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Diane H. Smith

Oxon, UK
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  • The Queen of Bloody Everything

  • By: Joanna Nadin
  • Narrated by: Kelly Hotten
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382

As Edie Jones lies in a bed on the 14th floor of a Cambridge hospital, her adult daughter, Dido, tells their story, starting with the day that changed everything. That was the day when Dido - aged exactly six years and 27 days old - met the handsome Tom Trevelyan, his precocious sister, Harry, and their parents, Angela and David.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful and intelligent, witty and honest

  • By Lu on 21-04-18

Beautiful book.

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

Reviewed: 17-08-18

I did so enjoy this book. Beautifully written and so beautifully read by Kelly Hotten. She has a rare talent for capturing the nuances of characters voices and making them totally believable. The writing was superb also so she had great raw material. If you were a parent or child in the 70s and subsequent decades it will resonate. Highly recommended!

  • The Secret Child

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin Hussey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394

Susie did something that she knows she will always regret: giving her baby son up for adoption, to keep her infidelity secret from her family. Louise, Susie's daughter, feels the effects of that decision echoing down through the years - her mother has always been difficult, too strict with her but not strict enough with her sister, Grace, who is wild and out of control. And Danny, Susie's husband, adores her but has always sensed something wrong at the heart of their marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absorbing

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-02-18

Thoroughly enjoyable read

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I am delighted to have found this gem of a book. Very well constructed and held my interest throughout. Characters were believable and engaging. I shall look for more books by Kerry Fisher!

  • The Color of Water in July

  • By: Nora Carroll
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

It's been a long seventeen years since Jess last saw her grandmother or visited the family cottage set on an idyllic lake in Northern Michigan. For all that time, she's been haunted by loss - of her innocence and her ability to trust and, most of all, of a profound summer romance that might have been something more. So when her grandmother leaves the house to her, Jess summons her courage and returns to a place full of memories - and secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected delight

  • By Diane H. Smith on 17-04-18

An unexpected delight

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

Reviewed: 17-04-18

What a lovely book this turned out to be! At the outset, I had to force myself to continue because the narrator has that sort of US poetic voice which I tend to find unnatural and affected. As I got into the book however, I started to enjoy her reading, which was well suited to the wonderfully evocative prose.
The characters were well drawn and believable. Shades of grey, rather than the black or white which can make reading a book seem a waste of my time. The story evolves in a very subtle and fascinating way. There is a mystery at its core but not a standard one.
Thoroughly enjoyable all round!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • While My Eyes Were Closed

  • By: Linda Green
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory, Maggie Mash, Gareth Bennett-Ryan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459

Dare you close your eyes for even a few seconds? One, two, three... Lisa Dale shuts her eyes and counts to 100 during a game of hide-and-seek. When she opens them, her four-year-old daughter, Ella, is gone. Disappeared without a trace. The police, the media and Lisa's family all think they know who snatched Ella. But what if the person who took her isn't a stranger? What if they are convinced they are doing the right thing? And what if Lisa's little girl is in danger of disappearing forever?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Page turner

  • By Ms on 26-03-16

Fabulous book

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

This book had me hooked from the start. Very hard to explain why without spoiling it for future readers to be honest. Take it from me it was well written and very well read. I had to listen to the last couple of hours in one sitting, putting off other things I ought to have been doing!

  • The Widow

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,067
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,053

Exclusive to Audible! Listen to a discussion between the author and the narrator of The Widow at the end of this recording. We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the wife who stands by him? Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confession is a dangerous thing.

  • By Wras on 26-01-16

Excellent debut novel

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

I listened to the second in the series (The Child) first and enjoyed it so much I went looking for the first. Really well constructed book and really well read (as always) by Clare Corbett. I am hoping Fiona Barton will continue the series!

  • The Ship of Brides

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339

Australia, 1946: 650 brides are departing for England to meet the men they married in wartime. But instead of the luxury liner they were expecting, they find themselves aboard an aircraft carrier, alongside a thousand men. On the sun-baked decks, old loves and past promises become distant memories, and tensions are stretched to the limit as brides and husbands change their minds. And for Frances Mackenzie, it soon becomes clear that the journey is more important than the destination....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but found it slow.

  • By Elizabeth B on 12-06-18

A gem of an audio book

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

Reviewed: 15-01-18

I can unreservedly recommend The Ship Of Brides. As good as it gets in my opinion. A really interesting and absorbing story ( as always with JoJo Moyes) and the narrator was amazing. I didn’t want it to end, though I was desperate to hear what happened! Fabulous!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Child

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,255

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers, it's impossible to ignore. For one woman it's a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another it's the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for a third, a journalist, it's the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. The Child's story will be told.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Rich Drama of Complex Emotions

  • By Simon on 30-06-17

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

The first by Fiona Barton for me but won’t be the last. A good listen. Complicated enough to keep my interest but not so puzzling that I forgot who was who or what had gone before. Satisfying ending also!

  • Now We Are Dead

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel got caught fitting up Jack Wallace - that's why they demoted her and quashed his sentence. Now he's back on the streets, and women are being attacked again. Wallace has to be responsible, but if Detective Sergeant Steel goes anywhere near him, his lawyers will get her thrown off the force for good. The Powers That Be won't listen to her, not after what happened last time. According to them, she's got more than enough ongoing cases to keep her busy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody fabulous

  • By Val McWilliam on 04-11-17

The best yet!

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

Reviewed: 16-11-17

The latest and best in my opinion. I hesitated before buying this since it’s a Roberta Steel rather than Logan MacRae centred book but I shouldn’t have worried. Hilarious and filthy it kept me listening from start to finish. Keep writing Mr MacBride. Your readers need you!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Break

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,702
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,701

The story of a relationship that everyone thought was forever and which is now in danger of being for never, The Break is about getting older and staying in love when life, real life, is trying to pull you apart.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So boring ...

  • By Heike on 14-11-17

Best Marian Keyes to date

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

Reviewed: 25-10-17

I absolutely loved this book. Perfectly crafted and wonderfully read. Ms Keyes at her best and such a truthful and thought provoking story.

  • Tooth for a Tooth

  • DI Gilchrist, Book 3
  • By: T. F. Muir
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476

When a woman's skeleton is discovered in a shallow grave, DCI Andy Gilchrist is tasked with finding her murderer. But a psychic's warnings and markings on a rusted cigarette lighter found among the rotted remains set Gilchrist off on a trail that will take him back 35 years - back to his past and on course to find his brother's killer in a fatal hit and run accident. When dental records from an extracted tooth force Gilchrist to confront the unthinkable - that his brother was her killer

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written and well read

  • By pollyfitz on 09-08-13

Best so far

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

I have enjoyed the Gilchrist books more with each one. This was the best to date. I love the narration also. Same guy who does the Stuart Mcbride books.