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Cinderford, United Kingdom
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  • I Am Pilgrim

  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,272

Pilgrim is the code name for a man who doesn't exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation. But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting but a bit too full of cliches

  • By Anna on 19-12-16

Very long, but really excellent

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

I bought this book some time ago t had no time to devote to the 22 hours required. Now I’ve ‘read’ it, wow! Two stories interlink and travel between the USA, the middle and Far East. Beautifully written and read, I’ve not been able to put it down.

  • Last Seen

  • By: Lucy Clarke
  • Narrated by: Harriet Carmichael, Clare Corbett, Huw Parmenter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 284

Seven years ago, two boys went missing at sea - and only one was brought to shore. The Sandbank, a remote stretch of coast dotted with beach huts, was scarred forever. Sarah's son survived, but on the anniversary of the accident, he disappears without trace. As new secrets begin to surface, The Sandbank hums with tension and unanswered questions. Sarah's search grows more desperate, and she starts to mistrust everyone she knows - and she's right to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow wow wow! More twists and turns than a roller coaster!

  • By Beckhamgirl on 08-07-17

The readers save this

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

Reviewed: 31-12-18

This book would have been more enjoyable if it had been a couple of hours shorter. The readers do a good job of maintaining the tension despite the length of the book. Ok if you have time to spare.

  • Dead Lost

  • Calladine and Bayliss, Book 4
  • By: Helen H. Durrant
  • Narrated by: Johnathan Keeble
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

An abandoned cotton mill holds horrific secrets. Police partners DI Calladine and DS Ruth Bayliss face one of their toughest challenges yet. A group of homeless people have set up camp in the grounds of a disused cotton mill belonging to local businessman Damien Chase. But one of the men is not what he seems. He has a secret he will do anything to cover up. And once Calladine and Bayliss investigate, they find the crimes go much further than they could have ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another fantastic listen

  • By Mrs. Angela Mclaren on 02-11-18

Just as good as ever

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

Reviewed: 26-12-18

I enjoyed this book and Jonathan Keebles interpretation although I do sometimes dislike Calladines voice

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  • The Optician's Wife

  • By: Betsy Reavley
  • Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Can you ever really know someone? When Deborah, an unpopular 17-year-old, meets the charming and handsome Larry, he sweeps her off her feet. The trouble is, Larry has a secret. Then a series of grisly murders casts a shadow over everything. As Deborah's world starts to fall apart, she begins to suspect the man she loves of a terrible betrayal. And to keep their marriage alive, sacrifices must be made.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC

  • By sophie on 30-11-16

Good tension and ending

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

Reviewed: 23-12-18

I enjoyed the story, but felt it was a little long, and got rather impatient with the heroine for a while.

  • The Mistake

  • By: K. L. Slater
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,150

You think you know the truth about the people you love. But one discovery can change everything.... Eight-year-old Billy goes missing one day, out flying his kite with his sister, Rose. Two days later he is found dead. Sixteen years on, Rose still blames herself for Billy's death. How could she have failed to protect her little brother? Rose has never fully recovered from the trauma, and one of the few people she trusts is her neighbour Ronnie, who she has known all her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Tragic Coming of Age

  • By Simon on 01-12-17

Well written and gripping

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

Reviewed: 23-12-18

Lucy Price-Lewis does a splendid job of narration, and I found it difficult to pause the story. Slightly confused by the character of the main anti hero, won’t spoil the plot by saying why.

  • Down to the Woods

  • DI Helen Grace, Book 8
  • By: M. J. Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Sally Scott
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

There is a sickness in the forest. First, it was the wild horses. Now it's innocent men and women, hunted down and murdered by a faceless figure. Lost in the darkness, they try to flee, they try to hide. In desperation, they call out for help. But there is no-one to hear their cries here.... DI Helen Grace must face down a new nightmare. The arrow-ridden victims hang from the New Forest's ancient oaks, like pieces of strange fruit. Why are helpless holidaymakers being targeted in peak camping season? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing narration, average story

  • By Chris on 01-10-18

What a shame

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Disappointed with this very long latest offering. Really far fetched situations for our heroine including several near death experiences, and an extraordinary scene where she has to read a diary to the baddy in the dark.

Oh well.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bloodstream

  • By: Luca Veste
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Social media stars Chloe Morrison and Joe Hooper seem to have it all - until their bodies are found following an anonymous phone call to their high-profile agent. They are tied and bound to chairs facing each other, and their violent deaths cause a media scrum to descend on Liverpool, with DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi assigned to the case. It quickly becomes clear that the killer believes secrets and lies within relationships should have deadly consequences....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!

  • By Ann D on 20-01-17

Oh the scouse!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

A good story, and quite gripping. However, the voices of the main characters, especially Murphy and Harris, ugh. Jonathan Keeble is a splendid reader and I’ve never had cause to criticise him before, but the phlegmy accents of some of the protagonists are almost too much to take, and probably put me off the rest of this series altogether.

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  • Nothing to Fear

  • By: Karen Rose
  • Narrated by: Tara Ward
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Packed with nail-baiting thrills, Nothing To Fear introduces Karen Rose's most dangerous killer. Ready or not, here Sue comes...Sue Conway is out of control. Recently released from prison she is determined to find the people responsible for putting her there and to give them a taste of what she has had to endure.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrated like the heroine

  • By Avril on 26-09-18

Frustrated like the heroine

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

Reviewed: 26-09-18

I’ve been listening all day, and to be honest , if the mention of thrills and hot desire is mentioned one more time between the two main protagonists I will stop. The story would be quite good if it were not padded out with unfulfilled lust.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silent Companions

  • By: Laura Purcell
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 409
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 410

Inspired by the work of Shirley Jackson and Susan Hill and set in a crumbling country mansion, The Silent Companions is an unsettling Victorian gothic ghost story that will send a shiver down the spine.... Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband's crumbling country estate, The Bridge. With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband's awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eerie and fabulous

  • By Caz on 24-03-18

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 19-08-18

The narrator nearly saved this book for me. The gothic story line was at first intriguing, then became, quite frankly, a bit of an boring anticlimax and I’ve stopped listening three quarters way through. Annoying because, based on some reviews, I bought the kindle version too. I will try the written word version in a few months before trying the audio again

  • How to Kill Your Husband

  • And Other Handy Household Hints
  • By: Kathy Lette
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

All women want to kill their husbands some of the time. "Where there's a will, I intend to be in it", wives half-joke to each other. Marriage, it would appear, is a fun-packed frivolous hobby, only occasionally resulting in death. But when Jazz Jardine is arrested for her husband's murder, the joke falls flat. Life should begin at 40, but not with life imprisonment for killing your spouse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and Naughty!

  • By Alison Aydin on 21-01-19

Funny and very rude, loved it

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

Reviewed: 19-08-18

I haven’t read any Kathy Lette books for a very long while. The title caught my eye and I thought, well, why not. This isn’t a book for men, but oh my goodness nearly every woman I know will resonate to the situations In which our heroine finds herself. The reader, Australian Caroline Lee, is perfect, and the couples therapy scene had me laughing hysterically. Great fun.