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Caroline Mitchell

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  • The Lingering

  • By: SJI Holliday
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie, David Monteath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Married couple Jack and Ali Gardiner move to a self-sufficient spiritual commune in the English Fens, desperate for fresh start. The local village is known for the witches who once resided there, and Rosalind House, where the commune has been established, is a former psychiatric home, with a disturbing history. When Jack and Ali arrive, a chain of unexpected and unexplained events is set off, and it becomes clear that they are not all that they seem. As the residents become twitchy, and the villagers suspicious, events from the past come back to haunt them, and someone is seeking retribution....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Evocative And Haunting

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 03-11-18

Evocative And Haunting

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

I loved this book! I adore novels with a creepy edge and The Lingering was such a treat. I listened via audiobook and the narrators did such a great job of bringing the characters to life. The story focuses around three main characters, Ali, her husband Jack and Angela, who all stay in a commune - a former psychiatric home with a very dark past. I adored Angela, with all her theories on the supernatural and funny little quirks. Halfway through the book, the story took a turn - although I won't spoil the surprise for readers here. Just to say that you'll know when you get to it. It was such a great twist to the tale and I raced through the rest of the book. S.J.Holliday is a fantastic writer, she has such a talent for drawing out the darkest emotions in her characters in The Lingering and describes the spooky settings with great poetic flair. The Lingering is evocative and haunting, a truly nerve-tingling read.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Slaving Away

  • By: Miranda Kane
  • Narrated by: Miranda Kane, Jon Holmes, Hugh Dennis, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 256

Meet Miranda. She is a cheerful and happy-go-lucky single girl who just happens to be a dominatrix with a dungeon in her flat where she services clients with flogging and extreme correction and (if she's lucky) gets the occasional slave to pay her for the honour of doing her vacuuming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fruity Chuckles!

  • By Simon on 13-06-18

The funniest thing on audible

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-04-18

I raced through this series, it's absolutely hilarious. I hope there is a second series planned. The characters are amazing and so brilliantly narrated, I could have listened to them all day. This would make a brilliant TV comedy series. Seriously, just download it. If you have a pulse and an open mind you'll enjoy this.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Stuart: A Life Backwards

  • By: Alexander Masters
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

A unique biography of a homeless man and a complete portrait of the hidden underclass. ‘So here it is, my attempt at the story of Stuart Shorter, thief, hostage taker, psycho and sociopath street raconteur, my spy on how the British chaotic underclass spend their troubled days at the beginning of this century: a man with an important life. I wish I could have presented it to Stuart before he stepped in front of the 11.15 train from London to Kings Lynn.’ Stuart Shorter’s brief life was one of turmoil and chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An actual "must read". Surprisingly funny.

  • By Sophie Gray-Bickle on 29-04-16

Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-04-18

A brilliantly written and narrated book, invoking many emotions. Highly recommend this thought provoking read.

  • Learn Spanish with Paul Noble: Complete Course: Spanish Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach

  • By: Paul Noble
  • Narrated by: Paul Noble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480

An exciting approach to learning Spanish with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. Over 12 hours of easy-listening. No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure. This download contains the entire course.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Spanish course

  • By James H on 30-01-17

An Excellent Way To Learn

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

Reviewed: 14-03-18

I'm not the sort of person who can pour over a textbook. Such methods of learning don't work well with me as it doesn't sink in. I've been dying to learn Spanish for ages at a pace that suits me. This audiobook is a great aid. I started off using Rosetta Stone online but became frustrated as while it's OK, it teaches you with pictures only and doesn't actually explain the words. I bought this audiobook due to the excellent reviews. I really like the author's steady style and no-nonsense approach. The two narrators who work with him are so easy to listen to and they pronounce the words in a style that is easy to pick up. At first I was getting annoyed with myself as I couldn't pick up the words straight away. But now, a few hours into the course I understand what the narrator meant when he said not to stress out over remembering things straight away as they will come around again. It's so true, as I find everything starting to sink in. I've not had to touch a textbook but I'm putting sentences together and understanding a lot more. This is a great aid to learning and I recommend it to all.

  • Jessamine

  • By: Shani Struthers
  • Narrated by: Toni Frutin
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Jessamin Wade's husband is dead. She keeps him alive in her imagination, but she thinks she will hear him better if she goes somewhere quieter. Her destination is Glenelk in the Highlands of Scotland. Quickly, she meets the locals: her landlord, Fionnlagh Maccaillin; Maggie, who runs the village shop; and Stan, a frail, old man stricken with grief. Their lives entwining in mysterious ways, can they help each other to move on, or will they always belong to the ghosts that haunt them?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 14-01-18

Enchanting

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

Reviewed: 14-01-18

I listened to this book on audio and in my opinion, it's the best way to enjoy it. The narrator's voice was amazing, full of depth and emotion. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Funnily enough, I've been watching 'Outlander' on Amazon prime, so this book tied in nicely. I've never been to Scotland but I've always been in love with it - which may sound quite strange! Perhaps it's my own Irish upbringing that lends me an affinity to the rugged landscape, dark and enchanting waters and people who are brimming with character. Jessamine brings all of this to life and more. It is a gentle read, and such a pace invites you to get to know all the characters as you walk with them on their journey. I enjoyed each and every one of them, and the story played out in my mind as if it were on screen. I wasn't sure what to expect when I began this book, it has supernatural undertones but those which enchant rather than scare. For me, it is a love story which is beautifully brought to life by the author, who has a wonderful way with words. A warm and mystical read - I highly recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lifesaver

  • By: Louise Voss
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Thorburn
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

If you save someone's life, do you become responsible for them? When Anna receives a letter from Adam, thanking her for saving his son Max's life with a bone-marrow donation, it's the first positive thing that's happened to her for a long time. Grief-stricken at the recent loss of her baby, she's failed to give life in the past. Now this four-year-old boy is alive and healthy because of her: it's a heady realisation. Anna is desperate to get to know Max, yet terrified at how responsible she feels for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 02-12-17

Thrilling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-17

This is a great book that I listened to in a few days. What an emotional roller coaster! The main character, Anna, has been through so much in her life you can't help but feel for her and I found myself being ever more drawn into her web of lies. It's such a unique story, well written with fully developed characters and different to anything else I've read. Highly recommended.

  • Perfect Remains

  • DI Callanach, Book 1
  • By: Helen Fields
  • Narrated by: Angus King
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing. In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness. Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine's missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he's eager to prove himself to his new team.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superbly written and performed

  • By David Baumber on 27-01-17

A Great Crime Thriller

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

This is a great crime thriller by Helen Fields. It was brilliantly narrated. The use of a french DI (Luc Callanach) made for interesting listening. The story raced along at a great pace and the torture scenes were so realistic and creepy I had to fast forward parts and that's saying something for me! Helen Fields is an author who totally brings her characters to life. This was an excellent read and I look forward to catching up with the rest of the series. If you enjoy crime thrillers then you can't go wrong with Perfect Remains.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Watching You

  • By: Teresa Driscoll
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,800

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it - until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she's decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls - beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard - has disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Glowing Five Stars

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 23-10-17

A Glowing Five Stars

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-10-17

Wow, I take my hat off to the author for this book, it was simply unputdownable. A tragic tale of a missing teenager which will have you asking yourself what you would have done had you been in Ella's shoes. I listened on audio and found myself prolonging my household chores just to listen to one more chapter, and driving a little slower when it played in the car. It's the sense of intrigue that carries this novel along nicely, the need to hear just another chapter to find out what happens next. There are several families involved with various characters and Teresa writes with such authenticity that you can see the story play out in your mind's eye. Unlike some books, you're never left wondering who a particular character is for very long as the author explains it very clearly. Everyone has secrets - which I loved. My sense of curiosity was on overdrive and the ending was brilliant, all the loose ends tied together beautifully without seeming rushed. It's easy to see why this book has been such a huge hit with readers and I look forward to her next offering, The Friend. Also, a note for the narrator. I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Knowelden and she did an amazing job of bringing this audiobook to life. A glowing five stars from me.

75 of 78 people found this review helpful

  • The Psychopath Whisperer

  • The Science of Those Without Conscience
  • By: Kent A. Kiehl
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

We know of psychopaths from chilling headlines and stories in the news and movies - from Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy, to Hannibal Lecter and Dexter Morgan. As Dr. Kent Kiehl shows, psychopaths can be identified by a checklist of symptoms that includes pathological lying; lack of empathy, guilt, and remorse; grandiose sense of self-worth; manipulation; and failure to accept one’s actions. But why do psychopaths behave the way they do? Is it the result of their environment - how they were raised - or is there a genetic component to their lack of conscience?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Total Kent

  • By DR on 08-10-17

Fascinating Book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-17

The study of psychopaths has always fascinated me, and I often wondered how many I have encountered during my nine-year career in the police. More often than not, people who commit heinous crimes are angry with the world for their own reasons and when you look into their background you can see why. Many have their own belief systems and motivations. Some are of low intelligence and easily influenced, while others commit crime out of desperate need.
But every once in a while the person who commits such crimes lacks any a sense of empathy or compassion, feels no guilt for their acts and do not appear to care or even consider the repercussions. These are the ones who make us scratch our head and wonder why.
As an author of crime novels, eat up books like these. I thoroughly enjoy the research that goes into each and every novel I write and am often amazed by what I uncover. I bought The Psychopath Whisperer on audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's very well written with a personal touch which makes the story flow nicely. It kept me engaged throughout, and I would read further books by this author. I enjoyed hearing about his interactions with the prisoners most of all, and the different characters he met. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in learning more about psychopaths.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,593
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,680

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Puts Bridget Jones in the shade

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 10-07-17

Puts Bridget Jones in the shade

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

What made the experience of listening to Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine the most enjoyable?

Firstly may I say that I don't often read feel good type novels. Stephen King is more my forte. But every now and again I'll see a book cover that catches my eye, or wonder if the latest 'big book' really is worth all the hype. I actually listened to this novel via audio book, and from the moment I heard the narrator's gorgeous Scottish accent, I was completely drawn in.
This is no Bridget Jones. Eleanor puts her in the shade. She's a totally unique character, a one of a kind who you can't help but feel empathy for. We've all felt alone at some point in our lives, haven't we? The subject matter has been written so beautifully, you can't fail to be moved. I was also pleasantly surprised by the numbers of twists and turns this book took. I loved the relationship between Eleanor and her mother, which took me completely by surprise. As for her interaction with the rest of the characters... I won't spoil the story but suffice to say I smiled so many times at the touching and heartfelt moments portrayed in this book. It made me laugh, it almost made me cry, no mean feat for this cynical ex copper, believe me.
This is one of my favourite books of the year. Prepare to be moved.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful