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  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 444

When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works, he is instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: tough, razor-smart, and sexier than his wildest dreams. He'd kill to have her. Soon Beck can't resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. When a string of macabre incidents tears her world apart, there is only one person she can turn to. But there's more to Joe than Beck realizes and much more to Beck than her perfect facade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • second listen

  • By kdsshrub on 15-02-18

Dark story of obsession.

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

Reviewed: 31-10-17

Wasn’t sure about this book when I started listening but quickly got hooked. Written in the first person which made it more effective. I couldn’t see the ending , changing my mind several times as I listened. Lots of sex and swearing so don’t listen if you get offended. Highly recommended.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Ragdoll

  • By: Daniel Cole
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 660
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 609

Translated into over 30 languages, Ragdoll is a rocket-paced serial killer thriller with twists and turns you won't see coming. You will not be able to stop talking about this book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a Ride!

  • By Simon on 11-02-17

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 18-02-17

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

Not time well spent. Found the whole premise silly and unconvincing.

Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Cole again?

I might but unlikely

Which character – as performed by Andrew Wincott – was your favourite?

None.

Could you see Ragdoll being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No idea

Any additional comments?

I only finished this book as I hate being defeated. Shall return it.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Wolves of London

  • Obsidian Heart, Book 1
  • By: Mark Morris
  • Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 956

Alex Locke is a reformed ex-con forced into London's criminal underworld for one more job. He agrees to steal a priceless artefact - a human heart carved from the blackest obsidian - but when the burglary goes horribly wrong, Alex is plunged into the nightmarish world of the Wolves of London, unearthly assassins who will stop at nothing to reclaim the heart. As he races to unlock the secrets of the mysterious object, Alex must learn to wield its dark power - or be destroyed by it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next one!

  • By Magenta on 24-01-15

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 21-07-15

What would have made The Wolves of London better?

It started off fine but I gradually lost interest in the characters,and the events were silly.

Has The Wolves of London put you off other books in this genre?

probably

Which scene did you most enjoy?

None

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

It did start well.

  • Death Descends on Saturn Villa

  • By: M. R. C. Kasasian
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615

Gower Street, 1883: March Middleton is the niece of London's greatest (and most curmudgeonly) personal detective, Sidney Grice. March has just discovered a wealthy long-lost relative she never knew she had. When this newest family member meets with a horrible death, March is in the frame for murder, and only Sidney Grice can prove her innocence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another great book

  • By J on 24-07-15

Great stuff

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

Reviewed: 21-07-15

Would you listen to Death Descends on Saturn Villa again? Why?

I will. I enjoyed it first time through,and will listen again after a week or so and doubtless find bits I'd missed first time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

March.

Which character – as performed by Emma Gregory – was your favourite?

March.

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

I did!

Any additional comments?

This is such a good series,very different.It's easy to suspend disbelief and get caught up in the unlikely characters and events.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Murder Road

  • Cooper and Fry, Book 15
  • By: Stephen Booth
  • Narrated by: Mike Rogers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Ben Cooper and his team from Derbyshire Constabulary's E Division return in this gripping new title from the master of the genre. For the Peak District hamlet of Shawhead, there's only one road in and one road out. Its handful of residents are accustomed to being cut off from the world by snow or floods. But when a lorry delivering animal feed is found jammed in the narrow lane, with no sign of the driver except for a blood-stained cab, it's the beginning of something much more sinister...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Twisting and turning road

  • By CHRISTINA on 21-07-15

Twisting and turning road

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

Reviewed: 21-07-15

What did you like most about The Murder Road?

Unusual murder scene,which led to some problems for our hero.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Murder Road?

The accident with the bridge.

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

Narrates well

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

Neither,but felt claustrophobic about the death scene.

Any additional comments?

My enjoyment was marred by several glitches in the recording,where the narrator had stumbled and this was not edited out. Also some phrases were repeated. I found myself listening for errors for a time-annoying.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Roman Holiday

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974

Another rollicking short story from the Chronicles of St Mary’s author Jodi Taylor. Question: What sort of idiot installs his mistress in his wife’s house? Especially when that mistress is Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator, queen of Egypt and the most notorious woman of her time? Answer: Julius Caesar - poised to become king of Rome. Or as good as.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another piece of the St Marys puzzle

  • By UsefulThings on 29-05-15

History triumphs

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

Reviewed: 21-07-15

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

I think the narrator brings an extra quality to the books.

