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  • The End of the World Running Club

  • By: Adrian J. Walker
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971

Do the impossible or lose your family forever.... Edgar Hill, unsympathetic husband and halfhearted father, finds himself in a hopeless situation. Despite all his best efforts, he hasn't managed to keep his family together. In fact they are further from him than ever - 550 miles, to be precise. And in a world near annihilated by a terrible disaster, leaving the UK harsh and brutal, uncrossable by car or bike, his journey to find his loved ones will be fraught with challenges.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great British PA fiction

  • By William L Belfield on 28-03-17

Love this narrator, good story too

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

Reviewed: 29-01-19

I actually chose this book as I love this narrator so much. He was brilliant and its a very good story too.

  • 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 1,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,090

'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

Fascinating, gripping story & brilliantly performed

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

Reviewed: 20-01-19

What an amazing book. I was desperate for it to end just so I could start it again.
The story was brilliant and the narration by Jot Davies was incredible.
Highly recommend if you love murder mystery and atmospheric period fiction but would recommend to anyone to give it a try as the story is so good.

  • The Lightkeeper's Daughters

  • By: Jean E. Pendziwol
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Elizabeth's eyes have failed. She can no longer read the books she loves or see the paintings that move her, but her mind remains sharp, and music fills the vacancy left by her blindness. When her father's journals are discovered on a shipwrecked boat, she enlists the help of a delinquent teen, Morgan, to read to her. As an unlikely friendship grows between them, Elizabeth is carried back to her childhood home - the lighthouse on Porphyry Island, Lake Superior - and to the memory of her enigmatic twin sister, Emily.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • awful audible

  • By Jacqueline Smith on 29-07-17

Wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

I really enjoyed this story from start to finish. So rare for a book to end this well.
I just wish the author had more adult fiction to read.

  • A Room Swept White

  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Fliss Benson is a TV producer struggling to deal with a personal tragedy in her own life. She receives at work an anonymous card which consists of 16 numbers arranged in four rows of four. These numbers mean absolutely nothing to her. At the same time, she is handed a particularly unwelcome assignment: she has to work on a documentary about cot death and three mothers accused (wrongly, it seems) of murder: Helen Yardley, Sarah Jaggard and Rachel Hines.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bit disappointing

  • By ClaireL on 06-08-18

Bit disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

This book was recommended to me so I had high hopes despite the average reviews.
Unfortunately I have to agree with them, the story lacks something & I wasn’t gripped. I also found the ending quite disappointing in that so many aspects of the story other than the ‘who dunnit’ remained unanswered.
I felt that key characters were just abandoned when I’d have liked some resolution for them too.
Also the lead women are somewhat infuriating so you don’t really care what happens to them.

  • How to Stop Time

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,090
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,943
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,940

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to jazz age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he'd never witnessed them firsthand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb as I expected from Matt Haig

  • By Kaggy on 17-07-17

A slow & gentle read

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Not gripping but interesting never the less.
I enjoyed the story though felt there were parts of the plot that weren’t explored that would have made the book far more interesting.

  • Then She Was Gone

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,306

A missing girl. A buried secret. From the acclaimed author of I Found You and the Richard & Judy best seller The Girls comes a compulsively twisty psychological thriller that will keep you gripped to the very last moment. She was 15, her mother's golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Kate on 18-10-17

An enjoyable read

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

Reviewed: 29-04-18

I enjoyed the book throughout & the story kept me engaged despite Gabrielle Glaister’s dreadful & inconsistent Irish accent!
A good read & I’d certainly read something by this author again.

  • I Am Watching You

  • By: Teresa Driscoll
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,789
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,785

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it - until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she's decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls - beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard - has disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Glowing Five Stars

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 23-10-17

An ok read.

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

Reviewed: 29-04-18

The storyline itself starts really well but at times the level of detail such as the flower arranging was so long winded & overly detailed I began to switch off. Some details such as the inaccuracy of Matthew not allowed to be present for his wife’s C Section in theatre annoyed me as well - do your research!
On the whole the story line starts really well but it seems to lose its way. I felt the conclusion was almost rushed compared to how the mystery had been drawn out, also the sub plot of Luke’s girlfriend seemed pointless. I found the character of Ella quite wet & annoying.
The book is certainly readable but what starts as a promising & gripping story line, in my view goes off the boil.

  • Nowhere Child

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

A standalone novella featuring the same characters as Rachel Abbott's best-selling novel Stranger Child. Eight months ago Tasha Joseph ran away, and her stepmother, Emma, has been searching for her ever since. She is desperate to give Tasha the home and security she deserves. The problem is, Emma isn't the only one looking for Tasha. The police are keen to find her, too. She could be a vital witness in a criminal trial, and DCI Tom Douglas has a team constantly on the lookout for her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please Rachel Just Give The Girl A Break!

  • By Simon on 09-06-16

Provides a conclusion to the book but...

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

Reviewed: 29-04-18

Whilst I enjoyed the initial story & purchased this for a conclusion, the story itself wasn’t great.
I think it’s a little unfair of the author to have written this short story which you have to buy just to conclude the initial, when it should just have all been written as one book. It was somewhat tenuous and certainly not as well written as the first book.

  • Apple Tree Yard

  • By: Louise Doughty
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,031
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,024

Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage. But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair. Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first. But she can’t control what happens next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Recommendation!

  • By Mrs. Helen M. Herbert on 09-02-14

Gripping from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 26-03-18

At last an amazing book with an equally amazing end. I was gripped from start to finish. The ending was not predictable as they usually are & made this book one of the best I have read (listened to!) in a life no time. Highly recommend.

  • Close to Home

  • DI Fawley, Book 1
  • By: Cara Hunter
  • Narrated by: Emma Cunniffe, Lee Ingleby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835

How can a child vanish without a trace? Last night, eight-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from a summer party at her home. No-one at the party noticed her leave. Even her parents aren't sure of the last time they saw her. DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows that in nine cases out of 10, it's someone close to the victim. When a pair of bloody tights is discovered, Fawley's worst suspicions are concerned. Someone knows where Daisy is. And her time is running out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a rollercoaster ride

  • By j c rogers on 07-02-18

Great story, weak ending

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

Reviewed: 24-02-18

Really enjoyed this book & would recommend but I felt the ending let it down somewhat, though it was an unexpected twist just not a particularly great one. Will read more in this series though when available.