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  • Coming Home to Island House

  • By: Erica James
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

Summer 1939: After touring an unsettled Europe to promote her latest book, Romily Temple returns home to Island House and the love of her life, Jack Devereux. But when Jack falls ill, his estranged family are called to his bedside. With war now declared, each member of the family is reluctantly forced to accept their new stepmother and confront their own shortcomings. But can Romily cope with the life that has been so unexpectedly thrust upon her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always a good story teller

  • By Rosemary Gardner on 02-04-18

Excellent family saga

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

Really good characters, well drawn and believable with the exception of Arthur at the end. I felt the author got bored with him and couldn’t work out how his story should end.

  • 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 4,531
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,209

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

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 27-10-18

What I love about JKRowling’s books are the detailed plots, characterisations and information you get with each one. Each character is true to themselves, you understand the reasoning behind each decision they make and they’re as unpredictable in her stories as they are in real life. She manages to suck you in to Strike’s reality almost immediately and it is always believable. I throughly enjoyed this story and can’t wait for the next one.

  • The Last Straw

  • DCI Warren Jone, Book 1
  • By: Paul Gitsham
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

When Professor Alan Tunbridge is discovered in his office with his throat slashed, the suspects start queuing up. The brilliant but unpleasant microbiologist had a genius for making enemies. For Warren Jones, newly appointed Detective Chief Inspector to the Middlesbury force, a high-profile murder is the ideal opportunity. He’s determined to run a thorough and professional investigation but political pressure to resolve the case quickly and tensions in the office and at home make life anything but easy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to a new series

  • By Andromeda's Twin on 18-09-18

Easy listen

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

Reviewed: 21-10-18

I quite enjoyed this, although I worked out whodunnit about halfway through which was a bit disappointing. The police characters were very well drawn. I will certainly give the second in the series a listen and see how I get on.

  • Killing Season

  • Violet Darger FBI Thriller Book 2
  • By: Tim McBain, L.T. Vargus
  • Narrated by: Kate Marcin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

Two days. Fourteen dead. The next victim could be you. The first bullet punches through the windshield of an SUV. A head shot. The driver's death is instantaneous. And it's only the beginning. A sniper along I-20 kills eight and causes a 36 car pileup. Brutal. Efficient. The next morning, the same individual stalks through a grocery store parking lot with a handgun. He takes out six innocent shoppers along with the store's front window before fleeing without a trace. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroine is a bit irritating

  • By Mrs CJ on 22-08-18

Heroine is a bit irritating

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

Reviewed: 22-08-18

I sort of enjoyed the story but must say I am a bit fed up with heroines who never act sensibly, never call for back up, and never let partners or others know where they’re going. We all know you should always let someone know where you are, especially when you’re hot on the trail of a serial killer. And for heavens sake, go to the hospital or get some sleep! I think this book has suffered because the last couple I’ve listened to have been littered with people acting irrationally. Having said that, the first two thirds held my attention and Kate Marvin is a terrific audio actress.

  • The Wildflowers

  • By: Harriet Evans
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

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

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This is dull over written and contrived

  • By Stephen on 09-08-18

Good story full of well drawn characters

Overall
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.

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  • Kill Me Again

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,811

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 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

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

Overall
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 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

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

Overall
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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Harvest

  • By: Sharon Bolton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

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

Overall
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 1,859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,691

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.