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Janet biglari

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  • The Rumour

  • By: Lesley Kara
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Sian Thomas, Roy McMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Rumour by Lesley Kara. A casual comment. There's a killer among us. That's all it takes. She stabbed little Robbie Harris. To change a life - She's living under a new name. For ever. She's reformed. So they say... Joanna is going to regret the day she ever said a word.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • kept me listening

  • By jessica on 14-12-18

Boring, predictable and a bit silly

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

Reviewed: 11-01-19

I had high hopes of this book but actually found it to be a very tedious 7plus hours. In retrospect, I should have given up after I guessed the plot about 50 minutes in. This book moved very slowly with lots of tedious dialogue and details of small children's day to day lives. The main characters were very one dimensional and there were so many superfluous women involved in the rumor I lost track of who they were. I had no sense of Joanna or her partner (who had a very strange voice) they were very one dimensional. Really very little happens throughout the book just the repetition of the rumor among the community. Very disappointing and the end was particularly silly.

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  • Friends Like These

  • By: Sarah Alderson
  • Narrated by: Ellie Heydon, Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

We all know someone like Becca. She has the job everyone wants, a designer wardrobe, a hot-shot lawyer boyfriend, holidays to exotic locations. And she flaunts her perfect life all over social media. It drove her colleague Lizzie mad, but she couldn't stop looking. They were never really friends - and yet Lizzie knew everything about her. Or did she? When chance and a terrible mistake pull Lizzie back into Becca's orbit years after they lost touch, she'll realise that you can't always believe what you see online...and that finding out the truth might be the worst thing you can do.   

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Had to stop listening

  • By Hannah on 13-01-19

Fantastic roller coaster of a book

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

Reviewed: 08-01-19

This was a great listen and I could have listened for a few more hours it was so good. Difficult to write a review without giving a spoiler. The book is a bit different from the usual and there are plenty of twists right to the end. I enjoyed both narrators and felt they really 'acted' out the characters well. Was not quite so fond of the male voices though. I felt the author really drew out the characters of both women and it both evoked mixed feelings that evolved throughout the course of the story. I will certainly look out for more titles by this author.

  • Our Little Lies

  • By: Sue Watson
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 452

Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy. Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France: nothing is too good for his family. Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows it’s nothing - she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly Frustrating and Tedious Audio Book

  • By Dayglo on 13-12-18

Excellent unusual story well narrated

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

Reviewed: 08-01-19

I loved this book it was clever and a bit different from the usual psychological thriller. The characters were well drawn and there were enough twists to keep me gripped. The twist at the end was entirely unexpected and I did not anticipate the finale. I enjoyed the narration and felt it brought the characters to life. I would recommend this book for lovers of psych dramas.

  • Here We Lie

  • By: Sophie McKenzie
  • Narrated by: Laura Kirman, Aysha Kala
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

On holiday with her family and adoring fiancé, Jed, Emily couldn't be happier. But overnight, the idyllic trip turns into a waking nightmare when one of the group is found dead in what appears to be a terrible accident. The devastated party returns to London to cope with their loss while trying to resume their normal lives. But new revelations set Emily on a perilous journey to discover the truth about what happened....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • gripping

  • By Karen on 22-10-15

Good solid psychological thriller

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

This was a good book with a great twist. The pace was good and the characters well developed. All in all, I would recommend.

  • The Child

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,481

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers, it's impossible to ignore. For one woman it's a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another it's the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for a third, a journalist, it's the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. The Child's story will be told.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Rich Drama of Complex Emotions

  • By Simon on 30-06-17

Fantastic book clever and engaging

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

I enjoyed Fiona Barton's first book The Widow and equally found this to be highly engaging. The discovery of a child's body has enormous repercussions for a group of people all involved in various ways with the story. There is a very clever twist which I did not see coming. I cannot fault the narration which was great all the way through.
Can't wait for her next book.

  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,514

When Alice Love surfaces from a beautiful dream to find she's been injured in a gym, she knows that something is very wrong – she hates exercise. Alice's first concern is her baby – she's pregnant with her first child, and she's desperate to see her husband, Nick, who she knows will be worried about her.But Alice isn't pregnant. And Nick isn't worried.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen

  • By Helen on 01-12-13

Great listen with clever storyline

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

I really enjoyed this book and loved the storyline. What if you had the opportunity to view the last ten years from different perspectives and make different choices. Alice loses ten years of memory and only remembers her marriage and life when it was good forgetting the more current issues that have sent it on a different course that her old self finds hard to believe it could have gone so wrong. This was a clever idea and well executed. I loved Alice and really found her to be believable. My only criticism would be the use of the same narrator for all three main characters this did at times become confusing and the narration would have been enhanced with at least one other voice. A small niggle as overall this is a great book and whilst taking over 15 hours to listen to I was sorry when it finished.

  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,517

The Husband's Secret is a funny, heartbreaking novel of marriage, grief, love, and secrets. When her husband announces he's in love with her best friend, painfully shy Tess picks up her young son and returns to her mother's house. There she begins an unexpected affair with an old flame. Rachel is a woman in her 60s consumed by grief and anger at the loss of her daughter 20 years earlier. When her son announces he is taking her beloved grandson overseas, Rachel begins a descent into deeper bitterness and pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes you want to listen to the end

  • By Joanne on 10-11-13

Brilliant engaging book

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

This book just reinforced my love of Liane Moriarty's work. From the first line to the last I was engaged and really cared about the characters they were so beautifully created. Every piece of dialogue is well constructed and however long her books they never get boring. I think the atmospheric style of the writing really takes the reader to suburban Australia and the interactions of ordinary people sometimes with dark secrets. I also love this narrator who so perfectly captures the characters, even the children. I would really recommend this book for a long haul flight or beach reading.

  • One for Sorrow

  • By: Sarah Denzil
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

Seven years ago, six-year-old Maisie Earnshaw was found facedown in a duck pond, her body mutilated. Isabel - at age 14, found covered in Maisie's blood - was convicted of murder. As Leah spends time with Isabel, she comes to know her as a young woman with a sweet, gentle nature, someone she could never see as a murderer. Leah begins to suspect members of the Fielding family of framing Isabel as a young girl, and she's not the only one. True crime blogger James Gorden thinks Isabel is innocent, too.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My Dysfunctional Relationship With Sarah Denzil!

  • By Simon on 08-07-18

I really struggled with this book

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

I did not enjoy this book at all. I was really looking forward to it from the description but hugely disappointed after about three hours this was partly due to the bland long-winded narrative and the dreary narration. I found the characters to be so one dimensional without any substance and therefore could not maintain any interest in them or their motivations. I also found the violence to be highly unpleasant towards the end. Final niggle there was no tension in the story as the protagonist was revealed early on. I found it hard to believe this was the same author who wrote the excellent Silent Child.

  • Vince and Joy

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh, Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Vince and Joy by Lisa Jewell. July 1986. Vince and Joy have their whole lives ahead of them on the day they meet. Two weeks later they must part, each having lost a piece of their heart to the other. They won't see one another for seven years. Where will they be then? And in the years that follow? What will become of Vince and Joy?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming well written romance

  • By Janet biglari on 11-12-18

Heartwarming well written romance

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I love Lisa Jewell's books so started this one with high expectations. I was not disappointed whilst it was not a psychological thriller it was beautifully written and I really became invested in Vince and Joy and their story. I would recommend this book as a great holiday read perfect for a long flight or the beach. I also enjoyed the narration and actually found a male narrator that I warmed to. Would recommend this book to anyone wanting a good old-fashioned love story.

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  • Your Closest Friend

  • By: Karen Perry
  • Narrated by: Jade Yourell, Joanne King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

One hot, humid night in London, Cara is caught up in a wave of terror and chaos. Until a hand reaches out - and a stranger pulls her to safety. Taking refuge with her unlikely rescuer, Cara shares more of herself with Amy than she ever has with anyone, including her husband. But after the hours of darkness are over, she can't remember exactly what secrets she revealed. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous page turner really different storyline

  • By Janet biglari on 11-12-18

Fabulous page turner really different storyline

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I really enjoyed everything about this book. The story was unusual and different from the usual psychological thrillers. I enjoyed the characters and really believed in them. the narration was also great both narrators really suited their characters. This was one of those books that I did not want to end but could not stop listening to! I can't wait for this authors next book.