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  • The Sentence Is Death

  • Detective Daniel Hawthorne, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

Passion, deception, an unexplained death and a detective with quite a lot to hide lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's brilliant new murder mystery, the second in the best-selling series starring Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne. William Pryce is an elegant, smooth-tongued lawyer who has made a fortune out of celebrity divorces - and a lot of enemies in the process. Unmarried himself, he lives in a handsome bachelor pad on the edge of Hampstead Heath. Or, rather, he used to....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Writing is On the Wall - GREAT NEW SERIES!

  • By Patricia on 08-11-18

Loved the story

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Loved this book every bit as much as the first in the series featuring one of the most unlikely investigative pairs ever. It’s an original mix of fact and fiction as well as an engaging and believable story.
But it is let down badly by the bizarre voicing of the female detective character. She is supposed to be a menacing, terrifying harridan but sounds like a squawking parrot or something out of Monty Python so she comes across as a comedy grotesque.
That apart, this is another triumph for “Tony”. I sincerely hope the references to a three-book deal are true and there’s at least one more in the pipeline.

  • The Dead Ex

  • By: Jane Corry
  • Narrated by: Laura Aikman, Honeysuckle Weeks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 296

He said in sickness and in health. But after Vicki was attacked at work and left suffering with epilepsy, her husband, Daniel, left her for his mistress. So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he's gone missing, her first thought is 'good riddance'. But then the police find evidence suggesting that Daniel is dead. And they think Vicki had something to do with it. What really happened on the night of Daniel's disappearance? And how can Vicki prove her innocence when she's not even sure of it herself?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By ruthraemoir on 19-08-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 19-08-18

Not sure why I persevered with this book when I found it so slow and confusing. The narration was appalling, with the Vicki character sounding like a robot, words broken into syllables and no flow whatsoever. The story was highly improbable - high-flying career woman with no character judgement, other characters sketched rather than fully drawn and one of the final twists relying on a character who had been little more than a name.
Those final twists - one, possibly two would have been credible but the last few chapters felt as if a cork screw had been pulled through them as one twist after another was revealed. I’m not sure I know who did what to whom, when or why, and it really doesn’t matter.

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • His Bloody Project

  • By: Graeme Macrae Burnet
  • Narrated by: Crawford Logan, Cameron Mowat
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,099

A brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community in 1869 leads to the arrest of 17-year-old Roderick Macrae. There is no question that Macrae committed this terrible act. What would lead such a shy and intelligent boy down this bloody path? Presented as a collection of documents, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers, which offer conflicting impressions, throwing Macrae's motive and his sanity into question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much, Much Better than the Sample Suggests

  • By Alex on 18-11-16

Hated it

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Yes, I’m out of step with the majority of readers but I hated it. Slow paced, tedious, unfinished and now deleted.

  • All the Hidden Truths

  • By: Claire Askew
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron, Angus King
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

This is a fact: Ryan Summers walked into Three Rivers College and killed 13 women, then himself. But no one can say why. The question is one that cries out to be answered - by Ryan's mother, Moira; by Ishbel, the mother of Abigail, the first victim; and by DI Helen Birch, put in charge of the case on her first day at her new job. But as the tabloids and the media swarm, as the families' secrets come out, as the world searches for someone to blame...the truth seems to vanish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really quite stunning

  • By Dom on 10-08-18

In my Top 5 this year

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Difficult subject matter sensitively handled makes this a book to remember. The way the story is told, through the very ordinariness of three women, makes it all seem so possible. The characters are well drawn and believable. Here is an author who can plot and pace, write sensitively and sustain interest throughout.
The narration is brilliant and the narrator has a real talent for different accents and clear diction.
Can’t recommend highly enough.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • While You Sleep

  • By: Stephanie Merritt
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Thorburn
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

A pacy, chilling psychological thriller, set to reinvent the genre. It begins, they say, with a woman screaming.... On a remote Scottish island, the McBride house stands guard over its secrets. A century ago, a young widow and her son died mysteriously there; just last year a local boy, visiting for a dare, disappeared without a trace. For Zoe Adams, newly arrived from America, the house offers a refuge from her failing marriage. But her peaceful retreat is disrupted by strange and disturbing events....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dodgy Scottish Accents

  • By Katy E. Seegmiller on 24-06-18

Had to give up

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

30 minutes in and I’ve had to give up because of the narration. The accent - Scottish? Irish? nothing I’ve ever heard before - is so grating and unbelievable I can’t bear another minute. When the narrator isn’t wrestling with the accents, it’s fine.
If you are considering this book, avoid the audio version.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Skin Deep

  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Annette Flynn, Sophie Ward, Declan Rodgers, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

Cordelia Russell has been living on the Côte d'Azur for 10 years, posing as an English heiress. Now her money is gone, and her luck is running out. Desperate to escape her grotty flat and grim reality, Cordelia spends a decadent night at the Negresco. But surrounded by the young, beautiful and privileged, she feels her age and her poverty. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Had To Go All The Way To Get Skin Deep!

  • By Simon on 06-04-18

Wow. Just wow

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I’m a Liz Nugent fan but she has excelled herself with this book. The main character is a ghastly person but you still want to hear her story. It’s impossible to stop listening as Delia’s story covers time and locations. There are several twists towards the end. I thought I’d guessed the outcome but I was so wrong.
I can’t rate this book, or it’s narration, highly enough.
And I can’t wait for the next Liz Nugent book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Reunion

  • By: Samantha Hayes
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

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

Hated it, deleted it

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

The majority of reviews were positive so I bought the book. I wish I’d stuck with the negative opinions. The writing and narration are good but that’s it. I couldn’t find a character I liked or found believable. The plot was a best convoluted and absurd.
Couldn’t recommend this book to anyone and I regret using an Audible credit on it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Come Sundown

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394

The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it's kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine's aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don't talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she's dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great saga

  • By Linda Carroll on 19-08-17

Yawn

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

Reviewed: 30-01-18

Gave up during chapter 6. Hadn’t a clue where the story was going and cared less. Lots of Walton-type family conversations. The narration is good but I gave up looking for a plot.

  • The Keeper of Lost Things

  • By: Ruth Hogan
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,577

Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners. But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story to become lost in...

  • By Mrs JEL on 02-04-17

Utterly charming

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

Reviewed: 14-11-17

Loved this whimsical and touching book. It’s difficult to categorise it as it’s like nothing I’ve listened to before. I think it might be one of those you love or hate. Impossible to take literally, but suspend disbelief and get lost in its charm.

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,628

Introducing Audible's Thriller of the Year: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil, performed by Joanne Froggatt. In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By madison on 06-09-17

Didn't live up to the hype

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

Reviewed: 17-09-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Silent Child: Audible's Thriller of the Year to be better than the print version?

Yes. If I'd bought the print version, I doubt if I would have stuck with it. Average story, certainly not the best of the lost child genre I've read. I'd identified the "baddie" by the midpoint.The narration brought it alive.

If you’ve listened to books by Sarah A. Denzil before, how does this one compare?

This was a new author to me.

What about Joanne Froggatt’s performance did you like?

Everything. I found her a compelling and believable reader and will be seeking out other books read by her.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

I really didnt like any of the characters very much. Emma seemed an unpleasant, spoiled and self-absorbed person and my antipathy towards her overshadowed how little I cared about the outcome.