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W. M. Koolstra-dekker

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  • The Silent Patient

  • By: Alex Michaelides
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677

The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman's act of violence against her husband - and of the man obsessed with uncovering her motive.... Famous artist Alicia Berenson shoots her husband in the head five times and then never speaks again. Five years later, forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber must find a way to get Alicia to talk if he wants to treat her. Only then can he unravel the shocking events of that tragic night five years before....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever twist

  • By Pawsthevizsla on 18-02-19

Spellbound throughout

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

Reviewed: 20-03-19

What a great and captivating story. I will be loooking for more from this author. Great insight and character development. Highly recommended.

  • Everything Is Lies

  • By: Helen Callaghan
  • Narrated by: Anna Popplewell, Sian Thomas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 846

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Everything Is Lies by Helen Callaghan. Sophia's parents lead quiet, unremarkable lives. At least that is what she's always believed. Until the day she arrives at her childhood home to find a house ringing with silence. Her mother is hanging from a tree. Her father is lying in a pool of his own blood, near to death. The police are convinced it is an attempted murder-suicide. But Sophia is sure that the woman who brought her up isn't a killer....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely mesmerizing

  • By W. M. Koolstra-dekker on 06-03-18

Absolutely mesmerizing

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

WOW, what a story. The story pulled me in from the start, it was meticulously and believably crafted. Beautifully told by both narrators. Top marks

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Angel

  • Ruth Galloway Mysteries, Book 10
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603

Dr Ruth Galloway is flattered when she receives a letter from Italian archaeologist Dr Angelo Morelli, asking for her help. He's discovered a group of bones in a tiny hilltop village near Rome but doesn't know what to make of them. It's years since Ruth has had a holiday, and even a working holiday to Italy is very welcome!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen, excellent work!

  • By Jude on 09-02-18

Always a treat

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

Reviewed: 28-02-18

I just love all the characters in Elly Griffith's books. To have a new one available is just a treat.

  • Amnesia

  • By: Michael Ridpath
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

Alastair Cunningham wakes up in hospital with almost total amnesia. But he knows that something terrible happened in his past, something that haunts him still. A young family friend, Clemence, is called in to help rekindle his memory. Retreating with Alastair to his remote cottage, Clemence finds a peculiar manuscript hidden away from prying eyes. Reading the prologue, she discovers a murder by someone very much like a young Alastair. The victim? Clemence's grandmother, Sophie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great "who dunnit"

  • By CW on 19-08-17

Great and beutifully told story

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

Reviewed: 28-09-17

This story kept me hooked until the very end. Very original theme and well worked out, with the story within the story. Well worth the purchase. I will be looking out for more by this author.

  • A Furnace Far Too Hot

  • By: Keith McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

When policewoman Eva Perry goes deep undercover to help bring a vicious local crime ring to justice, both she and her boss - Chief Detective Inspector Beverley Wharton - know there are huge risks involved. A series of unexplained and bizarre suicides forces Beverley into close contact with her former lover, the renegade forensic pathologist John Eisenmenger, who is already investigating the sudden suicide of his colleague Daisy Pemberton.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping story narrated brilliantly

  • By W. M. Koolstra-dekker on 16-02-17

Another gripping story narrated brilliantly

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

Reviewed: 16-02-17

When looking for a new audiobook to download, I found this keith McCarthy. What a treat to discover this one waiting for me. I listened as much as possible in one go: on the bike, walking the dog, cooking and doing the dishes. Although the ending was not quite unexpected,the story still kept me spellbound. Of course having it narrated by my favourite, Sean Barrett, made it an extra treat.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Faithful Place

  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

The course of Frank Mackey's life was set by one defining moment when he was 19. The moment his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, failed to turn up for their rendezvous in Faithful Place, failed to run away with him to London as they had planned. Frank never heard from her again. Twenty years on, Frank is still in Dublin, working as an undercover cop. He's cut all ties with his dysfunctional family. Until his sister calls to say that Rosie's suitcase has been found....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By s.e.ryder on 04-06-12

Engrossing story and wonderful narrator

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

Reviewed: 16-01-17

The fact that this story keeps the attention is mainly thanks to the wonderful narrator. He takes you into the story and keeps you there until the very end. It is more a radio play than a read book, sublime.

  • The Narrow Bed

  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 109

Queen of psychological crime Sophie Hannah returns with a chilling new Culver Valley crime novel. A killer that the police are calling "Billy Dead Mates" is murdering pairs of best friends one by one. Before they die, each victim is given a small white book.... For months detectives have failed to catch Billy or work out what the white books mean. And then a woman, scared by what she's seen on the news, comes forward. Stand-up comedian Kim Tribbeck has one of Billy's peculiar little books.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I think I liked it - but not sure!

  • By SCR on 02-03-16

Unlikely story, but all the same great listen

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

Reviewed: 22-02-16

It' s always a treat when there' s a new Sophie Hannah book. The stories are different and keep you guessing until the end. I like the quirky characters of Charlie and Simon and the humour that is woven into the story. This story is quite unlikely, but still I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.

  • A Banquet of Consequences

  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 22 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

Full of shocks, intensity and suspense from first minute to last, Banquet of Consequences reveals Lynley and Havers under pressure. The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind. But what was the cause of his tragedy, and how far might the consequences reach? Is there a link between the young man's leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge? Following various career-threatening misdemeanours, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By justmurr on 28-06-16

What an exquisite treat!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-15

Finally a new Elizabeth George. And what a wonderful treat. I enjoyed every minute of it, as the characters and the story unfold.
Very well read also, apart from the West Indian voice of Winston Nkata, which is very difficult to get right.

  • Close Your Eyes

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372

I close my eyes and feel my heart begin racing. Someone is coming. They're going to find me. A mother and her teenage daughter are found brutally murdered in a remote farmhouse, one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other left lying like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her Prince.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Devastating, brilliant and thrilling

  • By Cabaspre on 26-08-15

Fantasitic listen and great story

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

Reviewed: 15-08-15

What did you like most about Close Your Eyes?

The combination of Michael Robotham and narrator Sean Barrett is a fantastic treat.

What did you like best about this story?

The insightful introspections by the main character, psychologist Joe O' Loughlin, I didn' t see the ending coming for a long time..

What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

Everytyhing, he is my absolute favourite narrator.

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

Yep, absolutely.

Any additional comments?

Make sure you get it.

  • The Ghost Fields

  • Ruth Galloway, Book 7
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727

Norfolk is experiencing a July heat wave when a construction crew unearths a macabre discovery - a buried World War II plane with the pilot still inside. Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway quickly realizes that the skeleton couldn't possibly be the pilot, and DNA tests identify the man as Fred Blackstock, a local aristocrat who had been reported dead at sea. When the remaining members of the Blackstock family learn about the discovery, they seem strangely frightened by the news.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • DISAPPOINTING

  • By Rogayah on 13-04-15

Another fantastic treat from Elly Griffths

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

Reviewed: 24-04-15

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

A wonderful treat, kept me listening to the very end

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ruth Galloway is a wonderful character, full of self-knowledge, down to earth, pigheaded but likeable.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

the whole book was wonderful

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

absolutely, but then it' s a shame ot is over and we have to wait for the next one. Please hurry up Elly.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful