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  • Where the Missing Go

  • By: Emma Rowley
  • Narrated by: Beth Eyre, Elaine Fellows
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

My name is Kate. I volunteer at a local charity - young people who have run away from home call me, and I pass on messages to their loved ones, no questions asked. I don't get many phone calls, and those I do are usually short and vague, or pranks. But this morning a girl named Sophie called. I'm supposed to contact her parents to let them know their child is safe. The problem is, Sophie isn't safe. And Sophie is my daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-07-18

heart-racing story

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

After Kate' daughter goes missing and her marriage falls apart, Kate volunteers at a kids help-line where runaways are encouraged to phone in and leave a re-assuring message to be passed onto their parents.
One night whilst on duty Kate takes a call from her daughter, Sophie, who everyone else believes is dead, but Kate is sure is still alive and now she has proof.

A fast-paced story which keeps you listening (all night in my case)!.

  • Severed Ties

  • A Nick Cooper Story
  • By: Daniel E Robinson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Arthur Harper
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Ex-detective Nick Cooper sits at the Barnes & Noble promoting his latest novel. It’s the fourth and final chapter in the fictional life of Cooper’s somewhat-alter ego, Detective Davin Ross. It was a normal and uneventful day at the book signing until the Frenchman arrived. This would be the writer’s first encounter with the man who would eventually target Cooper and those close to him in his deadly quest for revenge. It is Cooper’s own novel that the murderer uses as his killing guide. But Cooper realizes this far too late, as body number one is soon discovered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope this becomes a series

  • By comfort on 24-08-18

Hope this becomes a series

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

I received this audio book as a gift in return for an honest review

Nick Cooper a cop turned author of a detective series that’s based somewhat on his former cases.

He is at a signing at a bookshop with his Agent/friend and a man with a French accent has a word with him, but as he leaves he forms a gun with his hand, then Nick’s friends start getting murdered and the killer is leaving weird poems for Nick.
It appears that the killer is following the plot of one of Nick's books.
We are given some background glimpses into Nick’s life from beat cop.. and how he progressed through the ranks.

Wonderful start to a hopefully new detective series

  • Perfect People

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 223

Be careful what you wish for.... John and Naomi are grieving the death of their four-year-old son from a rare genetic disorder. They desperately want another child, but they realize the odds of their next child contracting the same disease are high. Then they hear about geneticist Dr Leo Dettore. He has methods that can spare them the heartache of ever losing another child to any disease. At his clinic is where their nightmare begins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stick with it!

  • By Dizzything on 16-11-11

could this be the future

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

Is this is what will happen when we have designer babies to order.
Couples are handing themselves over to this doctor who is able to take out genes causing diseases and flaws, BUT is able to tweak genes to make these kids smarter, taller, more beautiful, stronger, more self-reliant etc etc.
A case of Benjamin Britten in reverse (of sorts).

  • Every Vow You Break

  • By: Julia Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

The Wayland family - Lara and Marcus and their three children - leave England to spend a long, hot summer in Trout Island, Upstate New York. A chance meeting at a party reacquaints the family with Marcus's old actor friend, Stephen, with whom Lara once had an affair. Lara feels herself drawn towards Stephen and they pick up their secret relationship where they left off. Lara knows she's playing a dangerous game; what she doesn't know is that it's also a deadly one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The four-year-old sounds just right

  • By Susanne on 06-08-16

Great Read

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

Marcus Wayland and his family take up an offer to spend the summer on Trout Island where Marcus (an actor) is cast for the local dramatic society's next play.

They are given a house just out of town, which comes with a bad reputation. Strange things start to happen to the members of the family.

In the meantime Stephen a successful actor and a friend of Marcus and his wife Lara.

Lara and Stephen had a fling years ago and seem to want to start it up again. But is he all he appears to be?

  • Brett Aerobicizes

  • Brett Cornell Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: David D'Aguanno
  • Narrated by: Travis Henry Carter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

A man is found dead with a bullet hole in his chest, and private detective Brett Cornell is the number one suspect. It might have something to do with the fact that there were witnesses who had seen him punching the guy around only a few days earlier. Or - more likely - it might be because the police have discovered that the fatal bullet had been fired from his gun! Self-proclaimed unscrupulous bastard Brett Cornell has to figure out who's trying to set him up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 2

  • By ZOE R on 27-05-18

I just want to smack him!

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

This is the second book starring the unscrupulous bastard and P.I Brett Cornell

Once again Brett's ego gets him into a whole lot of trouble. In this book Brett Cornell is involved with a love triangle and a police investigation where he is the prime suspect. The police tell Brett it is a bullet from his gun that has killed the guy that Brett had a fight with a few days earlier. Brett's job is to figure out who killed the guy.Obviously he is being framed, but by who? It is a suprise when he/we find out who it is.

Brett as always is so full of himself no-one else really matters, he plays his women off against each other, treats them abysmally and they still come back for more.
Very enjoyable read and Travis Henry Carter is fantastic.

  • My Little Eye

  • By: Stephanie Marland, Stephanie Broadribb
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch, Victoria Fox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

A young woman is found dead in her bedroom surrounded by rose petals - the latest victim of 'The Lover'. Struggling under the weight of an internal investigation, DI Dominic Bell is no closer to discovering the identity of the killer, and time is running out. As the murders escalate, Clementine Starke joins an online true-crime group determined to take justice in their own hands - to catch the killer before the police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Book reviews on 10-12-17

interesting take on the detective novel

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

Interesting take on the detective story, where an on-line group of vigilantes decide to take on the police to solve the crimes of The Lover before they do. The police (Bell) have no idea who is killing women and leaving roses at the crime scene (hence The Lover). So.. this group of on-line people decide that they will give it a go. They are all given tasks to prove that they belong in this "detective' group.
Clementine (Stark) goes beyond her brief to get pictures of the crime scene and "accidentally" hooks up with Bell- the cop in charge. They don't realise that they are in the sights of the killer.

We also find that she has a big secret that she is worried may come out.

  • People Person

  • By: Alex Spear
  • Narrated by: Megan Green
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Louisa Cannes is trying to juggle her human resources career with looking after her family and keeping her girlfriend interested. Her ethics are repeatedly tested at the difficult job on which she depends to pay for her nephew’s life-saving treatment. Cripplingly long hours, an incompetent, lazy line manager and a couple of vindictive rivals don’t exactly help, and she is in danger of burning out. But why does the evil boss, Penelope, seem determined to destroy Louisa one minute, then groom her for promotion the next? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • People Person

  • By Zoe on 05-06-18

brings backs memories of working in an office

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

I got this book as a freebie in return for an honest review.

Firstly, I was not captivated by the narrator, initially she has a bit of a lisp which I found annoying, but that seemed to change as I listened further. The narrator also did not differentiate between the different characters (but not all the time- so was intermittent). However, she does have a "matter-of-fact" tone which makes the story sound quite officious.- which is her character.

Oh poor poor Louisa, her time as a senior Manager in a company is fraught with anxiety. I can vividly remember this sort of office politics from firms I have worked in over the years. That constant bitchiness, and watching your own back and having to be nice to people who are your superiors, but in fact don't know what they are doing.

It is a fairly rounded picture of Louisa, from her problems at work to her family who have a sickly child (one of the reasons Louisa puts up with her rotten job is to help pay for medical bills for her nephew). We get a small insight into her LESBIAN girlfriend. Now this lesbianism does not take over the story, in fact it is really in the background- it is something she keeps quiet from her work colleagues purely as she did not want them to know she was dating a work colleague as that would be frowned upon, though it IS a conservative township and that would probably be frowned upon as well.

By accident Louisa gets access to her boss's emails and is able to keep herself apprised of some of the behind-the-scenes negotiating that is taking place. In order to save costs a large chunk of Louisa's dept is going to be retrenched and Louisa has been designated to tell them, it starts off slowly with culling of the receptionists, then to cutting back payments to night staff, then to getting rid of more than 1/2 of her department.
Louisa's partner gets fired, their relationship starts to fall apart due to financial troubles and Louisa's is MADE to go part time. Her health suffers, but still she continues to work 5-6 days a week.

  • Star Gazing

  • By: Linda Gillard
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Blind since birth, widowed in her 20s, now lonely in her 40s, Marianne Fraser lives in Edinburgh in elegant, angry anonymity with her sister, Louisa, a successful novelist. Marianne's passionate nature finds solace and expression in music, a love she finds she shares with Keir, a man she encounters on her doorstep one winter's night. Whilst Marianne has had her share of men attracted to her because they want to rescue her, Keir makes no concession to her condition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb well written book

  • By Hazel on 29-07-13

Loved this book

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

Call me sentimental, but I loved this book. It made me cry- which is OK. It ended the way it should have but a little bit of me was hoping it would go the other way.
Marianne, blind from birth lives with her sister in Edinburgh. One night whilst trying to open her front door she drops her keys and a kind stranger walking by helps her. They have a rapport but it is fleeting.
They bump into each other again and Keir (the kind stranger) starts to pursue her- but as a friend not a lover (yet).
They go on a mini-holiday to his home on Skye and become lovers.
Marianne's backstory is that she was widowed in her 20's and lost a baby when her husband got killed on the oil rigs off shore. As it happens, Keir also works on the rigs, but he has a special job as a forecaster of accidental/weather events. He has a second sight which he can't explain but has predicted several large events in the past. He says he sensed her distress on the night she dropped her keys.

  • Begging Becky

  • An Online Hookup
  • By: Akayla Furrows
  • Narrated by: Posey Clifford
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Becky, young, sexy and beautiful, was desperate. When one is desperate one tends to make very bad and naughty choices. Becky was no different; although, Becky's choices may put her in danger. But when your body calls you to action, more like, demands it, what choice do you have? Find someone to share it with who needs it just as bad. Becky hoped to find a partner to help her with her problem. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hook up

  • By Zoe on 12-06-18

Short and sweet

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

Reviewed: 23-07-18

I received this book as a free listen in return for an unbiased review.

Firstly, I think this book was meant for someone younger who hasn't been reading erotic fiction for as long as I have. It felt a bit like going back to my reading experiences in days past.

BUT, the narrator Posey Clifford was well suited for the "sense" of the story and like it says in the title is is titillating.

The story of a teenage girl (virgin) who wants to experience sex. She starts the way lots of girls do now via the internet and chatting with a guy called Massive. She is cahoots with her girlfriend who encourages her all the way through her journey, in fact she and the girlfriend have an "experience" which made me think the girlfriend was cat-fishing her.

She eventually meets up with her video chat guy and and the ending is quite surprising.

  • The Beginning After

  • By: Kiersten Modglin
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Peighton Claiborne's perfect world is built on perfectly crafted lies. When the sudden death of her husband destroys everything she worked so hard to create, Peighton finds herself struggling to cope. As the police begin digging into the mysterious death, they uncover secrets her husband had spent years trying to keep buried. The people Peighton believed she could count on, and the ones she needs more than ever, begin to turn on her, leaving Peighton to pick up the remaining pieces of her life alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected ending

  • By Placid on 06-08-18

Multiple Plot Twists

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Peighton's world comes crashing down when her beloved Senator husband has an "accident" on the stairs and is killed.

Her son. Kyle blames her for his Dad's death and is pushing her away at a time when they should be caring for each other.

There are other men in Peighton's life, Frank the bodyguard(for her husband) Clay, the cop, who is on the case (which he tells Peighton maybe suspicious,) but turns out he has a hidden agenda and Drew who may or may not have been a lover and the biological father to Kyle.

MEANWHILE The hidden agenda, we find out is that Clay's wife was murdered by an on-line woman predator he, (Clay) met whilst in a football chatroom. It turns out that the Senator was also having an online "affair" with her. Clay wants to try to track down this woman and charge her with the murder of his wife and he suspects the Senators's murder also.

MEANWHILE Peighton and Clay start up a cosy relationship.
Frank has told them all now that the Senator is dead he no longer works for them and maybe moving to another city.

There are several other plot twits running through all the other stories, including paternity, affairs, relationships and sexuality. The ending was very surprising

J Scott Bennett's narration is excellent, he manages to make all the males voices individual and even his Peighton is pretty good.