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  • Passenger 23

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Max Beesley, Rebecca Hall, Anthony Head, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
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With no police to investigate and no escape, could it be the perfect setting for a crime? Martin Schwartz (Beesley) is an undercover detective who is recovering from his wife and sons' bizarre disappearance from a cruise ship 5 years ago. He is a desperate man willing to take big risks. Martin never wanted to step onto a cruise ship again until he receives a call which can't be ignored. On average, 23 people per year disappear without a trace from cruise ships. Never before has someone come back... until now.

Very Unpleasant Wish I had never Listened to it

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Reviewed: 14-09-18

I really disliked this audio play and I wish I had never listened to it. The synopsis of this book did not reflect the content if it had I would not have purchased it. This was in my opinion a very unpleasant book with themes around abuse and torture. I did not enjoy the narration (audio play style). I should really have stopped listening about a third in however I persevered to the end and was left with some really unpleasant images that were hard to shift. Finally the actual story was very far fetched. All told an unpalatable piece of fiction.

  • Don't Close Your Eyes

  • By: Holly Seddon
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey, Kate Rawson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
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A juicy, powerful listen featuring twin sisters who have drifted apart and the shocking family secrets that bind them.... Robin and Sarah weren't the closest of twins. They weren't even that similar. But they loved each other dearly. Until, in the cruellest of domestic twists, they were taken from one another. Now in her early 30s, Robin lives alone. Agoraphobic and suffering from panic attacks, she spends her days pacing the rooms of her house. The rest of the time she watches - watches the street, the houses, the neighbours.

Gret Listen

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Reviewed: 14-09-18

I enjoyed everything about this book. The characters were well drawn and the narration really suited the individual personalities. Overall a great listen and I would certainly read other books by this author.

  • Vox

  • By: Christina Dalcher
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
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Jean McClellan spends her time in almost complete silence, limited to just 100 words a day. Any more, and a thousand volts of electricity will course through her veins. Now the new government is in power, everything has changed. But only if you’re a woman. Almost overnight, bank accounts are frozen, passports are taken away and 70 million women lose their jobs. Even more terrifyingly, young girls are no longer taught to read or write.

A truly unpleasant book

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Reviewed: 10-09-18

I found this book to be really unpleasant in all aspects. It certainly is no Handmaids Tale. The story never really goes anywhere and there is no tension in the unfolding of events. This book could have achieved so much more, that is the reason I kept listening hoping it would start to explore some of the concepts at the heart of the narrative. Essentially it skimmed over what could have been interesting plot lines and became a rather dull love story, I could not even like any of the characters. I hated the animal cruelty at the end and felt this had no purpose what so ever it added nothing at all to the final build up. I also found the narrator very irritating with a range of rather silly men's voices and a weird lapse into Italian. In summary I would not recommend this book and would probably never read another by the same author.

  • Believe Me

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers, Lorelei King, John Chancer, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 287
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Claire Wright likes to play other people. A struggling British actress, in New York without a green card, Claire needs work. She takes the only part she's offered: as a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers, hired to entrap straying husbands, catching them on tape with their seductive propositions. The rules? Never hit on them directly. Make it clear you're available, but they have to proposition you, not the other way around. The firm is after evidence, not entrapment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't perform, act.

  • By MardiGras on 04-08-18

A rollercoaster thrilling listen, highly original

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Reviewed: 04-09-18

I loved JP Delaney's first book as it was such an original story so I had high hopes of Believe Me and I was not disappointed. By the end of part two I wanted to rate it six stars. This is such an original book and I loved the narration style which at times borders on audio drama. The plot is thought provoking and it had me guessing right until the end. My only criticism is the need to suspend disbelief around certain strands of the plot that just have to be accepted if the book is to be enjoyed. Overall a great listen and I can't wait for the next book.

  • The House We Grew Up In

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Karina Fernandez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
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The Bird children have an idyllic childhood: a picture-book cottage in a country village, a warm, cosy kitchen filled with love and laughter, sun-drenched afternoons in a rambling garden. But one Easter weekend a tragedy strikes the Bird family that is so devastating it tears them apart. Many years later something will call them home, back to the house they grew up in - and to what really happened that Easter weekend all those years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the house we grew up in

  • By AmyAlice on 02-12-13

Beautifully written heart warming listen

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Reviewed: 31-08-18

This was a lovely gentle story an ideal holiday read. As always Lisa Jewell's prose is well thought out and beautifully written. Dialogue between characters is always relevant and never becomes tedious. Lisa has a real gift for creating characters that the listener can care about. I became totally invested in the Bird family and how one tragic event created never ending ripples that affected everyone. The depiction of the Bird house was so evocative and its gradual decline along with Lorilei's mental health. The narration was excellent and really fitted with the tone of the book. Overall a great listen.

  • Now You See Her

  • By: Heidi Perks
  • Narrated by: Kirsty Dillon, Julie Maisey, Sally Scott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
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She was your responsibility. And now she's missing. Charlotte is looking after her best friend’s daughter the day she disappears. She thought the little girl was playing with her own children. She swears she took her eyes off them for only a second. Now, Charlotte must do the unthinkable: tell her best friend, Harriet, that her only child is missing. The child she was meant to be watching. Devastated, Harriet can no longer bear to see Charlotte. No one could expect her to trust her friend again. Only now she needs to. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good start disappointing end

  • By Janet biglari on 23-08-18

Good start disappointing end

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Reviewed: 23-08-18

I enjoyed this book until about half way through when the twist was revealed after that it just became silly. The books premise of a stolen child and what happened to her is common ground for these types of psychological thrillers. The twist was however clever and I did not anticipate it, but what happened next takes the suspension of reality to have any chance of believing the rest of the book. Without spoiling the book its difficult to say anymore other than the narration was fairly good. Generally not a book I would recommend.

  • All the Hidden Truths

  • By: Claire Askew
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
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This is a fact: Ryan Summers walked into Three Rivers College and killed 13 women, then himself. But no one can say why. The question is one that cries out to be answered - by Ryan's mother, Moira; by Ishbel, the mother of Abigail, the first victim; and by DI Helen Birch, put in charge of the case on her first day at her new job. But as the tabloids and the media swarm, as the families' secrets come out, as the world searches for someone to blame...the truth seems to vanish.

Beautifully crafted moving story of terrible loss

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Reviewed: 20-08-18

What would you be left with if your only child was the first killed in a college massacre? and how would you feel if you were the mother of the killer? This is the central theme of this very moving story. Each woman's narrative is held together by the narrative of the detective responsible for trying to answer the question why? My favourite book ever is "We need to talk about Kevin" which covers the same subject of teenage mass murder and at first I was disappointed that this book appeared to fall short of the narrative of Lionel Shriver. However a quarter of the through I could appreciate the different way in which this horrific subject had been handled and I began to enjoy Claire Askew's total empathy with the extreme emotions that each woman had been left with. Two shattered women looking for an answer whilst dealing with the loss of a child in their own ways. The only downside to this book was the depiction of the journalist, essentially I did not feel he added much to the story and his role could have been played down without affecting the overall outcome. I also liked the narration of Sarah Baron.

  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
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Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with a bright future. They seem to have it all - until Mark loses his job and cracks start to appear in their perfect life. But they’re determined to make it work. They book their dream honeymoon and trust that things will work out - after all, they have each other. Could the life of your dreams turn out to be a nightmare?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible audiobook

  • By Susan Reed Jones on 12-06-18

I would have loved to give this book six stars!

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Reviewed: 13-08-18

This was such an unusual book compared to the usual thrillers. I really loved the fact that the author was also the narrator she really brought the story to life. I was enthralled by the actions of Erin and Mark and how it all unfolded, it is easy to see how a seemingly normal couple can be drawn to the dark side. I had a job to stop listening and wanted to keep going until it was finished. At first I could not see how all the pieces fitted together but as it became clearer I had to admit that is was a very clever plot. I can't wait for Steadman's next book.

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  • The Disappearance of Emily Marr

  • By: Louise Candlish
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins, Noreen Leighton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
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Arriving on the windswept Ile de Ré, Tabby Dewhurst is unable to even afford a room for the night. Overhearing a villager repeating the access code to her front door, she lets herself into the house, and so she enters the strange, hidden world of Emmie, whose sudden offer of friendship is at odds with her obsession with privacy. Tabby begins to form suspicions about Emmie, suspicions that lead her to a scandal with shattering consequences.

Fabulous and Totally Engrossing

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Reviewed: 08-08-18

I loved this book it was such an unusual story and had me hooked from the first minute. I really enjoyed the narration and found the character voices just right. I love Louise Candlish's books the dialogue is so realistic and the characters so well drawn. It does not matter to me that there are no great twists and turns these books are just a great listen. I am now working my way through all her titles but have been disappointed with her earlier works she is certainly an author who has really developed and always manages to create interesting and unusual plots. I would well recommend this as a good solid holiday read.

  • The Swimming Pool

  • By: Louise Candlish
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Baker
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
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It's summer when Elm Hill lido opens, having stood empty for years. For Natalie Steele, it offers freedom and leads her to Lara Channing, a charismatic former actress who seems all too happy to invite Natalie into her elite circle. Soon Natalie is spending long days at the pool, basking in popularity. But is it too good to be true? Why are dark memories of a summer long ago now threatening to surface? Could Natalie have been swept dangerously out of her depth?

Throughly entertaining and beautifully written

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Reviewed: 29-07-18

I am fast becoming a devotee of Candlish this is my third of her books and I seem to enjoy each one more. There is a similar premise behind all I have read and that is portrayed in the characters Glimpsing some alternative existence that is both seductive and toxic. I love the way candlish uses buildings and neighbourhoods to create this and the way she populates her books with such exotic and ordinary characters juxtaposed together to play off each other. This book was very clever and the end twist totally unexpected. I also enjoyed the narration which was perfect in tone and intensity. I would easily recommend this book.