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  • The Silence Between Breaths

  • By: Cath Staincliffe
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Passengers boarding the 10.35 train from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston have no idea that their journey is about to be brutally curtailed. Holly has just landed her dream job, and Jeff is heading for an interview after months of unemployment. They end up sitting next to each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • VERY emotional book

  • By Kawaii Princess on 22-01-17

Realistic, terrifying

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

Reviewed: 08-04-19

When starting this book, one may find it boring, as all it shows is the daily life of passengers on a train. A developing romance, the cleaner, business women, families. But when you realise the terror on board with them, the tension really ramps up. A very sad aftermath, but a possible happy ending, which isn't made clear. The only thing I marked this down for, is the huge amount of, person said, person said. We know who's speaking after being told once, but Staincliffe keeps repeating it. Thorpe is one of my favourite narrators, and he brings this book off really well, I know he can only read what's in front of him. I would still recommend this, if you're looking for a suspenseful read.

  • Lost Boys

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina, with high hopes. But Step's new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and 8-year-old Stevie's school is worse. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers' concern turns to terror.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lost Boys

  • By S D ORR on 17-04-06

Not very impressed at all.

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

Reviewed: 08-04-19

I think if I was living with parents like that, I'd run away from home! It would drive me crazy! They over reacted to the stupidest things in my opinion, and seemed to take a lot of things very seriously. I also didn't like the sexist way Step was at times, and De-Anne's over reactions to things which seem to be nothing. Nothing against the Morman religion of course, but if that's how men are, and women just seem to react irrationally, then I certainly couldn't do it. I'm not sure why we were given over 15 hours of family life, before the actual serious things started to happen. The narrator does this book credit, considering not much happens for a very long time.

  • Have You Seen Her

  • By: Lisa Hall
  • Narrated by: Kristin Atherton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Bonfire Night. A missing girl. Anna takes her eyes off Laurel for only a second. She thought Laurel was following her mum through the crowds. But in a heartbeat, Laurel is gone. Laurel’s parents are frantic. As is Anna, their nanny. But as the hours pass, and Laurel isn’t found, suspicion grows. Someone knows what happened to Laurel. And they’re not telling. Have You Seen Her is the breathtaking new thriller with a killer twist from best seller Lisa Hall. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it in the End

  • By Sarah on 09-04-19

Finished it in one, but still not sure about how i

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

Reviewed: 06-04-19

Once again, the time of writing this is 03:20AM. I really should try to stop this, shouldn't I? This was another book I had to finish in one sitting, that was a very quick 9 hours, that's for sure! One thing I've learnt from reading a lot of these, is to keep an open mind, no matter what the author would have you believe. Despite where Hall takes us here, I didn't fully believe anything, until I knew. I'm not sure about the ending to this one, although the last line is certainly true! I feel sadness, anger, disbelief all at the same time at the end of this book, for various characters, and for various reasons. But I'm still not sure about how it ended. Although Hall builds the tension up from page 1, and doesn't let you go until the last line. It was certainly one I had to finish, just so I knew, and that's the mark of a good author. Well done Lisa, another good one.

  • The Killing Game

  • By: J.S. Carol
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

A heart-stopping thriller with plenty of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat, for fans of Peter Swanson, Harlan Coben and Linwood Barclay. Imagine you are having lunch at an exclusive restaurant, filled with Hollywood’s hottest stars. And a masked gunman walks in and takes everyone hostage. You must bargain for your life against a twisted individual who knows everything about you. He also has a bomb set to detonate if his heart rate changes. If he dies. You die.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying, tense, edge of your seat stuff.

  • By SarahC1985 on 04-04-19

Terrifying, tense, edge of your seat stuff.

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Really enjoyed this one. The tension, the suspense, and the danger. I can imagine that probably has happened somewhere in the states, it wouldn't surprise me. Well written and narrated, and I liked how it switched from restaurant to news room, to rest room. I thought King's actions at the end were correct, but he didn't realise the danger he'd put them in by doing as he did. Of course, the good guys nearly always save the day! My favourite scene I think was the "game" of Russian Roulette 6 of them played, as I didn't know who would get the... Well, wrong wheel. Although I did feel sorry for the bomber a little at the end, because of what we're told. A really exciting and suspenseful thriller, with terror mixed in, and a very good read.

  • Bad Apple

  • By: Zoje Stage
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Seven-year-old Hanna has never spoken a word. She is a sweet but silent angel in the eyes of her adoring father, but with Mummy, things are different. Suzette loves her daughter, but difficulties with babysitters and teachers over the years have put a strain on their relationship and her sanity. Then Hanna speaks for the first time, to Suzette alone, and what she says is chilling.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, slow ending

  • By Amy Hegarty on 17-11-18

Original plot line attracted my attention

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

The first thing I enjoyed about this one, is the originality of the plot line. A mentally ill child, hating her mother. But by the end, I thought she wasn't ill, she knew exactly what she was doing. There were a few times I didn't sympathise with Susette, like when she was jealous of Alex for his relationship with Hannah, or when she was in self pity mode. But there was also frustration with Alex later on, when he refused to accept what was happening, only realising after it was too late. I didn't feel sorry for Hannah at any stage, because I didn't believe she was ill after a while. I also liked, and had a lot of respect for Hannah's Therapist. Written really well, I like how it switches between mother and daughter throughout. Never read a book with that plot before, but would certainly read another.

  • The Accusation

  • By: Zosia Wand
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Eve and Neil live in the beautiful Cumbrian town of Tarnside. After years of trying for a baby, they are in the final stages of adopting four-year-old Milly. They just have to pass the 'settling in' period - three months of living together as a family under watchful eyes - and then they can make it official. For Eve, her heartbreak is nearly at an end. She now has this perfect little girl in her life, a little girl who calls her mummy. But Eve's dream of a happy family is fragile. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, and feels very realistic.

  • By SarahC1985 on 04-04-19

Well written, and feels very realistic.

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

This is another one I wasn't sure about. I think Eve certainly needed to be stronger towards the end, and I actually think she was a little selfish, not putting Milly first, instead thinking of her with her mother. The beginning annoyed me as well, as she did what she does after they hadn't spoken for 2 years. I didn't like Joan right from the start, and without writing any spoilers, I'm of the opinion that you won't either by the end. But as already stated, I parcially blame Eve for what happened, and I didn't like the way she acted through most of this. I was with Neil from page 1, and stayed there. If Eve had done what I think she should have, this wouldn't have happened. When Shona says, "more important than your mother's feelings," I thought, ha, you had that coming, serves you right! I wanted to hug Neil. That was the lowest of the low what happened to him. I was furious! Good plotline and writing, and I love how Wand made me feel emotions as if it was real, to me that shows a good author, but I think Eve was a really dislikeable character, and I loved Milly, I wanted to adopt her myself!

  • The Ritual

  • By: Adam Nevill
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 332

It was the dead thing they found hanging from a tree that changed the trip beyond recognition. When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect. But when Luke, the only man still single and living a precarious existence, finds he has little left in common with his well-heeled friends, tensions rise. A shortcut meant to ease their hike turns into a nightmare scenario that could cost them their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling stuff

  • By Fergal on 27-02-13

A good read, but I think part 1 was better.

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

David Thorpe is one of my favourite narrators, and he certainly doesn't disappoint here. I really enjoyed part 1, as the horror starts slowly, before it doesn't stop. I wasn't sure what to think of the 2nd part, to be honest. I was left confused at the end, but Adam Nevill is now one of my favourite horror authors. The book "no one gets out alive" is on my to read list. But it's a long one, I sometimes struggle with those, but I'm going to give it a go, that's for sure!

  • No Further Questions

  • By: Gillian McAllister
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church, Charlie Sanderson, Andy Cresswell, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of No Further Questions by Gillian McAllister, read by Imogen Church, Charlie Sanderson, Andy Cresswell, Jan Cramer, Penny Andrews, Cassie Layton, Rachael Beresford and Malk Williams. The police say she's guilty. She insists she's innocent. She's your sister. You loved her. You trusted her. But they say she killed your child. Whom do you believe? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Gabby on 15-07-18

brilliant peace of fiction

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

I really like the multiple narration in this book, I love books which do that, as the characters feel more like different characters, than I feel they do with just one voice. I enjoy how this slowly unfolds, the trial and the past at the same time. The twist at the end bought a tear to my eye. I would consider this as a legal thriller, with Psychological suspense mixed in. Can't wait to read her next book.

  • ASBO

  • A Novel of Extreme Terror
  • By: Iain Rob Wright
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Your fear is their entertainment... Andrew's life is one of bored contentedness: a teenage daughter, a faithful wife, and a middle-class job. He even has a Mercedes. His life is without drama, and the comfort of middle-age is setting in. That all changes when he refuses to buy a pack of cigarettes for the local gang of youths. Led by the emotionally unstable, and sadistic, Frankie, the gang target Andrew and his family in an escalating campaign of terror and violence that threatens their very lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad, terrifying, true.

  • By SarahC1985 on 04-04-19

Sad, terrifying, true.

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

This one was really sad, because unfortunately, this type of thing really does happen. ASBo's really are anti-social behaviour orders. I love the way Iain really builds the tention, how it starts off appearing Andrew is going to be left alone if he does as Franky says the first time, but did we really think Iain would let that happen? Not likely! Another reason I like his books is because they don't take long to get going. I sometimes struggle with books which have a lot of background before the main event starts. "It" by Stephen King, for example. Just can't get through it, it's so long! The home invasion scene in this is horrible. I loved it! It was really well written, and also very emotional. I respected Davey through most of it, but especially after what he does later on. It was clear he didn't want to be involved, but felt he had no choice. Franky displays several violent incidents towards people, and even when we learn why, I don't sympathise with him at any point. There's no excuse for actions like his. If you like reading horror which can come close to a true account, this is for you.

  • Sam

  • By: Iain Rob Wright
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

When washed-up priest Angela Murs and skittish ghost hunter Tim Golding are summoned to a vast country manor to help a sick little boy, they have no idea what to expect. While it's clear that young Sammie is a very disturbed child, there's surely no way he could have been behind the recent spate of accidents or the death of his father. The child is dirty, malnourished, and perhaps the victim of a negligent mother, but as Angela and Tim's investigations take them deeper into the mystery, they realize there is much more going on than they ever could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By serisa on 12-04-15

Terrifying, and with slowly building tension

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

In my opinion, this book has some truly scary scenes in it. Brilliant! Just my thing! I love how Iain slowly builds the tention in this, how strange things begin to happen to the characters, how they start off skepticle, but then are forced to believe what Tim at least believes is impossible. My favourite plot, they end up trapped in the house, with evil at large. Only thing I will say, is the ending confused me a little, I didn't really get it. But a really good read, and well narrated by Nigel Patterson. Loved it! Blood, some sexual images, a lot of violence.