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Karen Croan

Glasgow
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  • The Little Stranger

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 321

In a dusty postwar summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A subtle ghost story

  • By Jill on 13-06-09

Opportunities lost

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

Reviewed: 13-12-18

This was a good, interesting story but I felt there were opportunities lost re the ending. An unclear, unresolved, make your own mind up ending works better in a short story but is pretty frustrating after spending over 16 hours of your life listening. Given the narrators mothers role with the family there were huge opportunities for some tie in. Disappointing.

  • The Blood Road

  • Logan McRae, Book 11
  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377

What drives someone to murder? Logan McRae's personal history is hardly squeaky clean, but now that he works for Professional Standards he's policing his fellow officers. When Detective Inspector Bell turns up dead in the drivers seat of a crashed car, it's a shock to everyone. Because Bell died two years ago. They buried him. Or they thought they did. As an investigation is launched into Bell's stabbing, Logan digs into his past. Where has he been all this time? Why did he disappear? And what's so important that he felt the need to come back from the dead?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Together Again

  • By Mary on 21-06-18

Great

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Another great Logan MacRae story, with a gripping plot, plenty of thrills and the feeling that you are back amongst friends. I love this series and despite the unpleasant subject matter, which is regrettably all too real, MacBride delivers once again.

  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

  • By: Stuart Turton
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 762

'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder, and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.' It is meant to be a celebration, but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself over and over again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dense But Interesting

  • By Angela on 16-05-18

Confusing

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

This had an interesting premise but the repetition of the days, the leaping from character to character and the shifts in time became quite tiresome. The Story was confused, the ending fanciful, & I really was not sure what message the author was really trying to convey.

  • Nutshell

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 656

Nutshell is a classic story of murder and deceit, told by a narrator with a perspective and voice unlike any in recent literature. A bravura performance, it is the finest recent work from a true master. To be bound in a nutshell, see the world in two inches of ivory, in a grain of sand. Why not, when all of literature, all of art, of human endeavour, is just a speck in the universe of possible things?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hamlet From The Womb

  • By Simon on 01-09-16

Clever

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Clever and enjoyable, writing from the point of view of an unborn child is an innovative idea that works well. The selfishness and self serving behaviour of the protagonists is breath taking and it might have been useful for them to have some redeeming features? The length of the book left some characters a bit more sketchy but that fits in with the storyteller’s physical limitations.

  • The Woman in the Woods

  • A Charlie Parker Thriller, Book 16
  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

It is spring, and the mummified body of a young Jewish woman is discovered buried in the Maine woods. It is clear that she gave birth shortly before her death. But there is no sign of a baby. Private detective Charlie Parker is engaged by the lawyer Moxie Castin to shadow the police investigation and find the infant, but Parker is not the only searcher. Someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in more than a missing child, someone prepared to leave bodies in his wake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Sandy on 09-04-18

Great!

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

Reviewed: 28-08-18

John Connolly does it again. Where other series can become tired and stale, Charlie Parker & co continue to grow and develop. I love the dark overtones & the continuing development of Sam’s character & ‘gift’. Likewise I like that Jennifer is becoming more involved & able to sort out those issues on the ‘other side’ that her father can’t quite get to. Meanwhile Louis and Angel continue to entertain & ensure that Charlie doesn’t lose his lighter side or laconic cynicism.

  • The Girl Before

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,559

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping thriller

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-17

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 28-08-18

This was a good thriller but I did feel a bit like I'd been here before as well. The 'perfect' house was interesting but it was hard to believe anyone would agree or stick to all those rules, & the idea that so many women could have put up with the architect was wishful thinking on the part of men.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hydra

  • An Episode of Six Stories
  • By: Matt Wesolowski
  • Narrated by: Tim Bruce, Jane Slavin, Kris Dyer, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

In November 2014 Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father and sister to death with a hammer. Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation. King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five witnesses and Arla herself as he questions whether Arla's responsibility for the massacre was a diminished as her legal team made out.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive interruptions

  • By Pooella DeVille on 16-03-18

Gripping and scary

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

Clever and genuinely scary, I finished this quickly as I was keen to know what happened next. I liked the format of the radio show, although it involved a bit of repetition here and there to tie in with that format. The really scary thing of course is what can be achieved by those who use social media for negative purposes, and there is currently a view that this had a significant impact on Trumps success. Or is that just what we’d prefer to believe?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Man's Footsteps

  • Roy Grace, Book 4
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: David Bauckham
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886

From the ashes of mass destruction.... Amid the tragic unfolding mayhem of the morning of 9/11, failed Brighton businessman and ne'er-do-well Ronnie Wilson sees the chance of a lifeline: to shed his debts, disappear and reinvent himself in another country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant suspense and intrigue

  • By r on 06-10-08

Competent police procedural

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

This was quite good but felt it was becoming a bit formulaic. I enjoyed the key story of a conman using a disaster to disappear and start again, and the idea of using stamps as currency to hide and transfer money. However the ongoing detective's back stories of Glen's marriage in trouble (again) & Grace's lost wife felt tired and repetitive. It feels like characters are not moving forward. Would also fully agree with other readers concerns about the sexist overtones.

  • Still Me

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Anna Acton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,668
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,394

Lou Clark knows too many things.... She knows how many miles lie between her new home in New York and her new boyfriend, Sam, in London. She knows her employer is a good man, and she knows his wife is keeping a secret from him. What Lou doesn't know is she's about to meet someone who's going to turn her whole life upside down. Because Josh will remind her so much of a man she used to know that it'll hurt. Lou won't know what to do next, but she knows that whatever she chooses is going to change everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect

  • By Fabulous Book Fiend on 26-01-18

Light, fun summer read

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I loved the first book and a lot of the Moyes novels. I was just beginning to get a bit disappointed with this when the plot changed and my attention was recaptured. Lou is as likeable and engaging as ever & this is a fun, light summer read. Don't think there is another book in this series though.

  • Monster in the Closet

  • The Baltimore Series, Book 5
  • By: Karen Rose
  • Narrated by: Anne Wittman
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

mother is dead, and now her killer hunts the child who witnessed the brutal crime.... Private Investigator Clay Maynard locates missing children for clients but has nearly given up hope of finding his own daughter, cruelly stolen from him by his ex-wife 23 years ago. Equine therapist Taylor Dawson has chosen to intern at Daphne Montgomery-Carter's stables so that she can observe the program's security director - her father, Clay Maynard.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More romance than crime thriller...

  • By Dave on 12-07-17

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 30-05-18

Good Karen Rose thriller, nice to catch up with old friends from previous books, not as exciting and sexy as some of her earlier novels & particularly the prequel to this which I loved, but her books are always enjoyable.