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  • The Thinnest Air

  • By: Minka Kent
  • Narrated by: Brittany Wilkerson, Emily Cauldwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Meredith Price is the luckiest woman alive. Her husband, Andrew, is a charming and successful financial broker. She has two lovely stepchildren and is living in affluence in a mountain resort town. After three years of marriage, Meredith’s life has become predictable. Until the day she disappears. Her car has been discovered in a grocery store parking lot - purse and phone undisturbed on the passenger seat, keys in the ignition, no sign of struggle, and no evidence of foul play. It’s as if she vanished into thin air.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hold your breath!

  • By Kindle Customer Brenda Powell on 05-08-18

Very Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

I didn't work out who it was until that moment by her car. A rather brilliant listen from start to finish.

  • Try Not to Breathe

  • By: Holly Seddon
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies, Lucy Middleweek, Katy Sobey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,843

For fans of Gillian Flynn, Laura Lippman, and Paula Hawkins comes Holly Seddon's arresting fiction debut: an engrossing thriller full of page-turning twists and turns, richly imagined characters, and gripping psychological suspense. Some secrets never die. They're just locked away. Alex Dale is lost. Destructive habits have cost her a marriage and a journalism career. All she has left is her routine: a morning run until her body aches, then a few hours of forgettable work before the past grabs hold and drags her down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If you can get over annoying irritating inflections in speech of two readers it's worth listening to.

  • By Pete on 02-12-16

I liked that

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

Reviewed: 24-07-18

Amy is 15 and in a coma, Jake her former boyfriend is now 30, married and expecting his first child but he cannot let go of Amy and visits her every day but omits to tell his increasingly paranoid and pregnant wife.

Meet Alex, divorced, jobless, disgraced and a barely functioning alcoholic who visits a local hospice to discuss coma patients, when she learns Amy's story she decides to undertake a little investigative journalism as her attacker has never been found.

This is a very good read, the Amy monologues as she resurfaces are excellent but my hat goes off to Alex!

  • Ep. 6: The Bus Stop Rapist (Real Crime)

  • By: Bernard P Achampong
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Gibson
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

He was dubbed the 'Bus Stop Rapist' and he struck again and again. But it was the story of 13-year-old Milly Dowler, snatched on her way home from school, which captured the imagination of a nation... and led in part to the downfall of a national newspaper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Millie Dowler

  • By Rabid Reader on 16-07-18

Millie Dowler

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

Ep6 - the invisible man
This was the case the not only uncovered a man murdering because he decided there was something about his victims he didn't like but that it alerted the police to the fact that the press were actually trespassing on private voicemail messages, not just Millie's but other more prominent people.

  • Ep. 5: The Story of Raoul Moat (Real Crime)

  • By: Thomas Glasser
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Gibson
  • Length: 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Raoul Moat, a thug with a mohawk, killed his ex-girlfriends' lover, sparking the biggest man hunt in British history and a grotesque media event. In this episode of Real Crime you can hear how the search panned out, including the final deadly moments.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • After the last 4 this was disappointing

  • By Rabid Reader on 16-07-18

After the last 4 this was disappointing

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

I found this story a bit of a let down following the detail of the previous 4

  • Ep. 4: The Jamie Bulger Story (Real Crime)

  • By: Bernard P Achampong
  • Narrated by: Joanna Simpson
  • Length: 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

Two boys were just 10 years old when they killed the toddler James Bulger. Hear their trembling confession of what happened that tragic day. It's a parent's worst fear — you turn your back for a moment and suddenly your child is missing. In this case the fear turns to a most shocking nightmare. Then, the whole country reacted with shock and anger - with angry mobs attacking police vans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More shocked than when it happened

  • By Rabid Reader on 16-07-18

More shocked than when it happened

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

Ep4: I remember the news reels
At this time my son was 14 months old and I thought it was barbaric. Now having heard that child voice stating "I killed Jamie Bulger" was horrifying. Even more was what they did to his body, I was aware of what they had done with batteries but not that his body was severed by a freight train.
This was a prime opportunity to bring back capital punishment, one of them might be living quietly but the other does not. Its our tax money that is protecting them!

  • Ep. 3: Playing with My Killer (Real Crime)

  • By: Bernard P Achampong
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Gibson
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

The story of Lewis Daynes, 18, who groomed and killed a 14-year-old boy then chillingly called 999 to report his crime. Hear the voice of this cold-blooded killer as he takes six minutes to calmly tell the emergency dispatch operator exactly what he's done. Then hear him quickly hang up when he realises the police are outside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What on earth were the police doing?

  • By Rabid Reader on 16-07-18

What on earth were the police doing?

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

Ep 3 - I confess I was not really aware of this story but now I am.
So the mom phoned the police to report this guy and it doesn't seem to have gone anywhere. The fact that her child's personality was changing would indicate she wasn't imagining something. Why didn't the police take this seriously, if they had maybe Breck would still be alive today.
Even more disgusting is if you google Lewis Daynes he has a blog where he openly gloats. He also sent photos of Breck's dead body to other members of the gaming group. Breck's siblings saw the pictures before the father could break the news.

  • Ep. 2: The Story of Louise Woodward (Real Crime)

  • By: Bernard P Achampong
  • Narrated by: Nick Wallis
  • Length: 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Louise Woodward is the 'most notorious criminal convicted in Massachusetts' according to a US law magazine. We re-examine the case and ask: did the British nanny really shake baby Matthew Eappen to death?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Did she or didn't she?

  • By Rabid Reader on 16-07-18

Did she or didn't she?

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

Episode 2. Did she shake that poor baby?
I honestly don't know. She is definitely guilty of being a party girl who had no thoughts except her own self gratification when her employers put their foot down to curtail her internet and party habits.
Yes the parents have to live with the fact that they employed her, how good were the police checks at that point. With any luck they have improved.

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  • Ep. 1: The Philpotts (Real Crime)

  • By: Thomas Glasser
  • Narrated by: Joanna Simpson
  • Length: 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

After six of Mick Philpott's 17 children were killed in a house fire, the police closed in on their prime suspects - their parents. Hear the secret police recordings as police bug their hotel room to reveal the killers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling Nuggets

  • By Simon on 15-02-18

Hero???? You are joking

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

Found this series on Audible, not only is it free its rather interesting to listen.

This is the large family who got the nickname of scroungers that deliberately set fire to their family home and as a consequence killed their children because they wanted five minutes of fame. For what they did they got that and more.

  • The Ex-Wife

  • A Nail Biting Gripping Psychological Thriller
  • By: Jess Ryder
  • Narrated by: Annette Chown
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 433

Newly married Natasha has the perfect house, a loving husband, and a beautiful little girl called Emily. She’d have it all if it wasn’t for Jen, her husband’s ex-wife who just won’t leave them alone. Then Natasha returns home one day to find her husband and Emily gone without trace. Desperate to get her daughter back, Natasha will do anything even if it means accepting an offer of help from Jen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Brilliant

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

Nasty Nick strikes again!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Oh what a nasty Nick! Selfish, spoilt and pandered to for his every whim. He has it all ... except a child. For years Nick and Jen try including IVF but nothing happens until Nick started an affair with Natasha, three months later he is telling Jen he wants a divorce because he is going to be a father.

It's a tangled web, who do you trust when everyone is lying, all Natasha wants is her daughter back but Nick won't let that happen, he holds all the cards. Its only over his dead body will Emily see her mother again.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Beast

  • Twisted Ever After, Book 1
  • By: A. Zavarelli
  • Narrated by: Tracy Marks
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Once upon a time, I believed in fairytales. But then he took me. And he taught me that life isn't a fairytale. He is scarred. Broken. A dark and wild thing. His beauty is violent and his words are cruel. His heart is a shadowed landscape where nothing can grow. He tells me he could never care for me, and he proves it every day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow who do you really trust

  • By Rabid Reader on 09-07-18

wow who do you really trust

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Well wow is what springs to mind. Take a father involved in a nefarious government programme, his daughter with the voice and skills of an angel. Thrown in a boy who was mistreated because of his mother's brain tumour and you have the basis for beast.

Javier is really maligned with that label. Isabella is a not so pampered princess who hides in plain sight. Her music manager Luke is a first class pervert who has complete control. But Javier has been stalking Bella and is biding his time to bring his revenge to fruition.

A darkly beautiful love story of two broken people struggling with hearts that are desperate to be the one but trust is a commodity in very short supply.