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  • The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

  • By: Joël Dicker
  • Narrated by: Robert Slade
  • Length: 20 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 946

August 30, 1975: the day of the disappearance. The day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence. That summer, struggling author Harry Quebert fell in love with 15-year-old Nola Kellergan. Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from his yard, along with a manuscript copy of the novel that secured his lasting fame. Quebert is the only suspect. Marcus Goldman - Quebert’s most gifted protégé - throws off his writer’s block to clear his mentor’s name. Solving the case and penning a new best seller soon merge into one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • well i quite liked it

  • By knittyboot on 15-05-14

So badly written I almost gave up after the first chapter

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

Reviewed: 22-09-18

I can't believe that this book has been so highly acclaimed. I really struggled to finish it and only did so because the book had been recommended to me by a friend. I found the characters were thin and unbelievable. The writing was incredibly clumsy and treated us as if we were idiots - repeating passages without need. This book read more like a TV adaptation and I understand that it has indeed been made into a TV series. I hope the series is better than the book. I will not be reading any more books by this author.

  • The Stranger Within

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 828

Be careful what you wish for. On the surface, Callie Harwell has it all. Newly married to James, she finally gets the family she has longed for and becomes a mother to his two sons. So why is she arrested for murder? Things are not as Callie hoped they would be and she struggles to be accepted as part of James' family, and to keep hidden the secrets that could destroy her future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Conclusion, not at all believable

  • By Corrinne on 12-02-17

Well written, didn't expect the twist at the end!

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

Reviewed: 16-07-17

Clearly written, well narrated, interesting storyline and an unexpected twist at the end! Enjoyed it!

  • Lie with Me

  • By: Sabine Durrant
  • Narrated by: Kirk Bage
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,026

It starts with a lie. The kind we've all told - to a former acquaintance we can't quite place but still, for some reason, feel the need to impress. The story of our life, embellished for the benefit of the happily married lawyer with the kids and the lovely home. And the next thing you know, you're having dinner at their house and accepting an invitation to join them on holiday - swept up in their perfect life, the kind you always dreamed of.... Which turns out to be less than perfect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very cleverly observed and put together.

  • By janice wildchild newman on 02-10-16

Well written and well narrated

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

Reviewed: 30-06-17

It made a nice change to have a man narrating such a story. The plot was interesting the twists and turns were good and I felt empathy for the main character. I can see this being made into a film.

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented 14-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure.... One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Accents

  • By Patricia on 10-11-15

Ok story, terrible Cornish accent!

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

Reviewed: 25-06-17

It rather predictable story but some nice little twists and turns. Mostly spoiled by the terrible Cornish accent though!

  • Try Not to Breathe

  • By: Holly Seddon
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies, Lucy Middleweek, Katy Sobey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,976
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,969

For fans of Gillian Flynn, Laura Lippman, and Paula Hawkins comes Holly Seddon's arresting fiction debut: an engrossing thriller full of page-turning twists and turns, richly imagined characters, and gripping psychological suspense. Some secrets never die. They're just locked away. Alex Dale is lost. Destructive habits have cost her a marriage and a journalism career. All she has left is her routine: a morning run until her body aches, then a few hours of forgettable work before the past grabs hold and drags her down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If you can get over annoying irritating inflections in speech of two readers it's worth listening to.

  • By Pete on 02-12-16

enjoyable story, ending a little predictable

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

Reviewed: 27-05-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Try Not to Breathe to be better than the print version?

I never read books - I always listen to them instead whilst gardening

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alex - I liked the way she described how she was battling her demons

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

Not aware that I've listened to these narrators before - but they were all good

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no

Any additional comments?

I learned that there is now a way to ascertain whether people with "locked in" syndrome have consciousness - quite a troubling discovery for all those who have spent many years in such a state....

