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  • The Perfect Family

  • By: Shalini Boland
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Gemma Ballantine is getting ready for work one morning when her eldest child comes running down the stairs saying the words every mother dreads. The front door is open. And her six-year-old daughter has disappeared. Frantic with fear, Gemma starts a nail-biting search for her little girl. After what feels like forever, her mother-in-law, Diane, finds Katie wandering lost a few streets away. Relieved to have her youngest child back in her arms, breathing in the sweet scent of her hair, Gemma thinks the nightmare is over. But then her perfect family starts to fall apart....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fairly good read.

  • By Sue on 04-12-18

Bitter, twisted and thoroughly evil

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

This was one hell of a book full of twisted evil characters though shallow as well. Vain and shallow the people in this book were far from likeable but they were real so i don’t fault the book for that. The reader was spot on with her narration but way to many ‘says’ and ‘saids’ though not as many as I’ve known in the past. You want evil try this book it is gruesome.

  • Her Name Was Rose

  • By: Claire Allan
  • Narrated by: Melanie MacHugh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

Rose Grahame had everything Alex D’Arcy dreams of. A handsome husband, a stunning home and a baby boy with twinkling blue eyes and a smile that would brighten the darkest of days. It’s a stark contrast to Alex’s life - her dead-end job, her borderline addiction to drink and pills, her failed engagement and her cluttered flat. But the women’s lives are about to collide - and nothing will ever be the same again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic psychological thriller

  • By B. Booker on 06-08-18

all right but nothing special

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Welll, as I have stated it’s all right but nothing special at all. In fact I’d call it predictablle and not all that well written either. Too many ‘saids’ for anyone’s liking but then of coourse as anyone reading any kind of book these days will know that being a published author does not mean one has to be an accomplished writer does it? One merely has to impress an agent and to judge from some of the drivel that is published that’s not so terribly difficult is it? This book follows an accident or is it? Rose is dead and her grieving widower is devastated though not so devastated that he can’t look around barely a couple of months after his wife is in the grave. Emily is his next choice or victim and she’s a total wreck having falllen out of a relationship that went wrong already. Well, that’s basically it really. The naration is fine but with such a predictable book to deal with it’s hard to say if this is a good performance or not.

  • The Girl I Used to Be

  • By: Mary Torjussen
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

How can you hide your mistakes when you don't know what they are? Gemma, a stressed mother and businesswoman, wishes her life was just a little simpler. A networking event in London looks the ideal chance to get away. And a new client seems like perfect company when he joins Gemma for an innocent dinner. But the next day Gemma is plunged into a twisted nightmare she can't control. Secrets both past and present force her to confront the truth of the girl she used to be....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good twists but I predicted two easily.

  • By Katherine Walcot on 27-05-18

Oh do stop whinging

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I have read many reviews that ask the pointless stupid question that goes something like: ‘if you could sum this book up in three words what would they be’? Well if I had to sum this up in three words they would be: Tedious, boring, obvious. Info dumping, poor writing and too many ‘saids’ make this book tiresome to read in the extreme. Lucy Price-Lewis does her best but please, please let this book get better. I’m only on chapter 3 and already I’m tired of it.

  • A Gathering of Ghosts

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Pagans tackle the Knights of St John with terrible consequences in the new medieval thriller by Queen of the Dark Ages, Karen Maitland. Set on the wilds of Dartmoor, this is a ghostly tale for fans of The Essex Serpent or C. J. Sansom's Shardlake series, and fans who can't wait for The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse. 1316. On the wilds of Dartmoor stands the isolated Priory of St Mary, home to the Sisters of the Knights of St John.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keeble's Masterclass Shines on Karen's Grim Noire

  • By Simon on 08-09-18

Pagans and Christians at war again

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Well this book was just brilliant. I can say no more than that or at any rate very little more. Naration was perfect and the plot kept me listening all night. Could do with a few less ‘saaids’ in the text but that apart reallly goood read and the historical notes at the end were fascinating and a great insight in to Dartmoor’s topography and legendary history.

  • The Sewing Machine

  • By: Natalie Fergie
  • Narrated by: Angus King, Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 377

It is 1911, and Jean is about to join the mass strike at the Singer factory. For her, nothing will be the same again. Decades later, Connie sews coded moments of her life into a notebook, as her mother did before her. More than 100 years after his grandmother's sewing machine was made, Fred unpicks the secrets of four generations, one stitch at a time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An intriguing walk through generations

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-07-18

Fred Blog’s? Wonder if the author noticed the pun.

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

My headline is flipant I admit but the book is far from that. it’s a gentle family historical drama with a lot of shameless info dumping and a bunch of family secrets set against the backdrop of a sewing machine factory and who’s mum didn’t own a Singer at one point or another? it’s interesting and well, sugary in places. Absorbing but nothing special. The naration is poor though mostly and I can’t quite figure out why two were needed. Worth finishing and I think if you like sentimental family histories that are predictable and not really scary but gentle and absorbing then this book is a must. If you like excitement then avoid this one.

  • Abbot's Keep

  • A Ghost Story
  • By: Benedict Ashforth
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

"Brother, do not try to follow me once you have read this. No good can come of it..." When Clifford Fox QC receives a desperate letter from his estranged younger brother, Simon, he departs his comfortable Yorkshire home to locate him. The letter outlines the harrowing events that have led Simon to the very edge of sanity.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointed

  • By Ms. E. Morgan on 10-09-17

One heck of a story

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

Short but very engrsing from start to finish. Beyond that if I say more I’ll only spoil it but I have always thought that horrors and ghost stories should be short so as not to digress too much and that’s reallly one part of what is wrong with stephen King novels, they go on and on and on. This book doesn’t do pornography which is refreshing and it isn’t too long which is even better since there are no boring bits. I’d say if you like ghost or horror nobelas you could do worse than give this one a go.

  • Ghostly Tales

  • Audible Christmas Gift 2017
  • By: Charles Dickens, E. F. Benson, J. H. Riddell, and others
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow, Sally Phillips, John Banks, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,688
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,685

The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, and as Christmas approaches the time is high for some ghostly tales. As an exclusive gift for Audible members, settle down, snuggle up and listen to four chilling ghost stories, read by Simon Callow. Four great stories, one master storyteller - what could be simpler than that?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well read

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-12-17

no wonder audible gave this away

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

nobody woould buy this if they had to pay for it of that i am sure or if they did they’d return it for certain. No doubt the stories are good but the soundscape is poor, the segways are worse and to be honest this effort is wholly unworthy of the talent of Simon Callow who at least manages to read the text as if he means it but how anyone could put their name to this is quite beyond me. In short it was awful, it was corny and contrived especially the interaction between stories.

  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

  • By: Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 855

A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting and beautiful

  • By S. Goodyear on 13-04-16

not my thing but I liked it

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

Reviewed: 23-11-18

I don’t do tragic love stories as a rule but this was so much more than a tragic love story. It was a journey of geographical discovery and also emotional discovery as welll i think and physical discovery too, a glimpse in to realms of humanity we cannot truly know or yet comprehend and wel written by its author and probably the best narrated book i have heard this year and possibly in all time. I’ll say no more because well, there’s nothing more I can say.

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  • Unheard: The Story of Anna Winslow

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Anthony Del Col
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Bond, JP Conway, James Lawrence, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 898
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 901

[Contains explicit content]. University student Anna Winslow has gone missing. The circumstances of her disappearance are far from ordinary, a fact that only fellow student Melissa Lopez appears to appreciate. Motivated by an unexplained and disturbing voicemail message from Anna on the night of her disappearance, Melissa's curiosity quickly turns into a deeper investigation, an obsession even, which she chronicles as a regular podcast - the very recordings that you are about to listen to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Got hooked and listened to it all the same day

  • By Nigel on 15-09-17

What did I just listen to?

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

Reviewed: 20-11-18

Well now what exactly is this play? it’s a drama of course it is, it’s fantasy horror thriller murder mystery journalism and all points north and south of the above. if you listen to no other drama for the rest of this year you must listen to this if you like thrilllers with a touch of horror. it’s short enough to listen to in one sitting. I’m not too sure if the plot works or not, I’ll have to give it another listen to be sure but man it’s good.

  • War Stories

  • Gripping Tales of Courage, Cunning and Compassion
  • By: Peter Snow, Ann MacMillan
  • Narrated by: Peter Snow
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

A uniquely intimate account of ordinary men and women who rose to the challenge of war with acts of great heroism and humanity. War Stories is a fascinating account of ordinary men and women swept up in the turbulence of war. These are the stories - many untold until now - of 34 individuals who have pushed the boundaries of love, bravery, suffering and terror beyond the imaginable. They span four centuries and four continents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional Collection of People

  • By Craig on 09-10-17

that’s life, that’s war

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

Reviewed: 16-11-18

I have given this review the headline I have because the format of this naration is very like a telebision programme named in the book called ‘that’s Life’ in which the show looked at humour and also a main story of pigheadedness and suffering in equal measure where one person’s struggle with something or other that happened in life is detailed. this book covers every aspect of war from escapes to courage and all points in between. I have given the performance four stars because some of the accents are a bit suspect but that apart it was just about perfect.