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  • The Butterfly Garden

  • By: Dot Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Mel Foster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 517

Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden. In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees...and a collection of precious "butterflies" - young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good page turner

  • By KRISTINA on 30-05-17

Gripping but disturbing

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

Reviewed: 23-03-18

If you could sum up The Butterfly Garden in three words, what would they be?

Strong Female Lead

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bliss, she has attitude

What about Lauren Ezzo and Mel Foster ’s performance did you like?

Despite the American accent (which I usually can't stand) the narrators show the emotion and seriousness of the book

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

It gave me nightmares, some scenes are very disturbing. However, there are also strong senses of companionship, trust and friendship.

Any additional comments?

Well worth a listen, as long as you aren't too disturbed by distressing scenes including children.

  • Medical School for Everyone: Emergency Medicine

  • By: Roy Benaroch, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Roy Benaroch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

In Dr. Benaroch's 24 lectures, experience for yourself the high-stakes drama and medical insights of life in an everyday emergency department: the most intense department in any hospital and home to the kind of split-second decision making, troubleshooting, and detective work that can make the difference between a patient's life and death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Kigelia on 12-09-17

Not for medical professionals

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I am a nurse, and bought this thinking I might learn a few little bits without having to put must effort into learning....
I found this course very basic, I appreciate it is for everyone, and it was very interesting to compare the American hospital systems to the NHS, but it did find it rather basic.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

More aimed towards medical professionals.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Sixth Window

  • DCI Tom Douglas
  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117

Eighteen months after Natalie Gray loses her husband, Bernie, in a horrific hit and run accident, she finds love with his best friend, Ed Cooper, and moves into his home with her teenage daughter, Scarlett. But she begins to suspect Ed has a dark side - and even darker intentions. Natalie must get her troubled child to a safer place, but when Scarlett starts to hear voices coming from the empty apartment next door it seems she has unwittingly moved them into the heart of danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, bad narration

  • By Lulu M on 01-05-17

Not quite as good as Rachel's previous books

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

Reviewed: 24-04-17

Overall I did enjoy this audiobook, however, I kept waiting for a twist that took ages to come, and then wasn't very exciting. The narration was as good as ever, and Rachel Abbot built the main characters well. I just didn't find myself staying awake in anticipation of what was going to happen.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Eeny Meeny

  • By: M. J. Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Nigel Pilkington, Lucy Gaskell, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 995

The girl emerged from the woods, barely alive. Her story was beyond belief. But it was true. Every dreadful word of it. Days later, another desperate escapee is found - and a pattern is emerging. Pairs of victims are being abducted, imprisoned then faced with a terrible choice: Kill or be killed. Would you rather lose your life or lose your mind? Eeny Meeny is an electrifying debut, with the nerve-shredding intensity of Saw and Along Came a Spider.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!! "What would you do?"

  • By lynsey Patina on 15-05-14

A promising start to the series

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

Really well narrated, characters are developing nicely. If you are after a clever twisting mystery I wouldn't recommend it, but it's nice and easy to listen to and the story line is good.

  • How to Be a Woman

  • By: Caitlin Moran
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Moran
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198

1913 - Suffragette throws herself under the King's horse. 1969 - Feminists storm Miss World. Now - Caitlin Moran rewrites "The Female Eunuch" from a bar stool and demands to know why pants are getting smaller. There's never been a better time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven't been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain.... Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should you get Botox? Do men secretly hate us? What should you call your vagina?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indispensable listening

  • By GlaswegianLassie on 23-12-12

Enjoyed this much more than I thought I would.

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

Reviewed: 24-10-16

An honest reflection of being a women in England! Hilarious and rude! With Moran narrating this herself you really get a feel of what the book is about!! fantastic

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,962

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woodcutter

  • By jackie Hammond on 23-05-11

Now one of my favourite books

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

Reviewed: 25-08-16

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

This is now one of my favourite books, and that really is an achievement!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character Sir Wilf Haddar is very likable. The author has developed his personality, and the narrator brings the character to life so well. Everyone will be able to see Wilfs personality traits, and identify people in their own life's with those traits!

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

I admire Wilf's ability to continue with life even when most people would give up!

  • Black Eyed Susans

  • By: Julia Heaberlin
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland, Sarah Borges, Julie Rogers, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 459

Seventeen-year-old Tessa, dubbed a Black-Eyed Susan by the media, became famous for being the only victim to survive the vicious attack of a serial killer. Her testimony helped to put a dangerous criminal behind bars - or so she thought. Now, decades later the black-eyed susans planted outside Tessa's bedroom window seem to be a message from a killer who should be safely in prison.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story.

  • By Sue on 22-09-15

I recommended this straight to my friends!

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

Reviewed: 25-08-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Black Eyed Susans to be better than the print version?

I have to admit, I do prefer to listen to British accents, and this has American narrators. But I didn't find it as off putting, as the book is very good. However, it is the story, not the narration I would recommend.

What did you like best about this story?

I found myself really liking the characters, and gettin worried about what might happen to them.
As all good crime books, the author keeps us guessing what's going to happen until the very end!

  • Under Your Skin

  • By: Sabine Durrant
  • Narrated by: Tracy-Ann Oberman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 396

Gaby Mortimer is the woman who has it all. But everything changes when she finds a body on the common near her home. Because the evidence keeps leading back to her. And the police seem sure she's guilty.... Under Your Skin is an unpredictable, exquisitely twisty story, which proves that there are only three rules in life that mean anything: Assume nothing. Believe no one. Check everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely gripping

  • By Saffy on 24-04-13

Still making my mind up!

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

Reviewed: 25-08-16

If you could sum up Under Your Skin in three words, what would they be?

Twists and turns

What about Tracy-Ann Oberman’s performance did you like?

Tracy gave the characters individuality and personality. The performance was very good!! She did the author and characters proud!

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

Yes, I found myself wanting to listen to it every spare moment I have.

Any additional comments?

I loved the book, right up until the last chapter, where I found myself not so keen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • And the Mountains Echoed

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Khaled Hosseini, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Navid Negahban
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407

In this tale revolving around not just parents and children, but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A touch disappointed

  • By R. Singh on 06-09-16

Unfortunately not as good at his past books

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

Reviewed: 03-06-16

This book, like all Kalhed's books, has some amazing characters, and speaks of the true struggles people face within Afghanistan and the rest of the world. It holds strong messages and makes the reader reflect on their own relationships with family.
Each chapter tells a life story of different characters, which all fit in with eachother in some way. I found this slightly frustrating, as I was just starting to get to know characters when the next chapter started, with new characters.
If you are a fan of Kalhed Housinni I do recommend reading this book, but if you haven't read 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' I would recommend that more.
The narrators are fantastic!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The High Lord

  • The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Trudi Canavan
  • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
  • Length: 21 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

Life should have been easier for Sonea, now that Regin ignored her and the rest of the novices treated her with wary respect, but she cannot forget what she witnessed in Akkarin's underground room, or his warning that Kyralia's ancient enemy is watching the Guild closely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top notch!

  • By Mr John Moisey on 19-05-09

So many good plot twists

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

Reviewed: 29-04-16

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

This book rounds up the trilogy fantastically. It answers all questions in a good way!