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Narrowboat Girl

United Kingdom
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  • Human Remains

  • By: Elizabeth Haynes
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 221

How well do you know your neighbours? Would you notice if they lived or died? Police analyst Annabel wouldn’t describe herself as lonely. Her work keeps her busy and the needs of her ageing mother and her cat are more than enough to fill her time when she’s on her own. But Annabel is shocked when she discovers her neighbour’s decomposing body in the house next door, and appalled to think that no one, including herself, noticed her absence. Back at work she sets out to investigate, espite her police officer

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing and absorbing

  • By Jill on 23-02-13

Disgusting!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-13

I genuinely hated this story! I know that there are some very sick people out there and that the writer has, through her own experiences, come into contact with some of them but whether this should be written about and in so doing spread the sickness, is another matter entirely.
The sample gives you no warning of what is to come and as such I think that the book is being inappropriately sold.
The story is not particularly exciting and has a sort of monotony which the writer tries to overcome by using disgust as the main way of getting your attention. We have all at some time slowed down to stare at the after effects of a road traffic accident and it is that human weakness that the writer is trying to exploit.
I think the reader did a very good job given what she had to work with but I got the impression that even she would have preferred to be reading something else.
I would not recommend this book to anyone but I guess that by saying all this, some people will feel compelled to listen to it, just to find out what exactly I am talking about!

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  • Echoes

  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Kate Binchy
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

This is the story of two very different children growing up in a small Irish seaside town in the 50s and 60s. Shouting their hearts' desires into the echo cave, praying that their destiny will lead them far away from the town in which they live. Castlebay, in winter empty and grey with wind and sea spray, becomes all bustle and colour in the gaudy days of summer. The paths of these two characters are destined to criss-cross in a quite unforeseen way, and eventually both roads will lead back to Castlebay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Binchy echoes strongly with real life

  • By Janice on 19-09-10

One of her best!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-13

What made the experience of listening to Echoes the most enjoyable?

This author's work can sometimes be a little bit "soapy" and predictable but this one kept my attention all the way through. In fact the tension actually builds towards the end and I genuinely wanted to know how it would turn out. Who is going to be the body that washes up on the shore?

What about Kate Binchy’s performance did you like?

Kate Binchy did an excellent job when reading this book especially when switching from one voice to another in conversations. Her voice was a little soft and so the audio from my kindle fire HD was a little on the low side but that was solved by using my Bluetooth speakers so not really a problem.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend the book to anyone who likes real life drama. It is certainly worth using a monthly credit to purchase it. Good value, a great story and well read although you might like to speak up a bit next time Kate!

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