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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,499
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,593

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Eleanor!

  • By Kaggy on 30-06-17

flawless

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

Reviewed: 27-04-18

I don't normally get to the end of a book and admire both the author and the narrator equally, but this is one of those times. The performance of this audio book surpassed any I have ever listened to, it was incredibly satisfying!
I have never experienced a character quite like Eleanor and she was amazingly crafted. Just overall, a fantastic British book <3

  • The Missing Ones

  • Detective Lottie Parker, Book 1
  • By: Patricia Gibney
  • Narrated by: Michele Moran
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630

When a woman's body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It's clear the pair are connected, but how? The trail leads Lottie to St Angela's, a former children's home, with a dark connection to her own family history. Suddenly the case just got personal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Mrs. J. Answer on 24-05-17

great book, but quite upsetting

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

I downloaded this long audio book for my drives between England and Scotland, it certainly kept me gripped right to the end. without giving spoilers, there was something that happened quite towards the end that really upset me. It left me feeling quite low so beware of that if you are a sensitive reader.

  • The Silent Wife

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin-Hussey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453

Lara's life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can't tell anyone else or everything Massimo has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage. Maggie is married to Massimo's brother Nico. She knows all of Nico's darkest secrets - or so she thinks. The one day she discovers a letter in the attic....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better analysis of coercive control than The Archers!

  • By Frances Locke on 21-09-17

I loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 23-08-17

I bought this audio book as an impulse buy to listen to on a six-hour drive in my car (courtesy of attaching my phone through the aux cable). I was mildly interested during the first chapter, but that emotion quickly changed to enraptured. The author has an incredibly satisfying attention to detail when describing her characters' quirks, mannerisms, memories etc etc. The homage paid to working class life and joys through reminiscences of Maggie's mum's flat were fabulously familiar to someone who grew up with all my relatives being from a similar background.
All of the characters, despite being incredibly unique, were believable and impossible not to empathise with (except one who deserves no empathy, But I won't spoil who that is). I am usually very good at predicting twists and turns in books, but this definitely had some complete OMG moments that had me open-mouthed at the wheel on the M6 North. I don't think this novel could ever be called predictable :)
I will definitely be reading more by Kerry Fisher now! And I hope that Emma S-H narrates more books, because she is fabulous!

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