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  • The Woman in the Window

  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 832
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 737
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 740

It's been 10 long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside. Anna's lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Way, Way, Way too long

  • By Helen W. on 19-02-18

Dull and slow

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

Reviewed: 28-02-19

I did not listen to the whole book. By about 2 1/2 hours in I got so bored waiting for something to happen that I lost patience and applied to Audible for a refund. Normally I see a book through to the finish. However in this case, there was very little to capture my curiosity or inspire me to carry on listening. The plot did not seem to move on at all. I didn’t think the narrator’s voice was right for the character- she sounded more like a woman in her 60s than one in her 30s.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Too Close

  • By: Natalie Daniels
  • Narrated by: Clara Salaman, Sara Stewart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658

There’s a moment, when you meet someone new, when the connection is so strong that making a friend can feel like falling in love. That’s how it was for Connie and Ness. They met in the park while their children played, and as they talked, they realised they were neighbours. Perhaps it was only natural that they and their families would become entirely inseparable. But when Ness’ marriage ends in a bitter divorce, she is suddenly at Connie’s house all the time. Connie doesn’t have a moment to herself, no time alone with her husband, not a second to chat to her kids.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC!! The best book I've listened too

  • By Weigh In Time on 10-12-18

Unputdownable!!

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

Reviewed: 28-02-19

I really enjoyed this book and binge-listened because I couldn’t put it down. Plenty of clues as the story progressed to keep the reader curious about what had actually happened. I thought the pace was just right. Very good narration too. I would highly recommend.

  • The Sentence Is Death

  • Detective Daniel Hawthorne, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572

Passion, deception, an unexplained death and a detective with quite a lot to hide lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's brilliant new murder mystery, the second in the best-selling series starring Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne. William Pryce is an elegant, smooth-tongued lawyer who has made a fortune out of celebrity divorces - and a lot of enemies in the process. Unmarried himself, he lives in a handsome bachelor pad on the edge of Hampstead Heath. Or, rather, he used to....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Writing is On the Wall - GREAT NEW SERIES!

  • By Patricia on 08-11-18

Great story from this author as usual

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

Reviewed: 25-11-18

Great story as usual from Anthony Horowitz. I enjoy Rory Kinnear’s narration very much and in particular I cannot now imagine the main character (Daniel Hawthorne) being portrayed by anybody else. However as others have observed, his representation of the female detective was shrieky and strange. All in all though a really good listen

  • Watching You

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Watching You by Lisa Jewell. You’re back home after four years working abroad, with a brand-new husband in tow. You’re keen to find a place of your own. But for now you’re living with your big brother, camped out in his spare bedroom. And then - quite unexpectedly - you meet the man next door. He’s the head teacher of the local high school. He’s twice your age. And he’s devastatingly attractive. Soon you find you’re watching him. All the time. But what you don’t know is that someone is watching you....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling listen!

  • By Mazalicious on 28-07-18

A compelling listen!

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

Reviewed: 28-07-18

Very enjoyable. Twists and turns in the story; some of which I saw coming, but that was ok. Couldn’t put it down. Good narration.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Tall Order

  • The Spider Shepherd Thrillers, Book 15
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

The 15th thriller in the Spider Shepherd series promises even more enthralling action from the Sunday Times best seller Stephen Leather. He is one of the world's most ruthless terrorists, codenamed Saladin. He plans and executes devastating attacks, and then, ghostlike, he disappears. Ten years ago he blew a plane out of the sky above New York - and now he's struck again, killing dozens in a London strike. But one of the latest victims is related to the acting head of MI5, who knows exactly who she wants on the case: Spider Shepherd.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spider! As Explosive As Ever!

  • By Gary on 25-07-18

Really disappointing

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

Reviewed: 25-07-18

I’m normally a huge fan of Stephen Leather and the Spider Shepherd books are a guilty pleasure for me. However this tale was sooo unimaginative and without the usual twists and drama. Just a series of grisly killings really. Too much gratuitous violence via other characters (the obnoxious Richard Yokeley and the not so bad Lex Harper) I also missed the lack of glimpses into Shepherd’s family life that are usually included. On the plus side, a faultless performance from Paul Thornley as per. He always gets the narration just right.

  • Magpie Murders

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner, Samantha Bond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,314

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She's worked with the revered crime writer for years, and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway.... But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who? How? Where & Why?

  • By Mrs Q on 10-10-16

Loved the story and the narration

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

Reviewed: 22-04-17

Excellent book, well written and well narrated. I was gripped by the plot line. The writing was very evocative of the time and place. The pace was just right and a good twist at the end. Excellent all round

  • The Girl Before

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,939
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,926

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping thriller

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-17

Thought it was great!

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

Reviewed: 22-04-17

Absorbing storyline and great narration. This would make a good TV mini series. Yes, some of the events are implausible, but it was an entertaining story and kept me hooked

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Husband's Wife

  • By: Jane Corry
  • Narrated by: Abigail Thaw, Lily Bevan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,214

When lawyer Lily marries Ed, she's determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But when she takes on her first criminal case, she starts to find herself strangely drawn to her client. A man who's accused of murder. A man she will soon be willing to risk everything for. But is he really innocent? And who is she to judge?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Amanda W on 29-09-16

Well that's several hours of my life I won't get back

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

Reviewed: 18-03-17

This story rambled on for ages and ages and the plot was not as gripping as I'd have liked. No likeable characters either. I only finished it on principle because I don't like leaving a book unread / unlistened to.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Landing

  • Dan Shepherd, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Martyn Read
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690

As a detective working for an elite undercover squad, Dan "Spider" Shepherd has lied, cheated, and conned in order to bring Britain's most wanted criminals to justice. When a powerful drugs baron starts to kill off witnesses to his crimes, Shepherd is given his most dangerous assignment yet. He has to go undercover in a top-security prison - a world where one wrong move will mean certain death. Playing his role to perfection, Shepherd gambles everything to move in on his quarry - only to realise that the man he is set to trap is even more dangerous than the police anticipated.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First class entertainment

  • By G. Myers on 26-03-15

Just couldn't cope with the narration!!!

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

Reviewed: 22-09-16

I have enjoyed several of the more recent Stephen Leather books recently, narrated by Paul Thornley. I thought I would try earlier books in the series, starting with the first Dan Shepherd one. My goodness - what a difference in narration.
I'm afraid I agree with other reviewers. This narrator is not great at accents and his interpretation of Dan Shepherd sounds like Peter Salis in Wallace and Gromit. For me, Paul Thornley is and always will be Spider Shepherd! His interpretation and his reading style are more edgy and much more appropriate to an action novel. So monotonous did I find the narrator of this book that I stopped listening and bought the book to read on my kindle.
The story itself is (as all Leather novels), well crafted and engrossing. The only criticism I'd have is that there were a LOT of different characters and names, which sometimes became confusing. I think Leather's ability to structure novels and use good pace and to add plot complexity and twists has developed and improved over the years. Therefore I enjoy his recent works more. However this was a good story and I enjoyed going back to Spider Shepherd's origins

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Kill Me Again

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942

When your life is a lie, who can you trust? When Maggie Taylor accepts a new job in Manchester, she is sure it is the right move for her family. The children have settled well, although her husband, Duncan, doesn’t appear to be so convinced. But nothing prepares her for the shock of coming home from work one night to find that Duncan has disappeared, leaving their young children alone. His phone is dead, and she has no idea where he has gone or why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Smooth and Classy Thriller

  • By Simon on 26-08-16

A really enjoyable listen - good story and narration

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

Reviewed: 31-08-16

I thoroughly enjoyed this - found it hard to put down. Probably Rachel Abbott's best yet. Story a bit far-fetched, but not irritatingly so. An interesting plot line, with various twists and turns and new information introduced at appropriate intervals, which kept the interest high. I thought the characters were very well drawn so I found myself totally engrossed in the story and genuinely concerned about the outcome. The unveiling of the 'baddie' at the end was not a great surprise, but that did not detract from my enjoyment of the book. The narrator was great I thought. Her reading voice was neutral in style which I liked, as no distracting mannerisms or over-hysterical interpretations of exciting plot moments (which some narrators can be prone to). Nevertheless, she conveyed the tone very well and her change of accents/voices for different characters was managed well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful