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  • Lying in Wait

  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Caoilfhionn Dunne, David McFetridge, Lesley McGuire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003

Lydia Fitzsimons lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the last thing she expects is that pursuing it will lead to murder. However, needs must - because nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Horrifically superb!

  • By Ann D on 07-01-17

One of the very best!

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

Reviewed: 24-07-17

If you could sum up Lying in Wait in three words, what would they be?

Original, compelling, gut-wrenching.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lying in Wait?

[Spoiler Alert!]

Realising what the mother is about to do to the son towards the end.

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

Karen - her accent stayed in my head.

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

No way! I wouldn't have been able to withstand the emotion all in one go. It was good to savour it over time.

Any additional comments?

I hope the next book that I read by Liz Nugent is as good.

  • Man at the Helm

  • By: Nina Stibbe
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 337

Not long after her parents' separation, heralded by an awkward scene involving a wet Daily Telegraph and a pan of cold eggs, nine-year-old Lizzie Vogel, her sister and little brother and their now-divorcée mother are packed off to a small, slightly hostile village in the English countryside. Their mother is all alone, only 31 years of age, with three young children and a Labrador. It is no wonder, when you put it like that, that she becomes a menace and a drunk. And a playwright.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good as expected

  • By Philip on 18-09-14

My kind of people

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

Reviewed: 15-06-16

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator was brilliant and carried off the child-like voices and delivery without sounding wrong in the way some narrators sadly do.
I'm originally from Leicester but forgive the mispronunciations of some of the place names: 'Belvoir' is 'Beever' - (who knew?) and I felt right at home hearing words like 'cob' being used without excuse or explanation (it's a roll - by the way).
The story made me laugh out loud at times thanks to the writer's ability to voice a child's view of the ridiculous and confusing mess adults make of life. The comments made by the children were, therefore poignant and funny rather than maudlin. The narrator had also helped to convey this and I don't think the story would have amounted to much if it had not been told so convincingly through the child's eyes.
A small aside: I'm not sure if it is just me but I found the sound of posh people swearing to be very funny!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Broken Promise

  • By: Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by: Quincy Dunn Baker, Brian O'Neill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 476

The morning it all started, newspaper reporter David Harwood had plenty to worry about. A single parent with no job, forced to return with his young son to the small town of Promise Falls to live with his parents, the future wasn't looking too rosy. So when his mother asked him to look in on his cousin, Marla, who was still not quite right after losing her baby, it was almost a relief to put the disaster his own life had become to one side. The relief wouldn't last long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Barclay !

  • By Andrea on 13-10-15

Annoying! You can't finish a story like this.

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

Reviewed: 18-04-16

I had no idea this was a trilogy until I looked it up. I think there should be a warning. Then I probably would not have bought it.

  • Schreiber's Secret

  • By: Roger Radford
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 345

Crime reporter Mark Edwards and his colleague Danielle Green wade deep in red herrings and a twisting and turning plot as they seek to discover the terrible secret of a Nazi sadist who has continued his murdering ways in modern London. The story switches from a wartime transit camp in Czechoslovakia to contemporary Germany; from a London suburb to the Old Bailey, the world's most famous criminal court, where two men strive to claim that the other is the real Hans Schreiber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping story, very well read

  • By N. Stewart on 12-08-15

Going to have to stop buying "DailyDeal" books"

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

This book was very disappointing. Despite dealing with a very serious and important part of history, the story was trite and predictable. It was more of a fairy story that detracted from the very real horrors and personal tragedies of that period. The plot was ridiculous and employed far too many stereotypes and cartoon-like representations of people and events.
The writing was just downright poor. I found myself blurting out: "You must be joking!" on more than one occasion, because of what the author made the characters say. Is this book used on a "How to Write Your First Thriller For Beginners" writing course?

I am surprised that this book got republished but I suppose I must be in the minority: having seen the number of 5 star reviews the book has received recently. There are so many better, truly 5 star books that deal with this aspect of WWII and so many better writers of thrillers and so it baffles me why it managed to resurface. The book is set in 1995 and although it carries a 2015 publication date I think it was written in 1995.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,226

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing after 14

  • By M on 08-06-15

Gripping Stuff

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

This author writes in a way that keeps my interest - I also liked his previous book. As with that book, the sci-fi element doesn't feature too heavily until the latter part of the novel and by then (I'm not as big a sci-fi fan as I was in my youth) the bizarre developments are almost 'reasonable'.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A God in Ruins

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977

Kate Atkinson’s dazzling Life After Life, one of the top-selling adult books of 2014, explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula’s beloved younger brother, Teddy – would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband, and father – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving and memorable

  • By Kirstine on 16-06-15

Prepare to laugh, cry and groan.

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

Reviewed: 19-05-15

This novel is making me guffaw, sigh, snort, in other words, it is making me feel for the characters and react strongly to the story. That, for me is one of the signs of a good novel.The depiction of some of the events in the second world war were horrific, even though I had read of them before. The words, "Thousand Bomber Raid, " "Firestorm," and "Carpet Bombing" sound almost heroic and so it is good to be reminded of what these terms meant for the aircrew and people on the ground when these attacks took place.

I love Teddy and loath Viola. I am only half way through but I cannot imagine there will be anything that happens to Viola that will redeem her before the end, although I am prepared to be unprepared, as Kate Atkinson is good at adding twists to the plot.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Back Road

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Penny McDonald
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,057

A girl lies close to death in a deserted lane. A driver drags her body to the side of the road. A shadowy figure hides in the trees, watching. For Ellie Saunders last night’s hit and run on the back road could destroy everything she has ... Ellie’s new neighbour, former Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas has moved to the village for some peace and quiet, but as he is drawn into the web of deceit his every instinct tells him that what happened that night was more than a tragic accident.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The biggest disappointment on Audible

  • By Ryan Clontz on 23-09-14

Awful

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

Reviewed: 28-09-14

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who likes Interminable discussion about relationships past and present and has interest in only a hint of a plot within the first half of the book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Rachel Abbott again?

No

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I didn't take to this story. I gave it a good long listen-to but it failed to get me involved and made me annoyed. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen beyond all the (possible) events that are hinted at. I could not finish it.

24 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Mission To Paris

  • By: Alan Furst
  • Narrated by: Daniel Gerroll
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Autumn 1939, war has been declared, and though bullets and bombs are yet to fly, Frederic Stahl’s decision to shoot a film in Paris seems ill-advised. Soon after his arrival, Stahl is drawn into a clandestine world of foreign correspondents, and spies of every sort. As a celebrity from neutral America - who can travel across the continent freely - Stahl could be very useful indeed...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Leasurely paced second world war drama

  • By Iain on 08-06-14

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 17-09-14

Would you try another book written by Alan Furst or narrated by Daniel Gerroll?

No, once is enough.

What will your next listen be?

Something with more pace and a narrator who has read the book beforehand.

What didn’t you like about Daniel Gerroll’s performance?

It sounded as if he had not read or understood the book. Or maybe the book did not bring the best out in him.

What character would you cut from Mission To Paris?

I would have liked more characters added. Real people from the period.

  • Praetorian

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 11
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

Praetorian is the gripping eleventh novel in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Eagles of the Empire series. Essential reading for fans of Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden. AD 51. Legionaries Cato and Macro have forged a bond that has survived war, rebellion and torture. Yet nothing has prepared them for a daunting mission on the deadliest battlefield of all: the bloody streets of Rome. Traitors are threatening to plunge the Empire into bloody chaos and no one can be trusted....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Dip in a Fine Series

  • By Simon on 25-09-17

Ho Hum

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

Reviewed: 22-04-14

This sounded like a children's story. The only way I knew it was aimed at adults was because it included swearing. I'm not averse to swearing; the story was just not very engaging.

This may sound picky but the pronunciation of Praetorian as 'Prytorian' all the way through was impossible to ignore and it really got on my nerves. I am not a Latin scholar but I think the ae combination means it should be 'Preetorialn' in the same way as the ae is sounded out as 'ee' in Caesar, Aesop and encyclopaedia.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tatiana

  • By: Martin Cruz Smith
  • Narrated by: Henry Strozier
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

In Tatiana, Smith delivers his most ambitious and politically daring novel since. When the brilliant and fearless young reporter Tatiana Petrovna falls to her death from a sixth-floor window in Moscow in the same week that notorious mob billionaire Grisha Grigorenko is shot in the back of the head, Renko finds himself on the trail of a mystery as complex and dangerous as modern Russia itself. The body of an elite government translator shows up on the sand dunes of Kalingrad: killed for nothing but a cryptic notebook filled with symbols.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Renko still delivers a satisfying read

  • By Roderic on 05-01-14

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

I read and enjoyed Gorky Park many years ago and so looked forward to hearing this book. Sadly, I did not enjoy this book. I thought the plot was thin and the characters stereotypical. The narrator did not seem to enjoy reading it. In my opinion he read the book is if he did not understand or like it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful