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  • My Sister Milly

  • By: Gemma Dowler
  • Narrated by: Ruby Thomas
  • Length: 22 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 224

Everyone thinks they know the story of Milly Dowler. Haunting headlines about the missing schoolgirl splashed across front pages. The family's worst fears realised when her body was found months later. The years of waiting for the truth, only to learn that the killer, known to the police, lived just yards from where Milly had vanished. The parents subjected to horrific psychological torture at a trial orchestrated by the murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The true story

  • By Sigrin on 21-09-17

Harrowing at times but so full of love

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

The narrator was fantastic, I imagined it was Gemma reading it. What this poor family went through was indescribable but the love they have for each other and Millie shines through. I wondered if I should download this book because of the subject matter but I am so glad I did and was able to hear the Dowler family's story. My heart goes out to them.

  • Four Mums in a Boat

  • By: Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg, and others
  • Narrated by: Helen Keeley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

The incredible true story of four ordinary working mums from Yorkshire who took on an extraordinary challenge and broke a world record along the way, proving it's never too late to go on a life-changing adventure, experience the beauty and power of the elements, push the very limits of your abilities and rediscover who you are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible story - what amazing women!

  • By M R on 19-03-17

Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

I felt inspired listening to the account of these 4 women who rowed the Atlantic. It is very interesting to hear about their preparation, struggles during the journey and the adjustments they had to make to life back on land afterwards.

  • Knowing the Score

  • My Family and Our Tennis Story
  • By: Judy Murray
  • Narrated by: Judy Murray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 95

What happens when you find you have exceptional children? Do you panic? Put your head in the sand? Or risk everything and jump in headfirst? As mother to tennis champions Jamie and Andy Murray, Scottish national coach, coach of the Fed Cup and general all-round can-do woman of wonder, Judy Murray is the ultimate role model for believing in yourself and reaching out to ambition. As a parent, coach and leader, she is an inspiration who has revolutionised British tennis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So interesting

  • By L. Long on 18-07-17

What an inspirational woman

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

Reviewed: 19-07-17

If you could sum up Knowing the Score in three words, what would they be?

Inspirational, fascinating, heartwarming

What was one of the most memorable moments of Knowing the Score?

Reading about how innovative Judy was when starting out coaching with very little money and how on two occasions unexpected windfalls helped Andy progress in his tennis career when the chips were down.

What about Judy Murray’s performance did you like?

I loved her voice, accent and tone.

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

When the comedian humiliated her about her clothing at an awards ceremony. I hope he reads the book and is ashamed of himself.

Any additional comments?

I'm an avid tennis player and audible listener so this combination was perfect for me.

  • The Sick Rose

  • By: Erin Kelly
  • Narrated by: Abigail Hollick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Paul has been led into a life of crime by his schoolyard protector, Daniel - but one night, what started as petty theft escalates fatally. Now, at 19, Paul must bear witness against his friend to avoid imprisonment. Louisa has her own dark secrets. Having fled from them many years ago, she now spends her days steeped in history, renovating the grounds of a crumbling Elizabethan mansion. But her fragile peace is shattered when she meets Paul....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story

  • By Heidi on 22-09-16

Interesting story

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

Reviewed: 22-09-16

I enjoyed listening to this book, the narrator was excellent and the storyline kept me interested throughout.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I See You

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,542

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it's there. There's no explanation, no website - just a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it's just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I See Something Very, Very Impressive Here!

  • By Simon on 28-07-16

Recommended

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

Reviewed: 04-09-16

What did you like most about I See You?

The characters were credible and the author had done her research into police procedures.

What did you like best about this story?

I was carried along with the suspense.

What does Rachel Atkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrator was excellent and one of the main reasons I gave this a five star rating.

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

I felt the premise of the members only website lacked some credibility but I was willing to go along with it for the sake of the story.

  • While My Eyes Were Closed

  • By: Linda Green
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory, Maggie Mash, Gareth Bennett-Ryan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,634
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,633

Dare you close your eyes for even a few seconds? One, two, three... Lisa Dale shuts her eyes and counts to 100 during a game of hide-and-seek. When she opens them, her four-year-old daughter, Ella, is gone. Disappeared without a trace. The police, the media and Lisa's family all think they know who snatched Ella. But what if the person who took her isn't a stranger? What if they are convinced they are doing the right thing? And what if Lisa's little girl is in danger of disappearing forever?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Page turner

  • By Ms on 26-03-16

Gripping story

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

Reviewed: 25-08-16

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

Yes I would, in fact I have done so already.

What did you like best about this story?

The suspense and the fact that I couldn't predict what was going to happen

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrators were excellent. The voice of the child, Ella, was convincing without being annoying.

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

Many moments but I don't wish to spoil the story for others.

Any additional comments?

If you are thinking of downloading this I would urge you to do so, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

  • Dead to Me

  • By: Lesley Pearse
  • Narrated by: Eve Webster
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442

When Ruby and Verity met as girls, they came from different worlds. Verity was privately educated, living in a beautiful Hampstead home, while Ruby was being raised in extreme poverty. Nevertheless, they became firm friends. However, fortunes are not set in stone, and soon the girls find their situations reversed. As Ruby goes up in the world, Verity encounters more and more tragedy, but still the girls remain large parts of each other's lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reverting

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-08-16

An entertaining story

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

Reviewed: 16-08-16

I always enjoy Lesley Pearse's books and this one didn't disappoint. I was engrossed in the characters and really cared what happened to them. The narrator is excellent and all her voices were on the mark. I liked the fact that real life events were mentioned throughout the story and I looked up details of the man they couldn't hang and read more details about some of the real WW11 events.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The House on Bellevue Gardens

  • By: Rachel Hore
  • Narrated by: Helen Lloyd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Rosa has arrived in London from Poland to look for her younger brother, Mikhail. He is supposed to be staying with their English father, but when she visits the house she finds it's locked up, and there's no sign of either of them. Stef is running away from her boyfriend, Oliver. Frightened, friendless and far from her family, she needs somewhere to hide. All three find refuge at 11 Bellevue Gardens. Here its owner, Leonie, once herself found sanctuary and now opens her house to others in need.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Multiple characters linked by a house

  • By Heidi on 11-07-16

Multiple characters linked by a house

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

Would you listen to The House on Bellevue Gardens again? Why?

No, once was enough.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The House on Bellevue Gardens?

I can't pick a particular moment, each character has their own back stories and personal crises.

Which character – as performed by Helen Lloyd – was your favourite?

This would probably be Leonie as she is the link between all the other residents of 11 Bellevue Gardens.

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

Nothing comes to mind which is probably an indication that this wasn't one of my favourite Audible books.

Any additional comments?

I usually enjoy Rachel Hore's books more than this one. Possibly this was because there were too many characters. The link is the house in London but even the house itself didn't win me over, I didn't feel the descriptions gave the house a character of its own.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Not My Father's Son

  • A Family Memoir
  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211

Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto everyone around him. That man was Alan's father, Alex Cumming. Alex was the dark, enigmatic heart of Cumming family life. But he was not the only mystery. Alan's maternal grandfather, Tommy Darling, had disappeared to the Far East after the Second World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An extraordinary memoir

  • By Katherine on 06-11-14

Fantastic- not an ordinary autobiography

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

Reviewed: 20-03-16

Would you listen to Not My Father's Son again? Why?

Alan Cumming has such a rich voice and a lovely Scottish accent so I could listen to him reading a shopping list!

What did you like best about this story?

The entire story was fascinating, from the terror of Alan's father in his childhood to the interesting later developments during the filming of Who do you think you are. I watched that episode of the show when originally aired but would love to watch it again knowing the back story having listened to this book.

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

No, but I will now search for other books he has narrated.

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

My usual answer to this question is I looked forward to my daily drive to and from work and a dog walk to listen on average two hours each day.

Any additional comments?

I love books narrated by the author (I recommend Clare Balding's books) particularly if it is about their life story as it is so authentic.

  • Without a Trace

  • By: Lesley Pearse
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Without a Trace. A compelling story of courage, friendship and love by international number-one best-selling author Lesley Pearse, read by Emma Powell. Coronation Day, 1953. In the Somerset village of Sawbridge, young shopkeeper Molly Heywood slips away from the celebrations to her friend's cottage and makes a shocking discovery: Cassie is dead, and her six-year-old daughter, Petal, has vanished without a trace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not her best

  • By Mike on 21-05-15

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 10-07-15

I enjoyed listening to this book, set in 1950s England. The characters came to life and the prejudices of the time expressed well. I recommend this audible book for both the storyline and narration.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful