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  • The Good Widow

  • A Novel
  • By: Liz Fenton, Lisa Steinke
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33

Elementary school teacher Jacqueline "Jacks" Morales's marriage was far from perfect, but even in its ups and downs it was predictable, familiar. Or at least she thought it was...until two police officers showed up at her door with devastating news. Her husband of eight years, the one who should have been on a business trip to Kansas, had suffered a fatal car accident in Hawaii. And he wasn't alone.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable characters, drippy main

  • By dc on 16-01-18

Unbelievable characters, drippy main

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

Reviewed: 16-01-18

Hugely disappointing. Unbelievable and whiny love story for a grade three reader. Phrases like ‘put my heart on a shelf’ come from the men and annoying pet names throughout. I can’t imagine who lives in this writer’s world but I hope I never meet them. Not even an original ending. Don’t buy, move on.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Burnt Offerings

  • Valancourt 20th Century Classics
  • By: Robert Marasco
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Ben and Marian Rolfe are desperate to escape a stifling summer in their tiny Brooklyn apartment, so when they get the chance to rent a mansion in upstate New York for the entire summer for only $900, it's an offer that's too good to refuse. There's only one catch: behind a strange and intricately carved door in a distant wing of the house lives elderly Mrs. Allardyce, and the Rolfes will be responsible for preparing her meals. But Mrs. Allardyce never seems to emerge from her room, and it soon becomes clear that something weird and terrifying is happening in the house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read t book, watched t movie, enjoyed t audio

  • By dc on 30-10-17

Read t book, watched t movie, enjoyed t audio

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

Reviewed: 30-10-17

Bought this as it is an old favourite. Knew I would enjoy the story and the only question was the narration. It was good. I enjoyed every minute of it. A good reason why this is a simple classic. It is not a classic per say - corset ramble - I think it takes place in the 60s - 70s and has stood the test of time because you can't go wrong with it.

You should buy it if you like a bit of spook.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Matter

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,815

'Are you happy in your life?' Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he wakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before the man he's never met smiles down at him and says, 'Welcome back, my friend.' In this world he's woken up to, Jason's life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW - This was a weird one

  • By Jules on 26-10-16

Weird but very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 30-10-17

The narration was good, the story was a bit far fetched but worked well. If you are happy to let a bit of imagination in i.e., Stepford Wives.... you shall enjoy this book. The scene is different but it is entertaining all the way through and the scene is not so difficult to understand or accept.

  • In a Cottage in a Wood

  • By: Cass Green
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman, Helen Keeley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

Neve comes across a troubled woman called Isabelle on Waterloo Bridge late one night. Isabelle forces a parcel into Neve's hands and jumps to her death in the icy Thames below. Two weeks later, as Neve's wreck of a life in London collapses, an unexpected lifeline falls into her lap - a charming cottage in Cornwall left to her by Isabelle, the woman on the bridge. The solution to all her problems.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • On and on... moaning pathetic character!

  • By Katherine on 01-10-17

Good and believable story, great narration

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

Reviewed: 30-10-17

So far, my favourite narrators are Imogen Church and Lisa Coleman and Helen Keeley. Believable, they don't overstretch their abilities, no over the top whining or baby gurgling. Nice and easy accents. This was perfect for the characters in this book.

The story was simple and believable, no rollercoasters and bangs of bumps, simply a steady roll of entertainment all the way through. Very pleasant 8 hours and a few twists and turns. No over embellishing, and no far fetched ideas.

Looking for more like this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Girl Unknown

  • By: Karen Perry
  • Narrated by: Conor Maloney, Richard Flood, Tracy Keating
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

When Zoe Barry walks into Professor David Connolly's office and announces that she is his daughter, he is left reeling. Suddenly his family - imperfect, flawed but working - is trying to find space for someone new. But Zoe's stories don't quite add up, and lies become indistinguishable from truths. The family struggle to make sense of whether she is a sister, a daughter, a friend, an enemy. But no one could have expected where it all might end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely loved this!

  • By Ann D on 27-11-16

Good and kept my attention

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

Reviewed: 26-10-17

I like these books about these sociopaths. Every time I read or listen to one I think, ‘I know a freak like that!’ It Is refreshing to know that these abnoxious troublemakers are, at least in books, caught out and banished.

The story was good, the performance was good, it was a good length, and the narrator was not annoying which is not easy to find it seems.

Had to pause it when I left the room so know I was enjoying it all the way through. Story was believable and the characters were very human and easy to relate to. Even the dud of a husband that was manipulated by this foolish girl was believable....or maybe that is just a testament to some of the people I know.

You won’t be thrown about on a ‘rollercoaster’ but it will keep your interest all the way through. Worth the dosh.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Missing One

  • By: Lucy Atkins
  • Narrated by: Buffy Davies
  • Length: 20 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

The loss of her mother has left Kali McKenzie with too many unanswered questions. But while clearing out Elena's art studio, she finds a drawer packed with postcards, each bearing an identical one-line message from a Canadian gallery owner called Susannah Gillespie: thinking of you. Who is this woman and what does she know about Elena's hidden past? Desperate to find out, Kali travels with her toddler, Finn, to Susannah's isolated home on a remote British Columbian island, a place of killer whales and storms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable response!

  • By J on 14-05-14

Not as advertised and terribly long winded 4 nowt

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

Reviewed: 26-10-17

I thought this book would be quite a good but didn’t really stick to the jacket. I do really like whales but if I wanted to learn about them I wouldn’t have bought a novel by somebody who has no advertised background in marine biology. There was so much whale talk that the actual story was only secondary bits and pieces.

The narrator quite often missed the mark between different people speaking and the voice used for the baby boy was cringeworthy to the point of actually wishing she would stop. I almost had to turn this book off because of the rambling and completely nonsensical reason for the main’s interest in her investigations.

May have been a reasonable book at 8 hours, but this is a full 20 hours I’ll never get back. I kept thinking it may get better but it never did. Foolish me. Do yourself a favour and learn from my mistake.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sixth Window

  • DCI Tom Douglas
  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,194

Eighteen months after Natalie Gray loses her husband, Bernie, in a horrific hit and run accident, she finds love with his best friend, Ed Cooper, and moves into his home with her teenage daughter, Scarlett. But she begins to suspect Ed has a dark side - and even darker intentions. Natalie must get her troubled child to a safer place, but when Scarlett starts to hear voices coming from the empty apartment next door it seems she has unwittingly moved them into the heart of danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, bad narration

  • By Lulu M on 01-05-17

I like Rachel Abbott but this is not her best

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

Reviewed: 16-10-17

The narrator was fine but the story was not one of Rachel Abbott's best. I think most of the story was based on the female's character's actions because she saw something on her live in partner's computer but I don't think anybody would react the way she did and therefore it was a bit of downhill afterwards. This woman was very 'over-reactive' and this spoilt most of the story.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Here and Gone

  • By: Haylen Beck
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

Audra has finally left her abusive husband. She's taken the family car, and her young children, Sean and Louise, are buckled up in the back. This is their chance for a fresh start. She keeps to the country roads to avoid attention and finds herself on an empty road in the Arizona desert. Looking for a safe place to stay for the night, she spots something in her rearview mirror. A police car is following her, and the lights are flickering. Blue and red. As Audra pulls over she is intensely aware of how isolated they are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 6 stars! Suberb!

  • By Ann D on 16-07-17

Not terribly interesting and annoying main char.

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

Reviewed: 16-10-17

The main character moaned and whined quite a lot at the beginning and half way through changed into some sort of impressive and threatening bounty hunter. Love interest thrown in for good measure added to the foolhardy nature of the idea. Not something I care to remember and won't be trying to wade through one of this author's again. Hopefully the main character was supposed to be whiney or the narrator shall be out of a job I would say.

  • The Woman Next Door

  • By: Cass Green
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Bea Holland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 584

Two suburban women. Two dark secrets. The almost perfect murder. Everybody needs good neighbours.... Melissa and Hester have lived next door to each other for years. When Melissa's daughter was younger, Hester was almost like a grandmother to her. But recently they haven't been so close. Hester has plans to change all that. It's obvious to her that despite Melissa's outwardly glamorous and successful life, she needs Hester's help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant gripping story

  • By Miss Lesley Davidson on 28-01-17

Amusing and well narrated

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

Reviewed: 16-10-17

I liked the narrators and think they did quite a good job with the different thought processes.

The story was amusing and I felt myself turning off the recording if I had to leave the room for a minute or two. I rarely do that. I would buy more from the narrators and author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Witness (Brilliance Audio Edition)

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pulls you in.

  • By Gadget Queen on 09-05-12

too much detail and unbelievable characters

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

Reviewed: 16-10-17

Over all the story was not a bad idea but it went from the Russian mafia (awful accents!) to some sort of Harlequin romance that ended up with a soppy and unrealistic police man spouting clichés.

I hope I never have to read anything like the cringe-worthy sex I had to wade through in this.

The awful accents, the clichés, the dead pan main character, the over explaining and long conversations that have nothing to do with the main story really took away from the enjoyment.

Shall not be buying another one of the author's or the narrator's.