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  • The Good Daughter

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Susie James
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father - Pikeville's notorious defence attorney - devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself - the archetypal good daughter.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing

  • By Rose on 13-09-17

An exciting and inclusive story

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

Reviewed: 20-11-18

I’ve literally just finished listening to this book and now I feel lost...bereft even.
This was far more exciting than I ever thought it would be. The story has depth and follows through with the dramatics of the characters and the storyline right until the end. It feels real. It makes you, the listener feel like you’re a part of something. This one really had me hooked, I was listening to it every chance I had, I just felt the pull of “oh my god!..what’s next?”
Excellent storyline, fantastic characters with personalities that are totally relatable and the author brings the whole thing together with great aplomb. Truly, it’s brilliant. Without a doubt one of THE best books I’ve listened too this year. Fantastic!

  • The Black Talisman

  • By: Richard Storry
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Deep in a deserted forest, a coven of witches is taken by surprise as they attempt to summon the Dark Lord, Anubin, from the spirit world. At his Easter camp, young Gilbert Hawkins has an amazing divine encounter. However, as the subsequent years pass, he and his girlfriend find themselves increasingly the subject of demonic visitations. What is the connection between these seemingly isolated events, over 300 years apart?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Different

  • By TerryHeth on 08-02-17

A suspenseful/religious/supernatural horror

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Any additional comments?


The Black Talisman is a book I've had on my audible list for a while. I started it about 8 months ago, and for whatever reason, lost the thread. Not one to give up (as I know it can sometimes depend on my own mood rather than anything else) I started this again.
Now THIS time, I got into it straight away and found it much more engaging.
The story is based around a supernatural/religious storyline, with a bit of romance for good measure.

What I also like ( in fact what I really enjoy) is the tale is told over two time periods, 300 years apart.
Firstly, we're in the late 1600's. A coven of witches is disrupted deep in the woods whilst performing a ritual to summon a demonic energy. One of the witches is caught and taken to the local Squire. Out of her pocket falls a black talisman. This object is split into three and it's decided it should never be put together again. The three pieces are given to different people to dispose of secretly, so there's no chance of it ever being put together and used in the dark arts again.

So what has this got to do with a young couple in the 1980's?
We meet Monica & Gilbert, friends since childhood and drawn together throughout their lives. Whilst taking part in her interest of genealogy, Monica comes across some interesting and disturbing facts about her family. How though is this all connected?

As the story unfolds, the author intertwines a well thought out and well written storyline. It's just about the right length to keep the listener interested, and not complicated enough that you lose the thread of what's happening. It's an atmospheric read, with a small group of characters. I will just say, the ending did give me a little jolt of: "Well, wasn't quite expecting that".

As ever, the fantastic voice of Jake Urry as narrator helps somewhat in giving this story it's creepy, eerie feeling. It's definitely worth a listen, especially in the dark, cold, murky depths of winter.




  • The Haunting of Highdown Hall

  • By: Shani Struthers
  • Narrated by: Sheila Dearden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Based in Lewes, East Sussex, Ruby and her team of freelance psychics have been kept busy. Specializing in domestic cases, their solid reputation is spreading - it's not just the dead that can rest in peace but the living too. All is threatened when Ruby receives a call from the irate new owner of Highdown Hall. Film star Cynthia Hart is still in residence, despite having died in 1958. Winter deepens and so does the mystery surrounding Cynthia. She insists the devil is blocking her path to the light long after Psychic Surveys have 'disproved' it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A n Entertaining Story

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-01-18

Wow....just Wow!

