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  • The Hoarder

  • By: Jess Kidd
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

Maud Drennan - underpaid carer and unintentional psychic - is the latest in a long line of dogsbodies for the ancient, belligerent Cathal Flood. Yet despite her best efforts, Maud is drawn into the mysteries concealed in his filthy, once-grand home. She realises that Cathal, and the junk-filled rooms, are opening up to her. With only her landlady and a troop of sarcastic ghostly saints to help, Maud must uncover what lies beneath Cathal's decades-old hostility and the strange activities of the house itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, magical, gripping. Brilliant.

  • By J. O'connor on 23-03-18

Very Confusing

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Initially I liked this, then it just got more and more confusing. By the last few chapters I didn’t have a clue what was going on. All the female characters names begin with M for some reason and sound similar so that got confusing, especially re Margaret Dunn. There was zero explanation as to why she sees the ghostly saints... and how, if she could see dead saints, why she was cynical about Doreen the psychic. As for her missing sister Deirdre... that was like some random totally different story, and I’m still no clearer as to what happened. In the end I was just getting irritated by it. The narrator was good though.

  • The Girls

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister, Amelie Jewell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 654

You live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. You’ve known your neighbours for years, and you trust them. Implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really? On a midsummer’s night, a 13-year-old girl is found unconscious in a dark corner of the garden square. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Weak in several parts

  • By Giftgiver on 14-11-16

Not one of her best

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

As always the narrator was great. However, the little girl narrating was irritating, clearly has blocked sinuses! The story started well, but then limped along. Having lived in London for 20 years i found it utterly unbelievable that ANYWHERE in central London has communal gardens of 3 acres... garden squares, yes , but nowhere near 3 acres... so that was annoying too. The ending was disappointing and I felt the character CeCe was totally unbelievable in the way she treated her daughter when she was supposedly a social worker. Felt this book had been churned out to fulfil a book deal or something.

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  • Turning Forty

  • By: Mike Gayle
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Matt Beckford's sole ambition is to turn forty with his life sorted. With a Porsche on the drive and a high-flying job, it looks like things are perfect. But when Matt's wife unexpectedly calls time on their marriage, a chain of events is set in motion that very quickly sees him facing forty broke, homeless and completely alone. But all is not lost because Matt has a plan…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect beach listen

  • By W on 18-06-14

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Great book about how your life can change so quickly. I’m going through a similar thing now so really resonated.

  • The Man I Think I Know

  • By: Mike Gayle
  • Narrated by: Ben Addis, Chris Nayak
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

Some people just look destined for great things. And sometimes, life has other ideas. Ever since The Incident, James DeWitt has stayed on the safe side. He likes to know what happens next. Danny Allen is not on the safe side. He is more past the point of no return. But it's funny the way life is sometimes. Just when you think you know how everything is, it surprises you. And redemption can come in the most unlikely forms.... Warm, witty and wise, Mike Gayle's new novel is a powerful story of male friendship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very touching and very funny

  • By MK on 12-08-18

Lovely story!

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

Reviewed: 18-09-18

Really good audio book, sad, but lovely at the same time. I felt the epilogue was a little twee, but otherwise can’t fault it!

  • Never Greener

  • By: Ruth Jones
  • Narrated by: Sharon Small
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957

When Kate was 22, she had an intense and passionate affair with a married man, Callum, which ended in heartbreak. Kate thought she'd never get over it. Seventeen years later, life has moved on - Kate, now a successful actress, is living in London, married to Matt and mother to little Tallulah. Meanwhile Callum and his wife, Belinda, are happy together, living in Edinburgh and watching their kids grow up. The past, it would seem, is well and truly behind them all....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10/10

  • By Amazon Customer on 18-04-18

Really enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 27-08-18

I really enjoyed this audible version. The narrator was great. Some of the characters were a bit irritating , and it’s cheesy in parts... but enjoyable nonetheless.

  • The Queen of Bloody Everything

  • By: Joanna Nadin
  • Narrated by: Kelly Hotten
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553

As Edie Jones lies in a bed on the 14th floor of a Cambridge hospital, her adult daughter, Dido, tells their story, starting with the day that changed everything. That was the day when Dido - aged exactly six years and 27 days old - met the handsome Tom Trevelyan, his precocious sister, Harry, and their parents, Angela and David.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful and intelligent, witty and honest

  • By Lu on 21-04-18

A nice story, slow during the middle

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

When I first started listening to this I nearly gave up. The voice of Edie was really annoying and sounded way too old for an early 20 something. Also, the narrator mispronounces several words, ‘exel’ instead of ‘excel’ which was really irritating. I found Dido to be a real wet blanket and wanted to slap her at times. It is a good book tho, and v nostalgic as I’m just a few years younger than ‘Dido’

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  • The Last Family in England

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 196

Meet the Hunter family: Adam, Kate, and their children, Hal and Charlotte. And Prince, their black Labrador. Prince is an earnest young dog, striving hard to live up to the tenets of the Labrador Pact (Remain Loyal to Your Human Masters, Serve and Protect Your Family at Any Cost). Other dogs, led by the Springer Spaniels, have revolted. As things in the Hunter family begin to go badly awry - marital breakdown, rowdy teenage parties, attempted suicide - Prince's responsibilities threaten to overwhelm him and he is forced to break the Labrador Pact.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing but sad

  • By Ms. L. V. Hurley on 27-01-18

An interesting premise but v distressing in parts

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

Reviewed: 18-05-18

I really enjoy Haig’s books. However I didn’t realise this would be so violent, and the ending was so depressing, I found it quite disturbing. The narrator was fantastic tho.

  • The Idea of You

  • By: Amanda Prowse
  • Narrated by: Amanda Prowse
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

With her 40th birthday approaching, Lucy Carpenter dares to hope that she finally has it all: a wonderful new husband, Jonah, a successful career and the chance of a precious baby of her own. Life couldn't be more perfect. But the reality of becoming parents proves much harder than Lucy and Jonah imagined. Jonah's love and support is unquestioning, but as Lucy struggles with work and her own failing dreams, the strain on their marriage increases. Suddenly it feels like Lucy is close to losing everything...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really good book I am enjoying learning about Aman

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-06-17

Beyond irritating narration

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

Reviewed: 26-04-18

I found this book rather self indulgent. The main character was self absorbed and made everything about her. In fact all the characters were annoying

  • The Devil's Work

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 366

It was the job she had dreamed of since childhood. But on her very first day, when an unnerving encounter drags up memories Sophie Greenwood would rather forget, she wonders if she has made a mistake. A fatal mistake. What is her ambitious young assistant really up to? And what exactly happened to Sophie's predecessor? When her husband and daughter are pulled into the nightmare, Sophie is forced to confront the darkest secrets she has carried for years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!

  • By Sara on 30-09-16

The leads accent was off putting

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

Reviewed: 15-01-18

A rather silly story that felt very ‘thriller by numbers’ the narrators attempt at Sophie’s Wolverhampton accent was laughable. Supposed to have traces of Wolverhampton... it started off as Liverpudlian and then a full on Brummie accent that got stronger and stronger... as if anyone would have their local accent after apparently living in london for all those years. I found the story was drawn out and the ‘heroine’ so unlikeable and stupid you really didn’t care what happened to her.

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  • He Said/She Said

  • By: Erin Kelly
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Broadbent, Helen Johns
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 986
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 987

In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She and her boyfriend, Kit, call the police, and in that moment it is not only the victim's life that is changed forever. Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear. And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, the events that follow have taught her that you can never see the whole picture: something - and someone - is always in the dark....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping & different

  • By Lulu M on 04-05-17

Very Slow

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

Reviewed: 13-06-17

I enjoyed her 'burning air' book, however I found this ridiculously slow. The two main characters were intensely unlikeable and extremely pretentious.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful