • By J. Farrer on 03-12-18

Very glad that this one has a different narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I enjoyed listening to this far more than the others in the psychic survey series. Previously I’d enjoyed the stories but the narrator was awful. They seem to have decided that using an actor is a good idea at last. That said they’ve used Sheila Dearden again (who is appalling and has absolutely no appropriate skills to be narrating anything) for the latest psychic surveys book, which I’ll avoid listening to for that reason alone. The writing is still a bit twee for me, but the stories are easy and warm and nice to listen to, which is what I was looking for. It was a nice listen. Thankfully the narration is far far better in this audio book.

  • Don’t You Cry

  • By: Cass Green
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman, Anna Bentinck, Huw Parmenter, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

One stolen baby. Two desperate strangers. One night of terror. When Nina almost dies during a disastrous blind date, her life is saved by a waitress called Angel. But later that evening, Nina is surprised by a knock on the door. It’s Angel - and she’s pointing a gun at her. Minutes later, Angel’s younger brother, Lucas, turns up, covered in blood, shielding a stolen newborn baby in his arms. Nina is about to endure the longest night of her life - a night that will be filled with terror and lead her to take risks she would never have believed herself capable of....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Twisty Psychological Thriller

  • By SandraL on 04-04-19

Excellent book spoiled by one of the narrators

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

I loved this story. It had some really nice twists and turns and great characters. Three of the four narrators were brilliant and I really enjoyed listening to them. Unfortunately Anna Bentink who narrates the bulk of this story is completely unsuitable for the role and narrates terribly. It’s difficult to remember that Nina (the central character) is only 45 and mother of a young child. Anna is clearly considerably older than this, and seems to feel the need to adopt an even older voice to play the part. She reads her as if she’s a prim 70 year old, which just doesn’t fit. It makes absolutely no sense and is irritating to the point of spoiling the whole book. The way she reads the voices of other characters is terrible too and completely at odds with the voices of the actors playing those roles. She also has a habit (particularly towards the end of the book) of slowing down and becoming staccato as if she’s tired and has lost all of her energy. It’s a big shame. I really wish that the production companies were more careful when casting. They only have to concentrate on getting a voice that fits the book and an actor who is good enough to narrate in a manner that does justice to the author. It’s no where near as complex as casting a play or film, where many other factors come into play. Why do some narrators continue to get work when they do such a poor job? Please if anyone from the production team is reading this, try a bit harder. It’s frustrating for the listener, really unfair on the author and in the end financially compromising for you!

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  • The Colony

  • By: F.G. Cottam
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 302

For over a century, the New Hope Island vanishing has tantalized the world. How did 150 people disappear from a lonely Hebridean island, leaving no trace and no clues? Media magnate Alexander McIntyre decides to solve the mystery, and gathers a team of experts to mount an expedition to the island. He hopes running the story as a rolling exclusive will revive the fortunes of his flagship news-stand title. He hopes to find conclusive answers to questions that have teased a curious world for decades. And he wants his own secret theory triumphantly vindicated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun

  • By Drew on 07-08-13

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 15-04-18

I really enjoyed this book. It was gripping, atmospheric unexpected and brilliantly well read. Can’t wait to read book 2!

  • Three Things About Elsie

  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328

There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first is that she's my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third...might take a little bit more explaining. Eighty-four-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died 60 years ago?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Extraordinary Life

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-01-18

Beautiful book

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

I loved this book. A lovely story that kept you entranced and which was read incredibly well.

  • 44 Gilmore Street

  • Psychic Surveys, Book Three
  • By: Shani Struthers
  • Narrated by: Sheila Dearden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

We all have to face our demons at some point. Psychic Surveys - specialists in domestic spiritual clearance - have never been busier. Two cases prove trying: 44 Gilmore Street, home to a particularly violent spirit, and the reincarnation case of Elisha Grey. The ghost of Gilmore Street inflames public imagination, but as Ruby and the team fail repeatedly to evict the entity, faith in them wavers. It seems some demons just won't let go....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • addictive

  • By Saofanatic on 07-11-18

Appalling narration.

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

Reviewed: 30-03-18

These are really nice stories. The kind that make you feel like curling up in front of a fire. The audio books are ruined however by the awful narration. Every single word is emphasised. The characters voices are shockingly bad - they sound like cartoons for very young children. It’s as if Sheila Dearden thinks that she’s reading these stories to 2 year olds. The impact of the writing is lost because the narrator doesn’t seem to realise that you don’t create atmosphere (which the stories already have) by filling every single word with some huge emotion. It just takes away from the story and it’s sooooo irritating. I don’t understand why the publisher isn’t using an actor. It’s such a shame. It’s an injustice to the author.

  • Glass Houses

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 13
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

One cold November day, a mysterious figure appears on the village green in Three Pines, causing unease, alarm and confusion among everyone who sees it. Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache knows something is seriously wrong, but all he can do is watch and wait, hoping his worst fears are not realised. But when the figure disappears and a dead body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings

  • By molly68 on 03-09-17

Mixed feelings

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

Would you listen to Glass Houses again? Why?

No. I enjoyed the story, but I really don't like Robert Bathurst reading these books. He's an amazing actor. I have so much respect for him, but for me this just isn't the right material for him. Maybe if I hadn't already heard Adam Sims reading the first few, it wouldn't be so disappointing. I loved Adam Sims narration of this series. He is Canadian and brings each character to life beautifully. Even hearing the difference between the French Canadian characters and the English speaking Canadians was valuable. He gave the books a sense of place that you just don't get with Robert Bathurst.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Robert Bathurst?

Absolutely and if he reads the next, I will listen to it because I want to listen to the next Gamache book. If he was reading another story (not Three Pines) I'd love to listen to him narrating, I'd just far rather he wasn't reading this series.

Any additional comments?

I love the characters in these books. I really enjoy the feeling of returning to Three Pines when I begin to read each new story. There's something remarkable about the juxtaposition between the comfort and feeling of home you get from the familiarity of the beautiful place, the warm characters, the cosy bistro etc. and the chilling, tense, angst ridden plots.

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  • Die of Shame

  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 340

Full of betrayal, deceit and suspense, Die of Shame is the spectacular new book from number-one best seller Mark Billingham - author of Time of Death and In the Dark, both soon to be major BBC series. Every Monday evening six people gather in a smart North London house to talk about addiction. There they share their deepest secrets: stories of lies, regret and, above all, shame. Then one of them is killed - and it's clear one of the circle was responsible.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointingly tedious

  • By Kirstine on 16-05-16

Narration of this was a real problem for me

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

Reviewed: 28-07-17

I love Mark Billingham as an author, but I think it was a terrible idea to have him narrate this. I've had to send it back. Hearing read in such a pedestrian, functional way prevented me from getting into the story (which is a shame as I've been told by friends who've read it that it's a brilliant book and a real page turner). I don't think people always appreciate the art of narration or of great acting and think that it's easy, but it's really not, that's why actors spend years in training. While the author of course knows the story and the characters better than anyone else could, that doesn't mean that they're able to lift it off the page. A good actor would have brought Billinghams characters to life and given the story the light and shade it needs. Knowing the story inside out and knowing the characters as well as only the author can just isn't enough. I'd love to listen to this book but it needs to be performed.

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  • Cat Out of Hell

  • By: Lynne Truss
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

A cottage on the coast on a windy evening. Under a pool of yellow light, two figures face each other across a kitchen table. A man and a cat. The story about to be related is so unusual yet so terrifyingly plausible that it demands to be told in a single sitting. The man clears his throat, and leans forward, expectant. 'Shall we begin?' says the cat….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unusually gripping

  • By mollymoon1 on 21-03-14

Brilliant! Imagine if Edgar Allan Poe wrote comedy...

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

Reviewed: 26-04-17

I loved this book. It was so refreshing to listen to something unlike anything else I've read. I really wasn't sure if I'd like it but decided to give it a go. I'm so very glad I did. It was read perfectly. Just the right narrator for this book. The quality of the narration was excellent. It was read effortlessly with stunning characterisation and great humour. When I discovered today that the sequel is on audible I bought it immediately. Thank you so much to the author, narrator and all involved in production, for a highly entertaining few hours.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful