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  • The Palace of Lost Dreams

  • By: Charlotte Betts
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Hyderabad, India. 1798. Beatrice Sinclair, a grieving young widow facing financial destitution, has travelled from Hampshire to Hyderabad to visit her brother, an employee of the British East India Company. There, she is astonished to discover that he has married a beautiful Indian girl and lives with his wife's extended family in a dilapidated palace, the Jahanara Mahal - famed for the theft of a fabled diamond many years ago. As an outsider in an unfamiliar world, Bee faces many challenges - not least of all building a new and meaningful life after the heartbreak she has endured.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terribly slow exceeding tedious

  • By SuzieC on 27-08-18

Terribly slow exceeding tedious

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

Reviewed: 27-08-18

Such a slow book, boring to the extreme, hours and hours to unravel a very tedious story that could have been told in an hour. Predictable from the start and not worth the purchase, it actually stressed me out listening to it I’d drive to work for a couple of hours and nothing had happened by the time I got there. Would not recommend don’t waste your time/money

  • The Day of the Dead

  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

In a north London high street, a runaway vehicle crashes to a halt. The man in the driving seat was murdered a week earlier. On Hampstead Heath, a bonfire blazes: in the flames lies the next victim. As autumn leaves fall, a serial killer runs amok in the capital, playing games with the police. The death toll is rising fast, and the investigation is floundering. But this is no ordinary killer, and every new victim is intended as a message to just one woman. Because psychologist Frieda Klein is in hiding. And someone is coming to find her....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What An Anticlimax!

  • By Máiréad on 18-07-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

I had anticipated this book for some months but unfortunately it was disappointing, storyline was confused and a lot of it felt like padding and unnecessary page filling rather than true storytelling and living up to the expectations I had from previous books. Felt a little let down with this, narrated well but storyline wasn’t strong.

  • Inheritance

  • By: Thomas Wymark
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Somewhere deep in her mind, Christine Marsden is witnessing the murder of young girls. And now she has urges to hurt her own children. After a head injury which left her having nightmares and visions, Christine is convinced that something inside her brain has broken and that she is slowly sinking into insanity. She is terrified of what she might be capable of. She fears that in losing her mind, she will also lose her children and husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing and brilliantly read.

  • By Miss A Worsnop on 06-01-18

Awful book

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

Listened to three chapters and returned..... one if the slowest, strangest books I’ve come across in terms of storyline and entertainment value. I was bored stuff listening to the three chapters.... wish audible had better access to better books as lately everything I choose seems to be dire

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  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,356

Harry August is on his deathbed. Again. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now. As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. 'I nearly missed you, Doctor August,' she says.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Déjà vu all over again

  • By S. Kingston on 07-07-14

Brilliant concept

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

I really enjoyed this book and the concept that underpinned it. It was intriguing to think about the subject matter that people could repeatedly be reborn as themselves.... it was fascinating and even where I got a little confused with the various presentations of which version is around I still enjoyed and it gives a lot of food for thought

  • The Girl Before

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,760
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,750

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping thriller

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-17

Intrigue

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

Loved this book a very good plot and had me gripped throughout. Towards the end it beca,e a little predictable but gripping despite that

  • The Keeper of Lost Things

  • By: Ruth Hogan
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,428

Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners. But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story to become lost in...

  • By Mrs JEL on 02-04-17

Lovely story

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

Nothing mind blowing but a clever plot and the story was heart warming and very enjoyable book that I took pleasure in listening to. Bravo!

  • The Essex Serpent

  • By: Sarah Perry
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 940
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 872
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 874

London 1893: When Cora Seaborne and her son Francis reach Essex, rumours spread from further up the estuary that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced that it may be a previously undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail she meets William Ransome, Aldwinter's vicar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Authentic Voice

  • By Christina on 20-09-16

Beautiful performance

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

I loved this book and the performance too.... very well written covering some in depth subject areas and the narrator added dimensions that enhanced the book. Interesting reflection on relationships, fidelity, loyalty etc and explored hysteria too in a successful way

  • Beware the Cuckoo

  • By: Julie Newman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

They were reunited at his funeral, school friends with a shared past. A past that is anything but straightforward. A past that harbours secrets and untruths. Karen has a seemingly perfect life. She also has a secret. Sandra's once perfect life is rapidly unravelling. She knows the secret. As the past meets the present, truths are revealed - and both women understand the true cost of betrayal.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Beware the cuckoo

  • By Ruth Nutty on 27-11-17

Awful book that minimises child abuse

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

Reviewed: 30-01-18

Shocking awful book. The storyline about a girl being abused by her friends dad is human and could have been handled in an interesting way. Instead there are ridiculously described ‘sex scenes’ that are gratuitous and exploitative. I returned it it was ridiculous and not controversial, nor hard hitting... just ridiculous and more apt in fifty shades not a book about an abused child. Poor show. Narrator was good just terrible material.

  • The Pool House

  • By: Tasmina Perry
  • Narrated by: Esther Wane
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

Perfect for everyone who's been gripped by Showtime TV's The Affair, Adele Parks' The Stranger in My Home and J. P. Delaney's The Girl Before. When you're invited to spend summer in the Hamptons with a group of new friends, you agree - who wouldn't? But then you realise you're taking the place of another woman, a woman who died in mysterious circumstances, just the summer before. Your housemates tell you her death was an accident. But which of them has something to hide?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled to get through...

  • By Molly Meux on 06-12-17

Terrible narration worst American accents I’ve ever heard!

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

Reviewed: 27-01-18

Had to send this book back, I couldn’t concentrate on the story because of the ridiculous American accents with undercurrents of English and that were just wrong..... distractingly wrong. The narrator doesn’t just attempt one accent but has a go at several dialects.... each equally bad.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,537
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,626

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Puts Bridget Jones in the shade

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 10-07-17

Brilliant book

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

Reviewed: 23-10-17

Loved this book, great insight into the impact of childhood trauma and a slow but stunning awakening from it... loved it