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

Reviewed: 20-10-17

I hadn’t read this book, so I was extremely excited about listening to it. I wasn’t disappointed!
We are introduced to the team at psychic surveys. People, each with a unique gift that they put to good use by helping spirits move on. Find out what is holding them back and guiding them towards the light.
I like that as the main storyline unfolds, we are still given insights and backgrounds into each member of the team. It made me feel more of a connection to and empathy with the characters. They are so well written and with a good depth of personality you can’t help but feel as if you know them already. As a reader I found I was mentally urging them forwards and wanting them to do well and get to the bottom of the current case. (Although, I did feel like the person wanting his house cleansed actually maybe deserved a bit of haunting...)
The main story takes place around the Haunting of Highdown Hall (stating the obvious). Cynthia, an award winning actress in the sixties had her life cut tragically short at the age of 31. Not quite understanding what happened and afraid of the shadow lurking in the darkness, Cynthia is trapped. 54 years after her death, the current owner of Highdown Hall has had enough. He wants his house back. Calling in the psychic surveys team, he demands they get rid of her. He has no time or patience for this nonsense ( you see why I personally think he deserves a bit of a haunting).
They take on the case and with it uncover a tale of tragedy, love & heartbreak. Discovering long buried secrets that hold the key to allow Cynthia to finally move on, will it work? Can they prove it to her after so long? And who IS the shadow hiding in the darkness?
A fabulously written novel, that has everything you could want. Lovely characters that leave you wanting more, to get to know them better. A storyline that is full of surprises and a writing style that is flowing and engaging. Filled with emotion & it’s own sense of humour,it’s a book I’d highly recommend. The narrator does it justice and more importantly is a voice you can listen too. I already have the second book in the series, which I am now going off to listen too.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Frailty

  • By: Betsy Reavley
  • Narrated by: Ally Murphy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

How far would you go to protect your family? Danny and Libby are about to face every parent's worst nightmare. When eight-year-old Hope Bird disappears without a trace from the idyllic village where she lives, life for her family will never be the same again. Her parents know she would never have gone off alone and the police have no idea where she is. Then a child's shoe is discovered and the case takes an unexpected turn. Soon a suspect is identified but this is only the beginning. Will they ever find Hope?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By colleen cairns on 16-03-17

Heart breaking, stomach clenching but so worth it!

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

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

Absolutely! I already have. Its a brilliantly written novel that is worth all it gives.

What did you like best about this story?

The narration and the story come together to provide an explosive listen.

What does Ally Murphy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Ally Murphys' narration coupled together with this breathtaking, heart breaking highly emotive story comes together to provide and explosive listen.

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

If i could i would. It really did put you through the wringer emotionally so perhaps the break did me more good than i thought.

Any additional comments?

Such a fantastic listen. I'd really like to listen to more from the duo of Ally Murphys' narration and Betsy Reavleys storytelling. A winning combination.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Portraits of the Dead

  • By: John Nicholl
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Emma didn't know how long he hid, silent and unmoving, in the large Victorian wardrobe to the side of her single bed. She didn't know how long he peered out, salivating and drooling, between the two heavy dark oak doors, and watched, mesmerized, as she slowly drifted into fitful sleep. She didn't know what time he pushed the doors open and crept towards her in the drab grey darkness of the night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delectably chilling

  • By Vicki Goodwin on 31-10-16

Enthralling

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

Where does Portraits of the Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is top so far. I haven't listened to many as new to audible, but loved this one.

What did you like best about this story?

it was interesting, fast paced and drew you in. Great ending too.

What does Jake Urry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Different voices helped bring it to life.

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

Yes, it made me cringe, and my heart rate quicken at times and the end definitely brought a smile to my face.

Any additional comments?

Really well read novel. A well thought out and descriptive book. Made me want to keep listening.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • White Is the Coldest Colour

  • Dr. David Galbraith, Book 1
  • By: John Nicholl
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

Fifty-eight year old Dr. David Galbraith, a sadistic, predatory paedophile employed as a consultant child psychiatrist, has already murdered one child in the soundproofed cellar below the South Wales Georgian townhouse he shares with his wife and two young daughters. Anthony becomes Galbraith's latest obsession and he will stop at nothing to make his grotesque fantasies reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard hitting subject, incredible story

  • By Devilish Accord on 05-06-16

Sheer Brilliance

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

If you could sum up White Is the Coldest Colour in three words, what would they be?

Chilling disturbing brilliant

Which character – as performed by Jake Urry – was your favourite?

Dr Galbraith

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

yes

Any additional comments?

A really enthralling book even though the subject matter was disturbing. The only thing i didn't like was perhaps the over use of the b word. I understand its necessary in some places, but i felt a bit over used.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful