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  • And So It Begins

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Olivia Vinall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Cleo knows she should be happy for her brother Mark. He's managed to find someone new after the sudden death of his first wife - but something about Evie just doesn't feel right...When Evie starts having accidents at home, her friends grow concerned. Could Mark be causing her injuries? Called out to their clifftop house one night, Sergeant Stephanie King finds two bodies entangled on blood-drenched sheets. Where does murder begin? When the knife is raised to strike, or before, at the first thought of violence?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rather Dull!

  • By Ann D on 14-11-18

Rather Dull!

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

Reviewed: 14-11-18

I have really enjoyed several of Rachel Abbott’s books, but for me this one is rather dull. I can’t quite put my finger on why it is as lacking as I’m finding it. The writing was a bit poor (surprisingly) in the early chapters. I ploughed on though and that improved (almost as if the book was written at two separate points for the author), but the story never really took off. All of the material was there, but the characters were pretty one dimensional and I couldn’t care about any of them. I have reached chapter 51 and I am going to give-up on it I’m afraid. Disappointing.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Salt Lane

  • DS Alexandra Cupidi, Book 1
  • By: William Shaw
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

She always went to far. DS Alexandra Cupidi has done it again. She should have learnt to keep her big mouth shut after the scandal that sent her packing - resentful teenager in tow - from the London Met to the lonely Kent coastline. Murder is different here, among the fens and stark beaches. She was the one who found the killers. The man drowned in the slurry pit had been herded there like an animal. He was North African, like many of the fruit pickers that work the fields. The more Cupidi discovers, the more she wants to ask - but these people are suspicious of questions. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dull!

  • By Ann D on 12-11-18

Dull!

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

I ploughed on until chapter 32, and with 4 hours to go, I just couldn’t go on. For me, none of the characters are engaging. The basic premise of the story is okay, but it just goes on and on, seemingly going nowhere. No doubt the threads, such as they are will be brought together in the end. However, I just don’t get. Too many books, too little time!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Watching You

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Watching You by Lisa Jewell. You’re back home after four years working abroad, with a brand-new husband in tow. You’re keen to find a place of your own. But for now you’re living with your big brother, camped out in his spare bedroom. And then - quite unexpectedly - you meet the man next door. He’s the head teacher of the local high school. He’s twice your age. And he’s devastatingly attractive. Soon you find you’re watching him. All the time. But what you don’t know is that someone is watching you....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling listen!

  • By Mazalicious on 28-07-18

I really enjoyed it!

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

I really enjoyed the story, and the narration is excellent. However, I could only give the story 3 stars because the writing was not great. Too often the same term is used several times within just a couple of sentences. This distracted me. In addition, there are some really cheesy, amateurish sentences. I have read, or listened to, several books by Lisa Jewell and I know she can do better. I doubt I would have stuck with this in paper format due entirely to the, at times, poor writing. The high quality narration carried it. Despite all of this, it’s a great story, with an excellent beginning, middle and end, so I highly recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Make a Sound

  • Nathan Cody, Book 3
  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678

You can't choose your family. Or can you? Meet the Bensons. A pleasant enough couple. They keep themselves to themselves. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy. There's just one problem. Daisy doesn't belong to the Bensons. They stole her. And now they've decided that Daisy needs a little brother or sister. DS Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jackson Makes it a Hat Trick!

  • By Simon on 08-05-18

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 25-10-18

This is the third in the series. I have loved every one, but this is perhaps the best. The story is truly gripping, the characters richly drawn and the narration flawless. I genuinely struggled to put it down and devoured it at every spare moment. My only disappointment is that I must now wait for the next in the series. I miss the characters already.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Slaughter Man

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915

On New Year’s Day, a wealthy family is found slaughtered inside their exclusive gated community in north London, their youngest child stolen away. The murder weapon is a gun for stunning cattle, leading Detective Max Wolfe to a dusty corner of Scotland Yard’s Black Museum devoted to a killer who thirty years ago was known as the Slaughter Man. But the Slaughter Man is now old and dying. Can he really be back in the game?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Ad the bad on 23-09-15

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 22-10-18

Excellent story, flawless narration. I listened to this immediately after listening to the most recent in the series (having just discovered Max). Even that way around, it worked well for me. I love Parsons’ writing style. His main characters are so easy to like and engage with. I do not agree with the reviewers who suggest this is too violent. I’m no shrinking violent, but I am turned off by gratuitous, gruesome violence. There is none here, but it’s a gritty crime novel, so inevitably, there is some gritty violence! The only flaw for me was, well to avoid a spoiler, let’s say - when, later in the book, it kicked off in the hotel room. I had to really suspend my disbelief. If I could clearly see it coming, why couldn’t the intelligent, experienced copper? Either side of that moment, it was superb though, so it’s still a 5* star book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Girl on Fire

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562

When terrorists use a drone to bring down a plane on one of London’s busiest shopping centres, it ignites a chain of events that will draw in the innocent and the guilty alike. DC Max Wolfe finds himself caught in the crossfire between a tech-savvy terrorist cell and a revenge-seeking, Bible-quoting murderer called Bad Moses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He cannot write these quick enough

  • By Miss on 06-04-18

Loved this!

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

Reviewed: 18-10-18

I was not entirely comfortable with the narration at first. It seemed a little fast and emotionless. However, I adjusted to the pace and came to realise that Colin Mace actually did an excellent job here. The story is original, with well drawn characters who are easy to engage with. Also, where so much good fiction has weak, or ‘over the top’ final chapters, Parson’s final chapters in Girl on Fire are perfect. Genuinely exciting, but entirely plausible and left me wanting more. Here’s hoping for a sequel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 332

The 10-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambiance while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline.... Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these tired bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal? These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly brilliant! Liane Moriarty does it again!!!

  • By Lu on 08-10-18

Really enjoyed it!

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

Reviewed: 14-10-18

I see there are mixed reviews for this book. I enjoyed it. The characters are engaging, the story is very different and unpredictable and it’s well written.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,964
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,687

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Just like the first three in the series, I loved this. The characters are fabulous and it’s a story to really ‘get your teeth into’. Surprisingly, Robert Glenister’s narration was not as faultless as previously. His Yorkshire accent was decidedly dodgy (strange, as he did a fine job in previous books). Other reviewers have commented that his Scottish accent left a lot to be desired too (I don’t know the accent well enough to pick that up). Nevertheless, his voice is wonderful and the accents problem didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Sweet Little Lies

  • By: Caz Frear
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703

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.

3 of 3 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.