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Janet biglari

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  • Clear My Name

  • By: Paula Daly
  • Narrated by: Kristin Atherton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

When Carrie was accused of brutally murdering her husband’s lover, she denied it. She denied it when they arrested her, when they put her in front of a jury and when they sent her to prison. Now she’s three years into a 15-year sentence, away from the daughter she loves and the life she had built. And she is still denying that she is to blame. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Believable characters and a fascinating storyline

  • By barbara murray on 13-08-19

Great book with fantastic twist

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

Reviewed: 20-08-19

This was my first Paula Daly listen and I really enjoyed it. She clearly writes very good stories with believable characters that the listener can really relate to. Her dialogue is sharp and well-directed there are no lumps of padding for the sake of it. I felt this book moved at a great pace and I found it hard to pause it. The narrator did a really good job at conveying the main characters. I did not see the twist coming at the end. I am just about to look for my next listen by this author.

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  • The Perfect Wife

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Graham Halstead, Euan Morton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

When Abbie Cullen met Tim Scott, she was a struggling artist and he was the brilliant British cofounder of one of Silicon Valley's most successful start-ups. Within six months, they were married. But when she promised him in her wedding vows that she would love him forever, she had no idea just how literally he would take it.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG THIS IS THE BEST THRILLER I HAVE READ ... EVER

  • By Podenco Fan on 09-08-19

Fantastic unusual listen

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

Reviewed: 20-08-19

I love the work of JP Delaney his stories are always so complex and totally different to anything else out there. This new novel was a great listen a very unusual storyline a nod to Charlie Booker exploring the limits of technology in the near future. Whilst it was clear that the main character was not actually defined as human but and AI it did not stop me from empathising with her and really caring about what would happen to her. I felt that the Autistic strand in the book was dealt with very empathically and the reason for this are made clear by the author at the end. All narrators did a great job bringing the characters to life. I cant wait for the next book !

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  • The Family Upstairs

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Tamaryn Payne, Bea Holland, Dominic Thorburn
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

You thought they were just staying for the weekend. They looked harmless enough - with only two suitcases and a cat in a wicker box. But soon things turn very, very dark. It happens slowly, yet so extraordinarily quickly. Now you and your sister must find a way to survive.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Her best yet!

  • By Bastet Pybus on 11-08-19

A real stunner what a read !

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

Reviewed: 14-08-19

I love the more recent novels by Lisa Jewell and this was an absolute triumph. Her recent novels manage to develop great characters with real depth and combine with really unusual psychological thrilling storylines. This book was so different from the usual thrillers and all of the characters were great. I loved the way the story unfolded from three different perspectives and I enjoyed all three narrators. I simply have nothing negative to say about this book apart from it kept me awake at night as I could not stop listening until it was finished.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • My Name Is Anna

  • By: Lizzy Barber
  • Narrated by: Julie Rogers, Tamaryn Payne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Anna has been taught that virtue is the path to God. But on her 18th birthday she defies her Mamma’s rules and visits Florida’s biggest theme park. She has never been allowed to go - so why, when she arrives, does everything seem so familiar? And is there a connection to the mysterious letter she receives on the same day? Rosie has grown up in the shadow of the missing sister she barely remembers, her family fractured by years of searching without leads. Now, on the 15th anniversary of her sister’s disappearance, the media circus resumes in full flow, and Rosie vows to uncover the truth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but bit dull

  • By Janet biglari on 14-08-19

Good story but bit dull

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

Reviewed: 14-08-19

I started this listen with anticipation as it had good reviews however I was a bit disappointed. It dragged on a bit and the narrator's voice for Anna was very irritating. I found the characters a bit bland and there was little development of them during the course of the narrative. I found the eventual twist behind Anna's disappearance far fetched. Not a favorite.

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  • Good Girl, Bad Girl

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

Six years ago, Evie Cormac was discovered, filthy and half starved, hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a shocking crime. Now approaching adulthood, Evie is damaged and self-destructive and has never revealed her true identity. Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven, a man haunted by his own past, is investigating the death of champion figure skater Jodie Sheehan. When Cyrus is called upon to assess Evie, she threatens to disrupt the case and destroy his ordered life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvellously interwoven threads of plot!

  • By Eleanor on 04-08-19

Great listen twisty thriller

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

Reviewed: 14-08-19

I love this author and was not disappointed. This is a good meaty thriller. I imagine that it is being set up as a series as there were plenty of threads left hanging suggesting a follow-up. I always enjoy the psychological component to this authors books and felt it was very strong in this story. My only issue was the narrator's voice for Evie I think it's very hard for a man to convincingly convey the voice of a teenage girl it just sounded silly and camp and this did slightly spoil my overall enjoyment.

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  • Degrees of Guilt

  • By: HS Chandler
  • Narrated by: Nathalie Buscombe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Maria is on trial for attempted murder. She has confessed to the crime and wanted her husband dead. Lottie is on the jury, trying to decide her fate. She embarks on an illicit affair with a stranger, and her husband can never find out. You will think you know who is guilty and who is innocent. You will be wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very very very very good read,

  • By Penny on 04-08-19

Fantastic story and courtroom drama

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

Reviewed: 30-07-19

This is a great listen on so many levels. I enjoyed the unfolding of the story of both women Lottie and Maria and did not predict how their stories would meet. I have to say listening to some of the details of the abuse Maria suffered was not for the faint hearted and did leave me haunted for a while after. This book is very well written with good dialogue and well-developed characters. I absolutely did not see the double twist at the end and thought it was extremely clever. The narrator did a really good job however her accent did occasionally slip when she was voicing Lottie. I look forward to this authors next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Under My Skin

  • By: Lisa Unger
  • Narrated by: Vivienne Leheny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

It’s been a year since Poppy’s husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during his morning run. She’s trying to move on, but what happened that morning is still haunting her. And now she’s sure she is being followed.... Sleep deprived and secretly self-medicating, Poppy is unable to separate her dreams from reality. She feels like she’s losing her mind. But what if she’s not? What if she’s actually remembering what really happened? What if her husband wasn’t who he said he was? And what if his killer is still watching her?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Average unexciting listen

  • By Janet biglari on 30-07-19

Average unexciting listen

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

Reviewed: 30-07-19

I struggled to the end of this book and nearly gave up on several occasions. I think it could have been a few hours shorter the story was dull and had little to offer in terms of tension or twists. I guessed early on what was going to happen and by the end could not really care less. I think I will give this author a miss if this is typical of her style.

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  • The First Lie

  • By: A. J. Park
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies, Olivia Dowd, Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

We've all had sleepless nights thinking about it. You're home alone. Someone breaks in. In defending yourself, you end up killing the intruder. Now you're the one the police want. That is the situation that criminal barrister Paul Reeve arrives home to find. His wife, Alice, stands in the bedroom, clutching a bloodied letter opener in her shaking hand. 'What have you done, Alice?' 'I didn't have a choice....' We would all believe the person we love most.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A waste of 9 hours

  • By Janet biglari on 30-07-19

A waste of 9 hours

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

Reviewed: 30-07-19

This was such a really dull slow-moving story with a dreadful narrative. I was so bored by the endless outpourings of love by Paul for Alice that I had to keep fast-forwarding. I got to the end of the book and still had no clear sense of who Alice was what motivated her and how they had even met and fallen in love in the first place. Any potential twists or tension were resolved quite early on and then it was just a case of getting to the end. The underlying motivation for what unfolds is daft and frankly unbelievable even for a novel. I wished I had not bothered.

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  • A Nearly Normal Family

  • By: M. T. Edvardsson, Rachel Willson-Broyles
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Emily Watson, Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Every murder case starts with a suspect. What if the suspect is your daughter? Would you believe her, or the evidence against her? The father believes his daughter has been framed.The mother believes she is hiding something. The daughter believes they have no idea what she’s truly capable of.... There are three sides to the story. And the truth will shatter this family to pieces.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story strong. Some performance irritating.

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-08-19

Highly superior listen

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

Reviewed: 30-07-19

This book is up there with my favorites it was such a clever story and a great listen. Told from three different perspectives, Father, daughter, and mother it tells the story of a crime and explores the events that led to it. I also loved the fact that it was set in Sweden and the glimpse it provided of life and the legal system there. It is a very very clever book in every respect and the three narrators were all fantastic. I can't wait for the next book from this author.

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  • Those People

  • By: Louise Candlish
  • Narrated by: Tuppence Middleton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55

Until Darren Booth moves in at number 1, Lowland Way, the neighbourhood is a suburban paradise. But soon after his arrival, disputes over issues like loud music and parking rights escalate all too quickly to public rows and threats of violence. Then, early one Saturday, a horrific crime shocks the street. As the police go house to house, the residents close ranks and everyone’s story is the same: Booth did it. But there’s a problem. The police don't agree with them.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Neighbours from hell

  • By SandraL on 09-07-19

Another belter from Candlish

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

Reviewed: 30-07-19

I loved Our House and looked forward to listening to this new book. I was not disappointed it was a great listen and a very clever different story. I love the way this author takes the reader into the lives of the privileged London property millionaires and shows how easily everything can unravel when their secluded enclaves are infiltrated by the outside world. There was also such a great twist at the end of this book. Candlish writes in such a way that all her characters are totally believable and often totally unlikeable! The narration was also excellent. Can't wait for the next dose of 'property porn'!