What did you like best about this story?

Just love all the St Mary's books.

What does Zara Ramm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Excellent phrasing. I think these books are made for reading out loud.

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

Usual laughter.

Any additional comments?

I love this series and can't wait for the next book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hand That Trembles

  • By: Kjell Eriksson, Ebba Segerberg - translator
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 16

Sven-Arne Persson suddenly walks out of a business meeting and disappears, leaving behind his wife - no trace is found of him. Inspector Ann Lindell is investigating the discovery of a dismembered foot washed up on the beach. Ann's boss, Berglund, is delving into a cold case - a man beaten to death - an unsolved mystery that he finds impossible to forget. What connects the three?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • 24 mins in and it is nothing like the description

  • By MarieLouise on 23-02-13

Dire

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

Reviewed: 21-07-15

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I don't know who could. I've tried for a second time to listen to this and have given up. The synopsis and the reality are still poles apart after nearly four hours and I am yet again defeated.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kjell Eriksson again?

No

Did Julie Maisey do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Not really,but she was up against it!

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

No

Any additional comments?

First time I've been unable to finish a book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bombproof

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

Sami Macbeth is not a master criminal. He's not even a minor one. He's not a jewel thief. He's not a safe-cracker. He's not an expert in explosives. Sami plays guitar and wants to be a rock god but keeps getting side-tracked by unforeseen circumstances. Fifty-four hours ago Sami was released from prison. Thirty-six hours ago he slept with the woman of his dreams at the Savoy. An hour ago his train blew up. Now he's carrying a rucksack through London's West End and has turned himself into the most-wanted terrorist in the country.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bombproof

  • By Ms on 26-02-14

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 24-03-14

Would you listen to Bombproof again? Why?

I've listened to this twice in three days already

What other book might you compare Bombproof to, and why?

Can't name one but anything pacey with flashes of black humour.

What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Very well read. Different voices excellent,to the point where the narrator became part of the story.

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

Made me grin a good few times,and catch my breath.

Any additional comments?

Just a fantastic listen.Fast,occasionally funny,and however unlikely the scenario,believable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Whisperer

  • By: Donato Carrisi
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Six severed arms are discovered in a forest clearing. They appear to belong to missing girls, but the rest of the bodies are nowhere to be found. Criminologist Goran Gavila is forced to work with Mila Vasquez, a specialist in missing children with a tragic history of her own. As they uncover more about the dark secrets in the forest, their lives are increasingly in each other's hands...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting new author

  • By Charlotte on 02-08-16

Grim

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

Reviewed: 24-03-14

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

Less verbiage

Has The Whisperer put you off other books in this genre?

Certainly by this author

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

Fine

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

Boredom

Any additional comments?

Took this on holiday with me and was worried it wouldn't last out.I needn't have done. I took a week to finish it by sheer willpower. The story was unbelievable,the unnecessary
descriptive passages just felt like padding.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Crimson Petal and the White

  • By: Michel Faber
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 41 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

NOW A MAJOR BBC DRAMA starring Romola Garai, Chris O'Dowd, Gillian Anderson, Richard E. Grant, Shirley Henderson and Mark Gatiss. 'Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them....' So begins this irresistible voyage into the dark side of Victorian London. Amongst an unforgettable cast of low-lifes, physicians, businessmen, and prostitutes, meet our heroine Sugar, a young woman trying to drag herself up from the gutter any way she can.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it!

  • By knittyboot on 26-05-11

social history with a difference

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-10-11

I first read this some years ago in hardback and was gripped.However,in the intervening years I have forgotten so much of the detail that I decided to try the audio book.Once again I was unable to 'put it down'. This story of a young prostitute ,Sugar,and those seedy or highborn persons with whom she comes into contact really conveys the dirt,desperation and class-ridden world of Victorian London. Sugar,who declares that 'there is nothing I won't do' to please her clients,grabs the opportunity to improve her degrading life,but is still at the beck and call of a man. The final outcome for Sugar and several other characters we have heard much about is uncertain,but this works well.
There are many references to sexual activity in the book,and a fair number of 'four letter words'.I did not find this gratuitous but some may.
An excellent book and very well narrated.


1 of 3 people found this review helpful