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Lorna

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  • The Party

  • By: Lisa Hall
  • Narrated by: Georgia Macguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 78

It was just a party. But it turned into a nightmare. When Rachel wakes up in a strange room the morning after a neighbour’s party, she has no memory of what happened the night before. Why did her husband leave her alone at the party? Did they row? Why are Rachel’s arms so bruised? And why are her neighbours and friends so vague about what really happened?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An average book, poorly read.

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-08-18

Cliche piled on cliche

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

Reviewed: 23-10-18

I agree with fellow reviewers who point out the dreary predictability of every turn of phrase, the unpleasant characters and the overwhelming feeling of who cares by the end. The narrator has a bright, twenty-something voice, entirely wrong for a traumatised woman in her forties.

  • The Perfect Girlfriend

  • By: Karen Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Anna Friel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 163

Meet Juliette. She's intelligent, driven, committed - and in love. Juliette loves Nate. She will follow him anywhere. She's even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him. They are meant to be. The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back. She is the perfect girlfriend. And she'll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants. True love hurts, but Juliette knows it's worth all the pain....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrators voice ruins the audibook!

  • By lucy hollingshead on 16-03-18

Weirdly, funny...

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

Reviewed: 23-04-18

I enjoyed this much more than some other reviewers. Anna Friel performed the book, rather than narrating it, and I thought her deadpan, slightly halting delivery worked brilliantly. The story was darkly comic, tragic and appallingly funny by turns. I’d have really enjoyed a bit more of a surprising ending, a little more OMG, but overall I thought this was terrific. Would make a fabulous three-part TV crime drama.

  • The Wicked Cometh

  • By: Laura Carlin
  • Narrated by: Sophie Ward
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

The year is 1831. Down the murky alleyways of London, acts of unspeakable wickedness are taking place, and no one is willing to speak out on behalf of the city's vulnerable poor as they disappear from the streets. Out of these shadows comes Hester White, a bright young woman who is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. When Hester is thrust into the world of the aristocratic Brock family, she leaps at the chance to improve her station in life under the tutelage of the fiercely intelligent and mysterious Rebekah Brock.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astonishing. This one is not to be missed.

  • By Joanna Mitchell on 16-02-18

Wetter than an eel

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

Reviewed: 14-04-18

The author has a nice turn of phrase (‘wetter than an eel’, ‘the skin of the door’), but the overall story is a particularly sappy romance between a credulous mistress (we could all spot the villain a mile off) and her maidservant. Told in the latter’s voice, by a sepulchral sounding narrator, I was glad when this one finished and only felt sorry for the dog.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Mitford Murders

  • The Mitford Murders, Book 1
  • By: Jessica Fellowes
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 318

Lose yourself in the gripping first novel in a new series of Golden Age murder mysteries set amid the lives of the glamorous Mitford sisters. It's 1919, and Louisa Cannon dreams of escaping her life of poverty in London, and most of all her oppressive and dangerous uncle. Louisa's salvation is a position within the Mitford household at Asthall Manor, in the Oxfordshire countryside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely, lovely, lovely!!!!

  • By cdw on 09-10-17

A curious endeavour

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

Reviewed: 18-12-17

I wonder why this seemed like a good idea? A standard whodunnit with the Mitfords shoe-horned in. I'm not a Mitford expert, but it seems hard to believe that Nancy would have been quite so attached to a rather teary nursery maid with a violent uncle hanging about. And the heavy handed references to the sisters' foibles is grating (imagine - Pam loves animals and Unity is grumpy). Well read though, although the main character has a voice like a docker. All in all, I'd give it a miss.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Baby Doll

  • By: Hollie Overton
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 224

Lily was abducted from outside her high school gates. For eight long years, she's been locked away from the outside world. During that time she's changed from a girl into a woman. She's had a baby. And now she has seized her chance and escaped. Running for her life, with her daughter in her arms, she returns to her family and the life she used to know - to her much-loved twin sister, Abby; her mum; her high school boyfriend - and her freedom. But is it possible to go back?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • terrible

  • By Chantelle on 21-02-17

Like a low-rent Room...

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

...with none of the tension, emotional depth, elegance of expression, credibility. Just awful. As deeply satisfying as a Hallmark card.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in Cabin 10

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 725
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 665

This was meant to be the perfect trip. The northern lights. A press launch on a luxury cruise ship. A chance for travel journalist Lo Blackwood to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse and to work out what she wants from her relationship. Except things don't go as planned. Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next-door cabin. But the records show that no one ever checked in to that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't bother

  • By Claire on 10-02-17

Claustrophobic thriller

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

Reviewed: 25-07-16

I enjoyed this book far more than other recent reviewers. I thought the sense of place on the boat - cramped, disorientating, sinister - was excellent and I liked Imogen Church's narration a lot. Perhaps a bit rushed at the end, though that seems a common fault.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Julian Fellowes's Belgravia

  • By: Julian Fellowes
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475

Julian Fellowes's Belgravia is the story of a secret. A secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London's grandest postcode. Set in the 1840s, when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is peopled by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. At the Duchess of Richmond's now legendary ball, one family's life will change forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reminiscent of Georgette Heyer

  • By Lorna on 17-07-16

Reminiscent of Georgette Heyer

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

Reviewed: 17-07-16

And none the worse for that. Full of typical Fellowes anachronisms, but a jolly romp through middle and upper class London, with satisfyingly unpleasant villains, enough nuanced characters to keep the listener's interest, and a limited number of wholly 'good' saps. Beautifully read by Juliet Stevenson.

31 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • The Talisman

  • Talisman, Book 1
  • By: Stephen King, Peter Straub
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 28 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change...

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • can't stand the narration.........

  • By Tim on 21-04-09

Disappointing fantasy

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-09

I'd previously downloaded Cell and Lisey's Story, my first introduction to the Stephen King oeuvre, and was looking forward to listening to this. If you enjoy Lord of the Rings type fantasy, this might suit you, but I found it very juvenile (maybe I was missing the point and this was a kid's book, in which case apologies). Also, a minor point but an irritating one - the reader finishes most sentences on a drawn-out sigh, so even the most banal of statements sound ludicrously melodramatic: "he ran himself a hot baaaaaaath". Thumbs down generally.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful