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Ann D

Newcastle, England
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  • Sweet Little Lies

  • By: Caz Frear
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636

What I thought I knew: in 1998, Maryanne Doyle disappeared, and Dad knew something about it. Maryanne Doyle was never seen again. What I actually know: in 1998, Dad lied about knowing Maryanne Doyle. Alice Lapaine has been found strangled near Dad's pub. Dad was in the local area for both Maryanne Doyle's disappearance and Alice Lapaine's murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting & accomplished new voice

  • By Michelle on 25-12-17

Wow! What a ride!

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

Reviewed: 30-08-18

This is a fabulous read/listen. The narration was faultless and the voice very pleasant to listen to. The characters in the story are well drawn and very relatable. The story is a pretty detailed Police procedural, yet it still moves along at a pace and the twists are excellent. Too often twists feel contrived, but that is absolutely not the case here. I loved every minute and very much look forward to more from this author, hopefully with the same narrator for the audiobook.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Grand Old Time

  • By: Judy Leigh
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

A funny and heartwarming debut for fans of Celia Imrie and Dawn French. Evie Gallagher is regretting her hasty move into a care home. She may be 75 and recently widowed, but she’s absolutely not dead yet. And so, one morning, Evie walks out of Sheldon Lodge and sets off on a Great Adventure across Europe. But not everyone thinks Great Adventures are appropriate for women of Evie’s age, least of all her son, Brendan, and his wife, Maura, who follow a trail of puzzling text messages to bring her home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, easy read/listen!

  • By Ann D on 26-08-18

Enjoyable, easy read/listen!

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

Reviewed: 26-08-18

Pleasant, easy read. Well drawn characters. Good pace. Excellent narration. Ideal holiday listen or for when something light is needed.

  • The Trailing Spouse

  • By: Jo Furniss
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Amanda Bonham moved halfway around the world to be with the man she loves. Although expat life in Singapore can be difficult, Edward Bonham is a dream husband and a doting father to his teenage daughter, Josie. But when their maid dies in an apparent suicide—and Amanda discovers the woman was pregnant and hiding a stash of drugs prescribed to Edward—she can’t help but wonder if her perfect husband has a fatal flaw. And if he can’t resist temptation under their own roof, what does he get up to when he travels? Camille Kemble also has questions for Edward. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable!

  • By Ann D on 21-08-18

Enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 21-08-18

I have found this an enjoyable read/listen. The characters are well drawn, it gave an interesting account of Singapore and there was real suspense. The story itself lost a star for the chapters from ‘the twist’. I don’t do spoilers, so suffice to say, I had to suspend my disbelief at the unrealistically compliant way in which the women handled themselves. Also generally,
I found these later chapters weaker when compared to the rest of the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Death of Mrs Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware. When Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter telling her she’s inherited a substantial bequest from her Cornish grandmother, it seems like the answer to her prayers. She owes money to a loan shark, and the threats are getting increasingly aggressive: she needs to get her hands on some cash fast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended.

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-07-18

Gripping, I loved it, but . . .

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

Reviewed: 18-08-18

This is a really good book, a compelling story that I found tough to put down, with richly drawn characters that I grew to care about. However, it is not flawless and there is enough wrong to prevent it being a 5* read/listen. Firstly, it was often repetitive e.g there were far too many ‘blushes rising up through’ a character, too many puzzled expressions and a ridiculous number of severe bangs on the head for the same character, where symptoms of concussion were described but then passed over with no consequences (what is her head made of?).

Those little issues alone would still have me affording the book 5* because the story was so good. However, it was always a bit too wordy. Sadly, from chapter 46 through 52, that became a big issue. Those chapters are extremely long-winded and, surprisingly for such an experienced novelist, Ware even plays fast and loose with the English language. For example, a character could not have “seen an imperceptible difference”, if it’s imperceptible, it cannot be perceived! There were other points were the writing was sloppy. Despite these, at times distracting, flaws, I thoroughly enjoyed most of it. Although, because of them, I would not read it a second time. Such a shame as it could so easily have gone from very good, to excellent.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sorrow Bound

  • The 3rd DS McAvoy Novel
  • By: David Mark
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

No good deed goes unpunished in this third thrilling instalment in the acclaimed Hull-based DS Aector McAvoy series. From the Richard & Judy featuring, Sunday Times best-selling and Kindle chart-topping author of Dark Winter. Philippa Longman did what we all aim to do. She did the right thing. She's about to pay for it with her life.... DS McAvoy has spent his career playing by the rules. He has the scars to show for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Part 3 getting even better

  • By Simon1971 on 07-09-16

Excellent! Couldn’t put it down!

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

This book is excellent, really well written, richly drawn characters and a meaty, compelling story. I look forward to the other books in the series.

  • A Stranger in the House

  • By: Shari Lapena
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 400

You're waiting for your beloved husband to get home from work. You're making dinner, looking forward to hearing about his day. That's the last thing you remember. You wake up in hospital, with no idea how you got there. They tell you that you were in an accident; you lost control of your car whilst driving in a dangerous part of town. The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend isn't so sure. And even you don't know what to believe....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody brill

  • By Johanna Laughton on 13-01-18

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 30-07-18

Great tale, well written and well narrated. Characters are richly drawn. The focus is on the relationships between the main three protagonists and the Police procedural. In the later chapters, I thought I might be guessing how it would end, with a few options. None of them were correct. The ending was solid though, unlike too many in this genre.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • He Said/She Said

  • By: Erin Kelly
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Broadbent, Helen Johns
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 984
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 899
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 899

In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She and her boyfriend, Kit, call the police, and in that moment it is not only the victim's life that is changed forever. Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear. And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, the events that follow have taught her that you can never see the whole picture: something - and someone - is always in the dark....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping & different

  • By Lulu M on 04-05-17

Not for me!

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

Reviewed: 28-07-18

This review is only based on the first 10 chapters as I have decided not to continue with it. Nothing has engaged me at all. The story seems a bit bland and unfortunately, the style in which the female protagonist is voiced is whiney and annoying.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Americanah

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life-changing

  • By Diana John on 02-06-13

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 24-07-18

This is a wonderful, rich story. The characters are richly drawn with great depth. The narration is excellent and the ending, perfect. What more could we want?

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Private Business

  • Hakim and Arnold, Book 1
  • By: Barbara Nadel
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

It is London 2012 and Stratford in the East End is at the centre of the world. But next to the Olympic Park are some of the poorest and most crime-ridden streets in the city. PI Lee Arnold and his assistant, Mumtaz Hakim, run a detective agency in a community fraught with conflict and tension. Approached by a frightened woman, they start to investigate her stalker. But soon their enquiries turn in a far more sinister direction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A new set of characters, but just as gripping!

  • By Cathryn Small on 19-04-14

Kept me interested but . . .

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

It is difficult to score this. It may be more enjoyable read, rather than listened to. The narration is not terrible, but there is something about the slightly ‘rapping’ style that distracted me and the London accents border on those in the ‘Sound of Music’. The story is interesting, but too baggy. It would be better a third shorter. Also, the main characters would benefit from more depth, whilst other characters are of no consequence. What on Earth is the point of taking up space with Roy, who added nothing! Ultimately, disappointing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Persons Unknown

  • A Manon Bradshaw Thriller
  • By: Susie Steiner
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

As dusk falls, a young man staggers through a park, far from home, bleeding from a stab wound. He dies where he falls, cradled by a stranger, a woman's name on his lips in his last seconds of life. DI Manon Bradshaw can't help taking an interest - these days she handles only cold cases, but the man died just yards from the police station where she works. She's horrified to discover that both victim and prime suspect are more closely linked to her than she could have imagined.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A rather stereotyped female detective

  • By Clare on 08-09-17

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I devoured this, the second in the series of DI Manon Bradshaw. I nearly gave it a miss because one reviewer said that, unlike the first, this was pure chic lit. It really isn’t at all. It is a really good crime story, and here the character development is excellent. I feel I know the richly drawn characters of Manon, Davey, Mark and I love Birdie, who sadly will probably only feature in this book. I hope not, she is a warm, funny and intelligent character. I am very much looking forward to the next in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful