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  • Dear Amy

  • By: Helen Callaghan
  • Narrated by: Helen Baxendale, John Sackville, Laura Aikman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,465
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,459

Margot Lewis is the agony aunt for The Cambridge Examiner. Her advice column, Dear Amy, gets all kinds of letters - but none like the one she's just received: 'Dear Amy, I don't know where I am. I've been kidnapped and am being held prisoner by a strange man. I'm afraid he'll kill me. Please help me soon, Bethan Avery.' Bethan Avery has been missing for nearly two decades. This is surely some cruel hoax. But as more letters arrive, they contain information that was never made public.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommend it

  • By Miko on 22-06-16

Started really well

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

......but became a chore to just get through to the end. The main character wasn't at all likeable which really didn't help.

  • The Light of the Fireflies

  • By: Paul Pen, Simon Bruni - translator
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

For his whole life, the boy has lived underground, in a basement with his parents, grandmother, sister, and brother. Before he was born, his family was disfigured by a fire. His sister wears a white mask to cover her burns. He spends his hours with his cactus, reading his book on insects, or touching the one ray of sunlight that filters in through a crack in the ceiling. Ever since his sister had a baby, everyone's been acting very strangely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievably good, 5 star plus

  • By Sigrin on 30-12-17

Wonderful. A real treat

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

Enjoyed every minute of this book.

( if you liked the book 'Room' this is definitely one for you.)

  • The Last Anniversary

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217

"I'll tell you something, something important. Love is a decision. Not a feeling. That's what you young people don't realise. That's why you're always off divorcing each other. No offence, dear." So decrees the formidable Connie Thrum of Scribbly Gum Island. She is the chief decision-maker of a rather unconventional family and her word is law. It's been over seventy years since Connie and her sister Rose visited their neighbours and found the kettle boiling and a baby waking for her feed, but no sign of her parents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Lisa on 21-01-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 29-01-17

Always enjoyed books by this author but nearly stopped listening to this one a few times. It was quite bland and felt like a book she had to write rather than enjoyed writing.

  • Birthdays for the Dead

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341

Five years ago his daughter, Rebecca, went missing on the eve of her 13th birthday. A year later the first card arrived: homemade, with a Polaroid picture stuck to the front – Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. Every year another card: each one worse than the last. The tabloids call him The Birthday Boy. He’s been snatching girls for 12 years, always in the run-up to their 13th birthday, sending the families his homemade cards showing their daughters being slowly tortured to death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Jill on 18-01-12

Great writing style

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

New author for me and thoroughly enjoyed his writing style
One of the characters drove me crazy and hoping I don't run across her again but don't let that put you off.
Already looking for other books from the same author but sad to see that some are abridged.
If you like crime I'd certainly recommend giving this guy a try.

  • The Finding of Martha Lost

  • By: Caroline Wallace
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

Martha is lost. She’s been lost since she was a baby, abandoned in a suitcase on the train from Paris. Ever since, she’s waited in the station's lost property for someone to claim her. It’s been 16 years, but she’s still hopeful. In the meantime, there are mysteries to solve: secret tunnels under the station, a suitcase that may have belonged to the Beatles, the Roman soldier who appears at the same time every day with his packed lunch. Not to mention the stuffed monkey that someone keeps misplacing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I got this to last a month; I didn't turn it off!

  • By KateS on 22-03-16

Loved Martha

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

Reviewed: 19-04-16

This book is written from Matha's viewpoint and the author does it beautifully. The phrasing was lovely.
So as not to spoil the story I'll just say that I don't see the point of some elements as they don't really add anything but padding but not enough to be detrimental.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Before I Go To Sleep

  • By: S J Watson
  • Narrated by: Susannah Harker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,556
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,552

As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me ...'Memories define us.So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight.And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.Welcome to Christine's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This will keep you awake!

  • By MRS on 20-05-11

If only I could forget this book

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

Reviewed: 19-04-16

Really liked the idea behind the story but it didn't take long for it to get repetitive. That that was obviously going to be difficult to avoid but I was confident the writer would have figured it out. Sadly, not well enough because about half way through I couldn't take another day.

  • Eye For An Eye

  • DI Gilchrist , Book 1
  • By: T. F. Muir
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,007

One psychopath. One killer. The Stabber. Six victims, all wife beaters. Each stabbed to death through their left eye. Six victims, all wife beaters. Each stabbed to death through their left eye. The cobbled lanes and backstreets of St Andrews provide the setting for these brutal killings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Looking for more

  • By Kaz on 24-04-13

Horrible

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

Any additional comments?

I was really surprised to see that this was not the first book written by this author as it seemed so poorly written but maybe it was one he just churned out to a deadline. Really liked the idea of the story and I wouldn't be surprised if the premise turned out to be pretty good but couldn't bear to stick with it. One thing I did like was that the story was written from 2 view points, always like that style but it didn't keep me listening for more than about an hour

  • Man at the Helm

  • By: Nina Stibbe
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 336

Not long after her parents' separation, heralded by an awkward scene involving a wet Daily Telegraph and a pan of cold eggs, nine-year-old Lizzie Vogel, her sister and little brother and their now-divorcée mother are packed off to a small, slightly hostile village in the English countryside. Their mother is all alone, only 31 years of age, with three young children and a Labrador. It is no wonder, when you put it like that, that she becomes a menace and a drunk. And a playwright.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good as expected

  • By Philip on 18-09-14

Loved every minute of it

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

Reviewed: 28-01-16

What made the experience of listening to Man at the Helm the most enjoyable?

Was worried that this book wouldn't live up to my expectations but it was wonderful and I didn't want to miss a word of it.
The reader did an amazing job giving every character their own very believable voice.
Love the phrasing that the writer uses. She packs so much into her books and I can't wait for the next one.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Landing

  • By: Paul Torday
  • Narrated by: David Monteath, Clare Wille
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

From the best-selling author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a ghost story, a psychological thriller and a tale of love rediscovered. Elizabeth has been married to Michael for ten years. She has adjusted to a fairly monotonous routine with her wealthy, decent but boring husband. Part of this routine involves occasional visits to Beinn Caorrun, the dank and gloomy house in a Scottish glen that Michael inherited. There are memories there that Michael will not share with her. But then Michael begins to change. It starts when he thinks he sees, in a picture, the figure of a girl on a landing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Menacing

  • By CherylK on 19-08-16

Reader spoilt it for me

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

Reviewed: 25-11-15

Female reader was great but started to dread the male taking over so gave up

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Skin

  • By: Michel Faber
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 289

Isserley spends most of her time driving. But why is she so interested in picking up hitchhikers? And why are they always male, well-built, and alone? An utterly unpredictable and macabre mystery, Michel Faber's debut is an outstanding piece of fiction that will stay with you long after you have finished listening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A haunting and heartbreaking story

  • By Kaggy on 03-05-14

Dreadful writing and accents even worse

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

Reviewed: 25-11-15

Any additional comments?

I couldn't bear to listen to more than 30 minutes
Reading voice ok but accents were dreadful