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  • Coming Home to Island House

  • By: Erica James
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Summer 1939: After touring an unsettled Europe to promote her latest book, Romily Temple returns home to Island House and the love of her life, Jack Devereux. But when Jack falls ill, his estranged family are called to his bedside. With war now declared, each member of the family is reluctantly forced to accept their new stepmother and confront their own shortcomings. But can Romily cope with the life that has been so unexpectedly thrust upon her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always a good story teller

  • By Rosemary Gardner on 02-04-18

Guilty Pleasure

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

Reviewed: 14-08-18

Whilst Erica James does unfortunately have to be categorised as 'chick lit' if she has to be categorised at all - her books are far superior to the usual run of the mill. This book doesn't disappoint and as an easy listen full of characters whose storylines you are genuinely keen to follow, its spot on. I am always drawn to war time tales and so it gets extra points for that. No it doesn't set the world alight or engage you in burning issues but it'll give you 16 hours enjoyment.

  • White Lies

  • By: Lucy Dawson
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

A darkly gripping domestic drama about secrets and lies. When you have everything, you have everything to lose.... Alexandra Inglis is a respected family doctor, trusted by her patients to keep their most intimate secrets. And if sometimes the boundaries between duty and desire blur...well, she's only human. But when Alex oversteps a line with Jonathan, one of her patients, she knows she's gone too far.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good gentle thriller

  • By David M on 15-05-18

4 and a half stars

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

Reviewed: 14-08-18

For some reason I wasn't particularly keen to start listening to this book - however it hooked me in really quickly and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. There are a couple of comments I won't make so as not to spoil the experience for other listeners other than I thought the end could have been just a tad stronger. I had foreseen the majority of the resolution but I was still undecided until the end. A cut above some of the listens I've chosen recently.

  • Don't Wake Up

  • By: Liz Lawler
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 815

A dark and gripping debut psychological thriller with a horrifying premise and a stinging twist. Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table. The man who stands over her isn't a doctor. The choice he forces her to make is utterly unspeakable. But when Alex re-awakens, she's unharmed - and no one believes her horrifying story. Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind. And then she meets the next victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I"ve read for ages

  • By Mary Thompson on 21-10-17

Irritating yet strangely compulsive

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

Reviewed: 23-07-18

The idea behind this book is a good one as is the fact that it's open season on who is the murderer until quite late in the day. However it is all a bit far fetched and Alex, our heroine, is incredibly irritating. Having said that it's quite well read and I certainly didn't want to give up on the story, I wanted to know who and why. If like me you gallop through a number of audibles every week then you could do worse than spend your credit on this one.

  • Seven Bridges

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 8
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

It's been five months since a killer walked free, and DCI Ryan is preparing to leave Newcastle to hunt him down - this time for good. But Ryan's plans are scuppered when events take a dramatic turn and he is forced to stay and face his past one last time or watch a friend suffer the consequences. Amid the chaos, another killer is preparing to strike. When the Tyne Bridge explodes, Ryan's team are faced with a frantic race to uncover a deadly foe who won't stop until every bridge is burned, along with everybody on it....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another very good DCI Ryan Instalment

  • By Salter on 12-07-18

Another good one in the series

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

Reviewed: 21-07-18

I was delighted to find that this book moved us on from what I had found a particularly irritating storyline (I won't say more and spoil one of the main threads of the story). This series is a little gung ho and I too am now finding Ryan's love interest verging on the Mills & Boone - but having said that I have grown fond of the central characters and the tales romp along at a decent pace. I enjoyed this just as much as the previous books in the series and I'll be signing up for No. 9.

  • The Death of Mrs Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware. When Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter telling her she’s inherited a substantial bequest from her Cornish grandmother, it seems like the answer to her prayers. She owes money to a loan shark, and the threats are getting increasingly aggressive: she needs to get her hands on some cash fast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended.

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-07-18

Slow burn

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

Reviewed: 21-07-18

A strange one this which took me a little while to get into - but which then drew me in sufficiently that I was listening whenever possible. I found the heroine a tad irritating and the characters more suited to an earlier period (I found myself startled every now and again to realise we were in the present day) but overall well worth a listen. Indeed sufficiently enjoyable I shall try another by Ruth Ware.

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  • In the Dark

  • DI Fawley, Book 2
  • By: Cara Hunter
  • Narrated by: Lee Ingleby, Emma Cunniffe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

A woman and child are found locked in a basement room, barely alive. No-one knows who they are - the woman can't speak, and there are no missing persons reports that match their profile. The elderly man who owns the house claims he has never seen them before. The inhabitants of the quiet Oxford street are in shock - how could this happen right under their noses? But DI Adam Fawley knows that nothing is impossible. And that no-one is as innocent as they seem....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real treat

  • By Linda on 21-07-18

A real treat

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

Reviewed: 21-07-18

I thoroughly enjoyed the first DI Fawley book and was delighted to see this had been released as I've done battle with a few below par crime stories as of late. Whilst having no real idiosyncrasies Fawley manages to nevertheless install himself as a strong character and the manner in which his past tragedy weaves through his thoughts is I think very well done. The split in narration is good although I am not always sure the divisions were in quite the right place. Fawley is nevertheless brought excellently to life by Lee Ingleby and Emma Cunniffe does a job thats not far behind. There are lots of twists not all of which I saw coming and which the author strives to keep going right until the end. A very good series. I only hope Cara Hunter now has Book 3 well underway.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Wife

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524

 

Childhood sweethearts William and Mary have been married for 60 years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both have a strong sense of right and wrong. This is what their son, Joe O'Loughlin, has always believed. But when Joe is summoned to the hospital with news that his father has been brutally attacked, his world is turned upside down. Who is the strange woman crying at William's bedside, covered in his blood - a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really excellent

  • By mollyeyre on 16-06-18

Wonderful to have Joe and Ruiz back again

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

I've struggled with a few authors recently and began to wonder if my expectations had got just a bit too high. And then along comes a release by one of my favourites, such as Michael Robotham, and I can hear (or see) the difference immediately. This story is based around Joe's family and provides not just a 'who dun it' challenge but a closer look at Joe's life both past and present. Its excellent and as always read spectacularly well by Sean Barrett. Don't hesitate.

  • Sometimes I Lie

  • By: Alice Feeney
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,082
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,081

"My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me. I'm in a coma. My husband doesn't love me anymore. Sometimes I lie." Unnerving, twisted and utterly compelling, you won't be able to put this new thriller down. Set to be the most talked about book in 2017, it's perfect for fans of Behind Closed Doors, The Girl on the Train and The Widow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read/listen

  • By Annie Tompkins on 30-03-17

Very good

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

This tale is told from the different viewpoint of 2 sisters, one of whom is in a coma. Quite what is true - and who to sympathise with - you are never quite sure. I saw some of the twists coming but certainly not all of them. This must have been a difficult book to finish but the ending is a good one and fits in well with the book as a whole. Well read by Stephanie Racine who I have not come across before.

  • Last Seen

  • By: Lucy Clarke
  • Narrated by: Harriet Carmichael, Clare Corbett, Huw Parmenter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

Seven years ago, two boys went missing at sea - and only one was brought to shore. The Sandbank, a remote stretch of coast dotted with beach huts, was scarred forever. Sarah's son survived, but on the anniversary of the accident, he disappears without trace. As new secrets begin to surface, The Sandbank hums with tension and unanswered questions. Sarah's search grows more desperate, and she starts to mistrust everyone she knows - and she's right to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow wow wow! More twists and turns than a roller coaster!

  • By Beckhamgirl on 08-07-17

Surprisingly good

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

I wasn't too sure about this one - but added it to my '2 for 1' basket and took the risk. Good choice as it turned out. I very much got pulled into the story which quite genuinely had a constant stream of twists, not all of which I saw coming. Worth its full rate let along the discounted one.

  • A Stranger in the House

  • By: Shari Lapena
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 365

You're waiting for your beloved husband to get home from work. You're making dinner, looking forward to hearing about his day. That's the last thing you remember. You wake up in hospital, with no idea how you got there. They tell you that you were in an accident; you lost control of your car whilst driving in a dangerous part of town. The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend isn't so sure. And even you don't know what to believe....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody brill

  • By Johanna Laughton on 13-01-18

A surprising 5 star listen

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

Reviewed: 26-06-18

I am not a great lover of American crime novels and so my heart sank when I realised this is is what I had purchased. However this turned out to be a really good listen. Excellent plot with some good twists and turns - and very well read with a very decent range of male and female voice tones.