  • Mr Mercedes

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,991

Described as 'the best thriller of the year' Sunday Express, the No. 1 bestseller introduces retired cop Bill Hodges in a race against time to apprehend a killer. A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cliched, Predictable but Brilliant

  • By Philip on 26-07-15

Struggled to finish this book

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

Reviewed: 26-05-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Different narrator, less predictable and cliched storyline

What will your next listen be?

anything but Stephen King

What didn’t you like about Will Patton’s performance?

the drawl like an old gumshoe detective was REALLY annoying and made me switch off several times

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mr Mercedes?

I would have taken out all the derogatory and racist comments - they were offensive to me.

Any additional comments?

This is the first Stephen King book I've read / listened to since I was a teenager - maybe my tastes have changed with age but I really hated this book. I will be returning it.

  • Not Quite Nice

  • By: Celia Imrie
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 625

Theresa is desperate for a change. Forced into early retirement, fed up with babysitting her bossy daughter's obnoxious children, she sells her Highgate house and moves to the picture-perfect town of Bellevue-sur-Mer, just outside Nice. With its beautiful villas, bustling cafes and shimmering cerulean sea, the village sparkles like a diamond on the French Mediterranean coast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fun and unexpected turns

  • By jacqui on 30-12-15

Please stick to the day job Celia

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

Reviewed: 21-03-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better writing

What was most disappointing about Celia Imrie’s story?

Thin storyline and clunky writing

Would you listen to another book narrated by Celia Imrie?

Narrated by - yes, written by - no

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Brought back nice memories of NICE

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,647

When Alice Love surfaces from a beautiful dream to find she's been injured in a gym, she knows that something is very wrong – she hates exercise. Alice's first concern is her baby – she's pregnant with her first child, and she's desperate to see her husband, Nick, who she knows will be worried about her.But Alice isn't pregnant. And Nick isn't worried.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen

  • By Helen on 01-12-13

Sometimes we all need a wake up call like this!

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

Reviewed: 21-03-16

Would you listen to What Alice Forgot again? Why?

I only never listen to a book once

What other book might you compare What Alice Forgot to, and why?

Before I go to sleep - both deal with memory loss

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

Compares well to others

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me think about how we turn into people we don't always want to be

Any additional comments?

This is the 4th Liane Moriaty book I've listened to - she is an excellent writer and really understands human nature

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • You Will Never Find Me

  • By: Robert Wilson
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Charlie Boxer messed up his family life. First the army, then the police, then high-stakes kidnap and recovery, his ex-wife and daughter learnt to live without him as his work took him places no man can come back from unscarred. Trying to rebuild a relationship with Amy, his teenage daughter, hasn't been easy. But Charlie only realises just how wrong things have gone when he finds her empty room and a note: You will never find me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than the first book in the series

  • By Linda on 11-07-15

Unusual storyline, cheesy ending

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only if they were really stuck for something to read. I found myself quite absorbed in the book at some points, but quite bored by it at others.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The fact that the main character gets "killed off" at the very beginning. The character "Mercy" really annoyed me, she was not real enough.

Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favourite?

Amy's father seemed the most plausible and easiest to relate to.

Could you see You Will Never Find Me being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

I don't think the subject matter (racist drug dealer) or the violence would get through the censor's panel, so no, I don't think it would be made into a film.

Any additional comments?

The plot was interesting, the construction of the story was reasonable, but the cheesy ending spoiled it for me - ditch the last chapter.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Second Life

  • By: S J Watson
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 213

The sensational new psychological thriller from the best-selling author of Before I Go To Sleep... She loves her husband. She's obsessed with a stranger. She's a devoted mother. She's prepared to lose everything. She knows what she's doing. She's out of control. She's innocent. She's guilty as sin.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By trinity_all on 19-03-15

Beware social media!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Gripping story, well narrated

Who was your favorite character and why?

Julia - she was believeable

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

not listened to any other of her performances

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

yes

Any additional comments?

nice twists in the storyline kept me guessing almost to the end. This is a salutary tale over the perils of using social media!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful