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  • The Sixth Window

  • DCI Tom Douglas
  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257

Eighteen months after Natalie Gray loses her husband, Bernie, in a horrific hit and run accident, she finds love with his best friend, Ed Cooper, and moves into his home with her teenage daughter, Scarlett. But she begins to suspect Ed has a dark side - and even darker intentions. Natalie must get her troubled child to a safer place, but when Scarlett starts to hear voices coming from the empty apartment next door it seems she has unwittingly moved them into the heart of danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, bad narration

  • By Lulu M on 01-05-17

Another gripping Tom Douglas investigation

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

This was a gripping story that kept me enthralled. As a mother of a teenage daughter, some of the content made me feel uncomfortable. But I listened to it at every opportunity and completed it in less than 2 days. Another 5 star rating in the DCI Tom Douglas series. This is the first book in the series I have listened to on Audible and it was a great experience. It was a great choice of book to start the new year with and one I’ll be thinking about for some time after.

  • Troubles

  • By: J. G. Farrell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

A listener follows Brendan Archer, a major in the British Army, to County Wicklow in Ireland, where he is supposed to meet the woman he thinks he will marry. When his plans do not turn out quite as he imagined, he decides to stay on at The Majestic - a crumbling coastal hotel - which holds a strange charm and many eccentric, often amusing, inhabitants.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent book wonderfully read

  • By Patrick on 08-07-08

Book club selection

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

Reviewed: 29-09-17

An interesting insight into Ireland just after the war in the eyes of the Major.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,122

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ‘sharing is caring.’ So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified. And one parent is dead. Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Should be 4.5 Stars - Fantastic Surprise

  • By Gavingks on 06-11-14

Another fantastic story

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

Reviewed: 29-09-17

I loved listening to this book. I think Caroline Lee is the best narrator to bring all the different characters together. I was totally engrossed and didn't want it to end. I loved the way the story unfolded as each character provided witness statements and we were able to see different aspects of the events through different eyes. Great humour, great story and a great listen.

  • A Dangerous Crossing

  • By: Rachel Rhys
  • Narrated by: Katherine Manners
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

England, September 1939: Lily Shepherd boards a cruise liner for a new life in Australia and is plunged into a world of cocktails, jazz and glamorous friends. But as the sun beats down, poisonous secrets begin to surface. Suddenly Lily finds herself trapped with nowhere to go.... Australia, six-weeks later: The world is at war, the cruise liner docks, and a beautiful young woman is escorted onto dry land in handcuffs. What has she done?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling story telling at its best

  • By Vixter on 25-09-17

Enthralling story telling at its best

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

Reviewed: 25-09-17

If you could sum up A Dangerous Crossing in three words, what would they be?

Enthralling, breathtaking, realistic

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dangerous Crossing?

Witnessing people's prejudices.

Have you listened to any of Katherine Manners’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't but I will do now.

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

I felt I was there with the passengers and could feel the emotion as the story unfolded depending on the character we were focussing on.

Any additional comments?

It's one of the best books I've ever listened to. I loved hearing the different accents of the passengers and being able to identify with them all. I could envisage being on the ship and on shore. It was such a wonderful book, well written and well narrated and I highly recommend it.

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  • The Name of God Is Mercy

  • By: Pope Francis
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey, Fred Sanders
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

The Name of God Is Mercy, Pope Francis' exploration on the universal theme of mercy, is a spiritual inspiration to both followers of Christianity and non-Christians around the world. Drawing on his own experience as a priest and shepherd, Pope Francis discusses mercy, a subject of central importance in his religious teaching and testimony, and in addition sums up other ideas - reconciliation, the closeness of God - that comprise the heart of his papacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read for all Christians, especially Catholics

  • By Anthony Ojo on 02-07-16

Inspirational spiritual healing

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

Reviewed: 19-01-17

Where does The Name of God Is Mercy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very highly. It is a book I can listen to over and over again. As its message is so positive and forgiving. I use it as a tool to learn and appreciate how merciful God is to us and how we can learn from His example.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the dialogue between the narrator/interviewer and the actor/Pope Francis. I loved hearing the questions being answered along with examples and stories to illustrate the meanings and lessons.

What does Arthur Morey and Fred Sanders bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The expression, tone, compassion, understanding, patience, love and mercy. This is an ideal example of how audible works better than reading the book to yourself.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

How many times should you forgive? Not seven times, but seventy times seven.

Any additional comments?

I found it an inspirational book that I can dip in and out of and listen to it from start to finish continually. It is a book I will often have to hand.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lying in Wait

  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Caoilfhionn Dunne, David McFetridge, Lesley McGuire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006

Lydia Fitzsimons lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the last thing she expects is that pursuing it will lead to murder. However, needs must - because nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Horrifically superb!

  • By Ann D on 07-01-17

Highly recommend

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

Reviewed: 19-01-17

What did you like most about Lying in Wait?

I loved the narrators. I've never listened to an audio book with 3 narrators before but I really enjoyed listening to their impersonations of other characters voices too.

What did you like best about this story?

I was really enthralled throughout and couldn't wait to get back to it at any time I needed to put it down.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Haven't heard them before as far as I know.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The same as the book... My husband didn't mean to kill her...

Any additional comments?

I loved Liz Nugent's first book, but this was even better.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • How to Be Brave

  • By: Louise Beech
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Natalie and Rose are transported in their imaginations to the Atlantic Ocean in 1943, where one of their ancestors survived in a lifeboat for 50 days. Natalie struggles when her daughter, Rose, is diagnosed with type-1 diabetes, but the researching and retelling of Grandad Colin's story provides them both with a way to fight through. Louise Beech has always been haunted by the sea, and regularly writes travel pieces for the Hull Daily Mail, where she was a columnist for ten years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartfelt narration - inspirational & uplifting!

  • By MRS V L HALL on 30-11-15

Loved listening to this story unfold

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

Reviewed: 23-09-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I loved the sound of the narrator's voice and accent and she really captured the spirit of the characters and story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Be Brave?

The struggles between the mother and daughter coming to terms with how life was changing for them both culminating in a loss of control and the feelings of guilt that followed.

Have you listened to any of Finty Williams’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is the first one, but I will be looking for others from now on.

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

Yes, but time didn't allow unfortunately. But I did start listening to it whenever I had the opportunity whether it be in the car, doing house work or in bed.

Any additional comments?

I loved how the two stories came together and I was interested in finding out how both were going to turn out.

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Bill Homewood
  • Length: 52 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778

On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Count of Monte CristoNarrated by Bill Homewood

  • By Martin on 18-08-11

Thoroughly enjoyed this classic tale

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

Reviewed: 30-08-16

Would you listen to The Count of Monte Cristo again? Why?

Yes I would. But I might break it up into random bits as it's really long.

What other book might you compare The Count of Monte Cristo to, and why?

I can't compare it to anything else I've read to date as it is so long and detailed.

Which character – as performed by Bill Homewood – was your favourite?

I enjoyed the Count of Monte Cristo for the most part. There were times when I felt disappointed in the way things were going. I loved Valentine too.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Love overcomes evil, lead by example.

Any additional comments?

There was so much depth to this book. And for the first time I wanted to buy the book to keep reading when listening wasn't possible. It seemed to take a long time to finish it but that was because other shorter books came up in the meantime. But this is a book I could listen to with the family as the content was suitable.

  • Birdsong

  • By: Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by: Peter Firth
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743

Set before and during the great war, Birdsong captures the drama of that era on both a national and a personal scale. It is the story of Stephen, a young Englishman, who arrives in Amiens in 1910. His life goes through a series of traumatic experiences, from the clandestine love affair that tears apart the family with whom he lives, to the unprecedented experiences of the war itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Modern classic, beautifully narrated

  • By Declan on 08-05-11

Brilliant Birdsong brought to life.

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

Reviewed: 29-04-16

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

I tried reading this book years ago but I don't think I got very far with it. For the first time I found that I yearned for a copy of the written book to fill in the times I was unable to listen to it on Audible and that's never happened before. But I was finding every opportunity I could, to listen to the narrative as I was enjoying the experience so much. My ironing has never been done so well as it meant I could spend the time enjoying this book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Birdsong?

The conditions of the fighting in World War I in the trenches and in combat.

What about Peter Firth’s performance did you like?

Peter Firth was perfect for Birdsong as he had such a good French accent and had no problems pronouncing all the French words in the story. He was also very good at bringing the characters to life with his different tones and impersonations.

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

The lack of understanding, compassion and gratitude from the people in England towards the soldiers and officers returning home during the war. And the lack of interest in hearing what they had to endure.

Any additional comments?

This has given me a huge insight into the suffering and despair of the army during the war and of the role of the miners, which I hadn't appreciated before. Sebastian Faulks is an exceptional writer and I really enjoyed listening to the narration.