LISTENER

Miss C A Williams

  • 10
  • reviews
  • 10
  • helpful votes
  • 57
  • ratings
  • Sometimes I Lie

  • By: Alice Feeney
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,268
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,270

"My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me. I'm in a coma. My husband doesn't love me anymore. Sometimes I lie." Unnerving, twisted and utterly compelling, you won't be able to put this new thriller down. Set to be the most talked about book in 2017, it's perfect for fans of Behind Closed Doors, The Girl on the Train and The Widow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read/listen

  • By Annie Tompkins on 30-03-17

Not sure!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

So, I have just finished this and still don't really know what it is all about! I am not sure if I have wasted a great deal of time or have just missed something important. There are SO many plot turns and I am not convinced they are all needed or relevant.

The main character/s seem to be fine one minute/ with one person and totally bonkers the next with someone else.

I honestly can't say I would recommend this - I bought it on the majority of reviews being so good so hopefully people will research more before purchasing!

  • Murder Games

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

A serial killer is loose on the streets of Manhattan. His victims appear to be total strangers. The only clue that links the crimes is the playing card left behind at each scene that hints at the next target. The killer, known in the tabloids as The Dealer, is baiting the police into a deadly guessing game that has the city increasingly on edge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Back on Track

  • By Smallbo on 25-08-17

Patterson strikes it hot again!

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

Reviewed: 26-07-17

Really enjoyed Murder Games and the new NY characters I'd love to see more from this 'partnership' and see how the family life goes.
The 'Murder Story' line was also great.
Another JP duo hit with great performance.

  • Private Royals

  • BookShots
  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Robert G Slade
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

Jack Morgan is visiting Peter Knight and the team in the London branch of his investigation agency, Private. At a cocktail party the night before the Trooping the Colour parade for the Queen's 90th birthday, Jack receives a phone call from the Duke of Aldershot saying that his daughter, Abbie, has been kidnapped. He needs Private on the case - one word to the police and Abbie will be killed. Jack will have to find Abbie before 11 o'clock the next morning, or the kidnapping will turn to murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • By philip brown on 25-05-18

Short but Great!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

Would you listen to Private Royals again? Why?

Yeah, it's a great short story that has everything....

What was one of the most memorable moments of Private Royals?

Loved 'Jack' meeting a new 'lady' and that quandary of working together and that slight sexual chemistry!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The various 'casual' bit's between Jack and his 'employee's'. He just comes across as a really nice (fictional) guy!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yep - all done in a sitting to take me back to JP from one that I really didn't like!

Any additional comments?

So far so good on the short stories - will check out some more....!

  • Bullseye

  • Michael Bennett 9
  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Danny Mastrogiorgio
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

As the most powerful men on earth gather in New York for a meeting of the UN, Detective Michael Bennett receives intelligence warning that there will be an assassination attempt on the US president. Even more shocking, the intelligence suggests that the Russian government could be behind the plot. Tensions between America and Russia are the highest they've been since the Cold War, but this would be an escalation no one could have expected.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Susan Gould on 06-08-16

Another JP Classic

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

Would you listen to Bullseye again? Why?

Loved it......the story and the delivery....

What did you like best about this story?

Really love JP and as much as Alex Cross is the number one and (to me!) Jack Morgan is a second I love Michael Bennett, his family and his situation along side being a fab NYC cop.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I love the 'family' stuff, when he is conflicted and in this there is an issue with one of the kids and his mate.....makes it more 'real'

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just loved it....

Any additional comments?

Big JP fan and pretty much love ALL of his books!

  • Hide and Seek

  • DI Helen Grace 6
  • By: M. J. Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 579

Helen awaits trial in a crumbling women's prison in Southampton. She has a fight on to prove her innocence from inside her prison cell, but this soon turns out to be the least of her worries. A serial killer is picking off fellow inmates, thriving in an environment where there is truly nowhere to run. Is it a criminal giving in to their dark urges or a member of the prison staff preying on the captive population? Helen must work fast to reveal this devious killer, all the time wondering if she will be next on her list....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly disappointing

  • By Anna Timlin on 01-11-16

Another great!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

What made the experience of listening to Hide and Seek the most enjoyable?

Loved this - the story of both inside and outside the 'prison'. The narration was great and really can't wait to see what is next for Helen Grave

Who was your favorite character and why?

Love the main character, Helen Grace. Just a work of 'art' from M J Arlidge!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

As the story starts to climax but I can't say too much and give it all away!!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Few 'huh' moments when you are wondering what is around the corner so to speak!

Any additional comments?

Just loved it - can't wait for the next and really enjoyed Elizabeth Bower too - will keep an eye on her as well as MJ A!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Never Never

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Federay Holmes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

When Sydney police department sex crimes detective Harriet Blue is called into her boss' office, she never imagines it will be to tell her that her brother is the prime suspect in the brutal murders of three women. Shocked and in denial, Harry is transferred to Perth to avoid the media exposure this case will attract. Harry is sent into the outback - the never never - to investigate the disappearance of mine worker Danny Carter. The mining town is a seedy place, full of money and immoral ways to spend it.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Nisha Patel on 17-01-19

Very disappointed and I'm a huge JP fan!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

Would you try another book written by James Patterson or narrated by Federay Holmes?

I love JP and always devour his books. I just don't know what it was with this one. Not sure if it's the female character of the narration but it's taken me over two weeks to finish instead of my usual day/two

What could James Patterson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not sure if it was just JP! Don't think he's made this female character as good as his Murder Club girls.....

How could the performance have been better?

Could not warm to her, the person, nature, character - anything at all......

Could you see Never Never being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No....!

Any additional comments?

As I have already said, I love James Patterson and usually finish his books on release day or the day after....This one I had to keep stopping and going back to - only other time I've had an issue was Private India....I can't quite say what was wrong with this, but I did do one of JP's 'books shots' in between and loved it!

  • The Mourner

  • By: Susan Wilkins
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

If she can't get justice, will she settle for vengeance? Kaz Phelps has escaped her brother and her criminal past to become an anonymous art student in Glasgow. But can life under the witness protection scheme ever give her the freedom she craves? Banged up and brooding, Joey Phelps faces 30 years behind bars. Still, with cash and connections on the outside, can an overstretched prison system really contain him? Helen Warner, once Kaz's lawyer and lover, is a rising star in Parliament.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another 'goodie'

  • By Miss C A Williams on 26-07-15

Another 'goodie'

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

Reviewed: 26-07-15

Where does The Mourner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Really enjoyed this - was left a bit.....Urgh after The Informant so this was great to get the next 'part' from.....

Who was your favorite character and why?

Again, really liked 'Kaz' but actually liked Nicky more here too - maybe because of the differences in her life and who she is now.....but.....

Any additional comments?

Def worth a read if you liked the first book.....Although they both 'end' there is the very believable and continuing story and I am very much hoping for 'Volume 3' in this saga!! With some closure for a couple of our main characters too!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Informant

  • By: Susan Wilkins
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

As a drug-fuelled teenage tearaway, Kaz Phelps took the rap for her little brother, Joey, over a bungled armed robbery, and went to jail. Six years later she's released on licence. Clean and sober – and driven by a secret passion for her lawyer, Helen – Kaz wants to escape the violence and abuse of her Essex gangster family.Joey is a charming, calculating and cold psychopath. He worships the ground his sister walks on and he's desperate to get her back in the family firm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By Missy on 17-04-18

Really enjoyed it.....

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

Reviewed: 26-07-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Informant to be better than the print version?

Not having read any previous Susan Wilkins, I found this 'audio' book fab....If you enjoy Martina Cole or Mandasue Heller I think you will really enjoy this....

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Informant?

I really just generally enjoyed the story and the way it was read.....

Which character – as performed by Lucy Price-Lewis – was your favourite?

Well, I thought the 'reader' was great, but I think my fav/the most important character, Kaz is brilliant.....

Any additional comments?

As I have said, Martina Cole, Mandasue Heller and Roberta Kray fans will love this. A strong but not perfect female character who has family issues and has done some 'time' I would say it's really pretty good!

  • I Am Pilgrim

  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,412

Pilgrim is the code name for a man who doesn't exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation. But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting but a bit too full of cliches

  • By Anna on 19-12-16

I am Pilgrim (full book)

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

Reviewed: 16-10-14

Where does I Am Pilgrim, Volume 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best stories I have come across for quite some time. It was a recommendation from a friend who had been told 'it's the best book I've read ever'. I will definitaly advise my crime/thriller family and friends fans to get this.

What did you like best about this story?

Scarily I loved how believable this all was and at present with a health scare going on around the world it made it even more real.

What about Christopher Ragland’s performance did you like?

The last book I listened to I was very unhappy with the narration, so much so that it ruined one of my favourite authors newest books....This is completely restored my faith in audio books and I am wondering which to start next now!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Moving - this is a thriller with an underline 'lost soul' who feels he does what he does as no one would miss him - well that's part of what I got(!) so there are some moving bits throughout the story. A mention/realisation of a 9/11 incident and then a moment or two towards the end of the story.....

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy a really good, believable thriller (it's long 22 hrs) that is read as you would expect the FBI/CIA/Secret Service 'hero' to sound - get this and start it now! You will be hooked!!

  • Private India

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Amerjit Deu, Raj Ghatak
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44

When Santosh Wagh isn’t struggling out of a bottle of whisky he’s head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest PI agency. In a city of over 13 million he has his work cut out at the best of times. But now someone is killing women - seemingly unconnected women murdered in a chilling ritual, with strange objects placed carefully at their death scenes.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Private India

  • By Miss C A Williams on 27-09-14

Private India

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

Reviewed: 27-09-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Sad to say it was all about the delivery - the narration....

What other book might you compare Private India to, and why?

It's a typical James Patterson book - and I love JP's books, pretty much all of the Adult ones. Only read/listened to the Confession series of YA.

What didn’t you like about Amerjit Deu and Raj Ghatak ’s performance?

It was quite difficult to understand who was which character and the American Jack definitely didn't sound American!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was disappointed to be honest, first time with an Audio book

Any additional comments?

Story is good, it's just the guys reading it - I am sorry to say.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful