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  • In a Dark, Dark Wood

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 737

Someone's getting married. Someone's getting murdered. Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back. Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her? But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop reading

  • By KomKem on 10-11-15

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 23-02-18

There were moments in the mid section of the book that made me think it might take a different turn, but it didn’t. I wish that the ending was not such an obvious possibility, not just this book but all the other similar books, I want it to come out of left field and smack me in the face, surely that’s possible for a writer? Think of the most unlikely thing and then make that happen. Why build a whole book towards something that could have been predicted in the first few chapters? I read these books for the suspense and the twists, not for a character study. Good narration.

  • Under Your Skin

  • By: Sabine Durrant
  • Narrated by: Tracy-Ann Oberman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 396

Gaby Mortimer is the woman who has it all. But everything changes when she finds a body on the common near her home. Because the evidence keeps leading back to her. And the police seem sure she's guilty.... Under Your Skin is an unpredictable, exquisitely twisty story, which proves that there are only three rules in life that mean anything: Assume nothing. Believe no one. Check everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely gripping

  • By Saffy on 24-04-13

Impressed

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

I was looking for a psychological thriller - so many are compared to 'gone girl' and 'the girl on the train', and many of them fall short of the mark. This book however, was pleasantly surprising. I was drawn in, in all the right places, just as the author intended. Though it's hard to express my point without giving anything away, I will say that several times I thought I had found a flaw in the story, only to discover that was part of the plot, call it ego but this impressed me! Sometimes these kind of thrillers just do not amount to anything, or don't make you think back over the course of events - this story does.

The narrator, Tracy Ann oberman was brilliant, she judged all the characters spot on, incorporating even small nuance as written, and no cringy characters as is sometimes to be expected. Well worth a credit.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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

Unrelatable

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

Reviewed: 28-12-15

The story has very little to do with a girl on a landing and is not a ghost story. It doesn't seem sure what it is. I didn't like the characters, but in all honesty that may be because i found them difficult to relate to. This is most evident in the epilogue, I won't give anything away but it is almost comical. Would be bizarre if it wasn't so boring.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Nerd Do Well

  • By: Simon Pegg
  • Narrated by: Simon Pegg
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576

Zombies in North London, death cults in the West Country, the engineering deck of the Enterprise: actor, comedian, writer, and self-proclaimed supergeek Simon Pegg has been ploughing some bizarre furrows in recent times. Having blasted on to the small screen in the gut-busting and now legendary sitcom Spaced, his enduring appeal and rise to nation’s-favourite-son status has been mercurial, meteoric, megatronic, but mostly just plain great.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a typical Autobiography

  • By Audrey on 09-12-10

Funny and engaging 😸

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

Reviewed: 06-10-15

Brilliantly read by Simon pegg, loved the Canterbury story - it broke up the real stuff so it never got cringey.

Why is it abridged though? Wish it wasn't as I haven't got the book so will never know which bits I've missed. Defo worth a credit

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Magpies

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 657
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 576
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 573

When Jamie and Kirsty move into their first home together, they are full of optimism. The future, in which they plan to get married and start a family, is bright. The other residents of their building seem friendly, too, including the Newtons, a married couple who welcome them to the building with open arms. But then strange things start to happen. Dead rats are left on their doorstep. They hear disturbing noises, and much worse, in the night. After Jamie’s best friend is injured in a horrific accident, Jamie and Kirsty find themselves targeted by a campaign of terror.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely worth a spin

  • By Derek on 07-07-14

The magpies

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

Reviewed: 26-08-15

I have to say this is one of the poorest audio presentations I have listened to for a while. I think the story was only mildly creepy, and seemed amateurish - I have read the authors more recent work and it has improved, in my opinion. I think the problem for me was the narrator, as someone else has said, there were times he did not get the cadence right and strange pauses, there were several times when i rolled my eyes, it was so cringey. I read it to the end, but it didn't get any better
for me 😢 sorry to say it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sister

  • By: Rosamund Lupton
  • Narrated by: Juanita Mahon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 417

Their bond was unbreakable. The truth was unimaginable. When Beatrice receives a call to say that her sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home. But as she learns about Tess’s disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life. Everyone around her accepts they have lost Tess, but Beatrice refuses to give up, embarking on a dangerous journey to discover the shocking truth, whatever the cost...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sooooo gooood!

  • By Ann-Marie on 03-03-11

Sister

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

Reviewed: 25-07-15

This is the first book I have read by the author. Her writing is strong and passionate and the story was engaging. This is a twisty kind of
Story although the revelations are fairly subtle. The narrator was good, she read the emotions well, although I imagined Beatrice to be much older than the 26 years of age she was described as early in the book. This did lend a different slant to some of the subject matter, career, family etc. I am going to look into the authors other work

  • The Lie

  • By: C.L. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 276

This was no accident.... Haunting, compelling, this psychological thriller will have you hooked. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl and Daughter. Best friends are there for each other through thick and thin. You trust them with your life. At least that's what Emma, Daisy, Leanne, and Al think. But all that changes when they embark on a trip of a lifetime together. When they return home, only two of them are left alive, and the group has been torn apart by lies and deception.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read couldn't put it down

  • By tegan on 12-04-16

Had potential but became boring

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

Reviewed: 17-05-15

I thought the story had potential, but the main body dragged in parts and all the emotive scenes seemed to centre around the mistreatment of women, which became too much. In my opinion the perpetrators were not dealt with harshly enough to satisfy the reader, given the awful things they did, and it became cliched. The narrator did well to portray the different accents and types of people.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Ice Twins

  • By: S. K. Tremayne
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins, Sandra Duncan, Angus King
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 473

One of Sarah's daughters died. But can she be sure which one? A terrifying psychological thriller that will chill you to the bone. A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, died in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcraft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives. But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity - that she, in fact, is Lydia - their world comes crashing down once again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nauseating mother

  • By Rosie's reviews on 03-04-15

Just ok

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

I was hoping the story would grow in intrigue and suspense but I found it quite boring throughout, slow for 2/3s and then some twists thrown in at the end.

The narrator - penny rawlins - is good on the whole, but I wish she wouldn't shriek when she is doing the child's voice. This is an audiobook so will be listened to on earphones or in the car maybe, and her voice was so shrill in parts, it became ear splitting!

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Trust in Me

  • By: Sophie McKenzie
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 325

Julia and Livy have always told each other everything, turning to each other when life gets difficult. So when Julia is found dead in her home, Livy cannot accept the verdict of suicide. Livy sets out to prove that Julia was murdered, but digging into Julia’s private life will cause her to question everything. The truths that Livy discovers will tear the very fabric of her own life apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripped from beginning to end

  • By Samantha on 15-01-15

Quite good

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

Reviewed: 19-02-15

The story was quite good, some complex threads in part, however I guessed the killer way too early and in some parts the dialogue feels like the only purpose for it is to explain segments to the reader. I kept going to the end and didn't abandon so it's still worthy of a 4 star I think - maybe 3.5. Clare Corbett does another good job as narrator.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,255

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it

  • By Miss N. Bleakley-wadlow on 05-02-17

Very good story and strong characters

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

Reviewed: 13-02-15

A story of three women, each with a unique voice, it gets under your skin, examining the depths of addiction and obsession.

Narrated well - I will choose a book just because it is narrated by Claire Corbett - the different narrators made each woman immediately absorbing