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  • Silent Victim

  • By: Caroline Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Steve West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

Emma is a loving wife, a devoted mother…and an involuntary killer. For years she’s been hiding the dead body of the teacher who seduced her as a teen. It’s a secret that might have stayed buried if only her life had been less perfect. A promotion for Emma’s husband, Alex, means they can finally move to a bigger home with their young son. But with a buyer lined up for their old house, Emma can’t leave without destroying every last trace of her final revenge.... Returning to the shallow grave in the garden, she finds it empty. The body is gone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good story

  • By fabian on 14-03-18

Dull.

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

Reviewed: 24-01-19

Can’t understand anyone giving this book 4/5 - it was very slow, dull and predictable. I found the characters, particularly the main one, Emma, to be whiney and rather pathetic - I quickly decided I didn’t care what happened to her! I persevered to the end, but was glad when it was over. The storyline was weak, and the narration boring.

  • Follow You Home

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 896

After a perfect start, Daniel and Laura's travels end abruptly when they are thrown off a night train in the middle of nowhere. To find their way back to civilization, they must hike along the tracks through a forest...a haunting journey that ends in unimaginable terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dare to go into the house and face yourself

  • By Kaggy on 16-02-16

Awful!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

I persevered with this to the end, but despite a promising start, the story was so far fetched and the narrator so insincere - it was a feat of endurance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Burial Rites

  • By: Hannah Kent
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789

In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of her lover. Agnes is sent to wait out her final months on the farm of district office Jón Jónsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderer in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. Only Tóti, the young assistant priest appointed Agnes’ spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force the household to work side by side, Agnes’ story begins to emerge and with it the family’s terrible realization that all is not as they had assumed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Agnes - understanding the human being

  • By Kaggy on 27-06-14

Fascinating story, beautifully narrated.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

An amazing story, based strongly on fact. The narrator had excellent Icelandic pronunciation and read what was a pretty harrowing account with a calmness that was almost mesmerizing. There was a slight lull in the middle where I thought it was going to get monotonous, but it soon picked up and the second half of the story was excellent. I was moved to tears as it neared its conclusion.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Whisky from Small Glasses

  • A D.C.I. Daley Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,504

DCI Jim Daley is sent from the city to investigate a murder after the body of a woman is washed up on an idyllic beach on the West Coast of Scotland. Far away from urban resources, he finds himself a stranger in a close-knit community. Love, betrayal, fear and death stalk the small town, as Daley investigates a case that becomes more deadly than he could possibly imagine, in this compelling Scottish crime novel infused with intrigue and dark humour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellently read.

  • By fiona on 19-03-17

Awful

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

Started off quite promising, but the storyline was weak and the gratuitous violence out of proportion and quite unbelievable in the situation.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Christine Falls

  • By: Benjamin Black
  • Narrated by: Timothy Dalton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61

The first in the Quirke mysteries - now a major TV series starring Gabriel Byrne. Now a major TV series: Quirke starring Gabriel Byrne and written by Andrew Davies. Quirke’s pathology department, set deep beneath the city, is his own gloomy realm: always quiet, always night, and always under his control. Until late one evening after a party he stumbles across a body that should not be there - and his brother-in-law falsifying the corpse’s cause of death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More than just a crime story

  • By Genny on 25-05-09

Predictable and boring!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-16

Found it impossible to empathize with any of the characters. The story was cliched and boring. I persisted in anticipation of some excitement, but was actually relieved when I reached the end!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Man at the Helm

  • By: Nina Stibbe
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 327

Not long after her parents' separation, heralded by an awkward scene involving a wet Daily Telegraph and a pan of cold eggs, nine-year-old Lizzie Vogel, her sister and little brother and their now-divorcée mother are packed off to a small, slightly hostile village in the English countryside. Their mother is all alone, only 31 years of age, with three young children and a Labrador. It is no wonder, when you put it like that, that she becomes a menace and a drunk. And a playwright.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good as expected

  • By Philip on 18-09-14

Very amusing!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-16

I bought this book because it was on special offer, not usually my kind of thing, but it was very well written and brilliantly narrated. I found myself laughing out loud! Very enjoyable indeed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wedlock

  • How Georgian Britain's Worst Husband Met His Match
  • By: Wendy Moore
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Wedlock is the remarkable story of the Countess of Strathmore and her marriage to Andrew Robinson Stoney. Mary Eleanor Bowes was one of Britain's richest young heiresses. She married the Count of Strathmore, who died young, and, pregnant with her lover's child, Mary became engaged to George Gray. Then in swooped Andrew Robinson Stoney. Mary was bowled over and married him within the week. But nothing was as it seemed. Stoney was broke and his pursuit of the wealthy Countess a calculated ploy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Benjy1702 on 02-02-16

Wow! Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

Stranger than fiction - an incredible story, very well written with many interesting historical facts loosely relating to the main plot, which enhanced the story. Flawless narration kept me riveted (with the exception of her pronunciation of "Scotland"!)

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Damage Done

  • Inspector McLean 6
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Damage Done by James Oswald, read by Ian Hanmore. The sixth book in James Oswald's phenomenal Inspector McLean series set in Edinburgh. Inspector McLean is back in the next gripping instalment in James Oswald's best-selling crime series. McLean must investigate the seedy goings-on of an exclusive and secretive society catering to the rich and powerful of the city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't want it to end!

  • By Louise on 06-06-16

Rubbish!

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

This book started well, a bit sordid, but interesting enough storyline, but got boring mid way, and the ending was so awful that I was vexed I'd wasted so many hours on it! Awful! Has now put me clean off this author.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Closed for Winter

  • By: Jørn Lier Horst
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

The summer cottages are closed, and peace is settling over the coast of Vestfold, but the autumn fog conceals evil deeds. Ove Bakkerud’s cottage is ransacked by burglars, and next door he discovers the body of a man who has been beaten to death. Police Inspector William Wisting is uneasy; the desperation he sees in this latest murder is troubling. Meanwhile dead birds are dropping from the sky.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Plods on

  • By Mrs on 20-10-15

Ok but not riveting.

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

Reviewed: 08-09-15

The story was a little lacking in excitement and suspense, not helped by a slightly stilted narration.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Close Your Eyes

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354

I close my eyes and feel my heart begin racing. Someone is coming. They're going to find me. A mother and her teenage daughter are found brutally murdered in a remote farmhouse, one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other left lying like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her Prince.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Devastating, brilliant and thrilling

  • By Cabaspre on 26-08-15

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 13-08-15

The combination of Michael Robotham and Sean Barrett is unbeatable! An excellent storyline, well read, that keeps you guessing til the end.

My only gripe, is that Barrett, who has narrated the previous books in this series, has not allowed Charley to grow up - her parts were read in a very childish voice, not like that of an 18 year old about to go to university! But apart from that, un-put-down-able!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful