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  • The Lost Man

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of the outback. In an isolated part of Australia, they are each other's nearest neighbour, their homes hours apart. They are at the stockman's grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family's quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lost man

  • By P.W.Ainsworth on 28-10-18

Evocative and moving

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

Reviewed: 26-11-18

Jane Harper writes about life in remote parts of Australia wonderfully. She describes the procedures and the emotions so well, from the organisation of the essential foodstuffs, to the incredible loneliness, to the underlying and longstanding interpersonal problems. This book has been a joy to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Infirmary: A DCI Ryan Mystery

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Tom Bateman, Bertie Carvel, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523

There's a serial killer targeting the streets of Newcastle, seemingly picking his victims at random but subjecting them all to the same torturous end. When the Chief Inspector on the case goes missing, it falls on DCI Ryan to track down the man who is brutally murdering women and goading the police to 'catch me if you can'. As everyone becomes a suspect, Ryan and his team get drawn further and further into the case, but for Ryan the nightmare gets closer to home than he could ever have imagined. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent DCI Ryan mystery....

  • By Salter on 08-11-18

Drama format works

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I very nearly gave up on this recording very early on as it was immediately obvious that we would know the ending as the story is set before the Holy Island series of books. However the performances of the actors were excellent and I really liked that it was like listening to a play. Because we knew the ending, there was very little suspense but the author filled in the information prior to the other books. Overall enjoyable.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • This Is Going to Hurt

  • Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,783
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,200
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,171

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, Well told

  • By The_Animagus on 23-09-17

Funny, but serious

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Really enjoyed this recording. Although written in a diary format, the author did not waffle or waste words. Some bits were extremely funny, but the author managed to convey the relentless grind of an NHS doctor, affecting all aspects of their lives, relationships, health and sanity.

  • The Amateurs

  • By: John Niven
  • Narrated by: Angus King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Gary is a sweet and decent man. Only two things would improve his life - having children with his gorgeous wife, Pauline, and a lower golf handicap. Both are unlikely. Pauline is wondering how she ended up living in an ugly little house, driving a second-hand car and making a living dressing up as Tinker Bell. She's planning to leave Gary for a self-made carpet millionaire. Findlay, the Carpet King of Scotland, wants to trade in his obese wife for a younger model.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funniest book I've ever heard/read

  • By Greg on 11-12-15

So funny

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

Reviewed: 28-10-18

Funniest and most uplifting book that I have listened to so far. You don't have to be a golfer to enjoy this book but if you are a golfer, you will love it.

  • The Lie of the Land

  • By: Amanda Craig
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Quentin and Lottie Bredin, like many modern couples, can't afford to divorce. Having lost their jobs in the recession, they can't afford to go on living in London; instead, they must downsize and move their three children to a house in a remote part of Devon. Arrogant and adulterous, Quentin can't understand why Lottie is so angry; devastated and humiliated, Lottie feels herself to have been intolerably wounded. Mud, mice and quarrels are one thing - but why is their rent so low?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent read

  • By becsicle on 22-03-18

Book of the Year, really?

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

Reviewed: 21-10-18

This was a joyless book. The author obviously didn't like men very much and also some women. I expect that the reader was intended to empathise with the main character but I found her extremely judgemental. In fact, long lectures on every conceivable social situation were aired by a variety of characters in a very one dimensional way, very binary. London against country living; rich against poor; young versus old; intelligent versus stupid, the list goes on and on.

The narrator has a fairly downbeat delivery, matching the general mood, but her handling of accents was very poor. German and South African accents sounded the same, an Indian person from Birmingham.

Finally, I would say that the inclusion of strong expletives was unnecessary. Also, a short section with reference to gypsies, also called pykies, added nothing to the story and bordered on the offensive.

  • The Quaker

  • By: Liam McIlvanney
  • Narrated by: Angus King
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

A city torn apart. Glasgow, 1969. In the grip of the worst winter for years, the city is brought to its knees by a killer whose name fills the streets with fear: the Quaker. He takes his next victim - the third woman from the same nightclub - and dumps her in the street like rubbish. A detective with everything to prove. The police are left chasing a ghost, with no new leads and no hope of catching their prey. DI McCormack, a talented young detective from the Highlands, is ordered to join the investigation. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Ken on 01-01-19

Just brilliant

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

Reviewed: 16-10-18

Loved this book, the story was compelling and complex. So many nostalgic references to the time, the 60s in Glasgow. Loved the historical information also. I was disappointed to finish this audiobook but hope that the author has future adventures for the main character.

  • Everything Is Lies

  • By: Helen Callaghan
  • Narrated by: Anna Popplewell, Sian Thomas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 772

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Everything Is Lies by Helen Callaghan. Sophia's parents lead quiet, unremarkable lives. At least that is what she's always believed. Until the day she arrives at her childhood home to find a house ringing with silence. Her mother is hanging from a tree. Her father is lying in a pool of his own blood, near to death. The police are convinced it is an attempted murder-suicide. But Sophia is sure that the woman who brought her up isn't a killer....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely mesmerizing

  • By W. M. Koolstra-dekker on 06-03-18

Predictable after promising start

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Well written, understanding some young people's impressionable nature. However, I found that I had predicted much of the second half of the book half way through this book.

  • Putney

  • By: Sofka Zinovieff
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Ralph Boyd’s first glimpse of Daphne will be etched on his mind forever. Dark, teasing, slippery as mercury, she seems neither boy nor girl but sprite - something elemental. An up-and-coming composer, Ralph is visiting the writer Edmund Greenslay at his riverside home in Putney to discuss a collaboration. In its colourful rooms and unruly garden, Ralph finds an intoxicating world of sensuous ease and bohemian abandon that captures the mood of the moment. Entranced, he knows he will return.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wrong narrator

  • By Moor Sawtelle on 09-11-18

Hugely enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 22-09-18

Insightful account of questionable behaviour. Narration excellent. Quite a number of unexpected twists and turns.

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  • Shot Through the Heart

  • By: Isabelle Grey
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 225

Who can you turn to if not the police? Essex, Christmas Day. As the residents of a small town enjoy their mince pies, shots ring out in the street. Five people are gunned down before the lone shooter turns his weapon on himself. Grace Fisher, now Detective Inspector, is tasked with making some sense of this atrocity - all the more sensitive because the first of the victims was one of their own: a police officer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Second in the series but better than the first

  • By Mr Robert Butler on 23-10-16

Good character

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

Reviewed: 19-09-18

Love the narration. Really like the personality of Grace, the main character. The relationships between the primary characters are entertaining and believable.

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  • Tree Surgery for Beginners

  • By: Patrick Gale
  • Narrated by: Patrick Gale
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

From the best-selling author of A Place Called Winter, Tree Surgery for Beginners is a funny, elegant and eclectic novel of love, lies and the secrets we live with. When Lawrence Frost wakes up one morning to discover his wife and child have gone missing, there is gruesome evidence to suggest he may be the main suspect in a murder investigation. Confused, threatened with the loss of everything he loves, Lawrence is sent to the Caribbean on a kill-or-cure cruise. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wide ranging subject matter

  • By Jacqueline S. on 15-09-18

Wide ranging subject matter

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

Reviewed: 15-09-18

You know that you will get unpredictability from Patrick Gale.. Doesn't disappoint. Moving and emotional.