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Susan Rogers

Richmond, North Yorkshire United Kingdom
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  • Last Seen Wearing

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Samantha Dakin, Stuart Milligan, John Guerrasio, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

It’s been two years since Dinah Collins left the NYPD in disgrace, forced out for digging too deeply into the sudden disappearance of a fellow cop - her brother, Danny. Now, scraping by as a PI, Dinah is hired to find a young woman, Lucy Fisher, who vanished on Halloween, last seen wearing a creepy costume. As she pursues a deadly trail of clues, Dinah will find she’s faced with a terrible choice: If she can only save one person, Danny or Lucy, who will it be?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bouvard Stars In New York PI Thriller!

  • By Simon on 10-01-19

Am surprised at the high ratings

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

Reviewed: 29-01-19

I have given up on this one after listening to about a quarter of the book. The performances sound "over-acted", there are irritating sounds effects throughout and extremely irritating "suspense music" between scenes/chapters. Whether this spoiled me being able to get into the story or not, I don't know, but I found the story far fetched in places and reached a point where I didn't really care where the plot was going.

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  • The Innocent Man

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

John Grisham’s first work of nonfiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, is his most extraordinary legal thriller yet.In the major league draft of 1971, the first player chosen from the State of Oklahoma was Ron Williamson. When he signed with the Oakland A’s, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to pursue his dreams of big league glory. Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad habits—drinking, drugs, and women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • truly amazing story

  • By Patricia on 04-10-16

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 25-01-19

It has been some time since I was so engrossed in an audio book that I had to listen at every opportunity. It is a fascinating true story and the breadth and depth of research to bring this story to life is truly impressive. I think Grisham should write more non-fiction.

  • Dear Amy

  • By: Helen Callaghan
  • Narrated by: Helen Baxendale, John Sackville, Laura Aikman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,386

Margot Lewis is the agony aunt for The Cambridge Examiner. Her advice column, Dear Amy, gets all kinds of letters - but none like the one she's just received: 'Dear Amy, I don't know where I am. I've been kidnapped and am being held prisoner by a strange man. I'm afraid he'll kill me. Please help me soon, Bethan Avery.' Bethan Avery has been missing for nearly two decades. This is surely some cruel hoax. But as more letters arrive, they contain information that was never made public.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommend it

  • By Miko on 22-06-16

Beautifully written, but..

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

Reviewed: 25-01-19

I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style and Callaghan is an expert in description and metaphor. However, I started to lose interest after the ‘big revelation’ as it stretched credibility too far.

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 704

The 10-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambiance while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline.... Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal? These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Did not like this book at all

  • By sabine on 21-10-18

Not as good as other Moriarty books

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

Reviewed: 25-01-19

This started off well, however I found it loose and waffly in places and could have been edited down by at least 20%. Also the story became less and less credible to the point I was starting to lose interest. Shame as I’ve loved all her previous books.

  • A Little Life

  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance. When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success and pride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply disturbing and yet i couldn't stop reading

  • By Jenny on 05-01-16

Started well but then became turgid

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

This story started really well. I was drawn into the lives of the characters and wanted to know more about their backgrounds and then what happened next. Then about a third of the way through it became plodding, too much detail like wading through treacle, and I couldn't continue with it.

  • Girl Zero

  • Detective Harry Virdee, Book 2
  • By: A. A. Dhand
  • Narrated by: Muzz Khan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

There are some surprises that no-one should ever have to experience. Standing over the body of your beloved - and murdered - niece is one of them. For Detective Inspector Harry Virdee, a man perilously close to the edge, it feels like the beginning of the end. His boss may be telling him he's too close to work the case, but this isn't something that Harry can just let lie. He needs to dive into the murky depths of the Bradford underworld and find the monster that lurks there who killed his flesh and blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Niche Appeal?

  • By Simon on 05-03-18

Narrator totally spoils this book

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

I have listened to almost 300 audiobooks and the narration of this one is by far the worst. Indeed I've just returned another book I haven't started simply because it is the same narrator. I don't know what accent he has, but he can't pronounce 'y'. So Harry is Harray, Billy Billay, easy easay and so on, and it was immensely irritating. He also reads in parts like a 5 year old following each word on the page with a finger rather than as a fluent sentence. Unfortunately, this also left me with a negative perspective of the story, which may be unfair, but purely because of the narrator I wasn't drawn into the story and couldn't relate to any of the characters.

  • The Amateur Marriage

  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Blair Brown
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Michael and Pauline seemed like the perfect couple - young, good-looking, made for each other. The moment she walked into his mother's grocery store in the Polish neighbourhood of Baltimore, he was smitten. And in the heat of World War II fervour, they were hastily wed. But they never should have married. Pauline, impulsive and impractical, tumbles hit-or-miss through life; Michael, plodding, cautious, and judgemental, proceeds deliberately. In time their foolish quarrels take their toll.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Where was the story?

  • By Susan Rogers on 16-07-18

Where was the story?

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

I’ve read several Anne Tyler books so was looking forward to this one, however it felt it just never got going.

When it eventually reached the San Francisco part, I thought ‘phew, it took a long time getting there, but the story is picking up now’ ... except it didn’t. I persevered to the end, but overall felt there was just no story. Beautifully written, but poor story line

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  • 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 1,078
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 988
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 989

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

Without doubt one of the best psych thrillers

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

Reviewed: 20-01-18

Erin is one of the most beautiful writers I have come across. Her observational detail and eloquent style, using unusual descriptors and metaphors is second to none. She also has an amazing knack of keeping the big twists to the end, when you think, 'wow! I didn't see that coming' and yet when you think back, the markers were there. Extremely clever writing.

  • The Mistake

  • By: K. L. Slater
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,203

You think you know the truth about the people you love. But one discovery can change everything.... Eight-year-old Billy goes missing one day, out flying his kite with his sister, Rose. Two days later he is found dead. Sixteen years on, Rose still blames herself for Billy's death. How could she have failed to protect her little brother? Rose has never fully recovered from the trauma, and one of the few people she trusts is her neighbour Ronnie, who she has known all her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Tragic Coming of Age

  • By Simon on 01-12-17

Well told and an engaging story

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

Reviewed: 20-01-18

This was an engaging story, though I guessed who was to blame as soon as character x entered the story. However, I was kept intrigued by not understanding why or how.

  • Edward's Eyes

  • By: Patricia MacLachlan
  • Narrated by: Milo Ventimiglia
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Jake is part of a very special family: a rowdy bunch of siblings and an incredible mom and dad. They have a life filled with art, music, long summer nights on the Cape, and lots and lots of baseball. But no one is more special in Jake's mind than his younger brother, Edward. From the moment he was born it seemed Edward was destined for greatness - until the unimaginable happened and Edward died.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay

  • By Susan Rogers on 20-01-18

Okay

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

Reviewed: 20-01-18

It was an ok listen. Unfortunately i could guess the ending far too early in the story, so felt flat when I finished it, as there were no unexpected twists to make it memorable.