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Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 25-07-19

I’ve loved everything so far from K L Slater but this was a bit of a let down.
The Emma splits with her husband and they decide to remain living together for the sake of their daughter. Until he meets someone else. The daughter Maisie seems affected by the changes but all isn’t as it seems.
Emma is a tedious drip of a character and I repeatedly shouted out loud “DO SOMETHING THEN FFS” because despite her apparent fear that something was wrong she didn’t do anything about it.
There are various themes throughout the book, but the ending came as a surprise and not in a good way. There was so much explanation into various storylines but ultimately there was very little for how it actually ended and it took away the feeling of having ‘earned’ the ending from the reader.
As a local it was nice to read about Nottingham and all the places mentioned.
The performance was excellent as always from Lucy Price-Lewis.
I will continue to read everything from K L Slater as I think they are an excellent author but this one I didn’t enjoy like the others.

Incredible. Use your credit on this.

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

Reviewed: 29-03-19

An incredible, beautiful, touching, tragic and funny tale about getting to the bottom of the truth.

Connie and Ness are best friends. Their lives have intertwined until one day, when Connie wakes up in a secure hospital facility covered in scars suggesting suicide attempts, and the implication from a psychiatrist called Dr R that she’s done something terrible. But she can’t remember what.

Over the course of the book, Connie tells her story during sessions with Dr R, reads a journal written by her daughter and writes her own account of what she remembers to Dr R. Dr R also tells her own story, and it becomes apparent that her relationship with Connie is effecting her personal life and the way she sees not only her patient but other relationships. The story gives both a lovely and awful insight into friendships between women.

To say that the narration makes this book does the author a disservice. It is hilariously funny at times and the author has such a way at making simple observations captivating. It really is a measure of a writer when they can make somebody who has done something terrible into a very likeable character who you are truly rooting for, which is exactly what she does in this book.

The narration is incredible. It’s almost like the book was written for the narrators to perform. Connie’s confusion and hysteria is captured perfectly along with her sense of humour, and Dr R’s aloofness and weakness at times is portrayed flawlessly.
Be aware- they do not mess around with accents and different pitches to their voices to distinguish between characters. So be on the ball, or you’ll miss when Connie is in a session or writing her journal.

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 14-02-18

Stopped listening as I got soooooo bored of all the sex and the female narrator’s accent was awful.
It was building up to sound like some sort of domestic abuse type affair but was dragging terribly and scenes alternated between sex/ she does something psycho.

Really disappointed narration

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

Reviewed: 14-02-18

Such hype and ultimately disappointing.

The story is split into two- the ‘then’ child Eddie and the ‘now’ adult Eddie. Child Eddie and his friends have this goonies style gang who leave signs for each other using coloured chalk. There’s also a tragedy at a fun fair, a strange new teacher and a dead girl. They all link up together.
Adult Eddie still carries the burden of his childhood around with him and it turns out that he’s actually a bit weird. He hoards stuff he finds and hides it. He’s also got a strange housemate called Chloe.
Essentially somebody dies when Eddie is a child and adult Eddie finds out who did it.

I have such huge issues with this book, or should I say, audiobook. Because, child Eddie has an English accent and adult Eddie has a very very strong Irish accent. Huh? All the way through up to the end I was waiting for the pivotal point in the book where the reader was going to be told what happened in the last 30 years because there must be a clue as to how English Eddie became Irish Eddie? Nope. Nothing. Seems like the author decided having two apparently famous voices was better than having 1 or 2 that suited the characters. Because there’s no mention of Ireland or any explanation why the accent changes and that takes away the magic of the book and the reader’s ability to live it and get into the story.
The Irish narrator’s voice was lovely and his narration excellent, but the tone of his voice made it hard to hear unless listening in very quiet surroundings.
The English narrator’s voice was not as pleasant to listen to and the accent kept changing from English to almost Australian? Couldn’t quite work it out.


The story was ok. Predictable murder mystery type affair. Nothing to stand out from the rest. Some lovely language used but the narration issue really ruined this book for me.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Absolutely fantastic

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

Found this as an audiobook on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and to be honest, with it being free, I wasn’t expecting much. But wow. This has to be one of the best books I’ve listened to all year.
I’m usually a crime thriller reader but this caught my interest and I’m so glad it did.
It’s a tale of a relationship littered with traumatic and sad events. That sounds like a sad romance novel but it really isn’t- this is a thriller. Simon is a hateful, callous man and I thoroughly enjoyed disliking him.
The tale begins with him leaving his wife and children without saying goodbye, stating that it is an alternative to suicide. He disappears and nobody knows what happened to him. Why? What could possibly have happened to push him to these lengths of despair?
He seems to think he is justified in his reasoning and the reader is led to believe that he may be, but the truth is horrific and shocking.
25 years after he leaves, he finds his now ex wife to have the last word as to why he left and the truth unravels.
There are so many twists and turns in this book- some gory, some distressing. It really was a marvellous read and I’ll be looking for more from this author. Blows some of the raved-about bestsellers out the water and should be a film. Narration was pretty good.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

Really drags and nothing terribly exciting

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

Reviewed: 13-10-17

Origin is about the origin of the human race and religion vs science.
Langdon ends up seeking the truth about where the human race came from and where it’s heading.
The story is set in Spain so it’s full of fairly dull descriptions of Spanish history and architecture.
The ‘exciting’ bits aren’t that exciting and when it gets to the main event, ie when they’re talking about the origin of species, it was an anticlimax and more of a history lesson. Pretty dull.
Really disappointing story. Excellent narration though.

Fairly transparent and comical narration at times

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

The story lacked any major twists or turns and it was fairly obvious from very early one that the killer would be one of two people. The author laid it on so thick with one it had to be the other. Any suggestions of others perhaps being involved seemed like an after thought.
The narration involves very strong Cornish accents which are at times ridiculous. The police inspector’s voice made me laugh out loud because it was so silly. Narrator often forgot whose character she was playing and got the wrong one.
Fairly dull but ultimately easy listening book. Narration did no favours to the book on this one.

Gave up after a couple of hours

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

Reviewed: 22-09-17

Couldn't get into this one at all. There was so much jumping backwards and forwards I had no idea what was going on. I usually like the 'past/ present' format but this had very little to capture me in either side of the tale. I managed to establish that the protagonist was under a mental health act section 136 but it wasn't immediately apparent due to it being so far from what being under that section is truly like. Missing some thorough research in that area and it put me off along with the to-ing and fro-ing. A very sad character with no light at the end of the tunnel.
Imogen Church excellent as ever but not enough for me to carry on unfortunately

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

Interesting characters and an exciting story. Excellent villains and lots of twists and turns.
Good narration- only criticism is that the sound levels were quite erratic. Don't let that put you off- this is one of my top reads of the year she far

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Bleddy brilliant

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

Reviewed: 25-07-17

What a fantastic story. Absolutely enthralling, wonderful use of language and a unique tale.
Adam applies for a new job and ends up being wanted for the murder of Dr Wang, who is involved in some experimental trials of a new drug. Adam needs to hide out whilst he works out what's going on, to try and prove his innocence. Soon it appears that he isn't just wanted but there is a price on his head, and somehow he needs to rebuild his life to save it.
The characters are likeable and all very different.
Narration was generally good, narrator has a pleasant tone and some of his accents were very funny!