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  • 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 4,991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,576

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

Variable

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

Reviewed: 17-09-17

I found the idea behind this book to be very ambitious. No matter how much background reading you do, to place yourself in the woman who this has actually happened to is a tough call. Sometimes the author succeeded extremely well, other times the weird phrasing grated a little. The time-frame is also rather rushed - seeing her son putting on weight or expecting him to speak within a week doesn't seem very realistic considering the trauma he is supposed to have been through.

The idea is a good one, and Sarah had a good crack at it. It just didn't work for me sometimes, that's all.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Beside Myself

  • By: Ann Morgan
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,776
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,781

Six-year-old Helen and Ellie are identical twins, but Helen is smarter, more popular, and their mother's favorite. Ellie, on the other hand, requires special instruction at school, is friendless, and is punished at every turn. Until they decide to swap places - just for fun, and just for one day - and Ellie refuses to switch back. Everything of Helen's, from her toys to her friends to her identity, now belongs to her sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely outstanding

  • By Kaggy on 08-12-17

Dark but intriguing

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

Reviewed: 24-02-16

What's it like to be a twin? Which one are you?

A dark and captivating journey around the mind of Ellie (or is it Helen?). You are twins, does it matter which one you are? Intriguing. It kept me listening right to the end. Recommended.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Place

  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 241

The photo shows a boy who was murdered a year ago.The caption says, "I know who killed him". Detective Stephen Moran hasn't seen Holly Mackey since she was a nine-year-old witness to the events of Faithful Place. Now she's 16 and she's shown up outside his squad room, with a photograph and a story. Even in her exclusive boarding school, in the graceful golden world that Stephen has always longed for, bad things happen and people have secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great read

  • By Odilon on 13-10-14

Feels like it will never end!

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

Reviewed: 28-12-14

I had read Broken Harbour and found it quite good. The basic plot of this book is also ok, but the telling is just sooo long drawn out. Endless conversation, annoying dialogue (ok, this is often from teenagers, but did some of the 'in' expressions like 'hello?' and 'like' have to be used quite so relentlessly?) I didn't actually like any of the characters, and towards the end of this 20 hour marathon I found I was listening more to just get the book out of the way than because I actually cared 'whodunnit'. Might be less irritating if read rather than listened to, but I doubt it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Moriarty

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt, Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,068

Sherlock Holmes is dead. Days after Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty fall to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls, Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has been swiftly filled by a fiendish new criminal mastermind who has risen to take his place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twist and Shout!

  • By Simon on 15-10-15

Blindsided me!

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

Reviewed: 19-11-14

Oh my, this was good! The story, the characters, the narration, for me nothing could have been done better. And then, a total shock towards the end, one that I really didn't see coming at all... which made me smile about how I had been led by the nose!

A perfect 11 out of 10 - if you thought the House of Silk was good then you're in for a real treat with Moriarty.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Beat Goes On

  • The Complete Rebus Short Stories
  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson, Ian Rankin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373

Over the years, Ian Rankin has amassed an incredible portfolio of short stories. Published in crime magazines, composed for events, broadcast on radio, they all share the best qualities of his phenomenally popular Rebus novels. Brought together for the first time, and including brand-new material, this is the ultimate Rebus short-story collection and a must-have book for crime lovers and for Ian's millions of fans alike. No Rankin aficionado can go without it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A satisfying collection...

  • By FictionFan on 13-11-14

Enjoyable easy listening

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

Reviewed: 25-10-14

I had, being a Rebus fan, read many of these stories some years ago in book form. However, that didn't really take away from the enjoyment of having them read to me by James Macpherson, whose wonderful narration adds a whole new dimension to the printed book.

Naturally the short stories lack the complexity of the novels, but I think they stand up well in their own right. Some are of course better than others, but they all add glimpses to the fascinating character that is John Rebus and the interesting city that is Edinburgh.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cat Out of Hell

  • By: Lynne Truss
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

A cottage on the coast on a windy evening. Under a pool of yellow light, two figures face each other across a kitchen table. A man and a cat. The story about to be related is so unusual yet so terrifyingly plausible that it demands to be told in a single sitting. The man clears his throat, and leans forward, expectant. 'Shall we begin?' says the cat….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unusually gripping

  • By mollymoon1 on 21-03-14

An unexpected pleasure!

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

Reviewed: 27-04-14

I hadn't read anything by Lynne Truss before - I'd been rather wary of her as I wasn't that impressed by the excerpts I had read of her (in)famous grammar book. I found myself with an hour to fill and a generous free sample of 'The Cat out of Hell' that fitted the time available perfectly... and it hooked me totally! I hastily bought the rest of the book and enjoyed it enormously.

The narration is wonderful, especially the voice of Roger the cat. Recommended listen, especially for cat-lovers!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Apple Tree Yard

  • By: Louise Doughty
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,033
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,026

Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage. But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair. Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first. But she can’t control what happens next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Recommendation!

  • By Mrs. Helen M. Herbert on 09-02-14

Multi-layered and absorbing

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

Reviewed: 08-02-14

I really enjoyed this book. Excellent characterization, complex plot and very thought-provoking indeed. Juliet Stevenson's narration is utterly superb. I had never heard of this author before; I'm glad I decided to follow the recommendations of other readers, she is a great discovery!

27 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Saints of the Shadow Bible

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James MacPherson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806

Sunday Times number-one best seller Ian Rankin returns with his gripping new Rebus novel. Unabridged edition featuring a bonus interview with Ian Rankin and James MacPherson. Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. A 30-year-old case is being reopened, and Rebus' team from back then is suspected of foul play. With Malcolm Fox as the investigating officer, are the past and present about to collide in a shocking and murderous fashion?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, yes, yes, Rankin right back on top of form!

  • By Jill on 10-11-13

Yes, yes, yes, Rankin right back on top of form!

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

Reviewed: 10-11-13

I must admit that 'Standing in another man's grave' was a disappointment to me. It didn't feel like Rankin had found the true voices of his separate characters, Rebus and Fox and I found the mix of them both in the same book an uneasy one. It was good, of course, but I just didn't feel it was the top notch story that us Rebus fans had come to expect. Well, Rankin is back with a vengeance! As I progressed through 'The Saints' the book it just got better and better; great plot and twists and turns, but also the interplay between the main characters was a total pleasure.

James MacPherson is 'the' voice when it comes to Rankin books as far as I am concerned - great job as always. So, for anyone who, like me, began to wonder if Rankin was slipping, you really need to listen to this one - you won't be disappointed!

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Everyone Lies

  • By: A.D. Garrett
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

DI Kate Simms is on the fast track to nowhere. Five years ago she helped a colleague when she shouldn't have. She's been clawing her way back from a demotion ever since. Professor Nick Fennimore is a failed genetics student, successful gambler, betting agent, crime scene officer, chemistry graduate, toxicology specialist and one-time scientific advisor to the National Crime Faculty.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Multi-layered and dark...

  • By Sharon on 26-06-13

On the whole enjoyable and well-plotted

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

Reviewed: 11-07-13

Well-constructed plot which kept me guessing till the end. On the whole an enjoyable book.

I think my main problems were that none of the characters really grabbed me. The ingredients were all there, mysterious spatters of information about past incidents hinting at secrets should have really intrigued me but somehow didn't seem to quite 'gel'.

At times too the forensic information was very nearly too much, the pace of the book would slow right down before getting back satisfactorily on course with new developments.

I thought some of the accents were not quite right, but not to the point that it disturbed my listening enjoyment. Further than that the narration was good.

Despite the list above, the book is good, the plot satisfactorily complex and the tale well told! It would be nice to see another one to further develop the characters.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Waiting for Wednesday

  • A Frieda Klein Novel, Book 3
  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 305

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Waiting for Wednesday, the thrilling third installment in the bestselling Frieda Klein series, written by Nicci French and read by the actress Beth Chalmers.Ruth Lennox, beloved mother of three, is found by her daughter in a pool of her own blood. Who would want to murder an ordinary housewife? And why? Psychotherapist Frieda Klein finds she has an unusually personal connection with DCI Karlsson's latest case.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but depressing

  • By Julie on 26-06-14

Gripping and satisfactorily complex

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

Reviewed: 29-06-13

If you are new to this series I recommend you first read the preceding 2 books in the series. Most of the book is a stand-alone story, well-plotted and enjoyable, but there is the continuing background thread of Frieda's past coming back to haunt her in the nebulous form of Dean, so two stories really, developing at different paces.

Frieda is also developing nicely as a character too, and remains interesting - in this book we see a far more vulnerable person and sides of her character we haven't seen before. I found her more likeable as I began to understand some of her background and what drives her. Sandy is still a bit of a cardboard cut-out, but we get a bit more under the skin of Carlsson the detective - we learn more about the pressures of his working/private life and the relationship between him and Frieda deepens nicely.

Beth Chalmers narrates very crisply and cleanly and is a pleasure to listen to!

All in all, the satisfyingly complex plot that you would expect from a Nicci French novel, but with the added dimensions of longer term plot and character development that a series allows. If you are a fan then this will not disappoint!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful