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  • The Wildflowers

  • By: Harriet Evans
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

The new novel by Sunday Times best seller Harriet Evans will transport you to a Dorset beach house, where you can feel the sand between your toes. Enter the home of Tony and Althea Wilde - the Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor of their generation and with a marriage every bit as stormy. This glorious tale of tangled family secrets and lies will leave you warm and glowing. Tony and Althea Wilde. Glamorous, argumentative...adulterous to the core

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Got better and better. Bitter sweet story

  • By Max - Surrey on 10-03-18

Good story full of well drawn characters

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

Reviewed: 14-08-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Although it is long the story held my attention and I really enjoyed listening to Lucy Paterson. If you like very well written stories about eccentric families, you’ll really enjoy this one. I am going to look for more by this author and narrator.

  • Kill Me Again

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,894
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,724

When your life is a lie, who can you trust? When Maggie Taylor accepts a new job in Manchester, she is sure it is the right move for her family. The children have settled well, although her husband, Duncan, doesn’t appear to be so convinced. But nothing prepares her for the shock of coming home from work one night to find that Duncan has disappeared, leaving their young children alone. His phone is dead, and she has no idea where he has gone or why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Smooth and Classy Thriller

  • By Simon on 26-08-16

A many layered story

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

Reviewed: 21-07-18

I’ve listened to all the stories in this series up to this one and each of them has involved a well plotted story. It’s unusual to have so many well rounded characters consistently appear in a series. Mostly their personalities are sketchily drawn, but not by Rachel Abbott. Although some character are intensely irritating, they are always true to themselves. The plots are complicated but easy to follow. I highly recommend this series, and Lisa Coleman is a very accomplished reader. It takes a lot of skill to give each character a voice, but she does it brilliantly.

  • Her Frozen Heart

  • By: Lulu Taylor
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Caitlyn thinks her marriage to Patrick is a success. For one thing, he is one of the few people not to fall head over heels for her beautiful friend, Sara. Life is lived on his terms, but they are happy. Aren't they? When a devastating accident turns her existence upside down, Caitlyn is forced to reassess everything she thought about her marriage, what she truly knows about Patrick, and his real feelings for her best friend. In the refuge of an old manor house, she begins to discover the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent characterisation

  • By Mrs CJ on 13-05-18

Excellent characterisation

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

Reviewed: 13-05-18

This is a very good story about families in two timelines which intersect in the present. Clare Corbett’s narration never disappoints. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the twist at the end.

  • Deadly Secrets

  • Detective Erika Foster, Book 6
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

On a cold icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a horrific killing on the victim’s doorstep? Straight off her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed. One chilling detail links them to the murder victim - they were all attacked by a figure in black wearing a gas mask.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely perfect

  • By Colette on 19-04-18

Unexpected ending

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

Reviewed: 24-04-18

Up to the standard of the rest of this series. I must say I was getting a bit fed up with dour Erika, always disobeying orders, behaving appallingly and getting away with it. Nice to hear a bit more about her and her colleagues. Clever plot, and an unexpected ending. Jan Cramer is an excellent narrator

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  • Blood Harvest

  • By: Sharon Bolton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

NOW YOU SEE HER.... Gillian is haunted by the disappearance of her little girl two years ago. A devastating fire burned down their home, but she remains convinced her daughter survived. NOW YOU DON’T... Ten-year-old Tom lives by the town’s neglected churchyard. Is he the only one who sees the strange, solitary child playing there? And what is she trying to tell him?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By jackie on 07-08-16

Intriguing story

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

Reviewed: 22-03-18

This is a character driven story, with some interesting people who mostly behave as you think normal people would. The plot isn’t as predictable as you might think when you start listening. Claire Corbett is such a versatile reader it is always obvious who is speaking. Highly recommended

  • Stranger Child

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,621

One dark secret. One act of revenge. When Emma Joseph met her husband, David, he was a man shattered by grief. His first wife had been killed outright when her car veered off the road. Just as tragically, their six-year-old daughter mysteriously vanished from the scene of the accident. Now, six years later, Emma believes the painful years are behind them. She and David have built a new life together and have a beautiful baby son, Ollie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thriller With a Human Side

  • By Simon on 10-11-15

Bit implausible

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

This was a complicated story, most of the characters were well drawn. The parts that didn’t ring true for me were the ones describing Tom and his brother’s past relationship. Also the ransom demand and it’s execution. Apart from that I enjoyed the story and narration.

  • Think of a Number

  • By: John Verdon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

It begins with a letter... The letter contains a request - think of a number, any number - and a sealed envelope. Inside the envelope is that number... When Dave Gurney, retired NYPD homicide detective, is contacted by an old college acquaintance about some startling letters he’s been receiving, it is at first little more than a diverting but sinister puzzle. Until the acquaintance is brutally killed.Suddenly Gurney finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation that makes no sense.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping tale

  • By Paul on 11-01-12

So pleased this is Book 1

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

Reviewed: 31-01-18

Hadn’t come across this writer before, but Jeff Harding is one of the best narrators so thought I’d give it a whirl. Really glad I did. The story was complicated and I only guessed who the murderer was just before they were revealed. The detective and his wife’s relationship was well drawn, although I did want to slap him once or twice! All the characters were well drawn. I was really pleased when I found this is Book 1 of 6 so far. Highly recommended

  • Dead Souls

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series, Book 6
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone. As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps. Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark, secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the book then stops dead

  • By miss c a l hudson on 22-05-17

Predictable villain

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

Reviewed: 27-09-17

Unfortunately Angela Marsons seems to have got a bit stuck as far as the character of the villains in her recent stories are concerned. This was a very clever plot, but if you've listened to the previous books you'll guess who the villain is almost as soon as they appear. A real pity as this story takes forward some of the personal histories of the team, and shows how Kim Stone's character is developing. Jan Cramer's narration was excellent as always, and I did enjoy the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Secrets in Death

  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it's not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that's exactly what happens one cold February evening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • once again a good read

  • By Kindle Customer on 30-07-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 15-09-17

Overall I've enjoyed the series, but this book was a real disappointment. It was pretty obvious who was the killer from very early on and the plot was really weak. Susan Erickson was excellent as always. Hopefully the next "in Death" will be back to standard

  • Play Dead

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 4
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

Westerley research facility is not for the faint-hearted. A "body farm" investigating human decomposition, its inhabitants are corpses in various states of decay. But when Detective Kim Stone and her team discover the fresh body of a young woman, it seems a killer has discovered the perfect cover to bury their crime. Then a second girl is attacked and left for dead, her body drugged and mouth filled with soil. It's clear to Stone and the team that a serial killer is at work - but just how many bodies will they uncover?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Tinydon on 30-05-16

No. 4 is another great story

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

Kim Stone is an interesting character and I'm enjoying learning more about her life. Having said that, I'd also like to learn more about the lives and characters of her team. The story was a good one, although I guessed quite early on who the baddie was as it followed a similar pattern to No. 3. Jan Cramer is an excellent reader who manages to keep the voices of the various characters distinctive and easily identifiable.