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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 6,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,836
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,826

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

Lots of twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

The story was excellent, the narration superb. I really hope they keep it British when they make the film.

  • Girl on Fire

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831

When terrorists use a drone to bring down a plane on one of London’s busiest shopping centres, it ignites a chain of events that will draw in the innocent and the guilty alike. DC Max Wolfe finds himself caught in the crossfire between a tech-savvy terrorist cell and a revenge-seeking, Bible-quoting murderer called Bad Moses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He cannot write these quick enough

  • By Miss on 06-04-18

Slow burning

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

Reviewed: 13-10-18

I had difficulty investing in the characters. This was mainly due to the book being read without emotion. The story never really took off but remained a slow burn.

It's a marmite book you will either love it or hate it.

  • Elizabeth Is Missing

  • By: Emma Healey
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,023
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,022

Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: Her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabeth is missing

  • By Mrs. Denise Slatter on 08-07-14

wonderful

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

this book is a wonderful, heartwarming, uplifting story. it gives an insight into the homes of millions of people who live with and care for people with alziemers disease and dementia. the story is compelling. loved it

  • Coraline

  • An Adventure Too Weird for Words
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Dawn French
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

Coraline has been made into an animated feature film directed by Henry Selick, director of Tim Burton�s The Nightmare Before Christmas, with a cast including Teri Hatcher, Ian McShane, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Dakota Fanning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like a Stephen King novel for kids...

  • By Nina on 24-12-16

great story

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

Reviewed: 15-11-16

loved it, short, sweet and well read. Dawn French gave life to the book.

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,817
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,460

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine, was just their hometown: familiar, well ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful - a horror classic

  • By Catbark on 21-09-16

Gripping read

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

Reviewed: 18-10-16

The story was so compelling and the characters well written. The narration was excellent it really delivered the story at a fast pace. Couldn't stop listening, great book.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Invisible Library

  • By: Genevieve Cogman
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 496

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant, Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission: to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration

  • By Jan on 17-06-15

spoilt by the narrator

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

Reviewed: 19-08-16

I struggled to listen to this book. Not because the story was bad in fact it was quite the opposite, but because the narration was so awful. The narrators voice seemed to rise at the end of every sentence and the characters all sounded the same. I would like to know what happens next but not if I have to listen to the same narrator. if you can persevere with the narration the book is actually pretty good.

  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood

  • Outlander, Book 8
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 44 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586

It is June 1778, and the world seems to be turning upside down. The British Army is withdrawing from Philadelphia, with George Washington in pursuit, and for the first time, it looks as if the rebels might actually win. But for Claire Fraser and her family, there are even more tumultuous revolutions that have to be accommodated. Her former husband, Jamie, has returned from the dead, demanding to know why in his absence she married his best friend, Lord John Grey.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite here and not quite there but somewhere..

  • By Susi on 15-06-14

wonderful book

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

Reviewed: 30-07-16

the story of the characters just keeps getting better. well written and excellent narration enables you to become absorbed in the book. look forward to listening to the mini books

  • 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 848
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716

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

just keeps getting better.

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

live these books. the author is excellent at detail, character development and story writing. Couldn't stop listening.

  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

  • By: Dale Carnegie
  • Narrated by: Andrew MacMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,307

You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing

  • By Rachel on 04-03-06

timeless advice

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

this book is timeless. it offers great insights and examples of human behaviour. the only criticsm would be that it mainly deals with office and business. otherwise a great suggestion from a friend

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Deep Sleep Every Night

  • By: Glenn Harrold
  • Narrated by: Glenn Harrold
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

Join the thousands of people who have overcome their sleep disorders and insomnia by using this superb, high quality hypnosis CD and MP3 download by Glenn Harrold - the UK's best-selling self-help audio author. Insomnia and other sleep problems are often caused by stress, anxiety and a busy mind at bedtime. Glenn's highly acclaimed hypnotherapy techniques and audio production will help you overcome these problems in a completely safe and natural way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very helpful

  • By Joan on 26-01-08

No sleep for me

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

This book did not help me sleep. The narrators tone wasn't soothing but rough around the edges. I tried each chapter a couple of times but still didn't get to sleep. Definitely not for me.