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  • The Girl Before

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,763
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,753

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping thriller

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-17

Disjointed

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

Reviewed: 18-03-17

I returned this book. I had bought it on the strength of the good reviews it received. Won't trust these again. I didn't like the characters nor the storyline. And the number of narrators was confusing, especially the women who sounded too much alike.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Fiery Cross

  • Outlander, Book 5
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 55 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687

The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally here

  • By karin cornet on 15-03-12

Too much padding

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

Reviewed: 20-12-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

A good editor would have made this a far better book. Diana's publishers are in thrall to her (like JK Rowling's) and have allowed her to over-write. There were times when I literally shouted "Get on with it". I persevered to the end as I like the Outlander series because there were plots which were riveting though interspersed with uninteresting padding. This book has made me wonder if I want to continue the series.

Would you recommend The Fiery Cross to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes but with a warning that it is my least favourite of the series

Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes - she is absolutely superb.

Could you see The Fiery Cross being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

In a pared down form yes -- and why change the cast of Outlander as they are perfect.

Any additional comments?

Memo to Diana: less is more!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • By: Renée Knight
  • Narrated by: Michael Pennington, Laura Paton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 752

What if you realized the book you were reading was all about you? Disclaimer stealthily steals your attention and by the end holds you prisoner - a searing story that resonates long after the final words. When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine’s bedside table, she curls up in bed and begins to read. But as she turns the pages, she is sickened to realize the story will reveal her darkest secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really enjoyed!!

  • By MR on 24-04-15

Good premise shame about the plot

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

Reviewed: 16-07-15

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

someone who doesn't think too much about the realism in a story

What could Renée Knight have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

she could have made it far more believable. SPOILER ALERT. DON'T READ IF YOU ARE ABOUT TO BUY THIS BOOK: This author expects us to believe that a novel written by a bereaved wife and husband could describe their son's affair in lurid and sensuous detail, his death and knowledge of the woman with whom he was involved when they hadn't a clue then who she was. Ridiculous to think this middle aged couple could get inside their minds and actions they could only have imagined but here presented as fact..And then to get revenge on her many years afterwards - major plot weakness in my opinion - when I didn't think she was complicit (adultery yes, killing no.)

Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Pennington and Laura Paton ?

Maybe. I found their reading a tad slow.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment at wasting my time.

Any additional comments?

think I have been sufficiently fierce!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bitter Water

  • By: Gordon Ferris
  • Narrated by: Angus King
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Glasgow’s melting. The temperature is rising and so is the murder rate. Douglas Brodie, ex-policeman, ex-soldier and newest reporter on the Glasgow Gazette, has no shortage of material for his crime column. But even Brodie balks at his latest subject – a rapist who has been tarred and feathered by a balaclava-clad group. Brodie soon discovers a link between this horrific act and a series of brutal beatings.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good story but should read the first one first

  • By Brian on 15-09-18

slow moving with padding

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

Reviewed: 23-06-15

What did you like best about Bitter Water? What did you like least?

See below in additional comments.

Has Bitter Water put you off other books in this genre?

No

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Suppose so

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

The story was very slow to get moving .. and to be honest by then I wasn't all that interested to find out who dun it. I won't be reading any more of this author's works though I am sure he has a faithful readership so won't miss me!

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,257

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it

  • By Miss N. Bleakley-wadlow on 05-02-17

Over hyped

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

Reviewed: 14-02-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would tell the friend not to fall for the hype so not to expect as much from the book as you might expect from the over the top reviews, It was pretty obvious who dun it, I guessed way before the reveal.

Has The Girl on the Train put you off other books in this genre?

No

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The beginning was promising but then I got to the middle and end and realised that the repetition of drinking scenes and aimless meanderings bored me.

Do you think The Girl on the Train needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

The writing shows promise and if the author could come up with a better plot and characters, yes a follow up book could be good idea.

Any additional comments?

The readers were excellent, good idea to have three different voices.

  • The Silkworm

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 2
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,816

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star rating based on quality not name

  • By Linda on 06-08-14

Disappointing after first novel

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

Reviewed: 06-07-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The book was too long and with far too many dead ends.

If you’ve listened to books by Robert Galbraith before, how does this one compare?

Not as good as first novel but Robert's reading totally perfect.

Have you listened to any of Robert Glenister’s other performances? How does this one compare?

As excellent as others

Do you think The Silkworm needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I hope next Cormorant book will be as good as the first.

Any additional comments?

It is inconceivable that the murderer could have butchered the victim in the way described. And to find the evidence in the sea? Really? There was too much padding, in my opinion, leading to many dead ends which did not advance the plot and I got bored with the quotations at start of each chapter. Sorry as I know I am going against the trend of the lyrical reviews of others.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Rosie Project

  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,458

Meet Don. Don is a genetics professor who just might be somewhere on the autistic spectrum. He looks a little like Gregory Peck and is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. And it’s definitely not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not .Rosie, meanwhile, isn’t looking for love; she’s looking for her biological father. Sometimes, though, you don’t find love: love finds you...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By F on 26-05-13

David Lodge eat your heart out

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

Reviewed: 30-03-14

What did you like most about The Rosie Project?

This is an almost perfect novel with gems in almost every aspect. The mix of Asbergers, genetics, romance and academia shouldn't work but it does, in spades

What other book might you compare The Rosie Project to, and why?

Any David Lodge novel

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scenes were seamless and so impossible isolate any particular one.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

See above

Any additional comments?

A novel which leaps into 'most favourite in 2014' so far. The reader did his job superbly and the story kept me so absorbed that I missed the M6 because I was chortling so much!

  • An Officer and a Spy

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,364

January 1895: On a freezing morning in the heart of Paris, an army officer, Georges Picquart, witnesses a convicted spy, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, being publicly humiliated in front of 20,000 spectators baying ‘Death to the Jew!’ The officer is rewarded with promotion: Picquart is made the French army’s youngest colonel and put in command of ‘the Statistical Section’ - the shadowy intelligence unit that tracked down Dreyfus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Julian Summer on 12-10-13

Terrific - and from unpromising material

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

Reviewed: 10-02-14

Would you listen to An Officer and a Spy again? Why?

Yes because there are layers which you'll pick up second time around.

What did you like best about this story?

I really wasn't interested in the Dreyfuss affair but ordered it because of rave reviews from friends I became absorbed in the story, the twists and turns and can recommend it thoroughly.

What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

Brilliant. Very professional, right speed and differing voices. I wish the reader of Cross and Burn by Val McDewrmid - the last book I listened to (in agony) - could take lessons from David.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Cross and Burn

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570

Guilt and grief have driven a wedge between long time crime-fighting partners psychologist Tony Hill and ex-DCI Carol Jordan. But just because they're not talking doesn't mean the killing stops. Someone is killing women. Women who bear a disturbing resemblance to Carol Jordan. And when the evidence begins to point in a disturbing direction, thinking the unthinkable seems the only possible answer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Val McDermid at her best

  • By Saffy on 24-11-13

Reader sub standard

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

Reviewed: 04-01-14

If you could sum up Cross and Burn in three words, what would they be?

Who told the reader to. Talk. Very. Sloooowly. It was to torture to listen as I kept wanting to urge him on. Luckily the story was gripping as I've come to expect with this author but it was a disadvantage for the reader to use the same voice for all the characters. Ditch him to get him re-trained please.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Saul Reichlin?

Anyone able to change his voice and talk at a proper speed.

Any additional comments?

Another great story which made my journey a pleasure as didn't notice the miles.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Children of the Revolution

  • The 21st DCI Banks Mystery
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

A disgraced college lecturer is found murdered with £5,000 in his pocket on a disused railway line near his home. Since being dismissed from his job for sexual misconduct four years previously, he has been living a poverty-stricken and hermit-like existence in this isolated spot. The suspects range from several individuals at the college where he used to teach to a woman who knew the victim back in the early '70s at Essex University, then a hotbed of political activism.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A slow burner but gets you in the end!

  • By Gill in Gloucs on 18-07-14

Ho hum

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

Reviewed: 18-09-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Far less padding.

What could Peter Robinson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

More action less fluff

What didn’t you like about Simon Slater’s performance?

Too prosaic.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Children of the Revolution?

All the scenes which held up the action.

Any additional comments?

This was the first Peter Ropbinson book I've read and the last. Perhaps people keen on whole lists of rock stars might have been interested but I wasn';t. The crime was boring, the murdered man was uninteresting and the premise was - what's the opposite of page turning? Sorry not for me though I ordered this on the strength of the lyrical reviews.