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  • The Obsession

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father's crimes and made him infamous. Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she's ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up - especially the determined Xander Keaton.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry Nora, this one isn't good enough...

  • By Veteran Listener on 30-04-16

Too much chick lit, not enough thriller.

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

Reviewed: 27-07-18

This book started in an exciting way and I really enjoyed the first half of it. Sadly, I was unable to finish the book as it became rather tedious. It's part chick lit part thriller. For my tastes, it's too much chick lit and not enough thriller. I didn't have the patience to get through the tedium of Naomi falling in love to get to the next real twist in the plot.

  • A Place of Greater Safety

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 33 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 368

A tour-de-force of historical imagination, this is the story of three young men at the dawn of the French Revolution. Georges-Jacques Danton: zealous, energetic, debt-ridden. Maximilien Robespierre: small, diligent, and terrified of violence. And Camille Desmoulins: a genius of rhetoric, charming, handsome, but erratic and untrustworthy. As these key figures of the French Revolution taste the addictive delights of power, they must also come to face the horror that follows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Maddy on 04-06-14

Slow book which ruins a great story

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

Reviewed: 14-05-15

The French Revolution is such a fascinating period of history, but Hilary Mantel destroys it by drifting off into dialogues so infuriatingly long that the plot is forgotten! Perhaps better than other mantel books I've tried, but I won't try any more!

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  • The Bat

  • A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,900
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,890

Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great introduction to Harry Hole.

  • By Richard on 04-12-12

Gripping Scandinavian Crime Thriller

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

My first Harry Hole book and it won't be the last! Brilliantly narrated, I can't get the killer's laugh out of my head. Really well written and keeps the reader in suspense throughout!

  • Dissolution

  • A Matthew Shardlake Novel
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church, and the country is waking up to savage new laws. Under the order of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent to investigate the monasteries. At the monastery of Scarnsea, events have spiralled out of control. Cromwell's commissioner, Robin Singleton, has been found dead. And Matthew Shardlake, lawyer and long-time supporter of reform, has been sent by Cromwell into an atmosphere of treachery and death to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An entertaining historical mystery with depth

  • By Angela on 12-04-08

I shouldn't have bought an abridged book!

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

Reviewed: 24-02-14

I've listened to some of CJ Sansom's books before and the Matthew Shardlake series had been highly recommended. I'm sure the full book would be fantastic, but this book had been overly abridged and the story was ruined as a result. I hope audible will make the full version available soon!

  • Company of Liars

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,400

On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Medieval Road Movie - Well worth a listen

  • By I. Jamie on 02-02-09

Brilliant story, brilliant narration

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

Reviewed: 06-01-14

This is a fascinating story which I couldn't stop listening to. The characters were well developed and I really enjoyed listening to the narration.

  • Winter of the World

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354

Five linked families live out their destinies as the world is shaken by tyranny and war in the mid-20th century. Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil step her mother’s formidable friend and former British MP, Ethel Leckwith, and her student son, Lloyd, who soon learns for himself the brutal reality of Nazism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winter of the World

  • By Rachel on 06-10-12

Wonderful Book

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

Reviewed: 04-12-13

I love all of Ken Follets's historical novels. After I finished Fall of giants, I couldn't wait to listen to Winter of the Worlds and I wasn't disappointed. The plot is fascinating and the characters are really well developed. The story really brings the historical background of World War II to life as well.

  • World Without End

  • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 2
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 45 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,474
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,780

On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius, and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed. As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bereaved when it ended

  • By bex4ad on 15-03-11

Wonderful story and Narration

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

Reviewed: 19-05-13

Having listened to Pillars of the Earth, I couldn't wait to listen to this book. It was almost as good, and I enjoyed every minute.

  • The Dogs of Riga

  • An Inspector Wallander Mystery
  • By: Henning Mankell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell, read by Sean Barrett. Sweden, winter, 1991. Inspector Kurt Wallander and his team receive an anonymous tip-off. A few days later a life raft is washed up on a beach. In it are two men, dressed in expensive suits, shot dead. The dead men were criminals, victims of what seems to have been a gangland hit. But what appears to be an open-and-shut case soon takes on a far more sinister aspect.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not a Good Story

  • By Hoskins on 03-09-11

Excellent-gripping crime thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-13

I read this after seeing a TV adaptation of the story, as I suspected the TV version hadn't done the story justice and I was right. This crime story was excellently narrated and kept me in suspense the whole time. I was so engaged in it that I was actually frightened for Wallander (the main character) at times!

  • Fat Guy Friday

  • Weight Loss Secrets of a Former Fatty
  • By: Craig Beck
  • Narrated by: Craig Beck
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Craig Beck is one of the fittest, healthiest and most toned people you will ever meet. So why is he known around the world as ‘Fat Guy Friday’? In truth that’s exactly what he used to be.. a big fat guy! Until one day he said enough is enough and broke the cycle of yo-yo dieting that had plagued his life. On Friday 10th September 2010 he stood on the scales at a depressing 252 lbs.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Sylvia on 12-04-13

Disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-13

The book started well and I was sure Craig Beck was going to tell me how to lose weight. I managed to ignore him telling me I should never drink another drop of alcohol again, and avoid the temptation to pay lots of money to subscribe to his website, but the last straw was his description of his typical days eating. Sorry Craig, but a glass of wine sometimes will probably do me less harm than your fast food diet!

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  • Stop Comfort Eating Subliminal Affirmations

  • Self-Control, Solfeggio Tones, Binaural Beats, Self Help Meditation
  • By: Subliminal Hypnosis
  • Narrated by: Joel Thielke
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Stop turning to food for comfort. Don’t continue to measure your emotions by the things you eat. Discover comfort and healing within yourself and the power to control it! This subliminal hypnosis program works for you on three different levels.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Did nothing for me!

  • By Sylvia on 12-04-13

Did nothing for me!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-13

This is just a lot of strange sounding noises which I found really irritating and it certainly didn't influence my behaviour- it's very annoying and more likely to make you want to reach for comfort food than stop eating it! I enjoy deep relaxation and meditiation, but binaural beats don't do anything for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful