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  • Dead to Me

  • By: Lesley Pearse
  • Narrated by: Eve Webster
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

When Ruby and Verity met as girls, they came from different worlds. Verity was privately educated, living in a beautiful Hampstead home, while Ruby was being raised in extreme poverty. Nevertheless, they became firm friends. However, fortunes are not set in stone, and soon the girls find their situations reversed. As Ruby goes up in the world, Verity encounters more and more tragedy, but still the girls remain large parts of each other's lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reverting

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-08-16

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 25-10-17

A nice enough story but rather predictable. The protagonists were a little cliched and the villain seemed not to have a single redeeming feature!

  • Kill Me Again

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,976

When your life is a lie, who can you trust? When Maggie Taylor accepts a new job in Manchester, she is sure it is the right move for her family. The children have settled well, although her husband, Duncan, doesn’t appear to be so convinced. But nothing prepares her for the shock of coming home from work one night to find that Duncan has disappeared, leaving their young children alone. His phone is dead, and she has no idea where he has gone or why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Smooth and Classy Thriller

  • By Simon on 26-08-16

Entertaining but implausible

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

Reviewed: 27-05-17

I really enjoyed listening to this book. I thought the story was interesting but I had to suspend disbelief with the character of Maggie. I won't say more because it would be a spoiler. I do like Rachel Abbot though - her stories are always suspenseful.

  • Little Deaths

  • By: Emma Flint
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang, Graham Halstead
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 224

It's the summer of 1965, and the streets of Queens, New York, shimmer in a heat wave. One July morning, Ruth Malone wakes to find a bedroom window wide open and her two young children missing. After a desperate search, the police make a horrifying discovery. Noting Ruth's perfectly made-up face and provocative clothing, the empty liquor bottles and love letters that litter her apartment, the detectives leap to convenient conclusions, fuelled by neighbourhood gossip and speculation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping listen from start to finish!

  • By S Plateau on 10-03-17

An excellent listen

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

One of the best I've listened to. The story was gripping and although I guessed who the guilty party really was it in no way detracted from the enjoyment. It my first experience with this author but I look forward to reading or listening to more of her work. Highly recommended!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Swimming Lessons

  • By: Claire Fuller
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 570
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 525

Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides each in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter, she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan. Twelve years after her disappearance, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid from a bookshop window.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By dumphimlove on 23-03-17

Riveting!

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

Reviewed: 23-03-17

This is one of those books you either love or hate. I loved it! All the characters are flawed but are more believable for that. I'll be looking for more titles by Claire Fuller.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Pilgrim

  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,468

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

Gripping Story

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

Reviewed: 17-02-15

This story imo is perfect for audio but now I am thinking should I read it? I think I will!

  • The Wall

  • A Modern Fable
  • By: William Sutcliffe
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Camm
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Joshua lives with his mother and step-father in Amarias, an isolated town, where all the houses are brand new. Amarias is surrounded by a high wall, guarded by soldiers, which can only be crossed through a heavily fortified checkpoint. Joshua has been taught that the Wall is the only thing keeping his people safe from a brutal and unforgiving enemy. One day, Joshua stumbles across a tunnel that leads underneath the Wall. The chance to catch a glimpse of life on the other side of The Wall is too tempting to resist. He's heard plenty of stories about the other side, but nothing has prepared him for what he finds…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gripping Story

  • By dumphimlove on 22-11-14

A Gripping Story

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

Reviewed: 22-11-14

What did you like most about The Wall?

A view of life through an adolescent's eye

What did you like best about this story?

I was thoroughly engaged. I found myself laughing out loud and on occasion crying.

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

He captured the adolescent voice perfectly

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

belief in essential goodness

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. It will stay with me for some time. My test of good writing is that it engenders emotion and this story does this and more. I couldn't stop listening

  • The Murder Bag

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442

Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard, but a high standard

  • By Philip on 05-04-15

Parsons at his best

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

Reviewed: 07-09-14

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

This is my first Audible listen and I found it difficult to stop listening. A fab story and though Colin Mace was narrating it was Parsons' voice I could hear. Some great lines which occasionally made me laugh out loud.