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  • Wolf

  • By: Mo Hayder
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

'I believe, from what I can hear, that either my daughter or my wife has just been attacked. I don't know the outcome. The house is silent.' Fourteen years ago two teenage lovers were brutally murdered in a patch of remote woodland. The prime suspect confessed to the crimes and was imprisoned. Now, one family is still trying to put the memory of the killings behind them. But at their isolated hilltop house... the nightmare is about to return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever, tense, edge of seat thriller

  • By Anne on 08-05-14

New favourite author!

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

Reviewed: 26-11-18

I haven't listened to any Mo Hayder books before and bought this on a whim. Riveted. It's one of those books that once you get started you prioritise it and end up putting off doing other things just to keep listening.
Well written, brilliantly narrated. There are 'clues' all the way through to what is really going on, but even towards the very end I had no idea what was going to happen or how the plot was going to resolve itself. The story was unpredictable all the way through. There was no feeling of 'the goodie will win'. Genuine suspense.
The fear and tension are extreme. Nasty nasty nasty villians. But also genuine development of characters so that the roles change as the plot develops. A new author to me. I'm starting back at the start with BirdMan next. This would make a fabulous box set TV series.

  • The Detective's Secret

  • By: Lesley Thomson
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

October 1987: As a hurricane sweeps through Britain, a man's body slowly rots, locked inside an old water tower in west London. He carries no identification and fits no missing person's description. His corpse is never claimed. October 2013: The month of the great storm of St Jude. A man dies beneath a late-night Piccadilly line train. His brother insists he was murdered, but Jack, a train driver, is sure it was suicide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characters and Story

  • By VAL on 24-07-15

Book 3: back on top form!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Don't let the weaker storyline of book 2 put you off this series. if you enjoyed book 1, this is better. Characters from Stella and Jack's past emerge to interweave in a complex, tense and gripping story. I was glued to this. Lots of character development with the small world of Stella's acquaintances all taking roles and a gripping tale of grudges and murder. Great entertainment.

  • Half Bad

  • By: Sally Green
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 403

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Half Bad by Sally Green, a breathtaking debut novel about one boy's struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches. Read by the actor Carl Prekopp. You can't read, can't write, but you heal fast, even for a witch.You get sick if you stay indoors after dark. You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one.You've been kept in a cage since you were fourteen. All you've got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not your average YA teen witch story!

  • By Beccameriel on 20-05-14

1 day listen (despite working full time)

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

I am not a regular listener to teenage fiction, dabbling now and again when adult navel gazing 'does me 'ed in' (to use the vernacular like Nathan). This is original and gripping. I cared and was rooting for the characters. The narrator brings such distinct voices that it's like listening to a casted play. So why not 5* throughout? Well, the 'search for my father' and 'each person sends you to the next through danger' latter bit of the book just got a bit hackneyed after such an original earlier storyline. However, I went straight onto Audible and bought the sequel, which I don't always do, so a very big thumbs up!

  • The Woman in Cabin 10

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 731
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 672
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 671

This was meant to be the perfect trip. The northern lights. A press launch on a luxury cruise ship. A chance for travel journalist Lo Blackwood to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse and to work out what she wants from her relationship. Except things don't go as planned. Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next-door cabin. But the records show that no one ever checked in to that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't bother

  • By Claire on 10-02-17

Much better than her first book

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

Reviewed: 16-07-17

After a long run of 'poor' listens, when I thought maybe I had 'gone off' audiobooks altogether, I really, really enjoyed this book. It is both well written and well narrated. The story is very 'Agatha Christie' with a limited cast of characters isolated on a small ship. It is a book that is written entirely in the first person, and all the way through I was completely 'on the side' of the main character, who was flawed, human and believable. A large part of the tale depends on the fact that she is viewed as an unreliable witness (similar to Girl on the train) and this is made credible and tense as the drama unfolds. The ending is, of course, in the best Agatha Christie tradition, all a bit unlikely, but entertaining none the less, and I was satisfied by the ending, which tied up all of the loose knots. If you have read In a Dark Dark Wood and thought it was weak (which I did) don't be put off - this is a far better book.

  • The Angel Tree

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 20 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466

Thirty years have passed since Greta Marchmont left the Marchmont Hall. Now she finally returns, with amnesia and no memory of her past. But a walk through the wintry landscape leads to a disturbing discovery: she comes across a grave in the forest, and the weathered inscription on the cross tells her that her own son is buried here. Greta begins to search for the woman she once was, and to do so she must summon all of her courage....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well a poor man's classic at best

  • By Rose on 03-04-17

EXCELLENT narration helps with otherwise slow pace

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

Really, really excellent narration. Rarely have I immediately searched by the narrator's name for other books, but Julia Barrie is superb. In some places she's a little TOO good because you can tell as soon as you hear a character speak if they are going to turn out to be a stalwart friend or flaky let down to the main characters. As with other LR books, the pace is a bit slow, but the plot really picks up in the second half and I listened to the last 6 hours or so obsessively, desperate to know what happened. The earlier part of the book was less enjoyable, partly because we, the reader, can see predictable disasters looming from the daft behaviours of the main characters, who head towards their own crises with incredulous innocence. Most of their woes are very predictable and it's only when the plot has finished with their 'back stories' and moves forward that it becomes genuinely gripping. Worth persevering. Definitely.

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  • The Strings of Murder

  • By: Oscar de Muriel
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 663

Penguin presents the unabridged,downloadable audiobook edition of The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel, read by Andy Secombe, including musical interludes recorded by the author himself. Edinburgh, 1888. A virtuoso violinist is brutally killed in his home. But with no way in or out of the locked practice room, the murder makes no sense. Fearing a national panic over a copycat Ripper, Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Frey to investigate under the cover of a fake department specializing in the occult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Class

  • By Mr Chops on 29-10-15

Why does everybody sound irritated?

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

I am afraid I gave up with this book. I might have persevered if the narration hadn't been so irritating. ALL of the characters sounded shrill, high handed, petulant, short tempered and annoying and I just found that after a couple of hours the book was making me feel the same. The plot didn't grip me either so between those two major failings I gave it up as a bad job. Not sure where the other rave reviews came from!

  • Screwed

  • By: Eoin Colfer
  • Narrated by: Ronan Raftery
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

The superb follow-up to Eoin Colfer's highly acclaimed Plugged, written with the warmth and wit of his Artemis Fowl series. Dan McEvoy doesn't set out to get into violent confrontations with New Jersey's gangster overlords but he's long since found that once you're on their radar, there's only one way to slip off it. So he's learned his own way to fight back, aiming to outwit rather than kill unless he really has no choice. But when Dan's glam step-gran Edit shows up on the hunt for his dishevelled aunt Evelyn, it quickly becomes clear that family can provide the deadliest threat of all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliantly written and read

  • By Cate on 06-03-19

More! Please!

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

Reviewed: 20-10-16

I loved this and searched for more books read by Ronan Rafferty.... to find that this is the only one. What I enjoy is that there is lots of action, I engage and am totally on the side of the main character, revel in his cleverness and die hard action attitude. And Ronan R reads brilliantly with a gamut of voices and accents. But mainly because, despite death, terror, mobsters and bereavements, the writing and delivery are laugh out loud Irish dry as sticks funny. I think that the best writing/reading at the moment marries action with humour. This book is one of the best. Next in the series please..... same narrator!

  • Morning Star

  • Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,336
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An epic saga

  • By Sue Dobbing on 26-01-17

Follow this!

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

Reviewed: 28-02-16

I've loved this whole trilogy and am now in an aftermath of war, thinking "what on earth can I possibly find to to top that?". I have bought the books for my teenagers who have devoured them and asked for " day of release" copies. My husband and I have listened to the talking book in the car. Our tastes are worlds apart but we've both loved them. Unusually for a US writer all three books were steeped in humour, pathos and character restraint. The action and cleverness of plot twists (change the paradigm) were laugh out loud. The narration was brilliant. The choice and delivery of different UK and European with a very small spattering of US and SA accents to represent the different " colours " of society was perfect. Author and narrator both standing on each other's shoulders to produce something greater. I am very very glad I listened to this rather than read it.

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  • Clockwork Angels

  • The Infernal Devices, Book 1
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ehle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a fantastic series<br />

  • By katrina on 05-04-18

Great book (for "young" readers). Awful narration!

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

Reviewed: 25-10-15

Two stars because of narrator. Great story. Very gripping. It's a"young " read .... I loved it (I'm only 54). Fast moving story. Despite vampires, werewolves and warlocks it wasn't hackneyed. What saves it is the strength of the characters and how much the reader is engaged in their hopes and fears, and their adventures are gripping and full of danger. my only criticism is that I got bored with the continual deliberate sexual tension between the characters which came across as contrived and unlikely.
The narration of both this book and the second in the series, however, is shocking. The female narrators are both shrill with dreadful accents. Awful. Thankfully if you can endure the first two, the third in the series is wonderfully read.

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