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A. D. Hall

UK
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  • The Salt Path

  • By: Raynor Winn
  • Narrated by: Anne Reid
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451

Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, the couple lose their home and their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. They have almost no money for food or shelter and must carry only the essentials for survival on their backs as they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5

  • By Kim on 02-06-18

An unforgettable journey

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

Reviewed: 13-02-19

I didn't really know what to expect with this book but was engrossed from the start. What this couple endured before and during their journey along the coastal path was something to be admired and marvelled at. I'm not sure I could have survived their hardships. Their love for each other kept their spirits strong.

  • Girl on Fire

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825

When terrorists use a drone to bring down a plane on one of London’s busiest shopping centres, it ignites a chain of events that will draw in the innocent and the guilty alike. DC Max Wolfe finds himself caught in the crossfire between a tech-savvy terrorist cell and a revenge-seeking, Bible-quoting murderer called Bad Moses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He cannot write these quick enough

  • By Miss on 06-04-18

Reflection

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-10-18

A superb book so well written and narrated. Unfortunately a true reflection of so many aspects our world today.
Definitely worth listening to.

  • Our House

  • By: Louise Candlish
  • Narrated by: Deni Francis, Paul Panting
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,277

When Fi arrives home to find a removals van outside her house, she is completely blindsided. Trinity Avenue has been her family's home for years. Where are all their belongings? How could this have happened? Desperately calling her ex-husband, Bram, who owns the house with her, Fi discovers he has disappeared. The more Fi uncovers, the more she realises their lives have been destroyed by a nightmare of their own making. A devastating crime has been committed, but who exactly is the guilty party?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good story

  • By Rory on 12-08-18

Absolutely brilliant

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

Reviewed: 14-10-18

When I found this title in my library I initially wondered why I'd purchased it. I read through the outline of the book and decided to listen. I'm really glad I did. I was hooked right from the start.
I was impressed by the plot, constantly berating myself for not working out the twists and turns.
And what an ending!!!

  • The Other Wife

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830

 

Childhood sweethearts William and Mary have been married for 60 years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both have a strong sense of right and wrong. This is what their son, Joe O'Loughlin, has always believed. But when Joe is summoned to the hospital with news that his father has been brutally attacked, his world is turned upside down. Who is the strange woman crying at William's bedside, covered in his blood - a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really excellent

  • By mollyeyre on 16-06-18

Pandora's Box

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Another well written novel by Michael Rowbotham, full of intrigue, but as usual it is Sean Barrett's wonderful narration that pulls the book together. He is both comfortable and comforting to listen to. A good pairing

  • The Far Pavilions

  • By: M. M. Kaye
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 48 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

When The Far Pavilions was first published 19 years ago, it moved the critic Edmund Fuller to write this: "Were Miss Kaye to produce no other book, The Far Pavilions might stand as a lasting accomplishment in a single work comparable to Margaret Mitchell's achievement in Gond With the Wind." From its beginning in the foothills of the towering Himalayas, M. M. Kaye's masterwork is a vast, rich, and vibrant tapestry of love and war that ranks with the greatest panoramic sagas of modern fiction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous story but TERRIBLE narration

  • By Miss D Srao on 13-03-17

A masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 15-07-18

I originally read this book 40 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed listening to it this time.
Well narrated

  • 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 4,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,758

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

Quite good

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

I was pleased by the twists and turns in this book although they didn't really manifest until the last quarter of the book.
I found the narration awful and believe the story may have held more interest with better narrators. The male voices often sounded female

  • I Found You

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,071

East Yorkshire: Single mum Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement, she invites him in to her home. Surrey: 21-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful ,involving and moving l Antonia Beamish's narration outstanding.

  • By Susie on 28-03-17

An excellent listen

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

Reviewed: 18-02-18

Not really my usual style of book but I must say it was worth the listen. I shall look into other books by this author

  • Therapy

  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 708

Twelve-year-old Josy has an inexplicable illness. She vanishes without a trace from her doctor's office during treatment. Four years later Josy's father, psychiatrist Viktor Larenz, has withdrawn himself to an isolated North Sea island in order to deal with the tragedy. Then he's paid a surprise visit by a beautiful stranger. Anna Glass is a novelist who suffers from an unusual form of schizophrenia: All the characters she creates for her books become real to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You have to listen to this book

  • By Anita nicholson on 08-04-16

Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-17

With so many unexpected twists and turns this kept me very entertained. Thoroughly recommend listening to this book

  • The Lazarus Prophecy

  • By: F.G. Cottam
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 397

There is a killer loose on the streets of London, one that evades security cameras, is not held by locks, and savagely mutilates his victims. When the murderer switches from unknown prostitutes to Julie Longmuir, a beautiful actress at the height of her success, no woman feels safe. As the press begin to draw uncomfortable comparisons with Jack the Ripper, Jane Sullivan, heading up the police investigation, grudgingly has to agree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent novel, excellently narrated.

  • By K on 26-07-15

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

It had quite a different slant to your usual police crime novel of which I enjoy regularly.
Sean Barratt added a certain depth as he does to everything he reads.
I purchased this book because it was narrated by Sean, but I would consider listening to other books written by this author

  • The Signature of All Things

  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

Elizabeth Gilbert’s first novel in twelve years is an extraordinary story of botany, exploration and desire, spanning across much of the 19th century. This audiobook follows the fortunes of the brilliant Alma Whittaker (daughter of a bold and charismatic botanical explorer) as she comes into her own within the world of plants and science. As Alma’s careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she loves draws her in the opposite direction into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Suzanna on 12-02-15

Why did I wait to listen to this book???

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I've had this book in my library for a while now - bought after listening to Eat Pray Love, which was wonderful.
I kept passing this book by, thinking it would be boring! I'm used to listening to crime/ thrillers.
But I'm truly glad that I've listened to this very different book.
A tale that covers many interconnecting lives, loves and theories of life.
Brilliant. Loved it