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  • Atomic Habits

  • An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones
  • By: James Clear
  • Narrated by: James Clear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,061
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,047

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Atomic Habits by James Clear, read by the author. A revolutionary system to get 1 percent better every day. People think when you want to change your life, you need to think big. But world-renowned habits expert James Clear has discovered another way. He knows that real change comes from the compound effect of hundreds of small decisions - doing two push-ups a day, waking up five minutes early or holding a single short phone call. He calls them atomic habits. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not more of the same

  • By cluelessgoon on 23-10-18

BEST SELF-HELP BOOK EVER

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

This is not your normal self-help book. I have tried many. This is different, mainly because it focuses on the journey and not the destination. The advise given is truly remarkable and I wonder why I didn't think of it myself. I am listening again as I was driving and couldn't jot down any notes. I have also ordered the book from Amazon as I would like to go slower and absorb the information, which is NOT overwhelming. I am grateful to James Clear for having written this little gem.

  • The Other Wife

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812

 

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

EXTREMELY WELL-BALANCED STORY - WELL WRITTEN

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

Reviewed: 20-08-18

The story is paced so well, with twists and turns that never go over the limit of probability. It held my interest to the end and I will find another audio book difficult to match this one. The narrator, Sean Barrett is my favourite and I often buy a book because of the narrator. An excellent tale well worth the credit.

  • Thirteen

  • By: Steve Cavanagh
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510

Hollywood actor Robert Soloman stands accused of stabbing his wife and her lover, but he is pleading that he had nothing to do with it. This is the trial of the century, and the defence want Eddie Flynn on their team. The biggest case Eddie has ever tried before, he decides to take it on despite the overwhelming evidence that Robert is guilty. As the trial starts, Eddie becomes sure of Robert's innocence, but there's something else he is even more sure of - that there is something sinister going on in the jury box.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My first Eddie Flynn book

  • By anne on 13-02-18

WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH

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

Reviewed: 26-06-18

I bought this audio book because I like courtroom dramas. What a disappointment!!! The story started off quite well but got worse and worse with unbelievable characters and a way over-the-top serial killer. When I kept listening just in case it got better, it got worse. So so stupid. Never again.

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  • Say You're Sorry

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787

When Piper and her friend Tash disappeared, there was a huge police search, but they were never found. Now Tash, reaching breaking point at the abuse their captor has inflicted on them, has escaped, promising to come back for Piper. Clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and his stalwart companion, ex-cop Vincent Ruiz, force the police to re-open the case after Joe is called in to assess the possible killer of a couple in their own home and finds a connection to the missing girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent plot, superbly narrated...

  • By Jill on 09-11-12

COULDN'T STOP LISTENING.

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

Reviewed: 18-06-18

From the beginning right to the end I found it hard to switch off and do some work, or go to sleep. This author deserves the good reviews he seems to be getting. Narrated by Sean Barrett only added to the overall listening experience. i have heard other audio books by Michael Robotham and all are different and all are rivetting.

  • The Sleeper

  • By: Emily Barr
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,099
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 994

A tense, gripping psychological thriller, with Hitchcockian overtones, perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Sophie Hannah and Rosamund Lupton. Lara Finch is living a lie. Everyone thinks she has a happy life in Cornwall, married to the devoted Sam, but in fact she is desperately bored. When she is offered a new job that involves commuting to London by sleeper train, she meets Guy and starts an illicit affair. But then Lara vanishes from the night train without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Vanessa on 22-02-14

WHY DID I BOTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

I bothered because someone wrote a review saying that the first part was slow but the ending was WQW. I really enjoyed the beginning and as the story unfolded I became more and more underwhelmed. I gave up 27 minutes before the end, cursing myself for wasting precious time. It is a silly book. The twist in the tale is so over the top that, had I known it was illogical, unbelievable and trite I would have given up much sooner. Imogen Church however is a great narrator.

  • Special Circumstances

  • Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez Legal Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Sheldon Siegel
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Meet Mike Daley. Ex-priest. Ex-public defender. And as of yesterday, ex-partner in one of San Francisco's most prominent law firms. Today he's out on his own, setting up practice on the wrong side of town. Then his best friend and former colleague is charged with a brutal double murder, and Daley is instantly catapulted into a high-profile investigation involving the prestigious law firm that just booted him. As he prepares his case, Daley uncovers the firm's dirtiest secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great legal drama

  • By Judith on 22-06-17

EXCELLENT STORY - HELD MY INTEREST THOUGHOUT

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

I really love courtroom dramas and this is one of the best. Sheldon Siegel knows court procedure so well and the story itself was plausible and logical. The characters were described very well and the story never dipped in the middle as many do. If you enjoy courtroom dramas, buy this one.

  • The Reunion

  • By: Samantha Hayes
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

Then - In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom. Eleanor never came back. Now - The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organizing a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing. When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!!

  • By Astrid on 09-03-18

NO PYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER - DISAPPOINTED

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

Reviewed: 19-04-18

I must be fair! I still have some hours to go before something happens. Up to now it has been a rather dreary tale of family woes, troublesome teenagers and this one in love with that ones husband/wife. Lots of reminiscing and very little, if any mystery. OK so what happens to the young girl. If you have enough patience you will find out. I'm giving up!!

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,078
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,073

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good one!

  • By Robyn on 23-11-16

mixed feelings about this book

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

I couldn't stop listening to the first part. I was mesmerized. Suddenly, with four hours to go it fell apart. For me it became too 'over the top'. I stopped there and the reason I am given it 4 stars is because the story up to that point WAS great, funny, thrilling and the narration really excellent. Sorry for the negative review despite the four stars.

  • The Photographer

  • By: Craig Robertson
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

A dawn raid on the home of a suspected rapist leads to a chilling discovery, a disturbing collection hidden under floorboards. Narey is terrified at the potential scale of what they've found and of what brutalities it may signal. When the photographs are ruled inadmissible as evidence and the man walks free from court, Narey knows she's let down the victim she'd promised to protect and a monster is back on the streets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not one wasted word here & David Monteath is fab!

  • By Ann D on 21-02-18

ONE OF THE BEST OF ITS KIND

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

I just couldn't stop listening to this excellent thriller/police story. The characters are well defined and the topic is very relevant. It held my interest all the way and I am going to have some problems finding another to replace it. Frankly, if there were 6 stars I would give it just that. All the ingredients were there:- a good story, tension, a realistic look at violence against women and a lively pace. Thanks Craig Robertson.

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  • Financial Willpower

  • How to Make More Money and Actually Save It
  • By: T.J. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Bill Kratz
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

LEARN: How to make more money and save it. Do you want to make more money? Do you have a hard time saving your money? Financial Willpower will equip you with the tools needed to start improving your financial circumstances immediately. Small financial decisions today can have a major impact on your finances of tomorrow. Start making the right ones today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • SHORT, INFORMATIVE AND AMUSING

  • By dale_mcewan on 09-02-18

SHORT, INFORMATIVE AND AMUSING

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

This short book has information that we've all heard before, however it is well presented and encouraging and is for anyone who has tried to budget and failed. I found that the author and the reader are both to be complemented on the content (the author) and the reader as the examples are very funny and light but the message is serious. I would buy a longer version if one existed. I haven't checked yet.