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  • Tangerine

  • By: Christine Mangan
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow, Lucy Scott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52

The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the horrific accident at Bennington, the two friends - once inseparable roommates - haven't spoken in over a year. But Lucy is standing there, trying to make things right. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy, always fearless and independent, helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Plain cruel

  • By Suswati on 01-04-18

Well written but such dislikable characters

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

Reviewed: 28-02-19

There is no doubt this book is well written and the descriptions about tangier evocative but for me that’s all.
Every single character without exception was dislikable and so there is no one to root for no one to feel attached to just frustration.
I did like the last few lines that draw you back to the beginning and it made me long for Moroccan food.

  • Our Little Lies

  • By: Sue Watson
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 586

Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy. Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France: nothing is too good for his family. Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows it’s nothing - she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great narrator, poor story

  • By ziiigggg on 02-03-19

Emotionally in...

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

Emotionally in and once in I couldn’t avoid this book.
I had so many emotions at times I had to pause to take a moment maybe one of those books harder to listen to than to read.
But wow I’m glad I did I pushed myself and I hoped all would end well and then with the twist.
Simply brilliant

  • My Thoughts Exactly

  • By: Lily Allen
  • Narrated by: Lily Allen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,544

So, this is me. Lily Allen. I am a woman. I am a mother. I was a wife. I drink. I have taken drugs. I have loved and been let down. I am a success and a failure. I am a songwriter. I am a singer. I am all these things and more. When women share their stories, loudly and clearly and honestly, things begin to change - for the better. This is my story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully honest book.

  • By MrsB on 26-09-18

Listen with an open mind

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

Reviewed: 20-11-18

I’d read the papers, various interviews I knew I’d like the book especially as read by its author I just wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it.
Well overall I liked her sometimes she talks like she’s had a bit to much introspection and therapy but I think definitely at time of writing she told her truth. I am certain this will change because Lilly is still a young woman and there is so much more. I hope that she navigates the future for her children and finds the positive in all her experiences.
Bottom line I’m glad I heard this book and I’d recommend.

  • Dear Amy

  • By: Helen Callaghan
  • Narrated by: Helen Baxendale, John Sackville, Laura Aikman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,403
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,397

Margot Lewis is the agony aunt for The Cambridge Examiner. Her advice column, Dear Amy, gets all kinds of letters - but none like the one she's just received: 'Dear Amy, I don't know where I am. I've been kidnapped and am being held prisoner by a strange man. I'm afraid he'll kill me. Please help me soon, Bethan Avery.' Bethan Avery has been missing for nearly two decades. This is surely some cruel hoax. But as more letters arrive, they contain information that was never made public.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommend it

  • By Miko on 22-06-16

Addictive listening

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

Reviewed: 16-10-18

I downloaded this because I loved “everything is lies” this far surpassed even that great book. I normally get twists and turns but I didn’t see this one coming. I liked the main character and I loved the ending. Helen Callaghan I hope your busy writing your next book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Our House

  • By: Louise Candlish
  • Narrated by: Deni Francis, Paul Panting
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,278

When Fi arrives home to find a removals van outside her house, she is completely blindsided. Trinity Avenue has been her family's home for years. Where are all their belongings? How could this have happened? Desperately calling her ex-husband, Bram, who owns the house with her, Fi discovers he has disappeared. The more Fi uncovers, the more she realises their lives have been destroyed by a nightmare of their own making. A devastating crime has been committed, but who exactly is the guilty party?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good story

  • By Rory on 12-08-18

From 1 star to 5

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

If you’d asked me rate this book an hour or 2 in it would have been a 1 star because I disliked the characters so much but as the story develops I grew to if not always like to understand. The story ties together really well some bits I got before they were revealed and some not but all in all a very clever if sad in places book

  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 440

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with a bright future. They seem to have it all - until Mark loses his job and cracks start to appear in their perfect life. But they’re determined to make it work. They book their dream honeymoon and trust that things will work out - after all, they have each other. Could the life of your dreams turn out to be a nightmare?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I would have loved to give this book six stars!

  • By Janet biglari on 13-08-18

Gripping Brilliant a must listen

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

Reviewed: 19-09-18

I couldn’t stop listening so engaging and the lead character was very likeable and relatable. I think this book would be a great read but I loved listening

  • Bitter Orange

  • By: Claire Fuller
  • Narrated by: Rachel Bavidge
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

From the attic of a dilapidated English country house, she sees them - Cara first: dark and beautiful, clinging to a marble fountain of Cupid, and Peter, an Apollo. It is 1969, and they are spending the summer in the rooms below hers while Frances writes a report on the follies in the garden for the absent American owner. But she is distracted. Beneath a floorboard in her bathroom, she discovers a peephole which gives her access to her neighbours' private lives. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant slow burner.

  • By Rhian jones on 09-11-18

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

This is the second audio book I’ve listened to by this writer the other is swimming lessons and it’s just as captivating if not more so.
I was sorry to finish I will miss these characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

  • By: Stuart Turton
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,332

'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder, and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.' It is meant to be a celebration, but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself over and over again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex but Brilliant. A Classic in the making!

  • By Martin on 03-08-18

Such a surprise

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

Reviewed: 20-08-18

This book was so far from what I thought and in the beginning I didn’t think I would get to the end but such a clever story and brilliant narration. I implore all to give it a go and prepare for a good read

  • Swimming Lessons

  • By: Claire Fuller
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 523

Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides each in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter, she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan. Twelve years after her disappearance, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid from a bookshop window.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By dumphimlove on 23-03-17

A book that involves you...

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

I feel like this book the characters and story draw you in they stay with you even when your not listening. A sad tale of a silly man and a woman who wanted him to be what he wasn’t. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the where they were and the honestly of an imperfect marriage.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,972
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,025

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Puts Bridget Jones in the shade

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 10-07-17

In 3 words funny, sad and hopeful

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

Reviewed: 20-05-18

This book is a real journey I’ve shied away from it for a while but I was spellbound I loved the characters especially Eleanor who like Raymond I would love to be friends with.