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  • 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 476
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 443

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

An Entertaining Psychological Thriller

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

This isnt a phenomenal thriller by any means however kept me engaged on long journeys to work for a few days without getting bored. Good enough to recommend.

  • Tin Man

  • By: Sarah Winman
  • Narrated by: Sarah Winman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

It begins with a painting won in a raffle: 15 sunflowers, hung on the wall by a woman who believes that men and boys are capable of beautiful things. And then there are two boys, Ellis and Michael, who couldn't be closer. And the boys become men, and then they meet Annie, and it changes nothing and everything. Tin Man sees Sarah Winman follow the acclaimed success of When God Was a Rabbit and A Year of Marvellous Ways with a love letter to human kindness and friendship, loss and living.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By C. Long on 02-08-17

A pretty boring listen

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

I was so excited to listen to this but frankly, too dreamy and not enough story for my liking. I read a lot of literary fiction but this one bored me.

  • Where Evil Lies

  • By: Jørgen Brekke
  • Narrated by: David Menkin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

A story of obsession and murder that transcends time - and place. Medieval fascination with anatomy and modern-day obsession with rare books spark a series of gruesome murders in Norway and the US, and bring detectives from both countries together to hunt down a serial killer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant start not sustained throughout

  • By janien on 26-11-18

Brilliant start not sustained throughout

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

Reviewed: 26-11-18

The start breathtakingly brilliant. Terrifying and I had high hopes. A shame the storyline lost its high suspense impact and I ended up not caring who the killer was.

  • Young and Damned and Fair

  • The Life and Tragedy of Catherine Howard at the Court of Henry VIII
  • By: Gareth Russell
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

England, July 1540: it is one of the hottest summers on record, and the court of Henry VIII is embroiled once again in political scandal. Anne Cleves is out. Thomas Cromwell is to be executed and, in the countryside, an aristocratic teenager named Catherine Howard prepares to become fifth wife to the increasingly unpredictable monarch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short Lived Queen Consort

  • By S. Morris on 17-01-17

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

This was picked up on a whim and is a wonderful and interesting read about one of Henry’s lesser known queens. We will have to wait another couple years to see what Alison Weir makes of Catherine Howard in her Queens series however this historical read ticked all of the enjoyment boxes for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Exquisite

  • By: Sarah Stovell
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Bo Luxton has it all - a loving family, a beautiful home in the Lake District and a clutch of best-selling books to her name. Enter Alice Dark, an aspiring writer who is drifting through life, with a series of dead-end jobs and a freeloading boyfriend. When they meet at a writers' retreat, the chemistry is instant, and a sinister relationship develops.... Or does it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly exquisite!

  • By Timi on 21-06-17

Not bad!

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Chose this as a random second choice in a sale and wasnt disappointed. A thriller along the lines of single white female. Menacing and a brilliant sit up and take note ending!

  • Ghost Wall

  • By: Sarah Moss
  • Narrated by: Christine Hewitt
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

A story at once mythic and strikingly timely, Sarah Moss's Ghost Wall urges us to wonder how far we have come from the 'primitive minds' of our ancestors. Teenage Silvie is living in a remote Northumberland camp as an exercise in experimental archaeology. Her father is an abusive man, obsessed with recreating the discomfort, brutality and harshness of Iron Age life. Behind and ahead of Silvie's narrative is the story of a bog girl, a sacrifice, a woman killed by those closest to her, and as the hot summer builds to a terrifying climax, Silvie and the Bog girl are in ever more terrifying proximity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Teen Fiction ?

  • By Angela O'Brien on 21-09-18

Could not put this one down!

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

A father obsessed with experiencing life as he perceives it should be; as our ancient ancestors lived. Insists his family embrace his perfect holiday with him, in an Iron Age archaeological camp. Reminded me of Kingsolvers excellent The Poisonwood Bible, Sarah Moss packs a hard hitting life was not a bed of roses back then punch with this short yet excellent novel. Funny at times with the illicit trips to Spar for chocolate however the novel doesnt hold back from its serious menacing undertones and bigotry. Not even four hours long so a more expensive credit read but so what! Its a good one!

  • Testament

  • By: David Morrell
  • Narrated by: Benjamin L. Darcie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

Reporter Reuben Bourne has broken a promise - to cast a paramilitary white supremacy group in a favorable light. Now, one basically peaceful man, one with a paradoxical attraction for violence, must confront a force of unrelenting hate. Somehow, he must survive - as he leads his family on a desperate flight into a wilderness as unforgiving as the fanatical humans who pursue him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Early Morrell; not his best but still good.

  • By janien on 10-11-18

Early Morrell; not his best but still good.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

A family hunted out into the cold snowy winter wilderness. A tale of facing unbeatable odds. A harrowing, suspenseful listen best enjoyed during a cold winter. Not exceptional but still worth a credit.

  • Milkman

  • By: Anna Burns
  • Narrated by: Bríd Brennan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous. Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant but terrifying!

  • By janien on 06-10-18

Brilliant but terrifying!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

The Troubles in N. Ireland back then seemed largely a world away from the Midlands of England growing up. This an account of a teenager’s life on the Catholic side of town is beautifully written yet terrifying how what happened almost felt normal.

Shortlisted for the Man Booker this year and has to be a worthy contender to win.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Mars Room

  • By: Rachel Kushner
  • Narrated by: Rachel Kushner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences, plus six years, at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility. Outside is the world from which she has been permanently severed: the San Francisco of her youth, changed almost beyond recognition. The Mars Room strip club where she once gave lap dances for a living. And her seven-year-old son, Jackson, now in the care of Romy’s estranged mother. Inside is a new reality to adapt to: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing...

  • By Alexandra.F on 28-08-18

A worthy man booker shortlist contender

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

Reviewed: 24-09-18

Gutsy, sharp, real.

The author researched US prison life and it shows. Flawlessly presented by the author, my only gripe was it felt a bit long at times. Glad I didn’t abandon it as the ending was cracking. Overall a great read and worth hearing read by the author too.

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,885
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,881

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good one!

  • By Robyn on 23-11-16

Not as great as I had hoped....

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

Picked this up as LOVE the cover and creepy house stories are my favourite genre.

Characters are great and well developed except the Scooby Do references became a tad tired. The novel starts out brilliantly as a 5 star read but got crazy and so weird I switched off and lost interest. A real shame. Perhaps the biggest disappointment in my reads so far this year.

Can’t fault the presentation.