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  • Everything Is Lies

  • By: Helen Callaghan
  • Narrated by: Anna Popplewell, Sian Thomas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 744

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Everything Is Lies by Helen Callaghan. Sophia's parents lead quiet, unremarkable lives. At least that is what she's always believed. Until the day she arrives at her childhood home to find a house ringing with silence. Her mother is hanging from a tree. Her father is lying in a pool of his own blood, near to death. The police are convinced it is an attempted murder-suicide. But Sophia is sure that the woman who brought her up isn't a killer....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely mesmerizing

  • By W. M. Koolstra-dekker on 06-03-18

Keeps you on the edge of your seat!

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

This was a great book- both narrators were fantastic and it was dufficult to stop listening to. It tells a story across two timelines and the connections between them become more and more apparent. There were a few guessable 'twists ' but overall a really worthwhile listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Chalk Man

  • By: C J Tudor
  • Narrated by: Andrew Scott, Asa Butterfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 789
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 747
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 745

None of us ever agreed on the exact beginning. Was it when we started drawing the chalk figures, or when they started to appear on their own? Was it the terrible accident? Or when they found the first body?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Gold Dust Than Chalk Dust!

  • By Simon on 12-01-18

Totally exceptional!

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

I absolutely adored this book. The story line has so many twists and turns, right down to the very last minute, with wonderfully realistic characters. It's a captivating story and I couldn't stop listening to it- my house has never been so clean as I looked for excuses to don my headphones and listen to the next chapter! It's not very often that I pick something I've never heard of and love it, mostly because I'm so super fussy about narrators and have returned loads of titles because I just didn't like the way they were read. I was totally bowled over by this book- both narrators do an outstanding job and the difference between the young narrator amd his older self is so poignant. An absolute must!

  • And the Mountains Echoed

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Khaled Hosseini, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Navid Negahban
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

In this tale revolving around not just parents and children, but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A touch disappointed

  • By R. Singh on 06-09-16

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

Just amazing. Heartbreaking, funny, poignant... the narrators of each part of tje story are sublime.

  • The Pier Falls

  • By: Mark Haddon
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

An expedition to Mars goes terribly wrong. A seaside pier collapses. A 30-stone man is confined to his living room. One woman is abandoned on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean. Another woman is saved from drowning. Two boys discover a gun in a shoebox. A group of explorers find a cave of unimaginable size deep in the Amazon jungle. A man shoots a stranger in the chest on Christmas Eve.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful, desolate, depressing

  • By Derrick on 16-05-16

Totally engrossing!

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

I loved this- just what I needed after finishing a long novel- lots of amazing and different short stories, although common themes are threaded through. Narration by both narrators is top notch and I loved each and every one of these tales.

  • The Immortalists

  • By: Chloe Benjamin
  • Narrated by: Maggie Hoffman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 182

It's 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York's Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. Four siblings, too young for what they are about to hear, sneak out to hear their fortunes. We then follow the intertwined paths the siblings take over the course of five decades and, in particular, how they choose to live with the supposed knowledge the fortune-teller gave them that day. This is a story about life, mortality and the choices we make.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good beginning, weak second half

  • By weasal on 12-06-18

Whimsical and lovely

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I loved this- simple, heartfelt and heart wrenching. The narration is fantastic and the story really pulls you in. I recommend it!

  • The Gift

  • The Gripping Psychological Thriller Everyone Is Talking About
  • By: Louise Jensen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 293

The perfect daughter. The perfect girlfriend. The perfect murder? Jenna is seriously ill. She's lost all hope of getting the heart transplant she needs to live. But just as her life is ebbing away, she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Who was Callie and how did she die? Jenna is determined to find out.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptionally BAD

  • By Ethans on 06-02-17

Very trite!!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

Really not my cup of tea- predictable to the point of my being able to finish sentences and be correct, and totally over the top characterisation of 'goodies' and 'baddies'. I thought the ending was awful but there was an even worse epilogue stitched on... My normal taste is more along the lines of Lionel Shriver or Chuck Palahniuk but if you like Ed Sheeran and something not too taxing to listen to then this will tick the boxes.

  • The Lucky Ones

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 239

When a woman's body is found in the grounds of a ruined priory, Detective Imogen Evans realises she is dealing with a serial killer - a killer whose victims appear to die in a state of bliss, eyes open, smiles forever frozen on their faces.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Serial Killer Thriller

  • By Ulla on 24-06-17

Not a bad listen

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

Reviewed: 14-02-18

I liked this book but it really was a case of the plot being spelled out word for word... every motivation and nuance explicitly explained which was a bit annoying. Also... the accents!! Oh, the accents. So comically bad. Overall not a bad listen but not the gripping plot I expected.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan

  • By: Alan Partridge
  • Narrated by: Alan Partridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,583
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,173

Journalist, presenter, broadcaster, husband, father, vigorous all-rounder – Alan Partridge – a man with a fascinating past and an amazing future. Gregarious and popular, yet Alan’s never happier than when relaxing in his own five-bedroom, south-built house with three acres of land and access to a private stream. But who is this mysterious enigma? Alan Gordon Partridge is the best – and best-loved – radio presenter in the region. Born into a changing world of rationing, Teddy Boys, apes in space and the launch of ITV, Alan’s broadcasting career began as chief DJ of Radio Smile....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You get what you pay for

  • By ico on 06-10-11

Laugh out loud funny!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

Amazing- Steeve Coogan at his best. This is hilarious, genuinely good comedy and well worth a credit.

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

  • By: Lionel Shriver
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

Kevin Khatchadourian killed several of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a teacher, shortly before his 16th birthday. He is visited in prison by his mother, Eva, who narrates in a series of letters to her estranged husband, Franklin, the story of Kevin's upbringing. A successsful career woman, Eva is reluctant to forgo her independence and the life she shares with Franklin to become a mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We need to talk about Kevin

  • By Jacky on 21-09-06

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 25-10-17

This is by far the best audible I've listened to. The narration was totally impeccable- more like acting than narrating- and I couldn't stop listening to it. My only negative point is that it's a real shame that this is an abridged version. Although the story makes total sense, the added details in the book are lost and some of my favourite scenes were missed out. It's a shame as other Lionel Shriver books appear unabridged. Ultimately, well worth a credit!!

  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,295

Harry August is on his deathbed. Again. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now. As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. 'I nearly missed you, Doctor August,' she says.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Déjà vu all over again

  • By S. Kingston on 07-07-14

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 27-08-17

This is an outstanding novel and the narration really makes it. I've listened to lots of books on audible and the narration can be so frustrating but this is fantastic. The dramatic (but not overly dramatic) style along with a fantastic range of regional accents means you can enjoy the story without being distracted. I couldn't stop listening to this- a totally unique concept and an exciting story. Highly recommended!!