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  • Yellow Crocus

  • By: Laila Ibrahim
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655

Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic, loved it!

  • By Ann D on 07-02-15

Wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 17-06-18

Full of human warmth. A really lovely story full of resilience and hope. Really well performed too.

  • Tell Me a Secret

  • By: Samantha Hayes
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Everything in Lorna’s life runs like clockwork, from her six a.m. run to the strict 60 minute counselling sessions she gives. It’s the only way she can deal with the terrible secret she carries. When a new client arrives for his first appointment, Lorna feels her perfect life unravel in a matter of seconds. It’s Andrew, the man she’s spent the last year desperately trying to forget. It seems he can’t forget her either....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing

  • By san2har on 05-06-18

Ludicrously over convoluted tale.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I have read other books by the author which I would recommend but this take over complicated psychological thrillers to a new level. Half of the book was very slow with endless repletion and unbelievable ruminations by central character. Followed by the next half running at a fast pace but with equally unbelievable plot twists. I did listen to it all but just to see if it had any saving graces. IT DIDN'T & yes very depressing too.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bring Me Back

  • By: B A Paris
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hely, Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 658
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 609

The million-copy best-selling author returns with a breathtaking thriller. The disappearance. The suspicion. The fear....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Love Paris in the Springtime!

  • By Simon on 08-03-18

Really quite absurd

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

Reviewed: 29-03-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No unless it was a lesson in poor writing I enjoyed the other books but this is just endless repetition and a fairly thin plot. I rarely write reviews but seriously this information is required by all you would be readers out there. Don't bother.

Would you ever listen to anything by B A Paris again?

I have listened previously and enjoyed which is why I purchased this. Very poor story

What about Kevin Hely and Cathleen McCarron ’s performance did you like?

The performance was the best thing about this book

Did Bring Me Back inspire you to do anything?

No apart from to write a negative review

  • The Scarred Woman

  • Department Q, Book 7
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 617

The international number one best seller returns with his most captivating and suspenseful novel yet - perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo. In a Copenhagen park, the body of an elderly woman is discovered. Though the case bears a striking resemblance to another unsolved homicide from over a decade ago, the police cannot find any connection between the two victims. Across town a group of young women are being hunted down. The attacks seem random, but could these acts of violence be related?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What a let down after such a long wait!

  • By mollyeyre on 22-09-17

Steven Pacey IS Dept Q for audio

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

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

Despite the fact that I have gone into decline since the wonderful narrator Steven Pacey ceased from Book 6 where sadly the narrator was so terrible I have not been able to listen to that particular book. Saul Reichlin is actually passable against very stiff competition. He doesn't get the ASSAD persona in the way that Pacey does which for me makes the books and brings out the dark humour and frustration from Carl M but at least I am listening and enjoying it. I can see others have not. So Hey Audible we do need to persuade Mr Pacey to come back and re do the books 6 & 7 .

What did you like best about this story?

The story is good and as usual excellently convoluted

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

So as above PLEASE AUDIBLE listen to you your listeners who have universally expressed the same opinion. Saul Reichlin is ok but when you have experienced the Pacey read its difficult to compare. As detailed above I have enjoyed book 7 with Mr Reichlin so all is not lost except some of the humour

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

yes

Any additional comments?

PLEASE persuade MR Pacey to perform the last 2 books Im sure us audible addicts would have a whip round to add encouragement.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Birthday Girl

  • By: Sue Fortin
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Dear Carys, Zoe and Andrea. Come and join me for my 40th birthday adventure weekend, full of mysteries and surprises the like of which you can't imagine. When Joanne's friends reluctantly accept an invitation to her birthday party, it quickly becomes clear that there is more to this weekend than they are expecting. One of them is hiding a secret. And Joanne is planning to reveal it.... A weekend away in a cottage in the woods sounds like fun - until no one can hear your cries for help.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sparkles then gradually fizzes out.

  • By Lee on 01-05-18

Really unbelievable and irritating

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

What disappointed you about The Birthday Girl?

Poorly constructed story with loads of inconsistencies. Characters very poor

What will your next listen be?

xx

How could the performance have been better?

Performance wasn't as bad as the story though some of the attempts at different voices were v irritating

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Sister's Bones

  • By: Nuala Ellwood
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church, Sally Scott
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 225

Kate Rafter is a successful war reporter. She's the strong one. The one who escaped Herne Bay and the memories it holds. Her sister Sally didn't. Instead she drinks. But when their mother dies, Kate is forced to return to the old family home. And on her first night, she is woken by a terrifying scream. What secret has Kate stumbled upon? And is she strong enough to uncover the truth...and make it out alive?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • hard going

  • By Carol Brooks on 09-05-17

S136!!! Please do your research ....

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

What did you like best about My Sister's Bones? What did you like least?

The story held some interest for me in that I kept listening but the inserts of the doctor interviewing Kate held on S136 which his for a period of up to 72 hours and involves more than just one doctor who seems to be on some kind of marathon I am going to assess you not stop for 72 hours is so ridiculously implausible that I have felt driven to add my thoughts. I know this is fiction but there needs to be some grounding in reality........
Please try better next time Nuala

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

....

What aspect of Imogen Church and Sally Scott ’s performance might you have changed?

I normally quite like Imogen Churches performances though they are quite lugubrious...
there is an appeal in that. However her portrayal of the hectoring psych who is on a 72 hour assessment mission really is appalling. Maybe thats because I am so irritated by this aspect of the book.

Could you see My Sister's Bones being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No

22 of 45 people found this review helpful

  • Man at the Helm

  • By: Nina Stibbe
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 336

Not long after her parents' separation, heralded by an awkward scene involving a wet Daily Telegraph and a pan of cold eggs, nine-year-old Lizzie Vogel, her sister and little brother and their now-divorcée mother are packed off to a small, slightly hostile village in the English countryside. Their mother is all alone, only 31 years of age, with three young children and a Labrador. It is no wonder, when you put it like that, that she becomes a menace and a drunk. And a playwright.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good as expected

  • By Philip on 18-09-14

Excellent low key humour......addictive...

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

Reviewed: 07-12-14

Would you listen to Man at the Helm again? Why?

Yes definitely re readable and wouldn't say that easily

Who was your favorite character and why?

The central character Lizzie
Closely followed by mother

Which character – as performed by Imogen Church – was your favourite?

same

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

All kinds of emotions evoked but very interested in the way it was written....great style

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle

  • By: Kirsty Wark
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Redmond
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 187

Born just before the First World War, Elizabeth Pringle has been a familiar yet solitary figure on the Scottish island of Arran. A dutiful daughter, an inspirational teacher, a gardener. But did anyone really know her? When Elizabeth dies, her will contains a surprise. She has left her home and her belongings to someone who is all but a stranger, a young mother she watched pushing a pram down the road more than thirty years ago. Now it falls to Martha, the baby in that pram, to find out how her mother inherited the house in such strange circumstances, and in doing so, perhaps leave her own past behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why should a house be left to your mother?

  • By J on 20-06-14

Beautifully writen...pleasant surprise

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

Reviewed: 30-11-14

What did you like most about The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle?

It was beautifully written great characterisation. Very absorbing

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think Elizabeth Pringle for her stoicism

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Right at the end but I won't spoil it for the readers....made me cry..

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes see above but actually it was all very moving.

Any additional comments?

A new insight into Kirsty Wark away from my perception as hard nosed journalist.

  • Leaving Time

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549

Number One bestselling author Jodi Picoult returns with her compulsive new novel - about the lengths we go to for those who have left us behind; about the staying power of love; and about how three broken souls might have just the right pieces to mend each other. Jenna Metcalf was with her mother the night she disappeared in tragic and mysterious circumstances, but she remembers nothing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This should be a movie

  • By JPH on 08-03-15

Top story especially if you are drawn to elephants

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

Reviewed: 30-11-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would and have already done so. Not only is it very interesting re the observations of elephant behaviour the storyline draws you in and keeps you engaged without guessing the end. Love the characters very well created. I like 'jodi Picoult but sometimes find her 'issuing' a bit worthy but this compelely surpasses that.

What did you like best about this story?

1 The elephants2 the diverse characters3 the end

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narration benefitted from the multiple storytellers. This added to the characterisation gave it depth that takes it beyond just a reading.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes the end.

Any additional comments?

Just a really good experience worth amplifying which I have already done verbally.

  • Trick of the Dark

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon, Gerri Halligar
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

The brand new thriller from the award-winning crimewriter. 'Death is a hollow drum whose beat has measured out my adult life.' So writes Jay Macallan Stewart in her latest volume of memoirs. But nobody has ever asked whether that has been by accident or design. Nobody, that is, until Jay turns her sights on newly-wed and freshly-widowed Magda Newsam. For Magda's mother Corinna is an Oxford don who knows enough of Jay's history to be very afraid indeed...For Adults Only: Explicit language.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very Disappointing

  • By Tei on 21-04-11

Really wished I'd looked at reviews first

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

Reviewed: 24-03-14

Would you try another book written by Val McDermid or narrated by Juanita McMahon and Gerri Halligar ?

I have already listened to a book narrated by Geri Halligan but sadly this one did NOT work. The voices inappropriate for the characters and at times cringey.

What was most disappointing about Val McDermid’s story?

Just did not ring true lots of poor research and awful descriptions around sexual encounters uggghhh!!!!!!!!!!!

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Juanita McMahon and Gerri Halligar ?

Not sure

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really

Any additional comments?

I have listened/ read this author's books before and enjoyed but this is vvv poor. I should be in print if this is writing