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KINGSTON UPON THAMES, United Kingdom
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  • 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

This was fun

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

Easy listening, entertaining, moves at a cracking pace: yes, it's a bit far-fetched, but I found myself quite willing to suspend disbelief as I was so engaged. I think you'd like this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Starling Project

  • An Audible Drama
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina, full cast
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 160

Audie Award, Original Work, 2016; Audie Award Finalist, Audio Drama, 2016. An aborted raid targeting a major arms dealer. A hostage standoff at a bank that may not be what it seems. A plot to spring a former African dictator from prison. What is the threat that connects them all? And just who is the mysterious mastermind, The Starling? From Mexico to Washington – from London to Marseille to Prague – war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his team of Volunteers risk their lives to follow the trail of clues. But how can they stop The Starling – when he always seems one step ahead?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ridiculous accents

  • By the-leveller on 15-01-15

The worst audible production I have ever bought

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

Reviewed: 29-08-15

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you like cliches, this is the book for you. In fact the book is just one long cliche. Lots of macho posturing, macho female posturing, rapid, overexcited speech, sultry Eastern European agent, utterly predictable. Sounds as if it was put together by people who have overdosed on spooks, jack Higgins, etc etc and has ended up as a parody of the spy/action genre. In fact it is so bad it's actually quite funny.

What could Jeffery Deaver have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Might be a better read??

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes, I only paid 1.99 for this title........hmmm........think I overpaid by 1.99

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Hundred-Foot Journey

  • By: Richard C. Morais
  • Narrated by: Sartaj Garewal
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Hassan Haji, a boy from Mumbai, embarks, along with his boisterous family, on a picaresque journey first to London and then across Europe, before they ultimately open a restaurant opposite a famous chef, Madame Mallory, in the remote French village of Lumiere. A culinary war ensues, pitting Hassan's Mumbai-toughened father against the imperious Michelin-starred cordon bleu, until Madame Mallory realizes that Hassan is a cook with natural talents far superior to her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By barbara on 28-07-15

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 28-07-15

This was a fabulous listen. the prose is magnificent, superb descriptions of food, meals, scenery, yet it is immensely listenable as the narrative moves at a smart pace. It is funny, compassionate, sad and very human. A really enjoyable book, with characters so well drawn and so rounded it felt like they really existed. This is an utterly charming book. If you enjoyed marigold hotel, peter mayle's Provence tales and enjoy a pleasant undemanding yarn you will love this book as much as I did.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ice Cold

  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

Something terrible has happened in the snowbound village of Kingdom Come, Wyoming, where 12 eerily identical houses stand dark and abandoned. Meals remain untouched on dining room tables, cars are still in garages, and the town's residents have vanished into thin air. This is the disturbing setting where vacationing medical examiner Maura Isles and her traveling companions find themselves trapped during a ferocious snowstorm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting thriller

  • By Kirstine on 11-10-10

Books are so much better than the TV series

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

Reviewed: 22-07-15

What did you like most about Ice Cold?

I couldn't put it down, listened to it in one session.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the location

Which character – as performed by Tanya Eby – was your favourite?

Maura of course

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

Yes, I enjoyed listening to the different and complicated relationships unfolding...

Any additional comments?

I was put off this author initially as I hated the TV series with its impossibly glamorous and thoroughly unrealistic duo. The characters in the books are far more complex and dark and the bond between them is so well developed. Promptly bought more in the series as soon as I had finished this one

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Die Again

  • Rizzoli & Isles
  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli is on the case of a big game hunter found dead in his apartment, alone with the body of a beautiful white snow leopard he had recently been commissioned to procure and stuff for a high-profile museum in the area. Medical examiner Maura Isles connects the case to a number of seemingly unrelated deaths where the victims have all been found hanging upside down, the hallmark of a leopard's kill.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful, Robotic Narrator

  • By Gills on 21-01-15

A real page turner

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

Reviewed: 02-06-15

Was pleasantly surprised by this book as I had only seen the TV series previously (not a fan of it) but this book is far better. Great autopsy detail, if a tad gory, great characterisation and the reader is kept guessing to the end. I enjoyed the foreign location too , the switching between Africa and Boston and between now and then. Will definitely buy more of this series

  • Geneva

  • A Novel of International Intrigue
  • By: Julia Michelle Dawson
  • Narrated by: Julia Michelle Dawson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Karen Conner, a foreign correspondent for CNN, is chasing a story - a story with very personal ramifications which keeps her always on the move... Paris ... Cairo... Buenos Aires ... Oslo ... New York - but the clues always circle back to Geneva where the secret is hidden, where secrets are a way of life ... and death.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Listen with your earplugs in.....

  • By barbara on 06-03-15

Listen with your earplugs in.....

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-15

This might be a good book, but I wouldn't know as the narrator is so dire I couldn't get past the first ten minutes.

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

  • By: Deborah Moggach
  • Narrated by: Nina Wadia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 368

When Ravi Kapoor, an overworked London doctor, is driven beyond endurance by his disgusting and difficult father-in-law, he asks his wife: "Can't we just send him away somewhere? Somewhere far, far away." His prayer seems to have been answered when his entrepreneurial cousin, Sonny, sets up a retirement home, recreating a lost corner of England in a converted guesthouse in Bangalore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dunroamin!

  • By Susan on 10-04-12

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 06-03-15

I had already read the book in hard copy, and seen the film but I am delighted I bought the audible book - it was such easy listening and a superb narrator. I enjoyed the film but the book, in my opinion, is even better. Thoroughly recommend. Have subsequently bought more titles from this author and recommend those too.

  • The Girl on the Landing

  • By: Paul Torday
  • Narrated by: David Monteath, Clare Wille
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 208

From the best-selling author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a ghost story, a psychological thriller and a tale of love rediscovered. Elizabeth has been married to Michael for ten years. She has adjusted to a fairly monotonous routine with her wealthy, decent but boring husband. Part of this routine involves occasional visits to Beinn Caorrun, the dank and gloomy house in a Scottish glen that Michael inherited. There are memories there that Michael will not share with her. But then Michael begins to change. It starts when he thinks he sees, in a picture, the figure of a girl on a landing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Menacing

  • By CherylK on 19-08-16

Eerie and haunting

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

Reviewed: 08-02-15

I thought this was an enjoyable psychological thriller, eerie and haunting rather than being bogged down with police procedures . It's a page turner and easy listening too. Unusual.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Blotto, Twinks and the Bootlegger's Moll

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Due to financial hardships at Tawcester Towers, the Dowager Duchess has decreed that the only way the family fortunes can be restored is to marry Blotto off...to an American! Reluctantly, Blotto, together with Twinks and his trusty chauffeur Corky Froggett set sail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very amusing!

  • By Michelle on 12-04-15

I pass on this series...

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

Reviewed: 25-01-15

Not for me, I am afraid. This sort of slapstick leaves me cold . Isn't it time for a new Mrs Pargeter?

2 of 3 people found this review helpful