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Newcastle, England
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  • What Happened to Us?

  • By: Faith Hogan
  • Narrated by: Clare McKenna
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

After 10 years together, Carrie Nolan is devastated when she's dumped by Kevin Mulvey without even a backwards glance! But on reflection, she has sacrificed her own long-term happiness by pandering to his excessive ego in their successful Dublin restaurant (and out of it) - but not anymore! While Kevin is 'living the dream' with his beautiful new Brazilian girlfriend, Carrie seeks solace from a circle of mismatched strangers who need her as much as she needs them. Then suddenly a catastrophic sequence of events leads to the unthinkable. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this story!

  • By Ann D on 13-08-19

I loved this story!

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

Reviewed: 13-08-19

This is so well written. It has richly drawn, engaging characters and a strong, though light, story. I also really liked the narrator’s voice. Unfortunately, here she read too fast, sometimes not pausing for breath even when there is a change of subject! She also frequently emphasised the wrong part of sentences. I notice that up to date, there are no other books narrated by her available on Audible. Hopefully, the problems stem from lack of experience and she will improve. Highly recommended!

  • Dead Beat

  • PI Kate Brannigan, Book 1
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Chloe Massey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 344

As a favour to her rock journalist boyfriend, private detective Kate Brannigan agrees to track down a missing songwriter, Moira Pollock - a search that takes her into some of the seediest parts of Leeds and Bradford. But little does she realise that finding Moira is only a prelude to murder. Juggling her other cases, including a search to uncover the source of counterfeit luxury goods, Brannigan finds herself for the first time on the trail of a killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Found Myself A New Heroine

  • By EmGem22 on 05-06-19

Pleasant enough!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-19

I quite enjoyed this, but it is pretty derivative. Towards the end, it came over very Columbo (old American detective TV show). I would have like more depth to the main characters and a less ‘old fashioned’ story. The narration is excellent.

  • The Girl I Used to Know

  • By: Faith Hogan
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Amanda King and Tess Cuffe are strangers who share the same Georgian house, but their lives couldn't be more different. Amanda seems to have it all, absolute perfection. She projects all the accoutrements of a lady who lunches. Sadly, the reality is a soulless home, an unfaithful husband and a very lonely heart. By comparison, in the basement flat, unwanted tenant Tess has spent a lifetime hiding and shutting her heart to love. It takes a bossy doctor, a handsome gardener, a pushy teenager and an abandoned cat to show these two women that sometimes letting go is the first step to moving forward and new friendships can come from the most unlikely situations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely, well written book

  • By Ann D on 07-08-19

Lovely, well written book

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

Reviewed: 07-08-19

I really enjoyed this. I listened to it at every opportunity. It’s a simple, ‘feel good’ tale, but one that is very well written, with engaging, richly drawn characters. The lovely story is enhanced by the, as always, faultless and warm narration by Aoife McMahon.

  • Silent Victim

  • By: Caroline Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Steve West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 311

Emma is a loving wife, a devoted mother...and an involuntary killer. For years she’s been hiding the dead body of the teacher who seduced her as a teen. It’s a secret that might have stayed buried if only her life had been less perfect. A promotion for Emma’s husband, Alex, means they can finally move to a bigger home with their young son. But with a buyer lined up for their old house, Emma can’t leave without destroying every last trace of her final revenge...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!!!

  • By JG on 13-06-18

Great stuff!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-19

This is a really great read/listen. It’s exceptionally well researched, with the author exploring some difficult issues very well. The characters are well developed and the story moves along at a good pace. I hated having to put it down and listened at every available opportunity.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hot Love Inferno

  • A Dark Comedy Fantasy Adventure (Prophecy Allocation, Book 2)
  • By: Nicky Blue
  • Narrated by: James Head
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

A half-woman, half-cockroach fused in a bizarre gardening accident? That would be Mrs Jittery Twitch, dwelling in the shadows of our misdeeds. If in danger, you can call upon her help...all she asks is your soul as payment. But she’s just a legend, so no need to worry. Barry Harris is a 28-year-old man, still living with his dear old mum in a little flat above a hairdresser. His obsession with Star Trek and the martial arts won’t help him when he’s forced out on a date. And nobody knows about the weird string of events that’s about to put everyone’s lives in danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good tale!

  • By Ann D on 30-07-19

A good tale!

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

Reviewed: 30-07-19

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

This is not my usual genre and it confirmed for me that I’m not really a fantasy person. That said, I enjoyed it. It is well written, with engaging characters, clever, witty and the narration is excellent!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stone Cold Heart

  • By: Caz Frear
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

A fractured marriage. A silent family. A secret that connects them all. When DC Cat Kinsella is approached by Joseph Madden for help with his wife, Rachel, there's not much she can do. Joseph claims that Rachel has been threatening him but can't - or won't - give Cat details as to why. Dismissing it as a marriage on the rocks, Cat forgets about it. That is until Naomi Lockhart, a young PA, is found dead after a party attended by both Joseph and Rachel, and Joseph is arrested for the murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Cat Kinsella Legend Continues - FAB!

  • By Patricia on 04-08-19

A great read/listen

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

Reviewed: 30-07-19

Another great book by Caz Frear. Well drawn characters, a great plot, well written and excellent narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Looked Away

  • By: Jane Corry
  • Narrated by: Rachel Bavidge
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Every Monday Ellie looks after her four-year-old grandson Josh. The love she feels for him is different to anything she's experienced before. The only thing that can mar her happiness is her husband's affair. But he swore it was over, and Ellie has decided to be thankful for what she's got. Then one day, while she's looking after Josh, her husband gets a call from that woman. And in a moment of pure rage, Ellie takes her eyes off her grandson. The accident that happens will change Ellie's life forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, but heavy

  • By SarahC1985 on 21-06-19

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 21-07-19

This really is an excellent audiobook. It is very well written, with richly drawn characters. Unusually, the psychology is accurate. Some serious contemporary issues are thoroughly explore. It is not a light read, often intense. However, it’s very satisfying.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Unlucky Ones

  • By: Kerry Wilkinson
  • Narrated by: Becky Hindley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

A man who survived being drowned ends up in Manchester’s canal. Someone who was hit by a car is shoved in front of DC Archie Davey’s patrol vehicle. Killers generally aren’t a happy bunch, but this particular one seems to have a problem with second chances. Luckily for DI Jessica Daniel, things are looking up. She’s been assigned to work on the most crime-free estate in the city, and she’s back living with her best friend. Things could not be hunky-dorier. That is unless there’s a sinister reason why the estate is so free of trouble.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very good and excellent narration

  • By Emac on 13-07-19

Becky Hindley makes these books!

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

Reviewed: 16-07-19

I have been enjoying this, but with 1 hour and 28 minutes to go, I’m struggling. The story is good, but it feels a little exhausted at this point. Wilkinson writes a good tale, but there is nearly always a bit of sloppy writing here and there. Becky Hindley’s narration is always marvellous, and here, she elevates an average story, bringing it to life.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Lucky Ones

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 325

When a woman's body is found in the grounds of a ruined priory, Detective Imogen Evans realises she is dealing with a serial killer - a killer whose victims appear to die in a state of bliss, eyes open, smiles forever frozen on their faces.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Serial Killer Thriller

  • By Ulla on 24-06-17

Compelling!

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

Reviewed: 13-07-19

I really enjoyed this. It is well written, with richly drawn characters, suspense and appropriate twists (rather than seeming contrived). It cries out for a sequel. I expect there will be one.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Those People

  • By: Louise Candlish
  • Narrated by: Tuppence Middleton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54

Until Darren Booth moves in at number 1, Lowland Way, the neighbourhood is a suburban paradise. But soon after his arrival, disputes over issues like loud music and parking rights escalate all too quickly to public rows and threats of violence. Then, early one Saturday, a horrific crime shocks the street. As the police go house to house, the residents close ranks and everyone’s story is the same: Booth did it. But there’s a problem. The police don't agree with them.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Neighbours from hell

  • By SandraL on 09-07-19

Enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-19

I enjoyed this. The narration is excellent. The characters adequately developed. It’s a situation many of us could imagine ourselves in, albeit we may act differently. I found the ending rather sudden and flat.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful