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Christine Holyoake

BOGNOR REGIS, United Kingdom
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  • After the End

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Clare Mackintosh, Louise Brealey, Nathalie Armin, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

The powerful new novel from number one Sunday Times best seller Clare Mackintosh. Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. Only now they're facing the most important decision of their lives - and they don't agree. As the consequences of an impossible choice threaten to devastate them both, nothing will ever be the same again. But anything can happen after the end....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A New Direction, A New Empathy

  • By Simon on 26-06-19

5 Stars are not enough

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

Reviewed: 29-06-19

Perfect for book clubs, you won't want
the book will stay with you long after you finished readying it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Child 44

  • By: Tom Rob Smith
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061

MGB officer Leo is a man who never questions the Party Line. He arrests whomever he is told to arrest. He dismisses the horrific death of a young boy because he is told to, because he believes the Party stance that there can be no murder in Communist Russia. Leo is the perfect soldier of the regime. But suddenly his confidence that everything he does serves a great good is shaken. He is forced to watch a man he knows to be innocent be brutally tortured. And then he is told to arrest his own wife.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Evocative if Slightly Preposterous

  • By Karl K Djinn on 02-12-15

Did not Finnish

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

Reviewed: 21-05-19

My low marking is probably totally unfair as the book is undoubtedly written really well. But two in a half hours of listening just left me depressed . unrelenting miserable. starvation, torture, violence ultimately not my kind of idea as entertainment

  • Echo Boy

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Thomas Judd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

In order to stay human, Audrey has built a moat around herself; a moat of books, music, and dreams. It makes her different from the echoes: the sophisticated, emotionless machines, built to resemble and work for the humans. Daniel is an echo - but he's not like the others. He has feelings he was never designed to have, and cannot explain. And when Audrey is placed in danger, he's determined to save her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This could be our future.

  • By Kaggy on 27-10-14

ever reliable Haig

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

for the young and the young at heart. what it is that makes us human

  • 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 670
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 625
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 621

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

So slow

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

Reviewed: 16-08-18

very disappointed so slow and boring. I gave up after 4 hours of listening. .

  • The Easy Way to Control Alcohol

  • By: Allen Carr
  • Narrated by: Richard Mitchley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

Allen Carr established himself as the world’s greatest authority on helping people stop smoking and his internationally best-selling Easy Way to Stop Smoking has been published in over 40 languages and sold more than 10 million copies. In his Easy Way to Control Alcohol Allen applies his revolutionary method to drinking. With startling insight into why we drink and clear, simple, step-by-step instructions, he shows you the way to escape from the ‘alcohol trap’ in the time it takes to listen to this audiobook.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very effective, although could do with some modernisation re comparisons

  • By Karen on 11-08-15

just dire

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

Reviewed: 19-09-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

One that actually gives instructions

Would you ever listen to anything by Allen Carr again?

no way !

Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Mitchley’s performances?

yes, there is nothing wrong with the reader, its the book that is dire

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

mainly frustration and anger waiting for the book to deliver what it promissed. I gave up at chapter 4

Any additional comments?

Have you ever signed up to a free coach tour and the found yourself trapped by a glib sales reps selling you time shares ? - this book is the audio equivalent !!! 4 chapters going on and on and on and on about how amazing Alan Carr's methode it to stop drinking alcohol. Four chapters of not actually telling you what this supposed miracal system it is. I did not realise that the book was aimed at alcoholics. I was interested because alcohol playes such a huge role in our society. I fail to see how any alcoholic would be able to stand listening to this selfcongratulatory drivel. Any one who has a true product to sell does not need 4 chapters of sales drive to advertise his system. You would simply explain the system.
Worst audio book I have ever attempted to listen too.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Dem Horizont so nah

  • Die Danny-Trilogie 1
  • By: Jessica Koch
  • Narrated by: Dagmar Bittner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Die Geschichte einer großen Liebe. Eine Geschichte über Vertrauen, Mut, Schmerz, Verzweiflung und die Kraft loszulassen. Eine wahre Geschichte. Jessica ist jung, liebt das unkomplizierte Leben und hat Aussichten auf eine vielversprechende Zukunft. Als sie eines Abends das Haus verlässt, ahnt sie nicht, dass sie ihrer großen Liebe begegnen wird. Sie ahnt nicht, dass diese Begegnung ihr gesamtes Weltbild verändern wird. Und vor allem ahnt sie nicht, dass sie schon bald vor der schwerwiegendsten Entscheidung ihres Lebens stehen wird.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • for teenagers ?

  • By Christine Holyoake on 10-05-17

for teenagers ?

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

What disappointed you about Dem Horizont so nah (Die Danny-Trilogie 1)?

This is written in an ultra simple style. It must be aimed at teenagers.

What was most disappointing about Jessica Koch’s story?

The story starts of like a Mills and Boon novel. Girl meets boy in a disco, he is rich and handsome and arrogant and she can't help but fall for him with his amazing blue eyes. Please no more. I gave up at that point

  • You Are Dead

  • Roy Grace, Book 11
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203

You are Dead is the 11th thrilling crime novel in Peter James' Roy Grace series, narrated by Daniel Weyman. They were marked for death. The last words Jamie Ball hears from his fiancée, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified mobile phone call. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of flats where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fantastic read!

  • By Liane on 31-05-15

tired of Sandy

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

Reviewed: 27-01-17

Peter James continues to write a tightly woven and exciting narrative. His description of police work and his Brighton references help to give his storyline a wonderful realism and he gets away with truly far fetched ideas. however, I hated the exceptional violence, the torture , the deprivation was too much for me. The plot was exciting, but oh please can we loose Sandy. I am so bored with her. may stop me reading the next novel

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I See You

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,656

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it's there. There's no explanation, no website - just a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it's just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I See Something Very, Very Impressive Here!

  • By Simon on 28-07-16

she has done it again

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

Reviewed: 11-12-16

a very good story with a great twist. Very well imagined and the police procedure is very accurate.

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,708

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighbourhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Despite the narrator

  • By James on 06-02-15

not good as and audio book

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

Reviewed: 20-06-16

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

I found the jumping backwards and forwards realy irretating. Most of the time I had no idea where in the story I was. I did not finish listening to this book

  • After You

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Anna Acton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,330

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of After You by the Jojo Moyes, the stunning sequel to the worldwide phenomenon Me Before You. Jojo Moyes says: "I hadn't planned to write a sequel to Me Before You. But working on the movie script and reading the sheer volume of tweets and emails every day asking what Lou did with her life meant that the characters never left me."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Linden on 20-12-15

not as good as me before you

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

Reviewed: 20-06-16

Any additional comments?

It was always going to be difficult to follow up Me before you. Whilst in the first book Clarkes faults where charming, in the second book they became tedious. I would have loved her to have matured and moved on and became richer in her emotional life. Over all, the book was mildy amusing, good engough to pass the time, but not anywhere near as good as its predesessor