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  • The Silent Patient

  • By: Alex Michaelides
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman's act of violence against her husband - and of the man obsessed with uncovering her motive.... Famous artist Alicia Berenson shoots her husband in the head five times and then never speaks again. Five years later, forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber must find a way to get Alicia to talk if he wants to treat her. Only then can he unravel the shocking events of that tragic night five years before....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever twist

  • By Pawsthevizsla on 18-02-19

Neatly done

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

Don’t try and guess the twist, just enjoy the ride.
Too often psychological thrillers are let down by a poor ending but this is great.
Plus it’s a fascinating introduction to the theory and practice of talking therapies.

  • Lanny

  • By: Max Porter
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington, Clare Corbett, David Timson, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Not far from London, there is a village. This village belongs to the people who live in it and to those who lived in it hundreds of years ago. It belongs to England's mysterious past and its confounding present. It belongs to Mad Pete, the grizzled artist. To ancient Peggy, gossiping at her gate. To families dead for generations, and to those who have only recently moved here. But it also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort who has woken from his slumber in the woods. Dead Papa Toothwort, who is listening to them all. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever Stuff That Took Me Out Of My Comfort Zone!

  • By Simon on 08-03-19

Milk Wood with magic

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

Reviewed: 28-03-19

So good but to describe it is to limit it, and possibly to limit its appeal.
However a review demands some sort of analysis so I’d say it’s a poetic, ethereal tale shot through with elements of thriller, drama, social commentary and folklore.
It’s quite brilliant and the narration elevates it above the print copy. My only criticism would be in calling the boy Lanny. What kind of name is that?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Matter of Loyalty

  • A Very English Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Anselm Audley, Elizabeth Edmondson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

January 1954. Mists cover the hills around Selchester. Someone at the research facility known as the Atomic is leaking secrets to Soviet Russia, and when nuclear scientist Bruno Rothesay goes missing, the British Intelligence Services are convinced he's the mole. Hugo Hawksworth isn't so sure. Then a body turns up, and Hugo's instincts are proven correct. But if Rothesay wasn't selling secrets to the Soviets, who is?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this, and sad that there'll be no more

  • By Ian Smith on 06-12-17

Ripping yarn but poor narrator

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

Reviewed: 14-03-19

Great Cold War x country house murder mystery but the narration was very very annoying.
The men are all (somewhat confusingly) gruff and the women and girls have varying degrees of awful voices. The half-American schoolgirl is a shocker.
Despite a fair amount of repetition and some rambling unnecessary storylines, I liked the plot. But the hammy narration was hugely distracting.
Probably better in paperback.

  • The Taking of Annie Thorne

  • By: C. J. Tudor
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 444

One night, Annie went missing. Disappeared from her own bed. There were searches, appeals. Everyone thought the worst. And then, miraculously, after 48 hours, she came back. Though she couldn't, or wouldn't, say what had happened to her. But something happened to my sister. I can't explain what. I just know that when she came back, she wasn't the same. She wasn't my Annie. I didn't want to admit, even to myself, that sometimes I was scared to death of my own little sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Tudor King / Queen?

  • By Simon on 24-02-19

Supernatural revenge muddle

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

Loved The Chalk Man but there’s not much to like in this jumbled tale.
After a long, slow build up, the intriguing supernatural elements are cast aside in favour of a series of crude twists, unlikely events and comic book villains.
The dual timelines of the unsympathetic quippy narrator in the grim ex-mining town lay a good foundation which is then spoilt by huge dollops of Stephen King, League of Gentlemen and Usual Suspects, plus all manner of hasty revelations.
It feels like (at least) two utterly different books and there are a large number of plot holes/unexplained incidents/unclear motives. And a strangely absent mother.
The narration is great until the accents take over at the end.

  • When You Disappeared

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks, Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 896

All she wanted was the truth, but she'll wish she never found out. When Catherine wakes up alone one morning, she thinks her husband has gone for a run before work. But Simon never makes it to the office. His running shoes are by the front door. Nothing is missing - except him.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing - don't waste your credit

  • By Liz Rev on 21-07-18

Horrible. Ridiculous.

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

Reviewed: 20-02-19

I highly recommend that you give this story a miss.
I thought it was a clever meta twist on the missing character, or the unreliable narrator, but I was wrong.
It’s just a series of wildly unbelievable and unpleasant reminiscences (from him) and romantic pulp fiction (from her).
By the end it’s just silly and goes out with a whimper, leaving a nasty taste.
Given that the book was edited and then re-titled, I’m curious to know what was changed in the story.

  • The Hunting Party

  • By: Lucy Foley
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron, Laura Kirman, Clare Corbett, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 414

Everyone's invited. Everyone's a suspect. In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather for New Year. The beautiful one. The golden couple. The volatile one. The new parents. The quiet one. The city boy. The outsider. The victim. Not an accident - a murder among friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended... a brilliant book

  • By edd on 23-12-18

Cold Feet

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

Reviewed: 15-02-19

Great snowy Highland location but a number of indistinct characters and formulaic plot.
Would’ve been more balanced if, post murder, there had been more of the guests’ viewpoints and a greater sense of their snowbound isolation.
Can imagine it televised over Christmas.
But what happened to the Icelandic couple? Did I miss something?

  • The Thirteenth Tale

  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

The Thirteenth Tale is a compelling and emotional mystery, in the timeless vein of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, about family secrets and the magic of books and storytelling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric and gripping

  • By Kirstine on 24-05-12

Hot sweet tea, Jane Eyre and cocoa

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

Reviewed: 27-01-19

A frumpy story. Despite the mellifluous narration of Jenny Agutter, I almost stopped listening half way as the constant references to hot sweet tea, Jane Eyre and cocoa were too annoying.
This is a very slight story wrapped up in all the tropes and repetitive detailing found in Victorian classics.
Aside from why there are so many glowing reviews for this book, the biggest puzzle is when it was supposed to be set.
It seems deliberately vague- presumably wanting to give it a timeless air- but I’m plumping for the 1950s, with a yearning for a century earlier.

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  • The Sentence Is Death

  • Detective Daniel Hawthorne, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572

Passion, deception, an unexplained death and a detective with quite a lot to hide lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's brilliant new murder mystery, the second in the best-selling series starring Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne. William Pryce is an elegant, smooth-tongued lawyer who has made a fortune out of celebrity divorces - and a lot of enemies in the process. Unmarried himself, he lives in a handsome bachelor pad on the edge of Hampstead Heath. Or, rather, he used to....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Writing is On the Wall - GREAT NEW SERIES!

  • By Patricia on 08-11-18

Cormoran vs Hawthorne

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

I’d forgotten about the first book so a new Horowitz was a lovely surprise, however two things made it a bit disappointing:
1) I love Rory Kinnear but the voice he used for the female detective was truly appalling (as many have said).
2) There’s too fine a line between Hawthorne and Cormoran Strike. I kept expecting Robin to appear.
Oh and fictitious Horowitz is so whiny.
The premise is great (and AH is a master storyteller) so it’s annoying that I couldn’t enjoy it more.

  • Lies Sleeping

  • Rivers of London, Book 7
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,489
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,308

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice. But even as the unwieldly might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love these characters and these books.

  • By Pegs on 23-11-18

Hurray, Lesley’s back!

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

So much better than the last couple of episodes.
Kobna narrates a nicely complex plot with more magic, more Lesley, less Beverley and less of the teenage spinoff (all good).
Just a bit concerned about the ending.

  • The Witness for the Prosecution: An Agatha Christie Short Story

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lee
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

A classic Agatha Christie short story, available individually for the first time in digital audio, performed by Christopher Lee. When wealthy spinster Emily French is found murdered, suspicion falls to Leonard Vole, the man to whom she hastily bequeathed her riches before she died. Leonard assures the investigators that his wife, Romaine Heilger, can provide them with an alibi. However, when questioned, Romaine informs the police that Vole returned home late that night covered in blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lee-ly good narration

  • By Claire on 04-01-17

Bedtime story from Christopher Lee

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

Original version of Christie’s clever little story before she added the more Hollywood ending.
And Christopher Lee is great.