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  • By: Lucy Clarke
  • Narrated by: Harriet Carmichael, Clare Corbett, Huw Parmenter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

Seven years ago, two boys went missing at sea - and only one was brought to shore. The Sandbank, a remote stretch of coast dotted with beach huts, was scarred forever. Sarah's son survived, but on the anniversary of the accident, he disappears without trace. As new secrets begin to surface, The Sandbank hums with tension and unanswered questions. Sarah's search grows more desperate, and she starts to mistrust everyone she knows - and she's right to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow wow wow! More twists and turns than a roller coaster!

  • By Beckhamgirl on 08-07-17

Sandy secrets

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

Reviewed: 29-06-18

The underlying story is good- missing teenager, missing child, secrets etc- but the reveals were pretty predictable.
Stories based around unreliable narrators always seem to be populated by self-centred unsympathetic characters.
However the beachy setting was great for a summertime read and the narrators were good.

  • Cat Out of Hell

  • By: Lynne Truss
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

A cottage on the coast on a windy evening. Under a pool of yellow light, two figures face each other across a kitchen table. A man and a cat. The story about to be related is so unusual yet so terrifyingly plausible that it demands to be told in a single sitting. The man clears his throat, and leans forward, expectant. 'Shall we begin?' says the cat….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unusually gripping

  • By mollymoon1 on 21-03-14

Suspend your disbelief

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

Reviewed: 23-06-18

Darkly entertaining comedy thriller about satanic cats. Weird premise but unexpected chuckles, superb narration and great off-hand cultural references (Wallander. Say no more).

  • Island of the Mad

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

With Mrs. Hudson gone from their lives and domestic chaos building, the last thing Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, need is to help an old friend with her mad and missing aunt. Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another, since the loss of her brother and father in the Great War. And although her mental state seemed to be improving, she’s now disappeared after an outing from Bethlem Royal Hospital...better known as Bedlam.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bedlam and the Bright Young Things

  • By Sararara on 19-06-18

Bedlam and the Bright Young Things

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

Reviewed: 19-06-18

Exuberant ending to this latest story, which is so much better than the previous one.
It flits from location to location - rather like a James Bond film - following a rather tenuous plot thread, but each part is distinctive and well-drawn.
More than in any others in the series, the story is firmly rooted in a specific era (interwar years). It’s nice to see both Mary and Sherlock espond to the age - and begin to age.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Summer of Impossible Things

  • By: Rowan Coleman
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Thirty years ago something terrible happened to Luna's mother. Something she's prepared to reveal only after her death. In settling her mother's affairs, Luna finds more questions than answers until something impossible and magical happens.... Luna meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977. If she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in order to save her mother's life, will she have to sacrifice her own?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Genius

  • By Debbie Flint on 19-07-17

A film in waiting

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Taken by surprise by how much I enjoyed this book. The NY accents grate, the main characters are really rather irritating and there’s a fair bit of repetition, but it’s an addictive read/listen.
The time travel element may be implausible but follows its own logic to a very satisfying conclusion.

  • Blind Defence

  • By: John Fairfax
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

She was found hanging in a dingy London bedsit with a blood orange in her mouth. Diane Heybridge, a young woman without a past or much of a future, has captured in death the compassion denied her in life. For the prosecution, this seeming suicide is nothing more than a bungled killing, and a disgusted public looks to Court 2 of the Old Bailey for justice. Her callous, jilted partner, Brent Stainsby, stands accused of her murder, and he's turned to the maverick legal team William Benson and Tess de Vere to defend him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Benson's Advocate!

  • By Simon on 05-04-18

More please

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

Strong follow-up to last year’s Summary Justice, fleshing our the characters and dropping hints about new and as yet undisclosed secrets.
The prison scenes are a fascinating insight into confined living and the courtroom drama is gripping.
The main female characters are not as strongly drawn as the males (and their descriptions seem a little laboured and repetitious), but it’s a great story with excellent narration.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Black Swan Green

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Chris Nelson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 202

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2006.
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, 2006
Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Best Book, 2007.

Jason Taylor is 13, doomed to be growing up in the most boring family in the deadest village on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome nostalgia

  • By Kelly on 23-03-07

Worth reading but avoid audio

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Meander through a year in the life of 13-year old Jason, liberally scattered with 1980s product placement and news.
But let down by seriously poor narrator- particularly the appalling accents and women's voices - makes you realise how good they usually are.
Also a bit disappointing that the more surreal, magical elements of later books are very very minimal, but still a book worth reading (just don't listen to either this version or the unabridged US audio).

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Widow

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,982

Exclusive to Audible! Listen to a discussion between the author and the narrator of The Widow at the end of this recording. We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the wife who stands by him? Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confession is a dangerous thing.

  • By Wras on 26-01-16

Page turner but

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

Reviewed: 31-01-18

Not as good as The Child - too much time spent inside the head of an irritating woman.
However a fiendish page turner in order to find out what had happened. Stayed up far too late.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Child

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,995

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers, it's impossible to ignore. For one woman it's a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another it's the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for a third, a journalist, it's the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. The Child's story will be told.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Rich Drama of Complex Emotions

  • By Simon on 30-06-17

A good ITV miniseries

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

Reviewed: 24-12-17

Intriguing premise and rich cast of female characters. Bit like an ITV mini-series, full of British reserve and deep dark secrets. Can imagine Suranne Jones as the reporter.
Only criticisms would be that the men were rather cliched or underwritten plus it would have been a smoother listen with a single narrator.

  • Therapy

  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Twelve-year-old Josy has an inexplicable illness. She vanishes without a trace from her doctor's office during treatment. Four years later Josy's father, psychiatrist Viktor Larenz, has withdrawn himself to an isolated North Sea island in order to deal with the tragedy. Then he's paid a surprise visit by a beautiful stranger. Anna Glass is a novelist who suffers from an unusual form of schizophrenia: All the characters she creates for her books become real to her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gets better with hindsight

  • By Sararara on 01-10-17

Gets better with hindsight

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

Intense story which demands to be consumed in one or two sittings. Bears some resemblance to a couple of films but a great psychological chiller that actually improves when you think back over it. Only criticisms would be its unnecessarily visceral moments and the French episode.

  • The Furthest Station

  • A PC Peter Grant Novella
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,374

The Furthest Station is Ben Aaronovitch's first PC Grant novella...and there's something going bump on the Metropolitan line. And when commuters start reporting encounters with ghosts up and down the track - encounters which they forget entirely within minutes - Peter Grant gets a call to investigate. And the very first interview leads to a ghost-hunting expedition....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but

  • By Jeffrey Slater on 06-10-17

Much better but

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

Left wondering why this story wasn't incorporated into a full length novel. Good story more akin to the early books, with touches of Neverwhere. But some unresolved plot holes and the asides to American listeners /readers niggled. Teen character may please younger audience but overall not sure this was worth a credit.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful