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  • The One

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Vicky Hall, Simon Bubb, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028

How far would you go to find The One? One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner - the one you're genetically made for. A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking - and deadlier - than others....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I absolutely loved this book!!

  • By Daisy on 02-06-17

A very novel novel

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

Reviewed: 27-12-18

I loved just about every aspect of this book - I hadn't read the summary or any reviews before I started listening, so absolutely no expectations. Right from the start I was hooked and couldn't put it down. Lots of unexpected twists and turns to maintain interest all the way the through. Only one slight criticism concerns one of the narrators - somewhat irritating delivery, but not to the point of spoiling the book.

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  • The Rose Petal Beach

  • By: Dorothy Koomson
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

Every love story has a dangerous twist.Tamia Challey is horrified when her husband Scott is accused of something terrible – but when she discovers who his accuser is, everything goes into freefall.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A depressing read

  • By Kaggy on 22-08-13

Perceptive portrayal of an unraveling marriage

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

This review is a very personal reflection of the effect that this book has had on me. This was a difficult listen in places - so many similarities with my own history, reminding me of a very intense and sorrowful time in my life when my husband had an affair with my best friend. The emotional impact that had on me and my children was profound and this book brought back the raw harsh reality of it all to the point that at times I struggled to maintain composure while I listened.
Like many of Dorothy Koomson's books this is a gripping story with a twist that I didn't see coming!

  • The Blackhouse

  • The Lewis Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532

A brutal killing takes place on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland: a land of harsh beauty and inhabitants of deep-rooted faith. Detective Inspector Fin Macleod is sent from Edinburgh to investigate. For Lewis-born Macleod, the case represents a journey both home and into his past. Something lurks within the close-knit island community. Something sinister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Utterly Compelling Atmosphere of Desolation

  • By Simon on 16-02-18

So good I listened to it twice

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

Reviewed: 24-09-18

When this came up as a daily deal recently, I went ahead and purchased it, though with the reservation that I already had it in my library. However, audible is usually really good at telling me if I've already purchased an item, so I was reassured that this book was new to me. Not so - as soon as I started listening I realised I'd already listened to it. Was mystified as to how I came to be able to purchase it twice - explanation is that the 2 recordings have different narrators. I carried on listening again, and enjoyed it just as much second time round. Writing this review really just to warn others not to make the same error as I did!

  • Don't Make a Sound

  • Nathan Cody, Book 3
  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793

You can't choose your family. Or can you? Meet the Bensons. A pleasant enough couple. They keep themselves to themselves. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy. There's just one problem. Daisy doesn't belong to the Bensons. They stole her. And now they've decided that Daisy needs a little brother or sister. DS Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jackson Makes it a Hat Trick!

  • By Simon on 08-05-18

Terrifying

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

Reviewed: 14-09-18

I've had to stop listening - every parents worse nightmare. The narration is exactly right for the book, but the book is not right for me. The descriptions of every horrific detail will be etched in my mind's eye for a very long time. I normally enjoy listening to psychological thrillers, but this goes too far.

  • Under the Same Stars

  • By: Tim Lott
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

A vivid glimpse of a Britain's 'brother country' through the eyes of a skeptical outsider, a profound exploration of fraternal love and a gripping journey of the soul. Summer 2008. Forty-year-old Salinger Nash leaves the London house he shares with his girlfriend, Tiane, for his brother's home in New Orleans. Carson Nash has persuaded Salinger that they should find their missing father, Henry- last known location New Mexico.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Painful listen but worth it.

  • By MaMaMason on 03-06-18

Painful listen but worth it.

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

This was a very hard book for me to listen to but also gave me some insight into why and how fathers abandon their children, as my own children have been abandoned by their father. Having just finished listening I'm going straight back to the beginning to listen again, as I feel that there are layers of nuance I missed first time round. The narrator is excellent throughout.

  • Can You Keep a Secret?

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Gracie Thomas
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,576
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,178

Nervous flyer Emma is sitting on a turbulent plane. She really thinks that this could be her last moment. So she starts telling the man sitting next to her all her innermost secrets, including how she once threw a troublesome client file in the bin. She survives the flight, of course, and the next morning the famous boss of the whole mega corporation she works for is coming for a look at the UK branch. As he walks around, Emma looks up and realises ­ it's the man from the plane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is very funny

  • By Matthew on 10-08-08

Good holiday chick lit listen

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

Reviewed: 15-04-18

Not many books can make me laugh out loud, but this one did. If you're looking for an easy "feel good" listen, then this might fit the bill. Narration is excellent and the story, while quite implausible, is entertaining and funny.

  • Need You Dead

  • Roy Grace, Book 13
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,174

Lorna Belling, desperate to escape her marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you've made. A chance photograph on a client's mobile phone changes everything for her. When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good read

  • By Boysie on 09-12-17

My first book by Peter James - won't be my last

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

Enjoyable listen! Great for a wet & dreary Sunday curled up by the fire, listened to in one sitting!

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  • The Making of Us

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

In a hospice in Bury St Edmunds, Daniel is slowly fading away. His friend Maggie sits with him every day and listens to the story of his life, to his regrets and secrets. He tells her about the children he has never met and never will. Lydia, Dean, and Robyn don't know each other yet, but when they slowly find their way into each other’s lives, everything starts to change....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Making Of Us

  • By Lie Back & Listen on 06-08-12

Terrible narration - had to give up.

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

Reviewed: 13-01-18

I think I will be requesting a refund on this one! Had just finished another Lisa Jewell book narrated by Antonia Beamish, enjoyed it so much I thought I'd try another one by the same author. Big mistake - the narration could not be more different! Gabrielle Glaister is stilted, clipped, sounds constantly as though she needs to take a drink of water, inflection isn't nuanced at all. It's as though Glaister hasn't got the gist of the story at all, and is just basically reading it off the page. I can't really comment on the story as the poor narration got in the way of me engaging with it - I think the concept is intriguing, but if I want to find out what happens I think I'll read (rather than listen to) the book.

  • I Found You

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,957

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

Be cautious before buying -available in 2 versions

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Great story, gripping - didn't want to put it down. Excellent narration by Antonia Beamish

  • Michelle Obama

  • A Life
  • By: Peter Slevin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

An inspiring story of a modern American icon, here is the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama. With disciplined reporting and a storyteller’s eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White House from her working-class childhood on Chicago’s largely segregated South Side. He illuminates her tribulations at Princeton University and Harvard Law School during the racially charged 1980s and the dilemmas she faced in Chicago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An inspiring story of a amazing woman

  • By Kirstine on 14-12-17

Could not carry on listening - very dull

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

Reviewed: 26-11-17

This book is not so much about Michelle Obama, more about people on the periphery of her life. I've found it so tedious, I've given up just as she leaves college. It might be more interesting as she takes up residence in the White House, but I haven't got the will to listen to any more. So many other books to listen to!

20 of 22 people found this review helpful