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Ann D

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  • Her Name Was Rose

  • By: Claire Allan
  • Narrated by: Melanie MacHugh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

Rose Grahame had everything Alex D’Arcy dreams of. A handsome husband, a stunning home and a baby boy with twinkling blue eyes and a smile that would brighten the darkest of days. It’s a stark contrast to Alex’s life - her dead-end job, her borderline addiction to drink and pills, her failed engagement and her cluttered flat. But the women’s lives are about to collide - and nothing will ever be the same again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An engaging & entertaining listen

  • By Siobhan O'Neill on 30-07-18

Satisfying

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

A very satisfying ‘read’. Well developed characters and a twist I didn’t see coming. Recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Sweet Revenge

  • By: Jane Fallon
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell, Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964

Paula has had Robert's back since they got together as drama students. She gave up her dreams so he could make it. Now he's one of the nation's most popular actors. And Paula's just discovered he's having an affair. She's going to remind Robert just what he's sacrificing, and then she's going to break his heart like he broke hers. It will be her greatest acting role ever. Revenge is sweet. Isn't it?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Revenge is definitely sweet

  • By Sue R. on 08-09-17

I Loved this!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

My usual genre is Crime Fiction. I listened to this as a palate cleanser between murders and hoped it would’ve “okay”. I was amazed to find that, although a light read, it was genuinely gripping. I never wanted to put it down. The characters are very well drawn, the story gripping and the narration faultless. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hunting Party

  • By: Lucy Foley
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron, Laura Kirman, Clare Corbett, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Everyone's invited. Everyone's a suspect. In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather for New Year. The beautiful one. The golden couple. The volatile one. The new parents. The quiet one. The city boy. The outsider. The victim. Not an accident - a murder among friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended... a brilliant book

  • By edd on 23-12-18

Modern who-done-it!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

I really enjoyed this unusual murder mystery. Written something like a modern day Agatha Christie novel, the characters are well drawn and great atmosphere is created with detailed descriptions of the winter landscape.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Importance of Being Aisling

  • By: Emer McLysaght, Sarah Breen
  • Narrated by: Amy McAllister
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Meet Aisling. She's a country girl learning to love the city sophistication of unlimited Pinot Greej and brunch, though smashed avocado still mystifies her. She can plan anything, from Secret Santa for her ungrateful colleagues to a hen party for not one but two brides. But even Aisling is thrown off course when her job and relationship suddenly go up in smoke. Life in the city was supposed to be glamorous and grown-up, but all at once she's heading home to live with her mother. (Not without a detour to Vegas first - she's unemployed and single, not dead.)

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely light, well written tale!

  • By Ann D on 01-01-19

Lovely light, well written tale!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

I found this book to be very enjoyable. It’s light, higher quality than usual chic lit. The perfect palate cleanser between my usual dark crime fiction. The characters are well drawn and likeable. The narration is excellent, quite flawless.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling

  • By: Emer McLysaght
  • Narrated by: Amy McAllister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

Aisling is 28 and she’s a complete...Aisling. She lives at home in Ballygobbard (or Ballygobackwards, as some gas tickets call it) with her parents and commutes to her good job at PensionsPlus in Dublin. Aisling goes out every Saturday night with her best friend, Majella, who is a bit of a hames (she’s lost two phones already this year - Aisling has never lost a phone). They love hoofing into the Coors Light if they’re 'Out' or the vodka and Diet Cokes if they’re 'Out Out'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10/10 chill and relaxation time

  • By Anonymous User on 28-10-18

Light and Pleasant book

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

I enjoyed listening to this. It is a light and pleasant read, with nicely drawn characters and good Irish blarney. The narration is very good. A great ‘palate’ cleanser for my usual crime fiction. I have already purchased the sequel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dancing Over the Hill

  • By: Cathy Hopkins
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, David Bauckham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

The hilarious and poignant new novel from the best-selling author of The Kicking the Bucket List. When a box set of Broadchurch is more appealing than having sex with your husband, then perhaps it's time to hide the remote.... Cait and Matt have been married for 30 years. They are rock solid. An inspiration to others. Stuck together like glue - aren't they? But Cait can't shake off the feeling that something is missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous book, especially for those of us of a certain age!

  • By Ann D on 29-12-18

Fabulous book, especially for those of us of a certain age!

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

Reviewed: 29-12-18

As an older bookworm, it’s always refreshing to find a really well written, gripping tale about older adults, rather than the usual 30 somethings. The wonderfully drawn characters in this book are mostly in their 60s, with one in her 50s. Just like real life, these mature people still have their hopes, loves, envy and libidos. There is not a wasted word here and I was always reluctant to put it down. I was gripped thought out by the story. The narration is also excellent. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Too Close

  • By: Natalie Daniels
  • Narrated by: Clara Salaman, Sarah Stewart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

There’s a moment, when you meet someone new, when the connection is so strong that making a friend can feel like falling in love. That’s how it was for Connie and Ness. They met in the park while their children played, and as they talked, they realised they were neighbours. Perhaps it was only natural that they and their families would become entirely inseparable. But when Ness’ marriage ends in a bitter divorce, she is suddenly at Connie’s house all the time. Connie doesn’t have a moment to herself, no time alone with her husband, not a second to chat to her kids.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC!! The best book I've listened too

  • By Weigh In Time on 10-12-18

Unusual, powerful story.

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

Reviewed: 23-12-18

This is a novel story (no pun intended). It’s essentially the account of one woman’s mental illness, her experiences and her actions. It’s very well written and quite compelling. As someone who worked in mental health services for decades, I can also say it is accurate. The ending was really satisfying. The narration was excellent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden River

  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. After a disastrous six-month stint in the drug squad, he became addicted to heroin and resigned in disgrace. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love, Victoria Patawasti, has been murdered in America. Victoria's wealthy family sends Alex to Colorado to investigate the case, and he seizes the opportunity for a chance at redemption.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn’t do it for me.

  • By Ann D on 11-12-18

Didn’t do it for me.

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This is my second book by this author. I loved the first. This one, not so much. The quality of the writing, and the narration are excellent. The characters are richly drawn. However, several chapters in, I find the story just doesn’t interest me and I will return it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cold, Cold Ground

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 1
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great stuff!

  • By Ann D on 08-12-18

Great stuff!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

This is a great story, well written, with richly drawn characters. The context of Northern Ireland in 1981 is central to this story, but is also another story in it’s own right. Gerard Doyle’s narration is faultless. I am delighted to have found this, as it is the first in a series with the same narrator. I’m looking forward to many hours of listening pleasure ahead.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eye for an Eye

  • By: Kerry Wilkinson
  • Narrated by: Becky Hindley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

Seventeen years ago, Damian Walker abducted five women because the voices in his head told him to. Now he has been declared sane and is about to be released back onto Manchester's streets with a new identity. But within hours, there is another attack similar to his previous ones. Walker has proof it's not him - but is he reliable, and, if so, who is trying to frame him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Jessica Daniel

  • By Nina on 01-02-18

Enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

I really like the character of Jessica Daniels. Here, Wilkinson is back on form in delivering a satisfying read/listen, having failed for me in the previous book in the series. I would have given the story 3.5 stars if that were possible within the context of the best in crime fiction. Becky Hindley does her usually excellent job here. She was raised in West Lancashire and narrates an excellent Manchester accent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful