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  • Not My Father's Son

  • A Family Memoir
  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212

Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto everyone around him. That man was Alan's father, Alex Cumming. Alex was the dark, enigmatic heart of Cumming family life. But he was not the only mystery. Alan's maternal grandfather, Tommy Darling, had disappeared to the Far East after the Second World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An extraordinary memoir

  • By Katherine on 06-11-14

Not what l expected

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

Reviewed: 22-04-19

I was looking forward to finding out about Alans early career his big breaks how he was discovered and the likes. It turns out, every single chapter is about his father and his hatred towards him. Would have been nice to have been more focussed on his gains and not his losses.

  • I Thought I Knew You

  • By: Penny Hancock
  • Narrated by: Laura Kirman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Jules and Holly have been best friends since university. They tell each other everything, trading revelations and confessions and sharing both the big moments and the small details of their lives: Holly is the only person who knows about Jules’ affair; Jules was there for Holly when her husband died. And their two children - just three years apart - have grown up together. So when Jules’ daughter, Saffie, makes a rape allegation against Holly’s son, Saul, neither woman is prepared for the devastating impact this will have on their friendship or their families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Sarah on 15-04-19

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 16-04-19

Repetitive nonsense reads like it was written by a high school student. Needs editing and would have been much more tolerable at half the length. The narrator spat out sentences which just got on my nerves.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sal

  • By: Mick Kitson
  • Narrated by: Sharon Rooney
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

This is a story of something like survival. Sal planned it for almost a year before they ran. She nicked an Ordnance Survey map from the school library. She bought a compass, a Bear Grylls knife, waterproofs and a first aid kit from Amazon using credit cards she'd robbed. She read the SAS Survival Handbook and watched loads of YouTube videos. And now Sal knows a lot of stuff. Like how to build a shelter and start a fire. How to estimate distances, snare rabbits and shoot an airgun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautifully written & read

  • By Joanne on 27-06-18

There is nothing about this book to like.

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

Reviewed: 14-01-19

Pretty much reads like this 'l got some matches , then l lit a fire, then we caught a rabbit, then we skinned the rabbit then we ate the rabbit, she didn’t like it but l did.'' Repeat continuously changing the nouns. The narrator was absolutely appalling! Read with utter zero feelings, no passion no zest. I have no idea why she was chosen to narrate this. The book is bad .....the narration makes it unbearable.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Rumour

  • By: Lesley Kara
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Sian Thomas, Roy McMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 498

Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea. Sally McGowan was just 10 years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death 48 years ago - no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman. So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives among them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realises what it is she’s unleashed?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Lilly on 04-01-19

Very repetitive, every characters just constantly over obsessing.

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

Just ok.. it got a bit boring with every single person in every chapter being so utterly obsessed with one unknown woman a bit odd and unrealistic that no one had anything better to do than obsess over this. It did get tedious and the ending was disappointingly predictable.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • If Ever I Fall

  • By: S. D. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory, Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Dan's life has fallen apart at the seams. He's lost his house and his job, and now he's going to lose his family, too. All he's ever wanted is to keep them together, but is everything beyond repair? Maria is drowning in grief. She spends her days writing letters that will never be answered. Nights are spent trying to hold terrible memories at bay, to escape the pain that threatens to engulf her. Jack wakes up confused and alone. He doesn't know who he is, how he got there, or why he finds himself on a deserted clifftop, but will piecing together the past leave him a broken man?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Utter rubbish

  • By Hazel on 15-12-18

Utter rubbish

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

Reviewed: 15-12-18

He blacks out...'Hello can you hear me' ....'hello can you hear me' he comes to.....he remembers tiny bits...or did he just dream it?...he doesn’t go to a hospital. Repeat to fade. A stupid unbelievable storyline.

  • Japanese Parallel Audio: Learn Japanese with 501 Random Phrases using Parallel Audio - Volume 1

  • By: Lingo Jump
  • Narrated by: Lingo Jump
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

We've specifically developed our language courses for audio learning, so you can complete other tasks while learning Japanese. You can learn while you are running, working out, walking, driving, or even when you are doing chores. Our parallel audio learning system teaches you wherever you are, without requiring a reference manual. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not for beginners by any means

  • By Hazel on 03-12-18

Not for beginners by any means

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Silly me for assuming volume 1 meant at beginners level it does not. I have been studying Japanese for a year now and this audiobook was far to advanced for me. I also really disliked the supposedly 'native speaker' he did not sound native at all to me the 'r's were far too defined for any native l have ever heard.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Practicing Normal

  • By: Cara Sue Achterberg
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Charles Constant, Xe Sands
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

The Turners know in their hearts that they're anything but normal. Jenna is a high schooler dressed in black who is fascinated with breaking into her neighbors' homes, security systems be damned. Everett genuinely believes he loves his wife...he just loves having a continuing stream of mistresses more. JT is a genius kid with Asperger's who moves from one obsession to the next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book!

  • By Hazel on 27-11-18

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

This was a terrific book, three different narratives from mother father and daughter and their interactions on what turns out to be a very interesting woven pattern. Their lives all interact in some great storylines and its just like being a fly on the wall. I loved the wife 'kate' her narrator was so soft and it really did feel like we were in side her brain and hearing all her decisions and thought processes (right and wrong). The characters were very true to life and realistically flawed which l really loved. I Am so bored of books with perfect 'cant do a thing wrong no flaws at all' characters. This was a refreshing read.

  • The Good Samaritan

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Charlotte Cole, Matthew Lloyd Davies, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

The people who call End of the Line need hope. They need reassurance that life is worth living. But some are unlucky enough to get through to Laura. Laura doesn’t want them to hope. She wants them to die. Laura hasn’t had it easy: she's survived sickness and a difficult marriage only to find herself heading for forty, unsettled and angry. She doesn't love talking to people worse off than she is. She craves it. But now someone’s on to her - Ryan, whose world falls apart when his pregnant wife ends her life, hand in hand with a stranger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Problem Like Laura

  • By Simon on 21-04-18

Best book i've read in a long time

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

Reviewed: 15-11-18

Top marks from me. The story was deliciously dark and lots of twists turns and gasps!. I loved the female narrator for 'Laura' very smooth, calm and a joy to listen to!....the only thing that spoiled it for me was the male narration of 'female voices' . I have no idea why they had to be spoken in such clipped plumby 1940's Queens English, it was horrible to listen to....they sounded robotic. But over all a fab read looking forward to reading more from this author.

  • The Visitor

  • By: K. L. Slater
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 397

Holly never thought she'd move back to her hometown, but then something terrible happened. She doesn't know if she can recover. But she knows she can never tell another soul. People say her neighbour, David, is 'different'. He doesn't go out much, and never after dark. But in David, Holly finds just what she needs: a friend. Someone who's always there. No-one knows Holly's secret or where she lives. She has left the past behind. So why does she feel as though she's in terrible danger?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Drama That Doesn't Quite Deliver

  • By Simon on 16-05-18

Very childish

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

Reviewed: 26-09-18

A bit too immature for me. Maybe the author is young but at times its definitely like reading a high school kids English creative writing essay!.. really missing the realistic touch. None of the character were likeable...all very superficial and trying too hard to be extra specially clever with final twists which just didn’t work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Home

  • By: Matt Dunn
  • Narrated by: James Clamp
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

It's been eighteen years since Josh Peters left dreary, dying Derton - the seaside town where he grew up - and headed for the bright lights of London. Now his dad is sick and his mum needs him, so he's back - though he's promised himself he won't be staying for long.... Then Josh finds himself unexpectedly detained in Derton, living in his cramped teenage bedroom, with simmering family tensions a little too close for comfort.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Dominique on 08-01-17

Cancer jokes can get tedious.

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

Reviewed: 24-09-18

The jokes anout cancer and dying were ok for the first chapter or so but after a while it just gets really tedious and boring. I know it is supposed to be a comedy but it became predictable. The narrator also spoke far to fast, absolutely no feeling emotion or dynamic to his voice.