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  • Until You're Mine

  • By: Samantha Hayes
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

You have something that someone else wants.At any cost ...Claudia seems to have the perfect life. She's heavily pregnant with a much wanted baby, she has a loving husband, and a beautiful home. And then Zoe steps into her life. Zoe has come to help Claudia when her baby arrives. But there's something about Zoe that Claudia doesn't like. Or trust. And when she finds Zoe in her bedroom, Claudia's anxiety turns to real fear ...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rather tedious

  • By Saffy on 28-07-13

Good Listen

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

Reviewed: 25-05-18

I did correctly guess the denouement of the story fairly early on, but I enjoyed listening all the way to the end. A well written and thought out thriller. Clare Corbett, as usual, is an accomplished narrator. Recommended.

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  • Skin Deep

  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Annette Flynn, Sophie Ward, Declan Rodgers, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332

Cordelia Russell has been living on the Côte d'Azur for 10 years, posing as an English heiress. Now her money is gone, and her luck is running out. Desperate to escape her grotty flat and grim reality, Cordelia spends a decadent night at the Negresco. But surrounded by the young, beautiful and privileged, she feels her age and her poverty. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Had To Go All The Way To Get Skin Deep!

  • By Simon on 06-04-18

Full marks for Liz Nugent

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

What did you like most about Skin Deep?

I found the book compulsive, easy listening. I listened to it over 2 days whilst doing a tedious job and it made the job less of a trial. Very well produced by the multiple narrators who enhanced the story. I felt a little sympathy at times for the main character, but she is ultimately vile.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Trauma Cleaner

  • By: Sarah Krasnostein
  • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672

Sandra Pankhurst founded her trauma cleaning business to help people whose emotional scars are written on their houses. From the forgotten flat of a drug addict to the infested home of a hoarder, Sandra enters properties and lives at the same time. But few of the people she looks after know anything of the complexity of Sandra's own life. Raised in an uncaring home, Sandra's miraculous gift for warmth and humour in the face of unspeakable personal tragedy mark her out as a one-off and make this biography unmissable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Bee on 31-03-18

Highly recommended. Wonderful depiction of a life.

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

Would you consider the audio edition of The Trauma Cleaner to be better than the print version?

I read the Kindle edition last year and thought it was excellent. I was a little hesitant to listen to the Audile as I wondered if I would enjoy the reader or whether she would detract from the story. However, it is beautifully narrated. It shows how provoking and interesting I found the book by the fact I not only read it, but listened to it in a period of about 6 months.

Any additional comments?

The book explores the life of a woman who performs one the most filthy, but necessary, jobs anyone could do. Sandra is an exceptional woman who treats her clients with respect and compassion. She does so having undergone a terrible childhood herself and having to confront the issue of her personal identity and journey as a woman in a male body. Admirable story of a real life, not fiction. People are amazing.

  • After the Tears

  • Helping Adult Children of Alcoholics Heal Their Childhood Trauma
  • By: Lorie Dwinell, Jane Middleton-Moz
  • Narrated by: Lucinda Gainey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

The trauma and grief of growing up in an alcoholic or addicted family create a lifetime of baggage. If you grew up in an addicted family, the dysfunction that permeated every aspect of your childhood may have seemed "normal", and you may not even realize the level of affect alcohol still has on your adult life - whether or not you drink. If you are one of the millions of Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOAs), the cost of your childhood pain can be unbearable. You may have learned how to "survive", but are you "living" your life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I've read on the topic

  • By chris on 13-11-14

Wonderful book which I highly recommend

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

Would you consider the audio edition of After the Tears to be better than the print version?

I have bought both versions, audio and print, because after listening to the beginning chapters I found it so valuable that I wanted to go back and read more slowly. It is a book that has given me so many insights into myself and my life.

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,572

Introducing Audible's Thriller of the Year: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil, performed by Joanne Froggatt. In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By madison on 06-09-17

Not the thriller I thought it would be.

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

Would you listen to Silent Child: Audible's Thriller of the Year again? Why?

Perhaps in a few years, when I have forgotten who did it.

Have you listened to any of Joanne Froggatt’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Good narrator. She read very well, and her voice did not irritate or detract from the story.

Any additional comments?

I think the book is over hyped by Audible. I was expecting something much better. The book is a good story, but there are many other books just as good. It was well read and an easy listen. Unremarkable, overall. Get it if you want something light in the thriller genre.

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  • Unravelling Oliver

  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Sam O'Mahony, Roy McMillan, Kevin Hely, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690

Oliver Ryan is a handsome and charismatic success story. He lives in the suburbs with his wife, Alice, who illustrates his award-winning children's books and gives him her unstinting devotion. Their life together is one of enviable privilege and ease - enviable until, one evening after supper, Oliver attacks Alice and beats her into a coma. In the aftermath, as everyone tries to make sense of his astonishing act of savagery, Oliver tells his story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging, Original and Very Well Crafted

  • By Simon on 28-07-17

Great listen! Highly recommended

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

Would you listen to Unravelling Oliver again? Why?

Yes, a few years into the future.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did. I like to listen to audible books whilst doing my artwork, and I had a clear day to enjoy the book and my art. It was a satisfying listen.

Any additional comments?

Liz Nugent does write very well. Recommended read for this genre.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Good Me Bad Me

  • By: Ali Land
  • Narrated by: Hannah Murray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264

Annie's mother is a serial killer. The only way Annie can make it stop is to hand her in to the police. But out of sight is not out of mind. The secrets of her past won't let her sleep, even with a new family and name - Milly. A fresh start. Now surely she can be whomever she wants to be. But Milly's mother is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Anne on 23-01-17

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

Any additional comments?

Overall, I did not really enjoy the story as I found it difficult to suspend disbelief at the far fetched scenario at the centre of the book. I did guess what the conclusion would be, about half way through. I thought the narrator was a good choice for the teenage girl. Her flat delivery added to the story, as it did evoke a troubled girl.

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056

Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it's Meghan Shaughnessy's. These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common - a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear. Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and superbly read!

  • By Aíslín on 24-07-17

Good listen

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

Reviewed: 17-07-17

If you could sum up The Secrets She Keeps in three words, what would they be?

Enjoyable, easy listening. I listened to this book over 2 days whilst doing chores. It was engaging and I wondered how it would all end. The narrator was excellent and brought the characters to life. Different from Michael Robotham's other books but the same quality story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90

In this dark psychological thriller, Olivia Taylor believes she has suffered the worst life can throw at her after the breakup of her marriage. Full of hope, she starts a new life with her nine-year-old daughter, Ellie, only to find the worst is yet to come. Meeting Michael Crossman is the beginning of an unspeakable nightmare for Olivia, and her world slowly unravels. It is only through the retelling of her story that we piece together what has led her to become a mere shadow of the woman she once was.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible book

  • By Caterina Ibele on 19-06-18

Failure. Don't bother

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

Reviewed: 14-05-17

What disappointed you about Behind Closed Doors?

The story was unconvincing and weak. I was looking for a good, enjoyable listen and I like the psychological thriller genre, and whilst the narrator was excellent, the main characters in the book were awful. I guessed the denouement about a quarter of the way through, but hoped it was wrong and the story would get more developed, but it didn't. Terrible ending. It felt like the author was casting around for an idea of bringing the book to a close, and came up with something that was hasty and shocking.

Has Behind Closed Doors put you off other books in this genre?

No, I usually enjoy this genre.

Which character – as performed by Lisa Coleman – was your favourite?

None.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Behind Closed Doors?

The beginning, middle and end.

Any additional comments?

Narrator was excellent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Trophy Child

  • By: Paula Daly
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

Karen Bloom has always wanted the best things in life. And that includes her children; quite simply, she expects them to be perfect. Her son, Ewan, has been something of a disappointment, and she won't be making the same mistake again with her beloved daughter, Bronte. Bronte's every waking hour will be spent at music lessons and dance classes, doing whatever it takes to excel. But as Karen pushes Bronte to the brink, the rest of the family crumbles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping story

  • By Angie on 28-03-17

Not a strong, satisfying story

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

Reviewed: 19-04-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I felt the 'trophy child' aspect of the story was weak and the overall story was contrived in an unconvincing way. The ending, in particular, was not really connected. There was no real substance to the characters.

Would you recommend The Trophy Child to your friends? Why or why not?

No, I wouldn't because it was an unsatisfying. A bit like eating some junk food which you regret.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful