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  • Beneath a Burning Sky

  • By: Jenny Ashcroft
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Olivia Sheldon has travelled across the world to marry a man she does not love. Reluctant to leave England but coerced into the marriage, Olivia's reward is being reunited with her estranged sister, Clara. Her punishment is falling impossibly and illicitly in love with the enigmatic Captain Edward Bertram. Then one scorching day Clara is abducted from Alexandria's busiest street. Desperate to find her sister - and the truth about her disappearance - Olivia becomes embroiled in Egypt's shadowy underworld, risking both her life and future with Edward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-11-17

Predictable and silly

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

Reviewed: 25-07-18

This was a book club choice and I still don't know why I listened to it all. It was a thorough bore.

  • The Wrong Girl

  • By: Laura Wilson
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

In 2006, three-year-old Phoebe Piper went missing. Despite massive publicity, no trace of her was ever found. Seven years later, Molly Jackson, aged 10, finds her great uncle Dan dead in his bed. Molly remembers nothing of her early years, but she's been sure for ages that she is Phoebe. Now, finally, she has proof. Dan's death brings his sister Janice back to Norfolk where she's reunited with Molly's mother Suze, the daughter she gave up for adoption decades earlier.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A trip down memory lane for us old hippies

  • By Linda on 22-12-15

Page turner

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

Really enjoyed this, I gave read Laura Wilsons DI Stratton series which I loved but this is quite different and very intriguing.
The reader did it justice as well?

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Us

  • By: David Nicholls
  • Narrated by: Justin Salinger
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,112

Douglas Petersen’s family is on the brink of dissolution. His marriage of twenty-one years to Connie is almost over. When autumn comes around, their son Albie will leave for college. Connie has decided to leave soon after. But before everything falls apart, there's still the summer holidays to get through - a Grand Tour of Europe's major cities - and over the course of the journey, Douglas devises a plan to win back the love of his wife and repair his troubled relationship with his son.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but….

  • By lou58 on 13-10-14

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 03-11-15

Although this book was well written and well read, I found the characters depressing and rather stupid and largely unbelievable.
As the story ground endlessly on I actually found myself disliking all the three main characters.

3 of 4 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 1,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278

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

Good plot

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

Reviewed: 20-10-15

If you could sum up The Murder Bag in three words, what would they be?

Page turner

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

The twist at the end

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

No, but he is a good reader

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

When he and his daughter visited his ex-wife

Any additional comments?

Good story very little padding.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • From the Dead

  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

When Donna Langford receives a very recent photo of her ex-husband in the post, she gets the shock of her life. Because she's just spent 10 years in prison for organising his murder. When her daughter goes missing, Donna believes there can only be one man responsible and hires Anna Carpenter, a determined young private investigator, to find him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good one

  • By Anonymous User on 25-11-10

Good story spoiled by the reader

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

Reviewed: 06-08-15

Could not finish this book due to the reader who just got it wrong.
His inflections were all in the wrong places, and made listening a chore I will be careful not to buy books again with this reader.

  • Bleed for Me

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683

When Sienna Hegarty turns up at his family home one night, covered in blood and frozen in shock, psychologist Joe O'Loughlin finds himself drawn deep into her world, trying to unearth the dark secrets her mind has buried. The police find a major piece of the puzzle at Sienna’s house: her father, a retired cop, is face-down in a pool of his own blood, his throat slashed and his skull caved in. The blood covering Sienna was his.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entrawling Listen..

  • By Andrew on 31-07-10

Love this series

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

Reviewed: 01-08-15

Where does Bleed for Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right up there with lots of other good books.

What other book might you compare Bleed for Me to, and why?

Some of the Nicci French books have a similar theme

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

Yes. He is my favourite narrator, I have purchased books on the strength of his reading.

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

I think the very end, it came together with some sadness but a feeling of hope also.

Any additional comments?

Good author, good narrator , good series.

  • Toast

  • The Story of a Boy's Hunger
  • By: Nigel Slater
  • Narrated by: Nigel Slater
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

Britain's most popular cook describes his personal culinary odyssey, from dangerous encounters with his mother's weevil-seasoned cakes to being harangued by readers who think he deliberately styles Yorkshire puddings to look like a woman's private parts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book aweful quality recording

  • By Jason on 17-02-06

I may never eat in a restraunt again!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Just didn't like it, the concept is good but I found myself starting yo really dislike Nigel Slater.

What will your next listen be?

Mark Billingham probably.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Nigel Slater?

Sean Barratt does justice to any book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Sorry that I read it, I liked nigel slater as a cook and feel entirely different about him now.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Olive Branch

  • By: Jo Thomas
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

It's amazing what you can buy online these days: memorabilia, fashion accessories, a crumbling Italian farmhouse... After a Prosecco-fuelled girls' night in gets out of hand, Ruthie Collins awakes to discover that she has bid for her dream Italian home online - and won. Recently out of a relationship, a new start is just what she needs. Anything is better than sleeping on her mum's settee.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A transporting romance

  • By Pipsicalpopsicle on 05-04-15

Summer reading

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

Reviewed: 02-06-15

Very predictable, and with a nice "taste" of Italy.
Definitely chick-lit but a good and pleasant read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Accidental Tourist

  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

How does a man addicted to routine - a man who flosses his teeth before love-making - cope with the chaos of everyday life? With the loss of his son, the departure of his wife and the arrival of Muriel, a dog trainer from the Meow-Bow dog clinic, Macon's attempts at ordinary life are tragically and comically undone. William Hope reads Anne Tyler’s poignant and deliciously entertaining novel, winner of the the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it loved it loved it!

  • By sue on 29-08-13

loved it loved it loved it!

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

Reviewed: 29-08-13

Would you listen to The Accidental Tourist again? Why?

Yes. It had all the right ingredients for me, quirky characters a good underlying plot funny and sad in parts.

What did you like best about this story?

The two main characters who were drawn and read so very well, I felt I knew them.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Hard to say but I think the last one where he saw the sun burst as confetti

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

Even shallow streams have hidden depths.

Any additional comments?

From start to finish it was a really good read.

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  • Twenties Girl

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

Lara has always had an overactive imagination, but now the spirit of her great aunt Sadie has appeared to make one last request: she must find a missing necklace. Lara's got enough problems of her own: her start-up company is floundering and she's just been dumped. But perhaps Sadie's ghost could also be the answer to Lara's problems?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant!

  • By Dee on 03-09-10

Completely dotty and very funny

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

Reviewed: 29-08-13

What did you like most about Twenties Girl?

The story line, it incorporated larger than life characters, some to dislike some to love and some that just made me laugh.I loved the plot which was touchingly funny as well and poignant and really page turning once I had got into it.

What did you like best about this story?

The message was very clear; do not ignore older people they all have lives lived and stories to tell.

What about Jane Collingwood’s performance did you like?

She read the main character very well, although some of the male parts seemed a bit of a struggle.

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

I certainly made me laugh and at the end I did have a tear in my eye.

Any additional comments?

Although on the face of it this book is chick lit, there is much more to it and all very enjoyable.