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  • And So It Begins

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Olivia Vinall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

Cleo knows she should be happy for her brother Mark. He's managed to find someone new after the sudden death of his first wife - but something about Evie just doesn't feel right...When Evie starts having accidents at home, her friends grow concerned. Could Mark be causing her injuries? Called out to their clifftop house one night, Sergeant Stephanie King finds two bodies entangled on blood-drenched sheets. Where does murder begin? When the knife is raised to strike, or before, at the first thought of violence?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rather Dull!

  • By Ann D on 14-11-18

Unbelivable

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

Reviewed: 11-01-19

I didn’t enjoy this book at all which was disappointing as I have loved this authors previous works. I found the story line totally implausible, the characters erratic and unpleasant and had no empathy with anyone at all. In the early stages I found it rather tedious, then it began to improve in pace so I stuck with it but once it became apparent where it was going I was annoyed with myself for wasting valuable listening time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 442

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with a bright future. They seem to have it all - until Mark loses his job and cracks start to appear in their perfect life. But they’re determined to make it work. They book their dream honeymoon and trust that things will work out - after all, they have each other. Could the life of your dreams turn out to be a nightmare?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I would have loved to give this book six stars!

  • By Janet biglari on 13-08-18

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Unbelievable characters with no shred of the usual human emotions, venal, selfish and frankly deserving of their fates! I like thrillers generally but this left me unmoved. I even fell asleep towards the end and frankly was too bored with the self pitying lead that I didn’t bother to go back and listen to what I had missed.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • I Let You Go

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe, Julia Barrie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,072

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she? In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief, and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous debut!

  • By Ann D on 09-05-15

Enthralling

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

Reviewed: 18-01-17

What made the experience of listening to I Let You Go the most enjoyable?

Good reviews tempted me to this book which isn't quite my usual genre, I didn't expect to get so hooked so soon. A plot that twisted and turned and although I did suspect the truth I still didn't want to stop listening and devoured the whole thing in two days.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hard to say, Jenna overall I think.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The courtroom drama.

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

Jenna's eventual revelation about Ben brought tears to my eyes.

Any additional comments?

Will definitely listen to the next book from this author

  • The Stranger You Know

  • By: Jane Casey
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

He meets women. He gains their trust. He kills them. That’s all Maeve Kerrigan knows about the man she is hunting. Three women have been strangled in their homes by the same sadistic killer. With no sign of a break-in, every indication shows that they let him in. But the evidence is pointing at a shocking suspect: DI Josh Derwent, Maeve’s colleague. Maeve refuses to believe he could be involved, but how well does she really know him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent Maeve Kerrigan

  • By Saffy on 31-12-13

Love this series

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

Reviewed: 22-07-15

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

Definitely but only in order as all the Maeve Kerrigan books are well worth listening to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Maeve herself, she is so real, not perfect but no glaring deficiencies either.

What about Caroline Lennon’s performance did you like?

Just love her accent and the characterisation she manages to convey so well.

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

I certainly could have if time allowed, didn't take long anyway.

Any additional comments?

Have just downloaded Maeve book 5 so can't stop, I have a book to listen to!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Murder Bag

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271

Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard, but a high standard

  • By Philip on 05-04-15

Thoroughly enjoyed this

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

Reviewed: 15-06-14

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

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the crime genre, even to anyone who's a bit hesitant, it was a food plot and I found the characters very well drawn. On top of that it was really well read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Murder Bag?

So many it's hard to choose but the grumpy sheep was brilliant.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Again, hard to choose, but probably the scene where Wolf punches the guys taking the mickey out of the lovely Stan.

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

Don't want to add spoilers so will just say some scenes did make the tears well up!

Any additional comments?

As I said in the title I really enjoyed this, the narrator was brilliant I thought, his accents were believable and he portrayed the right amount of emotion. Will look for author and narrator again.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Chessmen

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919

Fin Macleod, now head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal-game hunting taking place on the island. This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill - a local poacher, Fin's teenage intimate and possessor of a long-buried secret. But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn and Fin puts together the fractured pieces of the past, he realises that revealing the truth could destroy the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterclass in Storytelling

  • By MISS E J BIRD on 19-02-13

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 11-04-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Chessmen to be better than the print version?

Yes I do, mainly I think because of the really wonderful narration in that soft accent of the isles, it was lovely to hear the unfamiliar words of the book spoken in the correct accent.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chessmen?

The two boys going salmon fishing and Fin falling in the river, I swear I could feel the cold of that water!

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

Yes, listened to Entry Island and was absolutely enthralled, this was every bit as good.

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

Yes, couldn't stop listening but at the same time didn't want to get to the end too soon.

Any additional comments?

Peter May's prose is always evocative, he sets the scene so well I can always picture the places and events as I go; read by Peter Forbes it's even better, I think he could read the telephone directory and I would listen.

  • Entry Island

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,798

When Detective Sime Mackenzie boards a light aircraft at Montreal's St. Hubert airfield, he does so without looking back. For Sime, the 850-mile journey ahead represents an opportunity to escape the bitter blend of loneliness and regret that has come to characterise his life in the city. Travelling as part of an eight-officer investigation team, Sime's destination lies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Only two kilometres wide and three long, Entry Island is home to a population of around 130 inhabitants - the wealthiest of which has just been discovered murdered in his home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good stuff!

  • By Mikey on 26-02-14

I didn't want it to end

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

Reviewed: 30-12-13

Where does Entry Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely in my top five listens, it was one of those books which had me wondering about the characters even when I wasn't listening and couldn't wait to get back to it each day.

What other book might you compare Entry Island to, and why?

The Killing which also had me gripped from the start.

What about Peter Forbes’s performance did you like?

Everything, his accents were believable, each character was so easy to identify, one of the best narrations I have listened to. A poor narrator can occasionally spoil an otherwise good listen but Peter Forbes was exceptionally good and I will look forward to his reading again.

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

Not really no, just a thoroughly enjoyable tale.

Any additional comments?

I was really surprised to see one very negative comment published, for me anyway this is probably the best book for 2013.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Killing

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 25 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 551

Sarah Lund is looking forward to her last day as a detective with the Copenhagen Police department before moving to Sweden. But everything changes when nineteen-year-old student, Nanna Birk Larsen, is found raped and brutally murdered in the woods outside the city. Lund’s plans to relocate are put on hold as she leads the investigation, along with fellow detective Jan Meyer. While Nanna’s family struggles to cope with their loss, local politician Troels Hartmann is in the middle of an election campaign to become the new mayor of Copenhagen....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • RIVETING TALE...

  • By Christina on 05-07-12

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 27-08-13

What made the experience of listening to The Killing the most enjoyable?

Fantastic characterisation, so incredibly well narrated that i could easily differentiate between the many characters and yet still find them all totally believable.

What did you like best about this story?

A really good plot with many twists and turns that just drew me deeper into the story, several times I thought that it was coming to an end and was delighted that it didn't. I really did not want it to end!

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

No, but I will certainly be looking for more, so many stories are spoiled by poor narration and particularly by dreadful accents, this was just brilliant.

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

No, it was too long and in any case I wanted it to go on and on, I listen while I cook, iron, sew, do the housework etc and this book made all the chores fly past.

Any additional comments?

I don't often leave reviews but I was so impressed by this one I couldn't wait to share the feeling.

  • Broken Harbour

  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Hugh Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 469

In Broken Harbour, a ghost estate outside Dublin - half-built, half-inhabited, half-abandoned - two children and their father are dead. The mother is on her way to intensive care. Scorcher Kennedy is given the case because he is the Murder squad's star detective. At first he and his rookie partner, Richie, think this is a simple one: Pat Spain was a casualty of the recession, so he killed his children, tried to kill his wife Jenny, and finished off with himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not A Run of the Mill Murder Mystery

  • By Linda on 27-08-12

Enthralling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

This was a new author for me and I found the story completely enthralling. The story was really well read, the scenes set with skill and dexterity and all the characters with their sub plots coming alive. So much human frailty is exposed in this book I was absorbed from start to finish and didn't see the final twist until the very last minute. Definitely an author I will return to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Until It's Over

  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Paul Tyma
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Young and athletic, London cycle courier Astrid Bell is bad luck - for other people. First Astrid's neighbour Peggy Farrell accidentally knocks her off her bike - and not long after is found bludgeoned to death in an alley. Then, a few days later, Astrid is asked to pick up a package from a wealthy woman called Ingrid de Soto, only to find the client murdered in the hall of her luxurious home. For the police, it's more than coincidence. For Astrid and her six housemates, it's the beginning of a nightmare.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Until it's over

  • By Louise on 14-09-09

Another excellent Nicci French

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-09

I thoroughly enjoyed this version of Until It's Over, it had all the twists and turns expected from these two writers and was also very well read by the two readers.