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  • And Then it Happened

  • By: Linda Green
  • Narrated by: Suzie Aitcheson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 147

Mel Taylor was thirteen years old when she found her Mr Right. Twenty years on they remain blissfully in love. She has the man she adores, a gorgeous daughter, a great job and a dream home. But Mel's seemingly perfect life is spoilt by a dark secret and a niggling fear that her good fortune can't last for ever. Despite her husband Adam telling her to live for the present and stop worrying about the future, Mel can't shake the feeling that someone is about to call time on their happiness. And then it happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And then it happened

  • By Judy on 07-04-12

Not as good as I have come to expect from this aut

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

Reviewed: 29-01-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, because it is interesting and deals with something really relevant to the present day.

What did you like best about this story?

The important social issue. One could discuss it at length.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Not really. It needs more than one narrator to do that.

Could you see And Then it Happened being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

I watch very little television, so cannot comment on that.

Any additional comments?

I did not especially like the narrator. This really needs more than one to keep one's interest.

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  • The House on Cold Hill

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 724

They said the dead can't hurt you.... They were wrong. The House on Cold Hill is a chilling and suspenseful ghost story from the multimillion-copy best-selling author of Dead Simple, Peter James. Moving from the heart of Brighton and Hove to the Sussex countryside is a big undertaking for Ollie and Caro Harcourt and their 12-year-old daughter, Jade. But when they view Cold Hill House - a huge, dilapidated Georgian mansion - Ollie is filled with excitement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Book Fan on 13-11-15

Different, but not different enough

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

Reviewed: 24-11-16

What did you like best about The House on Cold Hill? What did you like least?

The performance was excellent.

This story was too derivative, if that is the right word. Echoes of The Canterville Ghost and other ghost stories. It was well written, though.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was rather too predictable.

What about Nicholas Boulton’s performance did you like?

He has a good voice, does not mispronounce words as so many narrators do.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed Peter James' short stories in this genre but this was not as good as I expected it to be.

  • The Teacher

  • A Shocking and Compelling New Crime Thriller That's Not for the Faint-Hearted
  • By: Katerina Diamond
  • Narrated by: Stevie Lacey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 472

You think you know who to trust? You think you know the difference between good and evil? You're wrong.... The body of the head teacher of an exclusive Devon school is found hanging from the rafters in the assembly hall. Hours earlier he'd received a package, and only he could understand the silent message it conveyed. It meant the end. As Exeter suffers a rising count of gruesome deaths, troubled DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles must solve the case and make their city safe again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't wait....,

  • By pixie on 08-10-16

Purple passages and poor grammar spoil it somewhat

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

Reviewed: 13-10-16

Would you try another book written by Katerina Diamond or narrated by Stevie Lacey?

If it was a daily deal or I could borrow it from the local digital library I would, but I would not pay full price for it.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I wish that narrators would learn how to pronounce words properly. I do hate it when people say "droring" instead of "drawing".

Did The Teacher inspire you to do anything?

No.

Any additional comments?

The plot is good although a little too convoluted. I think that the author should read Val McDermid and improve her style. The characters are not really credible.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • In Bitter Chill

  • By: Sarah Ward
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

You can't bury the truth forever.... Derbyshire, January 1978. Two girls go missing: Rachel Jones returns, Sophie Jenkins is never found. Thirty years later, Sophie Jenkins' mother commits suicide. Rachel Jones has tried to put the past behind her. But news of the suicide reopens old wounds, and Rachel realises that the only way she can have a future is to finally discover what really happened all those years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Secrets That Won't Stay Buried - Gripping!

  • By MRS V L HALL on 18-03-16

A good book on the whole

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

Reviewed: 24-05-16

What made the experience of listening to In Bitter Chill the most enjoyable?

I liked the characterisation and the irony of the plot. Little clues were to be found all through the book. The ending was sad but happy as well; life was moving on and old issues were resolved.

What was one of the most memorable moments of In Bitter Chill?

When Rachel discovered that her family history was not quite what she thought it was.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, it did, but I was disappointed with the mistakes that keep happening in audio books. It is not GeneOlogy, it is GeneAlogy. And it is NOT renumeration it is remuneration, from the Latin verb munire, to reward.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I really don't know; the story is a little complex to tag.

Any additional comments?

I would listen to another of this author's books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Black Widow

  • By: Chris Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Angus King, Scarlett Mack
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272

There is no perfect marriage. There is no perfect murder. Diana Jager's life crumbles when her details are released on the Internet as revenge for her antisexism blog. Then she meets Peter. Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident - a nightmare end to their fairy-tale romance. But Peter's sister, Lucy, doesn't believe in fairy tales and tasks maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling 'Black Widow'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great listen

  • By N. Macdougall on 06-02-16

Worth sticking with.

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

What did you like most about Black Widow?

I liked the main character, Diana Jager. She doesn't come across as likeable at first but as one gets to know her, one can see that she is essentially a good person who has been a little unwise and has been very unlucky. She's also human and very dedicated to her profession.

The other characters are interesting, too. Jack Parablane isn't as engaging as he should be; a bit of a stereotype. However, he does add a lot to the plot and the action. The Elphinstone siblings are rather repellent from the start, which fact helped me guess the probable ending. I was glad that the relationship between the two police officers did not take up too much of the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Widow?

I cannot reveal that without hinting at the ending. I did like the fact that the denouement was not full of gore. It was clever enough without any fighting.

It took a while really to get into this book but I am glad that I stuck with it. I shall get some more by this author.

Have you listened to any of Angus King and Scarlett Mack ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is my first Christopher Blakemyre and my first audiobook with these narrators.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I think that the author's "On trial for his life" sums it up.

Any additional comments?

No.

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  • The Narrow Bed

  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 109

Queen of psychological crime Sophie Hannah returns with a chilling new Culver Valley crime novel. A killer that the police are calling "Billy Dead Mates" is murdering pairs of best friends one by one. Before they die, each victim is given a small white book.... For months detectives have failed to catch Billy or work out what the white books mean. And then a woman, scared by what she's seen on the news, comes forward. Stand-up comedian Kim Tribbeck has one of Billy's peculiar little books.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I think I liked it - but not sure!

  • By SCR on 02-03-16

Not the author's usual high standard.

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

Reviewed: 28-02-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, because I follow the Culver Valley series. I don't want to miss anything about the various characters.

Would you recommend The Narrow Bed to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, if they were Sophie Hannah fans and had read other Culver Valley books.

Have you listened to any of Julia Barrie’s other performances? How does this one compare?

It's pretty good.

Was The Narrow Bed worth the listening time?

Yes, but I wish it hadn't been so long-winded. Once one knew who the villain was, there was too much left to listen to.

Any additional comments?

I hope the next one is as good as the ones before this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pictures or It Didn't Happen

  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

After Chloe and her daughter, Freya, are rescued from disaster by a man, Chloe decides she must find him again to thank him. But instead of meeting her knight in shining armour, she comes across Nadine Caspian, who warns her to stay away from him. The man is dangerous, Nadine claims, and a compulsive liar. Alarmed, Chloe knows that the sensible choice would be to walk away. But she is too curious. What could Nadine have meant?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant short story

  • By G on 21-04-15

Good potential, not fulfilled.

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

Reviewed: 28-12-15

Where does Pictures or It Didn't Happen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Fairly high; Sophie Hannah seldom disappoints.

What other book might you compare Pictures or It Didn't Happen to, and why?

Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards

Have you listened to any of Julia Barrie’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, I have and this one is good too.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No; the story is interesting but doesn't develop as it should. It could be longer. Sophie Hannah is very good at building up tension and she does this but it falls rather flat. The protagonist should have been more concerned about her child. The revelation of the true sociopath isn't developed properly. However, I did enjoy the book and shall continue to buy Sophie Hannah. I have read or listened to most of her books.

Any additional comments?

This was a daily deal. I love the daily deals; when one isn't quite sure about a book and is afraid of being disappointed, this is the ideal thing. Of course, one can return it if one likes. I have never done that.

  • Eeny Meeny

  • By: M. J. Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Nigel Pilkington, Lucy Gaskell, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,053

The girl emerged from the woods, barely alive. Her story was beyond belief. But it was true. Every dreadful word of it. Days later, another desperate escapee is found - and a pattern is emerging. Pairs of victims are being abducted, imprisoned then faced with a terrible choice: Kill or be killed. Would you rather lose your life or lose your mind? Eeny Meeny is an electrifying debut, with the nerve-shredding intensity of Saw and Along Came a Spider.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!! "What would you do?"

  • By lynsey Patina on 15-05-14

As Good As I Hoped It Would Be

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It's well written and rather different from other police procedurals.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Helen Grace. She is a flawed human being who is trying to do her best, despite the fact that it is not always clear what is the best. The tale doesn't quite go the way one expects in the serial killer genre.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

I did like Helen best, I think, although I was rather touched by her sister. I won't spoil the plot for other listeners or readers, but the rage and despair came over very well. I suppose that having an eminent Queen's Counsel for a father gives the author a good understanding of why some people go to prison when they might have been worthwhile, successful people.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I needed a break from it. It's very well written and some bits are a very harrowing.

Any additional comments?

I discovered M J Arlidge because I saw his father, Anthony Arlidge QC, at the Hay Festival. He spoke very amusingly of his son's "awful" thrillers and advised the audience to buy the book that he himself wrote with Igor Lord Judge. Of course, one had to try an M J Arlidge then. I am very glad that I did.

  • Not Safe after Dark, Volume Two

  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister, David Shaw Parker
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

The second volume in this unabridged chilling collection of short tales from the author of the best-selling Inspector Banks series. Peter Robinson is one of the crime world's finest stylists. This is a collection that will explore our hidden paranoia, challenge all that we take for granted, lure us to new, exotic places - only to make us wish we could run back home, and keep us up all night just waiting for the safety of the dawn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read and read again stories.

  • By highmyope1955 on 27-02-15

Read and read again stories.

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

Reviewed: 27-02-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I am an enormous fan of Peter Robinson and have all the Inspector Banks books in one format or another. These short stories are up to his normal standard. It is a genre I particularly enjoy. Although I enjoy new books and previously unread authors I like my old friends around me to read again one day. Robinson's stories are very well-researched and informative apart from the good characterizations and plots.

I have only been using audio books for about eighteen months and realise just how important the narrator is.

What did you like best about this story?

The variety, the plots and the insight into human nature

What does Robert Glenister and David Shaw Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

They are good narrators, especially Robert Glenister. I cannot cope even with an e-reader now so the quality of audio books is very important. There is nothing as good as reading a book, especially the traditional paper sort, but I cannot fault the narration of this collection.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it was.

Any additional comments?

I am waiting for Sunday so that I can buy the third part of the collection.

  • Want You Dead

  • Roy Grace, Book 10
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880

Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Peter James' tenth Roy Grace novel, Want You Dead.... Single girl, 29, smouldering redhead, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and - who knows - maybe more? When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing

  • By Mrs on 19-06-14

Roy Grace escapes death again; for how long?

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes; Peter James' books are well-researched and have the ring of authenticity.

Who was your favorite character and why?

That is hard to say. Roy Grace is appealing but I do find Glen Branson interesting. Also, there is a kind of fascination with Sandy, the presumed-dead wife.

What about Daniel Weyman’s performance did you like?

He has a good voice and gets into the parts well.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some of it made me laugh, but I did not want to cry. I am eager to find how the Sandy Lohmann story line continues.

Any additional comments?

I am looking forward to the next Roy Grace novel, which is probably the best recommendation.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful