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  • Super NLP

  • Your Success Depends Only upon You
  • By: John Davis
  • Narrated by: Jason Lowett
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Your success depends only upon you. The nature vested us with unique abilities, which allow us to achieve anything we dream of. The only thing that is required of us is to assume responsibility for our actions and thoughts, to control our life. So that everything you wish comes true, just take some time to learn about neurolinguistic programming technique.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful. Makes NLP incomprehensible

  • By MarieLouise on 24-09-14

Dreadful. Makes NLP incomprehensible

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

Reviewed: 24-09-14

What disappointed you about Super NLP?

So poorly written that it makes NLP almost incomprehensible. The narration was so robotic that it was unpleasant to listen to.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Davis again?

Not intentionally. Ever.

What didn’t you like about Jason Lowett’s performance?

It was robotic, loud and without any variation. An awful experience.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None. I just hope that other people will not let this one put them off NLP, which is a fascinating subject.

  • The Memory Game

  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Harriet Walter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 166

When a skeleton is unearthed in the Martellos' garden, Jane Martello is shocked to learn it's that of her childhood friend Natalie, who went missing 25 years ago. Encouraged by a therapist to recover lost memories, Jane hopes to find out what really took place when she was a child - and what happened to Natalie. But in learning the truth about her and Natalie's past, is Jane putting her own future at terrible risk?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to care by the end-usually love Nicci French

  • By MarieLouise on 17-12-13

Hard to care by the end-usually love Nicci French

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

Reviewed: 17-12-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really time worth spent. The story seemed implausible, as if it was merely a vehicle for the authors to examine the concept of false memory syndrome. The characters weren't likeable, particularly the main character, Jane.

If you’ve listened to books by Nicci French before, how does this one compare?

Not good at all. I kept listening to it because I'd always enjoyed Nicci French books in the past so hoped it would get better. It didn't really.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Probably the final scene.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

I really would rather watch paint dry than sit through the film of this book.

Any additional comments?

I'm glad I've listened to other Nicci French books and enjoyed them immensely. If this is your first Nicci French book, don't let it put you off the authors - everything else they've done has been first-rate.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,868

Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keep going with this

  • By E on 23-02-13

Brilliant listen, nasty characters, fantastic plot

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-03-13

After reading all the reviews, I was filled with apprehension about this book- people seemed very divided about it. Some seemed to hate it while others raved about it. I'm so so glad I downloaded it. Yes, the reviewers were right - the characters are quite loathsome but very real and intriguing. It's unusual for an author to give two main characters who are both so unlikeable. I found that quite refreshing. The plot is so clever that you really are kept guessing all the way to the end. The narrators are fantastic too. I liked this book so much that I went on to download the author's other books.

  • The Hand That Trembles

  • By: Kjell Eriksson, Ebba Segerberg - translator
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 16

Sven-Arne Persson suddenly walks out of a business meeting and disappears, leaving behind his wife - no trace is found of him. Inspector Ann Lindell is investigating the discovery of a dismembered foot washed up on the beach. Ann's boss, Berglund, is delving into a cold case - a man beaten to death - an unsolved mystery that he finds impossible to forget. What connects the three?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • 24 mins in and it is nothing like the description

  • By MarieLouise on 23-02-13

24 mins in and it is nothing like the description

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-13

Twenty-four minutes of my life that I will never get back... that's how I feel after listening to this... it is nothing like the description... just a turgid description of someone collecting firewood. The worst book I've ever listened to.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Citadel

  • By: Kate Mosse
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 26 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 319

From the No.1 internationally bestselling author comes the third heart-stopping adventure exploring the incredible history, legends and hidden secrets of Carcassonne and the Languedoc. Set during World War II in the far south of France, Citadel is a powerful, action-packed mystery that reveals the secrets of the resistance under Nazi occupation. While war blazed in the trenches at the front, back at home a different battle is waged, full of clandestine bravery, treachery and secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Michelle on 04-12-12

I am working at rather than enjoying this

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-12

I have really enjoyed the author's previous works so am giving it a lot of leeway. The narrator makes much of the language of the book but makes no distinction between one character and another until far too late in the book. I am perservering with this book rather than being swept along by it.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Darkest Corner

  • By: Elizabeth Haynes
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe, Karen Cass
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675

Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Dizzything on 26-03-12

Outstanding - Gripping to the very last moment

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-12

When the story began with the description of someone with OCD going through one of her rituals, I wasn't sure if I wanted to listen to the rest of the book for fear it would be more of the same. I am so very glad I did - it is one of the most gripping and thrilling books I've listened to in ages. The character's progress throughout the book is realistic and very inspiring... I thoroughly recommend this - and I can't wait to listen to more from this author. And the main narrator was excellent. I don't think the second narrator was necessary at all.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • A Deniable Death

  • By: Gerald Seymour
  • Narrated by: Paul Panting
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

MI6 plan to assassinate the leading maker of IEDs - roadside bombs- as he leaves his house in Iran. But first, they need to know when he is leaving. So it is that Danny 'Badger' Baxter finds himself in Iran, lumbered with a partner he loathes, lying next to a mosquito-infested marsh, observing the house. And knowing that if they are caught, Her Majesty's Government will deny all knowledge of them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow burner but leads to almost unbearable tension

  • By MarieLouise on 28-09-11

Slow burner but leads to almost unbearable tension

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-09-11

Be patient with this book-it is a slow burner but well worth it. The second half is almost unbearably tense. So much so that I found myself chewing my lip with anxiety as I listened.As with all the Gerald Seymour books I've listened to, his characters are so well-rounded that it's impossible not to empathise with them all - even a bomb-maker, for goodness sake. His research and understanding of his subject is as always, impeccable. I highly recommend this, especially for anyone who's ever wondered about what it's really like to be a covert operative.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Good As Dead

  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

The Hostage. Police officer Helen Weeks walks into her local newsagent's on her way to work. Little does she know that this simple daily ritual will change her life forever. It's the last place she expects to be met with violence, but as she waits innocently at the till, she comes face to face with a gunman. The Demand. The crazed hostage-taker is desperate to know what really happened to his beloved son, who died a year before in youth custody.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me listening

  • By Kirstine on 30-08-11

Brilliant story + outstanding narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-08-11

Until now, I thought that only Robert Glennister could convey Mark Billingham's stories in a compelling way (and I have to confess when I saw that the author was narrating the book, my heart sank a little, wondering whether it was some kind of ego project and thinking it would be a horribly wooden effort like some of the author-narrated stories I've listened to) but I was so so wrong... listening to Mark Billingham tell the story, with all the brilliant accents he can do, is a wonderful experience... a real treat.And the story itself is very gripping.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • The First Rule

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Frank Meyer had got out of ‘the life’ safely. It had been a hard decision but, encouraged by his boss and friend, Joe Pike, he had walked away. Ten years later, a group of armed men break into his Los Angeles home and brutally gun down him and his family. It’s a vicious, cold and professional job. But they have made one catastrophic, and almost certainly terminal, mistake - Joe Pike. Because Pike is now determined to hunt down and eliminate everyone involved in the attack, one by one.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worst narration-can't bear to hear 1 more word

  • By MarieLouise on 27-01-11

Worst narration-can't bear to hear 1 more word

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-11

The narrator reads the story as if every single word is in capital lettes and needs to be shouted. I tried turning down the volume in the vain hope it would help. It didn't. It's like listening to some 1950's melodramatic narrator warning the populace about the dangers of communism, rickets or left-wing thinking. This has really put me off Robert Crais' audibooks... I'm so fed up with buying audiobooks by authors I really like and having them ruined by bad narrators. Don't these authors have any control over who reads their books? Don't they care?

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • White Gardenia

  • By: Belinda Alexandra
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

In the tradition of Paullina Simons comes an unforgettable story of a mother and daughter from a remarkable new writer. Beginning in a small village under Japanese occupation on the Chinese-Russian border in the final days of World War II, White Gardenia tells the story of a Russian mother and daughter separated by war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great portrayal of Oz post-war emigrant view

  • By MarieLouise on 09-07-10

Great portrayal of Oz post-war emigrant view

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-10

Love this author but found her Russian heroine harder to identify with than her other book's main characters -- put it down to the character's Russian emotionalism - she seemed to cry at the drop of a hat. Absolutely loved her description of post-war immigration to Australia... as someone who emigrated in early '70's to Oz, four or five decades on from the story, found that little had changed in the welcome anyone from 'outside' Australia received. But like the main character, found so so much to love about the country.