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  • Good Me Bad Me

  • By: Ali Land
  • Narrated by: Hannah Murray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280

Annie's mother is a serial killer. The only way Annie can make it stop is to hand her in to the police. But out of sight is not out of mind. The secrets of her past won't let her sleep, even with a new family and name - Milly. A fresh start. Now surely she can be whomever she wants to be. But Milly's mother is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Anne on 23-01-17

Gripping from the very beginning

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

Reviewed: 13-02-19

What an excellent example of how a toxic childhood will mess someone up. Although I thought the teenager had too much awareness for her age.
Gripping and shocking storyline throughout. Only one star taken for the shockingly bad Irish accent.
Highly recommend this book.

  • Let Me Lie

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan, Clare Mackintosh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 817

The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They're both wrong. One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life - a shocking suicide carefully played out to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with her parents' deaths ever since. Now with a young baby herself, Anna feels her mother's presence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened. But as she looks for answers, someone is trying to stop her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Real Maze of a Thriller

  • By Simon on 14-03-18

I liked it

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I liked this book. Found it hard to stop listening. I wasn’t terribly shocked by the twists , but that’s ok.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,135

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning read

  • By Simon on 19-01-14

Someone make a movie of this please.

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

Such a great read, well described and great character establishment. Would love to see the movie version.

  • My Absolute Darling

  • By: Gabriel Tallent
  • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 351

At 14, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall; that chaos is coming and only the strong will survive it; that her daddy loves her more than anything else in this world. And he'll do whatever it takes to keep her with him. She doesn't know why she feels so different from the other girls at school; why the line between love and pain can be so hard to see; why making a friend may be the bravest and most terrifying thing she has ever done; and what her daddy will do when he finds out....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So grim

  • By Mrs. Caroline Bradshaw on 11-01-18

Goodness WHAT an engrossing read

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

Reviewed: 14-06-18

I usually listen to audiobooks in the car, doing housework, cooking etc. With this book however, I really needed to listen well. The descriptive language is incredible, you would think that is laborious to listen to, but the vocabulary is so rich - I really found it quite astonishing how interesting it was.

The narrator is definitely the best I have encountered yet on audiobook, and I have listened to A LOT. I could imagine if she read the terms and conditions of a mortgage application, she could make it interesting and enjoyable!!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Shape of Water

  • By: Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which has recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What unfolds is a stirring romance between the asset and one of the janitors on staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the creature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 6 Star Performance

  • By Darren on 21-03-18

An amazing story beautifully told

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

Reviewed: 30-03-18

I loved how this story from beginning to end involved, so distinctly, the many attributes that make us human. Failings, inner strength, hope, despair, ignorance and wisdom.
Written so well, the narrator pays it due justice, possibly the best narration performance I have enjoyed thus far.

  • The Death Maze

  • Mistress Of The Art Of Death 2
  • By: Ariana Franklin
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Since solving a particularly nasty case of child murder using her forensic skills, Adelia Aguilar is deemed too valuable to send back to the School of Medicine in Salerno. Instead, King Henry II has decided to keep her in England. This is bad news for Adelia – in twelfth-century England women doctors are regarded with great suspicion. So, with her illegitimate child, Adelia is forced to live and practise in the secrecy of Cambridgeshire’s fenland. But at Henry’s court, terrible things are happening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I just love the way Franklin writes

  • By Sandra on 23-01-18

I just love the way Franklin writes

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

Reviewed: 23-01-18

Another wonderfully written mystery....and I didn’t see it coming. What more could you ask.
It is very descriptive with olde world language at times. I like that, but maybe not everyone’s cup of tea.

  • The Mistress of the Art of Death

  • Mistress Of The Art Of Death 1
  • By: Ariana Franklin
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

In Cambridge a child has been hideously murdered and other children have disappeared. The Jews, made scapegoats by the all-powerful Christian clergy, have been forced to retreat into the castle to avoid slaughter by angry townspeople. Henry, King of England, is displeased. The Jews provide a large part of his revenue and therefore the real killer must be found, and quickly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Mystery

  • By Beverley on 18-08-11

Beautifully written

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

Reviewed: 17-01-18

What made the experience of listening to The Mistress of the Art of Death the most enjoyable?

I loved the language and descriptive techniques. I felt I understood a great sense of life in the 12th century. The main character, probably one of the very first phorensic scientists and coroner, is unusually a woman.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Difficult to say, and too obvious to say the main heroine, however, she is portrayed to be terribly sensible and intelligent. Also, the young boy, Alf.

Any additional comments?

I loved the narrator's style. At times, because she did not always change accents or her voice very much, it was difficult for me to distinguish who was speaking in dialogue. However, her voice is soothing and her diction impressive.

  • Dead to Me

  • By: Lesley Pearse
  • Narrated by: Eve Webster
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

When Ruby and Verity met as girls, they came from different worlds. Verity was privately educated, living in a beautiful Hampstead home, while Ruby was being raised in extreme poverty. Nevertheless, they became firm friends. However, fortunes are not set in stone, and soon the girls find their situations reversed. As Ruby goes up in the world, Verity encounters more and more tragedy, but still the girls remain large parts of each other's lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reverting

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-08-16

A winding story of friendship, hurt and love

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

What a journey of life Verity and Ruby travelled. Pearce brings us on a tale of two very different girls from different walks of life. Each finding their journeys to require them to make great changes and courageous decisions. An excellent and compelling tale.

  • He Said/She Said

  • By: Erin Kelly
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Broadbent, Helen Johns
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,048

In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She and her boyfriend, Kit, call the police, and in that moment it is not only the victim's life that is changed forever. Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear. And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, the events that follow have taught her that you can never see the whole picture: something - and someone - is always in the dark....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping & different

  • By Lulu M on 04-05-17

So beautifully descriptive, tense and surprising.

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

If you could sum up He Said/She Said in three words, what would they be?

Descriptive, tense, surprising

What was one of the most memorable moments of He Said/She Said?

The turnaround

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Broadbent and Helen Johns ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Both were complimentary, but Jonathan's style is slightly less impassioned and more precise. I preferred Helen's intonation and inflection in her voice.

Any additional comments?

This is just a great read. It has tension, intrigue, descriptive picutre perfect scenes.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Power

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Naomi Alderman, Thomas Judd, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,054

'She throws her head back and pushes her chest forward and lets go a huge blast right into the centre of his body. The rivulets and streams of red scarring run across his chest and up around his throat. She'd put her hand on his heart and stopped him dead.' Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visceral, Stirring and Inspirational

  • By Raine on 29-12-16

Simply Brilliant!!

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

Reviewed: 25-06-17

I loved the irony the whole way through the plot of this story.
The characters are deep and meaningful in a way everyone will understand.
Narration is one of the best I've experienced. Really added to the books impact for me.
Read it share it - its deep without being patronising