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  • While My Eyes Were Closed

  • By: Linda Green
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory, Maggie Mash, Gareth Bennett-Ryan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,504
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,504

Dare you close your eyes for even a few seconds? One, two, three... Lisa Dale shuts her eyes and counts to 100 during a game of hide-and-seek. When she opens them, her four-year-old daughter, Ella, is gone. Disappeared without a trace. The police, the media and Lisa's family all think they know who snatched Ella. But what if the person who took her isn't a stranger? What if they are convinced they are doing the right thing? And what if Lisa's little girl is in danger of disappearing forever?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Page turner

  • By Ms on 26-03-16

It grows on you!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Very well written - very tense moments and I had to sit in the car at certain points because I was so captured by the storyline.

  • Under the Dome

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,008

In Stephen King's mesmerizing new masterpiece - his biggest, most riveting novel since The Stand - a Maine town and its inhabitants are isolated from the world by an invisible, impenetrable dome. Celebrated storyteller Stephen King returns to his roots in this tour de force featuring more than 100 characters - some heroic, some diabolical - and a supernatural element as baffling and chilling as any he's ever conjured.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Stephen King

  • By Robert on 01-01-10

Exceptional

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

Reviewed: 28-03-15

It grows and grows on you. A real book to loose yourself in.... A real classic from Mr Stephen king

  • Ash

  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 352

David Ash, detective of the paranormal, is sent to the mysterious Comraich Castle, secluded deep in the Scottish countryside, to investigate a strange, high-profile case. A man has been found crucified in a locked room. The reports suggest that the cliff-top castle is being haunted.... Who or what is the reclusive hooded figure that Ash has seen from the window walking across the courtyard in the dead of night? What are the strange, animal-like sounds that come from the surrounding woods?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Goes out with a bang!

  • By Michael on 13-04-13

Unbelievably, undeniably dreadful.....

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-12

I lived on James Herbert as a child (in my 40's now) and loved everything he's done but this is absolutely awful.



Lazy mental health stereotypes - patients and professionals, I've not heard the word asylum or lunatic in modern day mental health for years, badly researched poorly executed (okay - I work in mental health so was even more tuned into these references). I didn't like any character - including Ash! Louis was cool but only because the actor has a silly voice that you couldn't help but laugh at...



I was sooooo disappointed with this the best bit about it was the end. Save yourself some money & buy a bottle of wine & a bag of chips instead!

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • 11.22.63

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,773

What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Return to top form

  • By John on 14-12-11

Brilliant......

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-12

Fantastic read - I really didn't want this book to end. Great characters, good storyline & it wasn't all about JFK.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Haunted

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Marc Cashman, Erik Davies, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: 23 of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needed a good edit!

  • By Simon on 22-02-11

Painful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-11

Painful, painful, painful - It just didn't work for me. Some gruesome descriptions but there's an underlying theme that I for one just didn't get. I was bored and willed for the end to come -

"Life's too short for bad books....."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rose Madder

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Blair Brown
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

Roused by a single drop of blood, Rosie Daniels wakes up to the chilling realisation that her husband is going to kill her. And she takes flight - with his credit card. Alone in a strange city, Rosie begins to build a new life: she meets Bill Steiner and she finds an odd junk shop painting, Rose Madder, which strangely seems to want her as much as she wants it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly 'unturnoffable'. Very well read

  • By Paula on 13-04-11

It's ok.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-11

I quite like this book- Stephen King has done a lot worse!!!. Good characters, vivid descriptions that made me feel slightly raw if I'm honest. The end is a bit of a damp squib - but I'd recommend it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Last Rites

  • By: Shaun Hutson
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Almost beaten to death by a gang, schoolmaster Peter Mason wants nothing more than to leave London. He wants to leave behind his broken marriage and the memories of his young daughter’s death. His chance comes in the form of a position at Langley Hil, a boarding school in Buckinghamshire. Mason becomes obsessed with discovering what became of his predecessor. As he investigates more thoroughly, Mason finds that there are strange events occuring at the school.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Robert on 16-04-10

Rubbish

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-10

Boring, predictable - but over soon enough....

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  • Quiver

  • By: Peter Leonard
  • Narrated by: L J Ganser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Kate McCall's husband has been killed by her teenage son, Luke, in a tragic bow-hunting accident. In the aftermath, Jack, a charismatic but troubled ex-con from Kate's past, shows up. When Luke takes off on his own for their rural cabin, Kate and Jack follow, but they're not the only ones hot on his heels. Two-time losers Teddy and Celeste, along with hitman DeJuan, are all looking to cash in on the money left to Kate.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By mollyeyre on 05-04-10

A good read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-10

I was really surprised by this book, thought it was a great read. I thought the characters were good, funny & vile at the same time.

Ends a bit abruptly but worth getting

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharp Objects

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Mr Paul Johnson on 08-11-09

Brilliant

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-09

A real surprise - had me hooked from begining to end! I don't think it's too heavy though some of the subject matter isn't the most cheerful. Well written book I thought.

  • Duma Key

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: John Slattery
  • Length: 21 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596

A man discovers an incredible talent for painting after a freak accident in which he loses an arm. He moves to a "new life" in Duma Key, off Florida's West Coast - a deserted strip, part beach, part weed-tangled reef, owned by a patroness of the arts whose twin sisters went missing in the 1920s. Here, Freemantle is inspired to paint the amazing sunsets. But soon the paintings become predictive, even dangerous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Duma

  • By Seamus on 15-10-08

It worked for me!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-09

I really liked this book - the characters came alive & you found yourself shouting for them when things got tough.

A long slow entry into the story though, fortunately I was on a long journey so was a captured audience but hey ho - it was worth while in the end. I'm sure I'll go back to it again at some point too.