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  • Big Sky

  • Jackson Brodie, Book 5
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Jason Isaacs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village in North Yorkshire, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son Nathan and ageing Labrador Dido, both at the discretion of his former partner Julia. It’s a picturesque setting, but there’s something darker lurking behind the scenes. Jackson’s current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, seems straightforward, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network - and back into the path of someone from his past. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A welcome return

  • By Kerry on 27-06-19

Engaging and Entertaining.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-19

I have really enjoyed reading Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie books, and this is the first one I have listened to. The narration by Jason Isaacs, is nothing short of brilliant, and kept me engaged when the story seemed to meander around a bit. Very entertaining.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 172

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To Elgie Branch, a Microsoft wunderkind, she's his hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled wife. To fellow mothers at the school gate, she's a menace. To design experts, she's a revolutionary architect. And to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend, and quite simply, mum. Then Bernadette disappears. And Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her. Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a compulsively readable, irresistibly written, deeply touching novel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Giggles!

  • By Jane on 08-06-13

A satire on modern life that rattles along.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-19

Only two out of the twelve members of our reading group appreciated this story. Maybe I was helped by choosing the audio version, with it's sometimes frantic, funny and dramatic, sometimes rather moving narration. I'm very glad I listened.

  • Transcription

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153

In 1940, 18-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathisers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for ever. Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful

  • By Mary Compton on 12-09-18

Beautifully written and narrated.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-19

I found the story absorbing, with a frisson of fear in the background. The narration struck the right, rather detached note, which suited the characters very well. Kate Atkinson has a writing style that keeps me wanting to read more.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • In Bitter Chill

  • By: Sarah Ward
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

You can't bury the truth forever.... Derbyshire, January 1978. Two girls go missing: Rachel Jones returns, Sophie Jenkins is never found. Thirty years later, Sophie Jenkins' mother commits suicide. Rachel Jones has tried to put the past behind her. But news of the suicide reopens old wounds, and Rachel realises that the only way she can have a future is to finally discover what really happened all those years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Secrets That Won't Stay Buried - Gripping!

  • By MRS V L HALL on 18-03-16

Pronunciation coach needed.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

The story is quite absorbing, although it seemed to get bogged down in the genealogy, which the narrator kept pronouncing "geneology". The name 'Yvonne fluctuated between the correct way and "Eevonne", in the same sentence sometimes. The worst, though, was the lovely Welsh name 'Mair', which was just pronounced "mare". I nearly threw my kindle out of the window! Ask any Welsh person.

  • Blue Monday

  • A Frieda Klein Novel, Book 1
  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 533

Monday, the lowest point of the week. A day of dark impulses. A day to snatch a child from the streets.... The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, psychotherapist Frieda Klein is left troubled: one of her patients has been relating dreams in which he has a hunger for a child. A child he can describe in perfect detail, a child the spitting image of Matthew. Detective Chief Inspector Karlsson doesn't take Frieda's concerns seriously until a link emerges with an unsolved abduction twenty years ago....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome first outing for a new series

  • By S. K. Doughty on 10-08-13

Entertaining

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-10-18

Just the right audiobook to listen to on a wet Sunday, to accompany sewing a patchwork quilt.

  • The Dark Angel

  • Ruth Galloway Mysteries, Book 10
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618

Dr Ruth Galloway is flattered when she receives a letter from Italian archaeologist Dr Angelo Morelli, asking for her help. He's discovered a group of bones in a tiny hilltop village near Rome but doesn't know what to make of them. It's years since Ruth has had a holiday, and even a working holiday to Italy is very welcome!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen, excellent work!

  • By Jude on 09-02-18

Too relationship heavy.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-09-18

Too much about the relationships of these selfish people and less on the murder mysteries. The earlier books were better.

  • City of Friends

  • By: Joanna Trollope
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 202

The day Stacey Grant loses her job feels like the last day of her life. Or, at least, the only life she'd ever known. For who was she if not a City high-flyer, Senior Partner at one of the top private equity firms in London? As Stacey starts to reconcile her old life with the new - one without professional achievements or meetings but instead long days at home with her dog and ailing mother, waiting for her successful husband to come home - she at least has The Girls to fall back on. Beth, Melissa and Gaby.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit of a disappointment

  • By Liz on 27-02-17

City of Friends

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-07-18

I failed to relate to any of the characters and some strange, inconsistent accents were present in the narration.