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  • Keeping Hope Alive

  • Whitley & Keal Mystery, Volume 4
  • By: Dawn Kopman Whidden
  • Narrated by: Amy Deuchler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

A young couple taking a leisurely walk through the woods is shocked when the quiet, peaceful stroll ends as they come across what is without question a human skull. Two more bodies are uncovered nearby in shallow graves, but unlike the first, these murder victims have just met their demise. While detectives Jean and Marty search for answers, Marty’s fiancée, psychiatrist Dr. Hope Rubin, disappears, and her patient Brad claims he knows what happened. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never would have guessed! -

  • By Norma Looney on 13-09-18

A great crime novel

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

Reviewed: 20-11-18

Another good instalment from this author. Not hugely keen on the way it is narrated, but that's just my personal preference. Darker and grittier would suit me better. But an excellent crime novel non the less.

  • Let Me Lie

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan, Clare Mackintosh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748

The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They're both wrong. One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life - a shocking suicide carefully played out to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with her parents' deaths ever since. Now with a young baby herself, Anna feels her mother's presence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened. But as she looks for answers, someone is trying to stop her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Real Maze of a Thriller

  • By Simon on 14-03-18

Another great, twisty novel from Clare Mackintosh

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

Reviewed: 20-11-18

Enjoyed this as much as I Let You Go. Fabulous twist again mid way that I didn't see coming. Clever plot which I never lost interest in. Didn't quite get the very last line, though...

  • In Our Mad and Furious City

  • By: Guy Gunaratne
  • Narrated by: Ben Bailey Smith, Lou Marie Kerr
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Guy Gunaratne's blistering debut, In Our Mad and Furious City, is an unforgettable portrait of 48 hours on a London council estate. For Selvon, Ardan and Yusuf, growing up under the towers of Stones Estate, summer means what it does anywhere: football, music, freedom. But now, after the killing of a British soldier, riots are spreading across the city, and nowhere is safe. While the fury swirls around them, Selvon and Ardan remain focused on their own obsessions, girls and grime.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Subject Matter

  • By Raggzy on 06-07-18

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 20-11-18

An authentic and wonderfully narrated book. As a northerner of Irish descent who lived in London for many years, I could easily understand the the street language and clearly visualise the Stones Estate and surrounding streets. Beautifully written, wonderful rhythm to the words. Can't wait to see what this author comes up with next.

  • The Poisonwood Bible

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Dean Robertson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • excellent read

  • By metalwork on 22-09-10

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 23-06-18

I absolutely loved this amazing story. It takes you through 30 years of these childrens’ lives from America to the Congo and beyond into their adult lives. Evocative and emotional. Brilliantly narrated. Five massive stars.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,639
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,624

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Claire on 21-02-18

Shame about the recording quality

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

I wasn’t looking forward to reading this as I find stories of cruelty incredibly distressing. But thought I should. The narrator himself is clearly fabulous, but the stopping and starting of the recording, often sentence by sentence, was off putting. The description of the camps was as horrific as I thought and the portrayal of the Nazis menacing. But I found the love story a little cheesy, maybe because the main characters were narrated in a very breathy voice. Just wish it had been a better quality recording 😢. Good book though. Worth a read.

  • The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,755

Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Something Literally From Out of the Blue!

  • By Simon on 28-07-17

Superb

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

Reviewed: 22-08-17

I downloaded this for free not really knowing anything about it. I've never listened or read any Jon Ronson before but I will now (job done Audible!). He's thoroughly engaging, non judgemental, funny and warm. I loved it.

  • A Suitable Lie

  • By: Michael J. Malone
  • Narrated by: Steven Cree
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 208

Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna. Feisty, fun and beautiful, she's his perfect match.... And she loves his son, too. When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all that she seems. He ignores it; a dangerous mistake that could cost him everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Domestic abuse noir

  • By Timi on 18-07-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

Loved this book from start to finish. Tense, painful, hopeful, sad, funny, brilliantly written and narrated. What more could you want?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Water

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,941
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,776
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,768

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, read by Imogen Church, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, Rachel Bavidge and Laura Aikman. The addictive new psychological thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train, the runaway Sunday Times Number One best seller and global phenomenon. In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn't pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Out of the Hype Comes Real Quality!

  • By Simon on 03-05-17

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 31-05-17

I was a little worried I wouldn't enjoy this as much as The Girl on the Train, but I was wrong. This as good as if not better. I loved it. Didn't have a problem with all the different characters - so creatively and wonderfully narrated. Paula Hawkins is a talent to be reckoned with. Highly recommended.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Son

  • By: Paul McVeigh
  • Narrated by: Paul McVeigh
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Mickey Donnelly is smart, which isn't a good thing in his part of town. Despite having a dog called Killer and being in love with the girl next door, everyone calls him gay. He dreams of going to America, taking Wee Maggie and Ma with him to get them away from Belfast and Da. Mickey realises it's all down to him. He has to protect Ma from herself. And sometimes, you have to be a bad boy to be a good son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book

  • By K Dornan on 15-10-17

Wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 29-09-16

I adored this book. Great characters, wonderful dialogue. Funny, sad, brilliant. Five massive stars from me.

  • The Girl in the Ice

  • Detective Erika Foster Crime Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,254
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound, and dumped in water around London.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-pounding!

  • By Know Your Writes on 29-03-16

Brilliant crime novel

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

Reviewed: 23-09-16

This was an excellent read from start to finish. Great characters, brilliantly written. This is the first time though that I've noticed errors in the audio track. The odd word read incorrectly and one or two rows repeated lines. And the voice of the killer was a little Panto for me. Great author though, highly recommended.