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Sue Jackson

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  • Return to the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

  • By: Deborah Rodriguez
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

The honest, entertaining and life-affirming sequel to The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul, featuring the same loveable cast of characters, from internationally best-selling author Deborah Rodriguez. In a little coffee shop in war-torn Kabul, five very different women unite for one important cause: to protect the women in Afghanistan. Now back home in the US, Sunny, the founder, is finding it difficult to settle and dreams of returning to her beloved coffee shop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A welcome catch up to the original book! :)

  • By Sue Jackson on 20-04-16

A welcome catch up to the original book! :)

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-04-16

Read the original a couple years ago and a welcome return to catch up with lives of people that, while have never met, feel have known a lifetime! Laura, the reader, encouraged that feeling with her pleasant, gentle, sing song voice :)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Carrie

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

Carrie White is no ordinary girl. Carrie White has the gift of telekinesis. To be invited to Prom Night by Tommy Ross is a dream come true for Carrie – the first step towards social acceptance by high school colleagues. But events will take a decidedly macabre turn on that horrifying and endless night as she is forced to exercise her terrible gift on the town that mocks and loathes her...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but not so horrifying

  • By Marie on 07-12-13

CLASSIC HORROR!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-04-16

THE MOST CHILLING TALE OF FUNDAMENTAL EXTREMIST RELIGION MEETS HIGH SCHOOL HAZING/BULLYING AND A FANATIC MOM ENDS UP OLIN MAJOR REVENGE AND CARNAGE - DISTURBING TO THE UTMOST!!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret by the Lake

  • By: Louise Douglas
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

A family tragedy. Amy's always felt like something's been missing in her life. When a tragedy forces the family she works for as a nanny to retreat to a small lakeside cottage, she realises she cannot leave them now. A sister's secret. But Amy finds something unsettling about the cottage by the lake. This is where the children's mother spent her childhood - and the place where her sister disappeared mysteriously at just 17.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling!!!

  • By Sue Jackson on 11-04-16

Compelling!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-16

It's hard to write a review without giving spoilers so just to say would recommend this as a compelling story with heartbreaking layer upon layer of secrets!! Will stay long with anyone who reads!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Unspeakable: Some Secrets Will Haunt You

  • By: Tony Marturano
  • Narrated by: Tony Marturano
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

Kenning Hall was more than a country home; it was a sanctuary away from London, until that day. What happened that day was so horrifying, so devastating, that the place was left to ruin, until now. A decade later, 32-year-old Rupert Harrison, the only surviving heir to the Harrison publishing dynasty, has ordered Kenning Hall restored to its former glory.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but terrible narration!

  • By Stevo on 28-10-15

Good but too sleazy in parts!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

Would you try another book written by Tony Marturano or narrated by Tony Marturano?

Not for the moment.

If you’ve listened to books by Tony Marturano before, how does this one compare?

N/A.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Tony Marturano?

POSSIBLY IN THE FUTURE.

Did Unspeakable: Some Secrets Will Haunt You inspire you to do anything?

No.

Any additional comments?

A good book but not the best of the genre.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Shining

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544

Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny's visions grow out of control. As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217, and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic horror novel

  • By Steve on 03-10-13

Addictive but scary as shell!!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Shining to be better than the print version?

Yes.

What did you like best about this story?

Danny's strength as a kid through the ordeal he went through, I would have ended up a basket case after all that, OMG!!

What about Campbell Scott’s performance did you like?

Very good and a great accompaniment to the movie, as good as Jack Nicolson played the lead as an actor!!

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

When Jack turns back to his normal self for a moment and tells Danny to run and get out of The Overlook! The last moment of lucid sanity .

Any additional comments?

Great book and story

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • You Sent Me a Letter

  • By: Lucy Dawson
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 220

What if your worst enemy discovered your darkest secret? At 2:00 a.m. on the morning of her 40th birthday, Sophie wakes in the darkness of her bedroom and finds a stranger watching her from the foot of the bed. The intruder hands Sophie a letter and issues an ultimatum: the message is to be opened at her forthcoming party, in front of family and friends, at exactly 8:00 p.m.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Expected intrigue and mystery - just boring

  • By Alice on 16-08-16

Good thriller!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

If you could sum up You Sent Me a Letter in three words, what would they be?

Compelling, exciting, creepy!!

What did you like best about this story?

Keeps you guessing!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

That she was able to make a fresh start by the end.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

N/A,

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed this. Good story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Memories Lie

  • By: Sibel Hodge
  • Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Twenty-five years ago Katie ran away from home and never came back. But now she's suddenly reappeared in her best friend Olivia's life - in the form of a chilling confession. Olivia's father-in-law, wracked with guilt, says he murdered her all those years ago. Tom suffers from Alzheimer's and his story is riddled with error and confusion. Except for one terrifying certainty: he knows where the body is buried.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good gripping tale!!

  • By Sue Jackson on 04-04-16

Good gripping tale!!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

Where does Where the Memories Lie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Middle range.

What did you like best about this story?

Characters and didn't give much away so made it compelling listening!!

What about Anna Parker-Naples’s performance did you like?

Got the listener involved well in story

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

N/A

Any additional comments?

GOOD STORY, WELL WORTH A LISTEN!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Alice in Wonderland

  • By: Lewis Carroll
  • Narrated by: Peter Yearsley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Alice in Wonderland is a novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Classic great story let down by poor narrator!

  • By Sue Jackson on 21-03-16

Classic great story let down by poor narrator!

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

Reviewed: 21-03-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Would have done had it not been for narrator who has a boring monotone voice. LOVE Alice in Wonderland as a story and so this came as a disappointment! :(

What did you like best about this story?

Classic and love the characters!! :)

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Yearsley?

Stephen Fry - his reading of Harry Potter series heard recently was magical and sparkling and believe he would bring the same to this well loved classic!!

Do you think Alice in Wonderland needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, its a book complete in itself.

Any additional comments?

Please refer to comment 're narrator above: a book as classic and well loved as this is DESERVING of not just a good narrator but an EXCELLENT one!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The House on Cold Hill

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 689

They said the dead can't hurt you.... They were wrong. The House on Cold Hill is a chilling and suspenseful ghost story from the multimillion-copy best-selling author of Dead Simple, Peter James. Moving from the heart of Brighton and Hove to the Sussex countryside is a big undertaking for Ollie and Caro Harcourt and their 12-year-old daughter, Jade. But when they view Cold Hill House - a huge, dilapidated Georgian mansion - Ollie is filled with excitement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Johanna on 13-11-15

Good and creepy!

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

Reviewed: 20-03-16

Where does The House on Cold Hill rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very good!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ollie because he went through such awful crap and still persevered for his family despite all!

Have you listened to any of Nicholas Boulton’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No.

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

Yes and NEARLY made it!!

Any additional comments?

Excellent spooky atmospheric story!!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  • By: Maya Angelou
  • Narrated by: Maya Angelou
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481

Maya Angelou's six volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement, and celebration. In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother's lover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such perfect diction and attention to detail

  • By Tessa Hancock on 12-03-15

Excellent chance to read this autobiography!!

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

Reviewed: 18-03-16

Would you listen to I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings again? Why?

Not this one but other books of Maya Angelou's, yes :)

Who was your favorite character and why?

Marguerite/Maya, coz she's an inspiration!

Which character – as performed by Maya Angelou – was your favourite?

Herself

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

All but it was a real eye opener 're segregation in the South, only Vanilla ice cream allowed on Fourth July to black people , really!!! :(

Any additional comments?

Will read more of her .

2 of 2 people found this review helpful