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  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,520
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,116

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

This book was absolutely fantastic. I could not stop listening. The characters really come to life and the dialogue between the them is so realistic. Please write another.
It is important to say the Robert Glenister, substantially contributed to the enjoyment of this book, his voices for the characters are brilliant and his tone of voice is great.

  • The Cows

  • By: Dawn O'Porter
  • Narrated by: Dawn O'Porter, Karen Cass, Laura Kirman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,182

The Cows is a powerful novel about three women. In all the noise of modern life, each needs to find her own voice. It's about friendship and being female. It's bold and brilliant. It's searingly perceptive. It's about never following the herd. And everyone is going to be talking about it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Hippynat on 24-05-17

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

I absolutely love this book, I think it has been one of my favourites this year! It is funny but sad. It provides real insight to life today.
The characters are so good and they are a good reflection of women today. Don't miss out on this one.

  • The Secret Pond

  • By: Gerri Hill
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Grieving over the loss of her family and feeling like her life is unraveling, Lindsey McDermott quits her job, gets a puppy, and retreats to her grandparents' home in the Texas Hill Country. She spends her solitary days walking childhood trails and reminiscing, trying to reconcile the conflict within her as she struggles with survivor's guilt. After the death of her husband, Hannah Larson needs a change. At the suggestion of her mother-in-law - and against her better judgment - she and her son Jack move to tiny Utopia and into her husband's grandmother's house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise!

  • By Drienie Mayo on 11-01-18

Thumbs down from me

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

I got fed up with this book, I found that it sort of became repetitive not just in the storylines but in the language used throughout the book. I haven't finished it yet - perhaps I'll try to - or maybe not.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Watching You

  • By: Teresa Driscoll
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,806
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,802

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it - until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she's decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls - beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard - has disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Glowing Five Stars

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 23-10-17

Good mystery

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

I would describe this as a sound mystery, it is written in an interesting way using the lens of a bystander. It pulls in extra characters as it progresses and angles which keeps it interesting.

Good narration.

  • 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 11,603
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,688

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

I loved this book

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

I loved this character, she's unintentionally funny yet the book is sad. I loved the twist! The narrator is excellent, her voice alone adds to the conjuring up of a picture of this woman.

  • The Hoarder

  • By: Jess Kidd
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

Maud Drennan - underpaid carer and unintentional psychic - is the latest in a long line of dogsbodies for the ancient, belligerent Cathal Flood. Yet despite her best efforts, Maud is drawn into the mysteries concealed in his filthy, once-grand home. She realises that Cathal, and the junk-filled rooms, are opening up to her. With only her landlady and a troop of sarcastic ghostly saints to help, Maud must uncover what lies beneath Cathal's decades-old hostility and the strange activities of the house itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, magical, gripping. Brilliant.

  • By J. O'connor on 23-03-18

Very different

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

I enjoyed this book, sometimes I didn't get the gist of the thread but it comes together in the end. However, I never lost interest and sat on the driveway listening as I couldn't stop! I would certainly listen to another story by this author. I loved the characters especially Mr Flood. The narrator is excellent!

  • A Woman Unknown

  • By: Frances Brody
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

The Woman Unknown: Deirdre Fitzpatrick is married to a man who wants to know where she really goes when supposedly taking care of her sick mother and calls on the expertise of Kate Shackleton, amateur sleuth extraordinaire, to investigate. The Gentleman: Everett Runcie is a banker facing ruin and disgrace. His American heiress wife will no longer pay for his mistakes or tolerate his infidelity and is seeking a divorce.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listening

  • By HelenM on 07-09-18

Easy listening

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

It's such a pleasure to listen to this series of books. The story has a few twists and turns and has kept me engaged throughout.
It is easy listening.

  • The House at Sea's End

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833

A team of archaeologists, investigating coastal erosion on the north Norfolk coast, unearth six bodies buried at the foot of a cliff. How long have they been there? What could have happened to them? Forensics expert Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson are drawn together again to unravel the past. Tests reveal that the bodies have lain, preserved in the sand, for sixty years. The mystery of their deaths stretches back to the Second World War, a time when Great Britain was threatened by invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favourite out of the first three!

  • By Ann D on 05-03-16

Yet another good story.

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

Reviewed: 21-02-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes absolutely, I would advise read the series from the beginning it adds a richness to the characters.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Light Behind the Window

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387

THE PRESENT - After her mother’s death, Emilie de la Martiniéres finds herself the sole inheritor of a chateau in the south of France. There she discovers an old notebook which leads her along a journey to unravel the tragic love story of the mysterious Sophia. THE PAST (1943). Constance Carruthers, arrives in occupied Paris at the height of conflict. There she stumbles into the heart of a wealthy family and is drawn into a web of deception, the repercussions of which will affect generations to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very compelling listen

  • By Linmary on 19-07-13

Historical romance- quite good.

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

Reviewed: 21-02-16

If you could sum up The Light Behind the Window in three words, what would they be?

Romantic, empowering, woman focused war story (oops too many)

What did you like best about this story?

The main characters war story was really interesting and I learnt quite a few things about the resistance.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I like the way the story moved from character to character, past and today.

  • A Room Full of Bones

  • A Ruth Galloway Investigation, Book 4
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563

It is Halloween night, and the local museum in King's Lynn is preparing for an unusual event - the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But when Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise, she finds the museum's curator lying dead beside the coffin. It is only a matter of time before she and DI Nelson cross paths once more, as he is called in to investigate. Soon the museum's wealthy owner lies dead in his stables, too. These two deaths could be from natural causes - but Nelson isn't convinced.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Charmaine on 07-12-14

I just love this series

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

Reviewed: 21-02-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this series of books. I am a convert so yes yes yes have a listen.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I always want to listen to this in one go, I wear headphones in the supermarkets, whilst doing the housework, anything to be able to get to the end.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful