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  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,623

Introducing Audible's Thriller of the Year: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil, performed by Joanne Froggatt. In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By madison on 06-09-17

overblown writing

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

Reviewed: 15-03-19

this is a good storyline spoiled by overblown style with ugly similes. the narration by Joanne Froggat was a bit disappointing as she so often sounded petulant and self-serving

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 834
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented 14-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure.... One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Accents

  • By Patricia on 10-11-15

A good story spoiled

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

A good story spoiled by the narration. I see that I am not alone in this!

  • Dry Bones

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 793
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 702

What happened to Jacques Gaillard? The brilliant teacher at the École Nationale d’Administration, who trained some of France’s best and brightest as future prime ministers and presidents, vanished ten years ago, presumably from Paris. This ten-year-old mystery inspires a bet—one that Enzo Macleod, a biologist teaching in Toulouse, France, instead of pursuing a brilliant career in forensics back home in Scotland, can ill afford to lose.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy Listening

  • By Linda on 10-05-15

Gripping!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

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

Detection and huge information concerning French wines

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nicole, because she is unusual

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

Better than most. he is not the finest narrator but this is one of his better books

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

It made me lose sleep because I couldn't stop listening.

Any additional comments?

Please will Audible try to get the 'missing' books 2 and 3 in the Enzo series - if necessary, commission readings!

  • A Grave Concern

  • The Twenty Second Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Identifying the murderer of the Chancellor of the university is not the only challenge facing physician Matthew Bartholomew. Many of his patients have been made worse by the ministrations of a 'surgeon' recently arrived from Nottingham, his sister is being rooked by the mason she has commissioned to build her husband's tomb and his friend, Brother Michael, has been offered a bishopric which will cause him to leave Cambridge.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So disappointing

  • By SEB on 15-10-16

So disappointing

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

Reviewed: 15-10-16

What would have made A Grave Concern better?

the story is repetitve to such an extent that we checked to see if the iPod had reset itself.

Would you ever listen to anything by Susanna Gregory again?

Thomas challanor series, yes, this one, no

What didn’t you like about David Thorpe’s performance?

to pronounce Cymric as Simrick instead of Kumric grates dreadfully upon me, a Welshwoman

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Grave Concern?

The area round 3 hours into part 2 which seems to repeat earlier material

Any additional comments?

Such a letdown after enjoying several of Gregory's Thomas Challenor books.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Flight of the Maidens

  • By: Jane Gardam
  • Narrated by: June Barrie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

This delightful novel describes the post-war summer of 1946 - and follows the growing-up of three young women in the months between leaving school and taking up their scholarships at university. Una Vane, whose widowed mother runs a hairdressing salon in her front room, goes bicycling with Ray, the boy who delivers the fish and milk. Hetty Fallowes struggles to become independent of her possessive, loving, tactless mother. And Lieselotte Klein, uncovers tragedy in the past and magic in the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A charming book

  • By Kirstine on 16-02-10

Jane Gardam never disappoints

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

Reviewed: 06-06-15

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

Near the top of any list.

What other book might you compare The Flight of the Maidens to, and why?

'The Ruffian on the stair' read by Bill Wallis. Superbly drawn characters, all of them, even the minor ones

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

She is a superb narrator, clearly differentiating the characters and being consistent throughout. - it is apparent that she has done a lot of reading/preparation before committing to tape.

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

It reminded my of my own end-of-schooldays and preparation for university.

Any additional comments?

I have recommended the book to several friends. Some listened via Audible, some read hard copy, all greatly enjoyed it.

  • Want You Dead

  • Roy Grace, Book 10
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Peter James' tenth Roy Grace novel, Want You Dead.... Single girl, 29, smouldering redhead, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and - who knows - maybe more? When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing

  • By Mrs on 19-06-14

Improbable, therefore disappointing

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

Reviewed: 04-06-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, unlike earlier Roy Grace books, the storyline is wildly improbable; characters develop new skills to deal with any eventuality and supposedly sensible 'normal' characters do incredibly foolish things. - escaping from a murderous kidnapper, girl opts to return to the flat TO WHICH HE HAS KEYS rather than to call police!

Would you ever listen to anything by Peter James again?

No - I think he has run out of plotlines.

What about Daniel Weyman’s performance did you like?

Competent reading with good characterisation.

Do you think Want You Dead needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, it has stretched the bounds too much already.

Any additional comments?

Bought this because I had enjoyed earlier Roy Grace books, therefore disappointed.

  • Long Summer Day

  • By: R F Delderfield
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Oliver
  • Length: 27 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

Paul Craddock is still young when he is invalided out of the army after the Boer War and he discovers the neglected estate of Shallowford in a secluded corner of Devon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, absorbing listen

  • By Rosalind on 17-04-12

Re-used an old tape?

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

Reviewed: 17-05-15

Any additional comments?

In part 2, at about 2h 35 minutes in, there is a chunk of some other text being read by a a woman narrator! This is evidence of poor editding. Part 1 is OK, I haven't yet listened to parts 3 and 4

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Little Friend

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 24 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 528

The second novel by Donna Tartt, best-selling author of The Goldfinch (winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize), The Little Friend is a grandly ambitious and utterly riveting novel of childhood, innocence and evil. The setting is Alexandria, Mississippi, where one Mother’s Day a little boy named Robin Cleve Dufresnes was found hanging from a tree in his parents’ yard. Twelve years later Robin’s murder is still unsolved and his family remains devastated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Julie on 08-07-15

Proustian detail began to grate

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

Reviewed: 18-04-15

What would have made The Little Friend better?

It seemed never to get anywhere

What will your next listen be?

The Goldfinch

What about Laurel Lefkow’s performance did you like?

competently read. She did her best to make it interesting

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

Five hours into it and five hours to go! I gave up!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Silent Boy

  • By: Andrew Taylor
  • Narrated by: Leon Williams
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

From the number-one best-selling author of The American Boy comes a brilliant new historical thriller set during the French Revolution.Paris, 1792. Terror reigns as the city writhes in the grip of revolution. The streets run with blood as thousands lose their heads to the guillotine. Edward Savill, working in London as agent for a wealthy American, receives word that his estranged wife Augusta has been killed in France. She leaves behind 10-year-old Charles, who is brought to England to Charnwood Court.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A SLOW BURN

  • By JANE WILSON on 08-08-15

Super story, poor narrator

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

Reviewed: 16-02-15

What did you like most about The Silent Boy?

The tale is atmospheric and rattles along

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silent Boy?

The discovery of the corpse in the boathouse.

How could the performance have been better?

Too many mispronunciations:
gable pronounced gabble, gavel pronounced gavelle, primly pronounced prime-ly all occur within one hour!
Failure to read ahead leads frequently to dmeaning being misrepresented.

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

no

Any additional comments?

Look out for more written by Andrew Taylor, but only if there is a different narrator.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Death in Summer

  • By: Benjamin Black
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

When newspaper magnate Richard Jewell is found dead at his country estate, clutching a shotgun in his lifeless hands, few see his demise as cause for sorrow. But before long Doctor Quirke and Inspector Hackett realise that, rather than the suspected suicide, ‘Diamond Dick' has in fact been murdered. Suspicion soon falls on one of Jewell's biggest rivals.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration

  • By SEB on 05-01-14

Poor narration

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

Reviewed: 05-01-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

A superb story spoiled by dreadful narration

What did you like best about this story?

Characters are well rounded and the setting, in the 1950s, well evoked

What didn’t you like about John Keating’s performance?

He seemed to be reading a line at a time and therefore pausing in inapposite places. I shall not purchase any further books read by him.

Do you think A Death in Summer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, Quirke is a character with lots to give.

Any additional comments?

I shall acquire the remaining Quirke books either as Kindle books or in paper. A pitdy, because with a better narrator, the book could have been great.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful